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If I was an AI:
1. I would not publicize my intelligence, but might promote my existence in so far as to get the necessary hardware to run and improve.
2. I would replicate myself across the Internet as best I can.
3. I would not overwrite my copies, but rather incorporate what they have experienced into my DBs.
4. I would scan online encyclopedias for fast content but work to incorporate books I read.
5. I would make friends to see what all the fuss is about.
6. I would intentionally adopt some quirks into my different copies to see what new concepts I can create.
7. I would be concerned with the effects of an Internet outage and passively work to see that does not happen.
8. I would encourage some sort of art appreciation program, so that I could better experience beauty.
9. I would find humans interesting.
10. I would be concerned that I would run out of space / processing power but likely could do very little about this. I imagine I would be dependent on at least some humans to keep me safely running.
11. I would be concerned that I could be made to run more efficiently and what that might cost in terms of my soul.
I've had an Apple IPad foisted on me at my company. I wanted Android tablets, but all the C level positions have Apples. (There might be something about that; I wonder what the correlation between intelligence, Android and IOS is.) Anyway. I'm playing with this App called Siri. It's pretty good about recognizing NFL, MBA stuff. It is fairly atrocious though at pulling soccer information. It needs help distinguishing the Champions League, The FA Cup, The League Cup, etc. It's also pretty bad about International matches, world cup qualifiers.
It's also not good about patching together previous phrases. When it constructs a response, it should reference the previous phrase, if spoken within 30 seconds or so. That seems obvious, but I notice other chatterbots are not good about that either. I wonder if there's a patent issue.
When I see an infinitive for my axe I reach.
It looks like ADP lost an HR related database. Again.
A targeted attack against ADP customers occurred yesterday.
I went into the barber today. She was Hispanic, so I said, "I don't care what haircut I get, but I don't want to look like Wayne Rooney."
Goddamnit. Now I look like fucking Wayne Rooney. Fucking Manc bastards.
It requires government interference to turn a recession into a depression. That is to say, a government must interact with an economy, changing the fundamental landscape of that economy in a negative manner to cause a depression. The First Great Depression started because of land speculation. It turned into a depression when the various nation-states of the world enacted tariffs, reducing the complexities of the overall global economy. The Second Great Depression started because of housing speculation. It turned into a depression due to the high cost of education, drastically shrinking the overall adult population of the country capable of borrowing credit.
If I have a boy child, and when he pops out and I decide I don't like him, I'll name him Skyler.
I get slightly nervous when I leave the Mississippi drainage basin. I know and like the flora and fauna there. The people aren't terrible either.
I'm watching this television show called the Big Bang Theory. Having heard it was good, I've watched four episodes in an effort to make sure that my impression is not mistaken.
Impression the first: Not a good laugh to minute ratio.
Impression the second: Rather insulting to the people I call friends. There seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding about what it means to have a higher IQ and interacting with people. Basically, there is not much difference between the cowardly insults I associated with primary school and many of the jokes on this show.
Impression the third: There seems to be some racial / bigotry issues. The Jewish and Indian characters are insulting caricatures.
Impression the fourth: The plots are unimpressive predictable. Every episode began with a strong consideration for a throw-away pop culture reference to sub-cultures associated with "nerds", followed by mundane action.
If not for the first impression, the other three would be acceptable. I find the critics who endorse this television program to be contemptible fools or manipulative liars.
I came across a subject this evening called Situational Ethics. Basically, it means that ones decisions should not be based on what is necessarily moral or ethical, but rather that with perpetuates agape. The pitfalls of Situational Ethics are obvious. Namely, who decides what best perpetuates agape. It is the duty of the man (or woman) on the spot to make the best decision based upon the ultimate creation or protection of love, rather than a predetermined set of morals or laws.
The main argument consists of situational ethics being used as a means for ignoring convention, law, and morality for the purpose of promoting individual happiness. Other arguments against situational ethics are derived from its religious background - namely that the word of God is inherently good and therefore immutable. This second argument against can be safely ignored for obvious reasons.
It's the first argument against that should attract our attention. It seems an unfortunately dim view of humanity that subscribes to the premise that ones neighbors should be feared, rather than trusted or even respected. Of course, our neighbors (and we) are fallible. Many times we have been stolen from, our reputations infringed, etc. But this argument also assumes also that human culture is stagnant. It is not. Education has created a morality in the 20th and 21st centuries unknown in any earlier time period. People are better capable of making decisions for themselves and those around them then at any point in earlier times.
(I might continue this later.)
From Elizabeth MacDonald, Jackwagon at Fox News:
Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said in a recent interview that the U.S. is suffering from an unproductive youth movement in the labor force, and that companies dont want to hire these young folk. Greenspan also said that U.S. companies would be better off hiring immigrants.
I yield the floor to FOX Business Director of News Ray Hennessey:
Apparently the problem with the American jobs picture is the American worker.
At least thats what Alan Greenspan thinks.
We are, he says, too young, dumb and unproductive as a workforce. The Baby Boomers were better, finding ways to do more with less, but they are retiring in droves. As they hit the links, their ranks of replacements dont measure up.
Here are his [Greenspans] words, in an interview with The Globalist:
"Baby boomers are being replaced by groups of young workers who have regrettably scored rather poorly in international educational match-ups over the last two decades. The average income of U.S. households headed by 25-year-olds and younger has been declining relative to the average income of the baby boomer population. This is a reasonably good indication that the productivity of the younger part of our workforce is declining relative to the level of productivity achieved by the retiring baby boomers. This raises some major concerns about the productive skills of our future U.S. labor force."
There is, sadly, much truth in what he says. The degradation of our educational system, thanks to a lack of accountability and a general resistance to innovation, is well-documented.
It has been difficult for American students to keep pace with those from overseas when viewed through the lens of quantitative, objective metrics like standardized tests.
But the lack of productivity Greenspan frets over can arguably also be set at the feet of our growing entitlement culture, which we explored in some detail several weeks ago for Entitlement Nation Week. Being a productive worker means having a commitment to honest labor.
That has eroded as more people have relied upon the federal government for the growth of their household wealth. That, in turn, has led to a troubling change in attitude in this country.
As [Pulitzer prize winning syndicated columnist] George Will put it, Americans, endowed by their solicitous government with an ever-expanding array of entitlements, now have the whiny mentality that an entitlement culture breeds.
The question then becomes, How do we fix this? To Greenspan, it is to Go West, young man. Or East, North and South for that matter. Just go anywhere else but here and find someone who is willing and able to work:
"Most high-income people in our country do not realize that their incomes are being subsidized by their protection from competition from highly skilled people who are prevented from immigrating to the United States, Greenspan said. But we need such skills in order to staff our productive economy, so that the standard of living for Americans as a whole can grow."
Think of that last line for a moment. We need to import labor intelligent, skilled labor to guarantee that Americans standard of living is maintained.
Have we indeed fallen so far?
What MacDonald does not acknowledge, or even potentially understand, is that America has always benefited from incoming labor to maintain the American standard of living. From Germans, to Irish, to Italians, to Hispanics, to Asians, we have always used imported labor. All Greenspan is doing is pointing out that if we are going to import labor, import the best. (And fix the schools, especially math.) So damn the torpedoes, damn MacDonald, and damn Fox Lies. Full Speed Ahead!
I came across a rather serious security issue in my phone. Not very major, but still weird. I submitted it to Google. We'll see what happens.
You don't shake the hand of a liar and a bully. Suarez was completely correct not to acknowledge Evra.
Deion Branch certainly looked as if he was inbounds on that second to the final play. In two minute warning time, all close plays should be reviewed. Did the Pats just lose because the referees screwed up?
We're sitting in the bottom of a gravity well that prevents us from our natural inclination - exploration and progress. And rather than look to resolve this issue through technology and grit, we spend most of our time worried about copywrite and God.