Is power ultimately > compute constraint in AI?



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Black Death -> Autoimmunity



Interesting discussion in this time-stamped link about black death as a forcing function driving selection effects for overly active immune systems (why we have so much autoimmunity):

https://pca.st/episode/a8480134-d4f4-4587-8a9b-0cc2d60d1624?t=1828

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8% of historical humanity exists now



ChatGPT tells me it’s hard to estimate but if it must the total number of people who have ever lived on earth is around 100 billion.

The current world population is ~8 billion.

8% of humans to ever exist are currently alive.

Are we contributing 8% of civilizational (or individual) progress?

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Art De Vany, ya’ll musta forgot



Two recent posts from the original Evolutionary Fitness gangster himself, Art De Vany, remind me of how much I appreciated him back in the day. Still posting free content but on Facebook for the most part.

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Rational Optimist and Evolving Economics



Hat tip to Perfect Health Diet for recently pointing me towards a great blog Evolving Economics by Jason Collins.

I was poking around and noticed this great review of Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist. I started reading it a few months ago and need to pick it up again. Sometimes it’s hard to be full on about a book when you feel like it’s something you are absolutely going to love and agree with (i.e. what’s the point of reading it). Nice to see some criticism of the content from someone with an intelligent opinion, that ultimately enjoyed the book.

Anyway I’m really enjoying the reading from this site. It has a good pace of posts (1 every 3-4 days) IMO. Some comparable blogs like john hawks weblog have such a volume of posts that even though they are all thought provoking sometimes I can’t keep up. Kind of like The Economist subscription that I loved when I was younger but who can (or wants to) read a publication cover to cover? There are so many authors I can read directly now that are the cream of my filtered crop.

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