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May 19, 2023 Quick space links

Courtesy of BtB’s stringer Jay.







  • Russia and Uganda sign deal not to deploy weapons in space
  • This agreement, like the Biden administration’s call for a similar ban, is worthless. When it comes time that someone wants to use force in space, force will be used, whether morally right or not. And the victim will have no choice but to respond in kind. That simply is the way of all things.

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Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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  • sippin_bourbon

    Only $125k a person?
    I am glad my daughter is already married.
    I feel I am dodging a bullet there.

  • David Ross

    Well at least Black Sky will have a launchpad and fuel to rent/sell to RocketLab when/if they get it built. Cape Canaveral is running out of that space.

  • Patrick Underwood

    Very happy to learn that Uganda has agreed not to put weapons in space.

  • Jerry Greenwood

    I’d like to see how Uganda will enforce that treaty.

  • James Street

    The other day Jordan Peterson recorded a 2 hour video with engineer / scientist Brian Roemmele discussing Artificial Intelligence and ChatGPT specifically. The discussion was more from the psychological side.

    ChatGPT and the Dawn of Computerized Hyper-Intelligence | Brian Roemmele | EP 357

    Some of my take aways:
    • Jordan Peterson has been using ChatGTP for a month to do advanced research on obscure topics. He asked it to write a graduate level paper crossing one of the schools of psychology with the writings of a famous writer like Solzhenitsyn and he said it did a good job.
    • AI will be a better teacher to children than humans. It can do things like watch a child’s facial expression and eye movement and study their learning style and strengths and weaknesses and constantly monitor and improve their teaching style. The child will learn in one hour what they currently do in one day.
    • We will have a personal AI on our device that we communicate with that then that communicates with the global AI in order to protect our privacy and from the bad guys using AI to harm us.
    • They talk a little about the downside of AI already covered in science fiction movies.

  • Jeff Wright

    The China launch…smelled like Wal-Mart

    Hope it’s debris lands on this dufus

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