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Comment: Re:Yeah, but who's buying? (Score 1) 698 698

No. America's health system is not capitalist. I don't even have words for what it is. I live in Australia, and while the government does offer health insurance, pretty much everyone is on private health insurance because (shock, horror) capitalism actually works. The health care is great, and private health insurance is not much more expensive than the government option. The American system is a clusterfuck of regulatory capture and perverse incentives. It's a miracle that monstrosity ever worked.

Comment: Re:Hang on a second (Score 1) 143 143

If you simulate a neural network, there is no need to know, how it really works.

That is NOT a good thing. If we ever want to actually get any sort of efficient AGI, we need to figure out how intelligence actually works. The vast majority of current AGI attempts are based upon reasoning like "The human brain is a neural network. The human brain is intelligent. Therefore, all I need to do is use a sufficiently large/fast neural network, and my AI will magically become intelligent."

If you cannot explain why your AI will be intelligent without resorting to comparing it to a human brain, you are effectively trying to fly by gluing feathers to your arms. Aeroplanes do not need feathers; if you actually understand how something works, you can change its superficial structure without losing the key attributes that make it work.

Neural networks, in the context of AGI, are a waste of time, computing power, and are a convenient distraction from the damn hard problems we need to solve to actually get working AGI.

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("You" in the above should not be construed to refer to the parent.)

Comment: Re:All you need to know, from TFA (Score 1) 815 815

So if you can get the energy to cause the reaction in one direction, it's exothermic; if you can do it in the other direction, it's also exothermic.

Not quite correct. Fusion is only exothermic for elements below iron, fission is only exothermic for elements above iron.

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.

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