weekly reel January 15, 2023

Woop woop, frendz, and music with Joni Void + Maya Kuroki.

AGE EP by Joni Void + Maya Kuroki (bandcamp.com)

AI

[fr] Monsieur Phi : De quoi ChatGPT est-il vraiment capable ?

Ars Technica: Microsoft’s new AI can simulate anyone’s voice with 3 seconds of audio.

Lawsuit challenging Stable Diffusion, and HN blah.

AI-created stills for movies that don’t exist: David Cronenberg’s Galaxy of Flesh (1985), Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Tron (1976).

Tech

Bruce Schneier: Decarbonizing PoW cryptocurrencies through taxation.

Asianometry: How semiconductors ruined East Germany.

MIT: We now understand why Roman concrete is so durable, long-lasting, and self-repairing. Via Kottke.

[pdf] Field Guide to NOTAMs, a tastily-presented snark about the irrelevant crap that goes into official pilot notifications. Said differently, “notification overload”, but for airplane pilots instead of your phone. Via Nelson.

Streamer Mikkaa simultaneously beats 2 Elden Rings with a controller and a dance mat.

Shitty tech ℹ️

Good reminder by Nick: “Smart” home devices are security & privacy trash. IT’S ALSO RIDICULOUSLY FRAGILE AND MOSTLY-USELESS OBSCENE FIRST-WORLD TECHNO-GADGETO-BABBLE BULLSHIT, GODDAMNIT. MORE TECH ≠ BETTER, ever dared thinking about it?

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