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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

i kan reed Re:AI is still not magic (574 comments)

Oh man, the self-modifying code canard. Look, DNA modifying itself happens, right? It even sort of happens by design.

That doesn't mean mutations are necessarily meaningful. Most are terminal. Code is exactly the same. Most modifications are terminal. None are going to result in substantial changes to the architecture of the system. Not without lots of natural selection.

And you're underestimating our understanding of our brains.

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

i kan reed Re:Is it true... (355 comments)

You know what, fuck it. Here's another post for you racists to mod down.

Not one goddamn person has supported his notion that Africa hasn't had progress.

Multiple people have modded me down for calling him out on his racist bullshit.

One of you ignorant fuckers defend this shit.

I mean, just look at the HDI growths, and keep telling me nothing changed.

There's just nothing to this bullshit. And you guys just eat it the fuck up.

What's wrong with you?

What's wrong with you?

about three weeks ago
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A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

i kan reed Re:I understand but I also don't (274 comments)

Yeah, okay, they're also a bureaucracy with side projects supported by wikipedia's popularity.

You won't believe this, but if you live in a rich area, and you support your local NPR station, chances are you're subsidizing other stations broadcasting in poor areas. Community supported projects tend to be a bit socialist like that.

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

i kan reed Re: Is it true... (355 comments)

Oh, unsubstantiated accusations of racism.

I love this.

"Black people are by their nature stupider than whites"

"That's not true and your own damn link undermines you, racist"

"Ha, you called that totally innocent rational person a racist! You must just shout that at everyone."

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

i kan reed Re:Maginificent wild-caught Illiberal (355 comments)

Oh, I see, you assume because I give a shit about things I couldn't possibly be white or male.

I love when bigots apply their bigotry and turn out wrong.

Except they keep doing it, instead of learning their damn lesson, about making mindless judgements.

about three weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

i kan reed AI is still not magic (574 comments)

Every time we get one of these no AI researchers coming in and saying this stuff, I feel forced to repeat it.

AI isn't magic. It does exactly what it's designed to do: break down and understand problems. It isn't motivated. It isn't emotional. It isn't anti-human. And imaging some "strong AI" nonsense is just like creationists claiming a fundamental distinction between microevolution and macroevolution. It just ignores the reality of what "strong AI" would entail.

AI is not magic. And it won't ever be. It won't be smarter than people, except by whatever arbitrary metric of smart any given application requires.

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

i kan reed Re:we ARE different (355 comments)

Yeah, but there's this threshold where you're wrong enough, and shitty enough, that public hatred for your opinions isn't some chilling effect that's going to supress free speech. He has a right to be wrong, but he has no goddamn right not be hated for it when it's this level of awful.

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

i kan reed Re:Maginificent wild-caught Illiberal (355 comments)

No, this is how I react when racists post unfactual bullshit, refuted by their own supporting citations, to defend beliefs that hurt people in the real world.

Honestly. You are terrible. Stop being terrible, and we can sort out any differences you want.

"Nah, see, racism is okay, cause it's just his opinion maaaaaaaaaaan" isn't a valid defense of untrue shit.

It's not like I'm throwing him in jail. You're just insisting on "politically correct" tolerance of racism. Fuck you. Stop with your thoughtcrime accusations.

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

i kan reed Re:we ARE different (355 comments)

And again, you ignorant piece of trash, who ignores refutations and repeats your racist beliefs:

If the difference is so damn heritable, how did the discrepancy shrink by 7 to 14 points in one generation?

Give one goddamn reason.

about three weeks ago
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First Elon Musk, now Steve Hawking warning us about evil AI. Should we be afraid

i kan reed Re:Neural Networks just wanna have fun... (7 comments)

Oh, well, it nets pretty big performance gains. Performance isn't always necessary, but it's cool, I guess?

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

i kan reed Re:Of Course It Was (355 comments)

College dropout, huh?

Good at making things up?

Yes, he's an idiot, explicitly for saying black people are stupid without evidence.

He fucking literally stole his primary evidence for his Nobel, and some world views demand opposition, by sheer inexplicable idiocy and harm.

Any other stupid points to make?

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

i kan reed Re: Of Course It Was (355 comments)

Oh, heaven help me, a racist piece of shit insulted me.

However will I recover from the stinging opinions of awful people?

Seriously, racists are almost not people. Why should I care what ignorant fuckers think of me?

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

i kan reed Re:we ARE different (355 comments)

Oh no. Swearing.

You're right, he might be an ignorant bigot perpetuating some of the dumbest shit imaginable, but he didn't fucking swear.

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

i kan reed Re:Of Course It Was (355 comments)

No, sorry, I don't speak racist-piece-of-shit.

You gotta be a decent human being before your barbs sting.

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

i kan reed Re:Is it true... (355 comments)

Oh, I'm sorry, is calling someone literally decrying another race as inferior on specious evidence a racist off limits now?

How do your white bedsheets fit?

about three weeks ago
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A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

i kan reed I understand but I also don't (274 comments)

Big software projects need developers. Full time, accountable ones with a paycheck and an office. Mozilla feeds theirs with ad revenue, Linux has some corporate supporters who pay the bills.

MediaWiki, that drives Wikipedia, is really complex. And they need new features to support the site better, especially admin tools and backend tech.

But, at the same time, screaming in desperation when you're doing okay and just need support for your functionality means that when you are in trouble, no one can tell.

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

i kan reed Re:Is it true... (355 comments)

Oh look, racist lies to support racist lies.

Africa has made fuck-tons of development. Everything extrapolating from an outright wrong premise can be ignored. Stop pretending you know things based on popular culture, and actually look at metrics.

You backwards, racist, ass.

about three weeks ago

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Italian Scientists Have Manslaughter Charges Overturned

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about a month ago

i kan reed (749298) writes "The Italian government scientists who were prosecuted for making incorrect predictions about an upcoming earthquake to the public in L'Aquila in 2009 have had their manslaughter convictions overturned by an Italian appeals court.

The prosecution intends to press the case to a higher court, and other charges related to malfeasance were not overturned."
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Ozone hole growth finally negative

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about 3 months ago

i kan reed (749298) writes "While the production and release of CFCs have been reduced for a couple decades now, the ozone hole had continued to grow through the 80s and 90s, and in the 2000s and 2010s it has been stable in size, with trends towards shrinking just beginning to show.

Some concerns do remain, as not all CFCs have shown reductions in atmospheric concentrations."

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El Niño is Back

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about 4 months ago

i kan reed (749298) writes "After having very small cycles since 1998(when hurricanes wracked the east coast, and flooding the west), experts predict a 75% chance of a weak to moderate el niño by the end of the year. Some climate models (though not others) predict a continuing resurgence of the Pacific-based phenomenon for the next several years.

The differences in the models will also help shape which act as the best predictors of future climate behavior."
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Human altruism has early roots

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about 4 months ago

i kan reed (749298) writes "According to Hillary Clinton, "it takes a village to raise a child".
And new research suggests that it's exactly this attitude that created an evolutionary push towards higher cooperative functions within our species, such as language and altruism. One of the earliest evolutionary distinctions between the apes that became humans and our nearest relatives, chimpanzees, is the apparent evolution of cooperative breeding. The term cooperative breeding is defined as

the caring for infants not just by the mother, but also by other members of the family and sometimes even unrelated adults

The team's research found

a close linear correlation between the degree to which a species engages in cooperative breeding and the likelihood that members of the group would help fellow animals get the food treat.

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Fuck implicitly endorsing racist communities. I'm out

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about three weeks ago

I have no more tolerance for the bigoted fucks on slashdot.
I lived through dice and beta.
I didn't mind the things I saw as advertisements.
I had my fair share of debates I learned something from.

But the level of tolerance of racism and sexism on the part of slashdot users has gotten to be just too much. There's a level of shitty user base I just can't stand. At this point, with all the neo-misogynists and racial realists, and the widespread tolerance and endorsement of their positions by moderators, I can't see this being a community with meaningful insight anymore.

I'm sure none of those shitty people will be sorry to see me leave.

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Would a boycott of dice.com help?

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about 10 months ago

Dice holdings gets most of its money through its main website, and the employees they can provide. Would it help convince them we're serious if we boycott this site next time we need a job?

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