A great explainer for large language models.

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If you're feeling confused about the recent AI hype and would like to understand how large language models (most AI are LLMs) work, this presentation is one of the clearest I've watched. It's an hour long, so grab a coffee.

Added on the 30th of November, 2023 Details

The 56 best/worst analogies written by high school students.

Exactly what the title says, with gems like "The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t".

Linked on the 26th of November, 2023 Details

Chemicals in clothes could enter your body.

New research shows that sweat has the potential to extract chemical additives from synthetics that are contained in sports technical clothing. We often worry about chemicals in food, but they could infiltrate our bodies in other ways.

Linked on the 25th of November, 2023 Details

Technology doesn't make our lives easier.

It's nothing new if you've ever taken a step back, but this is a well written perspective on the issue.

We live in a mega-scale corporate capitalist economy, and in such a setting technology is never used to save time. It’s used to speed up production and consumption in order to expand the system. The basic rule is this: technology doesn't make our lives easier. It makes them faster and more crammed with stuff.
Linked on the 25th of November, 2023 Details

Strandbeests are still crawling the beaches.

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If you've been around long enough, you've probably seen the Strandbeests of Theo Jansen. Wind-powered kinetic animal-like sculptures that trek across the beaches. He's still at it, now chaining them together.

Added on the 13th of October, 2023 Details

Greyhound buses, German ghosts of a golden age.

Greyhound buses, emblematic of a bygone era in American travel, have left an indelible mark on the collective imagination, gracing the frames of classic films and the pages of literary works. In this article, Joanna Pocock follows in the footsteps of Simone de Beauvoir as she crosses the country by bus, only to encounter a transport network that's now a mere spectre of its former glory.

Reading this, I was surprised to learn that Greyhound now belongs to cheap German bus company Flixbus. That's quite a fall.

Linked on the 16th of September, 2023 Details