“Wait, what?” AI is starting to forget stuff

Plus, existential dread.
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Selective forgetting can help AI learn better | Wired

“A team of computer scientists has created a nimbler, more flexible type of machine learning model. The trick: It must periodically forget what it knows. And while this new approach won’t displace the huge models that undergird the biggest apps, it could reveal more about how these programs understand language. … The approach is similar to how our own brains work. ‘Human memory in general is not very good at accurately storing large amounts of detailed information. Instead, humans tend to remember the gist of our experiences, abstracting and extrapolating,’ said Benjamin Levy, a neuroscientist at the University of San Francisco. ‘Enabling AI with more humanlike processes, like adaptive forgetting, is one way to get them to more flexible performance.’”

The Home Depot -Chevron, neon, and inspirational quotes: Get your home décor out of the 2010s [Partner]

You know that saying — out with the old and in with the new — but when was the last time you actually listened to it? Seriously, take a look around your home and think about the last time you gave your living room or kitchen a little TLC. And no, we’re not saying you have to do a total 180° renovation, but a few simple tweaks could be just what your home needs to feel a bit fresher. And with up to 40% off select furniture, kitchenware, and home décor at The Home Depot, sprucing up the place with some new home goods is an affordable reality. Shop now through 3/20 and finally bring your space back into the 2020s. [Ad]

3D images of over 13,000 museum specimens now free to everyone | New Atlas

“The completion of the openVertebrate (oVert) project is a significant milestone for natural history museums, as well as researchers, educators, students, and the public. The digital library is the first to offer free access to incredibly detailed – and, frankly, beautiful – 3D images of over 13,000 vertebrates. More than a research project, oVert was a collaboration between like-minded specialists across 25 institutions whose sole objective was to add value to museum collections by making them more widely available. Importantly, these images provide an insight that would only otherwise be obtained by destructive dissection and tissue sampling.”

SXSW 2024: Secret Mall Apartment is an ode to art, community, and imagination | The Pitch

“Jeremy Workman’s Secret Mall Apartment is unique in movies of its kind. It depicts perhaps the last gasp of DIY art culture in the midst of an otherwise fun film about a group of artists creating an unlikely haven for themselves. It’s a combination nostalgia trip and middle finger to the systems that have slowly eroded the viability of a full-time creative life.”

The retro console that’s restoring gaming to its former glory [Partner]

Gaming was much simpler back in the 80s and 90s. We didn’t have to wave fancy remotes at our TVs to make the characters do things, and the console never had to be charged. The Atari Game Station Pro is everything you’ve missed about the gaming days of yore with a few modern twists (because, yes, gaming was better, but it was far from perfect). The set includes a preloaded console with over 200 classic games like Asteroids, PONG, and Warlords, as well as two wireless joysticks. It’s an open-box return, which means it’s been restored with factory settings but may have minor (and we mean minor) cosmetic marks. Besides, doesn't that just add to the vintage feel? Get yours today while it’s price-dropped to just $70. [Ad]

10 optimistic podcasts to make you feel less bad about existing in 2024 | Lifehacker

“We’re only a few months into 2024, and it's going… bad. Horrific wars, mass civilian casualties, the ever-worsening specter of climate change, and lots more to feel justifiably hopeless and helpless about. … When things seem bleak (because they are), your best course of action is to find hope wherever you can — and these podcasts can help.”

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