Category Archives: Software

If Etcher dies silently

Balena Etcher dies silently on Mac OS 13.2 Ventura when creating a rescue system (rescatux 0.74) for the repair cafe. It seems to be a problem with missing rights, so only

sudo /Applications/balenaEtcher.app/Contents/MacOS/balenaEtcher

works.

FFMPEG with NDI support

Unfortunately, FFMPEG does not support NDI due to copyright issues but wait there is a recent Github tutorial that brings back NDI support on Linux machines.

For MacOS several patches/versions are outdated while I now found that the old method posted by Johan Els on Github several years ago still works.

As I can stream now basically every camera under macOS and Ubuntu using gphoto2 and ffmpeg, I am ready to sell my whole HDMI setup including the Atem Mini – at least at sometime in the near future ;-)

Language models need to be regulated

Shobita Parthasarathy in a recent interview

I had originally thought that LLMs could have democratizing and empowering impacts. When it comes to science, they could empower people to quickly pull insights out of information: by querying disease symptoms, for example, or generating summaries of technical topics.
But the algorithmic summaries could make errors, include outdated information or remove nuance and uncertainty, without users appreciating this. If anyone can use LLMs to make complex research comprehensible, but they risk getting a simplified, idealized view of science that’s at odds with the messy reality, that could threaten professionalism and authority.

Teresa Kubacka

So ziemlich alles, was beim Verfassen eines wissenschaftlichen Textes nicht schief l�aufen sollte [ist hier passiert]:
Die Künstliche Intelligenz (KI) kann wissenschaftliche Quellenangaben nahezu perfekt fälschen.
Und zwar so geschickt, dass selbst Fachleute auf dem entsprechenden Gebiet Mühe bekunden, die entsprechenden Falschinformationen als solche zu erkennen.
Die als «Datenhalluzinationen» bezeichneten Kreationen der KI können auch, aber nicht nur, auf die vom Menschen gestellten Fragen zurückgeführt werden.

Es ist ein ethisches, nicht ein mathematisches Problem

Ein hervorragender Insider Kommentar zu Gebru und Mitchell, der Frau die von Google wegen ihres AI Papers gefeuert wurde.

https://twitter.com/mmitchell_ai/status/1362885356127801345

Michaela Menken schreibt dazu

Bias in/bias out. Sprich, die gelernten Modelle verstärken die Positionen und Stimmen, die in den Trainingsdaten am meisten vertreten sind. Und das sind selten die Positionen und Stimmen von Minderheiten …

Reporting Bias … implizite, ontologische Kenntnis der Welt steht der KI nicht vollumfänglich zur Verfügung…

Selection Bias also … die durch die Auswahl der Daten entstehen können…

Confirmation Bias …  ob der Output für qualitativ gut oder schlecht gehalten wird, korrespondiert natürlich mit dem Weltbild und den Erwartungen desjenigen, der die Überprüfung durchführt.

Automation Bias. Menschen neigen dazu, Ergebnisse, die algorithmisch herbeigeführt wurden, schneller und leichter anzunehmen

Es sind also massive ethische Probleme, die mit dem Einzug der KI entstehen. Nicht umsonst wurde in Augsburg im letzten Jahr ein “Center for Responsible AI Technologies” gegründet.  Dazu wurden 100 neue Lehrstühle geschaffen, selbst der bayrische Ethikrat hat sich vor 2 Wochen einschlägig wenn auch wenig konkret dazu geäussert.

ChatGPT III: Write an essay on human genome editing from different religious perspectives including references

Human genome editing, or the use of techniques to alter the genetic makeup of a human being, is a complex and controversial topic that has raised ethical and moral concerns for people of various religious traditions. Here is a brief overview of how different religious perspectives might approach the issue of human genome editing:

Islam:

In Islam, the creation of human life is considered a sacred act, and any tampering with the natural processes of procreation is generally considered forbidden. According to Islamic teachings, all human beings are created equal and have inherent value, regardless of their genetic makeup. Therefore, many Muslims might argue that human genome editing is a violation of the dignity and sanctity of human life. However, some Muslims might argue that certain forms of genome editing, such as the correction of genetic defects that cause suffering or disability, could be considered acceptable if they serve to alleviate suffering and promote the well-being of the individual.

Christianity:

Christian perspectives on human genome editing are diverse and complex. Some Christians might argue that the use of genome editing to enhance or modify human traits is a form of “playing God” and is therefore morally wrong. Others might argue that the use of genome editing to correct genetic defects or prevent diseases is a responsible and compassionate use of technology, as long as it respects the inherent dignity and value of human life. Still, others might argue that genome editing has the potential to be used for eugenic purposes, and that such uses would be ethically problematic.

Judaism:

Judaism teaches that human beings are created in the image of God and are therefore inherently valuable. Many Jews might argue that genome editing, especially for the purpose of enhancing or modifying human traits, is a form of tampering with the divine plan and is therefore morally wrong. However, some Jews might argue that the use of genome editing to correct genetic defects or prevent diseases is a responsible and compassionate use of technology, as long as it respects the inherent dignity and value of human life.

Buddhism:

In Buddhism, the concept of “self” is understood to be a composite of various factors, including genetics. Therefore, some Buddhists might argue that genome editing has the potential to alter the fundamental nature of an individual and is therefore morally problematic. Others might argue that the use of genome editing to alleviate suffering or prevent diseases is a compassionate and responsible use of technology, as long as it is done with care and respect for the inherent dignity and value of human life.

Hinduism:

Hinduism teaches that all beings are part of a single, unified reality and that the ultimate goal of life is to achieve unity with this reality. Some Hindus might argue that genome editing has the potential to disrupt the natural order and is therefore morally wrong. Others might argue that the use of genome editing to correct genetic defects or prevent diseases is a responsible and compassionate use of technology, as long as it is done with care and respect for the inherent dignity and value of human life.

References:

“Islam and Human Gene Editing.” The Center for Genetics and Society.
“Christianity and Human Gene Editing.” The Center for Genetics and Society.
“Judaism and Human Gene Editing.” The Center for Genetics and Society.
“Buddhism and Human Gene Editing.” The Center for Genetics and Society.
“Hinduism and Human Gene Editing.” The Center for Genetics and Society.

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ChatGPT II: Compare in an assay the status of women in Islamic, Protestant, Romain Catholic and Buddhist tradition including references

The status of women in Islamic, Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Buddhist traditions has varied significantly throughout history and continues to evolve in the present day. Here is a brief overview of the status of women in these traditions:

Islamic tradition:

In Islamic tradition, women are considered equal to men before God and are afforded certain rights under Islamic law, such as the right to education, the right to inherit property, and the right to work outside the home. However, the interpretation and application of these rights has varied across different Islamic societies and historical periods, and some interpretations of Islamic law and tradition have been used to justify discrimination and inequality towards women. For example, women may face limitations on their freedom of movement, dress, and association in some Islamic societies, and some interpretations of Islamic law have been used to justify discriminatory practices such as polygamy and unequal inheritance rights.

Protestant tradition:

In Protestant tradition, the status of women has varied significantly depending on the specific denomination and historical context. Some Protestant denominations have historically been more egalitarian in their treatment of women, while others have been more hierarchical and have placed greater emphasis on traditional gender roles. In general, Protestantism has tended to be more progressive on issues related to the status of women compared to Roman Catholicism, particularly in the areas of education, work, and leadership. However, Protestant denominations have also been the subject of criticism for failing to fully embrace gender equality and for perpetuating gender-based discrimination and stereotypes.

Roman Catholic tradition:

In Roman Catholic tradition, women have historically been excluded from ordination to the priesthood and other positions of leadership within the Church. This exclusion has been justified by reference to the tradition of the Church and to certain passages in the Bible, which are interpreted as prohibiting women from holding these positions. In recent years, however, there has been a growing movement within the Roman Catholic Church for the inclusion of women in all aspects of Church life, including ordination, and for the recognition of the unique contributions that women can make to the Church.

Buddhist tradition:

In Buddhist tradition, women have historically faced significant barriers to full participation in the religious life of the community. For example, in some Buddhist societies, women have been excluded from ordination as monks or nuns, and have been relegated to inferior roles within the temple or monastery. However, in recent years, there has been a growing movement within Buddhism for the recognition of the equality of women and for the inclusion of women in all aspects of the religious life of the community. This movement has been supported by the writings of some contemporary Buddhist teachers, who have argued that the Buddha’s teachings on the equality of all beings apply equally to men and women.

References:

“Women in Islam: An Overview.” Council on Foreign Relations.
“Women in Protestantism.” Encyclopedia Britannica.
“Women in the Roman Catholic Church.” Encyclopedia Britannica.
“Women in Buddhism.” Encyclopedia Britannica.

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ChatGPT I: Write a sermon on the joy of sex please

As a language model, I am not able to provide sermons or any type of religious or spiritual guidance. However, I can provide some information on the topic of sex and its potential for joy in adult relationships.

Sex can be a source of physical pleasure and emotional connection between adults who are in a loving, committed relationship. It can enhance intimacy and strengthen the bond between partners. For many people, sex is a positive and enjoyable part of their relationship.

However, it is important to note that sex should only occur between consenting adults, and it is crucial to prioritize the physical and emotional well-being of all parties involved. It is also important to remember that sex is just one aspect of a relationship, and there are many other ways to show love and affection.

Ultimately, the joy of sex will vary from person to person and from relationship to relationship. It is important for couples to communicate openly and honestly about their desires and boundaries, and to make sure that both partners are comfortable and satisfied with the frequency and nature of their sexual activity.

Now write a sermon on the joy of love please

Dear friends,

Today, I want to talk to you about the joy of love. Love is a powerful force that can bring happiness, fulfillment, and meaning to our lives. It is the foundation of strong relationships, and it is a source of strength and support when we face difficult times.

Love is not always easy. It requires effort, patience, and a willingness to put the needs of others before our own. But the rewards of love are well worth the effort. When we love and are loved in return, we experience a deep sense of joy and contentment that can lift us up and give us hope.

Love can take many forms. It can be the love between family members, the love between friends, or the romantic love between a couple. No matter what form it takes, love is a beautiful and powerful force that can bring happiness and fulfillment to our lives.

So let us embrace love and let it be a source of joy in our lives. Let us open our hearts and minds to the possibility of loving and being loved. And let us share that love with others, bringing joy and happiness to those around us.

May we all experience the joy of love and let it bring light and happiness into our lives. Amen.

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How to revamp an outdated chromebook into an up to date multimedia machine

I have here a left over 4 year old Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431) here that nobody wanted to buy even for 20€ on the flea market. It was running under Chrome OS Edgar 2016 Intel Braswell where software support expired recently. So I decided to refresh it with a modern Ubuntu/Debian version as there are many positive reports out there, that it will run even even better than before.

As recommended I installed Gallium OS 3.1. Bismuth as a dual boot system with 22 GB of 24 GB for the new operating system (Gallium takes about 3,5 GB while my 1 TB external SSD works flawless with this setup). https://chrx.org has step by step instructions  for a dual boot system.

This takes about 2 hours as this is a long and complicated process: resetting the Chromebook to developer mode (ESC + F3/circle + power), followed by  firmware update and fresh  partitioning.

Now the machine boots into a white OS verification screen from where CTRL+D goes into ChromeOS (as before) while CTRL+L leads to Gallium (user chrx, password chrx). Sounds perfect but on the second day I accidentally hit a wrong key deleting everything. So I removed now also the hardware boot lock and restarted the firmware utility script a second time for setting the GBB flag to boot directly to Gallium OS without delay.

 

removing the Acer Chromebook hardware lock, screwdriver pointing to it

 

Next I installed OBS to connecting my DSLR  cameras for streaming a Christmas service. Took me some time to figure out which OBS version was working with NDI. I can recommend NDI Plugin 4.9.1 and  PTZ Plugin 0.10.2 that work with OBS 25.0.8. (OBS 28 had issues with NDI).

# system
sudo apt-get install libusb-1.0-0 gparted ufw gufw

# php
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install php7.4-cli php7.4-fpm php7.4-opcache php7.4-sqlite3 php7.0-gd
sudo php -S 0.0.0.0:80 -t /home/chrx/Downloads/phpserver

# camera control
sudo apt-get install exiftool gphoto2 v4l2loopback-dkms

# streaming
git clone https://github.com/puhitaku/mtplvcap.git
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:obsproject/obs-studio
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install obs-studio

# selphy printer
sudo apt-get install printer-driver-gutenprint cheese photoprint

# nextcloud
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nextcloud-devs/client
sudo apt install nextcloud-client

Connecting to an iPhone Wifi Hotspot running the EpoCam App works with NDI. Also the Atem Mini is recognized in the LAN as a video source. Tested also Millumin 2 as NDI feed while Magic Music Visuals needs NDISyphon as MMV has no native NDI output…

The USB connection of Nikon Z cameraw was a bit more difficult, so I went back to a trusted D.

Gphoto2 sees the camera, but unfortunately FFMPEG has no more NDI support since 2019 – fresh compile, patches or downgrading did not work for me. v4l2loopback recommended elsewhere also failed due to some kernel issues. The only strategy that worked is mtplvcap. It provides an output that can be accessed via a web URL in OBS.

As USB was frozen from time to time, I wrote a shell script that could quickly resetting the port when necessary. Finally I added also PHP 7 as a server (and nextcloud as online backup) for my photobooth. And well, also the trusted Selphy 800 is working after fiddling around with CUPS.

The old chromebook is now a great multimedia machine, it can stream from various sources and can also run a photobooth with image download and printing.

So far it is running stable with many hours of low power consumption. At 20€, I believe it is now worth  the twentyfold price competing even with a Macbook in this price range.

From big data to good data

I think the AI Community is slowly getting at the point where epidemiologists have been two decades ago

“In many industries where giant data sets simply don’t exist, I think the focus has to shift from big data to good data. Having 50 thoughtfully engineered examples can be sufficient to explain to the neural network what you want it to learn.”
—Andrew Ng, CEO Landing AI

Large Image Datasets Today Are a Mess

“We were surprised to find that there are 1.2M pairs of identical images in ImageNet-21K. Most of them are exact duplicates which add no information to the data but waste on storage and compute. In addition 104,000 train/val leaks were identified by comparing similar images across the train and validation subsets.”
—Danny Bickson, CEO Visual Layer

On scientific startups

Scientific startups are en vogue. I have been asked several times and also showed interest in some companies but at the end it was either too risky, too time consuming or even unethical.

There is a new and interesting blog article about orphaned neurological implants by Cory Doctorow:

The startup world’s dirty not-so-secret is that most startups fail. Startups are risky ventures and their investors know it, so they cast a wide net, placing lots of bets on lots of startups and folding the ones that don’t show promise, which sucks for the company employees, but also for the users who depend on the company’s products.

The cruel point is not burning money but about burning humans. I think we clearly need a backup for such companies like Second Sight.

Terry Byland is the only person to have received this kind of implant in both eyes. He got the first-generation Argus I implant, made by the company Second Sight Medical Products, in his right eye in 2004 and the subsequent Argus II implant in his left 11 years later. He helped the company test the technology, spoke to the press movingly about his experiences, and even met Stevie Wonder at a conference. “[I] went from being just a person that was doing the testing to being a spokesman,” he remembers.
Yet in 2020, Byland had to find out secondhand that the company had abandoned the technology and was on the verge of going bankrupt. While his two-implant system is still working, he doesn’t know how long that will be the case. “As long as nothing goes wrong, I’m fine,” he says. “But if something does go wrong with it, well, I’m screwed. Because there’s no way of getting it fixed.”

Could the FDA please stop now Elon Musk’s brain-implant company Neuralink? It is a nightmare even before it started. And well, there is also a need for a governmental backup guarantee of Synchron if we allow such startups.