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    Erowind
    Poor Zaphod. Yuli posts the same thing after you practically and we all reply to his post ;-;
    Sep 26 2019 08:23 AM
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Zaphod

"A paper by Google’s researchers seen by the FT, that was briefly posted earlier this week on a Nasa website before being removed, claimed that their processor was able to perform a calculation in three minutes and 20 seconds that would take today’s most advanced classical computer, known as Summit, approximately 10,000 years." https://www.ft.com/content/b9bb4e54-dbc1-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17
Sep 21 2019 10:36 AM
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    Erowind
    That's an unexpected and rapid breakthrough if true.
    Sep 21 2019 09:00 PM
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    funkervogt
    Let's not jump the gun. There could be good reason why the science paper was quickly removed from the web.
    Sep 22 2019 12:57 AM
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    eacao
    Nooo, not *Google*!
    Sep 22 2019 05:24 AM
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Zaphod

Do you ever get absorbed into a topic you never would have expected to beforehand? For me at the moment - it's pirates.
Sep 18 2019 10:45 AM
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    Zaphod
    Mostly the Golden age of piracy (l7th-18th century) in the Atlantic and Caribbean, but yes there has been plenty of piracy throughout history.
    Sep 18 2019 10:31 PM
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    Outlook
    Arr, the best age
    Sep 19 2019 01:22 AM
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    Erowind
    Black Caesar is one of my favorites. Some of his prisoners were children who reportedly escaped captivity and formed their own language and culture in the mangrove forests.
    Sep 19 2019 04:33 AM
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Zaphod

Is it just me or has there been a bit of a lull in major AI/technology breakthroughs recently? Perhaps I haven't been keeping up though
Sep 16 2019 01:54 PM
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    Casey
    When are some of the upcoming conferences we should watch out for?
    Sep 16 2019 04:24 PM
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    wjfox
    Can't say I've noticed any slowdown in AI progress. Just the other week an AI designed new drug compounds within 21 days. And various other stuff happened in recent months:

    https://www.futuretimeline.net/blog/ai-robots-blog.htm
    Sep 16 2019 11:02 PM
  • Hey can you send a link to the reddit forum?

    I felt the same I think we are in the disillusioned part of the hype cycle.
    Sep 17 2019 08:40 AM
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Zaphod

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98I4luNNai4 This is quite strange to see if you are British.
Sep 15 2019 10:53 AM
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    wjfox
    Losing Hong Kong in 1997 marked the official end of the British Empire. I'm sure we'd be happy to take it back :-)
    Sep 15 2019 11:13 AM
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    Zaphod
    I think this sentiment is actually much more widespread than many people realise, at least in countries that have done less well after colonialism. I spent a month in Guyana a few years ago and was shocked by the number of people that told me they wished they hadn't gained independence from Britain. A lot of the issues arose when the British left abruptly leaving a sort of economic/administrative vacuum.
    Sep 15 2019 12:17 PM
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    Erowind
    What a world.
    Sep 15 2019 08:23 PM
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Zaphod

I can't stand the modern trend for journalists to cover a news story by taking a handful of select tweets from members of the public that just echoes their point. You could find a tweet supporting any viewpoint, even if it's in the absolute minority. It's one thing to quote tweets about light hearted news stories, but more and more I see it in articles about serious partisan issues on the biggest news platforms.
Aug 13 2019 10:46 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    Reminds me of that one "trend" a couple years back: "Millennials and Gen Z are eating Tide Pods". Their evidence? A *tiny* handful of videos— I think there were two when the story broke. Like, it was the most non-story fake news I'd seen in a while, but now it's one of the big dumb fads of the 2010s. Dumbasses did it only because they thought others were doing it, sort of like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    Aug 14 2019 04:15 AM
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    starspawn0
    Another problem is: Elon Musk tweets 2 words and it generates dozens of tech press articles.
    Aug 14 2019 10:49 AM
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    Alislaws
    In Musk's case people will stick his name in the headline of any article even remotely related to him, or any subject he has ever discussed, or anything relating to any industry he has/had/once talked about having a company in.
    Aug 14 2019 11:12 AM
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    starspawn0
    I think Yang is right about tech unemployment will cause problems. I just am not sure about his timeline or analysis of the present day economic system. Krugman and even progressive economists like Dean Baker think he is mistaken and his analysis is not serious: http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/andrew-yang-is-wrong
    Aug 11 2019 01:54 PM
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    starspawn0
    Sadly, many people on the Left like Scott Santens seem to follow every word he tweets and speaks. I fear they are jumping the gun, and that they will soon crash on the shores of reality, as automation's impact grows more slowly than expected; which could set that movement back a lot.
    Aug 11 2019 01:59 PM
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    Outlook
    I feel like everytime a fix-it-all concept becomes popular in the left like basic income, medicare, or free tuition, it becomes shallow and vapid distraction to real issues. There are valid criticisms against these concepts. UBI especially, and it prevents discussion about what's perhaps wrong with the entire system. It honestly feels like a leftist form of populism, except instead of a wall it's free money.
    Aug 11 2019 03:40 PM
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Zaphod

Based within my own web/media bubble, it feels like Bernie Sanders (and Andrew Yang) should be massively ahead in the Democratic polls, yet he is fourth in some of them. I hear almost nothing about Biden, yet he is leading.
Aug 09 2019 08:24 AM
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    Erowind
    Yang has some youth support and internet cred and he's probably farther ahead in the polls then reflected but not much farther. He's also been actively censored at the "debates" where they cut his mic constantly and wouldn't let him speak more than two or three times. (I only watched the first debate, maybe it's changed but I doubt it.)
    Aug 09 2019 09:50 AM
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    Erowind
    Bernie has popular American support and is the only candidate capable of potentially beating Trump in my opinion. The polls keep saying Trump is going to lose to Biden but I don't buy it. Just like Hillary before him the media seems to have already chosen Biden as /ourguy/
    Aug 09 2019 09:50 AM
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    waitingforthe2030s
    Biden is popular among the people who don’t use much social media.
    Aug 09 2019 08:29 PM
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Zaphod

Anyone else here fascinated by Norse and Greek mythology? As a non-believer, pantheism has so much more appeal to me. Monotheistic religions are dull and depressing..
Jun 02 2019 10:55 AM
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    Outlook
    I love polytheism too. I went through a giant greek mythology phase when I was younger thanks to god of war, and I keep a good read on Mesopotomian mythology now. Still, I find more love for monotheistic religions. Polytheists are like normal human beings, and their mythology reflects that, but when I read something like the Philokalia I sort of realize why monotheism was on another level.
    Jun 02 2019 11:39 AM
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    starspawn0
    I used to be fascinated by various mythologies. Neil Stephenson's book "Snow Crash" got me interested in ancient Babylonian and Sumerian mythology. I've also had a thing for ancient Egyptian mythology. Greek, less so; Norse mythology is cool, though.
    Jun 02 2019 06:11 PM
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    starspawn0
    I think there is something to be gained by looking at all these mythologies. It gives one a chance to see what it's like to think about something from first principles, without being influenced by a civilization that has already thought about them. For example, what kinds of ideas will people come up with about how to think about "time" or even the idea of a "machine" or "computation"?
    Jun 02 2019 06:14 PM
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    Zaphod
    BCI tech development is going to be exciting for the next 10 years. We are reaching a critical point along the growth curve.
    Apr 25 2019 01:24 PM
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    wjfox
    Yeah, really impressive stuff.
    Apr 25 2019 01:54 PM
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    Erowind
    :D
    Apr 17 2019 08:36 AM
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Zaphod

"I spent a week in a VR headset, here's what happened" https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=776&v=BGRY14znFxY I recommend watching this, really makes you think about the short and long term potential of VR/AR
Mar 08 2019 06:55 PM
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Zaphod

The UK needs police drone squads. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GRaAHexsVk
Dec 20 2018 06:13 PM
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    Maximus
    Every airport should have something like that.
    Dec 21 2018 08:18 PM
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    BasilBerylium
    Social experiment
    Dec 12 2018 07:50 PM
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    Erowind
    Brilliant :D This post made my day
    Dec 12 2018 11:46 PM
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Zaphod

Oops. SpaceX first stage just made a water landing. Just as I was getting used to successful landings being almost guaranteed.
Dec 05 2018 06:29 PM
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    Raklian
    The success rate is still pretty astonishing, though.
    Dec 06 2018 05:26 PM
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    Zaphod
    Yeah. 2.5 years since the last failure. Plus they reckon they can still reuse this stage.
    Dec 07 2018 12:30 AM