Simon Willison’s Weblog

Tuesday, 4th October 2022

All these generative models point to the same big thing that’s about to alter culture; everyone’s going to be able to generate their own custom and subjective aesthetic realities across text, video, music (and all three) in increasingly delightful, coherent, and lengthy ways. This form of fractal reality is a double-edged sword – everyone gets to create and live in their own fantasies that can be made arbitrarily specific, and that also means everyone loses a further grip on any sense of a shared reality. Society is moving from having a centralized sense of itself to instead highly individualized choose-your-own adventure islands, all facilitated by AI. The implications of this are vast and unknowable. Get ready.

Jack Clark # 5:29 pm

libsql (via) A brand new Apache 2 licensed fork of SQLite. The README explains the rationale behind the project: SQLite itself is open source but not open contribution, and this fork aims to try out new ideas. The most interesting to me so far is a plan to support user defined functions implemented in WebAssembly. The project also intends to use Rust for new feature development. # 4:13 pm

mod_wasm: run WebAssembly with Apache (via) Brand new Apache module from a team at VMWare: mod_wasm builds on top of wasmtime to let you write WebAssembly programs that are exposed to the world by Apache, using a mechanism that looks similar to old CGI scripts (headers passed in environment variables, request body sent to standard input). Includes a demo Docker image that runs using Python-compiled-to-WebAssembly. # 12:53 am

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