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Comment Re:Genius judge (Score 1) 540

You forgot to mention another component: The internship is a 3 month-long job interview. If they do well, and enjoy their time with you, not only are they more likely to come back, you'll know that you want them to come back. If they don't do so well, you know you don't want to hire them full time, which is good because getting rid of mediocre people is damned hard.

Comment Re:Tech Industry, Take Note from the Gun Industry (Score 1) 323

I should mention that I thought it rather... sneaky... of the journalist to present annual values for all of the other elements, but a multi-year aggregate number for the industry donations. It seems like he was trying to make the industry donations look far larger than they are.

Comment Re:Tech Industry, Take Note from the Gun Industry (Score 1) 323

First, the NRA is monstrously powerful not because of the gun industry support. I mean, they give a lot of money to the NRA, but it pales in comparison to the donations from 5,000,000+ members.

The gun industry provides approximately 3% of the NRA's annual revenues.

Comment Re:Language does not exist in a vaccuum (Score 1) 143

Do you actually need general stimulus input? I don't think so. I think what you describe can also be achieved by providing the system with a general knowledge map so that it understands all of those things and the relationships between them. Even better if you can then personalize the knowledge map, strengthening and weakening nodes and vertices based on what the human knows and doesn't know.

Comment Re:Voice is a crappy input mechanism (Score 5, Insightful) 143

But in reality voice limits input

Only if you have to talk to it like you're giving input to a computer.

Imagine instead that you're talking to a person, and not just any person, but a person who has the world's knowledge at his fingertips and knows you as well as a highly competent personal assistant. Rather than asking for your team scores, you'd say "Giants?" and you'd get back the most interesting points (to you) about the game. Follow that with "anything else?" and you'd get a rundown on the rest of the sports, focusing on the parts that most interest you.

Voice input with contextual awareness, understanding of the world, and personalization will blow away anything else in terms of input speed, accuracy and effectiveness.

Modern GUI's can present a lot more data faster than using voice to ask for the data

You're conflating two issues here. One is input, the other is output. Nothing is likely to ever be as efficient as voice for input. I'm a pretty fast typist and not a particularly fast speaker, but I talk a lot faster than I type, even on a nice full-sized keyboard. Output is a different issue. Text and imagery has much higher information bandwidth than voice. However, you can't always look at a screen, so being able to use voice output at those times is still very valuable.

Even now, I find my phone's voice input features to be extremely useful. Earlier today I was a little late picking up my son from karate. While driving, I told my phone "call origin martial arts". Now, I don't have an address book entry for Origin, in fact I've never called them before. But my phone googled it, determining that the intended "Origin Martial Arts" is the one near my home, and dialed the phone number for me. That's just the most recent example, but I use voice queries with my phone a half-dozen times per day because it's faster and easier than typing or because I'm doing something that doesn't permit me to manipulate the phone a lot.

Voice is the ultimate input mechanism for most humans. Right now it's pretty good (especially if you use Google's version of it; Siri is kind of lame), and it's going to get much, much better.

Comment Re:I work at Google... (Score 1, Funny) 103

They actually say something? I thought they are just prying their palms from their foreheads after seeing the movie.

Nah... we're mining it for ideas.

My team has some interns showing up in the next couple of weeks and we're already thinking about putting them in teams and giving them ridiculous challenges to compete, then having them do a stack ranking of each other and whoever comes out on the bottom will get sent home.

Well, either that or we'll give them some code to write. Probably that.

Comment Re:Solution is smaller government / reduced spendi (Score 1) 609

"Any government powerful enough to give the people all that they want is also powerful enough to take from the people all that they have."

(Note: not a quote from Thomas Jefferson, as often incorrectly claimed, but it hits the mark nonetheless.)

The common statist theory is that because the government represents the people and is voted in or out by the people, that the people can trust the government to serve the people, with perhaps some exceptions and abuses which will need to be curtailed. But what percentage of "the government" is elected? The federal government has on the order of 550 directly-elected officials and millions of employees. The elected officials are notionally in charge, of course, but the bureaucracy is huge and does not turn on a dime. Further, that bureaucracy is the source of most of the information provided to the elected officials.

Even worse, most of those elected officials are lawmakers, not empowered to directly give orders to the bureaucracies, most of which are part of the executive branch. The president is empowered to give orders to the executive agencies, of course, but every president has a strong incentive to increase the power of his office, so he can accomplish more of his goals. The only way to change that is to elect a few presidents whose primary goal is to reduce federal power.

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