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- Garbage Data At Full Bandwidth
Garbage Data At Full Bandwidth
That's a right low blow, potion seller.
I wish I had better news for you on a Tuesday, but unfortunately all I have to offer are my strongest potions, and you can’t handle my strongest potions. No one can.
“Andrea, that’s a right low blow!” declared Nicholas Alahverdian in a very credible Baron Silas von Greenback impression to Dateline’s Andrea Canning. Alahverdian, “a Rhode Island fugitive who faked his own death and fled to Scotland… is currently being held in a Scotland jail as he awaits extradition proceedings,” reports The Daily Mail. I know this is a lot to take on board but I urge you to watch the interview video.
“SpaceX Starship explosion spread particulate matter for miles,” reports CNBC’s Lora Kolodny, who adds that “it’s not yet known whether the ash- and sand-like particulate matter is dangerous to touch or breathe in and what effect it could have on soil health...” The launch also probably barbecued a bunch of ocelots. If only there had been some way to predict all of this beforehand. In Vice, Jordan Pearson and Joseph Cox found Elon’s other burner.
“This whole advert was created using AI,” tweets evil wizard Dan Oliver. And while I’m willing to excuse this monstrosity on the grounds of artistic merit, AI development in general is accelerating rapidly toward the Crypto Trash Horizon. Bloomberg’s Marissa Newman and Aggi Cantrill profiled the German high school teacher leading the open source LAION project along “with a small team of volunteers building the world’s biggest free AI training data set, which has already been used in text-to-image generators such as Google’s Imagen and Stable Diffusion.” That right, the folks scraping billions of images from the web and packaging them into usable AI training data are mostly hobbyists, working for free. One of them is Romain Beaumont, who maintains the img2dataset scraping tool which:
…writes Emanuel Maiberg in Vice. “It is sad that several of you are not understanding the potential of AI and open AI and as a consequence have decided to fight it,” Beaumont posted in a github issue asking him to make his tool opt-in. “I'm seriously beginning to ponder automatically hitting back with garbage data at full bandwidth because at some point we'll have to reach the ‘find out’ part of fuck around and find out,” posted a dissatisfied scraping victim. Nevertheless, “Congress gets 40 ChatGPT Plus licenses to start experimenting with generative AI.” What could go wrong.
Garrett Dimon: Against live coding interviews. I’ve run live coding interviews and I think they can be done fairly and somewhat usefully, but Dimon makes a lot of good points here.
Today in Media: Yesterday’s de-Carlsoning and Lemonectomy haven’t really produced any great commentary yet. Most of the tabs on it so far are some version of Gabriel Sherman’s six paragraph shruggie. A notable standout, in a bad way, is the Times’s Jim Rutenberg getting desperately horned-up for a “these events represent both sides of the Trump-era excesses of cable news” take, in which he spends part of literally every paragraph explaining how his main thesis is nonsense, and concludes that the future may hold less partisan news, or even more partisan news, but perhaps things won’t change much after all. Hot garbage, Jim! Bad take.
Also Today in Murdoch Newsroom Drama: “Samples of the ‘world’s most expensive chocolate’, which are needed for an article, have gone missing from the fridge near the Sunday Times,” reports the Daily Beast on the back of an original scoop by The Fence.
Finally: We’re working some rough chuckles today, so here’s a story I genuinely enjoyed—Joe Berkowitz’s oral history of “the Greatest Writers’ Room Story Ever: ‘Who Jackie?’”
Today’s Song: Harry Belafonte, “John Henry” Live at Carnegie Hall
I picked the song today but I bet Music Intern Sam agrees. There lies a steel drivin’ man. Knock knock, who’s there. Pizza magic.