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    There's more possible Go moves than atoms in the known universe.

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    way, way more (at least 10^(10^48) according to https://senseis.xmp.net/?NumberOfPossibleGoGames#toc6)

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    even chess has more moves than the universe has atoms - at least according to shannon. fact is the number of atoms in the universe is just not that big compared to the number of possible states in a typical game (complexity in a game can grow very fast). football, for example, is far more complicated, with an infinite number of possible game states.

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    If you want a real computational challenge, try estimating lower bound on the number of different Scrabble games (using a given set of allowed words, of course).

    People have made estimates: https://sublimityofinfinity.wordpres...-there-part-3/ but I don't know how rigorous these are really.
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    " ... his ballyhooed philosophy appears to consist of little more than gothic sci-fi-flavored intellectualizations of his fantasies of oppressing the poor by remote control from an automated oriental massage parlor."

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    The first hints of that vocabulary emerged in 1962, when Torsten Wiesel and David Hubel showed that specific neurons in the brain’s visual centers are tuned to specific stimuli—lights moving in particular directions, or lines aligned in particular ways. Since then, other neuroscientists have identified neurons that respond to colors, curvatures, faces, hands, and outdoor scenes. But here’s the catch: Those scientists always chose which kinds of shape to test, and their intuition might not reflect the actual stimuli to which the neurons are attuned. “Just because a cell responds to a specific category of image doesn’t mean you really understand what it wants,” says Livingstone.

    So why not ask the neurons what they want to see?

    That was the idea behind XDREAM, an algorithm dreamed up by a Harvard student named Will Xiao. Sets of those gray, formless images, 40 in all, were shown to watching monkeys, and the algorithm tweaked and shuffled those that provoked the strongest responses in chosen neurons to create a new generation of pics. Xiao had previously trained XDREAM using 1.4 million real-world photos so that it would generate synthetic images with the properties of natural ones. Over 250 such generations, the synthetic images became more and more effective, until they were exciting their target neurons far more intensely than any natural image. “It was exciting to finally let a cell tell us what it’s encoding instead of having to guess,” says Ponce, who is now at Washington University in St. Louis.
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    Not all heroes wear capes etc etc
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    Land has speculated about both an AI and the Necronomicon from the future meddling in our current world. But this researcher can't help but think of a more chilling scenario: What if it is the Great Old Ones themselves who are melding in the present from the future. And what if accelerationism and the Dark Enlightenment are one such bid to harness capitalism and technology towards one obvious end: their own creation and a distinctly post-human future. Are Lovecraft's demonic space gods then our own future when a tendril-faced elite final sever all ties to humanity and Earth as a whole? Certainly, I suspect such a notion has passed through Land's mind. And he may well be okay with such an outcome.

    But the real question is, are men like Epstein and Thiel concerned with such an endgame? Based on circumstantial evidence, such a possibility can not be dismissed. And that is something that is truly horrifying to contemplate. This is why, as I've suggested before, that Epstein's child sex trafficking is not the darkest abyss. Rather, it is what the funds from this endeavor were being used to sponsor. And that may well be the birth of the Great Old Ones.

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    Pretty funny. You could probably do quite a funny dissensus one

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    Started listening to this early kode9 tune from the same channel



    Heart of darkness is a constant inspiration for so many different people huh

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    I know I've posted this here before but I don't care. If I live to 100 I wager I still find this image funny as hell.

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