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Comment Re:Nothing (Score 1) 115

That's too bad. I have a degree in computer science and have worked with machine learning for the last twenty or so years. The progress in the last five years has been incredible. Today a student can build a system on their own computer that easily solves problems that the my-brain-is-magic types thought were unsolvable ten years ago. That doesn't guarantee that the progress will continue, but it looks promising, and is already incredibly useful.

Comment Re:Shut up, indeed. (Score 1) 115

Your UID is low enough to remember the real Slashdot, when computers that could translate the world's languages in better than realtime, drive cars better than humans, and beat the best chess players would definitely have been AI.

We seem to have been invaded by irritable American political pundits in the meantime.

Comment Re:They tell you upfront it isn't going to be good (Score 1) 168

That was indeed one of the best (if not the best) TOS episode. Very powerful, very well written, and I also remember how I saw it the first time, I did actually notice the difference in their faces but couldn't imagine that this was the reason for their mutual hunt, it was so silly, pointless and insane.

Still is.

Comment Re:They tell you upfront it isn't going to be good (Score 1) 168

The cynic in me would say that TNG tried to be PC, but failed miserably at it by using stereotypes to be PC. The women got the "empathy" positions (medicine and counselor), the blacks the dangerous and menial ones (engineering and security) and the android was the science guy.

Plus Wesley Crusher, the Jar-Jar of the Star Trek universe.

Comment Re: Misdemeanor? (Score 1) 256

It is not. At least I sure as fuck hope it isn't.

It also wasn't a sudden thing back then. If you look at the history of Europe in the first half of the 20th century, you will notice that a lot of countries descended into dictatorships after an attempt at democracy, and so did Austria. Hitler didn't remove a democratic government in Austria when he took over, he ousted another fascist dictatorship.

What happened here was a slow process. What you observe now in the US was pretty much what was going down in continental Europe in the late 1920s and early 1930s, where "loyal party members" voted openly to eliminate any doubt of their loyalty. Eventually it became customary to do so. And from there it was only a small step to being suspicious if you dared to vote secretly. After all, what do you have to hide?

It certainly is not going to cause a problem at this election. And not with the next. But this has never led to more democracy, only to less.

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