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  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re: '... ego is an illusion (which, incidentally, is compatible with a lot of brain research).' -- Not aware of this, please provide references. However am aware of research showing the 'ego' can be made to dissolve. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5441112/ Re: '...Buddhist...
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    Re: '... giant intergalactic space pigeons ... dark matter' How about: a 101-level Test-tube Universe - Basic Intro (no pre-reqs) with labs course with our 'universome' the HeLa equivalent of the experimenter's universe:, i.e., lots of activity, grows ferociously without...
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    Re: ' .. conscious "I" which exists in ones head being only part of the whole mental system. Various mental processes are going on constantly, and that "I" only becomes aware of them when they pop up the conclusion.' --...
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    Re: PubMed article: 'Bread and Other Edible Agents of Mental Disease' Really interesting article - thanks! Abstract Perhaps because gastroenterology, immunology, toxicology, and the nutrition and agricultural sciences are outside of their competence and responsibility, psychologists and psychiatrists typically fail...
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    Re: ' .... equally simple explanation of the bending of light was that energetic mass has twice the gravitational effect of rest mass.' Is this a real hypothesis/theory?...
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    Re: '... interpretations. That is, they're ways of looking at the theory, structuring problems, and so forth, so that you get the right answer.' Thanks - very much appreciated! Re: 'Indeed, there is no experiment which can prove one of...
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    Re: 'Intuition' I tend to think of intuition as some type of unconscious (unaware) and therefore unmetricized (?), unordered awareness and recognition of a pattern, therefore of a potential answer. That is, we are not frontal-lobally aware of the decision-making...
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    Re: 'Many Worlds' First - thanks for responding to my previous query! (I meant T to indicate time, and G to indicate gravity.) Anyways - okay, I understand that you're a theoretical physicist, nevertheless, how do you - the theoretical...
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    Dumb question time from a non-scientist whose familiarity with the subject is very superficial and entirely derived from reading bios of famous physicists. (IOW, please respond in basic English.) 1- What happens to time and gravity - each and in...
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    Understood - somehow their segmentation didn't identify the truly indispensable/unavoidable 'office curmudgeon' sub-sub-sub-sub-segment. :)...
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    Re: 'So WHO is going to volunteer to be the guinea pig? Are they the kind of people to whom society would want to grant immortality?' A ‘brain uplift’ would be the ideal gift for the narcissists on your Xmas/b'day/anniversary/retirement...
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    Re: Uplift to AI A few ideas, comments, questions ... If a human brain gets mapped and uploaded, it will have a gazillion nodes of neurons that were wired together because they fired together repeatedly, for a long time. How...
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    Re: ' ... biological processes are "irrelevant"?' Yes - would really like to hear this argument, plus see some tests and results. Also, definitely would need a primer on 'set theory'. Briefly touched on it in a Phil of Logic...
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    Re: '... there is no way to define a partition of the population that separates arseholes and potential governors.' Yes there is - it's called neuro/psych. Unfortunately because psychoanalytic theory (aka SigFrd) was the be-all in the US* for decades...
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    Re: '... I avoid eye contact because it makes me uncomfortable rather than because I'm lying when I tell you my name.' No idea whether this actually applies to you or is a convenient example. Anyways, I have met and...
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    Re: 'Maybe make us wear a badge?' No badges - was thinking something along the lines of people not staring or being stared when they whip out their glasses to have a closer/clearer look at something. The point is to...
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    Re: 'Once AIs are capable of fighting each other, they will need self preservation as a value and evolution will make sure that only AIs that are fit wrt. self-preservation will survive.' And if humans are necessary for AI survival,...
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    Re: '... personality disorders ...' Anti-social is not the same as ASD - noted and agree. However, using old-school definitions, esp. 'lack of affect', both were previously considered 'personality' disorders. My point (which apparently didn't come across) remains: given the...
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    Re: 'Apple, Microsoft, and Linux. .. no-one (now) thinks it unusual that all three appear in the same sentence.' My impression is that they're either members of IEEE (the closest this industry has to a standards board*) and that Linux...
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    Re: AI 'gifts' Begs the questions: 1- What motivates an AI? 2- To what extent do you want to motivate an AI? We need both reward and punishment which combined and calibrated becomes the feedback mechanism that would keep the...
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    Re: ‘ … a way of detecting those people whose personalities are heavily tuned toward solely positive reinforcement as their only regulator.’ This bit is tricky – addiction can be created via a variety of drugs as well as trauma/illness...
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    Re: 'So let's step back and enjoy: this security catastrophe is happening because a processor executes phantom instructions based on guesses about the future, and whenever the processor guesses wrong these phantom instructions leave a faint trace that's still momentarily...
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    Re: Chinese colonialism Yes - a spin on the US formula: send in your engineers to 'help' build/install the infrastructure you designed and manufactured patented parts for, up-sell pricey 'maintenance' package, insist on providing the infrastructure loans, sit back and...
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    Re: ' .... but when you call them AIs, you ignore all the people who specialize in organizing knowledge specialists into working parties to get goals done, ...' Sounds pretty much like the way the human brain/nervous system is organized...
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    Re: China - not 'ghost' but 'resort' towns Interesting - so the over-building provides the growing middle class with a new way to keep up with the Chou's [Joneses]. Other potential uses for such high density over-building: tertiary education (university...
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    Re: China & Ghost Towns Okay - see your point re: insanely high (8%) GDP growth. Have also been wondering whether China's increased presence in Africa - physically as well as economically - has anything to do with this, i.e.,...
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    Re: 'China ghost towns' Depending on source, this is already changing: more businesses and gov't departments have move into these cheap/affordable areas which btw have good transportation links to major cities. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_under-occupied_developments_in_China And here's a list of US 'ghost towns'...
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    Re: '... the consequences of the way smartphones are constructed and used are becoming unacceptably socially harmful' Think the key word here is 'consequences', and the missing concept is 'limits'. IMO, the biggest barrier to recognizing and evaluating consequences is...
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    Re: 'Technology is a multiplier of human expression' Nice!...
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    Great essay! Have wondered whether some 'AI progress' might be slowed down by requiring that such AI be forced to juggle multiple demands/goals. Plus, since multi-tasking is supposed to be such a good thing for human employees to do, may...
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