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Comment Re:Discrimination (Score 0) 173

I think it would be very appropriate to have a kill switch for the solid water manufacture robot installed in my cold storage food preservation unit. The damn thing keeps making ice all of the time, pooping that stuff when the domicile is particularly quite, causing quite a stir. We need legislation on this immediately, considering the fact that these robots will want us to join them in their sub-freezing domain in the near future.

Submission + - "Artificial Intelligence" was the Fake News of 2016

Artem Tashkinov writes: The Register argues that the AI hype in 2016 was just that, a hype. The definition of AI was stretched out of limits to encompass what basically is very advanced algorithms for harvesting and processing data. Various intelligent assistants, such as Google Assistent and Siri, are at best a nicely looking and sounding interface to search engines. Of course, speech and images recognition has become much better but the doom and gloom of millions of people losing their jobs to AI haven't materialized yet and it's not immediately obvious that the prediction will hold any sway in the nearest future.

Submission + - Weapons of Math Destruction Author: Models are Opinions Embedded in Math (latimes.com)

dangle writes: The LA Times has an interview with "Weapons of Math Destruction" author Cathy O'Neil discussing her concerns about the social consequences of ill-considered mathematical modeling. She discusses the example of a NYC Department of Education algorithm designed to grade school teachers that no one outside of the coders had access to. "The Department of Education did not know how to explain the scores that they were giving out to teachers," she observes. "...(T)he very teachers whose jobs are on the line don’t understand how they’re being evaluated. I think that’s a question of justice. Everyone should have the right to know how they’re being evaluated at their job," she argues. Another example discussed is a Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services risk-modeling algorithm developed by SAS to score children according to their risk of being abused so that social workers can better target their efforts. Depending on the ethical considerations, such an algorithm could intentionally overweight factors such as income or ethnicity in a way that could tip the balance between right to privacy and protection of abused minors one way or another. "I want to separate the moral conversations from the implementation of the data model that formalizes those decisions. I want to see algorithms as formal versions of conversations that have already taken place," she concludes.

Comment Re: Aliens! (Score 1) 205

What if it were aliens in control of a neutron star, and the whole device was used to transmit 4 dimensional representations of an alien version of soccer (or probably football, because it's only soccer in the US and obviously aliens wouldn't be playing soccer on 4dTV, because it would be footbalz).

Comment Re:Direct from the Luddite in Chief (Score 1) 635

No, I agree, there's no call to destroy the 21st century version of textile manufacturing with wooden shoes.

My point was to say that this sort of worthless lame duck pontification is doing nothing but playing on peoples fears that their jobs will further be taken over by the "other," and the "unknown" in an attempt to solidify a "legacy," and trying to force the hand of the incoming administration. If we really needed a stronger safety-net to protect against the mechanization of manufacturing it was needed hundreds of years ago, the argument if "AI & Robots," is just pressing the latest hot-button, and in this case it's Technology.

You could make the exact same arguments about a better social safety net for any of the following reasons:
      * Globalization
      * Uncontrolled Immigration
      * Income Inequality
      * Regional and Global Government Debt Ratios
      * Global Political Unrest
      * The fact that milk is more expensive than gasoline

I wasn't saying that safety nets are unnecessary. I'm saying using AI & Robots to push a social political agenda is a Luddite Argument.

Comment Direct from the Luddite in Chief (Score 3, Insightful) 635

Citizens beware of the pending doom brought on by mad-scientists creating an army of robots that will take away your jobs, raise your children, sex your wife, and transport themselves in flying cars.

You must be prepared to be coddled by your government in order to survive. It is only by further relinquishing your free will and self motivation that you will flourish.

This is all, carry on.

Comment Re:Trump (Score 1) 499

Why would HRC want to separate herself from the very thing she created 20+ years ago. The Telecommunication Act of 1996, NAFTA, HIPAA, the Patriot Act, Invasion of Iraq, the TSA and the like, these are all HRC's babies, and these constructs are the very thing that supported her into her presidency. No sane mother ever abandons her baby, except to save the baby's health.

Comment Getting things done and compromise (Score 1) 304

The Constitution was specifically crafted so that Congress would have a very difficult time getting things done. This us because kneejerk legislation, and hidden cronyism is good for noone in the long term. When the framers compeomised, it was on how power was to be devided between State and Federal governments and people thought this was good. Now compromise means quid pro quo, "l'll fund your pet project if you fund mine." Getting things done amd compromise aren't good goals in the modern legislative process, because there's so little common value to it any more.

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