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Comment: Net neutrality is a solution to a specific problem (Score 2) 129

by 91degrees (#48475643) Attached to: Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality
It's not an ideal. It's not even optimal. There are arguments for imbalance. Net neutrality is a solution to a problem in the US- that of a small cartel having undue control over the internet.

There are reasons you might want to have a two tier internet, and even if there aren't it's not impossible that we might want them in the future. Most countries there's enough competition for this to self regulate to a degree.

Comment: Re:Turing test is fine (Score 1) 68

by 91degrees (#48443893) Attached to: Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0

Imagination is not optional for intelligence. Intelligence is the ability to build mental models and manipulate them.

I like this thought. Not quite sure what counts as imagination though. Does the ability of a chess algorithm to model hypothetical future board positions count?

My experience - writing a very simple rubik cube solver as an undergraduate project - I rejected the two simple solutions for a trivial case (requires 1 turn to solve). So it turned the opposite face, then turned the first face, then turned the opposite face back. This had the appearance of a creative solution even though the algorithm was dumb.

Comment: I do wonder why it's taken so seriously (Score 1) 68

by 91degrees (#48443025) Attached to: Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0
It was Turing's first attempt to answer the question "what makes a machine intelligent?". As a mathematician he wanted an empirical answer so he felt that the Turing Test would be a good test. A decent idea, but remember, computers had only been around for a few years. I don't know if he'd ever written a program.

But what he had was a user requirements list. He didn't have a working implementation. He had "computer must be able to respond like a human to questions asked", so we have software that fits those requirements. But it's not obvious that it's intelligent. Personally I think computer chess shows more signs of intelligence. It requires imagination, prediction and abstraction. These seem much more important than ability to communicate with a human.

Comment: Re:Already has 147 'Terrible' ratings (Score 1) 307

by 91degrees (#48415717) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online
It's a devious ploy to step people from mobbing the review site with bogus 1-star reviews.

Although I checked yesterday and ther were 150 negative reviews, and the three newest ones looked fairly legit. I think Trip Advisor is deleting any review added since this story hit the interwebs.

Comment: Re:The Beschdel test is a strange starting point. (Score 1) 641

by 91degrees (#48403779) Attached to: Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games
According to this site, yes. Honestly, if I looked harder I probably could have found a worse example - to give Flash Gordon its due, it does portray women as professional reporters and generals, and Princess Aura is far from the stereotypical princess in the tower.

The key elements in human thinking are not numbers but labels of fuzzy sets. -- L. Zadeh