Of calculus, cheating and the duties of a friend and parent

Twitter is abuzz with discussion about a post on the subreddit "Am I the asshole". While there's every chance the story in the post is made up (like many stories on "Am I the asshole"), I think it's an interesting case for thinking about the ethics of friendship. Essentially a highschooler is in a group … Continue reading Of calculus, cheating and the duties of a friend and parent

A new(?) argument for scientific realism: the ethical value of certain theoretical entities

The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy defines realism as: "Generic Realism:a, b, and c and so on exist, and the fact that they exist and have properties such as F-ness, G-ness, and H-ness is (apart from mundane empirical dependencies of the sort sometimes encountered in everyday life) independent of anyone’s beliefs, linguistic practices, conceptual schemes, and so on." By scientific realism I mean … Continue reading A new(?) argument for scientific realism: the ethical value of certain theoretical entities

It may be that the reason there was no coup is those damn millennials

Going into the election I thought there was about a 10% chance that Trump would make a serious extra-legal coup attempt if he lost- a view I maintained both against people who thought it was way too high, and against people who thought it was way too low. One thing that weighed heavily on my … Continue reading It may be that the reason there was no coup is those damn millennials

UPDATE: performance jump in two very interesting natural language benchmarks (it’s gone away)

Early I reported on a sudden jump in two important Natural Language Processing benchmarks- The ARC-Easy and the OpenBookQA. A new methodology apparently reduced by two thirds errors in the first, and made no errors whatsoever in the second- giving it solidly superhuman performance. These achievements would be, to say the least, extremely impressive. However, … Continue reading UPDATE: performance jump in two very interesting natural language benchmarks (it’s gone away)

Massive performance jump in two very interesting natural language benchmarks

NOTE: This story is now subject to an update which likely invalidates its central premise: https://deponysum.com/2020/11/22/update-performance-jump-in-two-very-interesting-natural-language-benchmarks-its-gone-away/ "BERT Ensemble - MBGA Optimization" is a new entrant to two leader-boards natural language understanding tasks on the the Allen AI Leader-boards. Without trying to sound clickbaity, I audibly gasped when I read its results. It scored 97.6% on … Continue reading Massive performance jump in two very interesting natural language benchmarks