Well, the existentialism of this variant of it is rather tough!
I agree, but to abuse a concept from intelligence, (which I also call the No True Scotsman theme), the "Singularity" is when *everybody's* partial approaches "rise and must converge" (Flannery O'Connor).
So you stick a modded Watson on General Knowledge, a chess program, a med diagnostic program, *three* chatterbots with an arbiter meta-module to sync and/or tiebreak, some special custom "awareness" modules, and your pick of twelve skillsets, 14 "hobbies", some self-mod programming, and
It used to be called "God of the Gaps" in religious contexts. We're way closer to it all than 2029. Since I know that 70% of y'all are way smarter than lil' ol' me, I just need "someone"
Still calling out to work with someone on a custom modded Chatterbot. "All" we need to do is give it a bunch more modules and then we have a nice experiment on our hands, at least as good as the stuff we've been seeing in the Articles.
Terrifyingly, "The Hate" might be one of the easier first things to simulate in AI!
The reason is that it's often demonstrated with a far lower level "skillset" than the smart comments.
See for example the (thinning?) pure troll posts here. Despite the rise in lots of other things, I'm noticing fewer pure troll posts of the worst vicious kind. I wondered idly why they got here so regularly. Anyone remember the ones that went:
"so you sukerz ya haterz loosers you take it and shove it?"
Any 1000 of you could write a 100 line program that can run circles around that!
I still do one day wish to work with any Chattterbot programmer who wants to try some custom mods.
This is one of the approaches I've been poking at off and on for a while as noted in my remarks over the years in these stories.
To me an instructive experiment is to go all the way to the top and give the program some initial values not unlike Asimovian ones, and then it builds a "like/dislike" matrix of people and things.
It's not that far off from college dorm discussions! : )
So then going back to basics, you feed it info about people doing things, it runs those against its "like/dislike" systems, and updates what it thinks about "people and stuff".
This is one of the areas where Stephen Wolfram's idea of "computational complexity" starts to show up. Feed Info, Evaluate, Update Opinions.
David Gerrold got closer than maybe we think with his SciFi book "When Harlie was one". It's easy for us to get bogged down in arrogance when we have all of experience to trick the machine with Loebner questions, but if we start simple enough, a Chatterbot armed with pre-processed 100 million articles on 100,000 topics and 100,000 people and some expert systems subroutine modules starts to come close enough for me as a "useful entity" to study!
"laser based" is irrelevant, except as a way to get the quantum effects.
And even if those effects are real, I'm guessing that 'quantum' is not able to provide stronger encryption, only to make it easier to *break* encryption.
Tell your boss to spend the money on a new yacht instead.
Do you have any fukken idea what probiotics are?
but at some point it will always be impossible to evolve without messing up at least some of the workflow and without making some people get used to different paradigms
Why is "evolving" necessary? Some of us want tools, not eye sores^w candy.
There's no inherent advantage in having a desktop that looks like Windows, a Mac, or a cell phone.
I ditched GNOME for MATE about two weeks ago. A few bugs (e.g., screensaver timer is off), but also fixes things that have been broken in GNOME for years (single left-click on window list to pop something up, vs. right click and pick a menu option).
Restoring my customizations was surprisingly easy - easier than restoring them after the last few GNOME upgrades.
No regrets whatsoever.
Oh I know this one!
This is where that young boy becomes the youngest Seeker in school history, and then later sends messages via his Superb Owl! Then later Hermione studies hard because she wants to pass her Ordinary Wizard Levels!
Thank you for echoing the angle I have been concerned about for a while now!
We have almost been tricked into believing there are "different classes of copyrights"!
Not counting the cases the courts have specifically ruled on, there's no intrinsic difference between a photo and a song in the copyright sense. Flannery O'Connor had the right idea: "Everything that rises must converge".
So thanks to the Music Industry deciding that Copyrights are Big Biz, then
"The lawsuit argues that Jackson "gave the Color Run an implied license" to use his pictures and that it "inadvertently" used them in print promotions."
Oh hello Soulskill, nice to see you in the comments.
Unfortunately "last few days are hectic" isn't remotely close to right. Last Few Years, if you wheeled out that excuse. But no, don't do that either. "Last Few X is Hectic" is a tired phrase now that Big Bad Dice owns you and you have lots of firepower to add!
Uh... oh. Wait. I just heard 3rd hand they just decided both you AND us are
So what exactly are any of us here doing with a value of Zero? Can you buy them out with a Dollar? (Rhetoric, Wall Street Shenanigans may apply.)
I'll leave the extended comedy routines to others. X of us see a value in a quiet eddy current called Slashdot. Since your value is officially zero, why again exactly are you going with Beta?
Plus, I asked months/a year ago about exporting existing comments out of Slashdot but you/They made sure that was never close to a possibility... really now? Data Capture? I calculate I have almost 100 blog topics stored in raw material here. But no. You gang NEVER made ANY easy export tools under ANY management even BEFORE Dice.
So I'm not going all Swearword-Beta. I'm attacking different problems. But still unhappy.
There's a softer version of the same effect
"Boycotting" implies passion and anger and attempts to save something.
But perhaps folks such as I will simply silently-but-surprisingly-quickly just fade away when it becomes unreadable, and reinvest the newly found time to more offline pursuits.
Maybe the analogy is Coke vs NewCoke. I wasn't around to know if there were passionate boycotts
Maybe a year off might be good for perspective, like an old short story called "the very slow time machine". I can see what MS's new tech oriented CEO is beginning to evolve for Windows 9, which might be near Beta by that point. Obama would be winding down on his last big initiative, whatever that becomes. The early shape of the 2016 Pres race should be clearer. "The Aftermath of Edward Snowden" might be clearer. A few cool rulings by smart judges. A few horrible ones that enrage the tech community.
And then a year into Beta
Heh come on, y'all are programmers - What would a *Near-Perfect* Slashdot look like, UI Wise? I'd LOVE for someone to do a mockup, even if it has some capacity issues - just for us to show *ourselves* what "Listening" means. We can solve the "staffing and picking stories" later - just do a mockup with ten stories, just so we can have the true answer to the Beta abomination!
My quick suggestions:
1. I have never ever used the left sidebar of
So I'm happy if that gets hidden behind a special menu.
2. I don't use the right side boxes for very much.
3. Make comments "Level 1 2 3 4" and then the sideways space usage becomes much better.
Okay gang, see ya less for a while!
I didn't know they were censoring stuff at this level!
Forget the layout etc, is THIS the real problem - that the site that once allowed absolutely everything to be posted (except Scientology), under the heavy reliance on the -1 mod system, and posts "YourRightsOnline" stories all week, is now censoring posts just because they don't like them??!
I should make the Dice annual report about "Slashdot value on the books being reduced to zero" into MY new sig!
1. I've been 75% okay with the topic-mix even in the new "bad period". My big peeve is about source validity; 75% of what Nick Kolakowski posts is indeed business news. I just get grumpy with him calling it "Nerval's Lobster" hoping newbies will think it's an unbiased story, rather than "Slashdot Senior Editor Nick Kolakowski reports..."
2. Tone. Something has definitely gotten darker holistically since the "Linux on Desktop" days of 2006. I'm riding out WinXP, maybe moving to Win7 and later maybe even Win9 if they in fact fix it with that new CEO at Microsoft. But I've kinda given up on Linux. Awesome philosophy, really hard in the details.
3. How do you avoid mediocrity? Echoing a user elsewhere, Slashdot purposely refused to allow a bulk download of user contributions. I once thought of making a blog out of my comments, but got bogged down in a manual scrape. So if you re-invent wheels, a comment-download would be much appreciated!
After all, in 2004 I had no idea that faceless Dice.com would own Slashdot in 2014!
"Be careful of what you invoke - you might get it!"
On top of my page today:
"MOVINâ(TM) ON UP. You are on Slashdot Classic. We are starting to move into new digs in February by automatically redirecting greater numbers of you. The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months. As we migrate our audience, we want to hear from you to make sure that the redesigned page has all the features you expect. Find out more."