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  1. In Topic: Empress Laseen

    Today, 05:39 AM

    We know losing 7C was problematic to Laseen, and Mallick and Korbolo actively work against her to force the situation where she has to sacrifice the Wickans. None of that lines up w a situation where losing Coltaine and his army was to her advantage.
  2. In Topic: The Russia Politics and War in Ukraine Thread

    15 March 2023 - 04:49 AM

    View PostWerthead, on 14 March 2023 - 06:33 PM, said:

    Two Russian Su-27s intercepted a US drone on the edge of Russian-claimed airspace south of Crimea. Apparently they tried to buzz the drone and even carried out a weird maneuver trying to dump fuel over it, but one of the pilots apparently lost control and crashed into it, damaging his Su-27 and sending the drone crashing into the sea.

    Would bet he was trying to do the inverted thing from TOP GUN but found out the hard way they had left the cap off the fuel tank.
  3. In Topic: What's messing with your groove?

    15 March 2023 - 04:46 AM

    View PostQuickTidal, on 15 March 2023 - 01:34 AM, said:

    View PostJPK, on 14 March 2023 - 08:12 PM, said:

    View PostAzath Vitr (D, on 14 March 2023 - 07:34 PM, said:

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    The World Will Change Next Week



    Researchers at Google [...] released an AI model called PaLM-E this week that combines language and vision capabilities to control robots, allowing them to complete tasks autonomously in the real world—from getting a chip bag from a kitchen to sorting blocks by color into corners of a rectangle.

    According to the researchers, this is the largest Visual Language Model (VLM) reported to date, with 562 billion parameters. This AI has a “wide array of capabilities” which includes math reasoning, multi-image reasoning, and chain-of-thought reasoning. [...] the AI uses multi-task training to transfer skills across tasks, rather than being trained on individual tasks. [...] the AI model when controlling robots even displays "emergent capabilities like multimodal chain of thought reasoning, and the ability to reason over multiple images, despite being trained on only single-image prompts."

    PaLM-E is based on Google’s previous large language model called PaLM and the E in the name stands for “embodied,” and refers to the model’s interaction with physical objects and robotic control. [...]

    The robot is able to generate its own plan of action in response to commands using the model. When the robot was asked to “bring me the rice chips from the drawer,” PaLM-E was able to guide it to go to the drawers, open the top drawer, take the rice chips out of the drawer, bring it to the user, and put it down. The robot was able to do this even with a human disturbance, with a researcher knocking the rice chips back into the drawer the first time the robot picked it up. PaLM-E is able to do this by analyzing data from its live camera.

    [...] “This enables not only embodied reasoning but also question answering, as demonstrated in our experiments.”

    [...] “Perhaps most exciting about PaLM-E is positive transfer: simultaneously training PaLM-E across several domains, including internet-scale general vision-language tasks, leads to significantly higher performance compared to single-task robot models.”

    Big Tech Is Now Developing Powerful AI Brains for Real-World Robots

    It's amazing how one individual's happy post can be another's groove post.

    This AI stuff is really starting to concern me. At least this one seems to be going towards furthering automation instead of encroaching on creative spaces.

    We should be more clear here. This is machine learning. Not AI. We are a far way off from proper AI. Machine learning is wild, but scary it’s not. It’s algorithms and instructions.

    Yeah, that's what the Replicants said just before Skynet took over and put us all in the Matrix.
  4. In Topic: Whats making you happy right now

    14 March 2023 - 03:30 PM

    Which company is more likely to turn out to be a front for a global secret organization dedicated to protecting the world from interdimensional threats and/or pursuing global domination?

    Otherwise based on yours and other posts I go w option 2 due to benefits, long term CV experience usefulness, and that their name suggests a sideline in superhuman genetic manipulation.
  5. In Topic: Was Laseen telling the truth?

    14 March 2023 - 03:21 PM

    View Postsigpig, on 14 March 2023 - 03:29 AM, said:

    View PostAbyss, on 12 March 2023 - 06:20 PM, said:


    Three things are clarified in MoI and later books...

    1. The Bridgeburners were not supposed to die at Pale
    2. Laseen and co were purging the Old Guard who would never accept her rule
    3. Whiskeyjack, Dujek, Tays, and Laseen had a plan to deal w the Pannion Domin and the Genabackis campaign at the same time. It required Whiskeyjack to be 'on the ground', Dujek to appear to break from Laseen, and Tays to be hidden. It mostly worked, the Domin is stopped and an alliance made w Rake and Darujhistan. It costs the Malazan Empire Dujek's Host, Whiskeyjack, Lorn, and the BBs.

    Pretty much lost the T'Lan Imass too, with Silverfox being completely unable to make a decision.Don't forget about Tattersail, Calot, Bellurdan, Nightchill, A'Karonys, Hairlock...

    Losing the Imass wasnt part of the plan, more like Laseen was planning for it.
    Night chill and by extension Bellurdan were Tays' targets.
    Akaronys... I think Nightchill took him out?
    Calot, Hairlock, Tattersail, were all old guard but low grade, not so much targets as convenient collateral damage. I think Laseen and Tays didnt know Hairlock was actively working against them, tho WJ did.


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    11 Aug 2019 - 09:32
    Thanks for getting me to 1000. *sniff* lots of pollen around here ...
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    31 Jan 2019 - 15:19
    Unbound Worlds now redirects to the PRH website, so that Top 100 fantasy link no longer works. Here's a very similar one though:
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    31 May 2016 - 03:21
    Because some mobile browsers don't resize and it makes the thread unreadable.
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    30 May 2016 - 18:50
    Just out of curiosity, why is it necessary to spoiler big pics on this forum? They go off the page and don't cause the text to unwrap, and they get resized in mobile browsers. I don't mind doing it; just asking.
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    27 Dec 2013 - 12:11
    Merry Nonsensicus!
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    20 Sep 2013 - 13:20
    And yet you cannot tear your eyes away from it.
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    Mrs Savagely Wishy Washy 

    20 Sep 2013 - 12:23
    There is a word to describe that pic, I just found one in the depths of my convulsing brain. It's DISTURBING but in a funny way.
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    10 Apr 2013 - 17:44
    If you're keeping score, I think my conversation (in a WoT thread, I think) with that one noob-troll about how to get banned from Malazan is worth a few. (i.e. "I recommend telling Malaclypse he's a douchebag.")
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    18 Dec 2012 - 19:27
    When the new order rises, lazy posters will be among the first to be purged.
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    18 Dec 2012 - 19:18
    Good call with the spoilers tags. I didn't want to add them because it makes it extra work to read posts :D
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    14 Jun 2012 - 17:04
    That's CAThulhu.
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    The dancing game 

    14 Jun 2012 - 16:54
    ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!!!
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    30 Mar 2012 - 16:46
    Thanks for setting me up in PEN!
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