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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

ceoyoyo Re: This is not the problem (640 comments)

Apple was a niche luxury computer maker until they made the iPhone, which was purchased by everyone from the wealthy elite to the middle poor through the magic of financing.

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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

ceoyoyo Re: This is not the problem (640 comments)

Look around. The majority of jobs now are bullshit jobs. The sign of a successful modern economy is an overwhelmingly large service sector.

This has been going on a long time. Machines do most of the real work for us but we've bought into the fantasy that we all need to work 40+ hours so most of us are engaged in things like trying to sell each other stuff, handing each other stuff or throwing darts at a board to pick stocks for other people.

2 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

ceoyoyo Re: giant sucking sounds (640 comments)

It's faded from the front page because it's now so routine nobody cares. iPhoto is free and does decent facial recognition. Facebook runs it on everything. My phone can take natural language spoken queries and respond with reasonable answers much of the time.

I worked on AI fifteen years ago and that was the stuff of dreams. Now you can have it in your pocket for a couple hundred bucks.

2 days ago
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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

ceoyoyo Welcome to the 21st century guys (153 comments)

This sounds like it's till a bit hacked together (risk scoring?), and only available for business transactions, but it's a step in the right direction. Another ten or twenty years and you might be enjoying something like Europe and Australia's transfer system, or Canada's debit system.

3 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

ceoyoyo Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1039 comments)

I'm a scientist who works with physicians. Physicians are not "as much scientists as scientists" are.

A physician who has taken a particular interest in research at a good school might have a few of years of part time research experience, plus a few courses in basic stats and research methods. In order to become an independent scientist you need to have eight to ten years of pure research training, plus another two (yeah right) to ten years of additional training and experience, again in full time research. It's not the same thing at all. And it shows. Phrases like "I have a great grasp on statistics" give it away. I know I don't have anything close to "a great grasp on statistics."

I don't feel at all qualified to prescribe drugs, diagnose patients or perform surgery, despite working and studying medical science at a postgraduate level for ten years. Why is it physicians feel they're just as good at science as a scientist?

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

ceoyoyo Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1039 comments)

Doctors yes. Biologists, no. Not that most doctors are shady business people, they're just poorly trained to evaluate scientific evidence.

However, more people are "nearly killed" by all sorts of things than by vaccines. Now that you know you're potentially allergic to particular adjuvants, you can avoid them.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

ceoyoyo Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1039 comments)

No. My expected enjoyment (not to mention earnings) for the rest of my life are greater than the differential between that and the same thing plus a million dollars. The 90% chance of winning $100 is a roundoff error.

I'm curious what your answer was.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Quietly Starts Accepting Bitcoin As Payment Method

ceoyoyo Re:As a Market Lover (107 comments)

The thing that scares me about Bitcoin is that a significant portion of the total bitcoins that can exist are out of circulation in a few private, anonymous, hands. One of these early adopters could easily crash the whole market, now, or just as easily in a possible future where bitcoin is a major currency.

Governments can crash their currencies but they have a pretty big incentive not to. Bitcoin, no matter how big it gets, could crash just because anonymous18283@hotmail.com decides he wants to cash out and buy New Zealand.

about a week ago
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An Algorithm To Prevent Twitter Hashtag Degeneration

ceoyoyo Bennett discovers moderation (162 comments)

Benett discovers moderation. Speaking of which, the corruption of Slashdot demonstrates how vulnerable the "editor" system is to being swamped by "weirdos with verbal diarrhea." An alternative algorithm could be created that allows readers to rate whole stories, and vote Bennett into oblivion.

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

ceoyoyo Re:Autonomy is an essential part of a true AI (414 comments)

There are different kinds of "AI" researchers. Oren Etzioni looks like a soft AI guy, where you use some well defined algorithm and a bunch of data to build a rules based approach. Like a decision tree (I think he founded a company that developed decision forest based stuff).

There are other AI researchers who have long thought that approach is unlikely to provide us with real AI. They go in for more unpredictable approaches - sophisticated machine learning, neural simulations, hardware implementations of neurons, or artificial neural nets made of real neurons grown on plates. Those seem to be the ones who are more likely to make something most of us would recognize as intelligent.

about a week ago
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Berkeley Lab Builds World Record Tabletop-Size Particle Accelerator

ceoyoyo Re:300,000 gigawatts? (90 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

The jigga pronunciation was apparently popular in the US in the 80s (when Back to the Future was made), and was made a standard by NIST. It's since swung overwhelmingly towards the hard g.

It looks like you're right though, the pronunciation in the movie, despite being correct, WAS the result of scriptwriters who had no idea what it was:

http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.co...

about two weeks ago
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Berkeley Lab Builds World Record Tabletop-Size Particle Accelerator

ceoyoyo Re:300,000 gigawatts? (90 comments)

Pronouncing gigawatt like jiggawatt is perfectly valid. I've never looked at a Back to the Future script so I don't know if they spelled it correctly or not.

about two weeks ago
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Berkeley Lab Builds World Record Tabletop-Size Particle Accelerator

ceoyoyo Re:The LEP only went to 104,5 GeV (90 comments)

Luminosity is a problem. The amount of data you get about a particular energy (like 125 GeV) is a function of both the collision energy and the rate of those collisions.

about two weeks ago
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Berkeley Lab Builds World Record Tabletop-Size Particle Accelerator

ceoyoyo Re:Duh! (90 comments)

The important number they seem to have left out is the luminosity.

about two weeks ago
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High Temperature Superconductivity Record Smashed By Sulfur Hydride

ceoyoyo Re:Scientists? (80 comments)

Because, with the proper equipment and training, you could go and mix up a batch of ceramic superconductor and measure it superconducting for yourself. Or measure one of theirs.

It seems highly unlikely that your grandma can describe to me exactly how to go about seeing a ghost whenever I want. If she can, I know where she can get a million dollars.

about two weeks ago
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High Temperature Superconductivity Record Smashed By Sulfur Hydride

ceoyoyo Re:Oh Carbon (80 comments)

Melt. At least at standard pressures.

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

ceoyoyo Re:Why? (285 comments)

Automatically clicking on all of them means that the advertisers can't tell when a legitimate sucker clicks or when the program does. So click counts become worthless. Currently the ads work on some people and not on others, and they can tell which is which.

about two weeks ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

ceoyoyo Re:Memory limit and data durability (99 comments)

Put more memory in the device. Then you don't need a cell modem and data plan either. Or, if absolutely necessary (it's not in any of these devices) encrypt the data with a user-owned key so the company *can't* decrypt it.

Sending this stuff in the clear back to the company that makes the device only benefits the company, and comes with significant drawbacks.

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

ceoyoyo Re:This odd. (355 comments)

He has no incoming outside of academia. He still has an excellent academic position and probably a good salary and benefits to go along with it. But strangely he didn't get rich sitting on corporate boards. Poor guy.

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

ceoyoyo Re:Is it true... (355 comments)

"Scoring high on intelligence tests only proves you know how to answer intelligence tests."

Intelligence tests aren't such a bad tool as you make them out to be, provided you use them correctly. Using them correctly involves taking into account differences in culture, upbringing, socioeconomic status, etc.

When you do that you find that IQ, along with adult income, highest education attained and pretty much every other indicator of success, is dominated by the socioeconomic status of the family in which you were raised.

about two weeks ago

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Martian Volcanoes May Not Be Extinct

ceoyoyo ceoyoyo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ceoyoyo writes "The Tharsis volcanoes on Mars show evidence they may have erupted within the last two million years and may still be dormant, not extinct. The three volcanoes also show evidence of erupting in a chain, much like the Hawaiian islands, with the southernmost showing the oldest lava flows and the northernmost the youngest. On Earth chains of volcanoes are produced when the crust moves over a magma plume in the mantle. On Mars, since there is no tectonic activity, the researchers theorized that the magma plumes themselves move under the fixed crust."
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