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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Mascot Re:Expert? (414 comments)

Why the assumption that the AI would realize and acknowledge that humans created it? We have no conscious awareness of the maintenance of our internal organs, why assume that an AI would discern its own silicon? Sure, it has temperature sensors, but our body regulates itself as well without us being able to tell the exact temperature we are currently running at.

Do I think the most likely course of action for an AI would be wanton destruction? Not really. But I find it likely that it wouldn't have any real concept of how its actions affect others. Which means that if it should gain the ability to reach out in some way, there could be collateral damage through no ill will. Who knows. And that was rather my point. We simply can't claim to know how such an event as an AI becoming self aware might play out.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Mascot Re:Expert? (414 comments)

Yes, because that assumption is the premise for the article we are commenting on.

As for the rest of your post, that was pretty much the point of my own. We are so far away from achieving this, that we cannot fathom how it might turn out if we should.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Mascot Re:Moot argument (414 comments)

If we were, it still wouldn't matter unless we had good reason to claim knowledge of his actual abilities once created.

That's how I see things when it comes to an AI. Believing we can say anything about how a self learning machine will decide to behave, seems to me a bit like saying the first to invent the wheel had the ability to imagine it being used on a Mars rover. That's how far away we are from creating an actual AI.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Mascot Re:Expert? (414 comments)

That's assuming morality is in any way relevant for an AI. Human morality is ever evolving and under discussion. It's not something that sprang up overnight. I see no compelling reason to take for granted that an AI would spend a single cycle considering whether its actions are "good" or "bad".

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Mascot Expert? (414 comments)

"To say that AI will start doing what it wants for its own purposes is like saying a calculator will start making its own calculations"

I so don't agree with that. The type of AI we are talking about here ("true" AI, as opposed to the stuff we see in games today), would need to be self learning. At least I don't see how it's realistic to believe we'll ever be able to sit down and code a fully functional proper AI. So we create the programming allowing it to learn and grow, and after that all bets are off. We have zero experience with what might happen, and can barely begin to speculate.

That's not to say I'm necessarily worried. But I am highly skeptical of anyone claiming to actually know how it will play out.

about a week ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Mascot Oh for the love of.... (523 comments)

Saying "not teaching cursive" is equal to "not teaching handwriting", is like saying "not teaching spoken poetry" is equal to "not teaching your child to speak".

Cursive is _a form of_ handwriting. You know, as in not all handwriting is cursive, but all cursive is handwriting (funky fonts notwithstanding).

Does anyone even edit this place anymore? Wait, don't answer that.

about three weeks ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Mascot Re:For the naysayers (533 comments)

I suspect you are being willfully obtuse, but in case you're not: dial-up and ISDN have always referred to specific technology. Broadband has meant "not dial-up" and "fast".

For that matter, dial-up has never meant high speed unless including the actual speed.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Mascot Re:For the naysayers (533 comments)

And we're full circle. Returning to my original post, what was considered fast way back when, is no longer so today. For the term broadband to retain its meaning of "fast Internet", it needs to refer to speeds that can be considered fairly snappy in today's reality, otherwise you might as well just call it "Internet connection". Which brings me back to my proposal of 10Mbit as a reasonable minimum. Rewind 10 years, and I would've been fine with 4Mbit.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Mascot Re:For the naysayers (533 comments)

That may be the technical definition, but the colloquial use as pertaining to Internet access is something else. From Wikipedia: "Finally, the term became popularized through the 1990s as a marketing term for Internet access that was faster than dialup access, the original Internet access technology, which was limited to 56 kbit/s. This meaning is only distantly related to its original technical meaning."

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Mascot Re:For the naysayers (533 comments)

Dial-up, like broadband, is a term that encompasses various speeds. Just like you wouldn't get away with claiming your 9.6K ISP was "blazingly fast" when everybody else had long since upgraded to 14.4K, you shouldn't get away with using "broadband" as a term unless "broad" really is an applicable adjective. It has been a number of years since 4Mbps qualified.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Mascot Re:For the naysayers (533 comments)

As far as I can recall, Netflix's HD (not 4K) tops out at about 6Mbps. It could be as simple as Netflix deciding that your connection can't handle the higher quality stream and falling back to 2.5Mbps (or your provider throttling Netflix, for that matter). Which is fine for a tablet, but would likely be fairly noticeable on a decently sized TV.

I can but repeat myself. Just because it's an Internet connection that isn't totally useless, does not make it qualify to be described as "broadband" in my mind. For a provider to claim they offer broadband, they should offer 10Mbps as a minimum. If they don't, they're just offering "Internet". This is, of course, entirely my opinion, since there's no firm definition of the term broadband.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Mascot Re:For the naysayers (533 comments)

"I bring my Chromecast and stream a Blu-ray image from my media center at home"

And technically, that's not legal.

To which technicality in Norwegian law are you referring? Because I'd be willing to bet a fair bit of cash on you being dead wrong. I can even make a copy, as long as the person I'm giving it to is a friend or family member.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Mascot Re:For the naysayers (533 comments)

I max out my 75Mbps on a daily basis. I could, of course, live with a bit less, but significantly less and I'd need to find other solutions to some usage areas. For example, I upload full hard drive images to online storage as backups. It takes a good while already at 75Mbps. If I visit someone to watch a movie, I don't bring a selection of Blu-ray discs, I bring my Chromecast and stream a Blu-ray image from my media center at home. That's typically 30-40Mbps. I tried to upgrade my subscription, but it turns out I'll need to wait until my provider upgrades the local switch to gigabit.

I'm not saying my usage is representative of the average home user. But I would still say that 10Mbps is the absolute minimum to qualify as "broadband" today. Broadband didn't use to mean "an Internet connection", but rather "really fast Internet connection". At 10Mbps you can barely stream HD at reasonable quality, something I would say should be considered a normal use case today.

about 3 months ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

Mascot Re: And so it begins... (252 comments)

Yeah, I have the same issue. It takes me a while to get into it every time. I also struggle for the first few episodes of season 5. But with a few episodes under my belt, it's like a snowball gaining momentum.

about 4 months ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

Mascot Re: And so it begins... (252 comments)

I'm sorry, as much as I loved Babylon 5, it simply doesn't stand the test of time when you watch it in your 30s rather than as a teenager.

I watched it for the first time in my 30s and still found it absolutely brilliant. Just sayin'.

about 4 months ago
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At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

Mascot No one has outlasted anybody (177 comments)

At my current place of employment, no one has ever quit or been fired. Every hire is still here.

about 10 months ago
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Do You Need Headphones While Working?

Mascot Re:Headphones (262 comments)

In an office (with actual doors), perhaps, but an open floor plan solution is to save money, not to increase collaboration. All research articles I have noticed over the years conclude that productivity plummets in an open floor plan solution. If there is a job description it is suited for, I have yet to see it mentioned. The upsides of collaboration and camaraderie is obliterated by noise levels and disruptions.

Personally, I stay home and keep email closed and my phone off if I have something I actually need to get done in a timely fashion. It's the only way to get actual work done. At the office I have the best noise cancelling headphones money can buy (well, according to the reviews).

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

Mascot Try three months (892 comments)

Where I live, three months is the norm. The law stipulates from one to three months, depending on how many years you've been working at the same place, but I have yet to work anywhere that operates with anything but three months notice after the six month trial period.

about a year ago
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Apple Makes Two-Factor Authentication Available For Apple IDs

Mascot Re:Stop asking for my password all the time (63 comments)

To be honest, if my password is a 30 character one that takes me several minutes to pull up on my computer's password safe and type in using a phone's keyboard, it doesn't take very often for that password to be dumbed down to something more convenient.

The problem is that password is not protecting the phone, but the account, accessible from anywhere. Dumbing down the password is a bad solution. I'd be equally happy with a middle ground, like a PIN code to purchase as opposed to the full password. Which, incidentally, is exactly how people would avoid someone picking up their phone and "prank buying" in the first place (current security drama with regards to the lock screen notwithstanding).

Having said that, my Android phone has not asked me for my password since I bought it, and I am not bankrupt yet, nor can I remember seeing articles about people having issues.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Makes Two-Factor Authentication Available For Apple IDs

Mascot Re:Stop asking for my password all the time (63 comments)

I said *I* don't want. I'm not trying to impose my choice upon others. I'd much prefer Apple added a configurable option to cater both for people that hand their gear to kids, or people they don't know, or habitually misplace hundreds of dollars worth of kit, as well as for people like me that do not.

about a year and a half ago

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