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Comment What could possibly go wrong? (Score 1) 446

Whatever fancy term you call it, taking drugs at work doesn't sound like an entirely sane thing to do, and most certainly not a longterm solution to anything. Because you just know it will become somewhat compulsory once this new creativity becomes the new norm and you won't be able to keep up sober. Oh, Silly Cone Valley...

Comment Re:The problem with neural networks (Score 3, Informative) 45

Sure, it's all extremely difficult. I'd think with neural networks you can use an evolutionary approach and eventually choose the program which has evolved and performed best over a series of X million of tests. The question "when is the program done" doesn't mean "when has the programmer thought of every last possibility" anymore, but rather "when are we satisfied enough with the statistics that we trust this program enough?"

Comment Re:The problem with neural networks (Score 2) 45

Or, arguably, we need to change our definition of "verifiable"... For complex activities such as driving cars, we're reaching the limits of traditionally programmed computers. A human programmer cannot possibly think of every possible situation a car might encounter on the street and pre-program an appropriate response into the car. Neural networks and "artificial intelligence" doesn't have a pre-programmed response, but could come up with one based on patterns it knows. So it becomes more about giving the machine a robust basis to work on and then training it... just like a human gathers experiences and then applies them to new situations.

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