ilya187

ilya187

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    is the bureaucracy conscious self-aware on an emergent level that results from the interactions of all the bureaucrats and data systems within it? If so, how do you go about interacting with that intelligence? Douglas Hofstadter brought up the same...
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    I suppose it depends on how you define "algorithm". I consider an entire neural network to be an extremely convoluted algorithm....
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    A chess program isn't doing much more than running down a mathematical algorithm devised by a human being... who thought about it alot. The algorithm might have been written by a human who picked up a book and learned chess,...
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    Guess they're sh*tting their pants every time a census/population forecast comes out. 'Whites' as a demo segment has been in decline for decades.. (Or is your parents' interpretation: the fewer of us Whites, the more I'm sure to get becuz...
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    I think you said somewhere you grew up in Russia/USSR. You must have some interesting family history in terms of political opinions. Well, "interesting" to someone used to the usual US political spectrum. I had seen it in other Russian...
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    For a group that's supposed to be well-educated, in touch with real issues and real people, and forward thinking, they've made some pretty dumb mistakes. Starting with underestimating hate, fear and psych insecurity as motivators. Don't forget the zero-sum mindset:...
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    For a group that's supposed to be well-educated, in touch with real issues and real people, and forward thinking, they've made some pretty dumb mistakes. Starting with underestimating hate, fear and psych insecurity as motivators. Don't forget the zero-sum mindset:...
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    I just googled "Spirit of the Age" by Hawkwind. Yes, I see how it has not aged well! :)...
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    I am totally confused what song you are talking about...
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    Kind of "Friends come in boxes" but with more torture and no possibility of embodiment. I never heard of "Friends come in boxes", so I followed the link you provided. The one-paragraph summary: The problem of immortality was solved in...
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    If the trees are getting both wind and light from the same direction, the trees will look rather odd. https://annarchive.com/files/Drmg150.pdf The above link is Dragon magazine #150 (October 1989). Go to "The Sunset World" article....
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    I disagree. I've used D&D melee rules for fights, and they worked very well. As in "wait, I didn't expect her to get hurt, and he did what?!" The readers thought it was more realistic than most other fight scenes...
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    As for an alien forest, flagging it as alien is parking a big animal with a different body plan around is probably not going to happen, Prehistoric Planet with its titanosaurs in forests notwithstanding. Most of the biomass in forests...
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    "Zoomer" is a slang term for Generation Z, i.e. people born from 1997 on....
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    If this isn't true and SF is about science-based fantasies, why do we keep pounding more kids into the "great" space operatic fantasies of the 60s and 70s, namely Star Trek and Star Wars. Don't remember where it was, but...
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    A retrograde exomoon can (at least theoretically) be fairly close to the primary without having a lot of tidal energy being dumped into it by other moons, because there aren't any big enough to matter... Anyone else want to add...
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    Is biology in "Destiny's Road" that bad? I know that the effects of potassium deficiency are nothing like what is it in the book: gradual loss of muscle control, followed by paralysis and eventually death; there are no cognitive effects...
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    We need a realistic way to liberate everyone from dependence on two person full time employment per household. We COULD recognize that there is nothing particularly natural about nuclear family; it is a product of Industrial Age. In agricultural societies...
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    The article does give the numbers of the variety of various models, as well as manufacturers that use some components of self-driving but not the full assembly. It does? Here is the article: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/15/business/self-driving-car-nhtsa-crash-data.html All I see is "About...
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    There is one problem with this article. Yes, the 392 crashes which involved "advanced driver-assistance technologies", 273 were Teslas, 90 were Toyota, and eight other automakers had 10 or less. But these numbers are meaningless without knowing how many such...
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    I suspect she didn't have anything else to do to occupy her life. She and people like her really need to be introduced to MMORPG's....
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    FWIW I also do this when offered sexual favours as bribes. I am happy to accept provided the favour is transferable and thus saleable... If it is not a secret, what is your job, where women(?) try to bribe you...
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    He was impervious to arguments like "where do you think the oxygen you breath comes from", so I asked him how much he paid his wife for sex. I am far from a neocon and I totally understand your frustration,...
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    Marx's diagnosis of the problems of 19th Century capitalism was pretty accurate. Too bad his prescription was total crap. But people like my parents reflexively deny even the "diagnosis" part -- if Marx said it, it MUST be false!...
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    I kind of think there have been stories about accidental AIs which either don't care about humans or are actively malicious. Sadly I can't name any, but it feels like a regularly used trope. Skynet is the most obvious example...
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    I suspect that Soviet Communism bears the same relationship to Karl Marx that Western Capitalism does to Adam Smith. Yes. (Also your Christianity example.) Problem is, there does not seem to be any realistic path toward Karl Marx's vision. Note...
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    Now that we're seeing AI, it doesn't look that much like what we'd imagined I wish someone would write a fanfic of "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress" where Mike accidentally achieves sentience, but has no need for "friends",...
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    Getting rid of Russian Communism? Great idea. Getting rid of Marx's analysis? Not so smart Having certain first-hand (or at least second-hand) experience with what happened in USSR in 1991, I would say there was no chance in hell...
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    Oh, definitely. There are a lot of similarities between 1917 Russian revolution and 1979 Iranian revolution....
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    "Russia, 1991" is not as good an example because unlike 1917, nobody involved in knocking down the existing order had any clear idea of what they wanted in its place....
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