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Comment Re:On regulation of AI development (Score 1) 72

Before you are allowed to put a driverless car on the market, you must demonstrate that a prototype can drive so many miles under a range of typical circumstances with a limited number of accidents.

More specifically, such a robocar should meet the same requirement that human drivers must meet:.
That is, pass a standard driver's test in every state and province where it is licensed, day or night,
and in every kind of weather that is likely to occur in that area.

Comment Re:Arrow of time (Score 1) 119

It is unclear how sophisticated the observer has to be, but a machine will not do.

In physics, an "observer" is just something that causes waveform collapse.
Anything that absorbs energy at the given wavelength will do.
It could be a person, a machine or a lump of coal.

God, gweihir, you and your fantasy science.

Comment Re:He does have a point... (Score 1) 251

Would a better connection between humans and machines be beneficial?

Sure, that's where GUI's came from.
Brain-machine interfaces will first be developed to aid disabled people (e.g. locked-in syndrome).
Then, as they get better, the military will use them to get faster response times from aircraft, weapons systems, etc.
Finally, ordinary (although wealthy at first) people will covet the advantages these
super-soldiers have (faster reflexes, seeing outside the visible spectrum with 200/20 accuity, etc).

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