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Comment Re:I guess this is great (Score 4, Insightful) 205

Quantum computing is not magic. It has problems it's insanely good at (in theory) solving, and it has problems where it's as fast or slower (because of the necessary error correction) as your traditional deterministic computer. Not only are we a long way off from personal quantum computing (we still don't even have a general purpose quantum processor), we still need to research deterministic architectures.

Comment Re:The Less You know, The More Scared You Are (Score 5, Insightful) 262

To clarify my point: The article mentions Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Steven Hawking. What do they all have in common? They are not AI researchers. The author of the book is a philosophy professor. They are all talking about and making predictions in a field that they aren't experts in. Yes, they are all smart people, but I see them doing more harm than good by raising alarm when they themselves aren't an authority on the subject. An alarm that isn't shared with the experts in the field.

Comment Re:Well said (Score 1) 218

The Slashdot fortune had a good response: Successful and fortunate crime is called virtue. - Seneca

Maybe more apropos: Once again prosperous and successful crime goes by the name of virtue; good men obey the bad, might is right and fear oppresses law.

Comment Re:Measuring Competence (Score 1) 255

Except that just a few vehicles out of the millions that are on the road. That's an insufficiently large sample size to say how automated cars from different manufactures with different levels of maintenance under varying road contritions will interact. You can't assume competency from the limited, though still impressive, testing Google has done.

If anything you are demonstrating the author's point, assuming that what Google has accomplished will be true of all driverless cars. Each of Google's automated cars is effectively a student driver with Google's engineers, technicians, and drivers shepherding the vehicles through the hazards of everyday driving. How will that record hold when one of those cars are twelve years old and hasn't had a tuneup in three?

Comment Bullshit New Agey Pseudoscience (Score 5, Insightful) 453

How can “The scientific community now accepts to some degree that this contact may occur in the next 50 to 100 years.” be true if we haven't even established that there is life outside of Earth!

Then you have this tripe: "'Further, by means of self-consciousness, man becomes capable of treating his own mental states as objects of consciousness. The prime characteristic of cosmic consciousness is, as its name implies, a consciousness of the cosmos, that is, of the life and order of the universe,' De la Torre writes in a study published in the journal Acta Astronautica."

I am very disappointed in you Slashdot.

Submission + - ReactOS-Based Thorium Core is on Kickstarter (kickstarter.com)

NiteMair writes: Several members of the ReactOS project have started a Kickstarter campaign in order to create a commercial service (Thorium Core) to provide cloud desktop services based on the ReactOS operating system. The plan is to provide commercial funding to further develop ReactOS, a Windows clone which has been in various stages of development since the late 90s. Their goal of $120,000 would seem to be a bit lofty, and they are off to a slow start still after nearly a month, but considering some of the amazing things that have happened during Kickstarter campaigns in the past, perhaps this project still has some potential.

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