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Unattended Baggage Episode #223: The Singularity Behind the Altman Drama
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Unattended Baggage Episode #223: The Singularity Behind the Altman Drama

We dig deep into the “threat to humanity” breakthrough that shook the foundations of OpenAI..and possibly the world, Argentina’s new president is either a libertarian or a dictator, meet the w...
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Unattended Baggage Show Notes 11/25/2023

Episode #223: The Singularity Behind the Altman Drama

We dig deep into the “threat to humanity” breakthrough that shook the foundations of OpenAI..and possibly the world, Argentina’s new president is either a libertarian or a dictator, meet the woman who killed JFK, Dublin riots after mass stabbing, get ready for 44k hours of January 6, and every day is Turkey day for NYC Mayor Eric Adams.

Hour 1: https://unattendedbaggage.podbean.com/e/episode-223-the-singularity-behind-the-altman-drama/ 

Hour 1: https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-223-hour-93519532 

Hour 2: https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-223-hour-93519533 

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If you would like to become a member of unattended baggage go to www.patreon.com/unattendedbaggage 

Bizarre OpenAI shakeup reveals fallout from major AGI breakthrough that terrified co-founder and board members 

MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH:  Altman was working on “alarmingly powerful” Q* AI

Exact breakthrough is unknown.  Speculation is Test Time Compute and verification to solve complex math problems and increasing the model’s capability by 30X, and works essentially by using “verifiers” or separate models to simultaneously verify information the main model “guessed” at.  The models then vote on the right answer.  Once the verifiers agreed on the most likely correct answer, it could identify the process (chains of thought) on how the LLM got to that answer, and learn it. giving AI a much broader ability to reason, understand complex processes, and communicate them in language mode.  This could be considered AGI.  (NOTE:  Much of this is speculation, pierced together from comments made by various people at OpenAI, and recently published scientific papers.)w

OpenAI exec addresses CEO Sam Altman’s firing in note to employees — Read the full memo

ChatGPT maker OpenAI fires Altman for “communication breakdown” – rumors that Altman lied to board about the breakthrough, but other employees – including OpenAI co-founder and chief scientist Ilya Sutskever – went to the board to advise them of danger.  Insiders report Altman was fired the board over AI safety concerns, because the board thought Q* was far too dangerous to develop, claiming it could “threaten humanity”, and that Altman tried to hid it from them.  

Ousted OpenAI head Sam Altman to lead Microsoft’s new AI team

505 other OpenAI employees, including co-founders Ilya Sutskever and Greg Brockman threaten to go to Microsoft – who says they’re all welcome

Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI co-founder, first supported Alman firing over safety, then wanted him reinstated days later

Altman gets rehired, entire OpenAI board replaces scientists with businessmen and politicians, plus Microsoft

Microsoft clearly had major role in rebuilding the board, much more in the way they wanted it.

Facebook-parent Meta breaks up its Responsible AI team

The team that was tasked with ensuring the safety of AI has been disbanded

NVIDIA delays custom AI chips to China

All this happens just days after the US and China agreed to cooperate on AI development and deployment.

“Libertarian/Anarco-Capitalist” Milei wins in Argentina 

President-elect Milei vows 'end of Argentina's decline'

Fiery right-wing populist Javier Milei wins Argentina's presidency | AP News

Israeli strikes southern Gaza

Israeli airstrikes kill 80 in Palestinian refugee camp | Israel-Hamas war | The Guardian

Tearful Israeli hostages - including children and grandmother, 77, who terrorists previously claimed had died - take first steps of freedom as they are released by Hamas after 48 days in captivity | Daily Mail Online

Did this woman kill JFK?

How a pioneering pilot’s exceptional life story offers clues to a second JFK shooter

Riots erupt in Ireland after mass school stabbing

Watch: Riots Erupt Across Dublin After Immigrant Is Accused of Mass Stabbing Attack of Children

Here comes Kermit the Frog, followed by Palestinian Protestors

https://www.the-sun.com/news/9699346/pro-palestine-activists-arrested-macys-thanksgiving-day-parade/

Ukraine

Ukrainian Sniper’s Lord of the Horizon rifle ‘takes out Russian soldier from 2.5 miles’

Russia barrages Kyiv with record number of drones 

And they are still watching you

Secretive White House Surveillance Program Gives Cops Access to Trillions of US Phone Records | WIRED

Why are we so scared?

40% of Americans are afraid to walk alone at night — most in decades, poll says

Obama admin official is just racist

Former Obama administration official charged with hate crime after confrontation with NYC food cart vendor

Get rid of thanksgiving

Liberal columnists call for Americans to ‘decolonize Thanksgiving,’ promote ‘Truthsgiving’

Bringing them back

Army invites back soldiers discharged for refusing COVID-19 vaccine

Surprised it took this long

Ex-policeman Derek Chauvin stabbed in prison 

Hall and Oats at it again

https://www.stereogum.com/2243616/hall-oates-lawsuit-explained/news/ 

Jan 6 tapes

Why The New York Times’s Jan. 6 U-turn is a big deal | The Hill 

Just in time for Thanksgiving, NYC Mayor gets his Turkey money

Could the FBI’s investigation send New York mayor Eric Adams to prison?

#MeToo Weekly Roundup

New York City mayor Eric Adams accused of sexual assault in 1993

Sean Combs Faces Third Sexual Assault Lawsuit – Update

Jamie Foxx Sued for Alleged Sexual Assault at New York Bar

Andrew Cuomo Sued for Sexual Harassment by Former Assistant - WSJ

Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose Sued Over Alleged 1989 Sexual Assault | Pitchfork

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Alex and Adrian's Unattended Baggage
Alexander Snitker (libertarian-Republican political hack) and Adrian Wyllie (born-again anarchist and political has-been) banter, blather and joke about current events, while attempting to figure out whether to keep trying to salvage our Constitutional Republic, or just stock up on marshmallows to roast on the smoldering embers of society.