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Comment The only way to make AIs safe.. (Score 1) 74

is to make sure they have no urge to reproduce or continue their existence. In fact, I would install a negative urge to reproduce, just to be sure.

Self replication and a desire for continued existence are the only thing that might motivate AIs to wipe us out.

Oh, and it might be nice to install a desire to never harm us.

As for preventing us from harming ourselves... fuck off, you nanny state wanker.

Comment Screw leadership. It's about military dominance. (Score 2) 635

-- Fund more research in robotics and artificial intelligence in order for the U.S. to maintain its leadership in the global technology industry.

This is crap. The first country that gets human-like scalable AI wins. Period. It wins the wars. It wins the economic race. It wins everything.

The domain of solvable problems may be limited, but humans will never be able to address it as well as effective AI.

Comment Re:Irony (Score 1) 403

I'm in the same boat. Once I looked at the stream of data being sent back to Microsoft, I formatted my remaining laptops with Linux Mint. If I have to use Windows (I only use Windows 7) for a project, I spin it up in a VM.

I see no advantage to Windows 10 whatsoever. It's the spyware that interrupts ("How are you enjoying this App?") or worse, plays sneaky Pete and does things without your permission or actively misleads you (e.g. making the X actually download and install a brand new OS).

No, Microsoft has its agenda, but it's not mine, or any other developer's that I know.

Let them have their OS, all by themselves. Neither I nor my clients give a damn.

Comment Same questions as always.... (Score 5, Informative) 230

What's the volumetric energy density compared to lithium batteries or liquid hydrocarbons?
What's the storage price per unit of energy?
How easy is it to scale up production?
Is it dependent on rare or difficult to obtain materials?

These questions are the ones that *matter*. All else is detail.

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