Malcolm Blaney: blog

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“In the case of Capsule, each content creator has their own website — has their own address, like Capsule.Greenwald.com — and then people go there and their first discovery of the mesh is through people that they’re interested in hearing from.”

techcrunch.com/2021/01/18/cryptocat-author-gets-insanely-fast-backing-to-build-p2p-tech-for-social-media

I had to think about this for a bit, but I think I like this idea as an extension of the current IndieWeb ecosystem. Most people don't want to pay for a domain name or hosting, so I wonder whether Capsule can find a way to enable both groups to interact successfully.

The question for me is, will non-paying servers be able to operate as first class citizens in the federation, with a trusted identity? Will be interesting to watch development.
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I arrived in Australia speaking precisely 11 words of English. I now have a PhD in Australian history, which is how I know that language-based exclusion was a primary mechanism of the White Australia Policy. twitter.com/alantudgemp/st…
English is our national language and is critical to getting a job, fully participating in our democracy and for social cohesion. From late 2021, new partner visa applicants will need to demonstrate they have made reasonable efforts to learn English. minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/alantudge/Page…

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What is consciousness? and missing David Graeber

It feels strange to say that you miss someone that you've never met, but the internet is a strange place. When it constantly provides updates, articles and books from someone like David Graeber, it follows that there's a huge sense of loss now that he is no longer with us.

Out of all of his amazing writing, the article that has stuck most with me is a piece he wrote for The Baffler. It is a beautiful and profound discussion on what may be the origins of consciousness. I thought of it again today after reading an article in The Guardian, which was written by a piece of software called GPT-3.

These two articles might not seem related at first glance, but I would still have loved to have heard David's thoughts on the latter. What can we say about GPT-3 based on the writing it's currently able to produce? If it keeps getting better, will we eventually say that it's "self aware"? It feels like the same "jump" to consciousness that David was talking about.

What if there are no jumps? Emergence is a continuum. AI is the result of yet another layer of complex social behaviours, namely the work of the software developers who built it combined with the work of countless people who provided data for it by openly sharing on the internet. Do we dare ask GPT-3 how it knows that it knows? That question itself may be the proof that Zhuangzi was alluding to at the end of David's piece.
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