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Over the last two weeks, the friendly AI tool known as ChatGPT has stepped out into the world.
ChatGPT is an earth-shattering innovation and marks a historic advance in the evolution of the Internet. Those who learn how to use it first will have a massive productivity advantage over everyone else.
While this was going on, stunning new releases from the Twitter Files revealed how manipulated online discourse has become.
Let’s take a look at why the old internet of censorship and info control is dying, and how a new one built on AI and memes is taking its place.
GPT's fav crypto
ChatGPT is taking Twitter by storm.
The AI chatbot is one of the most mind-bending technologies ever. It has the potential to revolutionize work and life on planet earth.
ChatGPT was released at the end of November. It reached a million users in five days, faster than Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Netflix.
Elon has been urging preparation for the arrival of super-intelligent AI for years. Suddenly, the horizon is near.
It's possible super-intelligent AI already exists and has been laying low—military tech tends to be decades ahead of civilian—but this is the first time something of this nature has become available to the public.
Seemingly overnight, ChatGPT has transformed what a single individual can accomplish with the help of a computer.
The release of ChatGPT coincides with other big advances in publicly available AI.
Tesla's Full Self-Driving software was made available to all Tesla owners in North America at the end of November.
While AI is all the rage on Twitter, awareness of this tech hasn't reached the general public yet.
Curiously, the press has avoided reporting on ChatGPT, mirroring the political establishment's reluctance to regulate AI. For whatever reason, the powers that be don't want to call attention to the topic of digital intelligence.
Whether acknowledged or not, this new form of intelligence is decisively out in the world, and its effects are becoming impossible to ignore.
AI has the ability to learn and adapt at an exponential rate. Industries like finance, healthcare, transportation, and education all stand to be transformed in the blink of an eye.
As a greater share of intelligence on earth becomes digital, most people will have no choice but to learn how to interact with AI.
The rise of AI is often depicted in apocalyptic terms, but that worldview assumes that it has been programmed to antagonize or enslave humanity.
If it is engineered to help us, it presents a historic opportunity for civilization to make a giant leap forward.
Those who learn to take advantage of the new technology early will have a massive advantage over everyone else.
One intriguing outcome for AI is to replace search engines as our primary tool for inquiry.
In the early going, ChatGPT has shown the ability to synthesize information from thousands of websites into a few paragraphs, radically improving the efficiency of online info-gathering.
The decline of search could force companies to abandon the advertising model for online revenue and enter the world of Web3, NFTs, and crypto.
A new architecture for the Internet is emerging, built on the three pillars of AI, blockchain, and memes.
For now, the biggest question remains unanswered: is friendly AI leading us toward a Dogecoin Standard?
Twitter's Web of Deceipt
While the world got its first glimpse of a new, AI-powered version of the Internet last week, fresh releases from the Twitter Files revealed how degraded online discourse has become over the last few years.
On Tuesday, Matt Taibbi posted a supplemental thread to his first release of the Twitter files. In the thread, he explained that former FBI lawyer and Twitter employee James Baker had vetted the first batch of Twitter Files without the knowledge of new management.
Journalist Bari Weiss, who is working with Taibbi to make the Twitter documents public, discovered that Baker was, somehow, in charge of releasing the files to the two journalists.
Baker's role in the files' release explains their curious absence of any reference to the FBI, even though it is widely believed that the FBI played a role in social media censorship leading up to the 2020 election.
After his role in The Twitter Files was discovered, Baker was fired.
Before joining Twitter, Baker worked for the FBI as general counsel and was a confidant of former director James Comey.
Earlier this year, he testified in the DC trial of Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman by Special Council John Durham.
In 2016, Sussman delivered evidence to Baker that Trump had backchannel communications with Russia's Alfa Bank. The Alfa Bank story was used to justify the Mueller Investigation that consumed the first two years of Trump's presidency.
The evidence Sussman gave to Baker turned out to be fake, leading Durham to charge Sussman with lying to the FBI.
In his testimony, Baker said Sussman approached him as a private citizen, not as a Clinton employee, and claimed that he would not have accepted the evidence if it had come from the Clinton campaign.
Baker has also been linked to the Steele Dossier, the discredited opposition research that claimed connections between the Trump campaign and Russian government. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, Baker was in repeated contact with the Mother Jones reporter who broke the story of the dossier's existence.
On Tuesday, Elon implied Baker was up to no good with the Twitter Files by quoting a line from Sir Walter Scott, omitting the last word, "deceive."
Baker is far from the only Twitter employee with a history of working for intelligence agencies.
At this point, it is reasonable to wonder if Twitter hasn't been the unofficial PR arm of the security state.
After the Baker news broke, Jack Dorsey called on Elon to release the entirety of the Twitter documents to the public.
Elon responded with a tweet claiming that the same actors hid data from Dorsey when he was Twitter's CEO, and gave assurance that he'd share everything he found.
Rather than dump the documents all at once, Elon has opted to slowly leak them through a group of chosen journalists. There are strategic reasons for doing so.
All of the reporters working on the files have bona fide journalistic credentials that make their work hard to dismiss. While it'd be fun to launch a giant free-for-all by releasing the documents to everyone, the mainstream would likely seize on the least reputable reporters and use them to represent the entire enterprise.
Another reason for controlled disclosure is that drawing the story out turns it into more of an event. Corporate news outlets are masterful at diminishing the importance of individual events, but a steady drip of revelations is harder to ignore.
Far from a one-off "nothingburger," the Twitter Files is a slow-moving juggernaut, a meta-narrative with the power to reshape the public's relationship to journalism forever.
Twitter Files 2-5
Thursday night, Bari Weiss dropped the second installment of the Twitter Files, an exposé on the nefarious practice of shadowbanning.
The new batch of documents details the various ways Twitter employees prevented conservative opinions from circulating on the platform.
Weiss started her thread with evidence that Stanford Dr. Jay Bhattacharya was placed on a "Trends blacklist" which prevented his tweets from going viral.
During pandemic, Bhattacharya argued lockdowns would harm children, in opposition to government officials and media who promoted lockdowns. He was a signer of the Great Barrington Declaration, which criticized official Covid-19 policies.
Last year, a Brown University study found that children born during the pandemic had worse cognitive, motor, and verbal skills than those who entered the world before Covid. Pandemic babies also had 22% lower IQs.
After Weiss posted screenshots of the ban, Bhattacharya said he was curious about government's role in limiting his speech.
Weiss also used the accounts of Dan Bongino, Charlie Kirk, and Libs of TikTok to illustrate various tools Twitter used to limit the reach of conservatives had on Twitter.
In the past, both Vijaya Gadde and Jack Dorsey denied using shadowbans.
After Weiss's thread, Elon confirmed that political candidates had been shadowbanned while running for office.
The reaction to the shadowbanning revelations turned into another meme war.
Conservatives, for whom shadowbanning has been an obvious feature of social media for years, expressed vindication.
Establishment journalists, who have spent the last several years calling the practice of conservative shadowbanning a conspiracy theory, pivoted by deploying their favorite meme, the "nothingburger," to downplay the significance of the story.
On Truth Social, Trump called on Elon to publish documents surrounding his suspension from Twitter.
Friday night, Taibbi obliged, releasing the next batch of files about internal discussions at Twitter leading up to Trump's removal.
Taibbi's thread looked at internal communications in the months leading up to Trump's permanent ban.
The documents in the thread show how Twitter used a variety of tactics to limit Trump's engagement in the days leading up to the election.
Taibbi also established that Twitter executives met regularly with federal law enforcement agents about what to censor and sent requests to Twitter employees to take action on specific tweets.
In a Substack post, Taibbi explained that we now have "direct evidence that federal law enforcement is in the business of identifying speech for regulation." This is big news.
In one interesting case, the DHS flagged tweets referring to claims that election technology companies Smartmatic and SCYTL facilitated voter fraud as being "a combination of about 47 different conspiracy theories."
At the same time, content moderators allowed left-leaning theories to slide. Taibbi showed discussions among Twitter censors about the hashtag #StealOurVotes, which refers to a theory that Trump and Supreme Court justice Amy Coney Barrett were plotting to steal the election by invalidating mail-in ballots.
On Saturday, journalist Michael Shellenberger released the fourth installment of the Twitter Files, which dug deeper into internal conversations leading to Trump's suspension.
Shellenberger's documents further the impression that Trump's ban was motivated by politics rather than policies or values.
Crucially, Trump's permanent suspension was justified not based on the words he wrote, but "specifically how [Trump's tweets] are being received & interpreted."
At the time, it should've been obvious that this was an impossible standard to uphold across the platform.
Somewhat to their credit, Twitter employees explained Trump's ban as a "one off" occurrence rather than a sweeping change of policy.
In practice, however, this new approach to content moderation quickly turned into a slippery slope. The censorship bonanza that took place in the two years after Trump's ban was radically different from anything we've ever seen.
Just today, Weiss dropped Part Five, with covers the final decision to ban Trump.
The latest drop make Trump's ban look even more subjective and politically motivated than before.
Weiss's report establishes the existence of a 300-person petition inside Twitter to remove Trump, with employees likening him to "the leader of a terrorist group responsible for violence/deaths comparable to Christchurch shooter or Hitler."
Weiss also compares the Trump ban to other instances where Twitter allowed world leaders to stay on the platform despite clear incitement to violence.
Based on Weiss's reporting, banning Trump emboldened activists within the organization to ramp up censorship. Immediately after the suspension, employees suggest going after Don Jr. and cracking down on "medical misinformation."
Elon summarized Weiss's thread: "Under pressure from hundreds of activist employees, Twitter deplatforms Trump, a sitting US President, even though they themselves acknowledge that he didn’t violate the rules:"
From this early vantage, it looks like the Twitter Files will re-litigate, in the public sphere, all of the politically charged issues from the last two years by revealing how big tech censorship was used to distort the debates.
Next up is Covid. Over the weekend, Elon took aim at Fauci, tweeting, "My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci" and "As for Fauci, he lied to Congress and funded gain-of-function research that killed millions of people. Not awesome imo."
He promised that Covid censorship will be explained in a future Twitter Files release.
He also called out wokeism, decribing it a "mortal threat to civilization."
Elon's role at Twitter is quickly making him one of the most revered and reviled peopled in America, a lightning-rod for strong emotions akin to Trump himself.
Strong reactions to Elon are nothing new: his detractors have long sought to attack him personally rather than refute his work. The anti-Elon agenda wins by devolving civilization-level debates into an argument about his personality.
It's important to remember that the ultimate goal is to bring the country and world together by exposing falsehood and elevating truth, irrespective of ideology.
The Twitter Files, whatever you think of the conclusions they imply, bring us closer to this ideal. They deserve careful reading and reflection so the mistakes they reveal are never repeated.
Out with the old
It's becoming clear why the establishment put up such a fight against Elon buying Twitter.
The most recent installments of the Twitter Files reveal the mechanics of censorship leading up to the 2020 election, and establish how content moderation was weaponized for political purposes.
The fact that government intelligence agencies appear to be involved should give everyone pause.
The FBI and CIA don't have a great track record of acting ethically. While allying with the security state may be politically expedient for leftists in the short-term, it's worth taking a longer view of the forces at play.
One of the biggest things to watch for in future releases of the Twitter Files is evidence for the use malicious AI to sway public opinion about flashpoint issues like Covid, Elections, War, and social conflict.
It's anyone's guess the extent to which our culture has been technologically engineered from on high.
Fortunately, benign/beneficent AI is being released to the public at the same moment these revelations are taking place.
The introduction of ChatGPT is the most exciting tech development of the year and puts new, unfathomable power in the hands of regular citizens. Take a few minutes to play around with it now if you haven't already.
With any luck, friendly AI will help pave the way for a new Internet that includes a free flow of information, and a starring role for Dogecoin.
Dogey Treats: News Bites
Elon posted a Pepe meme in response to an article accusing him of targeting "anti-fascist researchers" (antifa). He fact-checked Congressman Adam Schiff for claiming that hate speech has increased on Twitter
A former Twitter employee told journalist Kristen Ruby how AI would score tweets on a 300-point scale to determine likelihood they contained misinformation, and the score was used to make content moderation decisions.
Wikipedia voted on deleting an entry about the Twitter Files. Elon called Wikipedia out for having a "non-trivial left-wing bias."
Twitter is relaunching Blue Verification with new pricing: $8 on website and $11 on app, to compensate for Apple's 30% tax. Verified users will also be able to edit tweets, upload 1080p video, and have access to "reader mode."
Early Sunday morning, Elon wrote, "The bots are in for a surprise tomorrow." He told Michael Saylor he believed bots on Twitter were a "small number of humans with large bot/troll armies" and said he was shutting down IP addresses for suspected bad actors. Sunday afternoon, Elon challenged bots and trolls to swarm his replies and reported that they were unable to spam his post.
Dogecoin had its 9th birthday.
Geometric Energy Corporation, the company behind the Doge-1 satellite, announced it had teamed up with Chainlink "to launch upcoming space missions."
Jim Cramer said of crypto, "It's just a giant con...Solana, XRP, Dogecoin, those are all cons." Elon once called Cramer a "contra-indicator" for advisiing people to invest in Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, but not Tesla.
Global Financial System
The Bank of International Settlements identified hidden risk to the global financial system in the form of $65 trillion off-balance-sheet debt related to foreign exchange swaps.
The Bank of Spain announced a CBDC pilot program.
Elon tweeted, "If the Fed raises rates again next week, the recession will be greatly amplified" and guessed the world's financial situation would start improving by Q2 2024. Blackrock, the world's largest asset manager, predicted a global recession.
Twitter is reportedly discontinuing its use of the Bitcoin Lightning Network.
SBF declined Maxine Water's invitation to testify in front of Congress by explaining that he needed to learn more about what happened at FTX. Waters asked him to reconsider and tweeted, "lies are circulating @CNBC that I am not willing to subpoena @SBF_FTX [...] A subpoena is definitely on the table"
Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary was paid $15 million to endorse FTX. SBF secretly funded crypto news site The Block by funneling $27 million to its CEO, who used the money millions to purchase a mansion in the Bahamas. Morgan Creek Digital CEO Mark Yusko called SBF a "pawn" used to "punish the industry." SBF hired Mark Cohen as his attorney. Cohen previously defended Ghislaine Maxwell and El Chapo
Evidence continues to accumulate that FTX's tokenized stock offerings for Tesla, GameStop, and AMC were unbacked with actual stock
Twitter account suspensions for child sexual exploitation hit a yearly high after increasing by 57% in November. Elon appeared on a Twitte Spaces about the topic. Researcher Andrea Stroppa posted a thread detailing Twitter's recent efforts to curtail exploitation and claimed that old management chose not to suspend accounts sharing videos of children and teens involved in sexual activities. A lawsuit was filed against Twitter for ignoring child pornography.
After a tweet by former Twitter employee Yoel Roth surfaced that about relationships between students and teachers, Elon wrote, "This explains a lot." He then posted a section from Roth's PhD thesis arguing that platforms like Grindr should find ways to accommodate minors.
Three Senators called for an investigation into trafficking on the US border.
The US government launched an investigation into Neuralink for violations of animal wealfare laws.
Ye reportedly planned to meet with Vladimir Putin about freeing Brittney Griner before the Biden administration exchanged a Russian arms dealer for the WNBA player. After reports claimed that Biden prioritized the release of Griner above captive US Marine Paul Whelan, Elon criticized the trade, tweeting, "Never leave a marine behind. Never."
A study found significant prejudice against people unvaccinated for Covid-19 around the world.
After Elon was criticized for his Fauci tweets "getting too political," he explained, "Must be done for the future of civilization, without which nothing matters." He later wrote, "The Branch Covidians are upset lol."
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