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  • Commented on An AI app walks into a writers room
    Can ChatGPT write music? "ChatGPT, finish the complete works of every famous musician that died young starting with Mozart, Jimi Handrix and John Lennon."...
  • Commented on An AI app walks into a writers room
    Are there any famous novels, stories, serials, etc. that were actually (or rumored to be) written by a committee of hack writers publishing under a pseudonym?...
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    Does ChatGPT have access to - and accessible memory of - every page on every book in Google Books, as well as every recorded newspaper, magazine, old time radio show script, TV show, comedian's act and monologue, song lyric, stage...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    The Senate is deliberately designed to be undemocratic (the Founding Fathers equated democracy with mob rule - given the state of most social media they may not have been wrong.) However, we can repeal the Permanent Apportionment Act of 1929,...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    I'll see your fission fragment rocket and raise you Antimatter-catalyzed nuclear pulse propulsion https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimatter-catalyzed_nuclear_pulse_propulsion...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    "There is a near insatiable market for generating natural looking graphical representations of sex and violence against women" Internet? Have you never watched murder shows like L&O SVU or Criminal Minds? Actor Mandy Patakin left CM after one year in...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    "It was a common nightmare in John Barnes' 'Giraut' series: waking up and realizing that you are the original (which means you're going to die, even though your copy will live)." It is the unspoken nightmare of Star Trek transporter...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    "Then the possibility of an uploaded dying human in a hubot body arises..." Just remember that uploading a human mind is "copy and paste" not "cut and paste"....
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    "but maybe with a cushion of forged past experiences to draw from" That would explain him trying to catch flies with his tongue....
  • Commented on WTF
    For a slave, Marry had remarkable freedom of movement and could go where she wanted - like visiting her cousin Elizabeth. Being free to marry Joseph without asking permission of her master (who is mentioned nowhere).... Yeah this is bull....
  • Commented on WTF
    Concerning FTL.... Here is an episode of an old SF show called "Future Fantastic" hosted by the X-Files Gillian Anderson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAnq_oTQWGQ&list=PLuJ-NME-r2jJeGg62W07a2VNgWKQ7xkvm&index=4 (BBC Future Fantastic - "Starman") With a discussion on using wormholes as both FTL transport and as a time...
  • Commented on WTF
    All you say is true. It's still easier to develop MSR thorium reactors than nuclear fusion....
  • Commented on WTF
    A commercial molten salt Thorium reactor could be developed at something like 1% of the cost of a commercial fusion reactor, so it is amazing that the latter is fully funded while the former is not....
  • Commented on WTF
    And here is a great video on tritium fuel losses, the structural damage caused by continuous neutron bombardment, and other technical stumbling blocks to nuclear fusion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrUWoywZRt8 (what no one else is telling you about nuclear fusion). You want a...
  • Commented on WTF
    RE: Today's nuclear fusion "holy grail breakthrough" announcement. Here is a video that throws cold water on any thought of having fusion by 2040. Its a nice look at the boring logistical stuff starry-eyed dreamers don't think about. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JurplDfPi3U (why...
  • Commented on WTF
    So why is this site listed under Reddits dealing with Non-fungible tokens (NFTs)? How could pictures of human bones and skeletons be "cryptographic assets on a blockchain with unique identification codes and metadata that distinguish them from each other"?...
  • Commented on WTF
    The ultimate expression of late stage capitalism?...
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    So are billionaires supposed to be the new saints, and are these bones the new relics that we capitalist pilgrims must travel to worship?...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    https://www.businessinsider.com/the-11-nations-of-the-united-states-2015-7#greater-appalachia-encompasses-parts-of-kentucky-tennessee-west-virginia-and-texas-5 Greater Appalachia encompasses parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Texas. Colonized by settlers from the war-ravaged borderlands of Northern Ireland, northern England, and the Scottish lowlands, Greater Appalachia is stereotyped as the land of hillbillies and rednecks. Woodard...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    The availability of electric cars and trucks means we've now solved one part of the problem. Coal, oil, gas generation will be next, hopefully going away in that order. Once again you are basing your plans on technology that...
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    Two questions. If your EV is charged by a coal or natgas burning power plant, what have you gained environmentally? If your car is charged by renewables, how much area of commercially available PVCs is required to keep charged for...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    You want a wafer fab with features a tiny fraction of the current size in five or six years time, then you need to start developing those technologies right now. You are describing improvements to existing technology, not the...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    All of you are talking about technologies that don't exist yet. Sorry, but that is poor planning on your part. Hope is not a plan....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Reactors are big piles of it, Yes and to make those big piles results in big spikes of GHG emissions. That's not something we can do without pushing the planet past its tipping point....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    You're right, that should read "without" (I sometimes wish our host would allow an edit option). Anyhow, you're right. Civilization can't exist without the massive consumption of fossil fuels and subsequent massive emissions of GHGs. If we suddenly stopped using...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    To stop using these underground fossil fuels would require a massive build out of renewable energy sources (solar arrays, wind farms, etc.) which will require massive quantities of concrete, steel and plastics. Which in turn will create a massive spike...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    1/4 of all greenhouse gas emissions come from their manufacture: concrete 8% steel 11% fertilizer 2% plastics 4% total 25% This is significant, and will only increase. In round figures, production of the first three are projected to increase 2%...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    In addition to the problem of energy storage, fossil fuels are imply indispensable (and generate a significant portion of total greenhouse gases) in the manufacture of fertilizers, concrete steel and plastic - four substances that civilization can't exist with. See...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    If alternatives are found (either technically or geographically) they will be more expensive than li-ion. That will make the issue of energy storm worse, not better. Referencing back to the issue of pumped hydro earlier in the thread, we could...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Time to take a cold hard bite of a reality sandwich. Peter Zeihan on "Why The EV Revolution won’t happen" - and why renewables won't save us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fwdSyA6AB0...
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