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Comment Re:Transhumanism, Moore's Law, etc... (Score 1) 181

In 1954 Norbert Wiener published "The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society.
In it he said:"...let us remember that automatic machines, whatever we think of any feelings it may have or may not have is the precise economic equivalent of slave labor. Any labor which competes with slave labor must accept the economic conditions of slave labor"(p.220)

Is there any good answer to this forecast?

Comment Re:The Beginning of a Larger Future Change (Score 1) 622

Back in the 50s a mathematician, Norbert Wiener, published "The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and society".

He wrote"...the automatic the precise economic equivalent of slave labor..."(p.220)

"... there is nothing in the industrial tradition which forbids an industrialist to make a sure and quick profit and to get out before the crash touches him personally."
"... will lead to an immediate transitional period of disastrous confusion." (p.219)

Comment memory.Isaac Asimov (Score 1) 290

In "It's been a good life" (p.28) he is quoted as saying:

"I did not realize that my memory was remarkable until I noticed that my classmates didn't have memories like it.
After something had been explained to them, they would forget and would have to have it explained again. In my case it was only necessary that I be told once."

Comment Re:Hmmmmm (Score 1) 453

Some philosopher of science pointed out that if the physical properties of some substance varied over time in an apparently random way it would be almost impossible to have any scientific knowledge. e.g. if gold changed its specific gravity, colour, conductivity etc . randomly over a time period exceeding the usual human life time.
This would seem to apply to the output of creative artists, e.s.p and stock traders who actually have the Midas touch.(for a time!)


Electric Car Goes 375 Miles On One 6-Minute Charge 603

thecarchik writes with this quote from AllCarsElectric: "We all know that battery packs are the weakest link in electric vehicles. Not only are they heavy and expensive, but they take a long time to recharge and on average can only provide around 100 miles per charge. A German-based company has changed all that with a new vehicle capable of driving up to 375 miles at moderate highway speeds. ... It doesn't end there. The company responsible for the battery pack, DBM Energy, claims a battery pack efficiency of 97 percent and a recharge time of around 6 minutes when charged from a direct current source. Unlike the small Daihatsu which was heavily modified by a team in Japan earlier this year that achieved a massive 623 miles on a charge at around 27 mph, the Audi A2 modified by DBM Energy was able to achieve its 375 miles range at an average speed of 55 mph."

Comment Re:It was clearly not a pandemic (Score 3, Interesting) 158

search "The Times of India" for "swine flu"
You will find:
A: that there has been a 40% increase in swine flu cases recently.
B:that it requires 2 tests to confirm that a particular swab is swine flu rather than ordinary flu.
C: that the first test to establish that it is flu and not a common cold is cheap; but that the test to identify swine flu costs up to 5000 rupees (~$100)
D: that the second test is frequently not done and the results from the first test are assumed to be swine flu; which leads to a lot of false positives.
E: that some of the WHO experts had (have/) ties to pharma companies

Comment Re:Tech is still Tech, yucko! (Score 1) 435

Nice reference to Kipling.
The article in Spiegel Online has 3 parts; the third is:
Part 3: Learning How to Use the Internet Productively

If this had come first most of the article would be window dressing.
How could you expect kids to know anything if the schools don't teach?

From my perspective the "Singularity" has arrived.

I have access to over 1 million books on line; this is a greater library than anyone has ever had in the past.
And a "paper" library this large would require many servants to look up and run to bring the book that I requested.
When my kid was growing up there was no Gutenberg; I frequently had to say "I don't know" to many of his questions.
Now I just go to the internet
A fantastic increase in (my) knowledge

Comment Re:Yes, interesting. (Score 1) 345

IIRC back in the fifties a BOAC aircraft crashed in the caribbean. It had 2 radio direction finders, one of which developed a small fault which caused it to indicate a different direction.The pilot had no other source of information, and picked the wrong instrument.
This problem with only 2 sources of information was not new.
Ships captains, before radio etc. never had just 2 chronometers as they had no way of knowing which was correct. So they had either one or 3 or more

Comment Re:Good data? (Score 1) 102

Follow the money
The CDC states that only a PCR test can distinguish between seasonal flu and H1N1,
PCR tests cost between 100 to 300 dollars and takes about 2 days. ( the costs in India were said to be about 200 dollars.
The PCR machines are expensive; from 50,000 to 100,000 dollars.
They require trained staff
They can only do so many tests ia a day
The WHO talks about "confirmed" cases; but not about the lack of PCR machines in most of the world.

(Hearsay) a distant relative, a nurse in the USA, says that when the results of a "quick" test (that can only indicate flu or not flu,) comes back she is told to always mark it as H1N1.
The CDC stats that treatment should begin within the first 48 hours; i.e the time it takes to get the PCR result.
So the physician assumes the worst and initiates treatment appropriate to H1N1

Comment Re:Already possibly debunked (Score 1) 258

(and esp. PaddyM's link showing other researchers see selection bias in the Canada study

I checked both links and could find no reference to SEEING selection.
Some commentators have SUGGESTED that there may have been selection.
No-one has noted that a number of provinces have found the evidence sufficient to halt the promotion of the c\ a number of medical people other than the researchers have seen something.

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