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Comment Re:Before a human walks on Mars... (Score 1) 285

It would be easier for humans to survive an "extinction-level event" on Earth than for a viable long-term population to survive on Mars. The Mars fans get excited when there's a little frost found there, whereas after the dinosaur-killer hit Earth there were still oceans of water available. We could engineer habitats here to survive almost anything short of the total stripping of atmosphere and oceans from the planet. Mars inhabitants will be struggling just to grow mushrooms.

Comment Re:That's nothing (Score 1) 258

The real test of artificial intelligence will come when the self-driving vehicle will have to decide between plowing into a crowd of people to protect the driver, and smashing into a tree to protect the crowd of people - but killing the driver, when the accident is inevitable.

Yeah, I hate it when that happens (and it happens all the time). So far I've always chosen the crowd of people - why can't we just program the car to do the same?

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