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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 18, 2017, 17:28 Mr. Tact
 
I wonder -- How does the size of AT&T now both capitalization and number of employees compare to the AT&T pre 1982 break-up? Four of the seven "Baby Bells" created out of that break-up are now owned by AT&T, again.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 16:49 Mr. Tact
 
PHJF wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 16:28:
Dunkirk is apparently a masterpiece...
Is that your opinion, or someone else's? Truthfully, I don't know that I need another film to remind me how terrible war is. It probably is a good film, just not sure I care to see it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
20. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 18, 2017, 15:41 Mr. Tact
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 15:32:
I don't think any high intelligence would put "mass genocide" on it's to-do list... at least not intentionally and unprovoked. So there is that.
Actually, this is part of the problem. There is no reason to believe any created intelligence would share our values. Unless we somehow manage to integrate them, which when you actually think about it, isn't an easy thing to do. So, if you suddenly have something which thinks much faster than you, but has no morals or sense of right and wrong.... well, the problems are obvious.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 14:23 Mr. Tact
 
Is an attitude like that you should send your resume to the white house.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 14:11 Mr. Tact
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 14:02:
Crap, they are serious https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9w8L_v4ym4
Hmm, what do you think real or fake? I'm voting fake.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 11:23 Mr. Tact
 
I remember using PowerPoint in 1992-1994 and thinking then it wasn't great. It is amazing it has lasted as long as it has...  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 11:12 Mr. Tact
 
PHJF wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 11:10:
They sent me a letter about a month ago saying my claim was insufficient (the claim I'd submitted like 10 months ago), after I'd given them all my hardware IDs and a copy of my newegg invoice. Apparently they did this to a great many people.
I am shocked. SHOCKED!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 17, 2017, 22:43 Mr. Tact
 
So, I was on a movie revenue site and noticed "Alien: Covenant" has made 73M in 59 days. Think that's bad enough to kill and further Alien films?  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 17, 2017, 20:32 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 17, 2017, 18:00:
Machine learning is already a thing. So is machines teaching machines. We're closer to this than 50 years. The good thing is that this is being discussed and planned for, with conversations like this one.

Sam Harris had a great podcast with Wired founder Kevin Kelly about this very topic just 2 weeks ago. Well worth your time.

https://www.samharris.org/podcast/item/landscapes-of-mind
Interesting conversation. But I didn't hear anything to make me think we are within 50 years of anything I would recognize as an AI. However, I am willing to admit it is such a complex thing, it is possible I am wrong. But if I could expect to collect on betting against it, I would. The chimpanzee visual memory test was also interesting, I had not heard about that. Here is one of the videos I found. As I think I might have guessed, children do better than adults.

I think the term they used of "alien intelligences" vs. AI was a good thought process. Yes, there will be computer "intelligences", hell there already are some. A computer which can beat any human in the world at chess is, at some level, intelligent. And those kind of specialized machines will certainly become more common place as time goes on. I saw a 60 Minutes segment on IBM's Watson being used to help find treatments for cancer patients. These things are "on the road" to what I would think of as an AI. But that road is very long...

I did like the idea of the first human singularity being the creation of language. And that no human prior to the creation of language could imagine what life would become after language was created. And how, no two cavemen sat around and said, "Hey, it is so cool we created language. We should have done this a long time ago." It happened without the realization of what a significant change it was. It was only eons later upon reflection the significance was realized.

Although they didn't say this, I think it is reasonable to think if the computer singularity is going to happen, it is likely we won't see it coming and we can not currently imagine what life will be like if it does. And it is possible it will happen without us noticing...
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2017, 15:21 Mr. Tact
 
Okay, I gotta ask... what were her arguments for it?  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 17, 2017, 14:38 Mr. Tact
 
MajorD wrote on Jul 17, 2017, 13:21:
Not familiar with Dan Simmons' Hyperion series, but you've peaked my curiosity to check it out.
Fantastic series IMHO. It is basically two connected stories, each story broken into two novels.

"Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion"

"Endymion" and "The Rise of Endymion"
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 17, 2017, 12:21 Mr. Tact
 
In the Jack Reacher film there is a scene where Tom Cruise/Reacher talks about there being three kind of people who join the Army. First, some just need a job. Second, some what to serve their country. And third, some just want to kill people. It seems this is might be true for police officers too...  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 17, 2017, 12:02 Mr. Tact
 
MajorD wrote on Jul 17, 2017, 11:42:
It may be decades away, but it is better to act/regulate sooner than later in lieu of just marveling at our own advances, and then act when it may be too late.
Maybe. Personally I'd expect any kind of "true AI" will be accidental/unplanned. I find the idea put forward in Dan Simmons' Hyperion series compelling. AI developing pretty much on it's own within our cyber space. Growing from simply understood 80 byte code segments to super intelligences without any human interaction.

Even if it was the result of carefully quarantined experiments, one mistake -- and it would be out. Humans tend to make mistakes fairly often....

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 17, 2017, 10:39 Mr. Tact
 
I can't quite put the reason into words, but I've never been able to get into Doctor Who. Best I could do is say, it is a bit too quirky for my tastes. The idea of a female Doctor Who seems intriguing though, if the writers handle it correctly...  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2017, 10:35 Mr. Tact
 
The Internet of Things - A Disaster for No Good Reason.

There, fixed the headline for them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 17, 2017, 10:30 Mr. Tact
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 17, 2017, 10:09:
Enough to cover one month's alimony.
If you can't do the time....
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 17, 2017, 10:29 Mr. Tact
 
Musk needs better medication. At best (worst?) we are many decades from the kind of AI which could/would be a danger to humanity. And frankly, even if it did cause some type of confrontation between AI and humanity, I'm sorry I won't live to see it.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 17, 2017, 10:24 Mr. Tact
 
Congrats on your get together Blue -- sounds like a fantastic time. I envy you for that kind of situation.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 16, 2017, 22:59 Mr. Tact
 
Yeah, the bicycle one is very thought provoking. Presumably if riding a bicycle can be so strongly ingrained into your brain, other things can too -- say like... political positions.

So, are people "stuck" believing their political positions, literally unable to change. Or at least, so significantly resistant to the point that only persistent, long term, training can change it. I don't know if that's a valid comparison or not, but based on what I've seen over the last few years it wouldn't surprise me if it was valid.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Rolling Shutter Effect Explained!. Jul 16, 2017, 20:00 Mr. Tact
 
Very cool, that guy's videos are usually interesting.  
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