"The feeling that members of one’s own species deserve special moral consideration as compared with members of other species is old and deep.
Whether the ethic of ‘speciesism’, to use Richard Ryder’s term, can be put on a logical footing any more sound than that of ‘racism’, I do not know. What I do know is that it has no proper basis in evolutionary biology"
-- Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene
In 1923, a cartoonist depicted a fictional machine that would generate ideas and draw them as cartoons automatically.
A century later, today's image-synthesis and large language models are approaching this once fantastic prediction: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2023/01/a-cartoonist-predicted-2023s-ai-drawing-machines-in-1923/?utm_brand=ars
Original tweet : https://nitter.42l.fr/arstechnica/status/1623552653841301504
"Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. This is as true of humans in the finite space of a planetary ecosystem as it is of gas molecules in a sealed flask. The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive."
-- Frank Herbert, Dune [The Ecology of Dune]
Oh hey look, another charging network in the works that's open to all EVs. Weird what can happen when there's a real charging standard that every* automaker agrees on.
*except That One
Power has poisoned academia - UnHerd