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Comment Nope, and missing the point (Score 5, Insightful) 76

I know you are going for funny point mods, but the real advantage here to Dominos is that NO gratuity is expected at all. If the price is the same then they will sell far more pizzas as people won't have to worry about tipping enough, or being dressed well enough to greet a stranger at the door, or have the front living room clean enough as said pizza person casually stares past you as you fumble for your wallet. Just talking to a stranger is a task for some socially awkward people. It will be perceived as safer also. No one casing your home as they deliver pizza. When you factor in the energy and gas savings and once it is perfected I bet the per mile cost is 1/10th the amount with a delivery person.

Yes jobs will be lost. Drudge jobs we as a society shouldn't be expecting people to live by. As for students, their time is better spent studying than trying to pick a few extra bucks, because like it or not, the no skill jobs are going away. Even many skilled jobs are in peril. This will be an awkward 10-50 years as we learn to adapt society to a not-everyone-has-to-work society. Corny as Star Trek's 'we work to better ourselves' slogan is, the only non-dystopian future will have to be this way -- where you are not compensated for the work you provide, but by how well you prove you are constantly learning and helping society as a whole, and yes for same that will be a regular job kind of work, but for most it will be community service and continuing education.

Comment Mmmmm not quite... (Score 4, Informative) 429

Easy way to get mod points, but just because Rush Limbaugh said it, doesn't make it true.

Goebbels actually thought propaganda should be truthful.
It is perhaps comforting to thinking of the Nazis as evil in every way, but the true evil comes from how they trusted the system in which they worked without question.

Fake Quotations

Comment Another wake up call to use Ad Blocking (Score 2) 143

Might Ad-blocking have stopped this? The industry wants to ban ad-blocking, but every other day there is a story about malicious 3rd party exploits using ads as a vector. Why does a news site have to have some horrible complicated Javascript Ad intwined code to function? Note to industry, the ad can be sandboxed as a static entity separate from the main page Javascript. Likely this time the passwords didn’t end up in the hands of hostiles, but who knows, especially since now they know to go look to see if it was collected as part of other behind the scenes shenanigans. The idea that the page should be “Collecting” page event information from the page for 3rd parties is pretty scary.

Comment And yet on the flip side... (Score 5, Insightful) 132

The world is full of people that are sure in their minds they are right and will do whatever it takes to stand up for their beliefs.
The suicide bomber in Brussels I'm sure was convinced he had rightful justification for his actions.

Escalate, yes,
Fight the system, yes.
Commit dangerous, illegal, criminal acts in defence of your beliefs, NO.

Not everyone can be IN CHARGE. While there are many bad outcomes from following the chain of command, on average it is probably better than the anarchy that would reign without it.

Perhaps you are engaging in hyperbole with your rifle example, but do you really want every halfwit in our country destroying things to back up their beliefs, because they "KNOW" they are right?

Comment Why wouldn't you for a Party? (Score 1) 288

It wouldn't take many guests to justify this cost.

I don't plan on using it (though I have an awesome Entertainment room). But who knows.

The real question is how they will keep Mom and Pop from trying to make a buck off the Neighbourhood?

The cost is trivial for large families and those that entertain.
High for us one child family or smaller types.

Expect some future iteration to include a camera monitoring the audience size.

Comment Or maybe just abuse (Score 0, Troll) 492

Seems odd you can’t voice a dissenting opinion without what amounts to threatening violence to express your political opinion. You wouldn’t be Republican would you?

I can be against all sorts of behaviors without resorting to harassment or abuse. This seems squarely aimed at intimidating replies to others or exhorting to violence. Seems this almost fall under regular law and Twitter is just enforcing it more directly.

Comment So, solvable then. (Score 1) 207

Yes early researchers were wildly optimistic. I don’t see how that makes them arrogant. Other disciplines had followed much quicker paths to success. Say the Wright Brothers to the first Jet Plane or the Manhattan Project and the bomb. However it didn’t have to be that way. The Wright Brother’s early success could have been followed by decades of stumbling along only to make small progress because of unforeseeable reasons. I guess you would have mocked those early aviators as poor arrogant fools as well.

It is often the nature of problems not to know the magnitude of the obstacles until you commit resources to solving said problem.

Similarly just because a problem has persisted for a long time, doesn’t mean it can’t be cracked. Superconductor research is an example of something that languished a long time, then suddenly flourished. I suspect both Nuclear Fusion and Strong AI to be cracked within the next 2 to 5 decades.

Early strong success are usually an indicator you are on the right track, not the opposite.

Ray Kurzweil’s predictions may be over hyped, on the other hand may of his predictions have come true, many to a great degree of accuracy, others less so, or slightly delayed, but hardly wildly wrong.

Show me your great accomplishments that show why these people shouldn't "persist in their stupidity"

Comment Re:We do not even know that meaningful AI is possi (Score 1) 207

I guess I did ask for some examples, and this is one... However...

I am aware of Penrose’s wild speculations. It is likely quantum processes are involved in some structures deep within neurons and optimize when neurons should fire, similar to the way Chlorophyll uses quantum mechanics to absorb light. Note, the fact that Chlorophyll uses quantum principles does not keep us from developing Solar Cells, which by the way, harvest light 10-20x more efficiently than the best plants. The idea that the whole of the brain is in some highly entangled state involving billions of neurons is a wild flight of fancy given the molecularlarly noisy and hot environment the brain is. We are also on the verge of having true Quantum Computers, which I doubt are needed for Strong AI, but will likely hasten its arrival by optimizing the rules needed by non-quantum computers.

We now have self driving cars, Computers that identify images better than humans, Deep Blue could beat the best Chess player in the world in 1997. Watson won Jeopardy! in 2011. But somehow you suppose that Quantum Mechanics (or other unjustified hand waving speculation) is needed on a massive scale to emulate intelligence.

Even so, we will have Quantum Mechanical computers soon, so even that isn’t a stumbling block if it were a necessity.

Since it is largely only human creativity and independent problem solving that are really the only missing elements to Strong AI currently and these are traits also largely missing in animals. What enormous evolutionary event occurred that allowed Humans to think so well? It seems largely to be just one of scale. Our brains are bigger and we passed some critical threshold to develop and hold advanced abstract concepts in our brain, an advance that went hand and hand in parallel with the emergence of sophisticated language (both driving the other). I speculate that aided by us, computers are on a similar path to pass criticality when it comes to intelligence. I further speculate the ability to better model abstract concepts will be the final threshold for Strong AI – some sort of Meta-Meta-Abstract recursion for representing concepts symbolically.

Comment Re:We do not even know that meaningful AI is possi (Score 1) 207

...it is completely unclear whether strong/true AI is possible at all in this universe. There are a few strong hints that it may not be.

Could you provide a few of these supposed strong hints?

In fact, we cannot even define intelligence as found in humans in any other way than by what it can do.

So if a machine can do these things, but has arrived at this state by learning with neural nets, or genetic algorithms such that we still can’t define exactly how its intelligence works, does that preclude saying it is intelligent?

I am always amused by arguments on both sides of the isle that generally can be summed up as, “it is inevitable and coming soon” and “it is virtually impossible and humanity has no chance of cracking it for the foreseeable future”

I find arguments on both sides of the isle weak and overly certain of their claims.

I do tend toward the camp this thinks it is definitely possible I cite the Meat Based Intelligence Engine in my skull as evidence – thus it is materially possible, and I’m pretty sure gooey protean is not the best substrate for it – just the only avenue evolution had to work with.

As to the when we will get here -- it could be tomorrow it could be a thousand years. We may get there through incrementalism, we may have a sudden breakthrough or insight, though most likely through a mix. Regardless, it is probably prudent to do some planning and scenario building now and get out ahead of this thing.

Comment Dual Use Question (Score 2) 336

Plants primarily use the Red and Blue portions of the EM spectrum. Could we build areas that harvest most of the Sunlight (especially Non-Red, Non-Blue frequencies) while supplying Plants directly beneath with enough overall light for growth? Many species of plants are quite shade tolerant. Does Corn for instance use all available light for growth or could lower levels still support near full growth?

This might be a particularly attractive strategy in arid areas. Solar Farms might do double duty as green houses to hold in moisture which is at a higher premium than light in those areas for agriculture.

Comment Re:Boiling the Lead Out (Score 2) 303

Again if lead is a major contributor as is acknowledged, cooking with it will not be safe. You can remove the volatiles and any bacterial contaminates yes, but the lead remains. Why say it is still safe to cook with? Even earlier when the were advising boil to drink, were they aware at all about the lead levels? Seems more like a desire to play down the hazard by giving the populace something to do, even if ineffective.

Comment Boiling the Lead Out (Score 1) 303

What I’d like to know is how the advice to boil the water was going to make it safe for drinking? Even now they are saying safe for washing and cooking. Again, if it is lead, why is it safe to cook with it? The idiocy just never seems to end. Perhaps all the politicians in Flint have lead poisoning as well.

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