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Comment: It's about the money. (Score 1) 299

by Dutchmaan (#47665489) Attached to: Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites
Never gonna happen. Most people just read the headline then jump right to the comments section to roll around like pigs in slop flaming each other. News sites rely on traffic for revenue/value. I don't know about you but I certainly perceive a story as being of less value when there is no comments section.

Comment: Re:Just Testing Code (Score 1) 69

by Dutchmaan (#47519967) Attached to: Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes
How do you know you don't posses "coding" to process information in a particular way and apply it in a new circumstance, because that sounds exactly like what you "learned' I'm sure your train of thought was "what if i do THIS" i.e. going through your list of available problem solving abilities.

Comment: Re:Just Testing Code (Score 3, Insightful) 69

by Dutchmaan (#47517391) Attached to: Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

If a novel break comes along that the programmers have not planned for, the machine won't have a working behavior is it's data banks.

Just presenting an oversimplified argument, but how would that differ from what our DNA has programmed for us. When I see robots using code for whatever specific reason, what's really going through my mind are that these are just micro components of what will eventually be incorporated into a much larger more complex "organism" Think of robots these days as simple organisms, where the primary concerns are mostly locomotion and simple functionality.

Comment: Re:A win for freedom (Score 1) 1330

by Dutchmaan (#47441391) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Just try to get a large employer to give you the money in lieu of the benefit.

So if a benefit isn't worth a cash exchange to a company, by the company's actions, it means that company is overvaluing it's own benefits as presented to employee's. You could ask for compesation of a penny a year, and they would very likely go for that. They key is finding out how much value the company ACTUALLY puts on it's own benefits.Hell, I would go so far as to say there should be a law demanding employers offer a cash value option from companies that offer insurance to their employess, but we all know that will never happen because it's actually good for the PEOPLE, right...?

Comment: It's not going to SURPRISE us... (Score 1) 564

Right because one day, mr John Q Scientist is gonna walk into lab where some machine is gonna raise a cup of coffee and say:

"Mornin' John... how'd that thing go with the mrs. last night?"

....and he's going to be shocked because he just didn't see it coming or didn't spend decades of his life making mistakes and correcting them in the system.

AI is not going to suddenly happen, it's going to happen gradually and it's going to be a pristine reflection of who we are as a species. If we're warlike then that's how we'll end up molding our spawned "conciousness".. If all we care about is money or porn or whatever, that's the direction we'll take our AI and that's the end to which it will try and perfect itself.

Comment: Canados! (Score 1) 501

If we displace tornadoes from their natural habitat, where will they go? One can only assume that being pinched between the Rockies and the Great Tornado Wall of America, they'll have no choice but to migrate into Canada where they'll be too polite to destroy anything. "Good Morning! eh!... I was wondering if it would be alright if I displaced your mobile home a few feet... no damage or anything, and I'll be gone before you're home from work. P.S. I left a 6 pack for your trouble."

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.