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Comment Re:What does THAT have to do with anything? (Score 2) 102

My feeling is that this is a PR stunt. Basically they give the opinions from 17 people at MS that happen to belong to a "minority" group (in IT). They want to show the world that they do have female researchers.

Problem is, the headline says "MS researchers offer predictions..." where it should read "MS female researchers offer predictions...". Why? because if you just say "researchers" people will assume the selection criteria to be "top researchers".

Its like you ask to "offer predictions" to those MS researchers born on a day that happens to be a prime number. The result will not be as solid as if you ask the "top researchers", right?

Comment Re:Work is more than a money producer. (Score 2) 426

I think the answer is to not have an UBI that allows for a comfortable life and then remove the minimum wage.

People will still work if they can, unemployment will go down and those that cant really work for a reason, at least will not live in absolute poverty.

So I would say an initial UBI of $200 and then lower the minimum wage by $200. This will get most people even. But it will make living conditions a little easier for the bottom income segments.

Then we can start raising it up.

Comment Re:This is just advertising (Score 1) 426

It is not about how much money is going around, but how the value is distributed.

UBI requires new taxation. It is pretty much like the existing welfare system that requires taxation. The main differences are:

1. This will require extra taxation on top of what we have now. And this is reasonable because with the current taxation system the income gap is increasing and the gini coefficient is escalating.
2. This money will be distributed to everyone without the government or the bureaucracy controlling it. Same amount to each one, so no power play will be available for the different factions in power to co opt it on their favor.

Simple and effective.

Comment Re:Textbook example of how to game a test. (Score 1) 260

So the streaming client that runs with edge is better than the streaming client that runs with Chrome. Good. What about browsing the internet?

Even if you talk about watching videos, it will be different depending on what codecs are used. Maybe you don't get the same result if you watch VP9 encoded videos. Are we really talking about the flash player? is edge using hardware decoding?

Comment Re:Teachable moment for the pols (Score 3, Insightful) 247

Absolutely.
What this news tell us is Intel could have sold 10 million cores but was forbidden from doing so. The money that could have gone Intel's way have been used to improve Chinese chip manufacturing and the USA has failed to achieve the goal of stopping China from building a supercomputer more advanced than the best one in USA.

Hilarious

Comment This is interesting (Score 5, Insightful) 109

So AlphaGo is not so far away from a Dan 9 human player.

My guess is that the mistake AlphaGo made on move 79 will be analyzed and a new version will be created, stronger than the current one. Maybe this analysis will point to a whole class of mistakes that will be fixed.

It is a bit like when Google's self driving cars make a mistake. This mistake is used as input for the next release of the software so it doesn't act the same way next time. With this process, one car making a mistake results in a change in behavior of all of the cars, because with AI it is possible to communicate new knowledge to the rest of the cars. All of them improve, unlike humans for whom transmitting the new knowledge involves a lot of work or may not even be possible.

Comment Re:That's quite a leap... (Score 5, Insightful) 117

No it isn't. Who ever said that winning "Go" games was a step towards AI?

Winning at a game that cannot be brute forced and is played through strategy and pattern matching is a step towards AI. Having a part of the skills coded by programmers while another part of the skills is learned by the system by playing is a step towards AI.

Comment Re:short circuiting the branching factor (Score 1) 117

Exactly. The fact we don't understand how our brains work means we tend to attribute supernatural powers to them. But what about the only thing they do is statistical inference, montecarlo, pattern matching... That would mean that as we approach the processing power of a brain in your typical $1000 hardware, we would be able to implement artificial intelligence without developing new ideas or techniques. This is unlikely, but the success of neural networks of lately is the result of having more processing power thrown at the problem. Not the result of big theoretical advances.

Comment Re:That's quite a leap... (Score 2) 117

Yes, lets define intelligence as what computers cannot yet do... This win has narrowed the definition quite a lot.

The relevant part of this win is that a machine using pattern matching, generalization and reinforcement learning has beaten the best human at the only game left where humans bested machines.

I guess this is pretty relevant. It is not general AI, but it is a big step in that direction.

Comment Re:Greed is greed... (Score 1) 99

You have to give it to Zuckerberg. His rationalization of greed is brilliant. When he says: "Internet connectivity should be a human right", he means "Facebook should be a human right". If you put this together with his absolute disregard for people's privacy rights when they get in the way of his making money, it is clear that this is not a humanitarian effort.

And it didn't fly.

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