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Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 403

by bhagwad (#49764981) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

There is no reason for an AI to kill us. Biological life forms created via evolution have the instinct for self preservation, to view threats both emotional and physical, and have been programmed to respond to those threats.

AI created by us will have no such impulses. No ego. No self preservation instinct (since we won't program them to, and it serves to purpose). So what on earth can be the reason for them to kill us? The only reason I can think of is if some human being specifically programs them to do so.

I'm not saying that a human being will never program an AI to kill us. I'm saying that assuming that AI will eventually kill us and to view it as a foregone conclusion is illogical.

Comment: Re:I just don't care (Score 1) 232

by bhagwad (#49303795) Attached to: FTC: Google Altered Search Results For Profit

And yet /. hates Microsoft for having it's 'Monopoly'

Google gives them "free" shiny. And wow, do they sound like whiny little bitches when someone says anything bad about them.

If Google gives us free shinies, that means it's good for us. As a consumer, I will support Google because I get free shinies. What's wrong with that? The customer is happy.

Comment: Re:why do we continue to do research.. (Score 1) 90

by bhagwad (#49294279) Attached to: Google: Our New System For Recognizing Faces Is the Best

it takes a wise person to realize that some things should not be done.

Mm...nope. Not for me. As a person who loves tech, I want to do EVERYTHING possible in tech. No matter the consequences, no matter the danger, I want to see it happen. The tech is an end in and of itself.

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 2) 183

by bhagwad (#49215437) Attached to: Major Museums Start Banning Selfie Sticks

Nah, I'm pretty much a barbarian when it comes to art. If you show me a printed reproduction and told me it's the real thing, I'd fall for it hook line and sinker. And so would, I suspect, the overwhelming majority of people who go to museums.

Same for sculptures etc. Do a double blind test to check if people can figure out which is the real and which is the fake and well over 99% of people would fail!

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 1) 183

by bhagwad (#49215103) Attached to: Major Museums Start Banning Selfie Sticks

Why would you waste time looking at the real Mona Lisa when you've seen it everywhere since you were a kid? Do you think you'll discover something new? The only reason you physically go to such a place is to show others (or remind yourself) that you've gone there and stood in its presence. It has nothing to do with looking at the picture that you can anyway recognize easily.

Comment: Re:Single Service, or open/data-portable? (Score 2) 150

by bhagwad (#49200951) Attached to: The Abandoned Google Project Memorial Page

True, both can go out of business. But it's my experience that single focus companies take more care of their product. I remember far too many abandoned Google services that just stopped receiving any love. Not that they lost users or anything...just abandoned.

Prime example: Feedburner. It's still hugely used by bloggers around the world. But the last update from Google was when? 5-6 years ago?

Comment: Re:Things aren't supposed to live forever. (Score 5, Insightful) 150

by bhagwad (#49200457) Attached to: The Abandoned Google Project Memorial Page

Except that when you do it too often, you get a reputation as a company that you can't trust. I mean hell...even Google+ which was launched with more fanfare than ANY Google undertaking the past few years is now getting the step motherly treatment.

Google taught me one important lesson - when it comes to online services, choose companies that do ONE thing, and do it well. Don't use stuff from conglomorates that have their fingers in dozens of pies. That way, each service gets the attention it deserves, releases updates regularly, and never loses focus.

Ergo, I use Lastpass instead of Google Chrome's password manager, am trying to transition away from Google+, and don't want to use Google Keep. I now use Google for their mature products only - Gmail, Search, Android, and Chrome.

I lost all my Google Health data, my Google Wave data, my Google Buzz data, and my Google reader feeds (at least I could transition that one). Moral of the story: Stick to single service companies.

+ - Android One Users in India Mad at Google for Broken Promises->

Submitted by bhagwad
bhagwad writes: The "Android One" initiative in India was launched with one purpose — to deliver the latest version of Android quickly to budget smartphones. However, with Lollipop being released way back in June 2014, Android One users still haven't gotten the latest update, whereas other manufacturers like Motorola, Xoom etc have managed to roll it out to their phones. So much for "approved hardware". A couple of days ago, Caesar Sengupta VP product management announced on Google+ that Lollipop would finally be coming to Android One devices. Far from placating the crowd, this announcement seems to have seriously pissed them off. Hell hath no fury like a customer scorned!

But this begs the question — what's the point of Google "approving" certain devices if it takes so long to bring out updates to them? Why are other manufacturers able to beat them to it? And most importantly, why promise fast updates when you're not going to be able to keep that promise?

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