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Comment Re:AI does what AI is programmed to do (Score 1) 157

The "DANGER of AI" is that the AI will be somebody's bitch. Whose?

AI is "merely" another form of power, and adversaries-who-have-power are always a threat. Don't worry about AI; you should worry about $THEM getting AI, thereby causing $THEM to have an edge over you.

100.0% of techs are just like this. When you're pointing your nuclear missile at someone else, it's good. When someone else is pointing one at you, it's bad.

Comment Re:Good enough human surgeons (Score 2) 50

Perhaps, but with this system you wouldn't need even a mediocre surgeon ... they could just put ANYONE behind the controls and let the robot do its thing. The operator could be a minimum wage employee, or perhaps a member of the janitorial staff.

Can't you see the advantage of this?

Comment Dear Editors: (Score 3, Informative) 50

... can crawl into an incision in the eye and lift a membrane no more than a hundredth of a millimeter.

Is that the incision width, the lift distance limit, or the membrane thickness? A few extra words and comas -- actually in TFA -- would help:

Using a joystick and a camera feed, MacLaren guided the arm of the Robotic Retinal Dissection Device, or R2D2 for short, through a tiny incision in the eye, before lifting the wrinkled membrane, no more than a hundredth of a millimeter thick, from the retina, and reversing Beaver’s vision problems.

Comment Re: Airline pilot checking in... (Score 1) 162

Actually, every new Tesla is delivered to your door and then they spend several hours with you teaching you everything about the car. Our Tesla is a 2013 so does not have this. But from what I have heard, on the new cars, they spend about an hour on the AP getting customer comfortable. And consider the fact that this is only used on the most dangerous conditions ( highways/rural roads vs slow urban ), and still has way less than average, I would suggest that is proof enough that Tesla has done enough training.

Comment Re:They took the worst part of Python (Score 0) 187

For most Python programmers, the block syntax is one of the things they like the most. It's true that a bad copy and paste or accidentally deleting some spaces in the wrong place can break things badly and potentially lead to subtle bugs. But in practice, that doesn't seem to be a significant problem.

So it can either "break things badly and ... lead to subtle bugs" or it's "not a significant problem". As someone else said, "a ringing endorsement".

The fact is you should be indenting consistently anyway, so braces and semicolons are superfluous, and ugly.

Doesn't change the fact that the Python block syntax can cause serious problems and offers *no* actual benefit over using delimiters like {} and using delimiters solves the problems Python's syntax can cause. The simple fact is there's no need for this syntax in Python other than the whim and hubris of the language developer.

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