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Comment Re:So will stacking us vertically (Score 2) 394 394

British Air has been doing this for many years in some business class flights

http://www.thewholeworldisapla...

I once flew with them on one of these flights. The semi-transparent divider you see in the picture has to be lowered during take-off and landing and you face your fellow passenger. (Un)fortunately, the mechanism was broken and we were left to face each other from London to San Francisco the whole time. In the words of my fellow passenger, it is rather "intimate".

Lucky for me, she was very attractive and after a both of us had a couple of glasses of wine and conversation, one of the flight crew wanted to try to fix the divider in mid-flight but she insisted that they just leave us in peace. Was the most pleasant long-haul flight I ever had. *sighs*

Anyway, to the point, isn't this probably prior art?

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

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) 447 447

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) 447 447

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.

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs...

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