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Comment Re:that would be the opposite of intelligence (Score 1) 70

no matter how big and complicated you make that circumstance

You don't know that, you assume it. Look at it in a different way: we do not know what "makes" intelligence, sentience, self-awareness or what might comprise or "create" a soul -- or even if there is such a thing (do you have one? Not sure if I do).

Point is, let Google / Alphabet and the likes throw huge amounts of money, manpower, science and more and more and exceedingly sophisticated technology at this kinda thing and chances are that some day they'll end up with something

[ ] awesome
[ ] scary
[ ] devastating
[ ] meaningless

if only by mere coincidence. Take your pick :)

IOW, fast forward neural networks and quantum computing 15 years and ask yourself: will it be usable?

Comment Re:AVG constantly upselling (Score 1) 104

AVG used to work fine, even when it became somewhat bloated. I recommended it quite a few times over other products and was generally thanked for my suggestion. I stopped using or recommending it last year when they changed their privacy policy and stated they'd sell whatever data they can gather from AVG anti virus installs. Back then, I thought that this wasn't just a bad move, but that they also might get swallowed up by a competitor pretty soon. Go figure.

Comment Re:How do you define robot or how many displacemen (Score 1) 262

I guess you are raising quite a few valid questions, but IMHO "requires rethinking everything from taxation to legal liability" seems like a reasonable approach, while the actual outcome is by no means fixed. What's wrong with rethinking, reconsidering and trying to find a way to deal with the repercussions of Industry 4.0, which is, I guess, what they're trying to do? I wish this was discussed more widely throughout the world, as it's one of the major challenges of mankind, but we mostly get the "let's build the wall and compel others to pay for it" kinda politics.

Comment Re:One of many feedback mechanisms (Score 2) 170

Also, there is a limit to the amount of additional CO2 that is beneficial to plant growth, and it's a complex matter: CO2 enhanced plants will need extra water. Too high a concentration of CO2 causes a reduction of photosynthesis in certain of plants. Plants with exhorbitant (sic) supplies of CO2 run up against limited availability of other nutrients. Increasing CO2 will increase temperatures throughout the Earth. This will make deserts and other types of dry land grow. Et cetera, et cetera. Talk about simple ... .

Comment Just circumvent the deadline ... (Score 1) 982

For those who want to keep Win7/8 but want to make sure they won't have to pay for WinX after the end of July, just grab a fresh HD/SSD and perform a WinX clean install instead of an upgrade of your existing system. Remove the HD/SSD and replug your old Win7/8 drive and keep the WinX install until January 14, 2020.

Comment Re: A cyberattack that kills people can obviously (Score 1) 47

Due to the nature of IP packets they are inherently unsuitable as a casus belli. This is common sense and whoever says otherwise wants to make sure to be able to construct grounds for war whenever necessary. If your scenario originated in Russia and the Russians made it look like the attack came from China, or from Norway, New Guinea or the Philippines, who'd you attack? Besides, where's the "I am part of a state sponsored cyberattack" flag inside the packet and why would I as an attacker set it? You've been lied to about Iraq's WMD, so why wouldn't they lie to you about the origin of TCP packets (the source of which can be spoofed)? Etc. etc. If you think of it, the whole "a cyberattack that kills people can obviously be grounds for war" nonsense is just that -- nonsense. Don't let them brainwash you into believing it's not.

Comment Re:"Wendy's profit, revenue beats expectations" (Score 1) 921

I was just trying to add some actual numbers to the discussion. I wouldn't call a preliminary profit of $85.9 million "breaking even", but never mind me. 31 cents a share compared with 6 cents a share the previous year probably means that the announced automation is not a "response to the rising minimum wage", but another measure of shareholder value and profit maximization. IOW, rising minimum wages might cause a share return below 31 cents, but not the end (of profitability) of Wendy's or their franchisees. There's no "need" to lay off people and replace them by "ordering kiosks", it's just, well, more profitable.

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