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Comment The decade of AI (Score 1) 1144

The combination of *good* AI + Social Media could perhaps help prevent bad behavior in general, by showing users what they need to see in order to cure their "evil" tendencies. The one thing all people have in common is the "good". The differences are what makes people do evil. Obviously, one can easily imagine the horrible consequences if the above is taken too far or if "bad" AI is involved. Be the change you want to see in the world, and don't be evil.

Comment Re:One time pad (Score 1) 128

Why not just increase the entropy by just using a compressed version of the text, eg: instead of using the text of the first article, zip it, and use that as the pad (removing headers etc). Or use some compressed H.264 youtube videos as the pad (arithmetic coding pretty much guarantees a relatively high entropy).

Comment Re:"NVidia Hopes to Sell"... CUDA (Score 1) 35

To be fair, virtually all of CUDA is reasonably close to standard C++, so the learning curve is relatively small compared to previous graphics-oriented languages, and it's easier to get more gpu !/$ than with OpenCL. NVIDIA is also pretty much the only serious GPGPU HW available, so you're kind of tied to your GPU vendor no matter what language you use.

Comment My favorite (Score 1) 211

My personal favorite: Random "Sleep(10);" inserted in the code to "fix" race conditions... In my experience, there is about 10% of SW engineers that are actually good at what they do, 80% that basically suck, and at the opposite end of the spectrum, the remaining 10% are basically borderline retarded.

Comment Latency (Score 1) 239

I wonder what kind of latency they're getting for the controls. Seems like you'd want roundtrip latency to be under 50ms, which best case with speed of light transmission, line-of-sight controls and infinite transmission rate would correspond roughly to a limit of 4000 miles away for the operator... (probably much less in practice since you'd need to account for the time to send visual feedback presumably as a compressed video stream)

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