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To triumph, we must become what we despise. We must be intolerant of intolerance; and uncompromising with those who refuse to compromise. But is it possible to do this without also adopting the hate and vitriol?

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Low productivity jobs are growing faster than high productivity jobs essentially due to saturated demand. These same issues probably have implications for universal basic income, because abundance of necessities would allow a UBI to be much cheaper than many people assume.

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I'm will to believe 115 years as the statistical maximum lifespan for humans under status-quo assumptions. But a very natural part of being human is to not accept such limits of nature! But it's good to know what they are, to properly appreciate our future successes.

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Shameless self promotion: my first YouTube video is an attempt to explain Peano's axioms and why 1+1=2
I Just created my first YouTube Video! A proof that one plus one equals two!

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I Just created my first YouTube Video! A proof that one plus one equals two!

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Wow, so Breitbart today had an article that actually admits that scientists have "proven" that "the earth is warming because of human activity".

That's good, but the second part of the argument also appears to be reasonably well grounded: that unconditional climate predictions are meaningless because the greatest uncertainty is what we'll do about it (well, that article also has a throwaway line about weather prediction -- I guess that's mandatory on right wing sites).

If the argument is that our predictions should be based on scenarios .. then that is uncontroversial. It seems that the argument will shift from silly denial of climate science to a more reasonable debate over the scope of the scenarios on which we base our (conditional) predictions.

The specific uncertainty mentioned is "singularity": which in this context I take to be the idea that humans will not be the dominant agency in the economy in the second half of the century. And if Technological Intelligence is running things, it doesn't matter what we humans think.

There's something nihilistic about this argument, but it does at least appear to be an do-nothing argument that accepts the basic science of climate change. And for a site like Breitbart, I'd have to say that this feels like progress

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Perl 6 : its been a fascinating wait. Finally almost over. Let the -Ofun begin. 

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Interesting longform piece about how the Syria spiralled out of control. The assumption in the headline, that Obama "lost Syria", does seem to assume that it's something that the US should consider as it's problem to solve -- but it's depressing to compare the outcomes of Libya, Iraq, and Syria: three bad outcomes that differ in degree, but the humanitarian crisis is probably worst in the one where the US has involved itself the least. (And that crisis is the result of a deliberate strategy by Assad to close out the US options for deposing him)

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Many "expert level" systems have incredibly intimidating UIs. This talk discusses machine learning to make them more accessible to non-experts. We can think of it as a natural language translation problem, but where the goal is to ground the natural language in the desired system response.

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Many news articles comment on it; and on reactions to it. So I looked for the text that they're all commenting on (many of them probably not having read it). Nice digestible pieces.
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