Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:What did you expect.. (Score 1) 132

by Concerned Onlooker (#48270031) Attached to: New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight

"The short version: If you're not forced to skip meals and not forced to sweat your ass off just to put food on the table, you're going to have a surfeit of calories, and neither your metabolism or hunger mechanism got the memo."

In the 1950s the US was not in the dark ages. We did not have to sweat our butts off just to put food on the table. We enjoyed a huge wave of prosperity. And yet, as a nation we were thinner.

Comment: Kind of Short Sighted (Score 1) 582

by Greyfox (#48246091) Attached to: Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"
If we engineer an entity capable of replacing us, why should we get terribly worked up if it replaces us? Humanity has no more inherent right to exist than any of the species that came before us that no longer do. Intelligence does't even seem to be necessary to "win" evolution. Bacteria and insects, purely by biomass, seem to be doing a better job of it than us. Musk bitching about an AI that might want to replace us would be like a neanderthal bitching that we're replacing them. It's largely irrelevant. The universe doesn't care.

An AI lifeform would be MUCH better suited for spreading through the universe. The universe wouldn't care about that either, though.

Comment: Re:Friendly AI (Score 1) 582

by FooAtWFU (#48240507) Attached to: Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Why would it be different? I don't know, maybe because mammalian brains' learning mechanisms and the way they react to stimuli are shaped by a series of useful heuristics that arise from the bio-chemical structure of their brains, and it's not at all clear that there would be direct analogues in an artificial brain?

Comment: Re:Bennett! Bennett! Rah! Rah! Rah! (Score 2) 63

by CODiNE (#48236181) Attached to: Century Old Antarctic Expedition Notebook Found Underneath Ice

I hear they're planning to change it to XML for easy reading and parsing, here's a preview of it:


I think the readability is much improved with the upcoming plaintext file format.

To thine own self be true. (If not that, at least make some money.)