A coworker and I speculate that as AI improves, and more and more sophisticated CAPTCHA tests are defeated, the test will evolve towards the essence of the issue: are "you" (the being on the other end of the terminal) an ethical being? (for laughs: next-gen CAPTCHA will be an iteration of the trolley problem: "Would you pull the lever in this situation?" heh)

Growing tissue and cancer cells in a lots-of-hidden-variables medium might explain why lab results from vitro haven't translated to breakthroughs in vivo. theatlantic.com/science/archiv

This is a fascinating new form of steganography that uses CycleGAN to create an encoding. I think the future of enhanced cryptography is somewhere in this direction. techcrunch.com/2018/12/31/this

On second thought, maybe not a great idea. The unscrupulous could start using photos of real people and then claim it isn't really the person because they can generate the person with XYZ params. Hmm.

After seeing this incredible new generative adversarial network for faces, it makes me wonder if there's a business for "given this picture of someone, find the parameters that generate him/her." youtube.com/watch?v=kSLJriaOum

Great visualization of Reddit. My Little Pony appears to be an island unto itself. Learned there's a shit-reddit-says (SRS) cluster. Anyone know of a more recent map?


Deep reflections on life science after AlphaFold:

"But in part due to the canonicalization of CASP, protein structure prediction effectively has a two-year clock cycle, where separate research groups guard their discoveries until after CASP results are announced."

"It is an indictment of the laughable “basic research” groups of [pharma] companies, which pay lip service to fundamental science but focus myopically on target-driven research"


How much does Airbnb's reputation system contribute to its success against long-term renters? As a landlord, I cared very much about preserving value, and short-term rentals attached to reputation let me do that. Would long-term renters benefit from a similar system? (Context: Dublin housing crisis theguardian.com/cities/2018/no)

There is no such thing as identity, only correlation management.

Some of you here might be interested in a new tech/political discussion forum called etherean.org. It was announced at Ethereum DevCon4 this week and I felt a connection with the instigator's ideas.

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"Over time, this leads to what you might call tribal epistemology: Information is evaluated based not on conformity to common standards of evidence or correspondence to a common understanding of the world, but on whether it supports the tribe’s values and goals and is vouchsafed by tribal leaders. “Good for our side” and “true” begin to blur into one." vox.com/policy-and-politics/20

How do you predict Western culture will change when it becomes technically possible to send and store content-addressable, decentralized files that can't be removed? e.g. IPFS, Swarm

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I'm learning that most of my beliefs I have simply acquired through cultural osmosis rather than reasoned my way to.

It is only when met with someone of a different background that I can begin to identify and examine my implicit beliefs.

I sometimes wonder if it's possible that we so misunderstand consciousness (and in related fashion, intelligence) that we will never identify "alien intelligence" when we cross paths with it. For instance, what if "time" is related to consciousness in such a fashion that there are many ways to "travel" through time consciously (multiple arrows of time). We would never identify an intelligent force at work because we would not share concepts as basic as "cause and effect." vox.com/science-and-health/201

Every time I get an email notification from Facebook saying that I received a message, I feel like Mark Zuckerberg is laughing at me.

Conservative culture is a safe space where members can doubt the scientific status quo. The tribe reacts quickly to science that disrupt narratives around identity and belonging. Because group identity centers on belief in God, scientific knowledge is regarded as personal (not tribal). Diverse theories and varied levels of sophistication are tolerated--group identity is uncorrelated with most scientifically attained beliefs. Signaling doubt in God, however, is generally grounds for dismissal.

Liberal culture relies on the conclusions of science, and protects its members from doubt or uncertainty that would motivate replication or re-examination. Members of the liberal tribe are aligned around scientific consensus, and act quickly on new scientific findings. Scientific knowledge is considered tribal knowledge. If you’re young or naïve, it’s important to "learn the facts" from the central library. The culture provides a safe space for spiritual theories and un/beliefs in God or gods.

Just discovered PARSEC and Hashgraph also. Things are going to get really interesting. docs.maidsafe.net/Whitepapers/

"Avalanche" is a family of newly discovered consensus protocols. Fast, energy-efficient, scalable, resilient up to 50%. This could be game-changing for cryptos. youtube.com/watch?v=ahgTfFw6JV

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