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Comment Re:transcript of rose (Score 1) 58

Earlier today I played with the Rose Chatbot demo on Brian Wilcox's website, and it falls apart pretty quickly. Human beings (especially one with the presumed life experience of a '30-year-old security consultant') have an enormous body of knowledge to draw context from, plus the ability to quickly identify relevant context, which no chatbot today can replicate. My conversation with 'Rose' jumped off the rails after about a minute with this simple exchange (paraphrasing):

Rose: I'm a programmer too.
Me: What languages do you use?
Rose: I only understand English.

FAIL. Unless I'm dealing with a person on drugs, or intentionally trying to act like a chatbot, I would obviously expect them to realize that my question about languages was asked within the context of computer programming, since that is what they just told me they do. Failure to deal with context (which Rose seems to handle by deflecting the conversation) is what prevents chatbots from giving a convincing impression that there is a 'mind' behind the words, that is operating from the same principles that you or I do.

The amount of context a chatbot would need to store and identify in order to provide -sensible- (not just grammatically correct) responses in an open-ended conversation with a human is still beyond our ability to contain in software, except perhaps in gigantic bespoke systems like Watson.

Comment Re: Who would have thought there was more? (Score 5, Informative) 89

The BIOS isn't installing apps to the hard drive (give it time?) As AC indicates this is a Windows-only issue. the BIOS -holds- an application that Windows helpfully detects and installs into itself on behalf of the hardware. A Linux system will totally ignore the app (which is Windows-specific anyway!!) sitting in the BIOS.

Comment Re:My ancient i7-2700 (Score 2) 98

I was surprised by how 'flat' the performance increases are as well. If you interpret Moore's Law as expecting a doubling of performance ever 18 months (yes I know this wasn't what Moore's Law originally said, but for long time the transistor count on a die and performance ran hand in hand), 8 years gives time for 5.333 doublings. 2^5.333 is about 40.3. That is a big difference from the 'up to 11 times faster' results these benchmarks produced. If you're more lenient and allow for 2 years between expected performance doublings, the current processors should still be 16 times faster than those from 8 years earlier.

Comment Re:Baffled? (Score 1) 172

It amazes me that stores sell monster packs of AA batteries (like 30 or 40) that people must obviously be buying, instead of more people using NiMH. I've had a couple NiMH batteries fail unusually early, but most have been working for years through dozens of recharges. Definitely the cheaper option in the long run.

Comment Re:Mind games (Score 1) 89

Exactly. I think the whole point of a good AI is that it will be able to simulate these 'mind games' and take advantage of whatever data the interface gives it. Unfortunately, I see no indication that the computer will have things like cameras and microphones that could allow it to look for tells other than the opponent's play action. No indication it can talk to the players either. So not as interesting a test as it could be.

Comment Re:Why bother? (Score 4, Insightful) 128

It really does seem like an odd 'adventure'. The guy is basically sentencing himself to a year in solitary confinement, with the added bonus of possible catastrophe at any moment. No indication from the article that he's doing it to raise awareness of global warming, or to raise money for some cause, or even to gain some scientific knowledge. I can't even imagine a particularly good book deal coming out of this.

I think he could accomplish as much by spending a year in a Schrodinger box.

Don't sweat it -- it's only ones and zeros. -- P. Skelly