Wednesday, June 12, 2024

3/26/24 - 3/27/24 Finding Redding's ancestors

Using ground penetrating radar, (GPR) finding long lost Redding ancestors residing in a small cemetery becomes an enjoyable learning experience for young and old alike.
Check it out, it's a fun and educational thing to do. :)

Thursday, June 06, 2024

Fractals+ :)


A shallow inland sea

Vue is now free! Said software has been on my radar screen for years. Now available for all to enjoy, the desire to create tiny bits of nature with some degree of competency with this extraordinary software is finally at hand. Enjoy. :)


Water World ...


Inflection Point

Tuesday, June 04, 2024

Who do you trust?


Image by Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images

Apart from sleaziness, greed, lying and bullying, Sam Altman's an excellent CEO, right? Add to this is the fact Sam Altman Admits That OpenAI Doesn't Actually Understand How Its AI Works, a notion yours truly has been talking about for quite some time thanks to the rise of neural nets, the program driven analog construct needed to enable AI to react to the world in real time, something human coders cannot do in any way, shape or fashion.

Sam Altman Admits That OpenAI Doesn't Actually Understand How Its AI Works

OpenAI has raised tens of billions of dollars to develop AI technologies that are changing the world.

But there's one glaring problem: it's still struggling to understand how its tech actually works.

During last week's International Telecommunication Union AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, Switzerland, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman was stumped after being asked how his company's large language models (LLM) really function under the hood.

"We certainly have not solved interpretability," he said, as quoted by the Observer, essentially saying the company has yet to figure out how to trace back their AI models' often bizarre and inaccurate output and the decisions it made to come to those answers.

When pushed during the event by The Atlantic CEO Nicholas Thompson, who asked if that shouldn't be an "argument to not keep releasing new, more powerful models," Altman was seemingly baffled, countering with a half-hearted reassurance that the AIs are "generally considered safe and robust."

As for being a legit CEO, well, that's open for discussion is it not?

More than six months after Sam Altman was fired, then rehired, one of OpenAI’s former board members is finally spilling the tea on what happened behind closed doors. Helen Toner, one of four people responsible for firing OpenAI’s CEO, says Altman’s incessant lying created a toxic culture that executives described as “psychological abuse.”

In her first long-form interview since Sam Altman’s firing, Toner tells The Ted AI Show that executives came to OpenAI’s board in October 2023 with serious allegations against the company’s CEO. According to Toner, two executives said they couldn’t trust Altman and showed the board screenshots of Altman’s manipulation and lying. These executives reportedly said they had no belief that Altman could or would change, and their testimonies pushed the Board to fire the CEO weeks later. This interview, released on Tuesday, comes after weeks of public backlash against OpenAI where the company’s truthfulness has been called into question by Scarlett Johansson and former employees.

Let's think about this. Apart from greed and duplicity on the part of Altman is the fact he hasn't a clue about how Open AI's code works, the dark secret every major developer of AI shares due to the fact of program driven hidden layers residing in neural nets enabling AI, as stated before, to react to the real world in realtime. 

Geoffrey Hinton, one of the "godfathers" of AI, is adamant that AI will surpass human intelligence — and worries that we aren't being safe enough about its development.

This isn't just his opinion, though it certainly carries weight on its own. In an interview with the BBC's Newsnight program, Hinton claimed that the idea of AI surpassing human intelligence as an inevitability is in fact the consensus of leaders in the field.

"Very few of the experts are in doubt about that," Hinton told the BBC. "Almost everybody I know who is an expert on AI believes that they will exceed human intelligence — it's just a question of when."

Hate to say it but yours truly has been talking about ASI for years, something somewhat comforting when people like Hinton, who will forget more than what this rube will ever know about AI, agrees with me regarding this most discomforting reality while our civilization moves further into the 21st century.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

G&B, aka The Wire Mill ...

Gilbert & Bennett, AKA The Wire Mill, is packed with history showing a different America where hardware was king with this instance being the making of wire fencing shipped all over the world from a small CT entity known as Georgetown. Video to follow before the long awaited EPA Brownfield Cleanup begins. :)


No trespassing


The passing of time


Checking things out :)


A vault of a different kind


Thinking of Italy


The game of baseball comes to mind :)


The dam


The eyes have it :)


Channeling the Bauhaus, American style


Air Conditioning


Chimney


Aperture


The Sawtooth ...


In transit


Infrastructure :)


I can see for miles :)


4th floor/view 2

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The Singularity ... redux


Crystal Logic ... via Gemeni & R.E. 2024

Now we have it. The word's out. ASI, aka Artificial Super Intelligence,
is coming whether we like it or not. We are not ready for this. 

To whit.

Vinge's right. 2029/30's a viable time frame for AGI to make its presence known. ASI will rise soon after as it's a just a degree of intelligence above AGI as AGI's programming infrastructure will already be in place, able to make ASI a reality sooner rather than later because tech never sleeps, ever.


Focus Point - 2020

Monday, May 06, 2024

Escape from ...



Snake Plissken lives! Great cast, terrific action and awesome script, the Escape from New York crew  gets into it when NYC becomes the ultimate max prison colony for the ages, complete with the central  plot of getting the president  (Donald Pleasance) out of dodge from a city that's truly lost it's way. The reason for this segue centers on the fact Agent Orange could yet again become president, a notion both terrifying and extraordinary considering just how insane and corrupt this man truly is. With this in mind, an escape from America may be in the cards as quite frankly, the survival of democracy comes into play if The Donald succeeds in becoming POTUS yet again.


Canada's looking better all the time ...

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Knowing all the answers ...

Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito

Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

When looking at this picture of Roberts and Alito, one gets the notion these guys think they know all the answers regarding women's rights or in granting immunity to the presidency without questioning why the divine right of kings should not apply as America's not a monarchy but rather a republic where the president is elected, not selected by the powers at be.

To whit.

This week, the Supreme Court managed to fail to meet the already extremely low expectations most sane people already had for it. First, during the Idaho EMTALA case on whether hospitals receiving federal funding can refuse to provide abortions to women who are actively dying as a result of a pregnancy, we heard debate over which, and how many, organs a woman had to lose before an abortion becomes legally acceptable. By all appearances, it looks as though the court is going to gut the already laughably weak “life of the mother” protections by a 5-4 vote.

It followed up this abysmal performance with hearing the Trump immunity case the next day, and the comportment of the same five male, conservative justices was even worse. When Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked Donald Trump’s lawyer, “If the president decides that his rival is a corrupt person, and he orders the military or orders someone to assassinate him, is that within his official acts for which he can get immunity?”, he replied, “It would depend on the hypothetical, but we can see that would well be an official act.” 

Based on that one line of questioning, Trump’s argument should be going down in flames 9-0. A democracy cannot survive when its supreme leader can arbitrarily decide that it’s in the nation’s best interest to rub out his opponents, and then leave it to some future court to decide whether it was an official act, because he’ll get away with it as long as there aren’t 67 votes in the Senate to impeach. And given that it will have been established that the president can put out a contract on political foes, how many senators are going to vote to impeach?


Monday, April 22, 2024

From 4 to 7 ...


In Interstellar, Cooper experiences the magic of the tesseract, the Blender clip, seen above, shows what happens when one goes beyond the five dimensional space (4d + time) of the baseline hypercube, aka the tesseract. Seen below is the explanation of how this amazing sequence, scientifically accurate to a fault and profound to the max, was actually done. 





The tesseract sequence beckons. :)