The OpenAI project has a new API, called GPT-3 that is in the news now because of its ability to mimic human-style communication. The funniest implementation is their choose-your-own adventure engine. Unlike other text-based adventures like Zork or those Infocom games, this one allows you to write in full sentences and is not limited to… Continue reading AI Dungeon
On the kindness of people, and the violence of the state
If I had known how hard a 10 week trial on terror-related charges for a peaceful protest would be, I don’t know how I could have faced it. It was the support people offered from the most surprising places that got us through it. I’m one of the Stansted 15 convicted, controversially, for a terror-related offence… Read more »
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Inside the UK’s most radical indie publishers
Fitzcarraldo Editions. You’ve seen their books about. The deep blue covers with the white text; just title and author. Or the cream white covers with blue text; just title and author. The same design for each release. Super collectable, in fact – some bookstores line them up all in a row on special shelves. Fitzcarraldo entered… Read more »
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How technology transformed long-distance relationships
Last year, I was obsessed with the internet. I spent months writing and thinking about online intimacy, a whole summer meeting nobody in person, relying simply on apps. Most of my romantic encounters took place online, many of them never crossing over to ‘real life’ at all; my phone was littered with names like ‘Richard… Read more »
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The indie print revolution: how to make your own magazine
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Horsing around: a wild weekend at Appleby Fair
One week every year, the tiny town of Appleby in Cumbria host the largest gathering of Gypsies and Travellers in Western Europe. Around 10,000 members of the travelling community pour into the Eden Valley to trade horses, party, gamble, meet friends, and even find love. Increasingly, horses are being brought to the three-day fair for leisure rather than for trade,… Read more »
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Meet the African chief who leads a double life in Germany
Céphas Bansah works as a self-employed car mechanic in the German town of Ludwigshafen. But in his spare time, he oversees the development of his hometown – Hohoe, capital of Ghana’s Gbi Traditional Area – through WhatsApp and Skype. “Being a king is not a profession, it is my life’s work,” says the 70-year-old. “My… Read more »
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What Netflix did next: brats, bodyguards & sociopaths
Close The first five minutes of this bang, and I maintained hope for it quite a long way in. But,no – I’m sorry to report that it’s a load of toot. This is a boilerplate 90-minute action film centred around a bodyguard, but the twist is – gasp! – it’s only a bloody woman! That’s… Read more »
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Documenting the unseen side of the Black Panther Party
In 1968, the Black Panther Party (BPP) stood 2,000 strong; armed not just with firearms, but a knowledge of the Constitution, state, and local laws. Initially organised to fight police brutality, the group quickly organised to institute community social programs. Leadership understood the power of the press and began working with writers, artists, and photographers… Read more »
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