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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

shadowrat seems a lot like human vision to me (130 comments)

idk, these results seem more similar to how humans see than they do different. When people don't know exactly what they are looking at, the brain just puts in it's best guess. people certainly see faces and other familiar objects in tv static. They see bigfoot in a collection of shadows or a strange angle on a bear. i even feel like i did sort of see a peacock in the one random image labeled peacock. it's sort of like the computer vision version of a rorschach test.

5 days ago
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Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

shadowrat Re:We should expect fewer droughts from warming (221 comments)

i have long wondered if the result of global warming should really be less extreme weather. my (admittedly limited) understanding of storms is that they are the result of masses of air of different temperatures combining. if everything is warmer, it seems like the percentage differences between various parcels of air in the atmosphere would be going down. ie: if it's 90 at the equator and 20 at the poles. thats a 78% difference. now if the global temps raise by 10 degrees, that's only a 70% difference, and that's assuming that somehow everything goes up by 10 degrees. it's probably more likely that the colder parts would get warmer faster than the already warm parts.

obviously still bad for polar bears though.

about a week ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

shadowrat wah! wah! cry me a river (596 comments)

Who get's to simply claim a public street as their own? I live on a street. Cars drive down the street. They have every right to. Either move to a gated community or campaign for telecommuting or something. This isn't the fault of waze or any other navigation system. There are simply too many people. they have to go somewhere. They can't all keep fitting down the same pipe. The navigation systems are likely helping traffic on the whole.

about a week ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

shadowrat Re:Great. More touchscreens. (232 comments)

Have you been car shopping lately? Find a car that meets all of your non-electric criteria that still has physical buttons.

For some reason auto manufactures think we all want nifty touch screens - and consumers now don't have a choice.

there are plenty of used cars with physical knobs in need of good homes. http://www.carmax.com/

about two weeks ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

shadowrat Re:Great. More touchscreens. (232 comments)

well, there is one component that is pretty standard and easilly upgradable, the stereo. I just purchased a used car (2008 miata). The stereo came with a 30 pin ipod connector tucked in the glovebox. Ive outfitted it with the required lighting adapter to work with my phone, but i wouldn't mind having a modern stereo that can do bluetooth. The upgrade might be painless, but there's one big issue: THIEVES. The big selling point of the kind of crummy factory stereo is it's good enough and nobody is going to want to steal it.

about two weeks ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

shadowrat Re:Agree with court (341 comments)

thanks for taking it into consideration. and i don't want to be misconstrued. i don't think a chimpanzee or orangutang should have rights in our society. They aren't us. They can't be a functioning member of our society, nor would they desire that.

Like you say, We already have laws about cruelty to animals, and AFAIK they take into account the requirements for the animal in question. I'm good with that.

Personally, I think the differences between our minds and the minds of many animals is not as great as we like to fool ourselves into thinking. Our minds come up with great narritives about why we love and hate and fear. They are undoubtedly far more intricate than what a chimpanzee is experiencing, but i'm of the belief that it's not the emotion that separates us from them, just the story we tell ourselves. In a sense, it's an illusion that makes us think we are different.

I'm no PETA member though. I'm ok with eating animals. I'm ok with using animals. The world worked that way long before us. All i',m looking for is doing these things with an understanding of what the true impact is.

about two weeks ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

shadowrat Re:Agree with court (341 comments)

Many animals tend to display all kinds of abnormal behaviors that seem to be brought on by the stress of confinement. it shows up as pacing and various weird tick like behaviors. it's not uncommon to see that kind of thing in caged humans as well. Obviously we can't ask them, but the behavior seems similar enough to me that i believe they are feeling something similar to what we feel.

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

I worked in the pet industry for a long time and saw this kind of thing in all kinds of animals all the way down to reptiles and fish. It is not uncommon for animals to refuse to eat in captivity either. I also believe that the stress of confinement is also reduced by simply ensuring the environment is large and varried enough. Heck, that even obviously applies to people. Nobody likes to be locked in their room. House arrest is considered punishment. But many people spend their whole lives in the same 10 square mile area and are happy. really, we are all kind of imprisoned on a big rock floating in space, but it doesn't feel like it. unless you think about it, then it oddly does start to feel confining.

about three weeks ago
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Woz Downplays the Significance of Apple's Startup Garage

shadowrat Re:Neither news, nor newsworthy (77 comments)

It's interesting in how stereotypically engineery the woz is. Most people see the fact that they were in a garage as really important to the apple story. The woz doesn't care about that cruft (and likely a lot of the slashdot community agrees). It's touchy feely and to him obviously you are going to be living somewhere. to him, lots of people spent time in garages. He cares about his eureka moments in breadboarding the first prototypes.

about three weeks ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

shadowrat Re:Dumb idea (186 comments)

you probably would be. i'm thinking of times i walk into the breakroom at work. WHOA! THERES PIZZA THERE! even if it's cold and of questionable age, it's like finding a $20 bill in an old coat. it doesn't matter what kind it is. everyone seems to react this way.

about three weeks ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

shadowrat Re:Dumb idea (186 comments)

I think it sounds like a pretty good use of technology. It's a pizza. It's not like it's some important life decision.

Most of the time we are just happy with whatever pizza we happen to find. Incongruently the decision on what pizza to order often seems to be one of the most paralyzing decisions anyone ever faces. I think we tend to overthink it pretty often. This seems like it could actually streamline the process. it doesn't seem to require any kind of commitment to the result. it shows you the pizza and if you don't like it, you can probably just abort and go back to engineering your perfect pizza.

i'd be kind of curious to try out a pure bayesian pizza ordering system where it literally just had a pizza for me based on my past orders. Of course that implies that pizza hut has to know me and all my orders, and it wouldn't hurt to correlate that with some other data about what i'm doing. This whole idea of basing it simply off what i appear to be looking at sounds non intrusive and perfectly reasonable. for a pizza.

about three weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

shadowrat Re:sigh (574 comments)

lol! this might actually be the funniest response ive ever seen posted. i really wish i had mod points.

about three weeks ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

shadowrat Re:From Experience (561 comments)

With the right color commentary I think we could have a entire youtube channel dedicated to putting together jigsaw puzzles.

1)get a hot chick to put together jugsaw puzzles on youtube.

2)profit!

about a month ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

shadowrat What about lt cmdr Data? (335 comments)

we allow humans to decide to kill humans. If we could build an autonomous machine similar to Data, which we are forced to concede has sentience equal to our own, could it be allowed to make that judgement call? If not, wouldn't we then be sowing the seeds for the robot uprising right from the start by belittling it's judgement abilities compared to our own?

about a month ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

shadowrat Re:my gripe (246 comments)

well then. you seem to have adequately addressed my gripe :)

about a month ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

shadowrat my gripe (246 comments)

my gripe about the first story wasn't the small sample size. It's the source of the sample. The scope of the question seemed framed in terms of US society. Who knows where you are sampling on mechanical turk?

about a month ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

shadowrat Re:Stupid (130 comments)

ha ha! this was my first thought after reading the summary. I have no playstation. i'm sure as hell not going to be swayed into buying one just to watch movies and tv.

about a month ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

shadowrat Re:I hate to feed this, but (350 comments)

This is a good point. I wanted to make it. i'll just piggyback on your comment. Mechanical turk seems like a terrible place to try to quantify the views of a society. Unless, of course, you are trying to get statistics on the views of the society of mechanical turk.

about a month ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

shadowrat Re:Most people don't object to public breast feedi (350 comments)

Breasts are most definitely not intrinsically sexual! They have been sexualized in much of our modern cultures but they are not intrinsically so.

I'm pretty sure all dimorphism in the human species is intrinsically sexual. Cultures can choose to draw lines wherever they wish.

about a month ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

shadowrat Re:Nothing? (429 comments)

zeno's paradox isn't quite the same. there's a difference between defining two points on a road and attempting to define all points between them. one is possible, the other is not. Further, first year calculus books will claim that there is no paradox there, just the wrong math.

about a month and a half ago

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