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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

Tagged_84 Re:Corn Subsidies (183 comments)

No convincing needed, its happening naturally and just a question of when the peak is
Total fertility rate
1950–1955 : 4.95
2010–2015 : 2.36
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

2 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

Tagged_84 Re:What about the Eureka machine? (442 comments)

Shouldn't have posted so soon, you are correct in that it did find new equations. Very cool in that regard and does back up my belief in this being a very important tool.

2 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

Tagged_84 Re:What about the Eureka machine? (442 comments)

Nothing it found was new and it isn't AGI as this story is talking about. It's genetic programming but mining large data sets is, and will continue to, help with many fields and be hugely beneficial perhaps even with regards to understanding intelligence. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

2 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

Tagged_84 Re:Armchair cognitive scientist (442 comments)

That simulation was using off the shelf hardware not designed to handle the simulation efficiently, the Von Neumann bottleneck is easily hit in large neural networks.

Having a brain-equivalent information processor that fits in the space of a skull and runs on the brain's approximately 20 W? It won't happen in your life time if you're old enough to be posting on this site.

"At a power density of just 20 milliwatts per square centimeter, IBM’s new brain-inspired chip comes tantalizingly close to such wetware efficiency." http://spectrum.ieee.org/compu...

2 days ago
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Is Public Debate of Trade Agreements Against the Public Interest?

Tagged_84 Re:yeah ... Are You Kidding? (219 comments)

Could be worse, you could be an Australian with Phony Ab-butt as PM.

about three weeks ago
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Australian Gov't Tries To Force Telcos To Store User Metadata For 2 Years

Tagged_84 Just one more abuse from this government (58 comments)

As an Australia I can tell you this is just one of many abuses and deceptions this government has made, it lied about so many things to get into power and than crafted a fake "economic crisis" once in power ( when economists the world over agreed our economy was the envy of the world ) to try to remove socialized services like health care, welfare and education. The only things they could get through the senate were laws that LOST billions in revenue to the government like the carbon tax and the mining tax because it was "bad for business" ( yet again, economists disagreed ). They are trying to remove the need for telco's to report the number of data requests from government each year even though none of the telco's have complained about it.

They also performed our biggest terrorist raids ever a couple weeks before pushing through laws that now goal whistler blowers and the journalists who report as well as any citizens who communicate about it for up to 10 years. It was only after these laws passed that the truth came out that the weapon found, which was going to be used on the public, was a plastic toy sword! They have power over the media thanks to Murdoch who compared the last party to Nazis during election time and had a nice front page story saying "Kick this mob out" at one stage. Murdoch is a part of a group known as the IPA who have been getting all their wishlist items checked off by this government, many of us understand he is one of the real leaders of our country.

Our environmental minister is better known as our "environmental merchant" who is selling out the environment without a care, approving more coal mines when many economists are pointing to established coal mines being abandoned in a few years due to dwindling profits and demand and fast tracking the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef against the World Heritage warnings of placing it in danger. He did this with the help of one of our richest Mining Magnate's who happened to get his new party into power too, for some reason he hasn't got any conflict of interest running a billion dollar mining company while voting on laws that would profit and benefit him personally. Including recently helping pass a pathetic climate change policy that pays companies to plant trees at a cap of $2.5 billion dollars. Yep we apparently have an economic crisis but they removed a carbon tax that was working and generating income with one that no one outside the party believes will work and actually costs public funds.

For those unaware our PM is also the one who removed the minister for science, took the title of minister for women ( while making many public sexist comments ) and the minister for aboriginals ( while making many offensive and racist remarks ). To top it off as a public servant this comment means I can be fired, because I am not allowed to discuss politics online or appear at political protests.

about a month ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

Tagged_84 Re:Wishful thinking (272 comments)

Clearly you haven't heard of Australia, the largest exporter of iron ore and coal and a government fighting to remove world heritage protection of some of the oldest forests left as well as trying to destroy a world wonder for more coal exports. Abundant raw resources are our greatest burden!

about a month ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

Tagged_84 Existence of this... (451 comments)

In the original story ( Gilgamesh ) it was a week, in the re-telling the character Noah started at 500 years old and finished when he was 600.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Tagged_84 Re:Why is he worried (583 comments)

*invested not donated. The company has had some impressive series round funding in the past, as a fan of HTM I would love to learn more about RCN.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Tagged_84 Re:Why is he worried (583 comments)

He recently donated to Vicarious, if you haven't heard of them you should google them ( or Dr Dileep George, Recursive Cortical Network ). They have been hinting at real progress in mimicking the human visual cortex ever since George and Jeff Hawkins worked together on their HTM algorithm.

about a month ago
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MIT Uses Machine Learning Algorithm To Make TCP Twice As Fast

Tagged_84 Re:All Jokes Aside... Still No. (250 comments)

Oh thanks! I was wondering what time it was here on Earth!

about a year ago
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HFT Nothing To Worry About (at Least In Australia)

Tagged_84 Re:Oz is such a contradiction (152 comments)

But apparently we get lots of the PRISM goodies in return for being good lap dogs!

about a year and a half ago
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Dmitry Itskov Wants To Help You Live Forever Via an Android Avatar

Tagged_84 Re:lol (383 comments)

As per usual if you RTFA you would see that the first goal in 2020-2025 is to transfer the actual brain to an avatar. Have been following this project for the last year, there are a lot of big names showing interest in this. The article even mentions a few really big ones that are yet to announce their support publicly, no doubt due to the plebs being frightened of new magic..

about a year and a half ago
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Snowden's Big Truth: We Are All Less Free

Tagged_84 Re:Snowden is fucked (583 comments)

I think you might have the problem, I read that the same way too.

about a year and a half ago
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Video Gamers See the World Differently

Tagged_84 Re:But is it permanent? (160 comments)

The brain reacting quicker is the most likely scenario. The excessive repetition of an activity results in the the axons building up a nice fat layer of myelin sheathing, which have insulation properties that speed up the electrical transmission.

about a year and a half ago
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Video Gamers See the World Differently

Tagged_84 Re:Faster isn't better (160 comments)

I usually place 1st in fast paced FPS games like Team Fortress 2, have won numerous local tournaments back in the day for Quake 3 too. From what I recall, many of the pro CS players used to include physical workouts in their training regime too. While I code and design games more than play these days, I still push hard to keep my 10km runs under 40 min. Recently I just so happened to get an achievement in Runkeeper for tracking my 1,000th km.

We are out there :)

about a year and a half ago
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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

Tagged_84 Re:Modern Jesus (860 comments)

So very true! As an Australian I can attest to the power on voting for the other groups, last federal election we managed to score 2 seats for greens! The amount of difference that has made for just 2 seats is amazing, I can only hope that in the upcoming election later this year we can get a few more and really start to change things.

about a year and a half ago

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The world's 100 richest people could end global poverty

Tagged_84 Tagged_84 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Tagged_84 writes "According to a report by the charity Oxfam, In 2012 the world's 100 richest people earned enough money, $240 billion net income, to end world extreme poverty four times over. Ben Phillips explains "You don't normally hear us talking about wealth. But it's gotten so out of control between rich and poor that one of the obstacles to solving extreme poverty is now extreme wealth,""
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