Troutwaxer

Troutwaxer

  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I probably chose a poor example, because the issue really isn't primitive vs. sophisticated, but whether consciousness evolved out of a hypothetical facility for deciding which branch of an organic brain's capability for "speculative execution" should be followed. Eventually a...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    The problem is that some things are clearly planned in advance with great and careful thought, including attention to facts which are frequently counter-intuitive. My guess would be that decision-making is unconscious unless specifically overridden - note the small...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    They weren't simulating an economic theory. They were using a "simulated" economic theory! (i.e. not real.)...
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    I don't think that's completely true. I can decide that I will move my finger in three seconds, then count to three and move my finger. The decision definitely precedes the movement. I was thinking about this in computer terms,...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    A civilian would probably describe it as "...the military version of a car carrier, engineered to carry tanks and similar vehicles."...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    You think a request, it fires up the requested data direct to your brain. That's in practical terms an upgrade of the "subconscious". Then they "accidently" hooked my consciousness up to the Fox News database, and I suddenly knew that...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    We're in complete agreement. If there is a universe simulating ours it is HUGE. Immense beyond all reason. Like maybe 10^820 atoms. (Note that I don't believe we are in a simulation, I just like playing with the idea.) Conceivably...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    The interesting questions about stuff like that are all hard: How fast is the speed of light in the non-simulated (we think) universe outside ours? What kind of resources do they have available? Is their home universe significantly bigger than...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    "Just to give an idea of the scale of the problem..." I completely understand the scale of the problem, which is why I'm explaining to Whitroth that a simulation of humans and their environment would run very, very slowly, not...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    The problem here is this: How fast can we run a virtual world that people would actually want to live in? Sure, we can build a pretty light show like World of Warcraft, but even then all the colors and...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    If the human rights (and the property rights) issues are settled, then what about the other problem, which is paying for the real-world hardware, power, upgrades and maintenance of the virtual worlds inhabited by our upgraded selves. It seems to...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I wonder if that's why human beings have such trouble with the fine structure of physics? Perhaps the simulation we currently participate in has deduplicated some of the basics of how a universe operates... Story-wise, there's an FTL drive in...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    You don't live thousands or millions of times faster, first, because of latency (there's a ton of computing power used to simulate a brain, body, and environment) and second because at some point you'll want to interface with living beings,...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    P.S. Does anyone know of a good Firefox extension for blocking blog posts by user? The one I was using recently apparently is no longer updated....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Can you give Greg a yellow card every time he fails to ignore the many-named-one? I can deal with her, and I like Greg, but the cross-talk is a real annoyance!...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Maybe I should write "...AND have that mind agree that it feels like Bill Smith or Juan Garcia is ridiculous" instead. Obviously the mind's name would be deeply encoded....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I suspect that before we can "upload" a mind we'll need to have a perfect simulation of the human brain, including issues like brain chemistry and neural connectivity. Then we'll have to go to the next step and be able...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I should go a step further and state this as a principle: "Every sentient race gets the singularity they deserve."...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Unfortunately, I suspect we'll get the singularity we deserve... damn humans!...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Oh my god! Really? People watch youtube, do banking, and shop online? I never could have imagined that on my own! You're sooooooooooo wise!...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    You're half-right (and I'm speaking as someone who would be able to start with a bare IP Address and build a website from there.) The part where you're wrong is that a good ISP for 5-10 dollars a month gives...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    The problem here is not "advertising." If someone wants to pay for their website by serving ads I'm fine with it. The problem is the intrusive surveillance which comes along with the ads, and advertising does work without the surveillance....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Or just use Grindr: "Texas man sentenced to 15 years in prison for hate crimes involving gay men he met on Grindr"...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    But as parents, what do we keep our AI away from? Obviously we don't want them around bad neighborhoods like Faux news or the CIA/FBI/GBCQ or other parts of the national security state... and we need to keep them away...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I think Microsoft realized the FUD wasn't working and switched tactics... now you see stuff added to Linux that doesn't work nearly as well as the previous and nobody does anything. Maybe its just normal human incompetence and hierarchy games,...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I'll disagree, I think. I put up with it until it began making threatening noises, then plonked it....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I don't think Brin advocated "treating" AIs like children. He advocated "raising" them like children. Big difference!...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    What you're missing is that these corporations have gobs of data for sale. If a big church decides it is their holy mission to provide the names of Gay people to their "conversion squads" that church can just buy a...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    "...a side order of racism on top!" Charlie! The construction of that sentence gave me a side order of headache! (On the side of my head, mind you, not to the top.) Otherwise a most excellent speech. I listened online...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    Aversion to Sportsball? Not hard to instill, is it?...
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