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Comment Re:Progress (Score 1) 133

> Too bad the computers will NEVER be able to reliably make the kinds of judgment calls that humans can and the entire AI borg system is going to come crashing down sooner or later, so we really won't have to worry about the anti-humanist ilk ever really doing much of anything to worry about.

This may be the dumbest comment I've ever read on Slashdot, and I've been here for a while. The whole point of self driving cars is that they will have *better* judgement than us slow, panicky humans. There are something like 33,000 deaths per year in the US alone caused by traffic accidents. If letting our cars drive themselves can even half that, we've made a huge score.

Comment Re:Pointless and Useless Speculation (Score 1) 559

My guess is that life will be fairly common in the universe, but almost all of that life will be of the single celled variety. Just look at the history of life on Earth - for 2.9 billion of the 3.5 billion years that life has existed, that's what it was. Getting over the hump of becoming multicellular is a huge barrier. For most of the remaining 600 million years, life was of the non-intelligent sort. There is no reason to think that it's inevitable. Civilizations are probably extremely rare in the universe, let alone civilizations that don't destroy themselves soon after becoming intelligent.

Comment Re: Yes it matters (Score 1) 668

>Homeopathy basis: a substance administered that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure similar symptoms in sick people.

Yes, and that is just completely wrong to begin with. Taking a small dose of something that gives you a headache won't cure your headache, not to mention it's such a small dose that there isn't actually any of it left...

Comment Re:Just what any parent knows (Score 1) 154

>Everyone is exactly as intelligent as a human, unless they're brain damaged by disease or defect. Any child, any adult, properly motivated, with proper practice and effort, can be a genius. It is just that simple.

This is false on its face. It does not matter how much some people try, or study, or work hard - they will never be a genius in anything and it's not because they have brain damage. There are variations in how our brains work, just as with how the rest of our bodies work, that are heritable and that limit how much we can achieve. I think it's a disservice to tell people that the reason that they aren't succeeding at something is because they aren't trying hard enough, when in reality they are literally incapable of that kind of performance.

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