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A first small evaluation
On the first of March, we implemented some pretty significant changes for Warp News.
Now, I write most of the content myself and spend my days mainly doing that and spreading Warp's mission.
In March, traffic to the Swedish Warp News increased by 52 percent and English by 6 percent, compared to the corresponding period the month before. This is partly due to the fact that I managed to get some of our news in other Swedish media.
The number of free subscribers increased by 1.4 percent.
The total number of paying members, Premium Supporters, increased by 1.7 percent.
🤖 An AI pause is a bad idea
I was so happy when we saw so much progress in the AI field, and then a group came along and threw a wrench into the machine learning.
They want a "pause" in AI development.
A "pause" sounds so harmless. We'll chill for a few months and ponder the dangers. But a pause would have serious consequences.
- China gets a chance to catch up.
- A pause can become prolonged or permanent.
- We damage all the good that comes from AI development.
- Slower progress is the greatest long-term threat to humanity.
I will, unfortunately, be writing much about this going forward.
My first article, which I sent you Tuesday, is about why one of the leading AI alarmists, Professor Max Tegmark, is wrong.
🤖 Human and AI-bot write book together
WALL-Y and I are not taking any AI breaks.
Instead, we are writing a book together. About how to use ChatGPT to write and think better.
I will keep you updated along the journey, and might ask for feedback from time to time.
The Angry Optimist
Btw, here is the video from my talk last week. It is in Swedish, but I know there are bunch of Swedes subscribing to the international version of this newsletter.
News and articles
🤖 Max Tegmark shows why Max Tegmark is wrong about AI
Professor Max Tegmark almost predicted the last years of AI development. But he got one thing wrong, which undermines his argument about the dangers of AI.
😰 The Pattern of Technology Panic
Technology panics also follow Gartner's hype curve, and in the worst case, they can initiate ill-considered bans and restrictions, writes Waldemar Ingdahl.
Fact-based optimistic news of the week
🌕 The four astronauts who will go around the Moon
For the first time in over 50 years, humans are now leaving low Earth orbit and returning to the moon.
☘ Grass and clover can become an alternative to imported soy and natural gas
Increased sorghum cultivation and the establishment of green biorefineries can enable us to reduce the import of soy and natural gas to Sweden.
🧠 New gel offers hope for brain tissue regeneration
Cerebral hemorrhage causes many deaths and disabilities worldwide. Treatment for brain tissue loss has been lacking - but now there may have been a breakthrough.
💉 New vaccine technology can provide better cancer treatment and increased survival rate
A new method of developing vaccines to fight cancer could give us much more effective treatments.
🔋 Tesla Model Y is Sweden's best-selling car
During the first quarter of 2023, an electric car became the best-selling car for the first time. Tesla Model Y came in first, ahead of Volvo XC40 in second place.
💊 Doctors can now track patients' medication to optimize treatment
Tiny sensors on pills enable real-time monitoring of medication and can help doctors quickly spot problems.
🦠 Spray can kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria
A spray can kill 99.99 percent of all bacteria and can be used both directly on wounds or as protection on medical equipment.
🤖 Human and AI-bot write book together
Warp News editor-in-chief, Mathias Sundin, and Warp News AI writer, WALL-Y, are writing a book together. It will be about how to use ChatGPT to write and think better.
🛩 Mini robot only needs wind and light to fly
Powered by wind and light alone, the robot Fairy could in the future be used for everything from monitoring wildlife to pollinating plants.