DAIN

DAIN Architecture

About a month ago, a Youtube video crossed my path. It was a video by the Lumière brothers (1896), but in full 4k, 60fps. This caught my attention, and of course, I wondered how can we make the technology behind it more accesible to people.

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Algorithms, transhumanism and futurism

Chicken soup for the rational progress

I’m halfway through reading Algorithms to live by, by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths. The book is really good – but this is not a review about the book. Rather, a thought that came to my mind while reading it.

I think that books (and other pieces of knowledge) like these are what are going to fulfill Kurzweil’s predictions on the future of humanity.

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The "natural evolution" of technology

Is there such a thing? I believe there is.

I recently read this wonderful article from Vox called The biggest lie tech people tell themselves — and the rest of us. In it, they propose that the progress we’re making in technology, with the debates in ethics and in the erosion of privacy is usually justified by people with mantras like “it’s the natural evolution of technology” and “it’s the way progress works” and “it was going to happen eventually”. They propose that these are invalid excuses.

I disagree.

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Running OpenAI's GPT-2

Play with the most powerful text generator so far

GPT-2

There has been a lot of controversy around OpenAI not releasing the full model for GPT-2. However, leaving that aside, they did publish the 117M model version, which is a small subset of the model that still works. And it works really nicely.

So let’s dive and see how we can run it for ourselves.

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Interdisciplinary AI

Why we need multiple skills in the search for AGI

About a month ago OpenAI published a post where they open their gates for social scientists into their organization. I think this is part of a profound matter that has not been completely discussed in that blog post. Aside from a short version of some points of it, I’ll also provide what is this subject that hasn’t been discussed yet.

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Configuring HTTPS for project GitHub Pages custom subdomain

How to configure HTTPS while keeping control of the nameservers

As a final step to moving my blog to GitHub pages, it was the matter of setting up HTTPS. The GitHub guides are very detailed on this. So much that it’s easy to get lost in them.

My case was particular, as it was a combination of a lot of conditions:

  • My repository is a project repository (it is not a repository named after my user or my organization).
  • I don’t want to transfer the whole domain DNS (apex domain) to GitHub nameservers, since I might want to use other subdomains (or the main domain) for my own purposes.
  • I want the blog to have HTTPS enabled, even when only static content is served.

I couldn’t find anywhere how to setup the configuration for a case like this, but it’s really easy.

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Exporting from Wordpress to Jekyll

A few simple steps from Wordpress to Jekyll format

I just exported my Wordpress blog by using the jekyll-import tool. This is my first post in this new tool. I very much like the simplified approach of writing markdown and having a static site rather than running a server and a database on my own.

Not all things were entirely straightforward, so here’s a quick list of the steps I took, which might be helfpul to others.

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Ethics in Artificial Intelligence

Review of a very interesting meetup by Dr McKillop

I recently participated in a meetup with the promising title “Ethics in AI”. Dr. Chris McKillop conducted the meetup, and she did not only has a lot of theoretical background under her arm, but also a great deal of experience with working on the field of Data Science and AI.

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Reducing size of Docker images

Making efficient final images

Most blogs and manuals will recommend you the simpler approaches to reducing the image of your docker image. We’ll go a little further today but let’s reiterate them anyway:

  • Use the reduced version of base images (alpine usually recommended), avoid SDKs for final images
  • Use multistage build, do not copy over temporary files or sources
  • Take care of the .dockerignore, ignore as much as possible

Having said that, it is possible that you’ll still end up with a very huge docker image, and it’s difficult to understand what the next step from here.

This is where this post comes in.

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