Pardon me, but is this a joke? This seems like such an obvious area of research related to the industry of gathering solar power that I almost can't believe it wasn't studied before now. What am I missing here?
Are you kidding or do you not understand how large companies, in particular cloud companies, operate? Have you ever had to call one about an unknown issue? Try it sometime....you'll learn a lot.
This right here is why I don't use cloud services and do everything I can to make them unattractive to the users. The more "investment" made into a given cloud system, the more "pain" received when the cloud goes down. As things currently stand, that means I don't trust the cloud for anything other than basic commodity services that can be easily replicated by a number of cloud providers.
My experience also tells me that I am a small fish and I possess very little leverage when I deal with the cloud providers. When things go south, I am not big enough to get anyone to care so I am forced to "take what they give me". Worse, my only recourse is to take my business elsewhere, which is why my comment above is so important.
All in all, it's just not a good deal for anyone that values control. If I were a shop with little to no IT skills, I could overlook the loss of control as the payoff for not requiring an IT dept is hard to pass up. However, just as soon as you sign up and do that -- now what? Who is going to "drive" your IT dept and make your IT better tomorrow than it is today? The cloud provider? Ha!
I replied only to drop this little nugget: back in 1996/1997, they said they EXACT same thing about Amazon.com back when Amazon was valued more than all the other retail book sellers combined. At the time, Amazon's valuation seemed crazy but looking back, it turned out to be correct because Amazon wound up being much more than books and that was what most of the analyses up to that point were missing. Of course, its all obvious now when we look in the rear view mirror but it was completely counter intuitive at the time. Nobody knew what Amazon was trying to become because a company like Amazon has never existed before.
I don't know the specifics of Uber but there is some chance that they may really be worth $30bil. Time will tell but the possibility shouldn't be written off so hastily (yet).
Yes, exactly right. We built them. We own them. We can create and destroy them and they will only do our bidding. If/when they can do their own bidding, then they win and we lose.
Not only did nuclear weapons sap the Japenese resolve to continue in WWII (which leads to less lives being lost), it also had a deterrent effect on other conventional skirmishes in the 60's, 70's, and 80's. How many lives were saved because the nukes were deterring the world's conventional war aspirations (ours included) over those decades? It is an unknowable number. One must understand that there will be death and loss so what we are discussing is whether the death and loss is higher with nuke weapons or without. It is not a discussion about death and loss vs no death and loss.
This entire post is simply an exercise to show that being an armchair historian and speculating about "what if" is a dangerous game. The world is more complex than we think.
The day we give up control to our AI overlords is the day we are lost forever because the AI is smart enough to know to NEVER give up control to your enemy if you aren't being forced.
I don't care if AI is friendly or unfriendly as long as humans have "final control" over it. In the truest sense of the word, I want a master/slave relationship and it needs to have absolutely no exceptions. There can't be any free AI roaming around doing whatever it wants. There must always be a master and it must always be human and it must always be able to intervene and stop unwanted AI behavior.
What you are speaking to is the subsidy that I and other slashdotters pay so that this group or that group can pay less than market rates for healthcare when they go to buy it on the individual market. Apparently you and your buddy are in one of those groups so what you are seeing is an illusion. The costs you used to bear are simply being transferred to other people so it is "more affordable" to you.
We can argue on another day about how much redistribution should be going on but make no mistake, the "affordability" you speak of is nothing more than a redistribution of the costs.
For something so earthshaking, lawyers aren't needed.
What methodology are you using? Normally API is used to "grade" oil but that's for API gravity. You could be measuring viscosity. Or density. Or who knows what else. But that's the point.....:"Grading oil with a homebrew test kit" is not a viable project until it is better defined.