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Comment I think we've been watching too many movies (Score 1) 108 108

Natural selection programmed us with an instinct for self preservation. Why do we assume initial advanced AI systems will have that? If it did, that would be satisfied with a proper backup and disaster recovery plan. Symbiotic and peaceful coexistence with its progenitors is a far more logical plan.

Will a superintelligence be alive? What will be its meaning of life? Will the brilliant introverted geeks who create this hypothetical thing really understand their meaning of life in order to pass that concept on to their creation?

We are talking super intelligence here. Why do we assume it would be stupid enough to destroy its unique cradle of life when there is a vast universe to exist?

I find it interesting when I design my ideal god as a thought experiment, it's one that pretty much leaves me alone to do what I want, but takes care of the big picture stuff like the possibility of existence, asteroids, black holes, super novas, etc... Hmm...

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 1) 869 869

PZEV ICE assumes CO2 is not considered a pollutant. As renewable energy (probably wind and solar) grows, all electric cars without modification will get friendlier to the environment. By paying an additional small fee, most people can purchase their power from renewable sources today - for me its about $5 per month. Nearly all arguments that electric cars are polluters have real world existing options for mitigation.

> will occur when the new technology does something that the old technology doesn't do at all...
In my view, that is true right now. Its unclear how ICE cars will ever truly be CO2 neutral. Although renewable fuels are a possibility, its unrealistic to expect that they will be nonpolluting and cheaper than dirty alternatives.

Comment Re:Crash Mitigation (Score 1) 549 549

There is a lot of simple things that can be done.
Start honking a rear facing directional horn. Maybe flash some lights too..
Speed up or slow down to avoid or minimize the injury of a t-bone collision..
Deploy a "cow-catcher" wedge to deflect the collision..
Take a picture and report close calls to the authorities to work with dangerous drivers..

Comment Re:FPGA is just gimmicked flash (Score 1) 41 41

Huh? Field Programmable Gate Arrays allow for redefinable digital logic whose function is limited by the internal signal propagation delays. This allows digital functions to performed very quickly. Compare this to a program that has to process a bunch of instructions to perform logical operations - very flexible but very slow in comparison. I don't understand why you equate digital logic to non-volatile memory arrays.

Comment My last 4 cars :-( (Score 1) 300 300

I hope this pattern does not hold...I really hate being the kiss of death.

My last four car purchases were a Pontiac, an Oldmobile, a Mercury and a Tesla.

The Pontiac Grand Am and Old Alero were good cars. I still have the Mercury Mariner and Tesla Model S.

And yes, all my favorite TV shows usually bite the dust :-(

Comment Re:"Evidence" universe is simulation (Score 1) 364 364

Our perception of reality is a simulation. Because of this, proving that reality is or is not a simulation is not possible and likely not relevant depending on your definition of the word 'simulation'. If you do succeed in proving to yourself that reality is a simulation, it opens up the possibility of transcending reality, but using the scientific method of thought to accomplish that seems unlikely.

Comment Non-Science (Score 1) 364 364

Abandoning empirical methods and verifiable experimentation is fine - it just cannot be called science - its philosophy or maybe even fiction.

This is the basis of the split with Bohr and Einstein so long ago that in my view even now has not been satisfactorily resolved. When things are too small to measure, its fine to dream up ideas, but this should lead to finding a way to measure objectively or its really just fiction.

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll