OpenAI’s latest breakthrough is astonishingly powerful, but still fighting its flaws | The Verge – GPT-3 is a new language AI with astounding power. GPT-3 first grabbed my attention when I saw someone use it to produce a response to philosophers talking about GPT-3. Sure, some cherry-picking is involved, but the result is more cogent than the average internet commenter. To temper (or amplify) the hype, I suggest looking at this massive compilation of GPT-3 results, including experiments that failed. Among other things, GPT-3 is apparently terrible at making cat puns.
Although not created by GPT-3, I also thought these image completions were incredible.
Beethoven Sucks At Music | 12tone (Video, 14 min)
Music Theory and White Supremacy | Adam Neely (Video, 44 min) – Now this is the music youtube content that I am here for. 12tone explains some of the history that led Beethoven and other classical composers to be canonized. Adam Neely discusses how “music theory” as it is commonly understood, is really the theory of 18th century European music. The framing of 18th century European music as the objective measure by which all music must be judged is structural white supremacy. I have a passing interest in music theory, and it’s difficult to learn in the best of times, but I find it doubly frustrating because it fails to describe any of the music I listen to. I feel like these videos have named the problem.
If you liked these videos, you might also appreciate the paper that Neely’s video is based on: “Music Theory and the White Racial Frame“.
A Man’s Place is in the Home | Impossible Me – There’s a feminist comic explaining how women are often expected to do the work of managing the household, and men will only do specific tasks when asked. I like the comic and think it describes the dynamic of the household I grew up in. However, there was a complicating factor that’s just impossible to ignore: my mother would actively complain when anyone would try to clean up without her asking. I don’t want to make it out like my mother was to blame–incredible woman that she is and always has been–but I appreciated Abbey’s discussion of the issue, which allows space for this sort of problem.