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Episode 71 - Are We Doomed?

Episode 71 - Are We Doomed?

Wes, Eneasz, and David discuss the news from the last two weeks from a rationalist perspective

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News discussed:

A top Iranian official has said that the nation’s mandatory hijab law is being reviewed

Special counsel appointed to investigate Trump

Another round of China protests over Covid lockdowns

Sparked by fire in a locked-down apt, possibly extra harsh due to being Uyghur neighborhood/building 

Definitely unrelated to anything else going on, Jiang Zemin died

NATO allies capping Russian Oil at $60/barrel? “In essence, such a decree would ban the export of oil and petroleum products to countries and companies that apply it.” (Doesn’t apply to pipelines, yet) covers more than two-thirds of Russian oil imports coming into the EU. India, China and Turkey not affected. 

US Strategic Petroleum Reserve at record lows, down 1/3rd from a year ago

Cicero in top 10% of Diplomacy players. (more)

ChatGPT can do anything, including modeling itself in an imaginary internet, or describe how to take over the world. Does slightly worse than average human on SAT, and it’s retarded.

Advent of Code competition is being won by GPT

CarperAI released OpenELM, an open-source large language model 

AI superpowers - can tell race via chest Xray. Can tell sex via retina scan (87%)

Twitter Files confirm what we knew - Hunter Biden laptop is real, DNC has direct access to Twitter’s censors, asked for it to be censored, request granted. Seems if this is a big deal or not depends on how you feel about govt suppression of this story.

Core inflation down to 2.7%

Wikipedia influences the law

Former anti-abortion leader claims Justice Alito leaked Hobby Lobby decision

A 32 year old woman is trying to sue the doctors that did the surgery she requested

Happy News!

A woman who has a concealed carry license took on four armed men who tried to carjack her

We developed a new multivalent mRNA vaccine against all known influenza virus subtypes.

After each game, Japanese WorldCup fans pick up litter. 

900 megawatt “water battery” with a storage capacity of 20 million kilowatt hours debuts in Switzerland next week

CAR T-Cell Therapy Sends Lupus into Remission

New farm robot can specifically target individual weeds and crops

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Intro/outro music: On Sale by Golden Duck Orchestra

The Mind Killer
The Mind Killer
Your hosts Wesley Fenza, Eneasz Brodski, and David Spearman discuss the week's news.