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[–] [email protected] 1 points 5 hours ago

We're just going in circles here, and it's pretty clear that we're not going to convince each other of anything. So, I'm going to leave it at that. Have a good day.

[–] [email protected] 6 points 5 hours ago (3 children)

Given that US can't even win a war against Yemen, it's pretty clear that burger empire has no business trying to take on China. Not to mention that US has lost every one of their own simulated conflicts in South China sea. Of course, we all know that burgerlanders lack the intelligence and wisdom to learn from their debacles, and will cheerfully rush into a war in China.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 9 hours ago

not working due to hallucinations

It's pretty clear that hallucinations are an issue only for specific use cases. This problem certainly doesn't make ML useless. For example, I find it's far faster to use a code oriented model to get an idea of how to solve a problem than going to stack overflow. The output of the model doesn't need to be perfect, it just needs to get me moving in the right direction.

Furthermore, there is nothing to suggest that the problem of hallucinations is fundamental and can't be addressed going forward. I've linked an example of a research team doing precisely that above.

wasteful in terms of resources

Sure, but so are plenty of other things. And as I've illustrated above, there are already drastic improvements happening in this area.

creates problematic behaviors in terms of privacy

Not really a unique problem either.

creates more inequality

Don't see how that's the case. In fact, I'd argue the opposite to be true, especially if the technology is open and available to everyone.

and other problems and is thus in most cases (say outside of e.g numerical optimization as already done at e.g DoE, so in the “traditional” sense of AI, not the LLM craze) better be entirely ignored.

There is a lot of hype around this tech, and some of it will die down eventually. However, it would be a mistake to throw the baby out with the bath water.

what I mean is that the argument of inevitability itself is dangerous, often abused.

The argument of inevitability stems from the fact that people have already found many commercial uses for this tech, and there is a ton of money being poured into it. This is unlikely to stop regardless of what your personal opinion on the tech is.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 9 hours ago (2 children)

As I've already stated repeatedly, I see exclusion of parole completely arbitrary. You could argue that it's not equivalent certainly, but you can't just dismiss it. And again, we're comparing peak incarceration rate in USS right after the revolution with incarceration in US when its functioning regularly. The fact that USSR numbers drop significantly over time while US numbers do not, is what's really key here.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 11 hours ago (2 children)

Again, I'm not arguing that open source automatically solves problems, just that since AI is obviously going to continue being developed, it's better if it's done in the open.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 11 hours ago* (last edited 11 hours ago) (4 children)

Chapter 5 here, references at the end of the book, can also read chapter 6 showing how incarceration rate jumped up dramatically after transition to capitalism https://welshundergroundnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/blackshirts-and-reds-by-michael-parenti.pdf

[–] [email protected] 2 points 11 hours ago (1 children)

it's a perfect storm

[–] [email protected] 1 points 12 hours ago (6 children)

the gulag held 2.5 million at their height in the 1950s, and that’s not even counting anyone pre-trial or adjusting for the population difference between 1950s Soviet Union and modern day USA

These numbers have been challenged by many scholars, Parenti does a great job dissecting these claims in Blackshirts and Reds. You basically cherry pick the numbers you want for USSR while downplaying the numbers in US to make your argument.

Call me stupid all you want, do you still think incarceration vs. correctional supervision is splitting hairs?

I think that you're intentionally playing with the numbers to make your argument work.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 13 hours ago (8 children)

Again, we're comparing to the incarceration rate today.

There are 2 million people in the nation’s prisons and jails—a 500% increase over the last 40 years. Changes in sentencing law and policy, not changes in crime rates, explain most of this increase. These trends have resulted in prison overcrowding and fiscal burdens on states to accommodate a rapidly expanding penal system, despite increasing evidence that large-scale incarceration is not an effective means of achieving public safety.




And on intelligence, even if you completely disregard the judicial vulnerability, the US surveillance agencies still hold far less domestic power than the KGB’s domestic cell.

I refuse to believe that anybody could be stupid enough to genuinely think this.

[–] [email protected] 8 points 15 hours ago

No idea what ccp is, but CPC is demonstrably good for the people of China. Anybody who can't see that needs to stop guzzling propaganda.

[–] [email protected] 13 points 15 hours ago

Won't somebody think of the CEOs!


This article by Ben Rhodes, a former Deputy National Security Advisor for Obama, proposes a significant shift in US foreign policy.

He suggests that the US should abandon its primacy mindset and move away from the political maximization and Western-centric perspective that has led to mistakes in the current Biden administration.

He argues that meeting the moment requires moving towards the future, rather than trying to regain lost hegemony. Rhodes acknowledges that the world has changed and the US should view itself as a power coexisting with others, rather than dominating.

Rhodes points out the absurdity of framing democracy vs autocracy as a confrontation with specific adversaries when Western democracies are struggling. He suggests that instead of trying to change other countries' systems, the US should focus on detoxifying its own democracy.

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