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Comment Re:How does the algorithm decide? (Score 2) 72

Bias in algorithms is from human action...conscious or not.

There is no debate on the point above. All software is made by humans, even software generated by other software...humans originated the commands and instructions.

Let's just repeat that last part for you, guy: *humans originated the commands and instructions*

Here's an example you can understand: Which 'fact checking site' will you use?

Politifact.com - which is bullshit but has some factual information

or

Factcheck.org - not as flashy as Politifact and not quite as quickly updated but it's actual fact checking (Trump as melted their faces off).

So you make the call.

No matter what you do, someone will be able to rationally accuse you of "bias"

Comment Re:Humans still do it (Score 1) 72

as much as is technologically possible is automated

exactly...it gets "automated" by humans choosing methods and processes which define every aspect of what the automation produces

it boggles my mind that some people cannot comprehend this...humans made everything about this system including defining every aspect of how the system decides and learns

Comment Oligarchy SOP (Score 2) 56

This is Standard Operating Procedure for the English oligarchy/monarchy.

England is not a democracy...it has exactly as much democracy as will keep the subjects from rising up.

If you understand the truth of the statement above, a lot of history makes sense, and this move in TFA is completely predictable.

Comment long haul trucking is boring but you will love it (Score 1) 60

Yeah! If they don't go from standard taxis immediately to un-manned cars and firing their drivers in a weekend, then how can we possibly take them seriously?

sarcasm aside, the answer is using our critical thinking skills and technical knowledge

see, /. is still a place where tech people, the people who *actually* understand how this big new tech works, come to comment

AI-cars can't see in the weather. Even light rain. That's just the vision aspect...it might as well be a warp drive...we just don't have anywhere near what we need with LIDAR and nothing in development now is close.

2nd, the software to make the choices necessary in the time necessary is beyond what we are capable of programming. Our algorythms don't learn properly and we don't have a paradigm for one on the horizon.

Those are two problems, they require some technical knowledge to understand, but even someone with a high school education could comprehend.

Here's where this tech will actually be deployed regularly fully autonomously: long-haul trucking *with* a lead vehicle with a human pilot with drone followers.

Comment Total bunk conclusion! (Score 1) 297

Researchers in Australia found 8% of girls who used the dolls were expecting by the age of 20, compared with 4% of those who did not.

This doesn't prove anything. The research is missing the point...it's not to prevent pregnancy per se...

The program is to encourage birth control use, which is different than percentage who are pregnant at age 20.

Also, number of abortions is not a proper measure either!

One can argue more OR less abortions prove this program is successful...it depends on how you view abortions and their use.

Comment Taxis moving goalposts (Score 1) 60

with a human backup driver and co-pilot on board for the time being

Here we go....now that it's clear (as it has always been if you look) that "self-driving cars" are mostly hype we will start to see companies moving goalposts to claim they have done it.

Uber is doing this in Pittsburg.

This tech has amazing capabilities but it's not ever going to be able to do what they are claiming.

Comment Re:Here's the problem with stereo Bluetooth: (Score 1) 385

Woz is jumping the gun on BlueTooth. It's fine, but the adapters are wildly inconsistent and even if they support the better codecs, certain brands don't handshake with other brands and have to fall back to the lower-quality SBC or low-bitrate MP2.

Back when I decided to install BlueTooth adapters to play music from phones and iPods through nice stereos at home and in the car, I went through three BlueTooth receiving units that claimed to support the aptX codec until I found one that successfully worked with my most often used devices.

Even then, that unit (a well-known brand name) would not support aptX with certain Android tablets but did support at least one high-definition codec (the sound quality change is demonstrable).

Unfortunately both consumers and the industry at large do not have good understanding of how BlueTooth works for A2DP in regards to codec selection and handshake. Try to look on the label, and if it has aptX, and it's a well-known brand name that starts with the letter "L," it should support high-quality audio with anything. I haven't seen ones that specifically mention anything except aptX codec, probably because the license to use aptX likely requires the label.

And if you're connecting to a car, all bets are off.

Comment Set up a dummy account (Score 1) 347

If push came to shove I'd set up dummy Facebook and Twitter accounts and let CBP see them. No good way to tell which of the several hundred Laura Hallidays on Facebook is me. Post some pictures of cats, a few likes, done.

I already engage in some self-censorship. There are a few CDs (mainly Russian and Israeli acts) I leave at home when I cross the border.

...laura

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