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Comment Without prior approval, yes (Score 1) 387

I think its a very good idea to be sure policies are set in writing for everyones protection.

If a company wants unbridled and uncontrolled employees doing work not to the benefit of the company and pay them for it, well ok. I doubt there are many companies that could survive a situation like that.

There should be written policies of what company resources including time are used for, and in the event of violations appropriate disciplinary actions (also defined in writing) should be applied.

Comment Re:The real question is... (Score 1) 50

We aren't selling our 4 year old Tesla because we bought the 4 year extended warranty, so ours has 8 years everything but tires warranty. We don't have the hardware needed for autopilot though so we can't enjoy any self driving goodies the newer models have. If we weren't in belt tightening mode, we might trade it in anyway to get the self driving stuff...

Comment Re:Bullshit. (Score 1) 389

My effort to be brief was made at the expense of clarity. All your points are valid, and point to the fact that some applications are difficult but not impossible to understand and debug. See https://deeplearning4j.org/vis... for an example of such tools.

I have to cry bullshit though when "experts" imply that machine learning (often referred to as AI) is magic that cannot be explained. If it were true, it could never be trusted - certainly when lives are at stake.

Comment Bullshit. (Score 2, Insightful) 389

Script kiddies using somebody else's black box cannot explain how these systems work. These are self proclaimed experts and are certainly not really experts or creators of good code.

Today's well designed neural networks and other machine learning systems can certainly be fully understood and debugged.

Comment Benjamin Franklin would be horrified (Score 1) 444

"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."

What we are living through is a full attack on journalism and truth. Those who are working to that goal seek to create an environment where they can get away unspeakable social atrocities. I remember a time when liars were reviled and never trusted. Today they are given a wink when they pour out alternate facts. Its hard to imagine how a democracy can survive if its voters don't have reliable sources of unbiased facts.

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