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Comment Wasting time on solipsisms (Score 1) 98

Chatbots are as close as this singularity-thumper is going to get to his 'post-human' delusion.

I'm sick of this shit. It's a waste of R&D. It's a waste of computing cycles.

Let's make a robot that can sew like the human hand and innovate sweatshops in Asia out of existence.

Let's solve *practical problems now* not waste our time on a solipsism.

Comment Factor out M$ employees... (Score 1) 288

I'm wondering about users who are *not* employed by Microsoft and obliged to use it for some reason.

Factor those out, then factor out any work-only phones running Windows because they were part of an 'enterprise' purchase and cannot change without messing up the whole 'enterprise solution'....

I doubt you'd have even .01%

Comment Manuel Rodriguez Delgado (Score 1) 90

By what magic of DSP voodoo do they propose to shrink a machine which makes a Microwave Oven look like an LED flashlight by comparison down to a "wearable" size/price?

So, miniaturization...this is where I think the core concept of the (fallacious) 'Moore's Law' actually can be seen in effect.

What I mean is, though it is not any kind of formula or 'law', we can see a very idetifiable trend towards making our tech smaller. It's so clear and consistent it's about as close to 'certain' as these kinds of things can be.

The software is there...most of our limitations are hardware...usually battery weight, as boring as it sounds.

I think we will see fMRI applications for consumer products fairly soon, and in general BCI stuff will get smaller.

Have a look at the work of Manue Rodrigeuz Delgado from the 60s and 70s with BCI and just R/F tech...it will blow your mind: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment more like 5% (Score 1) 103

I think about 95% of all concerns raised when it comes to driverless cars are about issues that have been solved and been tested in the field for over a decade.

hype overload!

**rain breaks a these driverless cars**

they can't work in rain or where the surroundings are snow covered, for several reasons...but mainly because in rain they can't see

with snow, it doesn't have to be actively snowing... even if the weather is clear and the roads dry, a white-covered surrounding makes it impossible for the car to navigate

this information is available via the search engine of your choice

Comment Desktop user base is there and ready Linus.... (Score 1) 565

I started the project for my own needs, and my needs are very much fulfilled," Torvalds said. "That's why, to me, it's not a failure.

This is so Linus.

it's a really hard area to enter. .... I'll wear them down.

Who is Linus "wearing down" here?

This speaks to the inherent mistake core Linux developers make that keeps them from accomplishing their (25 year) goal.

**Users want to use the Linux desktop**...but it's not designed well enough to meet their ongoing needs like an M$ or iOS OS does.

Even if they don't know Linux exists, they know they hate Windows 10 and would use an alternative, esp a free alternative.

The user base for the Linux desktop is there...the problem is the Linux desktop isn't good enough.

Comment Re:dumb idea that gets funded (Score 1) 99

If you're worried about the millions of dollars that went into this

No, I'm worried about an entire industry that makes this mistake over and over, taking taxpayer dollars for hype bullshit.

I'm worried about the shitty, uncreative, pointless work people are going to try to pay me to do because of how warped their idea of technology has become...I'm worried that will be the only work I can get.

Lastly, I'm just worried about people...you can see the effects of the GOP defunding of public schools now...by how willing people are to jump on the latest hype/bullshit.

Comment Full-size drone 'wing-man' (Score 3, Interesting) 113

TFA description doesn't mention the 'Avatar' details at all.

The swarms are cool, but the 'Avatar' program is with *full size* F-15, F-16, and F-18's that are autonomous drones that follow a lead pilot in an F-22 or F-35...from TFA:

One new project not previously reported is called Avatar, and calls for the Pentagon to pair high-tech “fifth-generation” fighter jets like the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter with unmanned versions of older jets like the F-16 Fighting Falcon or F/A-18 Hornet, which would be flown without a pilot for the first time.

The Avatar effort was previously called Skyborg by SCO and is known as “the Loyal Wingman” concept in the Air Force, Roper said. The program will require unmanned fighters to act with enough autonomy that the pilot in the manned jet doesn’t have to direct them all the time.

This is also the future for Google's AI-cars, the actual practical application will be in long-haul trucking. AI will never replace human drivers...Google's cars with no steering wheel will never be implimented. However, we will see the self-driving car tech used in the same way as this aircraft application. One human-driven lead vehicle with AI drones following the human.

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