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Comment: Re:Hmmmmm (Score 1) 453

by mojotoad (#34752012) Attached to: Why Published Research Findings Are Often False

I think the problem is that there's no system for publishing negatives, only a system for publishing positives. Sure, false positives slip through, but why aren't there more publications detailing the true negatives? True negatives are valuable information, from a scientific perspective. They just aren't sexy. True negatives are ignored until someone claims a false positive. Then 'unbiased media' gets involved, because there's a 'sensation'.

Comment: Turing, meet Maori (Score 1) 58

by mojotoad (#34751950) Attached to: Interactive, Emotion-Detecting Robot Developed

Seriously. One of the subsets of the Turing Test should be how the system responds to a 'typical' Maori war dance (we'll even allow the All-Blacks as performers of the ritual), without any pedagogical knowledge of the Maori.

You know, be a diplomat. Or, god forbid, a missionary. That's worked out pretty well for lots of intelligences (the human kind, of a sort).

Q: How many IBM CPU's does it take to execute a job? A: Four; three to hold it down, and one to rip its head off.

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