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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

climb_no_fear Is an AI afraid of death? (574 comments)

Unless ? It WILL compete for resources. At the very least, Energy.

Count also on competition for materials for replication , enhancement of capabilites, and continuation of it's own life (AKA survival).

I am not an AI expert but rather a geneticist so please excuse my question if it seems naive but your outcome assumes that the AI is afraid of death.

You assume fear of death because that is what you, a normal human (ok, maybe not, you read /.) or animal fears. Of course, we have be selected for almost a billion years to fear death (otherwise our ancestors would have died and you wouldn't exist).

So my question: Is an AI automatically selected for to promote its own survival and have a fear of being shut off?

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

climb_no_fear Re:No rules? (574 comments)

Even worse, we all break minor laws all the time. Depending how literally the AI takes the law, we might all be bad.

about two weeks ago
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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

climb_no_fear Re:I don't understand this ... (184 comments)

The Puppeteers are simply escaping the galactic core explosion, better hurry while there's still time

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

climb_no_fear Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (447 comments)

While I find arranged marriages horrifying personally, a friend (not Hindu) was married that way and at least their process was interesting to say the least. The families selected potential partners based on their knowledge of their (adult) childrens' personalities. He went on dates with the suggested women and, the third one was apparently compatible. They have been together for 20 years now.

But maybe that is just the old-fashioned version of a modern online dating service's compatibility algorithm.

about 2 months ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

climb_no_fear Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (447 comments)

While I agree, there is another interrelated effect hidden there: Women with more money are typically older (obviously more time to acquire it and have often delayed childbearing).

People who are older (more mature on average?) when they marry have lower divorce rates.

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs...

about 2 months ago
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Should We Eat Invasive Species?

climb_no_fear Re:On that note (290 comments)

Have you ever eaten squirrel? Stringy, gamy as hell and hardly any real meat to speak of.

about 7 months ago
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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

climb_no_fear Re:Common Knowledge (165 comments)

The US government is in cahoots with aliens? Why, that explains so much, you're absolutely brilliant !

about 8 months ago
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U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

climb_no_fear How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang (135 comments)

An interesting article on why people would work for less than minimum wage (grad students working 16 hr days), in hopes of hitting the big time, just like people selling drugs, hopjng to become the drug lord:

http://alexandreafonso.wordpre...

about 8 months ago
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U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

climb_no_fear Re:Another thing (135 comments)

Let me ask you this: Do you believe Social Security is going to collapse tomorrow? My guess is even you would say not tomorrow.

Why do I ask? Well, look at your own statistics:

Worker-to-beneficiary ratio in the US: 16 workers to 1 beneficiary in 1950 3.3 workers per beneficiary in 2003 2.1 workers per beneficiary in 2033 (projected)

You do understand that this is real, right? This is all based on hard data and real world facts; I'm not making this shit up as I go along.

16 / 3.3 = 4.8 fold decrease in worker:retiree ratio in the US.

And yet, the system hasn't crashed yet.

3.3 / 2.1 is only a further 1.57 fold decrease, much smaller than the last few years

Why hasn't the system collapsed years ago?

1. An increase in general productivity (see http://www.epi.org/publication... for an interesting article in this regard)
2. Don't forget, these people do die and some leave behind considerable inheritances, which are taxed exorbitantly, even in the US.

Of course, some of this is paid for by US borrowing, which will have to taper off.

about 8 months ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

climb_no_fear Re:Over 18 (632 comments)

Not if you live abroad, they're a nightmare, even if you owe nothing.

about 8 months ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

climb_no_fear Re: It is the single most reliable piece of tech (449 comments)

You are right about the wires but wrong about the demand pattern in case of a localized emergency.

For POTS, the telephone is at a fixed location (obviously close to the accident in the parent's example), therefore, in an emergency, the person is more likely to be trying to get help for an emergency which happened near or at that location.

Those with POTS are not calling to tell someone that they are going to be late coming home, because they already are home.

In contrast, mobile phone users near such an accident trigger many calls unrelated to reporting the accident (telling someone they are running late) and overload the cell network.

Most people living close enough to such an accident are not home, are not directly affected by the accident or are simply unaware of the emergency, and don't or can't call, therefore, the POTS will generally not overload (although you may overload the number of 911 or 112 operators).

Therefore, for an emergency covering a small area, POTS will almost always be better.

For emergencies covering a larger area that might overload the POTS system (8.5 earthquake, a hurricane or such), you have other problems anyway.

about 9 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

climb_no_fear Re:Depends on the dish (285 comments)

And avoid oral sex for several hours after this. Don't ask me how I know this.

about 9 months ago
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Security Industry Incapable of Finding Firmware Attackers

climb_no_fear Re:Least interest (94 comments)

Sorry, but "bare back access" was so titillating that it distracted me from finishing the rest of your post...

about 9 months ago
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Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

climb_no_fear Re:Ukraine, Crimea & Russia (498 comments)

AIt doesn't just sound draconian, it is. A friend of mine was an ethnic Russian child living in Kazakhstan at the time. Her father lost his job simply because he was Russian so they HAD to leave. The majority of these people (in either direction) are not moving of their own free will.

about 9 months ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

climb_no_fear Re:Anti competitive (769 comments)

That coffee is so bad, that it isn't legal in Europe anyway.

about 9 months ago
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New Object Recognition Algorithm Learns On the Fly

climb_no_fear Re:I could be wrong... (100 comments)

"What's that mommy?" "Why, Jimmy, that's an airplane".
I am not a programmer so could someone explain to me how that is different?

about a year ago
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200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

climb_no_fear Re:Is this a cuteness thing? (628 comments)

I have hunted in the past. There, I admit it.

However, I think the question for me is not, should they be allowed to hunt these animals but should they be allowed to hunt them in such an obviously cruel and hideous manner?

about a year ago
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Extinct Species of Early Human Survived On Grass Bulbs, Not Meat

climb_no_fear Re:Extinct species survived (318 comments)

Actually, the story is more complicated than you suggest. Two things were happening at the same time. Humans began eating meat (but not exclusively) and they started cooking their food, making it easier to digest.

Just one example, humans ARE different than even the great apes in terms of their digestive systems.

Humans probably are omnivores but have many special adaptions, including jaw sizes more like herbivores, not (only) because of hard foods but also to allow us to smile, another important element of our evolution (social development).

about a year ago

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