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Comment: Sounds like the setup of an Asimov story (Score 1) 162

by P1h3r1e3d13 (#49132115) Attached to: Should a Service Robot Bring an Alcoholic a Drink?
A perfect fit for the I, Robot universe: a conflict between the first and second laws, plus a question about the depth of the robot's understanding of its actions.

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Comment: The SD poster's theory (Score 1) 122

by P1h3r1e3d13 (#49097725) Attached to: The Science of a Bottomless Pit

Slashdot summary:

in theory, it should be possible to construct one

Actual article:

Yet, despite the pressure and temperature gradients all the way down, despite having a liquid, molten outer core and a radioactive nickel-iron-cobalt inner core at over 4000 F, lets assume youve gone and physically created created something that will stabilize your cylindrical shaft going right through the Earths center.

Comment: Created? (Score 2) 191

by P1h3r1e3d13 (#48606219) Attached to: Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

nothing on these augmented displays will look right except from the driver's perspective

And only from one head position!

Every time some concept car âoeinventsâ video-cameras-instead-of-mirrors, I wonder whether it's occurred to anyone that mirrors show a different view depending on the position of the viewer. Is that so fundamental that we just forget it entirely?

Comment: Hyperbole much? (Score 2) 104

by P1h3r1e3d13 (#47049261) Attached to: How Virtual Reality Became Reality

As far as your brain is concerned, there's no difference between experiencing something on the Rift and experiencing it in the real world.

Total bullshit.

"This is the first time that we've succeeded in stimulating parts of the human visual system directly,"

Total bullshit.

You could have said exactly the same things about the upgrade from movies to 3D movies, or from pictures to movies, and they would be just exactly as true as they are here.

If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you. -- Muhammad Ali