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Comment Re:Not really a success for the AI (Score 2) 78

Yeah, it's weird that this is being bragged about, considering Demis Hassabis and DeepMind trained their game-playing AI so that the only input it received was the pixels on-screen. You'd think advances in game-playing / learning AI would build on top of that, not go backwards.

For anyone who hasn't seen this yet, here's footage of some of the technology behind DeepMind's AlphaGo (the AI that beat Lee Sedol at Go last year) learning to play old arcade games, eventually becoming superhuman at them. I jumped ahead to right before the demo: https://youtu.be/rbsqaJwpu6A?t...

Comment Re:Anthropological principle (Score 1) 187

But we know that it does exist, because we experience it.

Considering the fact that defining "consciousness" is proving very slippery, I'd say it's a big assumption to say that we know it exists, considering we can't even agree on what we mean by "it."

So what does that tell us? That we need to abandon the notion that empiricism is the end-all-be-all of understanding, for one.

And another big assumption. Just because we can't define consciousness yet doesn't mean we can't subject whatever it is (if it exists) to empirical tests. We simply don't know yet. Just because we don't know something now doesn't mean we never will. It's too early to invoke hand-waving.

Comment Re:Accept the fact that technology moves on. (Score 1) 917

I take it you haven't seen Humans Need Not Apply? It's a good 15-minute overview of the coming automation boom, and explains why the jobs that are going to be lost won't be coming back, and the people who lose them won't necessarily find something new to do for work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment Re:Other than Brother... (Score 1) 387

Yep. I've been using the same black and white laser printer for 11 years now. On top of that, it's still using .... *drumroll* ... the same cartridge it originally came with. I haven't had to replace it yet. Insanity.

Of course, as others have said, people don't print nearly as much these days, which explains the long life. But I've always preferred lasers to inkjets. No nozzle cleaning, no warmup.

FWIW, it's a cheapo HP.

Comment Re:Won't shrink this to fit into your phone (Score 1) 87

This is for training. Once the training is done, the model can be used in a cell phone.

Case in point, voice recognition.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't voice recognition performed by the cloud? The phone simply records and transmits your voice to the cloud for processing.

Comment universe as incubator, temporary nursery (Score 3, Interesting) 312

My money's on the idea that our universe is just an incubator for new life. A nursery. Stars are heat lamps, planets are nests, etc. Eventually, technological civilizations grow out of childhood, learn enough about their surroundings to realize there's much more out there, and their tech develops enough to let them escape and join the party outside the universe, where all the other super-old civilizations are. Crazy rambling, I know, but it's a good seed for ideas.

Comment Re:So true (Score 3, Insightful) 126

It seems to me to be a rather empty existence if you define your worth by nothing but what you make [...] if your definition of self is only in what you make, then what does that really say? What is the point?

You get a measure of immortality. (If you're good enough at whatever it is you do, and enough people know about it or buy it.)

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