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Comment Re:A bigger risk (Score 1) 641 641

A greater intelligence may prefer internally inconsistent rules and use complex heuristics to choose between them. To us, the results of that process may seem so unfathomably complex that it looks random.

I enjoyed this story which is related: http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/~billh/g/mcnrsts.html

Comment Re:Denning Mobile Robotics (Score 1) 139 139

The robots might be cheaper today. Especially if it is just a webcam, microphone, motorized wheels, battery and the cheapest wireless networking computer being operated by a server in a more secure area of the store.

I imagine a single guard monitoring feeds from ten of these roaming around a wal-mart. The guard doesn't even have to be in the wal-mart. Throw a blanket over it and the guard knows something is wrong and calls physical security.

Throw in some advanced mapping that can compare expected camera images to actual images and use the human to examine positive signals and dismiss the false positives. You might be able to up that human monitor to monitor 100 to 1000 units depending on the false positive rate and the rate of actual incidents.

99% of the time, nothing is happening during security guard duty.

Comment But what about the arts? (Score 5, Funny) 337 337

This is just another example of the government cutting funding for the arts. Sure, it may be security theatre but these days that is the only kind of theatre I see to have time for.

Maybe we can get the National Endowment for the Arts to pick up the slack. Or they could move to an NPR model and hold pledge drives.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe

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