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Comment Re:Obligatory XKCD (Score 2) 386

The problem is easily lampooned.
A major problem is that devs are computer literate.
They are likely to understand an explicit list changing to a little downwards pointing arrow in a new version, where the arrow simply needs clicked to expose the list.

Now try explaining this change over the phone to a 90 year old, who's just about coping with the existing interface.
'Trivial' changes often aren't.

Comment Re:Ok, Google... (Score 1) 606

You can't. I've had alexa trigger (mostly unintentionally) while listening to streams with streamers that have very high pitched voices. I couldn't say the activation word that high pitched if I tried.
It's intended for 'smart home' type uses, where having to enrol different users is presumably thought to be a significant negative.

Comment Re:"alternate vendors" (Score 1) 606

Depending on your intent, and jurisdiction, perhaps.
In the UK, for example, it seems likely to be covered under the computer misuse act.
Little 'hacking' legislation specifies the internet, just saying things like 'intentional unauthorised access'. (and no, not having a password is not the same as having authorisation)

Comment Suddenly a sofa. (Score 4, Informative) 389

http://rocknrollnerd.github.io... - I recommend.

It's really hard to predict what the deep learning is in fact learning. It may be often useful over the training, this very much does not mean that it's going to do the expected when faced with the unexpected, and not for example decide that it should go over an intersection because the person next to it is wearing a green hat that looks more like a green light than the red light looks like a red light.

Comment Re:You have nothing to fear of robots taking jobs (Score 1) 99

'those jobs that involve doing the exact same series of steps repeatedly are the most vulnerable.' - not quite.

Those jobs that involve a large number of people in the same facility, doing the same steps are extraordinarily more vulnerable.

Any new factory setup wil be reducing employees to the bare minimum.
If you're building a new factory in the USA, and contemplating employing workers at $10/hr for 5 years (three shifts), that's $500K per station or so (probably more costing all costs of employees.

If you have even 100 employees constantly doing a very similar job, you can easily afford to spend 5 million developing a custom robotic solution, and deploying it for another $5m ($50K/station), and come very considerably out in front.

($10/h*24h*365*5 = 438k. Employers taxes and obligations add to this comfortably exceeding the 500k figure for three shifts)

Comment Re:How short term is short term to this guy? (Score 1) 99

'within the next century' - I don't think you realise what that means in this context.
In 1917, automated machines pretty much used simple mechanical 'memory' and automation. The position of a tool was set in much of mass production by a template of some form that was followed.
In 1917, there were 2.5 million horses in the UK.
There were 0.3 million cars.

50% is _way_ too low.
50% of jobs can easily go away in the next three decades, conservatively.

Starting out, in the UK, there are 500000 truck drivers, another 300000 taxi drivers, add in postmen, and you get around a million.
That's 3% right there, a substantial majority of which are simply automatable once self-driving vehicles come in.
Farming is currently another 1.5% or so of people, and advances in computer vision, simple automation, and small robotics is increasingly being trialed on a small scale. Most of these jobs are going away.
Similarly, construction, much of retail, warehousing, security, ...
50% of jobs simply aren't 'creative'.

Comment They should really be always on. (Score 0) 167

Yes, there may be a privacy button - which switches the camera to recording in a different encryption key that is only available through a process with adequate safeguards. Allowing the cop the opportunity to review the video is in general a terrible idea, if done before they have given a statement.
Otherwise, their statement will always precisely match the video, with an interpretation of the events that make the cop look good, or a description of what happened off camera view. The person being recorded on the other hand will likely have to give a statement from memory, so his statement will seem to have more clear errors that are obviously not what happened (as all statements do), and be less credible.

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