Tag: Opinion

Peter Thiel’s Palantir set to delay IPO under bumbling leadership of CEO Alex Karp

Credit: Andrew Kelly | Reuters Bloomberg today reported that Palantir Technologies, a Peter Thiel-founded company that builds mass-surveillance solutions for law enforcement agencies, will delay its highly-anticipated IPO indefinitely. According to the report, CEO Alex Karp needs more time to woo foreign investors. Thiel‘s also reportedly sent a memo to employees indicating they shouldn’t expect the company […]

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Opinion: Facebook’s brain computer interface will be the instrument of society’s collapse

Anyone else think giving Facebook literal access to our brains is a catastrophically stupid idea? If you missed it: Facebook‘s building a brain computer interface (BCI). In the company’s words, the gadget will be: A non-invasive, wearable device that lets people type by simply imagining themselves talking. That makes it sound like a Bluetooth accessory […]

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Biden Had Said He Worked the Coal Mines, Was Shot at in Iraq, and Marched in the Civil Rights Movement. He Has Not Done Those Things

If there’s one thing Joe Biden loves more than approaching women from behind and putting his hands on their shoulders, it’s stealing valor. Not just troop valor, but coal miner valor, civil rights valor—if you’ve got valor, Joe Biden will steal it. In a speech on Friday, the former vice president regaled the New Hampshire […]

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Trump-appointed NASA head just declared Pluto a planet again

NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine – a politician who’s probably seen one or two episodes of “Cosmos” – has officially declared Pluto a planet again. His reasoning: that’s the way he learned it in high school. My favorite soundbyte of the day that probably won’t make it to TV. It came from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. […]

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This AI-powered text generator is the scariest thing I’ve ever seen — and you can try it

OpenAI, a nonprofit focused on creating human-level artificial intelligence, just released an update to its GPT-2 text generator. I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that, after trying it, I’m legitimately terrified for the future of humanity if we don’t figure out a way to detect AI-generated content – and soon. GPT-2 isn’t a killer […]

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Project Veritas and ‘whistle-blower’ published bullshit ‘data-leak’ to dox Google employees

Project Veritas, a non-profit conspiracy theory outlet, today dropped the ‘bombshell’ that it’d obtained hundreds of leaked internal documents from a whistle-blower showing Google‘s bias against Conservatives. Unfortunately, as is almost always the case with Project Veritas, the claims are crap. As TNW’s Ravie Lakshmanan pointed out, the documents are probably authentic. I’ve pored over […]

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Humans have been listening to our ‘AI-transcribed’ conversations for over a decade

It was a scandal. Third-party contractors, many working from places where data protection legislation is lax (or even non-existent), were listening and transcribing recordings of conversations from people who unwittingly believed robots were doing all the work. Conversations about work, finance, and romance were snooped upon, analyzed, and then typed up. I’m not talking about […]

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#GreenShirtGuy is the cure for political absurdity

Social media discourse is generally unhinged. But for those who follow US politics, simply opening the Twitter or Facebook app is like jumping into a swirling vortex of rage and blame. It’s as though we’ve forgotten how to communicate with one another as mature, professional adults. Thankfully, #GreenShirtGuy came along to show us the proper […]

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The AI community’s reaction to Microsoft’s $1BN ‘investment’ in OpenAI is priceless

Microsoft recently announced plans to invest $1 billion in OpenAI, an AI startup co-founded by Elon Musk (no longer involved) and focused on developing human-level artificial intelligence. Normally, this would be an article about robots that can think and how two of the biggest players in the AI industry joining forces could lead to amazing […]

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Even New York Times Columnists Are Falling For The ‘Dems Want Free Healthcare For Illegal Immigrants’ Canard

Via wp-image-402052369   This past week, The New York Times’ iconic, smooth-brained boomer wunderkind, Thomas Friedman, wrote a column about how uncomfortable he is with the leftward drift of today’s Democratic party. It probably shouldn’t surprise anyone that someone like Thomas Friedman — fattened from years of writing asinine books, torturing metaphors, and puffing up […]

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