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  • Commented on Generation Z
    Well a lot of people on this Earth doesn't even get to experience that technicality....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    "Calling us alarmist for discussing the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns of climate change": Huh, where did I do this? I didn't even read the last few posts, I don't think climate is even a topic in the original...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    And a word on China while we are at it: 1. China's political system is relatively stable before 1900, it's an amazing phenomena. The dynasties do change, and some of them are not run by Han, but the basic system...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Well it's pretty surreal to read all these doom and gloom when SpaceX just soft landed a first stage in the Atlantic, but I guess someone has to be the alarmist. Just some quick comment: 1. For those living in...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Nope, not going to happen anytime soon. The technology is just not there, AI needs to be approaching human level before this can be seriously considered, that's at least 15 years away. Then there's the natural resource and energy limits,...
  • Commented on Can We Merge Minds and Machines?
    I think the first wave of implants will be about I/O bandwidth, instead of processing power. The processing will be done on hardware outside the brain, all we need is some high bandwidth connection to the neurons. This will also...
  • Commented on The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears
    Better hardware would be among the things an intelligent AI works on in order to produce the next generation of better AIs (or more selfishly a better substrate for its own use), I think this is a common assumption, and...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    "Bitcoin is pretty much designed for tax evasion." So is cash (Bitcoin is basically digital cash), are you going to ban cash transactions too?...
  • Commented on What have we learned?
    What have we learned? How about this: Science and technology is giving individuals more destructive power than ever, and it will only increase from now on. When all you have is knifes, a civilian could cut down 1 or 2...
  • Commented on On Syria
    "For a start, the UN does lots of things beside the sexy soldiers with Blue Helmets and white armoured vehicles." Yes, that is my bad, I should qualify that by UN, I meant the security council, since that is what...
  • Commented on On Syria
    "Hint: those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it." Quotes like this are useless, since different people can get different lessons from history, even the same historical event can have different interpretations. History is not like natural...
  • Commented on On Syria
    ">>Ever heard of The League of Nations? Huh? League of Nations was bloody useless." Exactly. Greg: I don't see whether I've heard of LoN has any bearing on our discussion, unless you meant LoN is a version of UN with...
  • Commented on On Syria
    "Sorry, but formulated like that, it almost sounds like you view of the UN as "useful" when aligned with US interests, and "useless" otherwise. Obviously, the UN is extremely useful." Not at all, for UN to be useful the countries...
  • Commented on On Syria
    Bombing worked out pretty well on Libya, so I say go for it, who cares how the country gets into this mess? Just because UK/US may be responsible for starting the mess a century ago does not mean they can't...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Saturn's Children
    "Here's a clue: human brains age, too. Leaving aside the monstrous complexity of building a mechanical brain-support system, hooking up the spine and cranial nerves to sensors and effectors, and so on, you still haven't solved the problem unless you...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Saturn's Children
    If you want to calculate the funding for life extension, you should count funding for treatment of life threatening diseases, I suspect the number will make porn industry like peanuts. I think the reason geriatric research is not hot right...
  • Commented on A Bad Dream
    "How can you possibly monitor the Internet more than by recording every connection made by everybody on your territory, and then some?": Here's how you can monitor the Internet more: Actively disrupt any encrypted protocol so that people can only...
  • Commented on The permanent revolution
    "Things change. Technology accelerates it. The only thing up for debate is the timing.": I may be reading this out of context, but this looks like facts to me. Of course things change, at the very least, human population is...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    Neither, I was trying to describe what I perceive as the public sentiment regarding the Internet. Personally I wouldn't say it's free lunch everywhere, but you can get it if you want (for example, when you search through Google without...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    "Usually resources don't just become free because people wish for them to. Otherwise we would have free electricity and free food.": True, but that's what's good about the Internet and why we love it so much, it's free lunch everywhere....
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    I don't know about dumping, but it seem to me that all the Internet companies do this, because the majority of netizens expect Internet service to be free. I don't see why we should blame the companies when they're just...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    Great video, I too felt inconvenienced when the news broke, but seriously, Google is not a charity, taking down a free service is not evil when: a. they gave a notice and a way to get your data out; b....
  • Commented on Mo' holding pattern
    "What I'm trying to get at is that our culture doesn't seem to value or support such activities very much, especially when there's a high risk of death, so I'm skeptical that governments or corporations will want to support them.":...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    "You forgot the bit where people involved have nightmares and/or freak out that this information is truly harmful.": A lot of ideas can give people nightmares, like the possibility of a nuclear war during the cold war era. Just reading...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Ok, this Basilisk thing looks like an interesting idea/brain teaser/logical puzzle, how this becomes evidence that trans-humanism is religion is frankly beyond me. It's like saying everyone at ORBITEC is a kook because someone from there published a paper about...
  • Commented on The Anthropic Stupidity Hypothesis
    So? Isn't this just another example of species got perfectly adapted to the environment and stop evolving? The question is, are the tricks we got going to be enough when the environment changes rapidly....
  • Commented on It's a Wonderful Life
    I too was confused by this, after reading the complains on the US health system, I was guessing the fund raised would be used to pay the patient's medical bills. But after reading the link, it looks like the fund...
  • Commented on Big Guns[1]
    Nobody had an answer for this issue, which I think it's more interesting: "And, in the context of the states, there's another issue, having to do with history. (What does gun control mean, when your population is already armed --...
  • Commented on Always Look on the Bright Side of... SF
    "It's a dark series, and gets darker still." You're right, it is dark. I was speaking my subjective view, the Laundry universe is pretty implausible for me, so when I read it my subconscious is telling me "This is not...
  • Commented on Science & Technology, Working Together
    "I disagree." Only if you plan to write hard SF that follow the current science and technology very closely (Mundane SF?). I think most SF (even hard ones) would just take the promising part and go with it, since SF...
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