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Comment: Re:but handling uncertainty isn't easy (Score 2) 242

by wanzeo (#40421449) Attached to: Strong AI and the Imminent Revolution In Robotics

That was a very informative post. I am interested in AI and I took Norvig's online AI class back in the Fall. It contained virtually nothing about strong AI, and instead focused rather heavily on algorithms to efficiently interpret sensory/input data. It essentially placed AI squarely into a CS context, which in my opinion will always yield weak AI projects.

I checked out Smolensky, and he is pretty prolific. Are there any specific resources you would recommend for learning about the more abstract math involved in strong AI?

Comment: Re:??? This makes no sense... (Score 2) 122

by wanzeo (#40305453) Attached to: iOS Tops Android For Number of New App Projects From Developers

I was going to make my app for both platforms, but then I learned you have to buy a mac with os Lion just to be able to use the most recent xcode.

Sometimes Google does evil things, but the android SDK with the eclipse integration and the android virtualization, all for free and cross platform, is really, really nice. You could easily release an app for $0 cost other than time. That is the kind of community support that makes me loyal to a company.

Comment: Re:Was the teacher tutoring a single student? (Score 5, Insightful) 76

by wanzeo (#40083633) Attached to: Machine-Guided Learning Matches Teachers In Study

The most valuable part of machine assisted learning is the ability to move at your own pace. There are some OCW lectures I had to watch 3 or 4 times before I got it. Now matter how good a teacher is, no student is going to ask them to repeatsomething four times. The student will just nod and feign understanding, and the teacher will move on.

Comment: Re:A week? (Score 4, Insightful) 1004

by wanzeo (#40061115) Attached to: Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?

I call BS. I devote a large part of my free to movies, tv, and internet media. Even so, I was able to go through the entire first year of Game of Thrones without watching it or getting spoilers. Most people will go out of their way to avoid giving away spoilers with a degree of fanaticism rarely seen anywhere else.

No, people torrent Game of Thrones because they can. Maybe this particular example is a little easier to justify because of the absurd notion of actually buying cable + HBO, but everything else is available to torrent as well. Even over-the-air shows, which are essentially free, are torrented because it only takes 1 person in a billion who is willing to capture it and edit out the advertising for the rest of us.

The only business model that can survive into the future is one that clearly connects money raised with future content (think kickstarter, but with mainstream professionals instead of super-niche pipe dreams). If Game of Thrones announced tomorrow they were not making another season until it was paid for, my $20 would be in their paypal account within the hour. They could charge as the market will bear, but only the stuff that people actually want could get made.

Comment: Re:Why is it strange that NJ dominates the USA cit (Score 1) 118

by wanzeo (#39868251) Attached to: Global Broadband Speeds Dropped At the End of 2011

Would state-wide density really show a bump if everybody was on the same fly over state "old copper, cable or average new optical roll out speeds" vs say massive hardened backhaul?

God I hate the arrogance of the phrase "fly-over state". Here in Indiana we have a higher average connection speed than the both New Jersey and the US average according to the akamai graph generator on the site.

Comment: Re:Of course (Score 1) 648

by wanzeo (#39851311) Attached to: Hulu To Require Viewers To Have Cable Subscriptions

The obvious reply to this argument is that the companies know exactly how much customers are willing to happily pay, and it is less then they have been paying for the last 20 years of cable. So yes, there are plenty of potential business plans out there that appeal to consumers and still bring studios cash, but they are getting killed because they represent an overall decrease in profits.

Comment: Re:transliterations of .com and .net (Score 1) 116

by wanzeo (#39829507) Attached to: VeriSign Could Add 220 New Top Level Domains

Domain squatting and name exhaustion has gotten so bad, it is nearly impossible to create a website brand that doesn't use either some crazy portmanteau or a whole sentence strung together. I welcome the idea of adding hundreds of gTLDs, because over time it will make any one of them less important.

No more will I contemplate shelling out $7,000 because the domain I really want is being squatted. Instead, I will just add one of the hundreds of gTLDs, and make that my brand name.

Also, dibs on

Comment: Re:The fundamental differnence between companies (Score 1) 230

by wanzeo (#39817611) Attached to: NY Times: Microsoft Tried To Unload Bing On Facebook

Take away any two Apple products, even product lines, and you still have a viable company.

Really? Take away iPhones and iPods, and what do you have left? Without those, Apple would just be a slightly-more-expensive Dell

I would extend that to Google, Facebook, and really any tech company. The reality is that many of these companies are one-trick ponies, and despite their best efforts, they are unable to expand. Google really went all out to clone Facebook for G+, and a year later it's a ghost town. Similarly; I can remember when Dell and Sony were the epitome of consumer hardware, and now they've been almost completely eclipsed. There is just no room for second place, and no one stays on top for long.

Comment: Re:NYC has been doing it for years (Score 3, Insightful) 148

by wanzeo (#39817165) Attached to: Will IBM Watson Be Your Next Mayor?

But those examples are only replacing simple machines with more automated machines. What is really interesting, and what the summary hints at, is the possibility of replacing jobs that have traditionally been thought to require critical thinking.

Imagine a day when I can take my medical concerns to a computer with access to far more expertise than any doctor, or rely on a computer as a lawyer with far more knowledge than any human lawyer. Hell, you probably recoil from the idea of electing an AI president simply because you watched 2001: A Space Odyssey or Terminator and then made up your mind. You racist.

Once it hits the fan, the only rational choice is to sweep it up, package it, and sell it as fertilizer.