Weekly Web Harvest for 2021-04-25
A state-of-the-art open source chatbot Though it’s rare, our best models still make mistakes, like contradiction or repetition, and can “hallucinate” knowledge, as is seen in other generative systems. h/t Stephen Downes Doomer Macron on Twitter: “Effort thread on the Japanese Communist Party ?????, the largest non-governing Communist party in the world, still have their own News Media institution (Shimbun Akahata ?????? 10th most read paper) & s ‘It’s bullshit’: Inside the weird, get-rich-quick world of dropshipping | WIRED UK“I had this target that I wanted to make $1 million in profit in a year,” he says over smoothies and matcha cookies. “I didn’t do it. I beat myself down really well, I had to book into a ten-day meditation retreat.” This year, his Shopify records show he’ll clear about $90,000 (£69,000) in personal profit. Super Simple Videos: 5 Tips & 5 Reasons to Get On Camera – YouTubeMike Wesch showing people how it’s done.
Why you should never ever eat a garden slug | TreeHuggerAccording to news reports, 19-year-old Sam Ballard caved into a dare to swallow a slug. Tragically for Ballard, the slug came with the roundworm parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis, AKA the punk-rock-sounding rat lungworm. While when mature these parasites take residence in rats, in their youth they sometimes call slugs and snails home, creating a potential menace for anyone consuming raw or undercooked creatures harboring the parasite. As Mindy Weisberger writes for LiveSceince , “In Ballard’s case, the parasite caused a serious brain infection. He fell into a coma for 420 days and was paralyzed from the neck down when he was released from the hospital three years later….” Ballard remains paralyzed and requires full-time care
Teens have figured out how to mess with Instagram’s tracking algorithm – CNETEach time she refreshed the Explore tab, it was a completely different topic, none of which she was interested in. That’s because Mosley wasn’t the only person using this account — it belonged to a group of her friends, at least five of whom could be on at any given time. Maybe they couldn’t hide their data footprints, but they could at least leave hundreds behind to confuse trackers. These teenagers are relying on a sophisticated network of trusted Instagram users to post content from multiple different devices, from multiple different locations. Assembler — a Jigsaw experimentAssembler analyzes images using detectors — technology trained to identify specific types of manipulation — and evaluates if and where images may have been altered. –this seems to be a pattern that won’t go well Steven Donovan on Instagram: “There were a lot of stairs to the bottom so @adrenaline.addiction took the quick way down as soon as we showed up. Most of the cenotes…”Seeing the second video gives a bit of insight into how strange the video work has gotten. That selfie stick . . . Wesley Aptekar-Cassels | Things I Believe About Software EngineeringBeing aligned with teammates on what you’re building is more important than building the right thing. Peak […]