Wrap your heads around this. Any AI need not have the same functionality of a human brain as long as it can fake the perception that it does. The complexity of the human mind is without parallel, but the way we humans interact with each other isn't that extraordinary. Reading visual and auditory cues when speaking to another person is how we know we are talking to another human. After grasping this, all an AI needs is the ability to access the conversational references common to humans in a timely enough manner as to seem self aware. We already have programs that can read our faces and tell by our tone of voice what our emotional state is and respond accordingly. When that ability becomes fluid, we will find it nearly impossible to tell an AI from a real human.
No. A rising tide does not lift all boats equally. The rich can only get richer if the poor get poorer. It's the nature of limited resources. Disparity in wealth is a highest of us learning to marginalize the lowest of us.
Our worth as a species is not measured by the achievements of the highest of us, but by how we manage the lowest of us. Trust no culture that abandons it's poor for they are a truly poor culture.
Yes...yes you are. And the faster you realize that, the more prepared for the corporate world you will be.
If there are using a form of space-time distortion to travel, then we wouldn't detect them at all. The best we can hope for is to see the distortions as they appear in orbit above us.
If I wanted to commit a crime, I would like to record the police as well. Would be very helpful in knowing how they operate.
"What will it take to end mass surveillance?" This is the wrong question, the right question is how long will it take before we stop caring? Privacy on the internet is an illusion (probably perpetrated by people wanting to sell security). With the right justification, any form of communication is subject to monitoring, but you are probably safer sending a letter through the post office than an e-mail, simply because of the legal hurdles involved in interfering with the interactions between two government agencies US Postal service and the NSA. I think the notion of internet privacy contradicts the idea of free an open information. Sure I want to read the entire content of the Library of Congress, but I don't want anyone to know that I did? I consider the internet in the same way I consider the other side of my front door, anything that happens out there is happening in public, regardless of how I try to disguise it. People will eventually come to the same conclusion and simply stop caring whose looking at them when they walk out the front door.
Why not electrostaticly spin the fibers? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pm...
Unless your skin, muscle, and bone were all reinforced with different version of fibrion (spider silk) molecules
Machines surveying the landscape and building semi-subterranean structures. Have sites near the polar ice caps to tap the water trapped there and wind power and geothermal taps to power the whole process. All of this could happen long before the first humans step foot on the planet.
When they discover Warp Drive, True AI, and immortality, then they can run out of new discoveries.
You missed one. Pay-to-Develop Basically games that stay in perpetual Beta while offering features to move the development along or special early access features for nominal fees.
For all the information he leaked, the only thing he didn't leak was the names of the people he tried to report this to. I wouldn't either if it were my intention to infiltrate the NSA from the start.
I was just thinking, if I wanted to create enough fear that our my enemies would be looking over their shoulders everytime they used the internet, nothing would work better than creating the belief that I was omnipresent on the web. One the one side, people are certain that the government in incapable of managing the simplest of programs or managing it's own affairs, but when given the notion that that same government could orchestrate a massive campaign of internet monitoring and targeted strikes again individuals, most seem to have no doubt of it's validity. Every other week there is a new revelation of the widening scope of the NSA powers to peer into every aspect of our lives and yet when asked, people still believe that same government is buying $400 toilet seats. Perhaps the biggest conspiracy is that the NSA isn't omnipresent, but wants you to think they are.