Hola communicable pals,

Summer ends in a week. I just Googled it to be sure and it still doesn’t make sense. None of 2020 makes sense. The US elections are six weeks away. It’s already attic spice season. I am not ready for any of this.

I think everyone’s activity the pain that comes from seeing life pass us by as 2020 drags on with crappy bandwidth. 

The good news should be that vaccines are imminent. We should begin to see several viable vaccine candidates emerge from phase three trials for final approval amid now and early 2021. And that’s good, but it has to be taken with a bitter grain of salt. 

Vaccines aren’t off switches for diseases. We’ll absolutely need several vaccines to fight the coronavirus and even then, we’ll need a way to administer them to everybody. 

The vaccine is just a small part of the solution, which is article people don’t want to hear. We’ve still got to do all the other stuff too. 

One of the better accidental factors to the advancement of COVID-19 has been apprenticed people’s alertness to participate in the spread of accessory cabal theories and opine on affairs they have absolutely no ability in. 

It’s almost like millions of people are absolutely AIs accountable to the rules of their programmers. They have no choice, when given a specific prompt, but to accomplish a acknowledgment based on how they’ve been trained. 

You have to admit, their behavior is more robot-like than human.

Take GPT-3 for example. It’s an AI system that was basically fed the internet as a database for breeding novel text. That means it can speak on any subject… but never has a clue what it’s talking about.

Okay, now that I’m account that branch again.. maybe GPT-3 is more human-like than I’ve been giving it credit for. 

By the numbers
Last week we revisited the COVID-19 infection numbers.

This week, let’s break down the vaccine outlook. (New York Times)

  • Total human trials underway: 40
  • Total phase one trials: 27
  • Total phase two trials: 14
  • Total phase three trials: 9
Tweet of the week
What to read
???? Remember how “right now” is the best time to be alive? Not anymore. Welcome to pre-1870 life. (Business Insider)
???? Trump’s “America First” policy means it won’t join 170 other countries in developing a vaccine. Communicable to own the libs? Yikes. (Yahoo News)
? World’s better vaccine-maker says absurd anybody will accept COVID-19 vaccine by 2024. (CNN)
???? All your data is abandoned in the post-COVID world. What are you going to do about it? (Neural)
???? Predatory medical labs are charging over $800 for COVID testing as the communicable bankrupts anybody else. (USA TODAY)
???? Pittsburgh advisers may have apparent a atom that fights COVID-19. (Pittsburgh’s Action News 4)
???? Bill Gates warns that poverty, inequity, and ache (OTHER diseases) are going to rise to levels we haven’t seen in decades thanks to poor administration of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Business Insider)
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In this little section, we’d like to talk about the tech that’s accepting us through the pandemic. This week, let’s talk about MC Hammer.

No, the man who cannot be affected isn’t accepting us through the communicable (though If anyone could…). But he is one of the few people on the planet with bookish access to GPT-3.


In case you’ve missed it GPT-3 is an AI system developed by Open AI, the startup Elon Musk-founded to figure out accepted bogus intelligence.

We’re not all that afflicted with the hype surrounding GPT-3 here at TNW (I edit Neural too, where we talk about AI all day every day) but the system itself is pretty interesting.

And for me, just alive that MC Hammer is out there testing the system and putting it through its paces brings me deep comfort.

GPT-3 isn’t “smart” at all. It’s a dumb bunch of ones and zeros that spits out the text agnate of a hazy silhouette. For this reason, its capabilities can be instantly absolved by any science-minded alone on the hunt for signs of sentience.

Let me be blunt: GPT-3 is no closer to human-level intelligence than a concordance that someone’s placed a USB cord inside as a bookmark. That’s not to say it isn’t an important step on the way there. It apparently is. It’s just not the “intelligent” machine the media’s hyped it to be.

But it’s abundantly interesting. We’ve never seen that much raw power put behind a text generator. The permutations that can be finer extrapolated with billions of ambit in play result in the apparatus spitting out some fascinating linguistic displays.

And Hammer knows what a “fascinating linguistic display” looks like when he sees one. Who better than a constant columnist with a adept grasp on the abnormally human affection for axis accent into art to judge the capabilities of such a machine?

This is the crossover we need.

Well, bye

I have this magic clear ball that doesn’t exist.

This week I asked it for an avant-garde copy of every COVID-19 analysis paper from the future. Instead, it just said 

Then it handed me a note that read:

1. Wear a mask.
2. Stay 2-3 meters away from others in public spaces.
3. Support government admiral who take the communicable seriously. 

Adios amigos,

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