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  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    You know what they say? If meat is murder, then cheese is sexual assault....
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    >>> Yes, and I don't view it as any more morally defensible than cannibalism. I continue to do so because I don't actually like most vegetables (read: am unwilling to ingest) and because I was trained to eat the stuff...
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    Charlie, do you eat meat? If so, then there is a line you draw through the continium, where anyone who is below is worth less than the amino acids it is made of. Which leads me back to the question...
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    >>>Power over sentient creatures automatically has attached responsibilities. You are responsible for how you use that power, and you are also responsible for not using it. Are you agreeing or disagreeing with the post you quote?...
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    >>>Mass arises from the interaction of a lot of massless particles. Neurons don't appear to be conscious, but a bunch together do seem to be. "Seem" is not good enough, sorry....
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    >>>Objectively sure. >>>I'd even say *Of Course*. Where and how do you drive the line? What about newborn babies? 2 month old embryos? Cockroaches? Plants? There are animals killing other animals right now. Is it our moral duty to prevent...
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    >> At our present state of knowledge. But will that always be true? We don't even know where to start. This is the Hard problem of consciousness - namely, what the hell is consciousness? We don't even have a...
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    >>> I'd look after her for the rest of her life, with the state taking over for me when I died. >>> Do you feel it should be otherwise? Let's assume that a human child of age X (probable less...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >>> So was my daughter until she was about 3. What if you daughter was unable to progress beyond that level of intelligence?...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    I appreciate you are probbaly joking, but have you tried training cats to do things, especially repetitive things? The Russians have tried....
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >> Nah. Scientists have known for generations that animals can experience pretty much every kind of physical pain that humans do. The question is not whether animals suffer, but whether we should care. Animals are amoral agents of low intelligence....
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    >>> This is where philosophers of mind need to get up off their bums and tell us something useful, rather than leaving it to the computer- and cognitive scientists. What needs to be true about a mind before it is...
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    >>> We already do use them as robots, tractors, lorries, food, sensor arrays, messengers, weapons, targets, and all sorts of things. A few people get bothered by it, but society in general accepts it fine, and indeed does accept slavery...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >> Actually, and seriously, animals genetically engineered to be both intelligent and capable of manipulation (*) would be the ideal replacement for the robots that AI has, despite 60 years of trying, failed to deliver. Bad idea. Society that accepts...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >>> Don't be silly. You said "They want to create something that resembles god" and "the goal of the absolute technology". Believing that those are possible, let alone desirable, is a demonstrable delusion. Resembling god and being god is not...
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    >> And believing that is possible, let alone desirable, is a demonstrable delusion Believing that what is possible? Technology more advanced than what we have today? Because that's what AI is. You'd have to ignore the last 3 centuries to...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    That's one of the reasons I pull my skeptic hat down until it covers my ears when someone preaches the rapture of the nerds gospel of the singularity at me these days. That's not the same, thought. Friendly AI proponents...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >>>Or they discovered this blog in the wake of the Rabid Puppies/Gamergate/Red Pill/MRA/PUA kulturkampf and they're not terribly keen on being doxxed by lunatical right-wing nutjobs? Those people you listed are not the only fans of doxxing. So, Charlie, should...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Not so with "Catina Diamond" or "Hadil Benu" Someone who goes to extraordinary lengths in order to conceal themselves from the people with whom they communicate is inherently suspicious, as far I'm concerned Someone who does it twice....8-O Oh, come...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Someone needs to tell her that changing username is pointless without modifying the style as well......
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    Hadil Benu and CatinaDiamond is the same person, right? It can't be a coincidence that one crazy poster disappears and another immediately appears....
  • Commented on Excuses, excuses
    I really enjoy Rust so far as a newbie whose first language is Python and who wanted to learn some low-level programming but was intimidated by C/C++. Compiler error messages are amazingly helpful....
  • Commented on Excuses, excuses
    Dropbox is already deploying code written in it, if you like arguments from authority. :-)...
  • Commented on Excuses, excuses
    >> I shall now identify myself very clearly to Those In The Know :-) I take it that you are not au fait with modern Fortran or Ada? I am, with one of them, and am uniquely well-qualified to compare...
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    >>> Written fiction is more like spaghetti code with nothing but global variables and computed GOTO as the only flow of control structure than anything that decomposes neatly into different modules and abstraction levels. I won't argue with this statement,...
  • Commented on Excuses, excuses
    What I wonder is whether it is possible to implement division of labor in a collaboration of writers, beyond simple different writers writing different parts, then trying to glue them together. I dunno, could you have different people responsible for...
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    >>>> And like pair programming it probably only works if the pair share exactly the same vision of the finished product, down to the last dot and comma. Well, Strugatsky brothers were brothers, after all, so that probably helped....
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    >>>Speaking from experience (I've written a collaborative novel before) a collaboration between two authors is a process whereby each writer does 75% of the work for half the money. Brothers Strugatsky, the most famous Soviet sci-fi author (consisting of two...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    >>>Nope, SpaceX won't become a monopoly. SpaceX may grab 90% of commercial launches. Obviously, various national militaries will still want their own launch systems. >>>United Launch Alliance woke up and smelled their house on fire last year and promptly announced...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    Charlie, what would you do about "mass sex attacks"?...
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