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Comment: ICBMs for the Singularity (Score 1) 192

by Nihilanth (#44074923) Attached to: Fear of Thinking War Machines May Push U.S. To Exascale

Something I'm not seeing in the thread regarding the "weapons" implications of having the fastest computer-

I don't think the purpose of having the most flops is about "designing" new weapons, I think it's directly linked to strategic warfare. I would imagine inter-continental missiles probably employ some sophisticated evasion methods. Being able to reverse engineer measurements of an erratically moving nuclear missile in real-time and then adjusting the erratic behavior of your own missiles in real-time based on what you can infer from observing their interceptions sounds like a problem that requires more flops than "the other guy" has.

What excites me about this is that exascale is around what is required to simulate a human brain in its entirety. Who's taking bets on what the first uploaded organism will be?

Comment: Re:Major source of privacy loss (Score 1) 205

by Nihilanth (#43574131) Attached to: Google Releases Glass Kernel Source Code

This may come as a shock, but you have no expectation of privacy when you're out in public. There are similar arguments that could be made about surveillance cameras (in the UK and elsewhere), but you have to look at the big picture. This is a good thing in the long run. The trend towards inter-connectivity continues.

Comment: Wrong question (Score 1) 364

by Nihilanth (#40872807) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Take Notes In the Modern Classroom?

The question isn't "how" to take notes, but rather "if" notes should be taken at all. If you have a good teacher, don't insult them by writing down what they're saying. LISTEN TO THEM. If they're any good there will already be notes available to you in some form, on a class website, your textbook, or a handout of some kind.

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