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Sun's Twin Discovered — the Perfect SETI Target?

mswhippingboy Re:Maybe I'm paranoid (168 comments)

Hopefully they will be advanced enough to know that SETI listens to signals, it does not send anything!

about 2 years ago
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Fine Structure Constant May Not Be So Constant

mswhippingboy Then again... (273 comments)

Maybe the two anomalies mentioned are just bugs in the software running the matrix...

more than 2 years ago
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Fine Structure Constant May Not Be So Constant

mswhippingboy So maybe there's hope... (273 comments)

Maybe one day we'll be able to travel to the far reaches of the universe to a location where the laws of physics allow life to suck less.

more than 2 years ago
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Siri Gives Apple Two Year Advantage Over Android

mswhippingboy Corollary to Clarke's law (800 comments)

Any sufficiently advanced hands-free interface is indistinguishable from schizophrenia.

more than 2 years ago
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1 MW Cold Fusion Plant Supposedly To Come Online

mswhippingboy UPDATE (828 comments)

Peswiki - Q and A just finished; reading of results; 470 kW maintained continuously during self-sustain; customer satisfied; sale made; more later.

I'm skeptical, but damn, I hope I'm wrong.

more than 2 years ago
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Android Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Released

mswhippingboy Re:Andriod app development (309 comments)

...I cried with laughter.

Same reaction I had when I read

When I got to the bit in the tutorials...

in your post.

I'll take your criticisms with the same level of credibility as the depth of your analysis.

more than 2 years ago
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SF Authors Predict Computing's Future

mswhippingboy Re:BS (258 comments)

So, we will never make any progress because, by your definition, we're not allowed to use any form of pattern matching (even though that's exactly how a brain does it). I see. So, even if we develop a machine that can outperform a human in every way and by every measure of intelligence, if it uses pattern recognition it's not AI.

I've studied and worked in AI and related fields for 35 years (no grant money, just paid to build systems that work). In all those years, I never heard anyone place such irrational constraints on how AI can be implemented. It's a good thing the Wright brothers didn't have a "if it's not flapping it's wings, it's not flying" constraint placed on them, otherwise we wouldn't be allowed to call air travel "flying". Can't you see how ridiculous your rationale is?

more than 2 years ago
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SF Authors Predict Computing's Future

mswhippingboy Re:BS (258 comments)

You knew it because it's true. Nothing you've mentioned is in any way "AI" ("speech recognition"? Oh, please). This is all just pattern matching, and in the case of the chess computer and Watson they can only do what they do because there are people guiding them. Things look more advanced than they did in the '80s, but that's only because we have better hardware. In terms of actually developing something that can learn and make inferences it's the same way a rat could we're no closer.

Thank you. I've found that the way to deal with those that spout the "no progress" line is to get them to expound a little. That always makes their ignorance clear.

You think speech recognition is simply pattern matching? Are you kidding? Where in simple pattern matching algorithms do you maintain context? How do you distinguish between "died" and "dyed" or "where" or "wear"? What about language processing (NLP), inference and response generation, etc,etc. I could go on for days about the complexity involved and not scratch the surface, but I'm sure it would be lost on you. If you consider all the techniques and algorithms "pattern matching" then, technically, all a brain does is pattern matching, but that doesn't stop it from being intelligent.

And that crap about Watson being guided by people? You obviously did no research at all on what it does and how it works, though there is plenty of material available that describes it. Portions of it are even open sourced so you can look at some of the code. But I guess that'd be too much trouble. It's much easier to make an unsubstantiated claim.

To be honest, what bothers me the most is why I wasted my time even responding to such a ridiculous comment. Come back when you've read a book or two.

more than 2 years ago
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SF Authors Predict Computing's Future

mswhippingboy Re:BS (258 comments)

I knew it, I knew it. Every fricking time AI is mentioned on /., that old tire "I've been hearing that since the mid '80s, and we're no closer now than we were then" mantra gets repeated over and over.

What kind of phone did you have in the '80s that performed speech recognition? How many chess programs were around that could beat the best human players? How many times did a computer win over the best humans at Jeopardy? Would you rather your investments be managed by software from the 80's or be managed by some of the new high frequency trading systems of today (assuming you prefer to make rather than lose money)? AI has made great strides since then in many areas.

No, we haven't achieved human level intelligence yet, but to say we're no closer is pure idiocy.

more than 2 years ago
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SF Authors Predict Computing's Future

mswhippingboy Re:"be here within so year" (258 comments)

The future of computing is artificial consciousness, and it will be here within 20 years, and maybe much sooner than that,' says Sawyer.

Yeah, it'll be running on a Linux desktop in my fusion powered flying car in the Mars colony. Good thing they're all just 20 years away.

Could be. Once AGI is achieved, the rest will be a piece of cake.

more than 2 years ago
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Time Zone Database Has New Home After Lawsuit

mswhippingboy Upon hearing this... (238 comments)

I immediately went out and filed a patent on "noon". Sorry folks, we're first to file now... you snooze you lose.

more than 2 years ago
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Can the Hottest Peppers In the World Kill You?

mswhippingboy What in the world could have caused that? (337 comments)

some of the competitive eaters were left writhing on the floor in agony, vomiting and fainting.

Meanwhile at a seemingly unrelated event for ball-peen-hammer-head-bangers a few blocks away, some were left writhing on the floor in agony, vomiting and fainting after pummeling their skullcaps with their 16 pound hammers.

Aren't their Darwin awards for this type of behavior?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Improves Android Translator To Battle Siri

mswhippingboy Re:Don't know why this is something "new" (185 comments)

it always failed to understand what my kid says.

I have the same problem (failing to understand what my kid says).

more than 2 years ago
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Google Improves Android Translator To Battle Siri

mswhippingboy Re:I'm looking forward to the day... (185 comments)

Um... that's "/." not "./", sorry for the current directory reference.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Improves Android Translator To Battle Siri

mswhippingboy I'm looking forward to the day... (185 comments)

I'm looking forward to the day when both iOS and Android devices both have continuous speech recognition tied to chatter-bot apps so that we can just sit back and watch them argue amongst themselves about which is better, thereby saving ./ 80% of the conversion space.

Then we can focus on something really important like who was more influential - Dennis Ritchie or Steve Jobs....

more than 2 years ago
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Look Ma, I'm Getting Arrested!

mswhippingboy Re:Corporate shills! (238 comments)

From your comments,I think you're worldview is pretty clear. There's really no need to discuss further.

My advice (which I'm sure you could give a damn about) would be to (really) examine your conscious (as in putting yourself in the position of those with less than yourself), do some research and then decide whether you really like the economic setup in this country (where the top 1% own nearly 40% of the wealth and have the political power that comes along with that wealth), then vote accordingly. If you are OK with Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Larry Ellison, et al having an order of a magnitude more effective vote than yours, then keep supporting them because without attitudes like yours, their power and influence would evaporate.

If you're thinking I advocate some sort of wealth redistribution in this country, you'd be right. And if you are one of those who see "wealth redistribution" as some sort of code word for socialism, think again. The folks at the top of the economic food chain have been executing wealth redistribution for years (look up "neoliberalism"), it's just that they've been rigging the system so that the wealth rises to the top at an increasingly accelerated rate. Just compare the changes in wealth distribution in the US over the last 60 years - using hard numbers - and you'll see what I mean. Personally, I support changing that dynamic (which is really the crux of what the Occupy movement is about).

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Eyes Brain-Like Computing

mswhippingboy Re:Watson rules! (100 comments)

This is the same tired argument I've seen over and over again, but it's simply not true. While we don't have a consensus on universally accepted definition of intelligence, most researchers agree on what this definition must, at minimum include (as I noted above - inference, learning, goal seeking, planning, etc). I don't think AGI will arrive as an announcement from some group that "AGI has been achieved!", but rather will creep into our technology over time and will probably not be accepted as true AGI until it can no longer be denied.

Take speech recognition for example (since it's been in the news recently with the launch of Siri). This type of technology will continue to infiltrate more and more aspects of our lives and continue to get more and more capable. Though increasing it's "understanding" capabilities to the point of passing the Turing test may be a ways off, it doesn't matter. It will still offer more and more functionality and capability, even to the point that it's better at "understanding" within a domain specific application than a human would be.

Think about it this way. Bi-pedal robots still have a difficult time performing anywhere near a human at the task of walking, navigating and maneuvering over difficult terrain (such as stairs, slopes, etc). However, we have machines that can zip along our highways and 100+ miles per hour, far exceeding the capability of humans on foot at the task of long distance travel. In a similar way, AI technologies will first be applied to areas where they can outperform humans (either by being better, faster, more accurate, or some other metrics). This is already happening in many areas of our lives, whether we are aware of it or not (e.g. Navigation systems, High Frequency Trading systems, Cell phones, Information routing systems, etc).

This idea that AGI implies mimicking a human is simply the wrong way to look at the issue. We already have enough humans, we don't need to create artificial ones as well. What we need are tools that can take the capabilities of our limited organic brains to the next level to solve problems our wetware simply is not capable of solving.

more than 2 years ago
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Look Ma, I'm Getting Arrested!

mswhippingboy Re:Corporate shills! (238 comments)

Oh, in case you weren't aware of the wealth distribution in the US, you might be surprised at the following:

The top 10% own nearly 80% of the wealth of the country.

Top 1% own 38.1%
Top 96-99% own 21.3%
Top 90-95% own 11.5%
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Bottom 40% own 0.2%

But then again, that bottom 40% are just a bunch of lazy people, unlike the to 5%, right? But wait, among the top 5%, only 19% make their income the old fashioned way (e.g. working for it). By far, most make their income through investments or other financial instruments.

Additionally, it is also important to realize that the lower half of that top 1% has far less than those in the top half; in fact, both wealth and income are super-concentrated in the top 0.1%, which is just one in a thousand.

more than 2 years ago

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