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Rick and Morty & Metamodernism: Always “both-neither,” Never “either-or”

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In examining any piece of science fiction, considering the context of the work, whether historical, cultural, philosophical, etc., is of the utmost importance. “Literature & the Future” is missing a text that accurately reflects the context of today; that is, a text should be included that is representative of the way that our society and culture presently thinks of futurity. The TV show Rick and Morty, specifically the episode “Rixty Minutes,” is the best candidate for a text of this nature. Humanity is now living in “the future” that the thinkers discussed in class speculated about in the past, so it is desirable to consider what the concept of futurity means in an age where humans are simultaneously more connected and isolated than ever before. In essence, “Rixty Minutes” should be included as a “missing text” for the class syllabus because it self-reflexively offers a metamodern, integrative worldview as a solution for the crisis of human existence as it presently exists in the age of technology.

Reproducing SOTA Commonsense Reasoning Result in with a OpenAI’s Pretrained Transformer Language Model

7 minute read


I wanted to write this blog post to share a bit of interesting code I’ve been working on recently. Earlier this year, OpenAI achieved SOTA results on a diverse set of NLP tasks and datasets utilizing unsupervised pretraining, nearly identically the same approach as the one ULMFiT used to achieve SOTA on several text classification datasets. However, OpenAI used the new Transformer architecture instead of the AWD LSTM used by ULMFiT and trained on a billion token corpus instead of ULMFiT’s Wikitext-103.

The Need for ML Safety Researchers

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I recently came across this article in the New York Times, entitled “Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and the Feud Over Killer Robots.” I found it quite thought provoking, even though the mainstream media’s accounts of these topics and debates always leave much to be desired (note: if you mention The Terminator, The Matrix, and 2001: A Space Odyssey in a discussion about AGI and superintelligence, you’ve already lost me).


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Teaching experience 1

Undergraduate course, University 1, Department, 2014

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Teaching experience 2

Workshop, University 1, Department, 2015

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