Links van 23 tot 31 maart 2023

  • John Burn-Murdoch on Twitter: “NEW: I’m not sure people fully appreciate how dire the US life expectancy / mortality situation has got.”
    Hallucinante cijfers.
  • Abell 1201: detection of an ultramassive black hole in a strong gravitational lens | Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society | Oxford Academic
    Dr Nightingale told BBC Radio Newcastle: “Even as an astronomer, I find it hard to comprehend how big this thing is.
    “If you look at the night sky and count up all the stars and planets you can see and put them in a single point, it would be a fraction of a percent the size of this black hole.
    “This black hole is bigger than the majority of galaxies in the universe.”
  • Pause Giant AI Experiments: An Open Letter – Future of Life Institute
    Ik ben het er niet echt mee eens, maar ‘t is wel waar dat het soms wat spooky wordt. “…Therefore, we call on all AI labs to immediately pause for at least 6 months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4. This pause should be public and verifiable, and include all key actors. If such a pause cannot be enacted quickly, governments should step in and institute a moratorium.”
  • A misleading open letter about sci-fi AI dangers ignores the real risks
    We agree that misinformation, impact on labor, and safety are three of the main risks of AI. Unfortunately, in each case, the letter presents a speculative, futuristic risk, ignoring the version of the problem that is already harming people. It distracts from the real issues and makes it harder to address them. The letter has a containment mindset analogous to nuclear risk, but that’s a poor fit for AI. It plays right into the hands of the companies it seeks to regulate.
  • Opinion | I Am Haunted by What I Have Seen at Great Salt Lake – The New York Times
    Walking back the way we came, everything was blurred. Tears are made of salt water and we drank them. Grief is love, I kept repeating under my breath. Whatever I have come to know of love and grief I have learned from Great Salt Lake.
  • Rotten meat may have been a staple of Stone Age diets
    Starting in the 1500s, European and then later American explorers, traders, missionaries, government officials and others who lived among Indigenous peoples in many parts of the world wrote of similar food practices. Hunter-gatherers and small-scale farmers everywhere commonly ate putrid meat, fish and fatty parts of a wide range of animals. From arctic tundra to tropical rainforests, native populations consumed rotten remains, either raw, fermented or cooked just enough to singe off fur and cre…
  • The age of average — Alex Murrell
    The interiors of our homes, coffee shops and restaurants all look the same. The buildings where we live and work all look the same. The cars we drive, their colours and their logos all look the same. The way we look and the way we dress all looks the same. Our movies, books and video games all look the same. And the brands we buy, their adverts, identities and taglines all look the same.
    But it doesn’t end there. In the age of average, homogeneity can be found in an almost indefinite number of …
  • Bicycle – Bartosz Ciechanowski
    In this article, I’ll focus on the delicate interplay between many of the forces that act on a bicycle and its parts when riding. We’ll witness how forces applied through tires make a bicycle accelerate, brake, and turn, and we’ll also investigate how the wheels and the frame handle those different forces without breaking.
  • A New Discovery About the Architecture of Notre-Dame – Big Think
    Archaeologists studying the rebuilding of Notre-Dame have discovered that iron staples used in the original construction date back to 1163. This makes Notre-Dame the first Gothic cathedral to have used iron so extensively. The iron staples may have been forged from recycled scrap metal or came from numerous sources throughout the long construction process.
  • Introduction | Prompt Engineering Guide
    Prompt engineering is a relatively new discipline for developing and optimizing prompts to efficiently use language models (LMs) for a wide variety of applications and research topics. Prompt engineering skills help to better understand the capabilities and limitations of large language models (LLMs). Researchers use prompt engineering to improve the capacity of LLMs on a wide range of common and complex tasks such as question answering and arithmetic reasoning. Developers use prompt engineering…
  • (Spoilers Extended) Save Theon Greyjoy, Save The World; The Long Night, Time Travel and the Dream of Spring twist : asoiaf
    Ik houd echt van theorieën.

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  1. Dank u. Nu de berichtgeving van HlN zelfs interessanter is dan VRTnws(een bewuste verkleutering met politieke doeleinden, zou ik zeggen) kunnen we de tips goed gebruiken.

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