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spencerflem  ·  47 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: AutoGPT

For the most part, I think you're correct. My main worry is that we'll find out that there's a lot of things that nobody in power really cares about being doing 'right,' especially when being done unreliably is essentially free.

So things that were done with some amount of care and love purely because a human was doing them will be replaced with an AI that's 60% as good and 5% the cost and the world will be more mediocre than it was before

also, if it was a 100% insurance, banks would have to either take 0% risk and offer 0% interest, or the money to make it up will keep coming from taxpayers

i don't really care how silicon companies are doing so would rather not the second one, and the first seems to dilute what a bank is able to do by a lot

edit: just saw your other post - yea it's scummy they can pick and choose when they're allowed to ignore the limit

right, that "special assessment" sounds suspiciously like a roundabout tax

Looks like they're bailing it out anyway, but with some lipservice about how it's other banks paying and not the taxpayer. Gotta socialize the losses


edit: at least it seems like they're not bailing out investors as well which is nice

spencerflem  ·  85 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 8, 2023

just saw sidney gish live

somewhat drunk very excited will edit with more details tomorrow

i love y'all


spencerflem  ·  104 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A post for chat gpt

That's a really good takedown of Longtermism. I've only heard about it kinda tangentially, but wow is that insane.

Not defending any of the other rationalists which I haven't read, and certainly not the commenters who are generally awful. (Where, besides Hubski isn't that the case though :p)

I really do think Slate Star Codex is decent however, even if most of the rationalist stuff is kinda crazy if you take it too seriously. His recent politics stuff is obnoxious enlightened centrist bs. But he posts his ballots (democrat where it matters), is in favor of UBI, works a job as a therapist, and donates to charity. Most of the top posts on the old site are at least interesting if not unassailable.

Idk why I'm even posting this,

but really do think that Slate Star is above the rest, and tries hard to be reasonable and empathetic most of the time

spencerflem  ·  114 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What are you Reading? Number who knows

I really really liked Lathe of Heaven

spencerflem  ·  118 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: AI-Generated 'Seinfeld' Show Banned on Twitch After Transphobic Standup Bit

Dave Chappelle's special just got a Grammy

spencerflem  ·  119 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski movie recommendations

I had that exact same thing happen after watching Everything, Everywhere.

First thing after leaving the theater, called up all my friends and made them watch it too :)

Gotta check out RRR!

spencerflem  ·  119 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski movie recommendations

completely agreed with glass onion & parasite!

gotta watch death of Stalin, never heard of that one :)

spencerflem  ·  120 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski movie recommendations

Everything, everywhere, all at once was my favorite movie of the last 5 years, so you're already off to a good start :)

If you're into kinda sad school-age character pieces, I loved Eight Grade by Bo Burnham and Lady Bird by Greta Gerwig

American Animals is a really cool heist movie, where they interview and reenact an Actual, Real-Life heist. It's really unique


people were posting like that on hackernews the other day, it's so frustrating

been thinking about leaving the internet more and more

wish I knew more people in person

I wish I was more cultured or sophisticated to appreciate these sorts of 'here's the facts, here's what both sides say, everything is reasonable, decide for yourself' type articles. Because the ones that tell you how you're supposed to feel are really annoying too, even when I agree with them usually.

But I'm with you, obviously bad things are happening, and it's so grating to see it all presented as two sides of a 'debate'

Right, didn't mean to imply that he was doing both jobs at once. It just seems so overtly political that DeSantis passes a new law allowing the president search to be less transparent, and then immediately Fuchs resigns and a senator is put in. Like, how much more political a person can you pick ? It's just such blatant hackery.

And on top of that, he's previously very vocally anti-LGBT (like almost all republican politicians) and still equivocates some.

I'd bet money that next thing he's going to do is ban CRT to promote 'diversity of thought.'

They've already forced a sitting Republican senator (Ben Sasse) to be the new president of University of Florida, under suspicious circumstances.

When the student body didn't like that, they banned protesting.

Florida is screwed, and if DeSantis makes it to the white house, so is everywhere else

spencerflem  ·  122 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 1, 2023


This is my first winter in Austin, having moved there ~6 or so months ago from Florida (born n' raised). Seeing ice on the trees this morning was legitimately magical, and I took waaaay too many pictures, my favorites of which are:


And it was also the first day of staring a weekly pottery class, with the goal of eventually getting good enough to make things at home and send them off occasionally to austin kiln club to be fired. Thanks to the ice, the roads were scary. There were fallen branches, power was out at a few lights, and (maybe unsurprisingly for you northerly folk who know more what to expect) the place ended up being closed so I had to turn right back. Next week for sure :)

Already got big plans for trying to make the tiles from Azul into coasters, and some sort of mug with a face for storing pencils.

Wasn't a waste of time though, because the drive took perfectly, exactly, the right amount of time to listen to ed buys houses so that the last song faded out right as I was parking. Always feels so good, like my life is a movie.


And speaking of Gish / Ed Buys Houses - finally getting good enough at guitar to play the most song's parts individually. Step 2 is to figure out loopers to put them all together, and then the worrying prospect of trying to sing :p

She's also opening for the Beths in a few months which I'm really looking forwards to!


it's fine.

boardgame cafe

Still plugging along, slowly but slowly, at this. Lots of ruminating where I want to be after the lease is up in June. I have no regrets moving to Austin because it's

1. not my parent's place in Florida

2. I'm roomates with a good friend / extrovert which is always a good time :)

With that said, despite making a bit of an effort still have no real ties here other than him. And Austin does have the key problems of being expensive, kinda mid-tier cool, and in Texas, the only place giving Florida politics a run for their money.

My sister, and several of my high school friends are up in Seattle, so might go there next? Or maybe Pittsburgh or St. Louis, two conspicuously boardgame-cafe-free cities. (Though, the thought of moving somewhere all alone is a little terrifying)

Regardless, the thought hasn't died yet, and the lease being up seems a good self set deadline for either coming up with a more complete plan & moving somewhere specifically to make that happen, or not.

spencerflem  ·  154 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: HAPPY NEW YEAR HUBSKI!!!

happy new years ! <3

spencerflem  ·  182 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I feel like we need to talk about AI language models

I can't see any use of these things that aren't blogspam / SEO / propaganda. Which is half the internet already but now it's cheaper .. whee

The AI art things were at least quite pretty. This stuff is just dreadful.

spencerflem  ·  190 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: We made an app for A-Puzzle-A-Day

Fiddled with it more, seems to only happen on the bottom right part, and not consistently. Here's a screenshot, you can't see but I've pressed the green button a few times and nothing happened.

Legit tho, this is like the nitpickiest of nitpicks. The app works great and is so lovely <3