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a weekly list of goodies, ideas, pieces of research, principles, models, and other random stuff curated by Robert

fiery stuff I've been ingesting
  1. I’ve been in a rabbit hole this week, watching Larry Lawton’s YouTube videos. Larry spent 12 years in the American prison system, which is pretty screwed up as far as I understood (check Mark DeFriest’s story). If you would like to get a taste of life behind bars, here’s a clip of people smoking synthetic marijuana in prison. I’ve also watched this, this, this, this, this, this, this.
  2. Accelerationism: the dystopian philosophy you’ve never heard of
  3. Disentangling the evolutionary drivers of social complexity: A comprehensive test of hypotheses
  4. Why smart people smoke (poetic, but there are some caveats) - one can skim through the Neurocognitive consequences of cigarette smoking in young adults–a comparison with pre-drug performance or Cognitive test scores in male adolescent cigarette smokers compared to non-smokers: a population-based study.
  5. [60 fps] Laborers in Victorian England, 1901
  6. Why I Live a Simple Life
  7. Bored Ape Nazi Club - what might possibly be the greatest troll in internet history. Respect the grind?
  8. The nuclear-powered sky hotel concept
  9. In 2016 a Florida man attempted to run from Boca Raton, FL to Bermuda in a home-made, inflatable plastic bubble
  10. The Importance of Failure - Interview with Adam D'Angelo, CEO of Quora
  11. Why do you waste so much time on the internet — reading this whilst also spending a lot of time on the internet
  12. I’ve locked myself out of my digital life
  13. The Gateway Process: CIA report investigating if people can leave their physical bodies to travel through space and time using Gateway Experience’s low frequency sounds and relaxation techniques. See regular people doing this.
  14. Random Mosaic – Detecting unauthorized physical access with beans, lentils and colored rice
  15. Are things really that bad? Actually, no.
  16. The strangeness of everyday things
  17. Read Something Interesting is celebrating great writing on the web by allowing you to discover random but exquisite pieces of writing.
  18. Mouse accuracy & reaction timing practice
  19. justwatch allows you to search the name of any movie or tv series and locate where you can watch it online
  20. myfridgefood: recipes using ingredients you already have in the kitchen
  21. 20 Hardest to Kill Houseplants
YouTube essays
Why the World is getting better than we are being told
Why the World is getting better than we are being told
tweets for thought
Cliff Pickover
Mathematics, physics, biology, alien life.

"The behavior of ball bearings as they self-assemble under an electric field. They seem alive, reaching for each other to form emergent structures." Source:
robotics, especially general purpose robotics, is a crucial technology on the evolutionary path of humanity, but practically no robotics company is an investable business.

this is a market failure and existential threat.
Nat Eliason
The locus of entertainment: or why I might give my daughter an iPad

The problem with the popularization of phones, TVs, computers, is not the screens themselves, it's the type of entertainment they enable.

We've shifted from...
Very excited to present Minerva🦉: a language model capable of solving mathematical questions using step-by-step natural language reasoning.
Combining scale, data and others dramatically improves performance on the STEM benchmarks MATH and MMLU-STEM.
war materials 🇺🇦
Where once the main sources of wealth were material assets such as gold mines, wheat fields and oil wells, today the main source of wealth is knowledge. And whereas you can seize oil fields by force, you cannot acquire knowledge that way. The profitability of conquest has declined as a result.
🇺🇦 You can donate to support the people in Ukraine.
All funds will be used to help those in need, affected by armed conflict, blood collection, mobilization of volunteers and resources, and emergency activities.
Disclaimer: There is no such thing as unbiased news. You can call it “less biased news”. There are numerous other biases that can influence news reporting too.
Overt political bias is probably the least concerning aspect of a democracy because it is simple to identify and weigh. 
The more concerning biases in news reporting today are those that are more subtle, such as financial incentives and self-censorship of topics. Many topics are simply not covered, and the mainstream media does not question why.
Feel free to send me counter-propaganda too.
Other places
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— Robert
Thank you for reading!
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