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Submission Steve Wozniak Projects AI Will Become Smarter Than Humans, Keep Us As Pets->

MojoKid writes: No matter what your opinion is of Steve Wozniak, there is little doubt he's one of the most influential people in the history of Personal Computing. Often times noted for making bold enthusiastic claims, especially when it comes to the advancement of technology in every day life, Woz may have stepped slightly off the deep end in a recent interview where he projected the advancement of AI (Artificial Intelligence) so capable that it would be smarter than humans and eventually turn us into pets of the Internet of Things. Woz also joked, "I got this idea a few years ago and so I started feeding my dog filet steak and chicken every night because, do unto others." The projection was made for hundreds of years in the future and Woz doesn't necessarily view it as a bad thing because he feels AI would want to take care of us and "make things nice for humans."
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Submission 'Armored lizard' was ancestor of today's turtles->

sciencehabit writes: It’s a primitive turtle, but it looks nothing like today’s dome-shelled reptiles. Resembling a broad-bodied, short-snouted lizard, the 240-million-year-old creature—dubbed Pappochelys rosinae—appears to be a missing link between prototurtles and their modern relatives, according to a new study. If so, the find could fill in a number of pieces about turtle evolution.
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Submission Ways to travel faster than light without violating relativity

StartsWithABang writes: It’s one of the cardinal laws of physics and the underlying principle of Einstein’s relativity itself: the fact that there’s a universal speed limit to the motion of anything through space and time, the speed of light, or c. Light itself will always move at this speed (as well as certain other phenomena, like the force of gravity), while anything with mass — like all known particles of matter and antimatter — will always move slower than that. But if you want something to travel faster-than-light, you aren’t, as you might think, relegated to the realm of science fiction. There are real, physical phenomena that do exactly this, and yet are perfectly consistent with relativity.

Submission Humans could download brains on to a computer and live forever->

An anonymous reader writes: Humans could download their brain on to a computer and live forever inside a machine, a Cambridge neuroscientist has claimed.

Dr Hannah Critchlow said that if a computer could be built to recreate the 100 trillion connections in the brain their it would be possible to exist inside a programme.

Dr Critchlow, who spoke at the Hay Festival on ‘busting brain myths’ said that although the brain was enormously complex, it worked like a large circuit board and scientists were beginning to understand the function of each part.

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Comment Re:Considerable resources? (Score 1) 214

From Barney Miller S07E18 Lady and the Bomb:

00:19:53 Okay, and then you and everybody else will go on making more and more.
00:19:57 And eventually you're gonna run out of places to put it, right?
00:20:00 That is a problem that we're trying to solve, and there are a number of long-range solutions.
00:20:06 Oh, yeah? yeah.
00:20:07 Opening new dump sites, use of salt domes, abandoned mines for long-term storage.
00:20:13 We may even find a permanent solution by rocketing our waste into space, out of the earth's atmosphere, traveling harmlessly out of our solar system.
00:20:25 And what if there's life out there that's not particularly interested in dealing with our garbage?
00:20:31 Well, then I guess they will just have to send it back.

Comment Leave a DNA sample (Score 1) 698

I know it's not exactly what you're asking, but DNA sequencing is getting cheaper, our ability to understand it is growing, and yet it never occurs to most people to save a DNA sample. At some point, when sequencing becomes cheap enough to do casually (not just for medical purposes) people WILL start to understand its value, and wish someone had saved samples from their ancestors, not just some old photos. It's possible to arrange for the samples to be frozen indefinitely, at low cost, for future sequencing (since current technology is not only expensive, but more importantly, isn't actually capable of reading the entire genome yet).

Comment Re:This is not about revisionism or censorship ! (Score 1) 193

We enjoyed being forgotten until google came along. This is not about imposing a "new" right, this is about enjoying what we the previous generation has as a freedom. This is about reclaiming what search engine stole from us. As I already said multiple time on slashdot, a society which do not forget , helped by a seaerch engine, is a pathologic society which does not forgive, and ruins potentially lifes forever.

Google is a memory prosthesis. The fact that such a thing did not exist until recently, does not mean that there has ever been a right to ban it. We're in a transitional period where people haven't yet learned to adapt to it by properly discounting the importance of long-past events. If we just ban it now, we never will. The damage done by the transitional period is temporary, that caused by continuing to forget as before is not.

"Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -George Santayana

Submission Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9879 Released

jones_supa writes: Build 9879 of Windows 10 Technical Preview is being pushed out. One feature that is likely to be popular in 9879 is the ability to hide the Search and Task View buttons on the taskbar. Other improvements include new smooth window animations, in response to feedback that the previous animations were "a bit jarring". The "3 dots" — a stable of Modern UI design — are no more, and are replaced with 3 horizontal lines. A lot of issues with system hangs and app crashes have been fixed. A bunch of new touchpad gestures were introduced, too. OneDrive got a "selective sync" feature, allowing users to choose exactly what files and content they want synced to their PC. There are big improvements for Internet Explorer, with the introduction of new Edge rendering engine, focusing on interoperability. Edge will only be available in IE for 10% of testers. As the icing of the cake, Matroska Videos can now be directly watched in Media Player.

Comment Misleading Title (Score 3, Interesting) 249

New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

On Earth, maybe. It's not a theoretical limit - the article itself points out that you can put the clocks in space.

Ye suspects the only way we will be able to keep time in the future is to send these new clocks into space. Far from the earth's surface, the clocks would be better able to stay in synch, and perhaps our unified sense of time could be preserved.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle