Andreas Vox

Andreas Vox

  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    No, it's not the same dynamics, because "concentrated energy sources" don't regenerate themselves, or at a time scale that it makes no difference. There's no guaranty that a population system will reach a stable equilibrium, it might as well cycle...
  • Commented on On hold
    Personally, I think the base for civilization are shared stories. Homo Sapiens is a crude misnomer, it should be Home Narrans (or for the extant subspecies, Homo Narrans Stupidus). I see stories as the software to our biological hardware, and...
  • Commented on On hold
    Re civilization under water: Science would definitely develop along a different path. Eg. alchemy/chemistry was developed by humans relying to be able to boil water. Aquatic science would need to start with materials found under water and expose them to...
  • Commented on On hold
    Free markets are just the continuation of war with financial means....
  • Commented on On hold
    Well, you get part of the answer when you examine how the modern free market would deal in the Inka empire: If one region starves, food prices go up until the people have sold all their wealth and have indebted...
  • Commented on On hold
    I was talking about a non-expansionist civilization. There could be ideological reasons why a civilization stays localized, or a dependence on a local resource. And anyway, before 1500 human civilizations usually kept themselves to one or two continents....
  • Commented on On hold
    Have you read "Strata", a pre-Diskworld novel by Terry Pratchett?...
  • Commented on On hold
    I doubt that any ancient hitec civilization would be detectable unless it was also expansionist (covering most of Earth) and wasteful. Given that science has just started to detect civilizations in jungles (other than by accident) and that river delta...
  • Commented on On hold
    Wow! Macro evolution AND virgin birth. Creationists must be ever so happy....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I'm still optimistic. I hope 2018 will be the year where reality finally strikes back....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Fuck, more cliff hangers for Invisible Sun :-( Do we get a spoiler thread for Dark State? :-)...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re "Self preservation is not actually a value you can count on an AI to have. " While it's true that you can plug-in any values into an AI that can be encoded algorithmically, in the long run most AIs...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I don't quite agree. Any unpatched system will be a sitting duck for Meltdown attacks. Getting an unprivileged malicious program running on current system isn't a big hurdle....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    The current activity at MS /Apple / Linux kernel developers is aimed at implementing a mitigation for Meltdown. Without that, an privileged program could easily read any byte in the computer's RAM. That has special impact for cloud servers. Spectre...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I suspect switching towers is handled by the phone's baseband processor, not the application processor. That information should be at least as well protected from apps as the GPS location data. If we talk about hacking baseband processors, we open...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    AFAIK triangulation via cell towers is only available to operators, not apps. The ID of the cell tower you are using is available via the SS7 system if you have the phone number or IMSI. Google uses a database of...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    I don't think eating bore is very filling....
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    I was inclined to say "volume", but I'll amend that to recognizable complexity. VR worlds have to be build, so either you rely on algorithms which deliver less diversion, or you create them manually, which consumes a lot of time...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    I'd also be more interested in AR than VR. For one, there is more real world to augment than there are VR worlds. :-) There is also research on creating VR worlds from real, either from photo + laserscans or...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    The problem with that is that money creates its own scarcity....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    "Unless of course you totally reform the current economic system." That will be necessary anyway. In capitalism, growth is in a self-enforcing feedback loop. This creates spurts of growth until the system hits an upper limit, then there's a melt...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Hi April! Missing: Economy and debt crisis. I'm pretty sure we're going to have a big one in the next 30 years, maybe triggered by political or environmental events. Technology: AI will expand massively. I also think that Augmented Reality...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    I think even with perfect training data AIs can be biased. Humans make a moral decision on what individual properties warrant special treatment and which properties should be ignored. E.g., let's say that for some reason the mortality rate of...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    OT, just wanted to share what really happens when you feed sea lions......
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    If you can get certification for medical devices with internet connections then the certifying process is broken. But from what I can gleam from the reports it mostly affected management computers: the stuff you use to look up patient records...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Can't disagree much there, just that it's maybe unfair to blame later developments on Marx. If he'd lived, I'm sure he had adjusted his predictions to the new data. He died 1883, trade unions were legalized 1872 in UK, 1884...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Where was Marx wrong? The only wrongs I see are that his followers used his analysis to predict and enact the political future. Marx analysis of added value, accumulation loop of capital and periodic crises of the capitalist system have...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    So we are supposed to cast JC as Brian?...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I don't think that the party base is overwhelmingly hard left; just left of New Labour. And an unconditional campaign for single market membership might get a large portion of the PLP on board. If Corbyn is able and willing...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Let's see if the Labour party has an election strategy. I think if they campaign on staying in the single market and attacking the Tories for promising an unrealistic deal and risking the economy, there's a chance to break the...
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