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Comment Re:That is correct (Score 1) 112

There's no fundamental law against a giant flying reptile that breathes fire either, but that doesn't mean it's actually gonna happen.

Doesn't mean it's not.

so why can't flying firebreathing dragons exist?

There's no fundamental reason they can't. There are very good reasons why the hitherto only mechanism available to produce them, evolution, has failed to do so, but it's not literally impossible.

Some things from science fiction are doomed to remain just that, fiction. That's my opinion.

Then don't state it as fact as you literally just did.

Of course your assertion that true AI will happen is also just an opinion.

a) It can't be both an assertion and just an opinion.
b) I didn't make any such assertion. You've mistakenly assumed, as is so often the way, that I'm taking the diametrically opposite position because I've taken issue with yours.

(although every day that passes with AI continuing to be lame just adds to my side of the argument)

No it doesn't. I could just as blithely claim that every day that passes without self-aware AI is a day closer to self-aware AI coming into existence, if it is ever going to do so. AI is certainly improving every day. We're certainly not getting any further away from having true AI.

If true AI happens, it only has to happen once to prove your guess wrong. To prove your guess right, it'll have to stay fiction for the rest of time.

I would also refer you to this AC comment which you may not have seen:

Comment Re:Do Elite Scientist get a union? (Score 1) 112

Publish papers. Have those papers be cited often by other papers that are also cited often.

More or less like Google's page rank algorithm. But without the 'link circles' in dank corners (at least in theory).

In this case, it would help to know the difference between 'strong AI' and 'machine learning'.

Comment Re:Let them eat Tweets! (Score 1) 1297

Taiwan has chemical and biological weapons (maybe nukes?). Mainland China is posing for domestic politics.

If Taiwan wasn't capable of defending itself, the mainland would have invaded _decades_ ago.

Right now, any war would be a guaranteed pop of mainland China's economic bubbles. The entire central committee would be hanging from lampposts before the end of the week and they know it.

Comment Obtain the password? (Score 1) 44

Levison had custody of his service's SSL encryption key that could help the government obtain Snowden's password.

If they could have obtained the password, Lavabit must have been doing things really wrong, no? Salting and hashing and all that...

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