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Comment: Re:Reminds me of Verses from Revelation 13:11-18 (Score 1) 551

But if machine intelligence is the "beast", then that brings us to a slew of other seemingly contradictory claims. Computers "come out of the earth" only in the most tenuous sense. Sure, they're fabricated from materials mined from the earth, but if we're okay with drawing such indirect connections then so does everything else (plants, animals) except meteorites. Also, I'm not sure why machine intelligence would have "two horns like a lamb", since I've never seen a computing system that had horns. Additionally, I'm not sure how digital communication protocols resemble the speech of dragons; do (did?) dragons speak IP?

Really, if you read the rest of that verse keeping in mind some equivalence between the "beast" and machine intelligence, it's evident that the metaphor doesn't hold at all. But all that aside, you didn't really answer any of the questions I posed in my previous post, so it's evident to me that you're more interested in spreading your strange view than actually discussing it. Cheers!

Comment: Re:The frustrations of AI. (Score 1) 551

Hardware is not the problem. If it were, we'd have things that were very smart, but very slow. Then someone would rent enough Amazon AWS instances to make them fast.

Explain to me why a physical simulation of a human brain (state as determined by medical imaging of a real human brain; forces as informed by the known laws of physics) in silicon wouldn't behave the same as a real human brain.

Also, most estimates put us at achieving the capacity to run simulations like this at reasonable coast and in near-real-time in the 2030s. So yes, hardware is the problem. AWS isn't infinite and the architecture doesn't lend itself to problems that aren't easily distributed.

Comment: Re:See also "Popular Mechanics" in 1947 (Score 1) 551

We still don't really have a full handle on how individual nerves work

Citation needed. You could buy discrete ICs that modelled neurons in the 1990s. Today we have [even more accurate] simulations of thousands, even millions of highly-interconnected neurons running on supercomputers. What don't we understand about individual "nerves"? The fact that you talk about "actual thinking" betrays the fact that you've never worked in AI.

This prediction relies on the assumption that human brains aren't magic and that they're subject to the known laws of physics. If you disagree then I think the burden is on you to prove otherwise.

Comment: Re:Will human technical civilization last that lon (Score 1) 551

Okay, I'm no AGW denier, but this is just fucking lunacy.

How the fuck is global climate change supposed to "wipe out civilized society" in the next 31 years? No, really. Please just provide a rough outline of how this would happen.

See, this is the main reason why idiots line up to bash climate science. People like you making totally absurd claims. It is also conceivable that global climate change will burn us to a crisp next Tuesday. Just because you can conceive of something doesn't make it reasonable or realistic.

Comment: Re:Reminds me of Verses from Revelation 13:11-18 (Score 1) 551

That's fascinating. What, specifically, about this story reminds you of this verse?

Also, while we're on the subject, I have a few more questions. Can you clarify the phrase "two horns like a lamb" in light of the fact that many breeds of sheep only produce horns in males, while many other breeds of sheep don't produce any horns whatsoever? Also, can you clarify what "spooke like a dragon" means, since dragons don't exist and consequently don't speak? Additionally, what does it mean to calculate (or reckon, or ponder) a number that is already defined?

Comment: Re:AI is always "right around the corner". (Score 1) 551

"has a camera that can recognize faces,"

Which is also quite a stretch, given how often it 'recognises' patches of lichen on a wall as a face.

Because it's not like humans make these types of mistakes.

"Oh, and your cellphone can also beat any grandmaster in the world at chess."

As above. And anyway, if the grandmaster followed the same instructions as the computer, it would win right back. Does that mean anything though?

By this logic, if a computer followed the same instructions as a human (that is, the laws of physics acting on a particular collection of massive particles), it too would be sentient. Worded differently, if a computer could run a sufficiently accurate simulation of a human brain in realtime, it would behave the same way as a human brain. Does that mean anything though? Well, it means that indistinguishable-from-humans AI is inevitable, but apparently the implication is meaningless?

Comment: Re: I don't get it. (Score 1) 69

It sounds like a Boleto is an invoice, and consequently that retailers in Brazil are very trusting of their customers, since there's no mention of collecting buyer information. What's to stop buyers from destroying or simply never paying off the Boleto? If I went to the store to get a TV and instead of having to actually pay for it I was just given an invoice, with no identifying information about me obtained by the seller, it would be rather tempting to never take the Boleto to a bank to pay it off.

Comment: Re:Cali... (Score 1) 576

by NoImNotNineVolt (#47369343) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature
It's great that you have traffic control devices to alert you when you have the legal right of way.

However, the laws of physics still apply. In a mechanical sense, cars always have the right of way. So, unless you're invincible to blunt force impacts by massive metal objects, it's probably best to simply look both ways and make sure there is no oncoming traffic before crossing the street. I learned this approach when I was very young, but I understand the quality of education in this country isn't what it once was.

Comment: Re:Cali... (Score 0) 576

by NoImNotNineVolt (#47369311) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature
Here in NJ we recently had a police crackdown on enforcing this very law. Personally, I think it's absurd. There's literally no safety impact of driving across a crosswalk if the pedestrian is on the other side of the intersection. It's these over-the-top laws that go way beyond what is reasonable that causes people such as myself to simply lose respect for the law in general, thereby violating not only unreasonable laws like this but also reasonable ones as well.

Let me play devil's advocate for a minute. These laws clearly don't go far enough, since pedestrians are still being killed by absentminded drivers. We need new legislation that outlaws driving any time a pedestrian is within 100 feet of a public roadway. While an unreasonable inconvenience to motorists (much like the law you boast about), it will surely save pedestrians' lives. Well worth it, right?

Comment: Re:wtf does baseball have to do with anything? (Score 1) 265

You don't get to pick what should an entire nation be called in their own language.

The English language doesn't belong to the United States of America. What if I'm Canadian. Am I not allowed to speak English?

Cue the Quebecois and their "Fuck you, Anglais!"

Comment: Re:But people forget what MENSA concluded (Score 1) 561

by NoImNotNineVolt (#47349459) Attached to:, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Employment and wages are just the start of personal motivation. Those will only cause a person to show up.

Indeed, this is precisely how I would describe most workers I encounter in daily life. Motivated just enough to show up. If you think the average middle manager is anything like a soldier storming the beaches at Normandy or a World Cup player, you're deluding yourself.

I know an awful lot of people here in silicon valley who could easily retire, but they keep working because they have dreams and feel their work is meaningful.

Maybe I'm just a cynic, but perhaps they keep working because they're fully committed to the rat race, keeping up with the Joneses, and/or getting a high score in the game of life (i.e. dying rich). It doesn't help that society praises work as inherently valuable and looks down on people who take breaks, vacation, or retire.

Comment: Re:But people forget what MENSA concluded (Score 1) 561

by NoImNotNineVolt (#47349413) Attached to:, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses
I became a developer because I thought it would be great to have someone pay me to do something I love doing.

I do see development as an enjoyable puzzle to solve, but I still made the wrong career choice, even though I kick ass at it.

If you love painting, the last job you want to get is as a painter. Because you won't be painting Mona Lisas, you'll be painting walls.

"An open mind has but one disadvantage: it collects dirt." -- a saying at RPI