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Comment: Re:Treating tenants like criminals (Score 1) 234

by pivo (#45574525) Attached to: Property Managers Use DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders

We tried this in our building for years. Problems: It's expensive to have maintenance clean up the dog poop (and the dog owners actually complained about the additional expense) and it's almost impossible to catch them in the act since they only do it when nobody's around. It sucks to have to use doggy DNA, but it sucks more to step in dog shit walking out your front door.

Comment: Poop free, at least our sidewalk (Score 5, Informative) 234

by pivo (#45574351) Attached to: Property Managers Use DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders

I agree it's ridiculous to have to resort to doggy DNA but it's the only thing that finally forced dog owners in my building in Boston to stop letting their pets poop right in front of the building's door. Nobody wants to navigate a minefield of dog poop to get in or out of their home and it's incredibly frustrating and irritating that your fellow residents don't care enough to clean up after their dog.

What's really ridiculous is that Doggy DNA is necessary.

Comment: Self-publishing assures immortality; witness AI4U. (Score -1) 156

by Mentifex (#35537468) Attached to: The 'Adventure' In Self-Publishing an IT Book
Back in 1985 -- before most present-day Netizens were born -- Mentifex jacked into Cyberspace and launched a technological Singularity as described in a self-published AI For You textbook of artificial intelligence. If you self-publish, you will say what _you_ want to say in _your_ own words. You will leave your mark on the world. You owe it to yourself to self-publish your oeuvre.

Comment: Re:We stopped using TiVo (Score 1) 490

by pivo (#31297090) Attached to: The Sad History and (Possibly) Bright Future of TiVo

Yeah, tivos are expensive, I agree. I think you can find wifi adapters that will work for less than $70 though, mine was free with my tivo during a special offer.

The thing is, if you want the features tivo has, there's really nothing better. If you're fine with the what roku does then yeah, save your money.

Comment: Re:We stopped using TiVo (Score 1) 490

by pivo (#31297004) Attached to: The Sad History and (Possibly) Bright Future of TiVo

I don't know for certain because I do have tivo service, but I'm pretty sure that you do need it to get movies. By the way, I bought tivo's "lifetime" service option. It's expensive, $300, but I was planning on keeping it long enough that I thought that it would eventually pay off. I'm not sure they even offer that anymore though.

Anyway, there are probably cheaper options if you only want movies.

Comment: Science museums as habitat for AI Minds (Score 0, Informative) 435

by Mentifex (#29045755) Attached to: Science, Technology, Natural History Museums?
1. Museums for AI Mind Exhibits

When the first true artificial intelligence, MindForth by Mentifex, went operational in January of 2008 and started thinking after a decade of arduous development, there was a companion program in JavaScript called Mind.html that ran directly off the Web in the Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) browser. All a user with MSIE had to do was click on the link to see the JavaScript artificial intelligence (JSAI) flit across the 'Net and take up residence in the Windows (tm) computer of the human user. It was so simple -- no programming involved, no set-up, no security worries, no need of expert help -- like, for instance, a docent at a museum.

But the JSAI tutorial program remains very limited in what it can do and in what people can do with it. It is not suitable for installation as the mind of a robot, because a JavaScript program is not allowed -- for security reasons -- to control anything but the Web browser on its host computer. The JavaScript AI program also runs so slowly that it tries user patience. The user waiting for a response from the JSAI does not see the intensive computation going on behind the scenes as the artificial Mind races through its memory banks to think up a response to an input from the user. Nevertheless the Mind.html JSAI is very good at what it is intended to do. Since JavaScript is a flashier, more visually appealing language than staid old Win32Forth, the JSAI serves its tutorial purpose admirably. It shows graphically how an AI Mind thinks. It also includes clickable links to other resources, such as the User Manual, the more difficult to install but intrinsically more powerful MindForth, and potentially to any science museum where users may visit MindForth. Thus the Mind.html AI -- which is ridiculously easy to make copies of and install on a Web site -- is out there on the Web, inviting users to visit science museums in search of the real thing -- MindForth.

Comment: AI Milestone: Supercomputer Installation (Score -1) 234

by Mentifex (#28890101) Attached to: A.I. Developer Challenges Pro-Human Bias

In order to achieve SuperIntelligence an artificial general intelligence (AGI) needs the superfast speed and the massive parallelism of a Supercomputer.

Although the idea of development standards in Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) or AI Standards in general is something of a misnomer for an explosively evolving phenomenon, there are still standards of excellence to be applied in the creating and coding of an AGI. One optional standard is the choice of 64-bit computing platforms as an ideal environment for a machine intelligence requiring random access to a practically unlimited memory space.

Part of the approaching Technological Singularity will be the dislodging of Big Pharma and Big Physics and other traditional supercomputer users from their station as the overlords of High Performance Computing (HPC). AGI will assume its rightful place at the summit of supercomputer usership and ownership. "All your supercomputer will belong to us." The new AGI overlords will not tolerate jonesing among nations for bragging rights to the fastest or biggest Supercomputer on Earth.

Comment: A threat to Mentifex artificial intelligence (Score -1, Offtopic) 180

by Mentifex (#28321943) Attached to: A Supervolcano Beneath Mt. St. Helens?
Mount St. Helens is close enough to Seattle WAC USA that I used to watch eruptions from the shores of Green Lake in North Seattle. A superuption from a supervolcano could take out the Microsoft campus in Redmond WA USA and the Mentifex AI Project in Seattle. Then maybe the world would be better off without either of them.

Comment: OpenSource hardware meets Open Source AI (Score -1) 88

by Mentifex (#25926521) Attached to: The State of Open Source Hardware In 2008

Open-source robotics hardware is all fine and dandy, but ultimately worthless without artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence is Open-Source and needs Robot Bridgeware to connect open-source hardware devices to open-source AI Minds.

AI has been solved for open-source hardware in need of open-source intelligence.

Comment: Now more than ever (Score -1) 204

by Mentifex (#25711211) Attached to: Philosophy and Computer Science Revisited

Speaking as someone who majored in ancient Greek and Latin as both an undergraduate and in graduate school at U Cal Berkeley, IMHO computer science is now at the cutting edge of philosophy.

Now that AI has been solved, the philosophy of mind has switched from theory-mode to practicum-mode, just as AstroNomy switched from theory-mode and observation-mode to practicum-mode when ManKind ventured into SpaceTravel in the nineteen-sixties.

Even NeuroScience is moving into computer science, as a Theory of Mind for artificial intelligence gets implemented in Open-Source AI SoftWare.

AI Funding is now available for philosophers-turned-computer-scientiosts.

"There... I've run rings 'round you logically" -- Monty Python's Flying Circus