[Edit: This is one of those essays where I explain something that might seem painfully obvious to others, because I grasped it relatively late. Or if you're more cynical, you might say it's an autist taking commonsense and dressing it up as insight porn for other autists. I tend to work on the "better out … Continue reading One difference between ordinary and public condemnation
I've seen a bunch of memes and agitprop on the internet complaining that healthy eating to build strong immune systems isn't promoted as a primary means of beating Coronavirus by doctors. Why are they talking about masks and not the importance of fruit! It is true that healthy eating does support a healthy immune system, … Continue reading A just illness theory?
There's something about afternoon light through a glass vase that makes you regret every choice you've ever made while rejoicing in having been born.
You wake up one morning to a knock at your apartment door. It’s famous singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens. His eyes are wild and his hair dishevelled. “We need to immanentize the eschaton”. Needing a moment of prayerful reflection you attend a local chapel. As you sit in a pew, the man in front of you … Continue reading Five writing prompts I like
So this is a poem I wrote with GPT-3. I previously posted it in this blog, but this time I have revised it on my own, without GPT-3, so I guess it's now 60% mine, 40% GPT-3's. It's still not a great poem, but it's maybe interesting? Red star- o’ dread star Shatterest … Continue reading If Faust had but Loved, revised
For me it's "they need to face the consequences of their own actions" when used to justify something horrible being done to a person. I find it especially annoying when it's invoked by an authority figure who plays some role in determining what happens to a person. Now it may be that they deserve the … Continue reading What thought stopping catchphrases and cliches grind your gears?
Suppose we granted that punishing certain acts is an intrinsically good thing. If the above it were true, it would seem hard to deny that punished crimes create less net-badness than otherwise identical unpunished crimes. This is because they are associated with an intrinsic good (punishment) that unpunished crimes are not. Presumably, if there are … Continue reading A repugnant implication of retributive punishment
(Superficially this work is about 50% mine and 50% GPT-3's, but neither of our contributions look like they would have, had we been writing alone, so I prefer to think of it as 80% mine and 80% GPT-3's. It's not a very good poem, but I wanted to publish it to encourage you to experiment … Continue reading If Faust had but loved- a collaborative poem with GPT-3 through Dungeon AI
It nails Trump's tone amazingly well. Apologies for the stale writing of the prompt, but I figured given the way GPT-3 is consituted it's best arranged to work with strings of cliches. Prompt: Felix Beiderman is a dark-haired, muscular Jewish man in his early thirties with a strong and honest face who podcasts with the … Continue reading Felix Biderman of Chapo Trap House interviews Donald J Trump through the magic of AI Dungeon
If you enjoy this article, please check out my free book by clicking Here: “Something to Read in Quarantine: Essays 2018-2020.” Natural Language Processing (NLP) per Wikipedia: “Is a subfield of linguistics, computer science, information engineering, and artificial intelligence concerned with the interactions between computers and human (natural) languages, in particular how to program computers to … Continue reading In light of the GPT-3 buzz, I’m reposting an essay I previously wrote on NLP, philosophy and speculation on the possibility of a “linguistic path” to general intelligence.