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Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0 68

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-make-sure-to-skip-version-9.0 dept.
mrspoonsi tips news of further research into updating the Turing test. As computer scientists have expanded their knowledge about the true domain of artificial intelligence, it has become clear that the Turing test is somewhat lacking. A replacement, the Lovelace test, was proposed in 2001 to strike a clearer line between true AI and an abundance of if-statements. Now, professor Mark Reidl of Georgia Tech has updated the test further (PDF). He said, "For the test, the artificial agent passes if it develops a creative artifact from a subset of artistic genres deemed to require human-level intelligence and the artifact meets certain creative constraints given by a human evaluator. Creativity is not unique to human intelligence, but it is one of the hallmarks of human intelligence."

Comment: This is retro without the futurism. Why? (Score 1, Informative) 71

by idontgno (#48414057) Attached to: Collin Graver and his Wooden Bicycle (Video)

This is not a practical bike. "Even on smooth pavement, your vision goes blurry because you're vibrating so hard," Collin said to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter back in 2012 when he was only 15 -- and already building wooden bicycles. Collin's wooden bikes are far from the first ones. Wikipedia says, "The first bicycles recorded, known variously as velocipedes, dandy horses, or hobby horses, were constructed from wood, starting in 1817."

You know what else those early bicycles were called? "Boneshakers."

This seems like Maker/DIY gone terribly wrong. Why would a nerd be interested in this news?

Comment: News for Nerds (Score 1) 215

by idontgno (#48410831) Attached to: Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

Media agent says that a professional community not currently in bondage to ^w^w^w parasitized by ^w^w served by agent representation needs vitally to be served by agent representation, and by a completely unrelated stroke of luck, media agent is available to help.

Thanks. I was afraid I wasn't going to get my daily dose of advertising masquerading as news.

Comment: Re:Report every press release from the government. (Score 1) 316

You're missing the (unstated) part that anything a "legitimate" politician says will be immune to this. Because, you know, they're legitimate. Just ask 'em.

Do you really think a politician would enact a law restricting what THEY do? Law is for little people.

+ - Intel Subsidiary Fined by US Commerce Department for Crypto Exports->

Submitted by idontgno
idontgno (624372) writes "It's almost like the good old days: Intel subsidiary Wind River Systems was fined $750,000 by the US Bureau of Industry and Security for exporting crypto to such rogue states as China and Israel. I bet you didn't know that was still illegal.

This hasn't happened in a while, as far as I can tell. Does this mean that crypto's going to be locked up like it was back in the days of 40-bit SSL?"

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First Experimental Demonstration of a Trapped Rainbow Using Silicon 79

Posted by timothy
from the can-you-trap-it-in-my-tastebuds? dept.
KentuckyFC writes Back in 1947, a pair of physicists demonstrated that when a beam of light reflects off a surface, the point of reflection can shift forward when parts of the beam interfere with each other. 60 years later, another group of physicists discovered that this so-called Goos-Hanchen effect could sometimes be negative so the point of reflection would go back toward the source rather than away from it. They even suggested that if the negative effect could be made big enough, it could cancel out the forward movement of the light. In other words, the light would become trapped at a single location. Now, physicists have demonstrated this effect for the first time using light reflected off a sheet of silica. The trick they've employed is to place a silicon diffraction grating in contact with the silica to make the interference effect large enough to counteract the forward motion of the light. And by using several gratings with different spacings, they've trapped an entire rainbow. The light can be easily released by removing the grating. Until now, it has only been possible to trap light efficiently inside Bose Einstein Condensates at temperatures close to absolute zero. The new technique could be used as a cheap optical buffer or memory, making it an enabling technology for purely optical computing.

Comment: Re:European Data Protection (Score 1) 389

DMCA effectively authorizes disclosure. Problem fucking solved.

Sorry, if it comes to a pissing match between EU law and US law for a US-based company hosting on US-based servers and infrastructure, EU law won't even come in second place.

I suspect that's by design. Sick and sad, but true nonetheless.

If you want your rights to be protected, don't use US-based services. You're just voluntarily surrendering all your rights if you do.

Comment: Re:I thought the DMCA is American Law (Score 1) 389

But the DMCA itself is quite applicable to, an American company primarily operating within US borders.

I suppose EU member state citizens can post their videos on video sites outside of US-hosted ones, but if they choose to play in the DMCA's playground, they can't be surprised when they turn out to be susceptible to DMCA bullying.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.