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Comment The definition is fine (Score 3, Insightful) 213

The definition as proposed is prefaced as a 'geophysical definition of a planet' which already admits that it is using the definition based mostly on if the geophysics of the body is planet like. Saying pluto is a dwarf planet seems pretty good to me as it gives it a special place among planet like objects already. To increase the number of planets to over a 100 objects seems a bit silly. Astronomical bodies that orbit the sun include thousands of things, if the object is really big and clear most of the orbit and is dominant massive object that makes it a proper planet. If it is round but not a big mass then it's a dwarf planet, which still suggests it has planet like qualities.

Comment Isn't the internet non-conservative anyway? (Score 1) 346

The entire concept of the internet is biased anyway isn't it? It's about being mostly open and communicative surely? which is in stark contrast to restrictive conservative doctrines anyway. So if there are stories that are talking about how great a restrictive practice might be that would naturally be reduced in ranking in some way.

Submission + - IBM's Watson Cognitive AI Platform Evolves, Senses Feelings And Now Dances (

MojoKid writes: Artificial intelligence is sort of the holy grail of computing, and while we may never reproduce the human brain or it's capabilities in their entirety in electronic form, the world's brightest minds are now capable of creating rather convincing systems that are beginning to learn more sophisticated concepts and even learn on their own. IBM is working hard on their constantly improving Watson cognitive computing platform. However, the challenge company faces is keeping Watson fresh, with the world's devices producing some 2.5 exabytes of data every day that is expected to blow-up to 44 zettabytes by the year 2020.To keep up with the information overload, IBM announced late last year that it was adding NVIDIA's Tesla K80 processing engines to the mix. Those high performance compute GPUs are playing a key role in Watson's cognitive computing development, especially in terms of natural language processing capabilities. Watson is now more capable and human-like, especially when enabled in a robot body. At NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference (GTC) Rob High, an IBM fellow, vice president, and CTO for Watson, introduced attendees to a robot powered by Watson. During the demonstration, Watson, in robot form, respond to queries just like a human would, using not only speech but movement with even a dance routine in the mix. This is the next level of cognitive computing that's beginning to take shape. Just like a real person, the underlying AI can get a read on people through movement and analysis of their speech. It can determine mood, tone, inflection, and so on.

Comment It's still a sensitive system (Score 1) 257

These kinds of experiments don't really say much about how large scale matter behaves in real world applications. It might have applications in quantum computing but these things are statistical or probability effects that easily collapse. This is important because you still can't send a 'coherent' message faster than light. The signal to noise ratio ends up making the result to noisy to get a signal.

Comment Isn't the issue more about energy storage? (Score 1) 176

It seems to be that storage of energy is really the more critical factor. If we focused on something like rotational fly-wheel storage systems that would be a better strategy. To be able store terra watts of power for weeks or months at a time would be ideal. Then solar would be able to just feed into that store. Of course the engineering challenges of keeping a large disc spinning at high RPMs would be immense I suspect.

Comment But why is there only one spot like this? (Score 2) 45

Isn't the whole point of this area is that is anomalous? at least in comparison to all the other areas of the CMB? yes there are other 'cooler' areas but this seems to be the only one of this magnitude. If this was a common feature across the whole CMB then the cold spot could be considered as part of the standard cosmological model surely?

Comment Scale issues (Score 2) 137

I still think the scale of human mars missions are too small. They need to first develop the engineering to make rotating spacecraft to produce around minimum 0.376 g ( mars gravity), but 1 g craft would be more helpful longer term. To be rotating at less than 1 rpm to avoid nausea means a radius of over 200metres though. But at least with that set up there is more potential living/storage space. The more living space the more people and isolation becomes less of a problem. The larger scale the more protection (especially against radiation) and redundancies of systems can be in place in the event of failures along the way. Ultimately you want a long term project that goes back and forth from Mars to Earth on a regular basis. Something like an extension of the ISS.

Comment Insurance and registration (Score 1) 362

The concept of a full autonomous driving car is still really far way, I estimate in the range of 20-30 years or even more. My understanding is that current autonomous vehicles don't cope with rainy or unknown conditions. The more interesting aspect would be how augmentative safety technologies might reduce insurance premiums, or even reduce certain kinds of legal requirements. For example if your vehicle has auto assisted braking could that allow some one to drive at a different alcohol limit range? It might be that autonomous vehicles at first must be licensed to travel on specific routes. So you would have to register your autonomous vehicle only on specific routes you have 'taught' it first. Only then you could allow it to be 'autonomous' and be able to pay no attention while being transported ( i.e. you don't need a license to be in the vehicle).

Comment Re:Black Mirror (Score 2) 257

but what if the basic income allows people to generate things? those people are not necessarily idle. The idea of a basic income is that they don't have to 'worry' about income. So they can go and focus on doing something they enjoy like create art, make an app, write a book etc, that they can potentially sell and supplement their basic income. You could receive a basic income and still get paid to get contract work from time to time for example. Most people want to be creative or engage in society in some way, even if it just contributing to the social spaces they operate within.

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