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Comment: Re:There is no such thing as AI (Score 1) 76

and never will be

How could you possibly know that?

An electronic switch knows nothing. A massive piles of electronic switches cannot know something.

A neuron knows nothing, and yet a "massive pile" of neurons can know, understand, imagine, lie, cheat, steal, love, hate, and dream.

AI may not be here yet, but it's practically inevitable.

Comment: Re:Displacing five times as much water... (Score 1) 102

by wonkey_monkey (#48618789) Attached to: New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

It'd be hard for it not to given that it weighs five times as much.

But that's not "given" - it's not stated in the story, and I don't personally happen to have any idea how much an aircraft carrier weighs off the top of my head, so the story pointing out that it displaces as much water as six aircraft carriers - that's what the linked article says - is useful information. Though a direct weight comparison would probably make more sense to the average reader.

Comment: A 10,000ft tether? (Score 4, Interesting) 160

by wonkey_monkey (#48618549) Attached to: Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

Technically considered aerostats, since they are tethered to mooring stations, these lighter-than-air vehicles will hover at a height of 10,000 feet

What do you make a 10,000ft tether out of, and what are the dangers? Presumably it's going to limit air traffic in the area, and will the angle and direction of the tether will vary depending on wind strength and direction?

What would happen if the tension provided by the balloon's lift was removed, for whatever reason?

Comment: You could start... (Score 1) 188 telling us what "AP" and "CS" mean.

Nah, just kidding this time. About CS, at least. AP I don't know.

One of Microsoft's particular goals is to "reach every individual girl in her house."

Oh, I see, it's okay when Microsoft says it, but I get a lecture from the cops. Typical!

Comment: Re:Wasn't there a book about this? (Score 4, Insightful) 137

by wonkey_monkey (#48601423) Attached to: How Birds Lost Their Teeth

Why give up teeth

Because as things changed and the years passed they became more of a hindrance than a help to birds (or their ancestors) and so those offspring born with fewer teeth, or smaller teeth, were better at surviving and having offspring.

how to convince your unborn offspring to do take it to the next step.

Why would any "convincing" be required? The offspring are likely to face the same challenges as their parents. If they've got traits that help them survive better than their peers - such as fewer or smaller teeth - then they'll pass these on to their offspring. Then, in turn, those offspring will be facing the same pressures again. So once again, among those offspring, those with fewer or smaller have a better chance at surviving than their brothers and sisters (and cousins).

You would expect these animals to be superior to us and make conscious decisions to change their DNA, to evolve

What animals are you talking about? No animal needs to make a conscious decision to evolve. It's already taken care of by inheritance and selection pressure.

As long as you've got a mechanism for children to be largely similar to but ever-so-slightly different from their parents, and a reason for some of those offspring to reproduce more successfully than others because of those differences, then evolution is inevitable.

Comment: Re:clarity - wrong assumption (Score 2) 431

by wonkey_monkey (#48594507) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

CD's however can (and do) have built in hidden signals that allows the software police to track the origin of any ripped tracks.

Feel free to prove me wrong, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that they can't (and don't). CDs are mass produced from glass masters. How could they have "hidden signals"?

Once ripped and compressed, sure, you're going to see differences between files of the same track (unless the same software was used with the same settings, and the rip was error free).

Not sure how practical any "tracking" would be, either - at best, finding the same rip on two computers tells you... well, it tells you that it's the same rip. It doesn't really tell you anything about how it got there, and it certainly doesn't tell you that it came from computer A to computer B.

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