July 2020 News

July 2020 gwern.net newsletter with links on the Uighurs, authoritarianism, negative emissions, AI overhang; 1 movie & 2 anime reviews.
2019-12-262020-11-25 finished certainty: log importance: 0

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  • (review)
  • (me­diocre JRPG sekaikei ani­me; the world­build­ing is sketchy and inter­nally inco­her­en­t—an­gels serve “Zeus”?—and far more care has been given to the poor­ly-in­te­grated and flashy CG than to minor con­sid­er­a­tions like ani­mat­ing any­thing of inter­est, although even there I fear I over­praise the CG of things like its MacGuffin, Bahamut. I’m sure there must have been a rea­son I put this on my list but what­ever it was, it failed.)



  1. The Uighur geno­cide is awful not just because it is far worse than any­thing hap­pen­ing in, say, , but because it is the Syr­ian & Span­ish Civil War of our era—the test­ing grounds of tech­no-to­tal­i­tar­i­an­ism.↩︎

  2. For per­spec­tive, note that there are ~40 mil­lion chil­dren in the USA in 2020, and thus on the order of >40 Amer­i­can chil­dren per year, and pre­sum­ably sev­eral times that world­wide, would have died in 2020 with­out any safety mea­sures. Because of decreases in pop­u­la­tion growth rate, the num­ber of chil­dren in the USA has remained remark­ably con­stant since 1958, and so one could rea­son­ably extrap­o­late that back as >62×, or >2,480 pre­vented deaths. Or to put it another way, for each of the sub­jects briefly dis­tressed by the exper­i­ment, per­haps >12 other Amer­i­can chil­drens’ lives have been saved since by the over­all suc­cess of the fridge safety move­ment.↩︎