Snowshoeing on Mt Rainier for New Year’s Day

We went snowshoeing on Mt Rainier on the last day of 2023. It was great to have most of the mountain to ourselves. And the twins took to the snow shoes like a fish to water. It was the perfect way to end the last year and start a new one. Exactly 12 years agoContinue reading “Snowshoeing on Mt Rainier for New Year’s Day”

OpenAI had explicitly added a warning to investors asking them to view their investment as a donation

OpenAI explicitly added a warning to investors asking them to view their investment as a donation because the company they were investing in was fully controlled by a non-profit whose mission was to only benefit humanity, not investors. The board was explicitly empowered and tasked with doing what it did. Whether they made the wrongContinue reading “OpenAI had explicitly added a warning to investors asking them to view their investment as a donation”

An example of what HDR images capture

Modern devices can display a significantly wider dynamic range than what was possible a few years ago. What that means is that there can be a larger difference between the darkest and brightest parts of an image, closer to what the human eye can perceive. Above is a very quick example of what that looksContinue reading “An example of what HDR images capture”

Rationalism is not very useful without values

I always thought that being rational was the best way to protect against bad decisions. But now I think it’s even more important to know our values and know how to stand by them. It’s easier to be rational – far more difficult is to be value-driven. But without values rationalism is a rudderless engineContinue reading “Rationalism is not very useful without values”

Can super intelligent AIs ever be “safe”?

Sitting at an airport lounge, it’s kinda interesting to see this headline on the screen with a “robo cart” right in front of it, along with a human whose job will change once these carts become “smarter”. What is hard for many of us to conceive and yet is probable not too far from nowContinue reading “Can super intelligent AIs ever be “safe”?”

The Lake on Badwater Basin on Death Valley National Park

Badwater basin, within Death Valley National Park, is a dried up lake entirely coated with … table salt! It’s the lowest point in the United States and is also the hottest place in the United States. The area gets about 1.9 inches of rain annually but the evaporation potential is 150 inches a year soContinue reading “The Lake on Badwater Basin on Death Valley National Park”

Dreamy Sunrise over San Francisco Bay

I was driving into San Francisco early morning. Fall had just started and it was probably the first rainy/cloudy day this season – in fact it even rained later that day. It was quite fascinating to see the surreal display of light on water, mixed with the container ships making their way to and fromContinue reading “Dreamy Sunrise over San Francisco Bay”

Super Blue Moon rising over Lake Michigan, Chicago

I got this picture from on-board a boat on Lake Michigan. This was the closest the moon will be to the earth in a while. The next time the moon will come this close will be in 2037! I’m not entirely sure what kind of optical illusion(s) caused it to look like a mushroom cloud:Continue reading “Super Blue Moon rising over Lake Michigan, Chicago”

Overnight snow camping with infants on Mt Lassen

We went snow camping with our infant twins recently. It was a great experience for us and them 🙂 We managed to fit all of us inside our two person mountaineering tent It was 38°F/3°C outside and we were camped on snow. We had a two person sleeping bag which did a good job ofContinue reading “Overnight snow camping with infants on Mt Lassen”