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Comment: This reveals a need for blind review (Score 5, Insightful) 299

Just as they have blind auditions for musicians.

It's possible this paper (which was on gender differences) is a piece of crap.

It's also possible the reviewer is sexist.

It may even be that the females who wrote the paper are sexist and the paper is a pile of crap AND the reviewer is sexist.

Hard to say without seeing the paper and the data it was drawn from.

In a gender blind society, we can't assume the females or the males are always right or wrong. It may even be from different points of view that different people will feel one or the other was right or wrong.

Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 1) 141

by Maxo-Texas (#49596809) Attached to: Can Riots Be Predicted By Social Media?

While there is a long history of "productive" riots in the u.s. going all the way back to the 1700s, I agree with your point that these riots are ill targeted. There is no easy focal point for the rage because the entire way society is setup is against this group.

I think the drug war has a lot to do with it. One arrest and few businesses will hire you for a good job so you can't get money legally to buy products so you are mad at everyone for not hiring you and for carrying things you can't afford to buy but which TV shows you "should" have. On top of that instead of having a neutral police force, you have a police force that actively enforces the law unequally-- calling the white kids parents (no record) while arresting the black kids (so now they have a record) and telling them "trash goes in back."

Comment: Can you predict cops executing a minority? (Score 0) 141

by Maxo-Texas (#49590411) Attached to: Can Riots Be Predicted By Social Media?

If so.. yes.

Look- I donate to the police survivors fund each year, but the drug war, militarization of police, and grossly racially imbalanced police forces lead to these events.

Freddie Gray's record was minor drug infractions which wouldn't even be a problem in three states any more.

Once he was arrested the first time, he had no hope of ever getting a good job with an arrest record. Once he had a conviction, it was over.

Comment: Re:Technology allows (Score 1) 630

by Maxo-Texas (#49587527) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

Most do. Some groups still have large families.

Once we are all well educated and not poor, population growth will come to be dominated by those groups.

You should consider human culture as a bacterial culture and "wealth and education" as penicillin. It's a good holding action but it isn't the solution everyone thinks it is.

Comment: Re:Technology allows (Score 1) 630

by Maxo-Texas (#49584283) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

We have the resources to support 9 to 10 billion people for a while (and there's good reasons why they think it will top out there) but the quality of life for many will be much lower.

I don't think population will top out there. I think the part of the population which has a high breeding rate will come to dominate the population and population growth will resume.

So yea-- I think we are pretty much doomed to a multi-billion die off event sometime in the next 100 years.

Comment: Interesting since Aspartame spiked Sachirine (Score 1) 629

by Maxo-Texas (#49562619) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Basically funded bogus studies and had a negative press campaign as they came out.

Sacharine-- it turns out-- is actually quite safe while aspartame is bad for some people regardless of how it is handled. Handled improperly (over 100 degrees) it breaks down into bad stuff... but also many people break it down into bad stuff anyway and get headaches from it.

Comment: Re:Solar is here to stay (Score 1) 533

by Maxo-Texas (#49540049) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

In another 10 years, those will be actual renewable system batteries. A lot of money is going into batteries now-- prices are dropping at microprocessor like rates. And they recently found a new technology around non-rare, non-explosive elements.

I greatly prefer conservation up front over power generation on the back end however.

But batteries are improving rapidly at this point while at the same time prices are dropping rapidly.

Comment: I recommend the book "Superintelligence" (Score 1) 197

by Maxo-Texas (#49523531) Attached to: Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer

It takes a good stab at examining the challenges and possibilities of superintelligent A.I.

Nice summary view here:

It posits three possible intelligence advance scales.

The first is self improvement over seconds.
I.e., the machine become conscious. It is able to increase it's intelligence to superhuman levels at machine speeds within a few seconds. There will be no time to react. Even air gapping the machine might not be sufficient as it may figure out new principles which allow it to bridge the air gap, figure out ways to mislead it's human owners as to it's capabilities so they enhance it further, etc.

The second is over a scale of weeks or months.
Not much time to react to it. A reliable way to cut the power should work. A nuclear safety net should definitely work. Society certainly couldn't react to it in time. There would likely be mass unemployment as it enabled human replacement within a few years for thinking jobs (and combined with robotic bodies- almost all methods of manual labor).

The last way is over a long time period. Society would have time to react. Perhaps to see and stop it if it was turning bad. Especially if it simply became the equivalent of IQ 160-300 slowly, you might be able to understand it. Later phases where it's iq reached meaningless numbers (6000... compared to it, humans would be like horses in relative intelligence).


The definitional problem is also there.

"Make people happy".
Okay- rig them to machines that feed them pleasure signals in the brain 24/7. Extinct.

Make people smile!
Easily obtainable with surgery.


There is a risk the machine will be "greedy" and basically convert the entire planet (and then the solar system) into a system for increasing it's intelligence. Humans don't play a large part in that scenario. Nothing malicious or personal about it-- not a failure of friendliness.

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