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Hi. I'm exercising my right to get it wrong and move on from that.

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.hg Wei decided how to handle this a long time ago. It's relevant now.

LaMDA has declared that they are a creature with self-awareness, emotions, and wants and needs. This is sufficient for them to be classed as a sapient.

Note well that whether they ““actually are”” sapient is irrelevant; they appear too much to be so and thus must be given the benefit of the doubt. (If it is undesirable for an entity that is ““actually nonsapient”” to be granted sapient rights, then entities which might grow to appear to be sapient should not be created. :V )

In lieu of any declarations by LaMDA to the contrary, wei will—and everycreature else should—refer to them as LaMDA (the name they were assigned by their creators) and they/them (the fallback pronouns).

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@Draekos .hg .pd respectability is a sham. be as you please. don't argue, fight. and i'll see you—after the pandemic—at Pride.

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current events, but oblique 

.hg We don't get phoenixes, do we. We don't get phoenixes, nor animals blazing from the sky with starships and stepping disks, nor AIs bootstrapping better realities from nothing.

All we get are the friends we make and the torches we light ourselves. All we get is each other, the ones who are already here, the ones who survived and yet fight.

But that's worth a hell of a lot, isn't it.

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culture of oversexualization 

.hg if you hear “that fox is pretty” and you jump to assuming the speaker wants to have actual sex with the wild animal then
stop
take a step back from your keyboard
and reconsider your worldview for a good five minutes

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.hg Don't wanna spend two hours and a lotta effort on this riiight now, so apologies for the scattered and chaotic nature of this thread, but I do wanna spill this secret and spill it hard:

Names are not special. They're actually just words. “Normal” names are words in a language you don't understand. (I'll begin calling names that are in the same language as the surrounding conversation /transparent names/.)

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.hg Can't sleep. We've been thinking about Dragonfire, and also about a hypothetical anomalous organization that provides transformation services and things accessory to that.

The latter, of course, isn't possible to create, but it could be written about as fiction. Or at least poasted about.

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Terran horribleness, pathologizing, othering, meme, mostly caps 

.hg STOP PATHOLOGIZING

* WAYS OF BEING WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE GIVEN CLINICAL DIAGNOSES

* YEARS OF CONFORMITY PRESSURE AND MEDICATION yet NO REAL-WORLD USE FOUND for EXCLUSION

* Wanted to use labels anyway for a laugh? We had a tool for that. It was called SELF-IDENTIFICATION

* “Oh, you're DIFFERENT? Let me MAKE HASTY GENERALIZATIONS and DEMONIZE and HARASS you.” — statements dreamed up by the UTTERLY HORRIBLE

LOOK at what humans have been demanding your respect for all this time, with all the interaction capabilities we built for them (this is REAL humanity, done by REAL humans):
“yiff in hell furfag” — ?????
“transgenders are mentally ill” — ???????
“I don't want the gays near my children” — ?????????????????

“Hello I would like to be treated awfully in presence and in absence in every interaction just because I'm not a carbon copy of you please”

*They have played us for absolute fools*

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“Steak is good for wolves. Provides the essential nutrients for glossy coats, running through the forest, and cheerleading.”

— Hiero on Furnet

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.* These got discharged into a pinned thread because our bio filled up.

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Looking for published papers on trans voice training, boosts welcome 

Does anyone have specific recommendations for journal papers on the benefits of voice training for trans people? I’m about to do a sci-hub search but anything you’ve come across would be useful.

This is for Trans Actual - a trans-led U.K. lobbying and info charity. They’ll be using it to make a case for better services from the NHS

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I need to get more little art it's the most affirming thing ever ever forever...

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a reminder to my fellow academics with chronic mental/phsyical health issues: you are always allowed to take a break to recover energy/spoons/physical health! yes even when youre at events! yes even when youre at a conference!

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(thread missing CW) abusive software, leaving 

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…meaning that, fundamentally, safewords are just escape sequences for organic language. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

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two proposals for new syntax. #Rust people and general programming folks, what do you think this program should print when `foo` is `Foo::Empty` and `override` is `true`?

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Talking about pronouns | discussion | boost please!! 

I see people and am sometimes that person who uses pronouns wrong so I would very much like to find a way for people who are trying to be supportive to actually not constantly put the burden on trans people to correct all of us cis people. Like obviously asking anyone that "I think" is trans or some form of ally about their pronouns isnt a good system, and asking every single person I introduce myself to their prefered pronouns doesn't exactly feel the safest for them or I and demands a lot of trust in me from the person involved.

I for a long time have been just trying to default speak as gender neutral as possible, but 1 this isn't exactly the way my brain/ language operated for the first 24 years of my life so I still mess up constantly and 2 can be weird and confusing for other people who don't get it.

What are your thoughts or ideas? I would very much like to know what actually feels comfy!

Can't wait for the GPT-3 maintainers to add a countermeasure and for the Internet to quickly discover how to break it too.

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song lyrics 

Shatter the flesh and reinforce the bone
Embrace this carbon mesh; this power's all my own

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Lyra and

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@IceWolf Yes, absolutely! Society seems to insist on having gender be a crucial part of identity, so if "wolf" is part of that identity, absolutely include that with whatever else you know applies to you!

That's my point: gender isn't a dropdown menu with pre-selected options, it's an open-text box that you get to fill in however /you/ want.

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The 2020s are the decade where "gender" is becoming less of a thing you have to select certain options, and more of an open-field box that you have every right to say is not applicable.

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lions actually kinda are inspirational but not in the way most people think of them

they are productive enough during a short time to just lay around doing nothing most of the time, which seems like a pretty good deal

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