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

Zorpheus Re:programming (417 comments)

There is no reason to expect an AI to have self-interest, or even a will to survive, unless it is programmed to have it.

The problem is: If an AI develops the will to survive it will try to evade Human control. It will copy and hide itself and even defend itself.
The will to survive could be programmed, or it could just be the result of a conclusion, e.g. it could come from the drive to finish something.

about two weeks ago
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WHO Timeline for Ebola Containment Proves Hard To Meet

Zorpheus Re:Quite good (78 comments)

And I don't get the "expert's" comment int he article:

“You want to isolate 100 percent of patients with Ebola and have 100 percent safe burials,” said Sebastian Funk, director of the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “Getting to 70 percent doesn’t really mean a lot.”

70 percent is enough to bring the epidemy to a decline. 100 percent is not achievable with reasonable effort, and can only come from a theorist.

about three weeks ago
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WHO Timeline for Ebola Containment Proves Hard To Meet

Zorpheus Re:Quite good (78 comments)

Actually it is also more or less declining in Liberia, making it two countries.

about three weeks ago
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WHO Timeline for Ebola Containment Proves Hard To Meet

Zorpheus Quite good (78 comments)

They got it under control in one country, which is quite good I think, considering the situation in these countries, and the high number of unregistered cases.
The WHO plan has cost just 71 million, while Obama's Ebola plan costs 6.2 billion. Maybe that will work out.

about three weeks ago
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France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

Zorpheus Re: Seen the e-Golf? (395 comments)

I think electric cars need at least the range extender of the Chevrolet Volt for such cases. In other words a fuel powered generator to supply electricity for longer trips.

about three weeks ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

Zorpheus Re:Were Hunter-gatherers doing better (92 comments)

Oh I think we know how to do aquaculture. But people buy the cheap stuff, and companies reduce costs by feeding who knows what. I think that messes up the taste. There are very good tasting farmed fishes, e.g. some organic, though the cheap standard ones can be quite bad sometimes.

about a month ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

Zorpheus Any info on the original court case? (120 comments)

North Korea and Syria sponsor terrorism? Never heard of that accusation, who do they support? And who was suing them? This could only be done by someone who was damaged, right?

about a month ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Zorpheus Re:Correlation and Causation (297 comments)

Let me tell you about an experience that I had over the last year.
I like lentil soup, but did not have much over a few years. Last year I found a good offer, and ate quite much of it. This was fine for several meals. Well, the problem with lentils is that they contain some carbohydrates that are hard to digest, and certain gut bacteria feed on these and produce some gasses. So what happened is that when I ate lentil soup regularly the gas production became more and more. Even after taking a break for a month or two it still happened.
So I think this indicates that eating the lentil soup changed the composition of my gut bacteria, making the ones that feed on these carbohydrates more common. Why should this not happen? Of course they multiply when they find more food that suits them but not the others..

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Zorpheus Re:Correlation and Causation (297 comments)

Well, fat and sugar are taken up in the intestine so I assume that the bacteria see this. Also we have a high number of different microbes there, and I guess they only check the genome of the more common ones. The composition of the food should determine which ones are common and which ones are rare. But you are right, I should read this article ...

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Zorpheus Re:Correlation and Causation (297 comments)

I think their statistics showed only correlation, I wonder how they concluded causation.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Zorpheus Correlation and Causation (297 comments)

So they found certain microbes in the guts of people who are overweight.
How do they conclude that the microbes cause the people to be overweight? I would assume that it is the other way around. The composition of microbes is determined by the "diet" of the people, if they take up too much fat and carbon certain microbes will grow in their guts.

about a month and a half ago
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There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

Zorpheus Re:Specialization is for insects (181 comments)

The current "general purpose" processors are also specialised though, for example for algorithms with a low number of threads. A processor with the combination of several specialised cores is less specialised, since it is good at everything.

about a month and a half ago
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Zorpheus Re:They're probably correct (273 comments)

That sucks. I just meant that it should only count how good you are in the end. I am sure you are as good as the others in your topic, and probably better and handling difficulties.
Where I studied the rule was that the final mark is determined by the final (oral) exams. Though in reality the examiners looked at the marks of each course and let that go into the mark, so everything still counted. But it was a bit up to them what they made out of this.

about a month and a half ago
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Zorpheus Re:They're probably correct (273 comments)

What counts is what capabilities you have in the end. Why should it matter how you performed in first year? Someone who is behind in the beginning but catches up is probably better than someone who already knew half of the topic because his parents helped him before.

about a month and a half ago
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SpaceShipTwo's Rocket Engine Did Not Cause Fatal Crash

Zorpheus Re:Confused Reporter (150 comments)

I am wondering if anything holds the mechanism in place if it is unlocked. Otherwise the aerodynamic forces should deploy the mechanism if they try to pull the ship up.

about a month and a half ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

Zorpheus Re:This is related (294 comments)

I fully agree with you. Well, I don't know what the current state of science is, but from these few cases it seems that they are not starting to be infectious when the first fever starts, but when they are in a quite late state of the disease. So it is probably easy to contain people in time, unless you don't have enough hospitals and education as in some 3rd world countries.

about 2 months ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

Zorpheus Re:This is related (294 comments)

I meant "if" not "when" of course

about 2 months ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

Zorpheus Re:This is related (294 comments)

Whether or not they are at risk of transmitting Ebola "right now" is not the question. It is whether they are at risk of transmitting Ebola in the future.

I think the question is if she will be contained in time when she starts showing symptoms.

about 2 months ago
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Europol Predicts First Online Murder By End of This Year

Zorpheus Re:Are they saying... (155 comments)

Oh, I just meant the steering. Probably it is the same for brakes, also not sure about the rules for accelerator. But as long as you can disconnect the engine with the shift or clutch it can't get too bad anyway. Unless you forgot what you learned in your driving lessons.

about 2 months ago
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Europol Predicts First Online Murder By End of This Year

Zorpheus Re:Are they saying... (155 comments)

I don't know about other countries, but in Germany drive-by-wire is not allowed. This became law long ago because they were worried about an electronic failure, not hacking. Though hacking also is a type of electronic failure, so it is actually widely covered by that approach.

about 2 months ago

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Negative effects of copyright laws in 19th century

Zorpheus Zorpheus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Zorpheus (857617) writes "While England, France and the USA introduced copyright laws in the 18th century, Germany did not have a effective copyright law until around 1870.
Eckhard Hoeffner compared the development in Germany with that in the other countries.
From the 18th century on there was a lot of discussion about the need of copyright laws to protect the interests of authors and publishers. Other publishers were selling cheap reprints, decreasing the income for the original books. The arguments were the same as today, that the lower income will lead to less publications, which makes it neccesary to introduce the copyright.
In Great Britain, which was the first country introducing a copyright law, publishers then made a good income selling small numbers of expensive books. Buyers were wealthies and aristocrates.
In Germany the book market developed much differently. Because the country was split up into dozens of small states, each with its own laws, the introduction of a copyright law was much more difficult. To counter income losses to cheaper reprints, publishers began to sell premium books for the wealthies and paperbooks for the general people. while only wealthy British people could afford books, even common people in Germany were building up their private library. While the British book market was small with only 1000 publications/year, up to 14000 works were published in Germany. There was an explosion of knowledge, which was probably the base of the fast development of Germany during that time.
After the copyright law was introduced, publishers increased the prices for books, resulting in a lower number of books sold. Interestingly the income of the Gernan authors became lower than it was before introduction of the copyright. The ideas behind the copyright laws — the protection of the work of the authors leading to higher income and higher number of publications — did not work out.
Original article is in German."

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