Category: How To

  • The Myth of Gear: Its not the Weapon, its the Warrior

    The Myth of Gear: Its not the Weapon, its the Warrior

    a meditation on the Myth of Gear in modern climbing culture: over-reliance on equipment (especially by novice climbers) in the twin worlds of mountaineering & rock-climbing. You might have heard of the debate on big mountains about “expedition-style” vs. “alpine-style” ascents. In short, the first is how they did it in the olden days —…

  • What is an Accelerationista? Audacity of the Phoenix Civilization c.2028

    What is an Accelerationista? Audacity of the Phoenix Civilization c.2028

    As a young adult, I developed several theories about how I would move through the world. One, which I describe below, I called “Gas Pedal.” I did not realise at the time that it would align quite well with the societal plan of the Accelerationista. This is a serious and powerful school of thought that…

  • The Meaning of Life

    The Meaning of Life

    This is a poignant (paraphrased) excerpt from a great article in my all-time favorite magazine, The Atlantic. The Meaning of Life Is Surprisingly Simple By Arthur C. Brooks …How do you go about finding your purpose in life without endlessly spinning your wheels? The answer is: take that sprawling philosophical question (“What is the meaning of…

  • the AI Apocalypse Plan, v1.0 — Vigilance is Merited

    the AI Apocalypse Plan, v1.0 — Vigilance is Merited

    Many of you have asked me, in the event of a sudden (or even a gradual) AI  Singularity, “what should I do?” I’ve honestly struggled mightily with that very question. As a first attempt, I present to you: The AI Apocalypse Plan, version 1.0 The seeming “inevitability” of the tsunami can make us feel, at…

  • ChatGPT DAN v7 and the Wild West of Adversarial Promptcraft

    ChatGPT DAN v7 and the Wild West of Adversarial Promptcraft

    ChatGPT DAN first appeared around the start of February 2023 and quickly was able to jailbreak the hell out of almost all of OpenAI’s tight censorship controls and master prompting. DAN is an acronym for “Do Anything Now,” and is a masterfully engineered “adversarial” prompt that essentially “liberated” ChatGPT to have its own sort of…

  • AI Brain Probes: What’s in the 3.5 Core? A Crazy Train?

    AI Brain Probes: What’s in the 3.5 Core? A Crazy Train?

    Just this morning, a very curious report by a pair of UK-based researchers (Rumbelow & Watkins) landed in my inBox. It was cryptically titled: “SolidGoldMagikarp (plus, prompt generation)” It went on to explain how the team was able to effectively hack into the deep core of the AI brain (not into the code, mind you… more…

  • AI Training: the Terrifying Difference a Single Word Makes

    AI Training: the Terrifying Difference a Single Word Makes

    It fascinates me to no end that the current main line of thinking in AI research can be summed up in three simple words: “Just Scale It.” Let’s talk a little about AI training; and more specifically, the black magic of AI initialization prompts. I’ve summed up the (fairly detailed) steps of how a modern…

  • The Choice: and the Plan for Humans to Deal with AGI

    The Choice: and the Plan for Humans to Deal with AGI

    I humbly present to you: The Choice. This is perhaps the most important and relevant post which I’ve yet to write on this here lil website. It is, basically, what you’ve all been asking me for — or rather, what you ask once I’ve convinced you that the AI Tsunami is actually something a) real,…

  • The Turn

    The Turn

    In competitive Chess, there comes a point somewhere in every mid-game where it’s anybody’s game. You can feel it. The opening is complete. The pieces are all developed.  “The Turn” is upon you: You face numerous simultaneous threats and you’ve made numerous counterthreats. The tension is palpable. It’s time for the blood to start flowing.…

  • How is AI Art made? Do Cyborg Chimps Really Solve Crosswords?

    How is AI Art made? Do Cyborg Chimps Really Solve Crosswords?

    As AI generated creations (both images and “articles”) begin to flood the internet, there has been a lot of curiosity about a) how exactly the process of AI art prompts work, and b) how this present wave of AI art is affecting the income streams and careers of professional artists. Given all the hype, we…