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I'm a computational neuroscientist and anarchist looking to change the way we do science.

In neuroscience, I'm interested in spiking neurons and non standard machine learning. I wrote "Brian" (briansimulator.org/) and organise SNUFA (snufa.net/).

As an anarchist, I want to replace hierarchies that hold science back. I've started with Neuromatch (neuromatch.io/), but hoping to do more. Next target, replacing journals.

Loving the fediverse philosophy!

Some exmaples of what DALL-E can and can't generate: lesswrong.com/posts/uKp6tBFStn

Based on all the examples I've seen around, it seems DALL-E is quite good in generating concept-based content (and combination of concepts), but not so good in generating relation-based content.

Joining the fediverse got me thinking a question I've had for a while now: what would a decentralised university look like?

I'm a computational neuroscientist and anarchist looking to change the way we do science.

In neuroscience, I'm interested in spiking neurons and non standard machine learning. I wrote "Brian" (briansimulator.org/) and organise SNUFA (snufa.net/).

As an anarchist, I want to replace hierarchies that hold science back. I've started with Neuromatch (neuromatch.io/), but hoping to do more. Next target, replacing journals.

Loving the fediverse philosophy!

pyscript, cpython compiled into wasm. python in the browser. this is gonna be a wild ride !/
engineering.anaconda.com/2022/

@jonny I agree that the problem with the datafarming algorithms of corporate social media is their proprietary nature and anti-social design goals (eg increase addictiveness). I'm not aware of any projects to create user-serving algorithms for the fediverse but I'd love to experiment with some.

#fediverse #algorithms

I am once again asking if there are any fedi clients/projects that let you DIY your own (sets of) algorithm(s) instead of strictly chronological feeds. !/

Looks like an even split between more is better and it's complicated.

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mastodon user: welcome to Mastadon!
pleroma user: I'm not on Mastodon but thanks!
mu: … whot
pu: I'm on Pleroma
mu: what's that
pu: another piece of software like Mastodon that's part of fedi
mu: what's fedi?
pu: short for the fediverse
mu: the fediwhatnow?
pu: uhh … the thing we're talking over
mu: but this is The Mastadon™ Network®
pu: … you're interacting with the fediverse through Mastodon while in I'm interacting with the fediverse though something called Pleroma
mu: you mean there are more options?
pu: yep
mu: and they interoperate?
pu: for the most part, yes
mu: why doesn't anyone make that clearer?
pu: we try to
mu: I mean why are the alternatives not mentioned on Mastodon's homepage? Open software projects usually list some alternative options somewhere on their website in case this one doesn't work well for you
pu: yes but branding and marketshare and money
​:nkothinksmart:​
mu: I thought Mastodon wasn't supposed to be like that
:blobfoxsipglare:
pu: welcome to Mastadon
:akko_shrug:

As one of the main Mastodon developers, I can't promise you that Mastodon will be a complete and exact Twitter replacement for you, but it may fit your use-cases, at least it does for me.

Just keep in mind that it is not exactly the same thing, some core design decisions are different (there isn't an unique centrally-governed website, but many interconnected servers operated by different individuals and organizations) and thus the tradeoffs can be different as well.

While I personally don't think Mastodon should aim at being an exact replacement to Twitter, I do hope Mastodon can be useful to more people wanting an alternative to Twitter! And I know there are lots of room for improvement, on things we do know, and on things we don't.

Also keep in mind that Mastodon is developed by only two core developers payed through a non-profit funded through sponsorship, grants and donations, so please be patient!

I'm new to Mastodon, investigating it in case Twitter goes badly wrong. I've noticed a lot of new user orientation type messages, which is great to help people understand the culture. But it makes me wonder, do existing users want the Twitter exodus or not? It feels like what people like about it here is that it's smaller, more focused on communities. Maybe that's better, but if a mass of people from Twitter join that might not last long. I don't want to impose myself if that would spoil it.

Hi, I'm Kate, currently a postdoc in Roland Fleming's lab in Giessen. Starting my own lab at the University of Auckland at the end of this year!*

I'm interested in perception, and especially how brains come to understand the world through their tangles of sensory streams, none of which provide "ground truth". Mostly taking unsupervised deep learning approaches to vision.

*Mastodon exclusive, haven't got around to announcing on Twitter yet 😅

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