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A New Site

1 min. read Submitted 19/02/2021 Last Edited 21/02/2021 #blog

I've been unhappy with my portfolio site for a while now, so I made a new one. A fair few years ago I bought hosting with a hosting company InMotion and just set up a Wordpress instance, and that has served its purpose for all 300 historical visitors to this site over the past decade. But I have changed, the web has changed, and my knowledge base has grown to the point now where I want to self-manage and self-host a lot more.

To this purpose, I decided to write a very tiny blog project using ASP.Net Core. All it does really is go and parse some markdown files, containing the blog content, into the nice pages you see here. It's relatively simple compared to the Dodo project and the lion's share was done in a day.

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Charlie Bones' Interdimensional Help Centre

1 min. read Submitted 31/01/2021 Last Edited 20/02/2021 #unity #programming #creative

This is my entry for the Global Game Jam 2021! I did it all myself with public-source assets for things like audio and textures, combined with a little voxel engine I've been building.

Play it here.

Easy Function Timers in C# 8.0

1 min. read Submitted 07/12/2020 Last Edited 19/02/2021 #programming

A function timer is a class that can monitor the execution of functions and time them. If you’ve got some upper limit on how long a function should take then these timers can be very useful in detecting drops in performance.

With C# 8.0, you get some nice features that allow for a nice little function timer class, namely:

Parliamentary Inquiry into Media Diversity - Personal Submission

7 min. read Submitted 24/11/2020 Last Edited 19/02/2021 #writing #politics

Senator Hanson-Young recently posted a tweet about the Parliamentary Inquiry into Media Diversity currently happening in Australia, part of a growing movement to improve the dismal state of Australian media concentration.

Senator Hanson-Young's Tweet

Why Aren’t You Scared Of What Sent You Here

7 min. read Submitted 04/11/2020 Last Edited 19/02/2021 #writing #ai

We are currently dedicating a huge amount of technological brainpower to the manipulation of human behavior via technology. I cannot, in any terms, stress enough how bad of an idea this is. It’s a stinker. It’s a really, really, bad idea to teach AI how to manipulate human behaviour. I want to discuss these Behavioural Modification Artificial Intelligences (BMAI), how they are increasingly running our lives, and why you should care.

AI is on an exponential trajectory of growth in terms of its complexity and its ability. Not only will AI be able to accomplish increasingly complex tasks over the next decade, it will continue to absorb more and more of humanity’s information and data. It is obvious that we must be very careful about the things that we are asking AI to do. We need to always ask: what would be the consequences of an AI getting a million times better at this task? That scenario is entirely possible. The growth of AI continues to rapidly accelerate, with new developments coming thick and fast. The idea of the singularity — triggered by reaching a point where an AI can consistently improve upon its own design without human intervention — would in some scenarios create a superintelligence many times more intelligent than the entire human population put together in less than a year’s time[1]. But even without the spectre of the singularity haunting us, AI threatens to become terrifyingly proficient at behavioural modification.

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