Obviously in 2014 thinking machines were possible because humans existed. And in 2014 there was a significant science & engineering community actually trying to do it which believed it was possible soon. Microprocessors of sufficient power/weight were rapidly improving, neuromorphic engineering was reasonably understood, and it just took the Markrams et. al. to re-do some of the experiments correctly and have an insight & technology about controls & stability.
Hmm. I agree.
Neuroscientists know that the human brain is far more complex than any foreseeable microprocessor-based computer system
Henry Markram would like a word with you.
Robotics expert Alan Winfield offers a sobering counterpoint to Ray Kurzweil
I like how the naysayers are depicted as sober, rational minded individuals while those who see things progressing more rapidly are shown as crazy lunatics. They are both making predictions about the future. Why is one claim more valid than the other? We're talking fifteen years into the future here. Do you think that the persons/people predicting that "heavier than air flying machines are impossible" only eight years before the fact were also the sober ones?
Lord Kelvin was a sober, rational minded individual. He was also wrong.
Rich people who pay less of a tax rate than people who make a whole lot less aren't violating any laws, but they are surely fucking this country over, their flag-waving and jingoism notwithstanding.
The dedicated site, hosted at SDLstory.com, provides never-before-seen video footage and photos from many of the SDL’s key players, and uncovers a collection of little-known anecdotes. For example, Microsoft said that in the early 2000s, the company had to bus engineers to the customer support call center to keep up with high call volumes coming in as a result of security incidents. Microsoft also said that in early February 2002 the entire Windows division shut down development and diverted all developers to focus on security."
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Translation: I'm a fucking moron who fears and doesn't understand science.
You know, I don't usually support insults like this, but SuperKendall's post shows such a level of willful ignorance and misinformation that I think in this case MightyMartian isn't actually insulting him but stating a fact.
I think you're wrong. I think it's an oversimplification and over-rationalization to say that there is one combination of ingredients which is optimal, and to be aimed for every time. I never want my food to be uniform; I want it to be varied and imperfect, as that adds to the excitement and interest of eating.
And I know I would much prefer the variation to be down to a cook's whims rather than a process which intentionally introduces a quality-controlled level of randomization.
Boeing's website says its device was developed because there was nothing on the market to meet the needs of the US defense and security communities. "Despite the continuous innovation in commercial mobile technology, current devices are not designed from inception with the security and flexibility needed to match their evolving mission and enterprise environment," the website says.
The device should not be confused with the new encrypted Blackphone, developed by the US secure communications firm Silent Circle with Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone."
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