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Comment: Re:That's great and all, but... (Score 1) 293

by Fernando Jones (#35391292) Attached to: Google Cars Drive Themselves, In Traffic
I know what you mean and i think there will be plenty of people out there just like you but i think these self driving vehicles will eventually become mandatory due to how much safer they are statistically. At that point, would the people who really wanted to drive cars manually be that much different to those who wanted to smoke in bars before it was banned? In my opinion, it kind of becomes a selfish hobby if it has been proven to be so much more dangerous (which i think it will be eventually).
The Almighty Buck

The Odd Variations On 3G Per-Megabyte Pricing 205

Posted by Soulskill
from the taking-their-toll dept.
GMGruman writes "Carriers are increasingly charging for 3G mobile access by the megabyte, to prevent 'unfair' subsidies of heavy users by everyone else. So why does the price of a 3G megabyte vary based on the device used to send or receive it? Why is an iPad megabyte cheaper than a MiFi one? After all, a megabyte is a megabyte as far as the network is concerned. InfoWorld has a comparison of 3G pricing for the four major US carriers for their various supported devices, so you can see whose 3G pricing is out of whack for which devices."
Robotics

A Mind Made From Memristors 320

Posted by Soulskill
from the fully-functional dept.
Csiko writes "Researchers at Boston University's department of cognitive and neural systems are working on an artificial brain implemented with memristors. 'A memristor is a two-terminal device whose resistance changes depending on the amount, direction, and duration of voltage that's applied to it. But here's the really interesting thing about a memristor: Whatever its past state, or resistance, it freezes that state until another voltage is applied to change it. Maintaining that state requires no power.' Also theoretically described, solid state versions of memristors have not been implemented until recently. Now researchers in Boston claim that memristors are the new key technology to implement highly integrated, powerful artificial brains on cheap and widely available hardware within five years."

Comment: Re:The best resolution... (Score 1) 238

by Fernando Jones (#33316400) Attached to: Ray Kurzweil Responds To PZ Myers

Uh no..because Kurzweil does not refute Myer's claims. Kurzweil's response underscores Myer's points. Kurzweil is an idiot.

"For starters, I said that we would be able to reverse-engineer the brain sufficiently to understand its basic principles of operation within two decades, not one decade, as Myers reports." There you go. You only had a read a few lines and you would find a pretty clear refutation.

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Ray Kurzweil Responds To PZ Myers 238

Posted by Soulskill
from the dem's-fightin'-woids dept.
On Tuesday we discussed a scathing critique of Ray Kurzweil's understanding of the brain written by PZ Myers. Reader Amara notes that Kurzweil has now responded on his blog. Quoting: "Myers, who apparently based his second-hand comments on erroneous press reports (he wasn't at my talk), [claims] that my thesis is that we will reverse-engineer the brain from the genome. This is not at all what I said in my presentation to the Singularity Summit. I explicitly said that our quest to understand the principles of operation of the brain is based on many types of studies — from detailed molecular studies of individual neurons, to scans of neural connection patterns, to studies of the function of neural clusters, and many other approaches. I did not present studying the genome as even part of the strategy for reverse-engineering the brain."

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