Feb 18 • 59M

023 — Vert, Rouge, Beige [PAB]

On s'intéresse à Sydney, à la panique des ballons et aux vagues d'incidents de transport. Aussi: lingo de rencontres, l'habiliste M. Beast et les avantages d'être petit...ou mort!

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Cette semaine on commence par l'évolution intéressante de ChatGPT vers Bing AI/Sydney. On se penche ensuite à nouveau sur l’affaire des ballons mystérieux, les récents incidents de transport aux É-U et on se met à jour sur le lingo des rencontres en ligne. De plus, on discutons des opinions controversées sur la tentative de M. Beast de rendre la vue et des avantages surprenants d'être petit… ou mort. Enfin, Madonna a un message pour nous.

Notes et références

[02:00] Ben Thompson: De ChatGPT à Sydney

This technology does not feel like a better search. It feels like something entirely new — the movie Her manifested in chat form — and I’m not sure if we are ready for it.

[06:00] I hope you weren't getting too comfortable

The biggest difference in Bing is that it is now connected to the internet. That means it now actually knows things.

Take a look at the same question for both Bing and ChatGPT: “give me 10 ideas for a new business for a doctor who doesn't want to practice medicine. Tell me the market size for each.” The quality difference is pretty profound. — Ethan Mollick

[12:00] Balloongate

Niall Ferguson: “The US ‘Domain Awareness Gap’ Goes Way Beyond Balloons”

If a major conflict breaks out with China, America’s once-vaunted defense industrial base will be exposed as a comatose geriatric, not a sleeping giant.

Bret Stephens: “Is China ‘Probing With Bayonets’?

If sending surveillance balloons into U.S. airspace is nervy, what about setting up a network of illicit police stations across the world, including in New York, to surveil and sometimes intimidate Chinese nationals living abroad? Or how about hoovering up the personal information of as many as 22 million U.S. federal government employees, a Chinese hack that was exposed in 2015? Or pilfering information about the F-35, America’s most advanced jet fighter? And what about the Chinese-owned TikTok, which President Biden belatedly banned on all U.S. government devices because of its potential to scoop up its users’ personal data?

Matt Taibi: “Government by panic

The comedy factor is off the charts. The F-22 is one of the most expensive weapons ever built, costing taxpayers $334 million per plane, with a program tab of more than $60 billion. The jet has the radar signature of a hummingbird, screams upward at 62,000 feet a minute, and is generally so super-awesome that we’ve banned its export, not wanting the Japanese or the Saudis or even the Australians to possess our secret Promethean fire.

The idea that this celebrated super-weapon got its first air-to-air victory shooting down a fucking balloon is as perfect a demonstration of the pitiful mindset of modern American leaders as could be conceived.

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Government By Panic
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[19:00] Transports: “As bad as it gets without body bags

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‘As bad as it gets without body bags.’
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[21:00] Life After the Ohio Train Derailment: Trouble Breathing, Dying Animals, and Saying Goodbye

[22:00] U.F.O.s and Other Unsolved Mysteries of Our Time

This would fit one of the patterns of our era, which is what you might call the incomplete reveal. Sometimes a phenomenon goes from being the subject of crank theories and sub rosa conversations to being more mainstream, but without actually being fully explained or figured out.

[26:00] MrBeast Built A YouTube Empire On Being Mr. Nice Guy, But His Stunt Helping 1,000 Blind People Divided Viewers, Who Called It "Demonic"

[34:00] There Has Never Been a Better Time to Be Short

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[37:00] A Yale Professor Suggested Mass Suicide for Old People in Japan. What Did He Mean?

[43:00] Madonna’s New Face Is a Brilliant Provocation

[48:00] ‘Ghosting,’ ‘Orbiting,’ ‘Rizz’: A Guide to Modern Dating Terms

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Cookie-jarring — When a person seeks a relationship with someone else as a backup plan. In the same way that people might reach for a cookie when they want an instant treat, someone who is cookie-jarring pursues their backup person when the one they actually want isn’t available or has rejected them.

[53:00] Flaking, Cooping and Likely: A Brief Lexicon Of the Police

[56:00] Junk Fees

Slow Boring
A targeted crackdown on "junk fees" makes a lot of sense
Joe Biden’s State of the Union address featured the highest-profile version of the administration’s push to tackle a problem they call “junk fees” — basically a consumer protection agenda focused on “those hidden surcharges too many businesses use to make you pay more…
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