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Andrej Karpathy’s introduction to Large Language Models (LLM)

This is a 1 hour introduction to Large Language Models (LLM), the core technical component behind systems like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, and Google’s Bard.

What they are, where they are headed, comparisons and analogies to present-day operating systems, and some of the security-related challenges of this new computing paradigm.

[1hr Talk] Intro to Large Language Models

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Ireland and Sweden join countries calling for moratorium on extraction of metals from seabed

Karen McVeigh and Chris Michael, The Guardian »

Much is at stake. Scientists have warned of large-scale, severe and irreversible harm to global ocean ecosystems, already threatened by the climate and biodiversity crises, if deep-sea mining goes ahead. Too little is known about the ocean’s abyss even to draw up regulations, they say.

Last month, the European Academies Science Advisory Council warned of the “dire consequences” for marine ecosystems and against the “misleading narrative” that deep-sea mining is necessary for metals required to meet the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Communications Security Establishment (CSE) blocked trillions of ‘malicious actions’ against the federal government last year


Thursday’s report plainly states that foreign states “are attempting to influence and interfere with Canada’s society and democracy” in a number of ways, including espionage and online disinformation.

While the report doesn’t draw a direct line between China and foreign election interference, as has been a central preoccupation for federal politicians in recent months, CSE does call out China for its diaspora intimidation tactics.

South Korea exported more goods to the US than to China last year for the first time in almost two decades

The shift in trade could reflect the effects of growing number of export controls discouraging the sale of semiconductors to China, and surging worldwide demand for Korean EVs.

Financial Times 🔒 »

The US is the only one of South Korea’s top 10 export partners to which exports have grown over the past five years. Led by battery makers LG Energy Solution, SK On and Samsung SDI, and solar company Hanwha Q-Cells, South Korean companies have also been among the largest foreign investors in the US semiconductor and clean tech sectors.

By contrast China is waning in importance. A study published this month by the Korea International Trade Association showed that since 2021, the share of Korean exports going to China has declined in sectors including petroleum products, petrochemicals, steel, auto parts and displays.


Three Canadian cities — Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto — ranked among world’s top 10 most livable

Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto ranked in the top 10 according to a long-running Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) latest survey, the Global Liveability Index 2023 ranking of 173 metropolises.

For 2023, the world’s 10 most livable cities according to the EIU are:

  1. Vienna, Austria 🇦🇹
    For the second year, the Austrian capital took the title of world’s most liveable city in the world.
  2. Copenhagen, Denmark 🇩🇰
  3. Melbourne, Australia 🇦🇺
  4. Sydney, Australia 🇦🇺
  5. Vancouver, Canada 🇨🇦
  6. Zurich, Switzerland 🇨🇭
  7. Calgary, Canada 🇨🇦
  8. Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭
  9. Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦
  10. Osaka, Japan 🇯🇵  and Auckland, New Zealand 🇳🇿 (tie)

Least liveable of the cities ranked include Douala, Cameroon; Kyiv, Ukraine; Harare, Zimbabwe; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; Karachi, Pakistan; Lagos, Nigeria; Algiers, Algeria; Tripoli, Libya; Damascus, Syria.

Read the report » Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index 2023

EVs of all types are already displacing 1.5 million barrels of oil a day

Bloomberg »

The share of electric vehicles in sales of new passenger vehicles is set to more than double globally in the next few years — to 30% in 2026. Their penetration in some markets will be even higher, with EVs reaching 89% of sales in the Nordics, 52% in China and 42% in Europe. Our latest near-term EV sales outlook is brighter than what BNEF published last year, mostly due to policy changes in the US, where a major investment push sparked by the Inflation Reduction Act will help more than triple the share of EVs in new sales, to 28% by 2026.

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