The Argentinian President and the AI future

It's interesting to see what an AI translation looks like for a full-length speech compared to the official version from the World Economic Forum's Youtube channel:

Will also be interesting to see what happens to Argentina in the wake of Milei's election as president as he's quite a change from the country's previous government given his generally libertarian positions and has tried to make some very-aggressive changes.

Initial results seem positive - e.g. doubling in supply of rental apartments as well as a 20-30% decrease in price after a deregulation of that sector. Flying commercial instead of hopping on a private jet like so many of the "environmentalists" likely in attendance at Davos was kinda funny.

(Overall I'm probably a little less libertarian than Milei but suspect the changes he make to Argentina will have positive results relative to the alternative).

Random links

Why Governments Can't be Trusted to Protect the Long-run Future
"The argument for why governments can’t be trusted to correct externalities across time is the same as why they can’t be trusted to correct them across borders: no one in the long-run future gets to vote in the next election."
Clinical outcomes and utilization from over a decade of planned oocyte cryopreservation
If women opt to freeze their eggs, how likely are they to go back and use them? Seems like the answer is "not very" - "Of 921 patients who underwent planned oocyte cryopreservation, 68 (7.4%) returned to use their oocytes. Forty-six patients (67.6%) completed at least one embryo transfer. The [cumulative clinical pregnancy rate] per transfer was 47.5% and [live birth rate] was 39.3%"
China’s cheaper EVs are challenging Western market dominance
"Today, consumers would need to spend at least €18 285 and €24 400 to buy an EV in Europe and the US, respectively – this is 92% and 146% more than they would need to pay for the cheapest combustion car available. In comparison, in China the cheapest EV costs 8% less than the cheapest internal combustion engine (ICE) equivalent."

Losing trust in science

The net result isn't great, but I find it often both unsurprising and completely justified that people lose trust in science.

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Jake Anbinder on Twitter
"From my dissertation: 'While in 1972 a member of SF's planning commission had complained that a 12-page impact statement in his inbox was intolerably verbose, just 4 years later a plan by the Univ of California to build two new dorms resulted in an EIS that ran 950 pages long.'"
Grid-Scale Gaslighting
"whenever a grid nears disaster due to resource adequacy, or is forecasted to approach disaster, a plethora of “experts” emerge declaring one of two conclusions. If variable renewable energy sources (VREs), which are wind and solar, are strongly producing, then these VRE sources “saved” the grid. If VRE output is low, it is concluded that thermal sources, such as natural gas, coal, and nuclear, are not dependable." On some of the issues with this ...
She's (Not) Having a Baby
"We find that few women in Canada have “excess” (undesired) births but that a considerable share of Canadian women will end their reproductive years with “missing” children, that is, reporting that they desire more children that they will not likely have."


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