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Things I read last week… (WB 5 Dec 2022)
DeepMind’s Flamingo combines text and image AI. [YouTube]
2 Minute Papers on Stable Diffusion 2. [YouTube]
Arthur Hayes on timing Bitcoin’s bottom.
Verse: Tim Sweeney’s programming language for the metaverse. [PDF]
“Today, enough time has passed that there are few ideas that are completely unexplored: if something succeeds, it will probably be some version of something that has already been discussed in blogs and forums and conferences on multiple occasions. We've also come closer to identifying fundamental limits of the space.”
– Vitalik: What in the Ethereum application ecosystem excites me.
Current use cases for cryptocurrency.
Building Helios: Fully trustless access to Ethereum.
“High-fidelity imitation is unique to humans. If a chimpanzee views a person perform a series of superfluous actions, along with one single necessary action, in order to obtain a piece of food, the chimpanzee will skip the superfluous action, and perform only the necessary one. In contrast, children will copy every single action, including the unnecessary ones.”
Blackrock’s 2023 Global Outlook. [PDF]
Big lasers are becoming economical.
The problem with Nuclear Fusion. [YouTube]