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Comment: Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (Score 1) 646

by tchdab1 (#47268835) Attached to: Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

Tomahawk Vuvuzela. The answer, then, is to inflict a penalizing tradition on the offending team. A plastic tomahawk that you blow like a trumpet, or a stupid white guy in a suit and a briefcase, white shirt and tie, that is the redskin's new mascot, "Mr. Clueless, the Washington BIA Administrator" and whose mask looks like the owner.

Comment: Re:Progenitors? (Score 1) 686

by tchdab1 (#47219151) Attached to: Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

Yes, one possibility is that there are lots of intelligent independently-evolved species out there communicating and interacting, but we haven't discovered the medium they're using. We've only considered contacting other civilizations for about a hundred years, which is a tiny amount of time. After we've been thinking about it for a few tens of thousands of years we may find out how they're doing it.

And we may be the first (already noted above). Somebody has to be the first, and seeing no others around argues for it.

Then there are the downer-hypotheses, arguing that nobody makes it. 50 years ago it was because of nuclear war. That's still possible, but we're focusing on climate change now instead.

Comment: Re:Incorrect Timescale (Score 2) 189

by tchdab1 (#47026201) Attached to: Understanding an AI's Timescale

Agreed, and they failed to compare their analysis of various computer process times (cache, memory, hard disk, network, etc.) to various human component times, starting with a single neural pulse. On the order of milliseconds, and as you say we can see many of them, simultaneously and serially, when we speak. We don't know how long it will take a spontaneously-arising artificial intelligence to create a thought, retrieve its memories, consider them, observe surroundings, etc., but we can assume it's at least some collection of nanosecond cpu cycles, not a single one; some collection of data fetches, not just one.

Comment: Re:writers write, right (Score 1) 522

And speaking of Gibson, when I learned that William Gibson was told that his computer's storage consisted of a spinning hard-drive, an "antique victorian-style mechanism", as he put it more or less, and that he was told that after he wrote Neuromancer, then I learned that you can focus on writing or you can focus on tech, but choose one because both (or more) may mean each will suffer.

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