Feb 28, 2023Liked by Daniel Zollinger

If you are worried about the Pascal quote ("apparently') I can put your mind at ease, it is genuine and a pretty good translation of a passage form letter 16 of the "Lettres provinciales "

[...] mes Lettres n'avaient pas accoutumé de se suivre de si près, ni d'être si étendues. Le peu de temps que j'ai eu a été cause de l'un et de l'autre. Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte"

Though to be terribly pedantic, that letter is from 1656, the provincales were send from 56-57. To prove I'm not a chatbot full reference: Blaire Oascal, seizième lettre, 4 décembre 1656, in Œuvres complètes, texte établi et annoté pars Jacques Chevalier, Paris, Gallimard, coll. «Bibliothèque de la Pléiade», 34, 1962, p. 865

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I understand the concern about human content being decimated by machine content, but comparing this endless wave of AI to the failure of Crypto is idiotic.

Both things don't intersect, at best models of generative art have emerged to kick NFTs out of the boat for good. Real humans have always had the free choice to write "plausible nonsense" anywhere, bearing this in mind, what is your real concern? I would say your concern is the quantity and ease of creating this type of content right now, but AI is just a tool, who gets to choose how to use the tool? we, the human nerd behind the screen.

We deal with spam and scams in our emails on a daily basis, all spread through programmed actions, but nobody has ever tried to end the programming languages ​​that make this possible, because it doesn't make sense, they are not the real villain of the story.

Targeting AI models is not targeting the real villain.

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