This is excellent! I posted this recently, inspired by what Mastodon could mean for our societies in general:

"With mastodon blowing up and maintenance costs of large communities becoming apparent, along with the clear difficulties in making a platform like Twitter both useful AND profitable... I wonder if tax-payer funded government-run mastodon servers per district/country wouldn't be a good idea..."

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Well-written, and absolutely correct. I've learned enough vi over the decades to be pretty functional on a remote server, but I would (almost) never use it for complex coding and I cannot imagine a scenario where a first-timer with an internet connection wouldn't be able to figure out what they needed to get the job done in real-time.

I see there are some gatekeepers in the comments: gatekeepers gonna gatekeep. At the end of the day what really matters is not what tools you use, but what you build with them, in particular whether you build maintainable things that serve the customer.

Anyone who can't evolve past a single tool is doomed to irrelevance.

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An intriguing article, thank you! It's my sincerest hope that our civilization manages to evolve not just into spacefarers, but star-and-planet builders. It may not be immortality in the face of ultimate galactic or universal doom, but it could buy us eons to continue learning, developing, and generating interesting stories and monuments.

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Fantastic article!

I've been thinking about this a lot lately, my experience with Midjourney so far has shown me that while results can be stunning, AIs trained on images cannot really understand or imagine and that severely limits what can be produced with them. I have similar experiences with ChatGPT and GitHub Copilot - both as an author and as a software developer - and in both cases I'm extremely excited by the potential for these tools to level the playing field and bring others in to creative endeavors.

These tools are not a replacement for human efforts, they're a force multiplier!

In my opinion, the more we're able to produce using these tools and the higher the quality we're capable of, the more time and energy we can devote to the really exciting projects.

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