Confessions of a researchaholic

June 22, 2022

Midjourney

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 4:03 pm
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I did some experiments with Midjourney’s prompt-based image generation.
(I am glad that the site imposes GPU compute constraints as otherwise I might be tempted to spend endless time exploring the rabbit hole.)

The first one came from a real life experience I encountered the very same morning: A painting by Joan Miro of a laptop computer that still works after being cracked open by heat coming from the office window, after some iterations here is one I like:

The second one also came from a real-life experience, which I iterated to bring out the vegetables from: A vegetarian descendant of Genghis Khan

June 1, 2022

Art and tech

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:18 pm
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The appearance of a new technology often changes how art is created and consumed but never replaced it.
The invention of camera made photography a new art form and shifted the portrait and landscape painters to focus more on styles than realism.
A similar trend is happening with language-based picture generation, which can shift from the traditional painting and rendering techniques towards ideas in language prompts.

May 17, 2022

Executive compensation

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:34 am
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I takes a special kind of arrogance for the current Intel CEO to think that he deserves to earn more than 1700 times of a typical employee.

I voted yes to executive compensations for NVIDIA, AMD, and Microsoft because their CEOs are truly transformative, but would not do so for Intel until it can compete with TSMC and Samsung as a global foundry.

March 20, 2022

Workout

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:55 pm
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Before the industrial revolution humans got enough physical exercises in their daily routines without needing extra workouts or diets, which are signs of unnatural design for the modern environment and activities.

Should our cities be centered around driveways for cars, or walking/biking lanes with public transports?

Why are we sitting in front of stationary devices instead of walking around manipulating objects for work?

March 6, 2022

Autarky and innovation

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:19 pm
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A major tech company would like to own an entire meta-verse platform from hardware (servers, HMDs) to software (standards, libraries, applications), and plans to start reproducing the capabilities of existing components.
This sounds less innovative/fun than building on top of what is already out there (e.g., existing hardware and libraries), and innovation benefits more from collaboration than isolation, aside from the purpose of learning/experimentation (like this guy building chips in his parents’ garage).

SaaS and sanctions

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:14 am
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A cloud-based software or data storage can be switched off at any moment to deny access to anyone, and is harder to pirate or circumvent than software sold as digital copies.

October 28, 2021

Meta

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:14 am
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https://twitter.com/liyiwei/status/1453861231228428288

September 8, 2021

Claiming ignorance

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:29 am
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A founder/CEO who claimed to have no knowledge of whether the technology of his/her company is actually working is either lying or grossly incompetent.

August 25, 2021

VR poker

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 2:44 pm
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In this podcast, Peter Jackson, CEO of Flutter Entertainment, said that some people prefer to play poker in VR so that they can wear virtual avatars. I was a bit surprised to hear that as I thought online poker can be perfectly played on 2D displays, including the cards and the virtual avatars of the players.

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