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More on P-Doom

From an article on Fast Company ... Just like in Las Vegas, though, having a bunch of p(doom)s, even those of smart people, doesn’t reveal if the house is going to win or not. “Nobody knows whether AI is 10% or 2% or 85.2% likely to kill us, of course,” Roose points out, noting we possess myriad ways of complicating the odds, too: “Would it still count as ‘doom’ if only 50% of humans died as a result of AI? What if nobody died, but we all ended up jobless and miserable? And how would AI take over the world, anyway?” See this ... AND NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT THIS SCENARIO!!!

The AI Problem - We Can No Longer Just Turn It Off

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This article on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Background Briefing program ... Artificial intelligence experts have been asking each other a question lately: “What’s your p(doom)?” It’s both a dark in-joke and potentially one of the most important questions facing humanity. The “p” stands for probability. The “doom” component is more subjective but it generally refers to a sophisticated and hostile AI, acting beyond human control. I've never been a "doomer", before, because hey, computers are so dumb, and besides, "...have you tried turning it off and on?" However, as computers have advanced in the last 10 years, nevermind in my lifetime, Generative AI (GAI) has become the tool to use, the question of control over AI is a fair question to ask. It's not centralised anymore, it's running massively in parallel now. We can't simply turn it off anymore. Then there's the human tendency to get a new tool and use it in situati

Solar Joy

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The wife and I recently had solar panels installed on our roof, an east-facing bank and a west-facing bank. Not a big rig, we don't have a very large house. Just enough for the 2 of us. The house and the solar 😀 It was turned on around midday on January 29, so it hasn't quite run for 2 weeks yet, yet it's about to clock over 100kg of coal saved, and 250kg of CO2 not released! I'm not even that interested in how much it's saving off our electricity bill, it impresses me because I'd be hard pressed to claim a carbon saving rate like that from using a bicycle and trains instead of driving for the same period! Even when I was still working and commuting 5 days a week!

Proposing a New Project for the Creation of a New Protocol

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Over at my github I've started a project to propose the creation of a protocol that makes peer-to-peer human addressable by adding a domain name layer. Anybody who has spent any time at all playing with Manyverse or Birdy would have come across the long strings of giberish that are core to your ID on the network - the encrypted hash ID. Right up front, this is just such an exclusionary way of creating connections. It's like doing IRC with everchanging IP numbers, except IP nambers are broken up with punctuation that makes them easier to read. Peer-to-Peer is currently at the literal stage of nerd-bois trying to impress nerd-grrls. This from an aging nerd-boi whose net experience dates back to the 90s and begain coding in the 70s, first on a signetics 2650, then a PDP11-70 in high school, later having a succession of early micros, including a "trash80 coco", access to a BBC B+ lab at my technical college, before finally falling in love with the Mac. Nerding is an

Biometrics Can Fuck Off

I'm an ordinary person with nothing to hide, but I value my front door key. A simple piece of hardware that keeps criminals and law enforcement alike out of my home. Would I like my thumbprint to be my front door key? HELL NO! The fact that my front door key is a discrete device, separate to me, not part of my physical person makes it more secure than biometrics. I can deliberately lose a device if I need to protect myself against home invasion or warrentless search. I can't lose my thumbprint. See mt point? In fact, if crims want my thumbprint, they don't need me, just my thumb. [BLAM! I DED. SNIP WITH THE BOLTCUTTERS.] None of this is morbid fantasy. Corrupt law enforcement exist, fascistic regimes exist, ruthless criminals exist. They're not a huge risk for most of us, but they are a real risk. I support passkey devices, the mythical java decoder ring. Technology has marched on since the early days of java, but the idea of an encrypted bluetooth dongle running

Quantise Pulse Period Timing to MIDI Note Numbers

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My top secret guitar pedal is NOT a guitar synth, but it does output MIDI notes... Well, it will output MIDI notes, velocity and channel data when it's actually developed, but it's not a synth. It's still in a crude, analog prototype iteration right now. No, it's not a guitar synth, but the idea is audacious and groundbreaking. Nope. Still not telling. There's loads of stuff it already does, combining more than just guitar, to create... Nah, still not telling! Cruel, aren't I? Be patient. However, tonight, I cam proudly say that MIDI note numbers can be "quantised" from period timing. Schmidtt trigger, edge detection, the pulseIn() function, a lookup table... IN 12 FREAKIN' LINES OF CODE! Mathematically, elegantly et voila! MIDI notes can be made to happen. In a sim, so far. On the command line. But those 12 lines of code will actually cut down to about 8, in an actual "pedal." Yeah, there's heaps else to do, too, but this t

Retronome

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F*** it, the name's probably taken, but I don't care. I'll cross that bridge if I come to it. Retronome is an Arduino metronome, not too dissimilar to a certain Dr Rhythm from Boss, like, the idea is a classic 70s DR box. Anyway, I've "built" one on Wokwi and coded it up. Still some basic features to add, and some code to make more readable, but hey, it's a start. I could buy one from my fave music store, but where would be the fun in that? Besides, any coding and electronics build is a valuable exercise in practice, just like playing your songlist... at home... alone. Which brings me to my reason for making Retronome, I need to practice to a clock, get my songs at a right tempo, get my feels tighter, but right. (Half time the metronome, play to the 2 and 4, develop your swing.) So, bleep, blip, blip, blip, bleep, blip, blip, blip. Get the code, as it grows, here.