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Clickbait Title: I spent three months living in the metaverse and now I'm starving

The metaverse salespeople have a weird fixation with Animal Crossing, in specific. The number of times we saw New Horizons specifically cited as an example of the metaverse was bizarre, like it was their first time experiencing a multiplayer game that wasn't CoD and it melted their brains.

Written by Dan Olson and Nathan Landel

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00:00:00 Chapter 1 - Welcome to Decentraland 00:05:31 Chapter 2 - The Metaverse 00:21:35 Chapter 3 - The Dead Mall of the Future 01:06:27 Chapter 4 - Clap your Hands or Tinkerbell Dies 01:22:02 Chapter 5 - A Child’s Vision of Governance 01:38:05 Chapter 6 - A Magic Circle

Sun, 26 Mar 2023 15:57:26 -0700
<![CDATA[The AI Arms Race Is On. Start Worrying | Time]]>

To create is human. For the past 300,000 years we’ve been unique in our ability to make art, cuisine, manifestos, societies: to envision and craft something new where there was nothing before. Now we have company.

Sun, 19 Feb 2023 14:51:20 -0800
<![CDATA[The expanding orbit of Seattle science fiction writer Octavia Butler]]>

Knowing that an author who wrote unsparingly about humanity’s capacity for violence and oppression dwelled amid such picturesque Pacific Northwest ordinariness is comforting. This quiet, unremarkable place would suit a diligent recluse, which Butler reportedly was. Her stories, whether set on alien planets or fictionalized Earths, rarely depicted such nurturing environments.

Mon, 12 Dec 2022 01:54:07 -0800
<![CDATA[Why making if-then connections might be the key to consciousness | Aeon Videos]]>

As recently as just a few decades ago, the interconnected web of experiences, thoughts and emotions known as a ‘stream of consciousness’ was widely believed to belong to humans alone. A still-accumulating body of evidence, however, strongly indicates that consciousness is far from unique to us.

Mon, 12 Dec 2022 01:53:25 -0800
<![CDATA[The People Cheering for Humanity’s End - The Atlantic]]>

With this declaration in The Order of Things (1966), the French philosopher Michel Foucault heralded a new way of thinking that would transform the humanities and social sciences.

Mon, 12 Dec 2022 01:53:19 -0800
<![CDATA[Data & Society — A Primer on AI in/from the Majority World]]>

A Primer on AI in/from the Majority World is a curated collection of over 160 thematic works that serve as pathways to explore the presence of artificial intelligence and technology in the geographic regions that are home to the majority of the human population.

Thu, 22 Sep 2022 23:33:26 -0700
<![CDATA[A Primer on AI in/from the Majority World]]>

A Primer on AI in/from the Majority World is a curated collection of over 160 thematic works that serve as pathways to explore the presence of artificial intelligence and technology in the geographic regions that are home to the majority of the human population. Instead of assuming that knowledge and innovations move out of the so-called centers of Europe and the United States to the rest of the world, thinking from the “majority world” (a term coined by Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam) means tracing emerging forms of knowledge, innovation, and labor in former and still-colonized spaces. “Majority world” defines a community in terms of what it has, rather than what it lacks.

Wed, 14 Sep 2022 22:33:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Horror stories of cryonics: The gruesome fates of frozen bodies - Big Think]]>

Several facilities in the U.S. and abroad maintain morbid warehouse morgues full of frozen human heads and bodies, waiting for the future. They are part of a story that is ghoulish, darkly humorous, and yet endearingly sincere.

Sun, 28 Aug 2022 15:51:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Early human ancestors one million years older than earlier thought | Fossils | The Guardian]]>

The fossils of our earliest ancestors found in South Africa are a million years older than previously thought, meaning they walked the Earth around the same time as their east African relatives like the famous “Lucy”, according to new research.

Fri, 22 Jul 2022 23:51:40 -0700
<![CDATA[How Early Humans Handled Aggression - The Atlantic]]>

When I was studying for my doctorate, in the late 1960s, we budding anthropologists read a book called Ideas on Human Evolution, a collection of then-recent papers in the field. With typical graduate-student arrogance, I pronounced it “too many ideas chasing too little data.

Fri, 22 Jul 2022 23:51:38 -0700
<![CDATA[The Dangerous Populist Science of Yuval Noah Harari ❧ Current Affairs]]>

Watch videos of Yuval Noah Harari, the author of the wildly successful book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, and you will hear him being asked the most astonishing questions. Harari’s manner is soft spoken, even shy, in these encounters.

Fri, 22 Jul 2022 23:51:36 -0700
<![CDATA[for millennia human beings have wondered: “what does the cosmos taste like?”]]> ]]> Thu, 07 Jul 2022 06:28:09 -0700 <![CDATA[The Puzzling Reason AI May Never Compete With Human Consciousness - CNET]]>

Constructing humanlike artificial intelligence often starts with deconstructing humans. Take fingerprints: When holding soapy dishes, we intuitively adjust our grip based on our fingerprint structure.

Fri, 03 Jun 2022 01:52:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Atheism is not as rare or as rational as you think - Big Think]]>

You are a member of a very peculiar species. Of all our quirks, the human religious impulse may be our most distinctive one. We build skyscrapers? Big deal, bowerbirds construct ornate decorative nests and they have brains the size of almonds.

Fri, 03 Jun 2022 01:52:37 -0700
<![CDATA[‘The Game is Over’: AI breakthrough puts DeepMind on verge of achieving human-level artificial intelligence | The Independent]]>

Human-level artificial intelligence is close to finally being achieved, according to a lead researcher at Google’s DeepMind AI division.

Fri, 03 Jun 2022 01:52:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Why longtermism is the world’s most dangerous secular credo | Aeon Essays]]>

There seems to be a growing recognition that humanity might be approaching the ‘end times’. Dire predictions of catastrophe clutter the news. Social media videos of hellish wildfires, devastating floods and hospitals overflowing with COVID-19 patients dominate our timelines.

Fri, 03 Jun 2022 01:52:00 -0700
<![CDATA[How This A.I. Draws Anything You Describe [DALL-E 2]]]>

Art takes a unique combination of skill, creativity the very human element of aesthetic taste. But what if the visual arts also fall to AI. In this episode we discuss Dall-E 2, a powerful text to image generator that's set to shake things up.

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Fri, 22 Apr 2022 06:07:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Rise of the machines: new book shows how revolutionary AlphaZero is | Chess | The Guardian]]>

The eye-catching victory of AlphaZero, the artificial-intelligence program that taught itself to play chess, over the No 1 computer engine Stockfish, has evoked comparisons with human legends.

Mon, 11 Apr 2022 00:51:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Xenofeminism: A Framework to Hack the Human| New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry]]>

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Mon, 28 Feb 2022 00:52:37 -0800
<![CDATA[A New Database Reveals How Much Humans Are Messing With Evolution | WIRED]]>

Charles Darwin thought of evolution as an incremental process, like the patient creep of glaciers or the march of continental plates.

Mon, 28 Feb 2022 00:52:32 -0800