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Journal Journal: Climate Change/Global Warming and So-Called 'Artificial Intelligence'

Here on Slashdot, there are plenty of people who think that so-called 'AI' is going to solve all of humanitys' problems.
There's also plenty of people here who scoff at the idea of climate change being caused by human activity.
There also seems to be quite a large crossover between the two groups.
Now, I want you all to consider this: What are you going to do when your much-revered AIs tell you that humans are causing global warming, and that the efforts to correct it, which you all were so vehemently against, are the correct course of action to stop and reverse it?

Are you getting a brain aneurysm yet? Head exploding into a fine red mist? You're welcome.

I can but hope for the day to come when the above happens. I'm going to laugh so hard and so long that I'll likely pull a muscle or two, then pull up a comfy chair, and sit there with an extra-large bucket of popcorn (extra butter, of course) and watch the fun.
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Journal Journal: You can't even get a robot to fold laundry competently

This morning I hear on NPR about how Panasonic has invested $60M on a robot just to fold laundry -- but it takes ten minutes for it to fold one shirt.

Now, you have to ask yourself: How the hell do you expect a robot to competently drive a car by itself, when you can't even get a robot to fold laundry any faster than thousands of times slower than a human being can? Rhetorical question; you can't.
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Journal Journal: Post-Trump: Moving Forward, Together 2

In the post-Trump America for at least the next 4 years, there are some things that those of us who did not vote for Trump must remember:

  • We're all citizens of the United States, and while things aren't always all hearts and roses, we love this country and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. As such we must continue to defend and support the United States, as a country, and our fellow citizens -- even when we don't always agree with them.
    • This does not however mean that you have to nod your head and rubber-stamp people's 'opinions' when those opinions promote racism, sexism, and hate; continue to fight against the things you know are wrong.
  • An important point for you all to remember: You can -- and should -- support the Office of the President -- But you do not have to support the person behind the desk. If President Elect Trump continues to spout the same hateful, spiteful, racist, sexist, bigoted, loud-mouthed bullying, like he's a spoiled brat 12 year old suburbanite boy having a tantrum, then speaking out against it, especially to Trump himself, is part of being a good American, and I encourage you to do so at every opportunity -- just remember: be polite and respectful, no profanity, no threats of violence, but speak firmly, concisely, deliberately, and intelligently. Don't stoop to his level. Remember your right to Freedom of Speech. The United States is not some authoritarian dictatorship where you get thrown in jail for criticizing your government or the people within it. 'Of the people, by the people, and for the people' means that everyone in the government, all the way up to the President, is here to serve us, the citizens of the United States, not the other way around.
  • Four years may seem like a long time, but it's not an eternity. The United States has endured worse, even if you're not old enough to know that. This, too, shall pass. The needle is swinging back the other direction, hard, right now, because 8 years of Obama has left a nasty taste in everyones' mouth. It'll swing back the other way sooner or later.
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Journal Journal: Today is a Dark Day for the United States 12

I am a middle-aged white man, born, raised, and have lived in the United States my entire half-plus-century of life. I did not vote for Donald Trump, or for Hilary Clinton. And today, I am ashamed to call myself an American citizen. Why? Because willful ignornace, hate, racism, sexism, bigotry, and fear have won out out over our better nature. Hilary Clinton is no saint -- I don't trust her -- but Donald Trump is, and will continue to be, at least an order of magnitude worse on all counts. I fear for the future of the United States. I fear for the good things that have developed over the last 50 years. I even fear for the lives of some of my friends. But mainly I am very sad to see the needle swing so violently, slamming up against it's stop on the far, far right of the meter. If you thought that America was hated by the world now, after the Bush family of traitors and all they did, just wait until Donald Trump, with his complete lack of self-control, gets done angering even our allies to the point where they refuse to stand by us. If you are one who voted for Trump, then know this: I will point and laugh at you when the day comes that you realize what it is you've done to us all -- right before Trumps' jackbooted thugs shoot me in the face for daring to speak out against the first authoritarian dictator of the United States of America.

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Journal Journal: Here's a scenario for you 'self driving car' advocates to consider:

It's the future; say, 20 years from now. 'Self-driving cars' have become fairly common. Naturally, they're wireless capable for software updates, traffic information -- and other things, like emergency control by 'proper authorities', of course. Now, here's where the dream turns into a nightmare: The 'authorities' (read as: the government) can completely control your self-driving car, totally overriding any destination you've set it for, and even to the extent of the doorlocks and the ability to even open the doors and exit the vehicle. Surprise! You're completely and totally controlled, contained, and have ZERO freedom now. If the government (or hackers, for that matter) want to dictate to you where you're going, when you're going there, and whether you're allowed to even get out of the vehicle, you have no control over it anymore. So much for your civil and human rights; you no longer have any control over your life, or the lives of your family, if you use such a vehicle. Now, let's turn up the Nightmare mode to maximum: In this ultimate dystopian future, you're not even allowed to own a vehicle that isn't self-driving, regardless of whether or not it's got manual controls for a human operator. You want to go somewhere? You're at the whim of police, the government, hackers, and whoever else has their hands on the real controls. Modifying your vehicle so it's immune to wireless control is a felony with long jail time and a huge fine "because that's unsafe". Public transportation is also self-driving and subject to the same rules; unless you walk or are on a bicycle you're at their whim, and walking or riding a bike gets you stopped and questioned by the local LEOs as suspicious.

Sound too extreme? It's supposed to, that's how cautionary tales are written. Think I'm a nutcase? Nope, I'm just trying to illustrate a point: Be careful what you wish for. If you're not controlling the tools you use, then maybe the tools are controlling you.

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