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starspawn0

Genes package information that gets passed on from one generation to the next. However, two different organisms can share a lot more information than would be apparent just from comparing common genes -- remember, it’s the *information* that is important, not the genes themselves. So, for example, organisms that have shared the same environment for millions of years will have many features in common; and these features need not come from identical shared genes. They are “info kin”, not “kin”.
Mar 15 2019 11:01 PM
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    tomasth
    So AI is ou info kin ?

    Justifing having closer relation with one info kin then another.
    (And maybe then kin too)
    Mar 16 2019 09:28 AM
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wjfox

r/WatchPeopleDie just got banned.
Mar 15 2019 06:46 PM
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    tomasth
    People suffer without dyeing , so suffering before dyeing isn't the worst part of dyeing.

    I've seen and heard a cat being strangled to death (not being able to save them) ,I'm assuming that the chocking sounds in human would be similar.
    Mar 15 2019 09:10 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    And nothing of value was lost.
    Mar 15 2019 11:50 PM
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    Outlook
    People on reddit reacting like there was respectful discussion in the subreddit. They're all dumbasses.
    Mar 16 2019 02:57 AM
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sun_set

it seems like spring is here where I live. it's great, warm and sunny. what a relief.
Mar 15 2019 06:36 PM
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wjfox

Parliament needs to revoke Article 50, or the UK is pretty much finished as a developed nation. 350 hours to go.
Mar 15 2019 10:04 AM
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Yuli Ban

I realized I only care about media synthesis. AGI is for backing up civilization, but otherwise when it comes to AI, I only need competent synthesizer algorithms to be satisfied with the Future.
Mar 15 2019 02:46 AM
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    tomasth
    But to explor that you need to live longer , and in a post scarcity society.
    Mar 15 2019 06:46 AM
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    Erowind
    Longevity is key.
    Mar 15 2019 04:56 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    Media synthesis tech will likely reach adolescence by the time I'm 30 and will be completely mature by the time I'm 40. I'd still have roughly 40 more years to enjoy it, sans longevity tech. That's what I'm referring to.
    Mar 15 2019 11:52 PM
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starspawn0

I think belief systems / worldviews work like biological systems. In biological systems, you often have weakly-interacting components or modules. Organs of the body are an example. If the organs of your body were too tightly integrated, it would make organ replacement surgery impossible; you would be just one giant lump of flesh, where functions are almost uniformly spread throughout the body.
Mar 15 2019 01:57 AM
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    starspawn0
    Belief systems are similar, in that people tend to hold contradictory beliefs. The different beliefs kind of weakly interact, like organs of the body; but the contradictions aren't allowed to percolate through and change the whole system, resulting in a consistent worldview. For example, people can hold beliefs about the goodness of the Christian moral code, on the one hand; but then act in ways completely antithetical to this code, on the other.
    Mar 15 2019 02:03 AM
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    Erowind
    Yes in the case of incoherent worldviews. I'd posit that the inverse is true and people actually can be consistent. Science and philosophy are also good tools for cutting through that fundamentalist bias.
    Mar 15 2019 03:03 AM
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    tomasth
    Thr metaphors of body and edifice are often used for cultural riches like belief systems.

    "completely antithetical" , i doubt they think its that.
    Some think gay rights are against Christianity and some that those rights are justiied because of Christianity.



    Mar 15 2019 06:56 AM
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Outlook

Yo, we're in the new era. I just realized it. It started with the growth of information technology but now we're fairly into it with AI, VR, CRISPR, it's starting for real now.
Mar 14 2019 06:35 PM
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    Outlook
    I mean, it already started, but we're starting to mature. In space technology, we're having reusable boosters.
    Mar 14 2019 06:44 PM
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    sun_set
    I'm happy that you realize we are getting closer and closer to the singularity.
    Mar 14 2019 09:28 PM
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starspawn0

Ann Coulter rips ‘shallow, narcissistic conman’ Trump, ‘lying media’ at Forum Club: https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20190311/ann-coulter-rips-shallow-narcissistic-conman-trump-lying-media-at-forum-club
Mar 14 2019 01:53 PM
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eacao

Billionaires are the models of emulation.
Mar 14 2019 12:51 PM
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    Erowind
    Billionaires are literally aristocrats and antiethical to both capitalist and socialist dogma. They can't be a model of emulation because one cannot achieve what they are handed simply by emulating them. Observe the endless sea of self help books and the people who spend their lives chasing their creed only to die. It seems many "capitalists" have forgotten the French Revolution. Capitalism was originally supported as a tool of equality to free us from the aristocracy.
    Mar 14 2019 08:32 PM
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    starspawn0
    https://mobile.twitter.com/travis_view/status/1103310748443262977. "Notch watch: The billionaire Minecraft creator has a link to a QAnon site in his Twitter bio and is promoting YouTube videos by QAnon "decoder" Praying Medic.

    Praying Medic may be the most vile QAnon grifter. He preys on people with illnesses by selling a "divine healing" class."
    Mar 14 2019 09:13 PM
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starspawn0

New analysis by the Allen Instittue for Artificial Intelligence shows that China is rapidly gaining on the U.S. in the production of top-tier Artificial Intelligence research output (highly-cited publications in top journals and conference proceedings). The analysis suggests China is less than 5 years away from eclipsing the U.S.; they are already on par or ahead in terms of applications: https://www.geekwire.com/2019/ai2-china-us-research/amp/
Mar 13 2019 04:32 PM
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    Erowind
    *outside of first tier cities
    Mar 13 2019 06:23 PM
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    starspawn0
    You're totally wrong about "1 in 4". Please give a source. The main problem with the AI-enhanced cameras is that the computational requirements are still too great to make it work frictionlessly. But give it time -- in China 1 year can mean the difference between not working very well, and working superlatively.
    Mar 13 2019 06:37 PM
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    Erowind
    It's an inference not a sourced statistic. The actual number might be 1/3 or even 1/5. And again, I mean outside of first tier cities.

    Working on corroborating sourced information about widespread corruption in China for you It's pervasive in all industries. It might seem unrelated at first, but ghost cities exist for exactly the same reason.
    Mar 13 2019 11:00 PM
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funkervogt

I ask this be made into my profile picture. https://imgur.com/a/kTjVWwm
Mar 13 2019 03:44 PM
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    wjfox
    Done!
    Mar 14 2019 11:10 AM
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starspawn0

Jaron Lanier's criticism of "AI agents": https://cseweb.ucsd.edu/~goguen/courses/171sp02/lanier.agents.html I think what he's *really* worried about (despite what he writes) is that AI agents that appear human will cause us to devalue the "human spirit" -- to think of ourselves as "just another computer and algorithms, nothing special".
Mar 13 2019 01:41 PM
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wjfox

What's been your favourite science/tech breakthrough of the year so far? i.e. since 1st Jan. Some ideas if you can't think of anything – https://www.futuretimeline.net/latest-blogs.htm
Mar 13 2019 08:23 AM
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    Many of them look neat, but you probably won't hear much more about them in 5 years. I think the one about translating brain signals to speech has legs, though -- something very much like the methods used will still be here in 5 years, and will be perfected. Maybe the co2 --> coal invention, and the micro 1 Tb storage device, too. I think OpenAI's GPT-2 (not on your list) is also important, will be even more so in 5 years.
    Mar 13 2019 01:52 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    GPT-2
    Mar 13 2019 03:18 PM
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    wjfox
    Wish I'd done a blog on GPT-2! Seem to remember being really busy at the time it was announced.
    Mar 13 2019 03:20 PM