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Comment: Re:Quantum Computing Required? (Score 1) 285

by quax (#49330785) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk

Your priors need updating.

After all you can buy a machine now that solves numerical problems with qubits (no transistors involved).

The quantum speed-up evidence is still shaky, but this is not nothing, and the speed-up conjecture for the gate model is as ironclad as physics can make it, nor is there any reason to think it cannot be built. It's just much harder to scale up than quantum annealing.

+ - Steve Wozniak now afraid of AI too, just like Elon Musk

Submitted by quax
quax (19371) writes "Steve Wozniak maintained for a long time that true AI is relegated to the realm of science fiction. But recent advances in quantum computing have him reconsider his stance. Just like Elon Musk, he is now worried about what this development will mean for humanity. Will this kind of fear actually engender the dangers that these titans of industry fear? Will Steve Wozniak draw the same conclusion and invest in quantum comuting to keep an eye on the development? One of the bloggers in the field thinks that would be a logical step to take. If you can't beat'em, and the quantum AI is coming, you should at least try to steer the outcome."

Comment: It is surprising to me that this is news (Score 1) 274

by quax (#49281107) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

Would have expected this to be already extensively studied. C'mon humanities there must be already some linguistic research on this?

Being fluent in English and German I know exactly what this refers to, in fact it is so glaringly obvious that it simply must have been studied before now.

The first time I really became aware of this is when doing product management in a role that required me to sometimes position products in English and sometimes German. I was startled how much easier marketing spin works in English.

Comment: Re: HOWTO (Score 1) 1080

by quax (#49260215) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century
Release all the nonviolent offenders who received massive sentences due to the three-strike, and mandatory sentencing rules, and you have plenty of savings to offset the far smaller number of dangerous criminals.

Many of them rot in prison for nothing else than selling pot.

Per capita the US incarcerates more of it citizens than any other industrialized nation.

Comment: Re:Yes. What do you lose? But talk to lawyer first (Score 1) 734

by quax (#49194343) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

Minor tax issues?!

You have to file income tax on both ends, your country of residence, and the US for the rest of your life. I hated that red tape.

The US is the only country that takes the stance that all your world wide income no matter where it is generated has to be declared, and is going to be taxed by the IRS.

Yes, there are double taxation agreements, but if you make a lot of money you are screwed.

Many banks outside the US these days won't even service Americans because they have to report all account details to the IRS, an extra workload that they are not interested in taking on, especially since it exposes them legally to US laws.

All of the above also applies to green card holders. Which is why I gave mine back. Not so easy to get out of citizenship. You have to pay hefty fines that seem to get hiked up regularly if you want to hand in your passport.

Sorry folks, but your government seems to think it owns you.

"Mr. Watson, come here, I want you." -- Alexander Graham Bell