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Comment: Re:Let's do the math (Score 1) 304

by khallow (#48474659) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

But not so radical that we won't be "recognizably" human.


Consider Google glass, and people with artificial limbs, hearing aids, etc. Stephen Hawking communicates trough a machine. Technically, we are already radically altering ourselves. Do we call those users not recognizably human? No, we call them glassholes ;p

Artificial limbs have been around for a long time, but the first using signals from nerves date from the mid 90s according to Wikipedia. Glancing at Wikipedia, Hawking's speech synthesizer was in use since around 1985. Google Glass entered the market this year. Technically, we are already radically altering ourselves over the past few decades.

Biologically, they may deserve a new scientific name (no longer homo sapiens), but they would still be considered human, and refer to themselves as humans in everyday conversations, while the rest of us may be the ones who get a new label in the variation of "old" humans.

Unless it doesn't happen that way, of course.

Actually, it was labor being too expensive that created the incentive for machines and automation and AI to be created in the first place. To compete with machines, labor doesn't need to augment themselves. They just need to lower their price.

Horse-drawn wagons and chariots created the need for roads, but they aren't on the roads now.

This is one of the great misconceptions many first worlders have. People only think about the cost, as opposed to getting value for their buck. For example, what good is going to a more expensive school when it lands you the same job as somebody with a degree from a less known but cheaper school, or no degree at all?

OTOH, if it's not that way, then your argument wouldn't hold.

To compete with machines, labor doesn't need to augment themselves. They just need to lower their price.

Many if not most people choose to work more than 40 hours of work a week. They could choose to work less and earn less. Just because someone could choose to be unaugmented, doesn't mean they will choose to do so due to the compromises involved.

Comment: Re:Idea (Score 1) 188

by khallow (#48474123) Attached to: Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

So far the US bombed every remotely important country wanting to sell oil for Euros back into the stone age. Last time Ahmedingbats pondered aloud that he plans to have the Iran do so caused him to be pushed into the Axle of Evil.

Correlation doesn't imply causation. And it's worth noting that Iran hasn't experienced any serious consequences from the US for its alleged Euro-based oil trading since it doesn't sell its oil to the US.

Comment: Re:Ebola's not going away (Score 1) 188

by khallow (#48472245) Attached to: Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

They don't realize that the worst is yet to come once it really breaks out of the 3 African countries where is is pretty much out of control.

The thing is, it is under control in Guinea with new cases declining. Liberia and Sierra Leone seems to be the true make or break cases, but with some success in the past few weeks. It's still exponential growth, but doubling time has lengthened considerably. Even if they fail to contain Ebola in the end, this buys us some time.

Comment: Re:Idea (Score 0) 188

by khallow (#48472177) Attached to: Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

The political-military industrial complex has forced the oil producing countries to only accept U.S. dollars for their oil. Every other country that needs oil must sell products to the U.S. for U.S. dollars in order to buy oil.

No, they can buy oil in other currencies like Euros. The problem is that there aren't many reliable currencies out there. Despite the inflation of currencies like the dollar or Euro, those still are the best choice for long term contracts.

Comment: Re:If and only if (Score 1) 623

by khallow (#48464619) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Ah, the ostrich algorithm.

This is the sort of situation where one should consider the "ostrich" algorithm: high present day cost to mitigate unknown distant future cost. It doesn't always make sense to anticipate future problems, especially when you can just let those future problems sort themselves out.

For example, we know we're all going to die and it's far more likely to be a very painful way to go, if we don't control how we die. As a result, should you painlessly kill yourself now so you don't have to worry about dying later in a much more painful way? Ostrich algorithm works when you realize you have goals in your life other than avoiding a painful death.

I'm not calling for a complete abandonment of any sort of planning or insuring against future risk. Just be sensible about it and keep those options open. Here, the ostrich strategy continues to grow the global economy. So even if it should turn out that global warming or some other climate change problem is bad, we'll be wealthier and more able to deal with the problem.

Comment: Re:Number of interviews... (Score 1) 429

by khallow (#48459515) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Try performing a quick sort, or any high level maths sort in the real world it would take you years to sort that 1000 item list.

Again, you have to adapt the methods to your particular computer. Not all sort algorithms are equal in this regard. It's not that hard to find an O(Nlog(N)) algorithm or hybrid algorithm that works manually.

but I would argue, in this case using a computer that is so fundamentally different will require a complete rewrite and a completely different approach.

That turned out to be false as jbolden demonstrated.

Maybe Computer Science should be in the College of Theology. -- R. S. Barton