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Comment: Re:Public road is not for joy riding... (Score 1) 627

by Viol8 (#48615975) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

There are plenty of bad drivers around but when I go out on the road myself I'm willing to take that risk. I do NOT want that option taken away from me just because a bunch of health and safety obsessives who probably wet the bed until they were teenagers don't like it.

Comment: Re:AI + organisations will be the real problem (Score 1) 627

by Viol8 (#48615739) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

>This makes not sense at all. Why would they increase insurance for humans?

They already increase the risk for certain demographics. Why do you think they would refrain when the demographic is the entire human race?

>This makes not sense at all. Why would they increase insurance for humans?

Plenty of insurance companies don't offer insurance where others wood. Its a matter of cost. You're not going to bother spending money maintaining re-insurance cover if you can't recover your costs.

> then as a society, we would prefer a fully automated transportation system.

Really? So how come MANY people drive to their destination even though they have perfectly good public transport as an option? You're making the usual flawed assumption that what you want is what everyone wants.

>The question is would you still drive if you have a faster and less stressful, even maybe a more productive way of getting to point B?

Plenty do. As for productivity - please. A few paranoid and stressed out execs may work on the train/bus , but most people just surf, read a paper or sleep.

>It might even become a hipster thing.

Your average hipster wouldn't recognise a car if it ran him over. Which they frequently do when they're riding those silly fixie bikes.

>I find that quote meaningless

Thats your problem. Everyone else I've ever met understands it perfectly.

Comment: Re:Public road is not for joy riding... (Score 3, Insightful) 627

by Viol8 (#48615711) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

There's a level in risk in life that most people are willing to accept in order to live life the way they want. Just because some people are happy wrapped up on cotton wool and kept away from any possible harm doesn't mean that sort of life should be inflicted on the entire population.

Comment: AI + organisations will be the real problem (Score 1, Insightful) 627

by Viol8 (#48615609) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Take self driving cars for example. Once they're good enough to be on the road safely, insurance companies will notice that their accident statistics are lower than human drivers. So first of all they'll lower the insurance for them. Somewhat later they'll put up insurance for human drivers. Then after that some companies will refuse insurance for any manually driven car. Then they all will. And not long after that governments will ban human driven vehicles entirely from public roads.. I reckon this time frame will be about 30-50 years.

Now this might come as a surprise to some of the technokids out there - but some of us actually *like* driving and don't want a computer doing it for us.

As fas as building AI goes, this famous quote is very valid - just because they can doesn't mean they should.

Comment: Is Titan slowly drying off? (Score 1) 82

by Viol8 (#48615455) Attached to: Spacecraft Spots Probable Waves On Titan's Seas

The liquid only appear at the poles even though the entire moon is covered with liquid carved features, so I'm wondering if Titan is an even more frigid version of Mars with all the liquid slowly evaporating away over the eons and escaping from the atmosphere, and maybe in another few hundred million years or so will be bone dry.

Comment: It might not be so ludicrous (Score 1) 100

by Viol8 (#48607951) Attached to: The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

A memory chip that can only be written to could be quite secure. And before you laugh obviously there would have to be another way to retrieve the data - perhaps plugging it into a special board with completely different voltages or even taking the lid off - that the machine its sitting in would be able to do. I could see a use for this sort of thing in espionage. Store the data on this chip and send it off but if its intercepted the enemy can't figure out how to get the data out of it since any read operation they try simply fails.

Comment: Re:No so easy as throwing money at it, is it? (Score 4, Insightful) 47

by Viol8 (#48600461) Attached to: Sir Richard Branson Quietly Shelves Virgin Submarine Plan

If he actually threw money at these stunts it might help, but everything he does is on a - relatively - shoestring budget. Branson is really nothing more than a publicity seeker. If something works he gets all the kudos while the people who did the actual work you never hear about. And if it doesn't , well he'll just smile than kilowatt smile and do the whole humble awww-shucks-can't-win-em-all schtick and quietly steer the media onto his next stunt. Its getting really tedious.

Comment: Can't say I'm surprised (Score 2) 47

by Viol8 (#48600429) Attached to: Sir Richard Branson Quietly Shelves Virgin Submarine Plan

Branson has a track record of seriously underestimating the difficulty of the challenges he picks. Plus he seems to believe he can replicate serious engineering achievements - eg space flight - on a shoestring budget. Well sorry, but you can't. And I suspect the same goes for his submersible. Diving down 7 miles takes some seriously well thought out and strong engineering, not just some recreational sub with a few extra inches thickness of hill.

Comment: Re:You are not in control (Score 3, Insightful) 113

by Viol8 (#48580201) Attached to: Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

Sadly true. While I agree with most of what he says wrt evolution the way he says it really gets up my nose. He doesn't seem to understand that you don't get people on side by calling them idiots and trashing their entire belief system. That just gets their backs up and sends them off in the opposite direction to what you intended.

Comment: Re:I guess Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking (Score 0) 414

by Viol8 (#48572453) Attached to: AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

I suggest you google and find out exactly what he does then you try doing as much just using a small muscle near your eye.

Though since you're clearly just another sad pathetic little teenager trying - and failing - to look all grown up and smart I doubt you'd even get close. Plus wouldn't recognise intelligence if it kicked you up the backside.

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