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Comment Robot farming was inevitable... (Score 2) 160

Any process that requires repetitive manual labor in a systematic process will and should eventually be replaced by machines. The planting and harvesting of crops is done my human-driven machines already it was inevitable that the human element would be removed all together. Next will be civil and private construction where humans only be involved in the design and coordination phases of the process.

Comment Added Return (Score 1) 405

I see no issue with research for this. Currently the only thing roads provide is a flat surface to travel on. Creating some sort of additional return through energy production seems logical, especially with the sinking costs of producing solar cells. It is the cumulative efforts of small projects like this that will make larger gains in reducing our environmental impact.

Comment It Started In The Factories... (Score 1) 319

It started in the factories where assembly lines where people put parts together were eventually replace by machines that could do it not only longer and faster, but with more accuracy. Now think of any job where long hours of repetitive, manual labor is required and that job can be replaced by a machine. Fast food workers, dock workers, construction workers, even farming can all be replaced by machines. The up front cost is the design of the machine and programming the process of performing the tasks.

Comment MMO's have lost the concept of "Open World" (Score 1) 119

With MMO's, it is the genre that gets you interested, but it is the variety of things to do that keeps you there. This idea seems to be fading away as multiple events ingame seem to drive players in a certain directions, while the open-world aspect is relegated to grinding ad-nauseum to level up. A great MMO lets every aspect of the world contribute to the advancement of your player to the point where you don't even realize you are leveling up. Every corner of an MMO needs to be interesting to play either as a group or as an individual. You have to create a world where 200,000 or more people are going to log in everyday and find something interesting to do and something new to experience. The name of the game in MMO's is still addiction, how to get the player hooked on playing and keep them hooked on a regular basis? Repetition and "check-boxing" is not real addiction, curiosity is. A sense of curious wonder has to cultivated in the player with each login giving the player a vested interest in what is going on in the world you have created for them. A lot of F2P games seem to have replace this notion with access to loot for a price, playing to the lowest common denominator of MMOs, that being the hoarding of stuff. Ask yourself if the next MMO you play is grabbing your imagination or your greed?

Comment Perception is Reality (Score 1) 230

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.

Comment The Wrong Question (Score 1) 239

"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.

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