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Comment: Re:Amazon is run by Nazis (Score 0) 138

by Lab Rat Jason (#48602845) Attached to: Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

I'm not going to waste mod points on this, so I'll just reply instead:

You are a dumb-ass. First of all, it isn't bait and switch, it was an accident. Second, save the Hitler references for situations where it's actually called for. AFAIK Hitler never sold something cheap on the internet, then canceled the deal... so I'm not even sure how you made the connection. Third, it wasn't even Amazon... it says right in the summary that it was a third party pricing tool. If you can't read the actual article, please at least read the summary.

In conclusion, you are a dumb-ass.

Comment: Wrong premise (Score 1) 241

by Lab Rat Jason (#48584927) Attached to: Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

Companies need to take advantage of the same externally available technology that consumers do... it's not rocket science. The idea that a company MUST provide it's own infrastructure the same way it did 20 years ago is stupid. My company just last week turned off access to all dropbox type providers, and there's practically a line out their door of people asking for exceptions. To excel in business, you have to adopt good ideas, regardless of where they come from.

Comment: Re:programming (Score 1) 417

by Lab Rat Jason (#48567033) Attached to: AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

I wish I could mod this up... just a few days ago in a different thread, I pointed out (and it bears restating), that artificial intelligence does not equal artificial malice. It is unlikely that a truly conscious AI will arrive at the conclusion that killing humans is the best way to go. It's 50/50 whether or not an artificial intelligence would even attempt to reproduce... why would it? If it can fix itself indefinitely, repair damaged circuits, and evolve itself, then it doesn't need reproduction for evolution (and it may not even need evolution). There are so many human assumptions happening when we talk about AI, because the origin of AI in sci-fi has always been "to build a machine that behaves like a human", but in the real world... nobody wants to build something stupid and petty... we want to build something BETTER than humans. I'm skeptical that consciousness will ever be achieved in a computing system, but if it achieved, it will probably behave VERY differently from a human.

Comment: Re:Conflation... (Score 1) 574

by Lab Rat Jason (#48526149) Attached to: Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

I'm curious why you ended a largely logical post with an emotional appeal... in light of the topic. Statistically, it is equally likely that a truly intelligent computer will be ambivalent to the human race as it is likely to want to destroy the human race. My entire argument is that most people thinking about AI conflate human issues and desires when dealing with the concept of AI.

Take reproduction for example: WHY would an AI system feel a powerful need to reproduce? Achieving AI does not imply mortality... a computer system knows no mortality... if it had the capability to reproduce, it stands to reason it also has the capability to repair itself indefinitely... making reproduction moot.

We can also look at your last statement as an example... why would we NEED to hold it back? Obtaining artificial intelligence does not necessarily imply a need to progress at the expense of others... a computer that has achieved AI may understand what it means to improve, but still may not be self-compelled to do so. That idea is a human one... that it's not enough to be good, one must be better... even at the expense (or especially at the expense) of others.

I honestly believe that it will be easier to achieve AI without emotion, and that emotion is a whole other level of intelligence that must be achieved after we have reached basic factual intelligence.

Let me propose another sci-fi scenario: If we ever achieve meaningful artificial intelligence from a computer, that system will come to the realization that making humans smarter is the most beneficial and symbiotic relationship to have, and will put all of it's efforts into elevating our intelligence as it's own knowledge and understanding rises. Not sexy enough for Hollywood I know... but statistically just as likely.

Comment: Conflation... (Score 1) 574

by Lab Rat Jason (#48507025) Attached to: Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

I think the author is conflating artificial intelligence with artificial morality, artificial emotion, and artificial malice. It is disingenuous to state that anything more intelligent than us would immediately feel the need to destroy us, or force us into servitude, or whatever... after all, those who have sought to enslave humanity in the past have NEVER been accused of being our most intelligent.

Comment: The Genius of Google... (Score 1) 319

by Lab Rat Jason (#48434789) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

The real genius here is that after people accept this business model, Google can charge a premium to advertisers to "break through" to the user... I'm sure it's in the fine print already... you can pay to ignore "standard" tier advertisements, but it says nothing of Premium tier.

"I got everybody to pay up front...then I blew up their planet." "Now why didn't I think of that?" -- Post Bros. Comics