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staring rule
  • You're not being naive, the comment was joking about the meme incorrectly using "starring" (the gerund of "to star" as in "Cillian Murphy is starring in this movie") when the meme creator clearly meant to use "staring", the gerund of "to stare".

  • Court Bans Use of 'AI-Enhanced' Video Evidence Because That's Not How AI Works
  • It models only use of language

    This phrase, so casually deployed, is doing some seriously heavy lifting. Lanuage is by no means a trivial thing for a computer to meaningfully interpret, and the fact that LLMs do it so well is way more impressive than a casual observer might think.

    If you look at earlier procedural attempts to interpret language programmatically, you will see that time and again, the developers get stopped in their tracks because in order to understand a sentence, you need to understand the universe - or at the least a particular corner of it. For example, given the sentence "The stolen painting was found by a tree", you need to know what a tree is in order to interpret this correctly.

    You can't really use language *unless* you have a model of the universe.

  • 5 reasons why desktop Linux is finally growing in popularity
  • That’s 1 in every 50 desktops. Anecdotally I can think of only 3 people, including myself

    Can you name 147 people using Windows? If you can, then that's 1 in every 50. Of course, people you know are probably the technical sort that are more likely to pay attention to their OS, but still you'd need to be able to individually name 147 Windows users just to match the 1 in 50 stat. Point I'm trying to make is that one in 50 really is not very many!

  • Court Bans Use of 'AI-Enhanced' Video Evidence Because That's Not How AI Works
  • they, in fact, will have some understanding

    These models have spontaneously acquired a concept of things like perspective, scale and lighting, which you can argue is already an understanding of 3D space.

    What they do not have (and IMO won't ever have) is consciousness. The fact we have created machines that have understanding of the universe without consciousness is very interesting to me. It's very illuminating on the subject of what consciousness is, by providing a new example of what it is not.

  • Linux share on Steam bounces back to nearly 2% for March 2024
  • I don't have Subnautica but it is on my wishlist because you can play in VR, which is what I mostly play these days. PCVR is not as reliable on Linux as standard games, but nevertheless more than 50% of titles do work flawlessly now. Subnautica is definitely one of them - you should check for other people who've got your problem on ProtonDB. If you actually care, look into it more, you should be able to get all of those games running.

  • Why do we have an internal monologue?
  • I think it's possible that internal language did exist before it could be vocalised. That is, before we evolved the necessary structures in the throat to make words, we were thinking according to basic grammatical rules e.g subject-verb-object. Words in human language are like labels for internal concepts, and those internal concepts would have existed before language was a thing.

  • Why do we have an internal monologue?
  • What do you think evolved first - verbal communication or thoughts? Presumably we were able to think before we could speak, no? The words we have in our language are like pointers to internal concepts, and it seems to me that those internal concepts would have existed before language was a thing. The mouth-sounds as you put it are not the thoughts themselves, rather just labels for specific concepts. It might be possible and even convenient to think in mouth-sounds but it's not necessary for logical thought.

  • Cool experiments to do with milk teeth?
  • Yes it totally does. My teachers got a load of disembodied teeth when I was about 6, and we tied them to string and left them suspended in various drinks. The ones in coca cola had completely disappeared by the end of the experiment.

  • Shouldn't we be switching buses with light railway?
  • Tramways and Light Rails are much more silent

    From inside, maybe? Berlin, where I live, has lots of trams all over the city. I admit I rarely use them as I much prefer my bicycle, but they are seriously noisy. During the day the noise is somewhat lost in the general cacophony of city life, but in the evenings you can hear them rattling and crashing along from streets away. And if you live on a road with a tramline, you just have to accept this horrible metal-on-metal screeching and rattling at almost all hours.

  • Daily Lemmy comments up from ~7m to ~11m following the launch of Sync?
  • Mastodon where it’s focused on a person’s single post

    This is a good observation, it means that kind of social media (twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) is much more egotistical and self-aggrandizing,which in turn explains why people like Musk and Trump are so enamoured with the format.

  • 'Unprecedented heat': Iran begins two-day nationwide shutdown amid soaring temperatures
  • Those poor Iranians

    I suggest you try to analyse the data. Iranians have a very high energy usage per capita - at least as high as any EU country and probably higher. The country is a major oil and gas producer, and the population is accustomed to cheap petrol prices due to heavy subsidisation by the government. You won't find many Iranians opting to use public transport for the good of the environment. Like Americans, they would rather sit in their own air-conditioned vehicles in interminable traffic jams.

  • Would You Rather Give Up Meat Or Flying For The Environment?
  • can’t say no to them serving me meat.

    Offer to cook one meal a week for the family, and take it as an opportunity to showcase meat-free meals. If they're dyed-in-the-wool carnivores, you'll have to start with typical meat dishes using substitutes e.g. lasagne made with soya mince.

  • Would You Rather Give Up Meat Or Flying For The Environment?
  • Do you vote? Because it's the same principle - how one person votes might be irrelevant, but millions of people voting is powerful. This is true even though corporations have outsized influence on the political process.

    Likewise, a single person deciding to not eat meat one day a week or replace one car journey with cycling is nothing in the global scheme of things, but a billion people all doing it will have more impact on the environment than any corporation ever could.