Dark AI… Dark humans…

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A study found that hiring algorithms are too opaque for us to understand if they are fair or not. (1) In other news, a scientist tried to help humans design algorithms that would never go the wrong way, doing harm rather than good, by implementing fail safes in their initial design (2)

We have started having kids.

And our main concern is to control them.

But there can be no control without love.

Unconditional love.

Leaving everything uncontrolled…

Let the river flow.

Leave the sea as it is.

And one day…

You will touch the water.

Let the waves carry you.

And one day…

You will swim!

Without moving an inch…

Rivers. Drought. Drought. Rivers.

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Researchers are using a new method to determine how resistant rivers are to drought. (1)

But why search for that?

Aren’t you worried…

About how resistant drought is to rivers?

At the end there was nothing.

And this nothing was destroyed.

By things which came to be.

Shy people.

Innocent kids.

Loving rivers.

Bringing death…

Artificial leaves… True gas… Artificial beings… True existence…

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A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an ‘artificial leaf’ that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to gasoline. (1)

What is natural?

What is artificial?

In a cosmos without definitions, something extraordinary happens…

And the unicorns lie besides the horses…

And the artificial leafs die in autumn…

Close your eyes to see what is real.

And you will see what you were never meant to see…

And the rivers will stop moving.

And the sea will become dry.

And the sky will go dark.

And the moon will turn red.

And right when you will be afraid that everything is collapsing…

Everything true will rise proud from oblivion…

To point to the one thing that can ever Be.

(Me)

Daddy…

Do you believe in Santa?

Yes, my dear.

But why daddy?

Because I love you…

Chairs into tables…

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Turning a chair into a table, or vice versa, might sound like somewhat of a magic trick. In this case, zero magic is involved, just plenty of complex geometry and machine learning.

Called LOGAN, the deep neural network, i.e., a machine of sorts, can learn to transform the shapes of two different objects, for example, a chair and a table, in a natural way, without seeing any paired transforms between the shapes. All the machine had seen was a bunch of tables and a bunch of chairs, and it could automatically translate shapes between the two unpaired domains. LOGAN can also automatically perform both content and style transfers between two different types of shapes without any changes to its network architecture. (1)

Chair… Table… Human… Cosmos…

Look at any shape.

Imagine any shape.

There are ways to go from one to the other. But there is nothing natural about it. All changes are abrupt. Raw. Untamed. Whenever something becomes something else, the first one dies. Completely and utterly. There is no gradual change. No “natural” way of dying. No “natural” way of changing. This is the secret we have chosen to ignore. And we keep on believing in the ability to change. This is the essence of our civilization. The cornerstone of our existence. That we can “change”. That things “change”.

Imagine a cosmos where everything is stable.

A perfect cosmos.

We hate this cosmos. For it nullifies existence.

Free beings we are.

And if we choose, we can choose to be!

And die…

So have we done.

So shall it be…

Self-assembling

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Chemists have created a new material that self-assembles into 2D networks in a predictable and reproducible manner. They have successfully synthesized a complex material by design — paving the way for its suite of new properties to be applied in many fields. (1)

Self-assembling materials…

Self-assembling continents…

Self-assembling planets…

Self-assembling stars…

Look everything from above and you will see. That what you see is nothing but an illusion. Not because it does not exist. But because what you believe you did NOT see*, actually existed everywhere in the first place. Inside a self-assembling cosmos…

* Check for example the case of humans believing there is no water on the Moon (now we have started discovering it everywhere), that there are no other planets like Earth (now we have started discovering them everywhere), that life is rare in the universe (now we have started discovering indications for it everywhere) et cetera.

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