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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: Until dell can pay it's bills with Bitcoin.... (Score 1) 152

by JcMorin (#47484919) Attached to: Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin
Of course they are converting it, but if they have a supplier in China that will accept Bitcoin too and they want prefer using Bitcoin to save days and thousands of $ in processing fees. Have you ever done an international wire transfer? It's long and painful while Bitcoin is free and instant. Nobody expected the market to change at once, just like the email didn't remove all fax machines at once, but 1 at the time.

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: inflation is not related to economy growth (Score 1) 115

by JcMorin (#47371539) Attached to: Investor Tim Draper Announces He Won Silk Road Bitcoin Auction
Inflation is the increase of the money supply, this lead to price increase. Bitcoin is great because it is a controlled inflation currency. We all know how many bitcoin are created every 10 minutes and that for the next 100 years. You have no clue how may trillions USD will be printed in the next 10 years.

Comment: No exchange at all (Score 3, Insightful) 88

by JcMorin (#47359065) Attached to: Winners of First Seized Silk Road Bitcoin Auction Remain Anonymous
Since it's a big volume, picking one particular exchange would disturb the price of Bitcoin temporarily. That's why they decided to auction them instead. They could have sold it to the market, but to be wise the would should to sell like 10 BTC per hours unless they willing to go into [bigger] Chinese exchanges... The beauty of bitcoin is that you don't need clearing house, exchange or bank. You can trade them directly.

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."

What this country needs is a good five cent microcomputer.