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Comment Re:Technology Buzz Words (Score 3, Insightful) 88

The term AI has become synonymous with "something we'll see in 30 years".

AIs can drive cars and pick people out of pictures and even go back through my google photos album and match my 7 yr old with her baby picture (regardless if it does this by inferring that I only have one kid and therefore this is probably it or through facial recognition or some combination of the two, it's a nifty trick.), and beat a world class human at not only Chess but Go. My 13 yr old self, fresh out of reading Neuromancer would have told you we'd need an AI for that.

Now that we've reached there AI has receded into the future.

I saw the presentation last year DC about what they're attempting to accomplish. They want to write code that without human assistance can analyze a binary, (a neat trick by itself with the halting problem) for weaknesses, develop a patch for them, and at the same time attack its opponents and circumvent their fixes.

The real trick will be tho, the winner from the AI contest goes against the human's at Defcon on CTF. The money is heavily against the AI, but even if it places a good showing, it'll

The other issue is that people mistakenly assume that AI means Human-Level intellect (and usually greater-then human, since most of us couldn't beat a wold class Go player.

It's also separate from consciousness.

A computer that's as smart as a barn owl is artificially intelligent (and would probably be a scary good drone pilot).

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Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 118

Yep. If it's actually true that you live in a society where things have degraded to the point that you can't trust the system not to be systemically corrupt, you should probably leave and go somewhere else.

There are checks in any good system, but if you can't have a reasonable expectation that two members of that system won't collude, there's not much that can be done. You have too many defectors, and the particular system you are playing in is headed a bad place and you should probably quit until it gets better.

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Comment Re:What? (Score 3, Informative) 118

A valid point, but not really related specifically to encryption. Once evidence of any kind is gathered, how do you know the evidence is entirely original?

I expect you meant "how do we know the evidence is unaltered." Typically a hash of the data is collected at the point of collection and stored along with other details (filename, length, date/time stamp, collector information) with the collected forensics data. So the hash value can be recomputed and verify that whatever file you're looking at is the same as at the point of collection. Additionally, the standard 'chain of custody' checks can be done to verify that that hash never changed at any point in the history of custody after it was collected. If a key is available, the defense could do their own decryption to confirm that the plaintext presented is the same as the plaintext they produce from a file with the correct hash. Min

Comment Re:Stop with the nannystate warnings! (Score 1) 141

Considering that when there's an accident people slow down almost to a halt in the hope of seeing something "traumatizing", my guess is people, at least the ones who are not actively seeking attention, are not as easily "traumatized" as you think they are.

These people are, frankly, morons. I still get nightmares from a motorcycle accident I was first on the scene of 15 years ago. (PSA: If you ride, PLEASE wear a helmet, if not for you, for the poor smuck trying to save your life.) I can't imagine what it would do to me to actually hit someone. Min

Comment Re:Produce Bitcoins? (Score 4, Informative) 28

It's nearly impossible to mine them profitably. E.g. you'd pay more in electricity then you gain. But if you have enough hosts and don't need to pay for the electricity you're using, or you have access to powerful servers that (again) you don't have to pay for, it changes the economics.

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Comment Re:Just Solipsism and Faith-Based Nonsense (Score 1) 951

Or maybe just like any startup, they roll back bugs big enough for the 'users' to notice and sweep the smaller stuff under the carpet. When they roll back the bug, they roll back time with it. Neat and tidy.

Or maybe we're just programmed not to notice them. Wish I could do that to my users!

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