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Comment Re:Are we allowed to criticize this snake oil yet? (Score 1) 125

It's not the cost of the tube, it's the cost of putting a tube across 1000s of peoples land, crossing rivers and mountains with limited access for machinery, and all the other random things you'll find trying to cross large stretches of land. If you've already set about putting a brand new Maglev train in place; the added cost of simply enclosing it in a large tube isn't likely to be very much in the grand scheme of things.

Comment Localhost (Score 3, Insightful) 37

I always thought it seemed kind of foolish to run the web service and the tor node on the same system. Seems like it would be better to run the tor node on its own system and act as a gateway for the web server (with all appropriate firewall rules to prevent server from talking to anyone besides tor node) This would not only prevent this kind of attack where local host traffic is semi trusted. But perhaps more significantly it would prevent the webserver from ever leaking it's public address as it can't know what it is. My 2 cents

Comment Re:Halliburton builds the robot factories (Score 1) 294

Ahh but the displacement of work by AI is different then the displacement of humans by AI.
I would agree that if we create really good AI then there are going to be huge economic impacts.
But if you want to take it to the next step and then suppose we as a species are going to be replace by AI and that it is going to be our master or whatever. Then in order for that step you need not only really good AI but a way for AI to replace our bodies as well.
If that's the case then the AI would need to then design, one generalized or more likely 100s of specialized, machines and then field them in the millions.
I'm not saying it can't happen. It's just that A needs to come before B. And for however long it takes for AI to happen, you then need to take even more time on for the machines to come along after that.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 294

But managing pipelines, traffic light, and ATC systems won't get you much further then the 'killing a lot of humans' stage of any AI take over plan.
How would our fledgling AI construct itself a new power plant so it can grow? And then no matter how smart it may be, how does it substantially cut down the time that is actually required to build that power plant? No matter how much fast it maybe able to grow in cyberspace; it's still constrained by very real boundaries in physical space.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 294

We already have protein based self-replicating nanobots... we call them bacteria. Not sure how they can help skynet though.
But yes the "infiltrator" model where instead of simply trying to take over upfront terminator style it works behind the scenes stats a business designs some new products and works slowly to take over the world is probably more 'realistic'.
But then you've pushed any possible timeline of machine take over out even further then simply the creating of AI, you're looking at probably 20 more years of it consolidating power before it makes it move, and as stupid as humans are you'd have to assume we'd see it coming at that point.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 294

Yah you notice in terminator how they neatly skip over the part from skynet archives consciousness to self sustaining robot factories.
I think in the most recent one they had a throw away line about how it enslaved humans to build the factories.
Alright fair enough I can give you that. But who runs the power plant? Who's supply fuel to your power plant? Manufacturing replacement parts? Where are the resources coming from? Skynet was based in San Francisco... I wonder how far the closest copper mine is from there? Certainly going to need some iron.... and lets not forget all the rare earth stuff it would need to find. Some forges would also be nice if you actually plan to use any of that.... And of course you need to feed your slaves. some make sure to capture some farmers.

I can't even imagine how many people geographically distributed across the globe you would need to control a modern economic supply chain. Not to mention all those people you didn't manage to enslave would be attempting to stop you. So make sure you take control of a military as well...(of course how you would enslave people that you promptly give guns to is an interesting question)

Comment Really? (Score 1) 294

Even if we are somehow close to creating a strong AI and that's a pretty big IF.
What threat could it pose since there is no way for it to get out of the computers. Even if it managed to take over every computer in the world it would still be totally dependent on man to keep it running. If it did something we didn't like we'd simply yank all the fiber and power lines to it and it would be dead.
In order to be really a threat an AI needs to be able to effect the physical world and that simply isn't there yet. Nor likely to be there any time soon.
Maybe it could open a dam or blow up a pipeline or even worse case get into military systems. But really if an AI could do it; that means any hacker could do it, and I'm much more afraid of that.

Comment Re:Number 4 (Score 3, Informative) 56

Yah that's why the photo caught my eye; I was thinking why would people inside a several foot thick concrete dome need harnesses and fire blankets... whomever is in this room is not having a good day.
After knowing what it's called there is an even more amazing article on that very room.
They join technicians working on the platform to jump down a chute on the north-side of the platform that connected to the teflon-lined slide that rapidly gets them underground.
That 200-foot slide empties into the aptly-named "rubber room" with its rubber floors meant to absorb the impact of the explosion occurring on the pad surface 40 feet above them. Hopping off the landing ramp, the people would scurry to their left into the fallout shelter, a domed room suspended on shock-dampening springs and sealed off with massive blast-proof doors. Inside, the chamber held 20 chairs, a toilet and carbon dioxide scrubbing equipment to keep the occupants alive until rescue teams arrive.


Comment Re:Number 4 (Score 5, Informative) 56

So follow up...(thank you google image search) Wired also is carrying the pictures and actually tells you what they are instead of BS like "Abandoned Secret NASA Complex"
Number 4 is
"Shelter Dome, Rubber Room, Launch Pad 39B, Kennedy Space Center, FL, 1996. “Adjoining the Rubber Room was a Shelter Dome room with the floor set on springs to isolate the occupants from whatever conflagration may be occurring above them as they seek shelter.”

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