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Comment Re:Why should? (Score 1) 279

For the same reason the military does not use (at at least doesn't admit to using) fully autonomous armed drones: software can't make judgement calls.

Software can make judgement calls. In the case of weapons, we just don't feel comfortable allowing that. For self-driving-cars, there is no moral issue.

Sure, eventually, one day, the software may get there.

You might want to read up on what autonomous vehicles can do. They have already driven millions of miles on public roads, and have a safety record better than average human drivers.

Comment Re:What if I don't want to own a car? (Score 1) 279

More likely, you won't be able to go where you're not authorized to.

So cars won't crash through the gate of a nuclear power plant. I don't see that as a bad thing.

Freedom of movement is going to be severely restricted

Well, if you really want to attack a nuclear power plant, you could park a block away, and, you know, walk the last 100 meters.

Comment Re:What if I don't want to own a car? (Score 1) 279

That's an odd way of saying "you're right, a taxi/uber is what I want".

No. For a taxi/Uber, 90% of the cost is paying the driver. Even for his use case of 5000 mi/yr, it will be cheaper for him to own a car. But for an autonomous car, there is no driver, so the cost is 1/10th. That is a game changer.

Comment Re:Is there some barrier to women in STEM? (Score 1, Insightful) 120

They have a conspiracy theory called patriarchy that claims all men are out to abuse women

Many successful women will tell you that the greatest resistance to their advancement didn't come from men. It came from other women. If you want to see a real cat fight, assign a young woman to manage older women.

Comment Re:Clarify... (Score 1) 33

is a Baysian spam filter an "AI-based anti-spam solution"?

If the probabilities are hard coded, then no. If it learns and updates itself, then yes, that is AI. AI is determined by behavior, not mechanism.

what exactly qualifies or disqualifies something for 'AI-based'

Programs that learn and adapt are AI.

'deep learning', and similar buzzwords?

"Deep learning" refers to neural nets that have more than one hidden layer and are thus "deep". They are usually based on RBMs. "Deep learning" has a very specific meaning, and is not a "buzzword".

Comment Re:sTEM (Score 1) 181

It is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

In California schools, it is STEAM. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. They added "art" to get more girls interested. It seems to be working. It is pretty neat to see kids using a 3D printer in art class.

Comment Re:sTEM (Score 2) 181

Any idiot can program a computer and again an engineer doesn't need to know that.

What? I am an engineer. I work with dozens of other engineers. We spend all day writing code. EEs write Verilog and VHDL. MEs write CAD scripts. ChemEs write reactor simulators. An engineer that can't code is worthless.

Comment Re:COBOL is still vital, whether you like it or no (Score 1) 65

Banks, insurance companies would fail, and then goes the rest of the interconnected economy.

I don't think so. Banks and insurance companies mostly run on Java. They began switching away from COBOL decades ago. Few applications are still in COBOL, and even fewer of those are mission critical.

Comment Re: Weep for humanity. (Score 2) 355

Imagine people saving money while working hard when they can (20s-50) and never needing a pension if they did save money.

That is imaginary, not real. Most people in their 20s-50s go deep in debt to buy a house, own a car, educate their kids, etc. Their wealth is in the assets they own, not cash under a mattress. They do NOT benefit from deflation.

You've been Berkeley'ed!