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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

TheMiddleRoad Re:Not smart or stupid (130 comments)

Brains are charges and chemistry, but minds are something else, though clearly connected. Brains make minds, we know that. There is no reason to think that anything else can make a mind. There are some philosophers who say that a thermostat has a mind, but that's pretty clearly bullshit. These neural nets are simply primitive and chaotic data filters. Yes, at some point an AI will be able to convince us that it is concious, but there will be no reason to think it is anything but a parlor trick. Until we discover what minds are and how brains make minds, it's all speculation and guesswork.

And Searle doesn't every say, "I can't believe it's just physics." That's just an insult. He says that we don't know the physics of brains, but we know the effects.

about a month ago
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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

TheMiddleRoad Not smart or stupid (130 comments)

These are computer programs, not artificial intelligences as some have come to think of them. They are simply some charges flipping around in some chips. There is no seeing or recognizing in human terms. We apply all that consciousness crap.

In this case, the neural networks are randomly formed nets that match up a few pixels here and there then spit out a result. There is no seeing. Increase the complexity a thousand times over and there will still be no seeing, but there might, might, might be less shitting processing with fewer bizarre results.

As John Searle said, brains make minds.

Everything else is just speculating.

about a month ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

TheMiddleRoad Re:The fact remains... (323 comments)

So gender is only DNA? How about genitalia? A person with XY expressing male genitalia is the same sex as a person with XY expressing female genitalia? People with other chromosomal combinations? You have your own poorly-thought-through definitions. That's fine. Just don't impose them. You come across as ignorant.

about 2 months ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

TheMiddleRoad Re:My hat is off to you, sir! (323 comments)

You have forgotten more about software development than most people will ever know.

And no surprise with all the sexist and nasty transgender comments. Just sadness.

about 2 months ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

TheMiddleRoad Re:Can't blame him/her (323 comments)

But he'd still be a complete asshole.

about 2 months ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

TheMiddleRoad Re:The fact remains... (323 comments)

Technically female? I dunno, man. You need to do some research on gender before you go making comments.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

TheMiddleRoad Which part? (195 comments)

The Mitsubishi Evo and Subaru WRX probably have the most hacked ECUs around. Loading something like ECUTek onto a BRZ or FR-S gives you equal control. Convenience systems are usually controlled with some kind of aftermarket device, though for Toyotas, you can download Techstream and control a few options via a cheap cable off ebay. A Tesla offers the most toys to play with out of the box, but you can't do a think with the actual drive system. An M-series BMW like an old M5 will give you loads of settings to play with between the engine, transmission, and suspension.

about 2 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

TheMiddleRoad Re:BBC is hateful and evil (363 comments)

They are not a news organization. They're a political force.

about 5 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

TheMiddleRoad Re:BBC is hateful and evil (363 comments)

When somebody is more extreme than you, it doesn't make you a moderate.

about 5 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

TheMiddleRoad BBC is hateful and evil (363 comments)

They do a great job of attacking Jews too.

about 5 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

TheMiddleRoad Being watched helps with good behavior (643 comments)

I took a citizens class at the local PD. They said an officer had received many complaints against him. In response, the chief required that he have his radio broadcasting audio during every single interaction he had with the public. The complaints ceased.

This is an awesome idea. Not original at all, of course. I fully support it.

about 5 months ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

TheMiddleRoad Thinkpad 8 (96 comments)

I have a Thinkpad 8 and a Miix 2 8. The Thinkpad 8 is a desktop replacement. I use bluetooth for keyboard and mouse, run an HDMI monitor, and stick power through the USB. It works well, but not perfectly. I'll upgrade to a good broadwell or cherrytrail. Anyway, the future looks awesome.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Hires Away TAG Heuer's VP of Global Sales

TheMiddleRoad Yet more proof... (67 comments)

That Apple sells overpriced shit for posers.

about 7 months ago

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Florida to Teach Evolution as `Scientific Theory'

TheMiddleRoad TheMiddleRoad writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheMiddleRoad (1153113) writes "The Miami Herald http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking_dade/story/424693.html reports that the Florida Board of Education approved, in a vote of 4 to 3, new standards for teaching evolution, calling it a 'scientific theory'. This is a big step forward since there were no standards for it before. In other news, I hear they've recently accepted the wheel there, and are calling it a 'mechanical thingamajig'. Perhaps soon they will stop burning scientists at the stake for claiming that the Earth is not the center of the universe. Naaah! Please, keep the FSM jokes to a maximum."

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