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  • Toribor@corndog.socialto196@lemmy.blahaj.zoneInflation rule
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    16 days ago

    Not really. If you have debts with a fixed interest rate your payments will remain mostly fixed too. That means even if your wage stagnates during a high inflation period the payments you’re making on that debt stay the same in nominal currency but the real value of that payment (and the total debt) are worth less because of inflation.

    That being said your total cost of living will probably still go up and whether anyone is ‘coming out on top’ during high inflation depends on their circumstances. If your wages don’t increase and the cost of living goes up it may be harder to make debt payments even if the payment amount stays the same.

    Imagine someone with a ton of debt from buying real estate. With a fixed interest rate high inflation can actually be really good for them. The value of their assets continue to go up and their debts deflate away because the money they’re paying back isn’t as valuable as it was when they borrowed it in the first place. The type of person befitting in this way probably isn’t making most of their money from a wage though.









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    1 month ago

    I think you’re spot on.

    Part of the reason I think it’s a little easier to render women is that they typically have smoother less textured skin than men (video game women look like they are wearing makeup even if it makes no sense), and we’re only just now getting the graphical fidelity to render realistic looking facial hair or fine stubble in realtime.

    Not that long ago making stubble on a male character usually just involved putting an irregular brown shadow on their cheeks which can be pretty indistinguishable from dirt.


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    1 month ago

    For most 3d games you spend 99% of the time looking at the backside of the character anyway. Lady butts are just better to look at generally.

    Additionally in most character creation it seems easier to get a decent looking female character than a decent looking male character. I’m not entirely sure why but most male characters in games look like blocky fuzzy potatoes. When you start getting weird with fashion choices on top of that it just looks like a potato dressed like a goofball. With female characters you can go nuts with crazy hair colors, piercings, and wild fashion choices and it looks more deliberate somehow.





  • Toribor@corndog.socialto196@lemmy.blahaj.zoneRule
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    1 month ago

    I’ve always imagined that AI would kind of have to be ‘grown’ sort of from scratch. Life started with single celled organisms and ‘sentience’ shows up somewhere between that and humans without a real clear line when you go from basic biochemical programming to what we would consider intelligence.

    These new ‘AI’ breakthroughs seem a little on the right track because they’re deconstructing and reconstructing language and images in a way that feels more like the way real intelligence works. It’s still just language and images though. Even if they can do really cool things with tons of data and communicate a lot like real humans there is still no consciousness or thought happening. It’s an impressive but shallow slice of real intelligence.

    Maybe this is nonsense but for true AI I think the hardware and software has to kind of merge into something more flexible. I have no clue what that would look like in reality though and maybe that would yield the same cognitive issues natural intelligence struggles with.