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Comment Re:Robots are good (Score 2) 236

Exactly. Just think of the following examples - investor making 3% profit on $1,000,000 and paying 10% tax on gains or investor making 300% profit on $1,000,000 and paying 95% tax on gains. Despite later scenario by far more profitable in absolute numbers, 95% tax is not socially acceptable solution in our culture.

Comment Re:Not in my America (Score 1) 236

History shows us that society destabilizes at around 20% unemployment. You will have massive unrest that unlikely will be containable via traditional policing. So we are not just heading toward dystopia, but Dystopia - pick between radical anti-science theocracies or anti-humanist megacorps.

Comment One aspect is safe from AI -bitching about it here (Score 1) 236

At least one aspect is likely safe from AI automation - bitching about AI automation on Slashdot.

In all seriousness, if your job can be automated it will be automated. AI will be the new outsourcing in 2020s. Only it could work 24/7, needs no benefits, pension and can be scaled up by buying more cloud processing space. Creative and expert top 10% will still have jobs, the rest 90% of us will have to find other ways to earn living. Perhaps even with sustenance farming.

Submission + - FCC Takes First Step Toward Allowing More Broadcast TV Mergers (theverge.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In a divided vote today, the Federal Communications Commission took steps that could lead to more consolidation among TV broadcasters, reducing the number of sources of local news. Today’s changes revolve around the media ownership cap — a limit on how many households a TV or radio broadcaster is allowed to reach. The rules are meant to promote diversity of media ownership, giving consumers access to different content and viewpoints. The cap currently prevents a company from reaching no more than 39 percent of US households with broadcast TV. Large broadcasters hate the cap because it prevents them from getting even bigger. And since Trump took office and Ajit Pai was named chairman of the FCC, they’ve been lobbying to have it revised. The FCC’s vote today starts to do that. First, it reinstates a rule known as the “UHF discount,” which lets broadcasters have a bigger reach in areas where they use a certain type of technology. And second, it starts plans to revisit and raise the media ownership cap.

Submission + - Subway Fights Back - In Court, Of Course

jenningsthecat writes: As reported here back in February, the CBC, (Canada's national broadcaster), revealed DNA test results which indicated the chicken used in Subway Restaurants' sandwiches only contained about 50% chicken. Now, Subway is suing the public broadcaster for $210 million, because "its reputation and brand have taken a hit as a result of the CBC reports". The suit claims that "false statements ... were published and republished, maliciously and without just cause or excuse, to a global audience, which has resulted in pecuniary loss to the plaintiffs".

Personally, my working assumption here is that the CBC report is substantially correct. It will be interesting to see how the case plays out — but should this have happened at all? Regulatory agencies here in Canada seem to be pretty good when it comes to inspecting meat processing facilities. Should they also be testing the prepared foods served by major restaurant chains, to ensure that claims regarding food content are true and accurate?

Submission + - Is Google planning to include an ad blocker in Chrome? (gizmodo.com)

OffTheLip writes: According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is considering building an ad blocker into the Chrome browser. Ads that don't comply with the Coalition for Better Ads list of standards would be blocked. Chrome browser market share could force web sites to be more compliant and reduce the need for third party ad blockers such as Ad Block Plus which allow companies to pay their way onto an “Acceptable Ads” list. Is this another way for Google to force their version of standards on web advertising?

Comment Re:I'm not installing (Score 1) 97

This is a self-correcting problem. The next generation will be composed entirely of people averse to Facebook mixed with a tiny minority of people that are immune to direct dopamine stimulation. Since later group is likely have other serious cognitive issues reducing their fitness, within couple generations humanity will have complete immunity to social media.

Submission + - AI Can Predict Heart Attacks More Accurately Than Doctors (digitaltrends.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Scientists from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom have managed to develop an algorithm that outperforms medical doctors when it comes to predicting heart attacks. As it stands, around 20 million people fall victim to cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attacks, strokes, and blocked arteries. Today, doctors depend on guidelines similar to those of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) in order to predict individuals’ risks. These guidelines include factors like age, cholesterol level, and blood pressure. In employing computer science, Stephen Weng, an epidemiologist at the University of Nottingham, took the ACC/AHA guidelines and compared them to four machine-learning algorithms: random forest, logistic regression, gradient boosting, and neural networks. The artificially intelligent algorithms began to train themselves using existing data to look for patterns and create their own “rules.” Then, they began testing these guidelines against other records. And as it turns out, all four of these methods “performed significantly better than the ACC/AHA guidelines,” Science reports. The most successful algorithm, the neural network, actually was correct 7.6 percent more often than the ACC/AHA method, and resulted in 1.6 percent fewer false positives. That means that in a sample size of around 83,000 patient records, 355 additional lives could have been saved.

Submission + - Cylance Accused of Distributing Fake Malware Samples to Customers to Close Deals (arstechnica.com)

nyman19 writes: Ars Technica reports how security vendor Cylance has been distributing non-functioning malware samples to prospective customers in order to "close sales by providing files that other products wouldn't detect."

According to the report: “A systems engineer at a large company was evaluating security software products when he discovered something suspicious. One of the vendors [Cylance] had provided a set of malware samples to test—48 files in an archive stored in the vendor's Box cloud storage account...Curious, the engineer took a closer look at the files in question—and found that seven weren't malware at all.”

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