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Comment: Re:Legitimate concerns (Score 1) 282

by invid (#47576721) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity
Unfortunately, for most people's everyday online activities, they can get traced back by a sufficiently informed an connected agency and are not truly anonymous anyway. I see a future where anonymity and privacy are going to fade away, and most people will just shrug and say 'meh'. We give away privacy for convenience ever time we use a credit card. We do it every time we use a smart phone. Currently, it only exists for those who actively try to be anonymous.

Comment: Re:meanwhile overnight... (Score 5, Informative) 503

by invid (#47481901) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet
The only way the Russian's can "win" this propaganda war is if they can somehow convince those Europeans who make decisions about sanctions that they had nothing to do with the downing of the passenger jet. People will want to know where that Buk missile launcher came from, who gave the order to shoot, and where that missile launcher is now. If there is any evidence that the Russians had any direct involvement with this, no amount of propaganda will help them outside of the regions where they have complete control of the media.

Comment: Re:What if there isn't any truth out there? (Score 1) 93

by invid (#47118531) Attached to: Hunt Intensifies For Aliens On Kepler's Planets
I'm going to assume that intelligent civilizations are much more rare than natural resources in the galaxy. Since intelligent civilizations probably develop in radically different ways, we would be far more valuable as objects of study than as a source of minerals. It would enhance the survival of a star spanning civilization to understand how other intelligent civilizations evolve.

Comment: George Carlin (Score 1) 136

by invid (#47073559) Attached to: Trillions of Plastic Pieces May Be Trapped In Arctic Ice

Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, “Why are we here?”

~George Carlin

Comment: Re:It's all about ME, ME, ME. (Score 2) 255

by invid (#47055151) Attached to: The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence
The robot should give priority to its owner. If the robot has to consider all humans equal, it will have to deal with ambiguity and uncertain intention in the external environment, which can lead to some disturbing possibilities. Consider the possibility that a robot could be manipulated into committing murder by having two pedestrians step out in front of a car on a narrow bridge. The car has no choice but to turn off the bridge, because two people are worth more than one. Or turning away from pedestrians (who are more likely to die) and instead going into oncoming traffic (where the oncoming car may or may not even have a passenger, or it may be a school bus). By always maximizing the survival of the passenger, I suspect that overall deaths will be minimized.

Make sure your code does nothing gracefully.