Similar question, If there’s no free will then what should I do (be compelled to do) about it?

I keep coming across posts, podcasts, etc. discussing if we’re living in a simulation. None of them discuss why this would matter. Assuming I’m in a simulation how should I change my behavior?

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Microsoft Edge contains a hidden whitelist that lets Facebook always run Flash, even bypassing click2play policy:

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boost this and I'll assign you an rpg trinket* until I can't think of any more trinkets**

* a simple item lightly touched by mystery

**as above, but plural

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<< Me, starting Internet Law class w/a joke: Guys, the last time this course was taught here the cutting edge case was Napster!

[blank stares]

Me, horrified: Wait. DO YOU KNOW WHAT NAPSTER IS?

[sheepish shaking of heads]


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rather unfeeling. At the time, I had social difficulties of my own ), and the clinical view he adopted didn't help my own social progress. Now, I view his work and the Scientific Sensibility with more mature eyes. Yes, it reduces some of the assumptions that underlie popular views of relations, and makes individuals seem more alone, but it is not a complete tradeoff, and even the most hardened of Sociopaths has some humanity left in them, unless they are ... Which brings me to my own view on TBC

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@temujin9 yes, yes, no, some pain?

you can create back ups (not automatically, unless you program it?) and lists for all your followees/block/mute/posts and import them in (and perhaps automate this?) but all your followers will have to refollow you. if your old server is still running you can point it to your new one, but it doesn't do much other than put a notice in your profile iirc.

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@zacharius I actually have trouble when people describe themselves as any type of person. I worked in tech for over a decade but I never identified as a "computer person". I think it's because it encourages thinking of these things as innate when really I believe they're about actions taken over time. And to label me as a "computer person" would diminish the effort involved, as if I were born with some natural computer brain.

I agree with you; people can and should learn basic computer skills.

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Yamaha SY99 synthesizer owners, listen up!

You can now get a true 8MB expansion board for your SY99 to max out sample memory from me. I'm calling it the Magic Memory Board.

Batch 1 (very limited quantities) will ship NEXT MONTH. Batch 2 will ship first quarter next yeasr.

Full details here:

Boosts very much appreciated :blobmiou:

“It uses about as much energy as a 100W light bulb” - sales guy

Wait But Why's article on Neuralink makes me optimistic about the future in general.

Mastodon question: did all the toots in that thread show up on my timeline or just the top one? What's the protocol for marking the start of a thread?

All in all the tech should take us right up to the Singularity after which all bets are off.

Another chunk of historic advancement was due to improvements in person to person communication. And we've also reached (forgive the expression) peak Microsoft Office. If Elon gets Neural Link going then we should also see another technological boom as it would break down the part of "The Mythical Man Month" due to communications overhead. If Elon can't get it working, perhaps post-understanding tech will make it hapen.

BUT I'm optimistic about the future of technological advancement. As we get into the era of Software 2.0 and post-understanding in general it will fuel startling advances in almost every field.

After reading @nindokag 's opinion yesterday about technological stagnation I remembered about this post-understanding stuff and I thinks it's bigger than people realize. Moore's law isn't tapering off.. it's over. And a large chunk of technological gains in the last century are due to increasing computation. Thus, we're seeing broad technological stagnation as a consequence.

On the topic of post-understanding, here also is Andrej Karpathy on "Software 2.0"

Does anyone remember the article that coined the term “post-understanding” referring to the next era of AI designed solutions that are verifiably correct yet incomprehensible?

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