Unholyguy

Unholyguy

  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    You asked and you were answered The scenarios I outlined translate to probably ten hours of time savings a week “No more shopping “ is hardly a minor improvement The pizza and taxis of your youth do not compare, anymore...
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    Two techs come to mind that are here, and two more on the way Currently - ride sharing - the delivery economy In SF today I can order pretty much anything from amazon and have it at my house the...
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    Sure the fact that the Tesla can’t make it across the us without some degree of pain in the ass comes into play However most Americans that are buying any kind of Tesla today have another car, that is usually...
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    Maybe it will help if I describe how this actually works in the US I drive my car around during the day and seldom does it fall below 70% charge At night I drive it in to my garage and...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    You are making no sense Firstly no one drives across the country and people don’t buy cars based on them driving across the country. For most people it’s very rare to drive even 200 miles in a day and even...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    energy density is pretty irrelevant to this conversation No one is ever gonna move electricity around by physically shipping batteries There is absolutely nothing preventing us from just upgrading the electric grid as needed. Most people in the US at...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Electric cars and cold: not a big deal, Tesla’s are super popular in Scandinavia for example. The trick is to not leave the car out in the cold over night (which would be problematic for any car) Electric cars are...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Sorry I remembered that wrong , was more likely between 70-100 million...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Rome was around 250 million at its height Some of the barbarism migrations were in the millions more then likely...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Some of this is legit criticism but some isn’t It’s prettu clear that middle earth is very much a world in decline, populations falling, vast swathes abandoned. Much of the social, cultural and even physical infrastructure is left over from...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I really like the type of sci-fi Charlie describes and I think it’s among some of the best fiction, however it’s not the only type I enjoy I think there are also types they are more fantasy-in-sci-fi clothing and some...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Heyermoles The fact that analogue computers can outperform digital ones dramatically is very well understood on CS and a surprise to no one...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    The mechanisms underlying consciousness may well have evolved to explain why OThER creatures are doing things. Animals, but more importantly other humans. That kind of behavior modeling would be incredibly useful and could well have provided an evolutionary edge that...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Sure but for all you know the universe simulating is coukd be orders of magnitude more complex then we are. We might be World of Warcraft to them...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    To channel Greg Egan Running it fast or slow doesn’t mean anything from inside the simulation Someone digs a hole with a microscope? Just pause the whole thing till you are ready to resume...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Well you are probably going to still think it’s you afterward regardless You’d have to auto revert and let the previous unaltered you make the call I’d imagine one if the basic upgrade packages would be “Let’s clean these up...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Sure but at the point you start “fixing bugs” it’s really just an AI it’s not remotely you anymore...
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    Actually scanning and uploading a brain in a jar sounds pretty problematic to me, personally I believe consciousness is as much about rationalizing and story telling what your biological deep structures have already decided to do then actually deciding things...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    And yet everyone is still talking like it’s 2010 and the root of all evil is internet advertising . Micro payments are actually here, the internet is hardly a utopia because of them and all these micropayment based companies are...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    It’s important to realize that “serving a web page” has about as much to do with what people are doing on the internet today as a horse and buggy does to a commercial jetliner Hardly any of current internet traffic...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Pigeon @ 283: "I have considered that immunising people against peer pressure should be a fundamental part of education for far longer than internet phones have existed." I’ll be blunt. This is total fantasy. It has nothing to do with...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I am not sure exactly what decision this could have been and by who? What exactly did Lanier “reject?” Barring some pretty draconian legislation simultaneously passed across a dozen different countries, advertising is a feature of being able to display...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Well Facebook is run by a Jewish guy and the second in command is a Jewish woman. So I’m guessing the “tolerance for nazis” there might be a little more nuanced then you are giving credit to Policing Facebook is...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Pigeon, I think you are oversimplifying. It’s not exactly like this forum Is composed of conformists It’s not “you should I’d do X because everyone else does” it is “not conforming in this way is provably a serious economic and...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Sure you can triangulate if you have a sense enough set of listening posts and access to the data/app in real time. Which is harder then it sounds because people are always in motion and the more listening posts the...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Least I come across as overly critical the speech in general is spot on and the slow AI analogy is really powerful, and the best way yet I’ve heard to explain the problem to laymen...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Charlie, Tindr and other dating apps never share your exact location for precisely the reasons you outlined They give you a rough approximation of how far away the person is (like bob is within a half mile of you) The...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    There is a pretty significant difference between the phone hardware tracking your every move (which it certainly does), and the way the phone OS allows software running on that phone (an app) to access location data , and finally the...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I don’t think the geolocation nightmare scenario is practical unless you assume the phone OS is complicit While it’s true the phone knows where you are, the only way for the bad guys to get access to that data in...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Religion is a bug in the human wetware and like any bug it can manifest in many ways, sometimes even as a “feature” It’s not correct to say that the west invented religion, it seems to be very very deep...
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