Suppose we'd have the chance to upload ourselves into an AI. Let's say, a reasonably powered computer capable of emulating a large and well structured human brain, including backups, spare hardware, etc. Would you do it? Replace your human body and brain for an AI construct?
I'm not quite sure I would. I think it's best asked the other way: If you were an AI in a mechanical body with an external computer for a brain, would you trade in all that for the experience of being human? Breathing, living, being excited, ultimate fear of death, ultimate joy of love, etc.
I imagine it could sound intriguing to an AI.
Maybe we aren't to bad of as humans as we are after all.
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I dunno about that, I am stuck working with Windows mostly because of SolidWorks and Autocad. Find me a reasonably comparable open source alternative, or even something I can buy for linux and I could drop Windows like a hot potato. And no, Blender just doesn't cut it yet
But for coding, number crunching, analysis, or anything else linux comes up trumps. And I still cannot believe folks actually use Eclipse for anything serious. heh.
Yingluck Shinawatra is not just a woman, but a really attractive one. She's an even bigger PMILF than Yulia Tymoshenko was, but lets face it, the bar fine for a head of government is way out of my pricerange.
501(c)(4) organizations are for promoting social causes; donations are nondeductible but operations tax-exempt, aka "if we performed these activities as individuals we wouldn't get taxed again so why should we be taxed as a group?" -- they can engage in cause-oriented political spending. 501(c)(3) are charitable organizations and the donations are tax-deductible and the organization isn't supposed to do partisan political spending at all. Then of course there are 501(c)(5)'s, aka labor unions, a left-wing favorite who are given very broad discretion to engage in very overt political spending to the tune of billions of dollars... but that's its own rabbit hole, and I digress.
Anyway. Media Matters would make an okay 501(c)(4), as they clearly have some idea of a social cause, but they go above and beyond that to get outright all-contributions-deductible 501(c)(3) status while their political enemies were denied any tax exemptions at all.
But don't worry! The US left has already proposed a way to resolve these abuses targeting right-wing political activity! Nancy Pelosi would have us take action to ban these vehicles for right-wing political activity altogether. We can also pretend Citizens United never happened.
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Thank you, thank you, I'm here all week. Tip your waitor and try the fish.
I can't help but think of the saying "De beste stuurlui staan aan wal"/"bachelors' wives and maidens' children are well taught", sure these profs "know" what went wrong... and where is the proof that what they THINK is right? I can tell you why Hitler lost the war, it was his silly mustache. I have now educated you on this fact but that doesn't make me right.
Just because someone analysed a disaster and claim X caused it, does not mean X caused it. This is ESPECIALLY important to remember when these people have for decades been teaching the people do did X.
When people say hindsight is 20/20, they are wrong.
You are a fucking retard if you think there is no difference between making a software product and making a car. And I sure hope you never EVER get to work on ANYTHING more important then... fuck it, I hope it you never get to work on anything period.
Some rather obvious, to anyone with a brain, differences:
Car: Road safety regulations, any car going on the road needs to qualify in most countries to a very thick binder of rules.
Software: no regulation.
Car: Environmental regulations dictating fuel consumption and construction materials.
Software: no regulation, you can even do it in
Car: Has engineers work on it.
Software: Has software engineers working on it. These are NOT real engineers 99.99% of the time. Real engineers have to sign off on the stuff they design.
Car: Your car looses its brakes on the highway, you can sue.
Software: Your software crashes during crunch week, SUCKER!
The above poster then claims people can't die because of software error... is he really that dumb?
He seems to think that software design CAN be approached the same as car design... and this is were his REAL ignorance shows.
Cars get many times the budget and especially TIME that software gets. But cars also (increasingly so) re-use parts over and over again. Entire car lines are build on the same chassis, with the same stock engines. And what car maker makes it own tires?
Cars also work on universal roads, nobody would put a Jeep on Mars and then call tech support because "it doesn't work".
Software developers often are expected to create a complex piece of work, with many custom parts at a breakneck pace. It is because if you ask a real engineer to build a car in a week, he would snort at you. That is because the entire world accepts that this cannot be done. Software? They expect you to code a facebook, youtube, gmail competitor over the weekend for a hundred bucks.
and THAT is the big difference. Not in quality or capability of the people but in the treatment they get from management. And that is because car management people have learned that anyone who promises them a new car design in a week is stoned while software managers think "wow, I finally found the only honest developer".
Oh and finally, if car designers pulled of what software developers have been doing, our cars would not just run on water, they would do it on the rings of Saturn. See the current Jeep fiasco and the refusal for a callback despite a very high incident rate.
yes - this is a real issue - and ARCHIVED data that is important DOES need to be "spun up" and refreshed to new media.
If it's hard drives, yes. If it's optical media. . . well that depends. Because some optical media just plain degrades over time. Some is written in special proprietary formats (like Apple's early implementations of CD+R) that you're going to have a hard time reading with CURRENT equipment.
If your data is archived to tape, and more than 10 years old, I'm afraid you're fucked.
Quantity is no substitute for quality, but its the only one we've got.