30 may 2024

I’m grumbling because I’ll always be sore that Applescript was deprecated in favor of worse and worse alternatives, but I appreciate how this rumor makes it sound like Apple is going at it the right way around: exposing app functionality via a specific API instead of the incredibly wasteful and unreliable “have the AI read and operate the UI on screen” that people have been touting / predicting / announcing over the past year.

(I was gonna add “and a right pain in the ass for developers to implement” but I don’t think implementing Applescript was a walk in the park either.)

“That includes being able to open individual documents, moving a note to another folder, sending or deleting an email, opening a particular publication in Apple News, emailing a web link, […] It will be limited to Apple’s own apps at the beginning, with the company planning to support hundreds of different commands.”

I swear to god, they’re gonna reimplement Applescript, only this time it’ll be based on Swift and completely impenetrable outside of Siri.

iOS 18: Siri to gain knowledge to trigger individual app functions - 9to5Mac

Apple has big upgrades planned for Siri in iOS 18, per a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman that outlines what AI will make possible.

It’s so weird and sad to see just how much a company can forget about even pretending to care about its users. Spotify is a European company; they were never gonna get away with bricking every Car Thing they sold (and how many is that? a hundred?) without offering refunds — but no, they just *had* to burn the good will of customers who cared enough about the service to buy a physical device, only to inevitably walk it back five days later 🤦

Spotify offers Car Thing refunds as it faces lawsuit over bricking the streaming device | TechCrunch

Though Spotify never shared official numbers, it’s likely that Car Thing underperformed or was just not worth continued investment in today’s tighter economic market.

Every time I check my e-mail spam folder I’m amazed that the entire digital economy still revolves around this set of protocols and it all mostly still works and most messages somehow don’t get lost.

And, yes, that resilience was at the expense of anyone being able to run independent mail servers, but even then it’s wild that it works at all.

I know the world’s spinning faster than when I was young, but several percent of a country’s entire population using a brand new category of tool that didn’t exist two years ago sounds like rather a lot to me.

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Attached: 1 image A survey by the Reuters Institute and Oxford of 12,000 people across 6 countries shows a huge gap between adoption and hype around generative AI tools. Just 1% using tools like ChatGPT on a daily basis in Japan, rising to 2% in France and the UK, and 7% in the USA.

29 may 2024

coders were kinda like gods for a few decades, but now we’re more like Daedalus, imprisoned by the greedy and powerful King Minos inside the very labyrinth he paid us to invent and build

This is probably the most straightforward Blender-style modeling will ever be, and I… just… can’t. The whole concept of working on low-poly with a subdivision modifier on top involves a level of indirection that my brain absolutely refuses to accept. I’ll stick without regret to CAD modeling for hard surfaces (and proper sculpting tools for organics).

A Quick Tour of Valence 3D: a 3D modeling app for iPad & iPhone

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After years of Apple mostly failing to demonstrate compelling uses cases for ARKit and lidar sensors, it had to be a third-party developer who finally brought this functionality to iOS?

This app put my Apple Home smart devices into an interactive map

This app turned my Apple smart home into an interactive map

Some Silicon Valley founders learn to be better CEOs after getting fired. (Well, at least one did.) I guess others just learn to be better at corporate maneuvering to avoid being fired.

“The management team [of Altman’s original startup Loopt] went to the board there twice and asked the board to fire him for what they called deceptive and chaotic behavior” doesn’t sound too outlandish by now.

Former OpenAI board member explains why they fired Sam Altman

OpenAI’s board found out about ChatGPT’s launch ‘on Twitter.’

Meanwhile Anytype has implemented serverless LAN sync, and my ADHD would like nothing better than an excuse to spend a day or two just reorganizing my knowledge base in a new, free app. (Of dubious long-term viability 😕)

Notion’s new Home page aggregates tasks from all your task databases, and of fucking course their conception of a task database has to include an “assignee” field 🙄

It wouldn't cost them anything to let individual users to skip that field, but it doesn’t even occur to them anymore that they still have individual paying customers 😡

(Come to think of it, why *am* I still paying anyway? All that gives me is uploading attachments bigger than 5MB.)

Notion’s new Home feature: Everything you need to know!

Notion just rolled out a brand new feature called Home. Here’s everything you can do with it!📚 Notion Fundamentals (Free & Complete Notion Beginner’s Course…

Android 15’s “Private Space” seems pretty good, considering the design constraints — not reinveinting the wheel (they’re presumably using a subset of existing user profile functionality for this) and not leaving it up to the apps to implement, so that it’ll actually be usable in the real world.

Maybe in three or four years in iOS. (Apple’s busy with other things *and* clearly has no idea what people want privacy for.)

Android 15 Hands-On: Top 5 Features!

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28 may 2024

That's it everyone, no need for developers anymore. Y'all can go home now.

Apple contacts see what your name is in their phone

The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood — 8/10

I’d bought The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood as soon as it came out, but forgot why — forgot how good the pre-release demo had been. I’d have been happier if it’d remained a visual novel instead of sprouting management mechanics in the latter half, but the writing is great, and the tarot design aspect is both a fantastic idea and very well executed.

The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood on Steam

Immerse yourself in an enchanting narrative experience as Fortuna, a fortune-teller Witch condemned to exile on her asteroid home. Craft your own Tarot deck, regain your freedom, and shape the fate of the cosmic Witch society.

These visuals are hitting me a lot harder than I would have expected. I should try and find old Space Pirate Captain Harlock episodes to rewatch.

Jumplight Odyssey on Steam

Keep hope alive on your adventure to the mythical Forever Star! Gather survivors, repair and build out your starship, brave black holes, and fend off attacks, all while managing the daily soap opera of your colorful crew.

27 may 2024

Tried to check out a playthrough of 1000xResist because it was strongly recommended in the MinnMax podcast but I had a feeling it was not for me, and… well, it's true that it's not for me, because it's one of those visual novels with added tedium to justify being a game, and weird choices were made regarding vocal direction, but… the writing’s great so far and the playthrough isn’t exploring all the available dialogue and drat I’m gonna have to play it for myself 🤦

I have pretty much minimal sympathy for a casino, but this is still utterly horrifying

Cloudflare took down our website after trying to force us to pay 120k$ within 24h

TL;DR: We’ve been on the Cloudflare Business plan ($250/month) for years. They suddenly contacted us and asked us to either pay them $120k up front for one year of Enterprise within 24 hours or they would take down all of our domains. While this escalated up our business we had 3 sales calls with them, trying to figure out what was happening and how to reach a reasonable contract in a week. When we told them we were also in talks with Fastly, they suddenly "purged" all our domains, causing huge downtime in our core business, sleepless nights migrating away from CF, irreparable loss in customer trust and weeks of ongoing downtime in our internal systems.

kemorig is here!
🎮Unreal-powered VTubing app
✨Blend real-time tracking with Unreal’s anim tools
🎭Make custom interactions in Blueprint
🐺Crowd-funded and indie

So excited to announce this! See it here:
#kemorig #UnrealEngine #VTuber


Keyframed Motion Rig

26 may 2024

This is a pretty simple and interesting idea, LLMs don’t know how not to hallucinate but sometimes you need direct quotes and citations, so what can you do to ensure your pipeline ensures correctness for sensitive data like healthcare records or medical information? When you need facts never pass that data through to the LLM, instead use traditional methods like search to find the direct quote you need, then go back to using the LLM. Research is in its early stages but the results are promising.

Can’t believe I haven’t seen anyone mention this. (I miss Twitter.) Obviously it’s nothing I couldn’t do in Fusion 360 with a lot more steps, but Adobe’s managed to design something that looks even more approachable than the best iPad modeling apps that I’ve seen and bought and never really got into using. Except for the metaball-style feature I don’t think any of them has. Or clean SVG export.

Is This the FUTURE of 3D Design? Adobe Project Neo Beta Revealed!

In this video, I take a firsthand look at Adobe’s exciting new 3D creation software, Project Neo Beta. As a vector artist, I’ve been eagerly awaiting a tool …

That painted-on wood effect 😵

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I provided App Review with email/password combinations for test users to sign in with. Instead of using the provided credentials when reviewing the app, they chose to sign in with a magic link using one of the email addresses, which they don’t have access to.

So now their conclusion is that login doesn’t work in my app and rejected the app 🤦‍♂️

with all the wacky LLM stuff lately it might be hard to understand why supposedly serious companies like Google have chosen to ride or die, but like most tech, there’s nuance, and compelling arguments each way

- only appears to work
- very expensive to run
- someone’s going to figure out how to sue for copyright infringement eventually
- is already poisoning itself and will only get worse

- demented psychopaths give you money when you say you’re going to use it to do more layoffs

They’re… creating 70 database tables *per* newsletter they host? 😳😱

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If you want to follow along with Ghost’s attempts to implement ActivityPub they are surprisingly hilarious

Suddenly wondered if YouTube implemented a worse recommendation algorithm for people who pay for Premium — because once you’re paying a monthly fee, the incentives reverse, and it’s a balancing act of showing you just enough videos that you won’t unsubscribe, without capturing your attention for hours, and gigabytes, on end.

But according to a quick Reddit search, *everyone* complains about the algorithm getting worse over the past year. Never attribute to malice, etc.

25 may 2024

Little Kitty, Big City (PC) — DNF

I really want to like this game — there’s a lot it tries to get right, and the premise is obviously great — but an exploration game about being a cat lives and dies by how fun it is to navigate as a cat, and they just haven’t managed to make it pleasant to move around.

The Terminator was released closer to the end of World War II than we are to the release of The Terminator

I hadn’t realised but “AI”-generated fake images by long-dead artists, out of copyright, are also a problem, out there polluting the commons and slowly destroying our ability to know what is genuine:

I wonder how many — or rather how few — years back in time you’d need to travel for people to start thinking your iPhone is a magical artifact.

I can’t remember what’s in my fridge when I’m hungry, but I didn’t have to make any effort at all to remember my ICQ number, brains are so stupid 🤦🏻‍♂️

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I’m sad that I lost track of my ICQ number. It was a really low one, though. Was surprised to hear they were even still operating!

You may be in a position where leaders in your company are hot to turn on Microsoft Copilot Recall.

Your best counterargument isn’t threat actors stealing company data.

It’s that opposing counsel will request the recall data and demand it not be disabled as part of e-discovery proceedings.

The threat that keeps your executives up at night are lawyers, not hackers.

1990 Internet: You gotta be a hacker to find anything on the web

2000 Internet: Literally all the information in the world accessible to everyone so easy a toddler could do it

2020 Internet: You gotta be a hacker to find anything on the web

24 may 2024

Performing neuroscience experiments on an LLM — locating and manipulating specific neurons — is an intriguing concept (

Golden Gate Claude: as part of a new research paper, Anthropic released a version of their LLM that hyperfixates on the Golden Gate Bridge

Apple clarifies iOS 17.5 bug that exposed deleted photos

iOS 17.5.1 fixed the bug, but users still had questions.

Apple clarifies iOS 17.5 bug that exposed deleted photos

iOS 17.5.1 fixed the bug, but users still had questions.

Did anyone have “Pope canonizes a web designer” on their cyberpunk dystopia bingo card?

Pope clears way for ‘God’s influencer’ to become a saint - BBC News

Carlo Acutis, who was born in London, is set to become the first millennial to be canonised.

I love that you get a bonus typical “front suspension self-destructs if you look at it funny.” From the photo you’d think the car bounced off a train car, but the driver just threw it to the side of the road to avoid contact.

Has absolutely no one considered making a translation library that would let you specify native iOS interfaces with CSS? I can’t find anything at all online, and I know that writing actual CSS by hand has gone out of fashion, but most of it would map rather easily to UIKit, and I’d love to be able to use media queries in mobile UI design. Yes, I know UIKit is also going out of fashion, but look I’m old okay? and old people can still want to make apps.

As excited as I am for SLS printing to become relatively affordable, that’s a lot of tedious manual work for a $3,000 device — while modern FDM printers have become literally plug-and-play. Still, can’t wait to see where that techonology goes in four or five years.

UNBOXING the Micron SLS 3D Printer & FIRST PRINT!

Micron Desktop SLS 3D Printer, coming in June on Kickstarter, starting $2999. us on Discord:…

A more charitable / conspiracy-theorist interpretation is that there’s a tiny but non-zero chance Google is intentionally poisoning the well with a bad LLM implementation so it can tell the stock-market gamblers “see? we integrated that buzzword y’all love and everyone told us to stop” because it knows its interest as an ad network is still in people visiting websites. Again: *tiny*chance. But non-zero.

Regardless of model size, LLM usage costs are directly proportional to how much text you feed them in each prompt. So it makes sense to let an algorithm pick a couple result snippets and just task the LLM with reformulating those as text. That’s a good way to save money and a great way to get the catastrophic “AI-generated” results we’re seeing from Google.

Kyle Howells (

Given everything I know about LLMs…. I don’t understand how Google is getting these wrong. I’m assuming maybe even small LLMs are too expensive to actually run on every Google search. So maybe these aren’t from GPT3/4, Llama3, or Gemini level LLMs, but instead from some super light weight micro LLM? Or not an LLM at all? And some other ML model?

If I didn't keep up with LLM, AI and tech news in general and I saw these Google AI answers, I'd assume all these models that have been so hyped are useless.

But every model or AI tool I've used can do a better job of putting together answers then Google is currently doing.

Bing's AI search (ChatGPT + bing search) was/is WAY better than this, for example.
And that launched last year.

Definitely not switching to passkeys any time soon

Michael Tsai - Blog - The Dark Age of Authentication

I sometimes wonder if LLMs are this generation’s self driving cars? A decade ago self driving cars were so promising it was assumed they were 90% of the way to being ubiquitous. But now it looks like the last 10% of the work is taking 90% of the time.

LLMs work well 90% of the time. The question is how hard will it be to address that last 10%?

This is what happens when your CEO sends a companywide memo ordering everyone to include AI in their products yesterday. There’s potentially something interesting to be done along these lines — there’s a reason several apps already exist in this space — but you can’t afford to rush this *at all* 🤦🏻‍♂️

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I got ahold of the Copilot+ software. Recall uses a bunch of services themed CAP - Core AI Platform. Enabled by default. It spits constant screenshots (the product brands then “snapshots”, but they’re hooked screenshots) into the current user’s AppData as part of image storage. The NPU processes them and extracts text, into a database file. The database is SQLite, and you can access it as the user including programmatically. It 100% does not need physical access and can be stolen.

23 may 2024

Just bought an album on the iTunes Store on my Mac, because I’m old. (And I figured, all other things being equal, it’s worth reminding Apple that some people still want to purchase music.) Spent the next fifteen minutes trying to figure out how to download the damn songs.

TIL that it’s common for cheap “USB-C” devices to skimp on the two simple resistors that would allow them to actually work with USB-C cables, instead of *only* being usable with USB-A to USB-C cables 🙃

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After some more experimenting, we discovered that any USB-C to USB-C cables wouldn’t work. The fan wouldn’t power on or charge. But using a USB-A to USB-C cable *would* work and I just happened to have used one when I tried it myself. We tested a ton of other cables and NONE will turn this thing on *except* a USB-A to USB-C cable. wtf.

But from what I’ve heard, this runs macOS. You know what that means, though? iPadOS couldn’t get us there, so Apple is making bets in other places — like a touch-based macOS. But why would Apple maintain two touch-based computing platforms? Do they even have that bandwidth? Is *this* perhaps where iPad Pro will end up in a few years time? Will macOS gain a much more SpringBoard-like layer, and then replace iPadOS entirely on the top end iPads?

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Apple’s first foldable display may come in 2026 in a MacBook. Here are some new details on the rumored device.

$60 million well spent licensing that Reddit data for AI use.

I’d like an online game with strangers where I can play as a dog. I can hear voice chat but so jumbled that I can only make out tone, not words. My communication back is different forms of barks.

The other players can understand each other but I’m just a dog.

Impressed by the effort and creativity OpenAI appears to have devoted to being the most unethical incorporated company it could

Leaked OpenAI documents reveal aggressive tactics toward former employees

Has Sam Altman told the truth about OpenAI’s NDA scandal?

But once JS really took off, the language devs decided to step back in and “clean up this mess”. So now we have a “universal” module system that, get this, we’ve settled will work differently in node and the browser (sync vs. async, disagree on need for “with: json”, etc), language features that often still need JS implementations (for polyfilling), bugs that the app devs have no power to fix since they’re implemented in C++, and, oh, uh, practically speaking, we still need to transpile. Great.

Most languages *start out* this way. Just look at Java. We had something really special with Objc-C/Cocoa and JS, for very different reasons. With Cocoa it felt deliberate, it was almost a “C DSL for writing mac apps”. Ruthlessly practical, especially compared to its contemporaries (C++, with no “centralized customer” to report to). Things like IBOutlet vs. STL highlight this. It’s too bad we handed over the future of Mac dev to the compiler writers who never write apps and call C++ home.

"Note that Recall does not perform content moderation. It will not hide information such as passwords or financial account numbers."

The computer, however, will stop you from recording DRM'd content.

Find it fascinating that when faced with drawing safety and security boundaries, the primary beneficiary is not the owner of the device, or the person using it, but random corporations who control the intellectual property rights.

The system doesn't work for you.

22 may 2024

In iOS 17.5, they added some code to reset whether this had been run already. Presumably this would cause it to run again and pick up any new orphan files it found? Like, if you deleted a file from Photos so it removed it from its database, but it remained on disk somehow.

I haven’t spent enough time actually looking at what this code does to be sure, but my best understanding is this relates to running a task that scans your photo library folder on disk for orphaned files and pulls them into the Photos database.

“…a would-be hacker would need to gain physical access to your device, unlock it and sign in before they could access saved screenshots.”

I’ve got some news for Microsoft about how domestic abuse works.

Microsoft Copilot+ Recall feature ‘privacy nightmare’

The ICO wants to know the safeguards around Recall, which can take screengrabs of your screen every few seconds.

The old “our societal problems would be solved if someone just dropped LSD in the water supply” was always a pipe dream, but Silicon Valley tech bros have made it their mission to prove that it wasn’t accurate in the least.

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A female computational neuroscience and machine learning expert took to X at the weekend to describe a “dark side” of the startup culture in Silicon Valley. Sonia Joseph alleged that a culture of sexual coercion has taken hold of San Francisco’s community housing tech scene, with “heavy LSD use” and “sex parties held by mainly male tech and entrepreneurial elites that involve mock-violent role playing with female participants.” In particular, “early OpenAI employees” were referenced by Joseph, as well as their friends and “adjacent entrepreneurs.” Salon has more. #AI #OpenAI #SiliconValley #Tech

What a perfectly rational and reasonable to the addition of a feature that isn’t enabled until you enter you own API key. iTerm has always been a “throw in the kitchen sink” application; I have no idea what 80% of the features do.

Disable all AI-related features (#11475) · Issues · George Nachman / iterm2 · GitLab

Feature Request Summary What is the feature you’d like to request? How…

I hope the parallel isn’t that piracy was never okay, and the “you wouldn’t download a car” people were right all along about the slippery slope 😱

Dare Obasanjo (

I can’t help but notice the parallels between my generation of techies thinking copyright was bad when it came to music, movies and apps which should all be free and today’s techies who feel that way about IP used to train LLMs. What changed is that streaming and ad supported apps became more convenient than piracy. I wonder if there’s a similar analog to say cloning an actor’s voice being more convenient to do while respecting copyright versus illicitly.

21 may 2024

This is both a great introduction to Satisfactory and a wonderfully produced video that’s making me jealous — not that I would ever want to devote that kind of work to making a video, I’d rather play Satisfactory.

The Game That Hacks Your Brain

The first 500 people to use my link will get a 1 month free trial of Skillshare has taken over my life. Again. https:/…

“Recreating the Dreamy Digicam Look in Unreal.” Gorgeous.

And TIL that moonlight isn’t blue. (I’d never thought about it, but why would it be? It’s sunlight reflected by a gray orb.) It’s our vision that turns blue in low light 🤯

Recreating the Dreamy Digicam Look in Unreal

Kitten Burst out now on Steam! :❈——————————————————-❈ links…

Over the past month I’ve found the Cybertruck’s design less and less revolting every time I’ve seen pictures of it, and I’m not happy about that. Musk has moved the Overton window dramatically toward “Carmageddon for PlayStation 2” and there will be no undoing that damage.

Just remembered that George R. R. Martin stuck to WordStar for ages (can’t find whether he still does), so either it’s not the magical productivity pill that I’m looking for, or it is and he’s stopped writing because he lost the install floppies.

Am I nostalgic of old DOS word processors because they were simpler and distraction-free or because I was simpler and distraction-free, back then in the Middle Ages.

I just really hope Apple is preparing a metric hectare of reassurances if (big if!) they’re about to announce a deep partnership with OpenAI.

Like, reassurances about the environmental impact (all that work down the drain?), about the training data sources, about general ethics, about the cringy move-fast-and-break-things startup-bro vibes that they will then inherit onto their brand, etc…

20 may 2024

19 may 2024

There are gaudier models but this reminds me of the computers I borrowed from my mother’s workplace during the holidays, a few centuries back 😞

I’m not the multitasking kind of ADHDer but I really like the idea of turning that 2018 iPad Pro I don’t really use anymore into a dedicated typewriter and trying to force myself to write longform again.

I don’t own a keyboard for it, though, and that’s probably not the sort of whim that’ll be worth the investment. (But! Typewriter-style bluetooth keyboards can be so cute!)

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Good morning to all Objective-C developers. How are those knees today?

The Cybertruck is stupid and no one should buy one.. but someone should paint theirs with dazzle camouflage

18 may 2024


It’s unacceptable IMO that tvOS apparently doesn’t allows apps to use persistent storage. For instance, the new RetroArch game emulator has to store all your savegames, screenshots, ROMs in the Caches directory, which the OS may purge at any time without warning. *poof*

“your app can only access 500 KB of persistent storage … Outside of this limited local storage, all other data must be purgeable by the OS when space is low.” Why even sell the 128 GB Apple TV then?

Only 6% of app submission rejections are for "Safety".

In other words, most rejections are bullshit. (

Attached: 1 image Apple Shares 2023 App Store Transparency Report

Harold Halibut (PC) — ZZZ

There are games in which the walking, and the chores, are the point — the cannery level in Edith Finch remains one of the best ideas ever in interactive storytelling. Harold Halibut is not one of those.

This story wanted to be a two-hour animated movie, and it could have been a good one, too — that ending is lovely. The developers really should add a button that lets it play itself as a movie; it’s on Game Pass anyway, so they should probably be looking to increase the number of hours running, shouldn’t they?

And we thought dealing with a bug that lost photos on iOS was bad, turns out the opposite might be worse:

17 may 2024

Have you tried unplugging it and then just leaving it unplugged

Everyone hates meetings

I’m not sure I want to spend time playing the whole game, but Cryptmaster is full of very interesting and creative ideas. So much more than just a typing game.

Save 10% on Cryptmaster on Steam

SAY ANYTHING in this bizarre dungeon adventure where words control everything. Fill in the blanks with text or voice to uncover lost abilities, embark on strange quests, and solve mindbending riddles. Can you conquer the crypt and uncover the mystery at the heart of CRYPTMASTER?

Dammit, I really hoped the service would implode when they finally went ahead with this.

Twitter is officially now

So long,

I keep thinking of that joke about how the existence of the uncanny valley shows there was an evolutionary advantage for our ancestors to detect intruders pretending to be human. (It doesn’t, the uncanny valley exists because half our brain is dedicated to analyzing other humans’ reactions.)

Well, this is the moment we lose that evolutionary fight. It was hard enough explaining to people that ChatGPT isn’t intelligent; it’ll be outright impossible now that it speaks like this.

Briefly checked out the new ChatGPT app. The selection of voices is good — they sound offensively enthusiastic in the list but that might just be the previews.

Then I spoke, it replied, and I threw down my phone and locked it in horror because I am not ready to have such a natural-sounding conversation with a computer.

This thing is too good, it will eat up the world. And I grew up reading sci-fi, so I’m used to the idea — but our overlords were supposed to be smarter than us, not just RNGs.

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