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Comment: Is an AI afraid of death? (Score 1) 574

by climb_no_fear (#48510897) Attached to: Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Unless ? It WILL compete for resources. At the very least, Energy.

Count also on competition for materials for replication , enhancement of capabilites, and continuation of it's own life (AKA survival).

I am not an AI expert but rather a geneticist so please excuse my question if it seems naive but your outcome assumes that the AI is afraid of death.

You assume fear of death because that is what you, a normal human (ok, maybe not, you read /.) or animal fears. Of course, we have be selected for almost a billion years to fear death (otherwise our ancestors would have died and you wouldn't exist).

So my question: Is an AI automatically selected for to promote its own survival and have a fear of being shut off?

Comment: Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (Score 3, Interesting) 447

by climb_no_fear (#48132397) Attached to: Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage
While I find arranged marriages horrifying personally, a friend (not Hindu) was married that way and at least their process was interesting to say the least. The families selected potential partners based on their knowledge of their (adult) childrens' personalities. He went on dates with the suggested women and, the third one was apparently compatible. They have been together for 20 years now.

But maybe that is just the old-fashioned version of a modern online dating service's compatibility algorithm.

Comment: Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (Score 1) 447

by climb_no_fear (#48132281) Attached to: Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage
While I agree, there is another interrelated effect hidden there: Women with more money are typically older (obviously more time to acquire it and have often delayed childbearing).

People who are older (more mature on average?) when they marry have lower divorce rates.


Comment: Re:Another thing (Score 3, Insightful) 135

Let me ask you this: Do you believe Social Security is going to collapse tomorrow? My guess is even you would say not tomorrow.

Why do I ask? Well, look at your own statistics:

Worker-to-beneficiary ratio in the US: 16 workers to 1 beneficiary in 1950 3.3 workers per beneficiary in 2003 2.1 workers per beneficiary in 2033 (projected)

You do understand that this is real, right? This is all based on hard data and real world facts; I'm not making this shit up as I go along.

16 / 3.3 = 4.8 fold decrease in worker:retiree ratio in the US.

And yet, the system hasn't crashed yet.

3.3 / 2.1 is only a further 1.57 fold decrease, much smaller than the last few years

Why hasn't the system collapsed years ago?

1. An increase in general productivity (see http://www.epi.org/publication... for an interesting article in this regard)
2. Don't forget, these people do die and some leave behind considerable inheritances, which are taxed exorbitantly, even in the US.

Of course, some of this is paid for by US borrowing, which will have to taper off.

Comment: Re: It is the single most reliable piece of tech (Score 2) 449

by climb_no_fear (#46614421) Attached to: WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever
You are right about the wires but wrong about the demand pattern in case of a localized emergency.

For POTS, the telephone is at a fixed location (obviously close to the accident in the parent's example), therefore, in an emergency, the person is more likely to be trying to get help for an emergency which happened near or at that location.

Those with POTS are not calling to tell someone that they are going to be late coming home, because they already are home.

In contrast, mobile phone users near such an accident trigger many calls unrelated to reporting the accident (telling someone they are running late) and overload the cell network.

Most people living close enough to such an accident are not home, are not directly affected by the accident or are simply unaware of the emergency, and don't or can't call, therefore, the POTS will generally not overload (although you may overload the number of 911 or 112 operators).

Therefore, for an emergency covering a small area, POTS will almost always be better.

For emergencies covering a larger area that might overload the POTS system (8.5 earthquake, a hurricane or such), you have other problems anyway.

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