So behavioral psychologists are only interested in behavior. So you create an AI that is responding predictably and consistently after simulation and training -- even to novelty. Is it absolutely necessary to know what is going on in the black box? Especially if the device outperforms a human driver. I agree that it is unsettling not to know. Since we have no good theory of mind it is actually unsurprising that when we create a device that seems to have one we don't know exactly what is going on. I think it is pretty cool, actually.
Currently in Ulaanbaatar, which has some of the most aggressive and undisciplined driving I have ever seen. I would love to see the AI that could field these dudes and dudettes. Combat ready!
You know a robo hybrid is not that far off. Volvo is testing 100 cars in Gothenburg as I write. Their idea is to have the car drive when it is boring and the driver take over when he or she wishes or when high skill is needed. Works for me.
From Wikipedia "A cooperative (also known as co-operative, co-op, or coop) is an autonomous association of people united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled business."
I wonder if a state could successfully outlaw a cooperative corporation? IANAL but it seems to me that if they tried they would fail if the co-op had enough public support. And what would the courts say? Now, admittedly, my state of Maryland is bluer than a B.B. King discography. It turns out to have what appears to be a vibrant broadband co-op. which is taking broadband to Southern Maryland. S. Maryland was very rural when I was a boy, but it is now an X-Urb. It seems to me that with some leadership a locality that wanted broadband badly enough could form a co-op if the voters were on board. Anybody have any experience with this?
Years ago I was gifted a book by some very nice people after I gave a talk. The book was How to Develop a Super Power Memory by Harry Lorayne. It was full of practical mnemonics and methods to remember numbers, peoples' names etc. etc. It also delved into the history of the use of memory. The take away? The brain is like a muscle. Use it or lose it. I never became obsessed on the subject, but twenty years later I still use many of the tools outlined in the book to remember things. Mindfullness is a big fad these days. But really it is just watching what you are doing, paying attention, remembering what you need to remember. Like anything else it is a skill that can be sharpened using a set of tried and true tools.
Now permit me to digress onto a related topic. A lot of sturm und drang these days about the dangers of AI. I for one am not too panicked by the prospect of Skynet and its ilk. But to my mind one of the very real downsides of AI is the offloading of memory tasks and degradation of important human abilities. The brain is energy efficient (read: lazy ass) if it knows something is recorded elsewhere or readily available elsewhere it will be more likely to forget it. Look at how our geographic sense deteriorates with GPS.
These days I make an effort not to always Google something the moment I can't summon it into memory. I will give it time and the name of the actress or politician or writer will often percolate up. And if I am returning to a place for a second time I try to visualize my route beforehand and leave my navigation system out of it. Sure. If I am tormented endlessly, or in a heated conversation, or lost, or pressed for time, it makes sense to resort to the computational oxygen around me. But I try to avoid over dependency on it all.
Eating -- I mean with a plate and fork -- Make-up application -- Hair Styling -- Turning Around Completely to talk -- Sex -- Urination (I think) -- Photography (Camera and Phone) I know I have seen other stuff. Feel free to add to the list.
You know, I have recently become more aware of how distracting getting audio is these days. In days gone by the car only had a radio with punch buttons for favorites (Provided one set them). Or later slotting in an 8 Track, a cassette, or CD was not too crazy (not always that safe admittedly) But even tuning the radio dial could be done with eyes on the road. One tuned in by ear, of course.
But now? In my new car with the 9 inch touch screen. Bluetooth, Spotify, Sirius XM and all manner of stuff on the console (Not to mention Sat Nav). It's cool, but to be safe it should at least be teed up while stationary. Touch screen to drill down through menus in traffic? Tempting but relatively distracting. (I confess to succumbing to the temptation on occasion.) If content is from my Android phone I can use voice control, which I like. And hands freeis okay. But truth be told even yakking takes some processing power of the driving task.
I would like to have self drive for the boring bits. Volvo is close to launching a workable solution. Testing a hundred SD cars in real world in Sweden right now. Full manual for when I am in control. Driver Assist nanny randomly kicking in while I am in control would make me unhappy. I drive as mindfully as I can. No daydreaming to the extent possible. Eyes on the road reading down lane. Fully present behind the wheel with active situational awareness using mirrors.. My motivation? Calculating the amount of kinetic energy I have accumulated straddling a controlled gasoline bomb in a steel and plastic egg.
Once upon a time dissecting people was thought unholy, but renaissance physicians like Vessalius did it anyway, risking anything from excommunication to death. Medical progress has always been hampered from time to time by unfounded pseudoreligeous fears.
CRISPR is awesome progress. Germline enhancement is clearly the next step. Certainly a generation of smarter stronger humans can do better with things than we have. China will have no compunctions going towards enhancement. We should not allow squeamishness to prevent us from literally making better people. It won't be hard. The bar is not very high.
Option one: You can run it like a kindergarden.
Option two: You can run it like a university.
Each has it own merits for management. But most of us would choose to be a worker in an option-two company.
I was pleased to read that some of the tape enthusiasts saw the lack of fidelity as a feature not a bug. Music can be enjoyed in very low fi. Over an AM radio for example. And Old 78s of Opera and Jazz are prized. I think the appeal of vinyl is in the warmth that comes with just a taste noise. Not noisy noise, just a little. Like Vaseline on a lens. Or an old faded print. Tube amplifiers produce warm sound with power to boot. We like white noise: ocean sounds; an air conditioner humming away on a hot night. The thrum of a diesel as one shoos through the night dozing in one's first class coupe.
You know this made me glad I kept those old cassettes and the 80s vintage stereo to play them on. Think I'll spin up some Blondie.... maybe Prince.
Anything cut to length will be too short.