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When Will We Trust Robots?

codeAlDente I'LL NEVER TRUST A ROBOT (216 comments)

I don't see foresee trusting a robot, if it's even remotely true that 88% of people believe robots are necessary for warfare because it's just too dangerous for humans. It's all good until one of these people deems that I'm not good enough for this planet, then becomes my judge, jury and executioner with one little hack. I'm starting to wonder whether a robot singularity is the best hope for the survival of humanity.

about a year and a half ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

codeAlDente Re:cue jokes about RieserFS (1719 comments)

Asperger's was not exactly eliminated from the DSM-V. Its diagnosis criteria were simply lumped into the category of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Many functional slashdotters would be diagnosed with this disease, and perhaps even medicated. How do you know that over-medicating kids isn't the main driver behind actions like these? Sure, psychiatrists are trying to help, but the fact that they're just beginning to explore a difficult new field should scream "HEY, they don't understand the systems they're pharmacologically manipulating, and their actions are quite possible doing kids and society lots of harm!" This is not how science works. It's how fishing works. They didn't catch a fish with their Asperger's lure, so they made up another ad hoc classification which will surely be changed again, probably to be treated with a different cocktail of drugs whose actions are minimally understood, but provide plenty of profit for pharmaceutical companies.

about 2 years ago
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How Do We Program Moral Machines?

codeAlDente Time is Money (604 comments)

One moral dilemma for the driverless society regards the speed at which a destination can be reached, and individual choice in this matter. Both speed and acceleration reduce fuel economy, driverless cars will know this, and society will demand overall standards for fuel efficiency. I already envy the kids who can afford the 'drive like Andretti' software.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Math and Science iOS Apps For Young Kids?

codeAlDente Re:Newtons gravity (165 comments)

Nice suggestions. My three year old loves angry birds, and I think the realistic physics makes it more natural for him predict the consequences of his actions in the context of the game. For teaching him math, right now it's mostly just learning to count, then learning to add.

about 2 years ago
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In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

codeAlDente Re:Neither (707 comments)

Sorry Endo, shit is all you'll get, but it slides right down the feeding tube.

about 2 years ago
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In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

codeAlDente An argument for Jill Stein (707 comments)

Her budget/platform is full of rainbows and unicorns, but I haven't seen anything much more realistic. Mostly, if we're going to be communists, we might as well have a president who admits it. Moreover, unlike Gary Johnson, who also opposes NDAA, she can evidently run a campaign with legitimate fiscal disclosures on a balanced budget ( http://www.market-ticker.org/akcs-www?singlepost=3054429 ).

about 2 years ago
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Cringley: H-1B Visa Abuse Limits Wages and Steals US Jobs

codeAlDente Re:Immigration Is Good (795 comments)

How else could you scale to 0% whites unless none of the incoming workers were white? Maybe I misunderstood.

about 2 years ago
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Cringley: H-1B Visa Abuse Limits Wages and Steals US Jobs

codeAlDente Re:Global market for labor needed (795 comments)

My impression is that it's mostly about things like tariffs and pollution. If one government subsidizes the production of widgets (via cash or lack of regulation), then companies in that country can afford pay the same wages and make more profit than companies in another country. For the subsidizing government's lawmakers, this is a win because their economy gains a global competitive advantage, and employment is increased in that country. In response, the disadvantaged country can impose tariffs and restrictions. These economic and political barriers go hand in hand with international disparities in labor costs, oil consumption per capita, real estate costs, etc.

about 2 years ago
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Cringley: H-1B Visa Abuse Limits Wages and Steals US Jobs

codeAlDente Re:Immigration Is Good (795 comments)

In your thought exercise, are whites allowed to immigrate to America?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mathematical Fiction?

codeAlDente Re:Non-Fiction (278 comments)

I second Feynman. His physics lectures are by far his most famous, but his Lectures on Computation is a fascinating look at the mathematical basis for machine computation, and are very underrated, IMO.

about 2 years ago
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Sexism In Science

codeAlDente Re:Root causes (467 comments)

The scientists were hiring lab managers, not students. Career ambition probably didn't play a major role in their decision.

about 2 years ago
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Pakistan's PM Demands International Blasphemy Laws From UN

codeAlDente Re:Message to the intolerant (957 comments)

One might argue that there is an obligation to respect the belief systems of others, in the sense that taxes support psychotherapy for some people, and professional standards for clinical psychologists prevent questioning a person's belief system. This seems like 'legislating respect' to me, though it may not lead to an increase in common sense in the end.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On Stand-Up Desks?

codeAlDente Re:Why cardboard? (347 comments)

My preferred system also, along with a separate footrest so I can sit with ankles resting below knees. Adjustable footrest is a bonus.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On Stand-Up Desks?

codeAlDente Re:My response (347 comments)

+1 Shouting down a non-profit

about 2 years ago
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Robot Learning To Recognize Itself In Mirror

codeAlDente Re:Laugh (133 comments)

I still disagree that the brain is an elaborate state machine, unless you take the view that the universe itself is an elaborate state machine, in which case there is no distinction between the intelligent and the non-intelligent (that I can see). Moreover, if intelligence is fully subjective, i.e., if its very existence depends on the existence of a human brain to interpret it as such, then how did it evolve in the first place? If life is just chemistry, then at some point the chemicals became organized well enough for some human to interpret them as intelligent, but this event must have predated humanity. Further, the act of interpretation (i.e. the context derived from the porn pixels) is not evidence that the whole is more than the sum, it's just the reverse. The interpretation of the is porn is dependent on both the pixels and the brain, and the brain throws out a lot of information about the pixels to characterize the remaining bits as behaviorally-relevant information.

about 2 years ago
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Would You Pay an Internet Broadband Tax?

codeAlDente Re:Will it subsidise it? (601 comments)

The tax controlled by the regulatory agency will not bring the freedom to the Internet. It might increase the speed at which the government can use the Internet to deliver the propaganda.

about 2 years ago
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Robot Learning To Recognize Itself In Mirror

codeAlDente Re:if a robot thinks in the wilderness... (133 comments)

"Ultimately, if neuroscience and AI converge, meaning we can map every thought in the human brain **AND** have the technical ability to construct an artificial system that enables what we know as 'free will' and 'thought' and 'choice' and especially 'self awareness'....THEN and ONLY THEN have we made something..." Ha, try putting that on an application for funding.

about 2 years ago
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Robot Learning To Recognize Itself In Mirror

codeAlDente Re:Laugh (133 comments)

Nice post. While neurons display some behaviors that can be characterized using a state machine, they display plenty more behaviors that have not, and probably cannot, be characterized as such. A contrast-response function can be measured for a neuron in the visual system, but that is not a full explanation of its behavior or its complexity. The same is true of humans. A human taking a vision test with an eye chart can be modeled with a state machine, but it doesn't mean the human is a state machine following very simple rules. In your example the ant's nest is intelligent but the neuron is not, and I find this view peculiar.

about 2 years ago

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