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Bring and Brag / Re: P3nT's Shoops
« on: Yesterday at 08:23:58 am »
"I make you laugh? Iím here to fuckiní amuse you?"

The Secrets Forum / Re: PICS VIII: 10% LARGER THAN PICS VII
« on: Yesterday at 05:35:11 am »
I know I've posted this dude before but just fuck!

description also bears repeating

In 1752 before Ben Franklin invented Pizza, Gameboy, the iPad2 or Mexican food he was contemplating how to conquer electricity. Being the genius he was he decided go get it at its source, this being Zeus. Strapping himself to a kite, and equipping some homemade lightning claws he ascended through the clouds and into the realm of the Gods to battle it out with Zeus. This is a painting capturing the exact moment the battle started.

Bring and Brag / Re: P3nT's Shoops
« on: February 18, 2017, 04:03:25 pm »
Homage to the greatest zombie in cinema history. Pretty stoked with how this guy turned out.


Bring and Brag / Re: P3nT's Shoops
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:10:34 am »
Totally get what you mean with the kung-fu thing. I have this rough concept of "Ninja" that I aspire to. Immersed in the task, whether it be paddling a kayak or making a cup of coffee, I try to approach it with the same focus on perfecting the action. On doing it the way a ninja would do it. Immersed in a flow state, striving for perfect execution. Quote from Last Samurai always at the forefront of my mind - "From the moment they wake, they devote themselves to the perfection of whatever they pursue."

BTW, I might have said this before but it bears repeating - VR is like an amplifier for flow state. In medium there's a default background. When you first load it up, generic HDR blue sky and clouds but you can turn this off and pick a plain background colour. Instant sense of sensory deprivation. You can feel all the visual distraction melt away. Actually feel it, like a jolt. Like when a loud background noise stops and you realise some part of your brain has been paying attention to it but you don't notice til it's gone.

I start getting uncomfortable in the rift after an hour or so but that hour is guaranteed perfect focus and perfect flow-state every time. Medium is the only thing I've used in VR that's anything like this but I'm predicting the technique could be used in any productivity software.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: February 17, 2017, 07:32:44 am »
Is based on the somewhat flawed premise that mainstream culture wasn't puerile,  retarded garbage as far back as the 5th century AD

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: February 17, 2017, 12:21:34 am »
Guy who manages secure communications channels between Jews?

Bring and Brag / Anatomy musings
« on: February 16, 2017, 11:43:33 pm »
I'm a machine
I see myself deconstructed
Twitching and growing
Hinges and levers
Rotating ball sockets
The springs flex fueled by the pumps and the bellows
It burns and turns and runs and feeds
It fixes itself
It swarms and it breeds
Mechanism of animated flesh and bone

It thinks about itself
This myserious golem
Somehow mechanism gives rise to something
Something that isn't mechanical
Something radical
Something almost ghostly and inexplicable
What the fuck am I?
That's typing these words on a keyboard
Directing the golem's fingers to dance
Spiralling reflecting emerging conciousness

I'm haunted matter
I'm the weirdest thing there is
I'm gears and levers whirring and flicking
I'm trillions of lines of communication
I'm none of these things
I'm all of the above
I'm an imaginary pilot flying a monkey
I'm a face in the mirror
I'm the sublime meeting the preposterous
I'm a temporary glitch in the universe

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: February 16, 2017, 10:03:28 pm »
I fucking know I'm going to hate myself for asking this but crypto-jew?  :?

Bring and Brag / Re: P3nT's Shoops
« on: February 16, 2017, 09:58:34 pm »
Aye! I reread that post and it kinda comes across as downbeat but that's really not what I was meaning. Been coming to terms with what I've started calling "the myth of talent". I'm fast coming to the conclusion that there's no such thing as talent, in and of itself. What "untalented" people refer to as "talent" is actually just someone who has practiced something enough times to get good at it.

I'm pretty active on the oculus forum and there's a good mix there of pro guys, the dude who made the Hulk for the movie Avengers Assemble, the chap who did some of the transformers in Revenge of the fallen, and then there's total novices who just enjoy having a scribble and then there's me, somewhere in the middle and I'm looking at the ninja guys and thinking "fuck me, if only..." and then I'm looking at the noobs and thinking "All I have on them is six or seven months studying anatomy" and that's the  trick, that's where the "talent" comes from - work. Practice. Study.

And people say "You're talented" or "I wish I had your talent" and that's a crock of shit. I don't have talent, I just put in the graft and those, ninja fuckers who get paid to work on movies, the godlike fuckers? They just been at it longer than me but, having been at this for half a year or more now, I was kinda waiting for the talent fairy to pay me a visit or something. Flash of light, heavenly chorus kinda deal and it never happened and I don't feel talented. All I feel is I know my way round a skull and bones and I know how to plug the muscles in cos I been staring at them for half a year.

The magic of VR and Medium is I'm not wrestling with interface anymore so I kinda got a free pass learning all that technical bullshit and that fast forwarded me at least six months to a year in terms of my capability. That's the cheaty part but I don't mind. I got there a year quicker than I would have done but I would have got here eventually. I miss the notion of talent, tho. Like I'm doing stuff now that a year ago I would have looked at in awe like a magician done it and now I can do it but I don't feel like a magician. It's a minor irritation, tho. I love being able to get stuff out my head and give birth to these creations. That more than makes up for the complete lack of voodoo.

Bring and Brag / Re: P3nT's Shoops
« on: February 16, 2017, 08:55:01 pm »
You think its awesome to you? You should try being me. It's honestly like watching someone else doing this shit at times. I'm just a passive observer.  My job is to wear weird googles and watch my imagination pop into existence in front of me. I used to envy talented people but I'll settle for fluking semi cool shit as the next best thing. I don't think it matters how many times I do it,  I'm always gonna feel like a fake. No way is real art this easy.

The Secrets Forum / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: February 16, 2017, 08:44:14 pm »
History is written by the victors people with the most subscribers

Bring and Brag / Re: P3nT's Shoops
« on: February 16, 2017, 07:45:21 pm »

I think you seriously underestimate peoples abilities to move the goalposts. I call this "all it's doing is - syndrome"

The AI roadmap is punctuated by examples of someone building a machine that carries out task-x, n-times faster, more accurately and more efficiently than meat, whereupon champions of meat will expound that "all it's doing is..." The sentence invariably ends with "but it'll never..." followed by a new goalpost.

This instant amnesia (another defining feature of meat) forgets that just yesterday the old "all it's doing" goalpost was considered to be something that required an idiotic primate to compute. Now, we discover that it was actually a trivial task that can be accomplished much more quickly, accurately and consistently by a relatively simple computational device.

I see a point in the not too distant future where the only parts of meat computation which are not better accomplished by machines are things like flawed logic and cognitive bias. Everything else will have been - all it's doing'ed - into the realm of sillicon. Flawed logic and cognitive bias. That'll be what's left as the defining characteristic of humanity.


Google's New AI Has Learned to Become "Highly Aggressive" in Stressful Situations

I'm immediately struck by the sensational science reporting - you could tell this story in a lot of ways but they choose to go with the doomsday terminator apocalypse language again because that's the only pop-culture narrative for AI.

The real problem with the Terminator narrative is hat the AI angle is ultimately incidental to it. Crazy generals have been staging military coups and oppressing the fuck out of people since the dawn of recorded history.

Exactly this. There are very few (if any) arguments against any technological innovation that don't boil down, upon closer inspection, to an argument against talking primates. However, talking primates are renowned for their complete lack of accountability, so we are required by law to find some other root cause to blame. It's the old - guns don't kill people - conundrum. 

Bang on the money, re journalists anthropomorphising. If you feed an ML system a zero sum game it'll find an optimal win condition. As soon as it outperforms humans, it'll freak them the fuck out and they'll start doing the anthropomorphism thing. Everything else is just potential for profit and lulz. I've been saying it for ages now - the Turing test will absolutely be passed, to the satisfaction of most of the human race, pretty soon now, by a machine that's no more conscious than a commodore Amiga was.

We'll be projecting human-level consciousness and personality and emotions onto machines a long time before they ever get close, because acting human is something ML will acquire no bother and, as with everything else, they'll quickly learn to do it with superhuman ability. They'll still be inanimate objects but it won't matter, they'll be better than us at giving the appearance of being us and we are biologically programmed to accept things that appear human as being human.

The rules of marketing dictate that whosoever deploys a cloud AI that most people fall head over heels in love with upon first use will reap profits most epic. Imagine sales kiosks that can gauge a customer's non-verbal reactions perfectly in realtime and adjust tact to suit. You will always supersize for fear of disappointing the checkout.

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