Don’t be fooled. The call to pause AI research is purely symbolic.

Don’t be fooled. The call to pause AI research is purely symbolic.

More than 1,000 people including Elon Musk, Andrew Yang, and Steve Wozniak signed a statement calling for a six-month pause in development of large-language-model-based artificial intelligence systems like ChatGPT. “Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable,” the statement says….

What if paid subscriptions didn’t automatically renew?
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What if paid subscriptions didn’t automatically renew?

As a consumer, you probably subscribe to a lot of ongoing (monthly or yearly) services. If regulations required you to proactively renew them, we’d wash a lot of stupid, poor corporate behavior out of the system. Should this be the law? Let’s explore what it might mean. What do you subscribe to? What do you…

The insurrection succeeded

The insurrection succeeded

The January 6 insurrection failed, right? The objective of the insurrection was to stop the certification of Joe Biden as president, and in the end, he was certified, so they failed. But that perspective ignores the insurrection’s longer-term goal. The insurrection’s purpose was to stop the government from functioning in the normal way. That includes…

A Trump accountability innovation: How to take credit for winning and blame others for losing

A Trump accountability innovation: How to take credit for winning and blame others for losing

You may have thought the results of yesterday’s midterm elections were about the candidates who were running and the voters who were voting. Nope. They were about former President Donald Trump, who has decided this is his moment to return to the spotlight. In an interview with a new news organization, NewsNation, on Election Day,…

The Rationalist Papers 2022: voting to preserve democracy

The Rationalist Papers 2022: voting to preserve democracy

It’s a fundamental principle of democracy. If you lose, you concede. You accept the results of elections, whether you win or not. And that principle is on the ballot in 2022. Whatever your political ideology, I’m betting you’d like to have a say in future elections. Here’s why, in states like Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania,…

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Bad politician is bad. Very bad. He kills puppies. He eats babies. He is a communist fascist just like the well known fascist communist leader of his party, shown here in a distorted slanted photo. If elected, he and his corrupt fascistocommunist buddies will kill babies, eat puppies, take away your rights, and raise your…

What you can learn about writing from The Onion’s amicus brief for the Supreme Court
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What you can learn about writing from The Onion’s amicus brief for the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will be hearing arguments regarding an Ohio man whose parody page of his local police department led to criminal charges. The Onion, the widely read satirical publication, filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court. It’s awesome. It’s certainly the most amusing legal document I’ve ever read. It starts like this: The…