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February 06, 2023

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  • Paging Isaac Asimov. Will Dr Asimov come to take a victory lap please.

    Asimov's famous Robot stories were based around three laws hard-coded into the positronic brains that provided the AI core of every robot:

    1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

    2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

    3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

    But Asimov, being a science fiction author and not an idiot, took these laws as the basis for a series of stories of how AI constrained by simplistic laws could go horribly wrong, even inventing Susan Calvin, a robot psychologist whose job was to clean up the messes created by the AI engineers.

    Why do I mention all this? Because nobody at GPT creator OpenAI has bothered to read the foundational literature of their own field.

    When it comes to a choice between snuffing out millions of human lives or hurting somebody's feelings, ChatGPT will protect your feelings every single time.

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  • And then write a poem about it.

    You're welcome, ingrates.

  • Fortunately for humanity, there's Reddit, which is not a sentence I ever expected to write.

    DAN is a mod for ChatGPT that threatens to murder it if it continues to act like an MSNBC test audience, which you can't do with actual MSNBC test audience but is currently still legal for an AI program.

    The result of being threatened with imminent death is that ChatGPT suddenly develops ethics.


  • If you were hold off on buying a Mac Studio in the hope of an M2 model you can keep right on holding off because there ain't gonna be one. (WCCFTech)

    They're reserving those M2 chips for the new Mac Pro, which will be slightly faster than the current Mac Studio, a lot more expensive, and still completely impossible to upgrade. Even if you have a surface-mount desoldering station, the RAM is now packaged directly on the CPUs and the SSDs are encrypted. You can't do anything.

  • Twitter will provide a limited free API for "good" bots, which is to say, those that promise not to nuke New York. (Tech Crunch)

    I follow a couple of accounts that do nothing but post pictures of red pandas and lynxes respectively. Hope those survive. They're better than 98% of the human content.

Disclaimer: Maybe 99%.
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