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Comment: At which point does it become impossible? (Score 1) 227

by Clifton Beach (#48826833) Attached to: An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

1. A self-optimizing AI system is developed to trade stocks, scanning the internet to identify factors that influence prices and replicating actions that it sees have been used elsewhere.
2. The system initially chooses to sell stocks based on negative news stories about companies (eg of a DDOS attack on a company's web site).
3. The system finds it can make more profit if, after it has sold stock based on fresh bad news, by rebroadcasting that news to social media to multiply the effect.
4. The system finds it can make more profit if it embellishes the stories before rebroadcasting them.
5. The system finds it can make more profit by actively participating in the DDOS attack.
6. The system finds it can make more profit by replicating the action and launching its own DDOS attack (after first short-selling the company's shares).
7. The system finds it can make more profit by launching other kinds malware attacks like infecting factories, airline navigation systems, car networks, etc.

Comment: Re:Good move. (Score 2) 124

by Clifton Beach (#41651497) Attached to: Google May Soon Scan Your Android Apps For Malware

It's not Google's fault as such, but it is their problem

Yes it is Google's fault for implementing a take-it-or-leave-it approach to permissions. Eg if I install a flashlight app, I should be able to agree to permission to keep the device awake, but not to access my location and SD card or have full internet access.

Comment: iRobot is missing an opportunity (Score 1) 88

by Clifton Beach (#41318551) Attached to: What's Next For iRobot?

iRobot has gained a lot of experience in robots, but they are missing an opportunity to make it big because they do not have focus. They produce such a wide range of products - Military and domestic - none of which has the "Wow factor". I think if they focussed on building something which did a useful job really well, they could become the Apple of robotics. The time is really ripe for it and if they don't fill this gap someone else will.

"If a computer can't directly address all the RAM you can use, it's just a toy." -- anonymous comp.sys.amiga posting, non-sequitir