tl;dr 2

Thinking about yesterday's post and whether it really went anywhere, and whether the same criticism I levelled at the waffly IT blog post might be levelled at my own writing here, which doesn't need to come up to any real standards of coherence or clarity. That's what editors are for …

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tl;dr

Setting aside the question of whether LaMDA is sentient, or whether the Turing Test is valid, or whether general AI is possible or likely—there are a lot very strongly held opinions on the matter out there if you want to go looking for them—I've been thinking about what …

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Blogsday

I used to do a Bloomsday blog post every year until last year, which was the first time I forgot to commemorate the day in any way for as long as I could remember, and I almost forgot this year as well. Maybe the pandemic shook something loose. It's not …

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Excavate

I PROGNOS MEMBERS

After skipping it last year (I did NaNoWriMo instead) I decided that I missed doing National Novel Generating Month and thought I'd do something relatively simple, based on Tom Phillips' A Humument, which I recently read for the first time. Phillips' project was created by drawing over the pages of …

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Two kinds of constraint

A fun quality of Mastodon - a social communication platform I hang out on a bit too much - is that individual instantiations can fork its basic form and add odd twists which suit just that community. Oulipo.social notoriously bans that fifth Latin glyph which is most common in many linguistic …

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Samuel, beat poet

I didn't contribute to NaNoGenMo this year: on the spur of the moment, I decided to try writing 50,000 words of fiction, rather than generating it, and blogged briefly about it at Nannygoat Hill. I didn't even get around to feeding the results into a neural net, like I …

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Sartor Resartus RNN

g CINA CONTENC MI CINE SI CENTENI SEE CONDENN DE CRE SU DE QUAENT ME CONNE CUNTUR DEACLETICE (FIUD SEE DED SEE SER SER SER SEENNN SER SER SEENN SER SER SEENDENNENCEN (_DER SER K of my own striking the more than the spirit of the morning of the Professor …

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Glossatory retrained

Glossatory is a recurrent neural net trained on all of the definitions in the lexical database WordNet. I recently retrained it on a GPU, increasing the number of hidden units to 512 and the layers from 2 to 3. The results are now a lot more grammatical, and there's a …

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