Detritus 530



▶ lol
For anyone not local, “Tova” is a local journalist – often antagonistic…
And very often shut down by Jacinda with (you guessed it!) FACTS!



▶ music via AI? AI dogs barking up the wrong tree? “Thus, to learn the high level semantics of music, a model would have to deal with extremely long-range dependencies. One way of addressing the long input problem is to use an autoencoder that compresses raw audio to a lower-dimensional space by discarding some of the perceptually irrelevant bits of information…” – maybe that is the perfect future for Spotify? Provide even better ROI by eliminating humans from music, the only problem being that the results are less engaging than the output from all those monkeys sitting at typewriters. In both instances those monkeys are just throwing shit against a wall & hoping some of it sticks. None of it does. It is just shit. Stuck to a wall. Nerdvana – Smells like AI Teen Shit?



▶ wow – grim stats: “a lot of data on reported Covid deaths is highly suspect, so we’ve been looking into (yikes) excess mortality…”



▶ Piotr Szyhalski’s Daily COVID-19 (visual) Reports



▶ This is a fascinating read: Are we finally paying attention – a quote from it: “So, in New Zealand, for example, 10 percent of the population own 59 percent of our country’s wealth, while the poorest 50 percent own only 2 percent.
As one illustration of that, capitalism has made it acceptable and lawful for the CEO of Fonterra to earn a base salary of $1.95 million while choosing not to pay the living wage to all Fonterra employees.”


Related I love this quote from the brilliant Sarah Kendzior: “When wealth is passed off as merit, bad luck is seen as bad character. This is how ideologues justify punishing the sick and the poor. But poverty is neither a crime nor a character flaw. Stigmatize those who let people die, not those who struggle to live.”


Is COVID19 also a day of reckoning for capitalism?






Fascinating maps by @iain_white





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