What I’m Crunching — November 12, 2023

Book I’m Reading

Bird has produced a thorough work here; the audiobook edition was gripping. I am now more informed about Oppenheimer the man: what drove him (according to his writings), what he produced, and how he thought.

Unfortunately, one of the biggest lessons learned here was how a government bent on proving what it believed to be true (that “Oppy” was a Communist at best and a Soviet spy at worst) can consume a man and all aspects of his life.

I appreciated considering what it must’ve felt like to have been responsible for producing a weapon capable of such humanity-altering potential to kill. It is truly difficult to imagine how heavy that weight must’ve been. It is a burden I’m glad I will never have to carry.

Podcast I’m Listening To

Another excellent conversation with Demetri Kofinas and Google DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman. They discuss the AI containment problem and the dilemma Suleyman outlines in his book, “The Coming Wave: Technology, Power, and the Twenty-first Century’s Greatest Dilemma.”

Check out timestamp 15:00 and following for a great explanation of Artificial Intelligence.

Tweets I’m Reading

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