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!
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.
The biggest difference in Bing is that it is now connected to the internet. That means it now actually knows things.
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.
[19:00] Transports: “As bad as it gets without body bags”
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.
The short are also inherent conservationists, which is more crucial than ever in this world of eight billion people. Thomas Samaras, who has been studying height for 40 years and is known in small circles as the Godfather of Shrink Think, a widely unknown philosophy that considers small superior, calculated that if we kept our proportions the same but were just 10 percent shorter in America alone, we would save 87 million tons of food per year (not to mention trillions of gallons of water, quadrillions of B.T.U.s of energy and millions of tons of trash).
[56:00] Junk Fees