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Comment TFA tells a different story, as usual (Score 5, Informative) 251

The goal (or "vision" as they put it):" ...a global collaborative effort to understand the human brain and its diseases and ultimately to emulate its computational capabilities." This sounds more like a finite element model of the chemistry of the brain, with the main goal of modeling diseases and basic switching functions.

Comment Who runs Russia? (Score 2) 192

Most would say the Russian Mafia. Putin is their Ronald Reagan professional actor-leader. But there are no Italians in Russia, so who are these Mafia people? Well, they are the "businessmen" of course. That's businessmen, with big scary quotes. Not really the greatest fans of scientists, unless they can build them a cool looking yacht.

Comment And the article says... (Score 1) 277

The paper argues that all current Turing tests basically devolve into blatant lies and debate tricks. I'm listening to Carly Fiorina on a Sunday morning "debate" right now, so makes sense. The paper's solution is to limit Turing tests to a format that mostly looks like a typical SAT test. Presumably, including the trick questions and rightish answers that only upper-middle class wasps can recognize. And with no hint of irony, says the test is best graded by computer. At least mention the irony, guys!

Comment Cooperation vs Cheaters (Score 1) 245

Yes, cooperation wins. Well, as long as no one cheats and manages to "free ride" on the backs of cooperators. Once that happens, cooperation collapses back to selfishness. This ground has been plowed many times. One of the greatest mysteries of Biology continues to be the existence of human altruism. That is, how can a gene that encodes for "die for your country" behavior, survive that organism's... death for its country. The better such behavior works, the more likely the cooperator dies and leaves no children. And yet, we all know that altruism works, we just don't know how yet.

Comment Re:The summary makes a bigger deal of this than it (Score 1) 364

Yes, have to agree. Couldn't a valid observation of this experiment be that "the entangled property of photon 2 does not change with time"? This would explain things without having to violate "everyday notions of space and time". At least, no more so than usual.

Comment Car Buying Services (Score 1) 555

Services like this one https://www.usaa.com/inet/pages/car_buying_services_products will negotiate with many dealers at once, within your state or anywhere else you specify. This particular service is for ex-military, but there are others. Current marketing trends have already moved well beyond the local dealer, who for years was always the "richest man in town".

Comment There's no underemployed solicitors in the UK? (Score 1) 230

IE 6 was designed to be unmigratable. No one disputes it, not even Microsoft. So the resulting years of monopolistic profit taking should be used to help develop software tools to migrate old html. If Microsoft did it on their own, everyone would praise them and say "it's the right thing to do".

Comment If Human Intelligence is so valuable... (Score 1) 233

Why don't other animals have it? The answer is it just can't compete, in an evolutionary sense, with other phenotypes (like instinct). Or, put more simply: "He who hesitates is lunch". Evolution can certainly be modeled as a system that maintains entropy, but I just don't see this abstraction being all that useful in explaining intelligence.

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