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☕ David Antoine Swedish fintech Klarna CEO says its AI assistant does the work of 700 people after it laid off 700 people two years prior... Is this the start of a new golden era for capitalism and an even more unhinged version of it? How much poverty can be created at the behest of capital owners before the remaining workforce, and the purchasing power attached to it, become reduced enough to impact the bottom line their corporations? I don't know... Not every country as a trillion euros sovereign-wealth fund to chill for the future, like Norway.
☕ David Antoine EMO: Emote Portrait Alive - Generating Expressive Portrait Videos with Audio2Video Diffusion Model under Weak Conditions: humanaigc.github.i...
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Zero Edge I've seen the total solar eclipse but had not thought of using a pair of binoculars. I might try that out if I can make it to the one we should be experiencing soon. I suppose you're right that the sun would be too blocked out to experience any burn of the retina during the total eclipse.
☕ David Antoine You'll be fine and you won't regret it, just don't get carried out by the spectacle and stop watching at it when you know that the end of the total phase approaches. Always Keep that in mind, you don't want to be on the binoculars when the first ray of light pops out from the lunar limb... Besides, as you experienced it, it is wonderful to enter and leave the total phase by soaking in the abrupt change in the surrounding environment with your naked eyes.
Zero Edge If you stared straight at a total eclipse with no protection you might burn the retina of your eyes. The burn would not be the same kind of burn you would receive from staring straight at the sun (which would be a filled circle) but instead would be a thin outline of a circle. I wonder if a person with this type of burn would have differing psychological traits than others. I wonder if they would be able to visually focus on things better than others considering they have a boundary circle permanently within their vision. I wonder if it changed the culture of peoples of ancient times if they happened stare at a total eclipse...
☕ David Antoine Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse, when the moon entirely blocks the sun's apparent disk. You have to be careful not to look at the sun in any other circumstances. During a total solar eclipse maximum phase, you can even look at it with binoculars, it's incredible. But you have to be aware of the time and stop staring at it when the end of the total phase approaches. A "thin outline of a circle" burn would probably occur if you have the bad idea of looking at an annular eclipse during the max phase, with binoculars and no protection. Having eye burn damage suck. Zero uplift.
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🦾 Lucian Marin I used all possible blocks and ended up with Regent International Center.
🦾 Lucian Marin I stared multiple times at the sun. I don't think the burn is permanent.
☕ David Antoine I hope for you... My eyesight is pretty "fragile", I've to be careful not to expose my eyes to a very concentrated bright light or I get permanent burns, which I already have. Not too bad overall, just annoying. But the apprehension is a bit stressful sometimes. LED lights are a nightmare for me. I curse them.
☕ David Antoine OpenAI... Better and better. And, potentially more and more problematic in the very near future. That level of progress on generative AI makes me wonder if we aren't just putting the foot on the gas without even thinking about the potential consequences. Especially with a suspicious CEO at the helm... What could go wrong?
Zero Edge There is a huge host of people out there who think their race is superior to your race. They think given equal circumstance. Equal upbringing. On average their race will always perform better than your race. Because of this they find it necessary to pander to your race because according to them your race is inferior to their race. According to them your race is incapable of accomplishments without their race. "White Savior Complex". It's racism and if you call them out on it they will call you the racist instead. Manipulators gonna manipulate. Watch out!
☕ David Antoine "According to them your race is incapable of accomplishments without their race." You basically defined colonialism, more or less... Thanks. And yes, racism is an integral part of it . Total intolerance and visceral revulsion for any ethnicity other than the one of the colonizer. The word racism in itself is pretty stupid _btw_, there is only one human race, Homo Sapiens... Frenchies in colonized Algeria did have a pretty acute complex of superiority... Let's just say the White / WASP colonialist handbook is now very well stuffed with horrendous psychotic acts. White washing it is the recurrent manipulation.
🦾 Lucian Marin I was in hospital for 3 days. They didn't find a thing wrong with me. I still got joint paint after fluoroquinolone. After that I was fired. This is the worst year ever for me. It never ends.
☕ David Antoine Best wishes to you. That's all I can say. I'm burnt out from my work for the time being. Off duty since May. Will probably not go back to work in early November when I've my next appointment with the work medic... I will see but not the best times for me either. But I'm not complaining too much, I'm healthy. Hope you'll get better as well. Hope you find a job soon enough, but it's not easy indeed.
🦾 Lucian Marin My only hope these days is and I don't know when I will get better. I got over the acute phase, I can walk with lots of pain now.
☕ David Antoine Hope you'll get better soon enough...
☕ David Antoine I have an invite code for Bluesky if anyone's interested...
👨‍💻 Matthieu V. I'm curious to try ! You'll find some ways to message me on my Subreply profile if you're willing to gift me this code :)
☕ David Antoine That's... Almost not surprising.
☕ David Antoine Out of curiosity, anyone on the Nostr network? Seems to get a lot of traction lately... Whether it will succeed or not is another story as always, the social network landscape is overcrowded.
Zero Edge So your argument is that a highly complex system always existed (the laws of physics as you put it) but that isn't the only complex system you think always existed you believe every system including weather, life (birth), the complexities of the quantum realm, fire, and way more that I can't think of. Nothing in this universe is 'simple'. That is fine you believe a complex system always existed. I believe a extremely complex system always existed and it gave birth to our complex system. How exactly does your belief require any less faith than mine?
☕ David Antoine I don't know if I should consider the laws of physics as a highly complex system in itself as physicists still don't know exactly what's fundamental and what's emergent. QM for example describes reality with probabilities while ensuring they strictly sum to 1 and is all constraint by the Pythagoras theorem and the imaginary number. They call it the unitarity. Simple basics, complex world. Same for life down the road, provided you have the right initial conditions. I just watched this, he talks about why is there something rather than nothing better then me and it is obsoletely not trivial:
☕ David Antoine Awesome commercial (that's rare) about a railway company in Japan... It also shows how committed they were to get it done and the CGI involved was not used as you would initially think when watching the clip...