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Whoa! I thought that was proper Glasgow cuisine for a second there, til I realised it was just pasta and cheese and shit  :argh!:

Hey, y'all know I'm a massive fan of substrate transfer but that's a long-term solution. Short term we progressively dilute the control exerted by the base systems. We already do that. As I said - neocortex already runs a lot of overrides. Reptile wants to kill, reptile wants to fuck, reptile wants to eat. Neocortex says "NOPE!"

Short term (compared to uploading at least) we add layers of logic computation on top of the neocortex. The Exocortex. We already have this but it's a bit fragmented. The internet. Even before that we had books. Progressive interface integration will bring the exocortex into direct connection. The bridged-exocortex. At this point the sky is the limit. At some point our bridged-exocortex will match neocortex performance. Our higher level-consciousness will be exactly twice as powerful. Two years after that three times, two years after that 5 times and so on. Meanwhile the reptile lumbers on.

Even without the exocortex, we are currently capable of running rings around the reptile, however, because of the way our mental systems are stacked and integrated it takes a fair bit of effort. It's shadow-boxing. Wrestling with oneself. Our race achieves varying levels of success in this endeavour. With the exocortex, however, control mechanisms will be downloadable from the app-store.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Laws
« on: August 16, 2014, 07:59:10 am »
Laws need optimised. Stripped down to the bare essentials. Don't kill. Don't steal. Don't lie. We are rapidly approaching a situation where we can prevent these things. Deal with them before, not after they happen. Minority report? Yup, it's less than a decade away. It won't work quite the same way as it does in the movie - psychic mutants plugged into the internet but the net effect will be the same. The annihilation of privacy (trust me - you really will appreciate it when you see it) via ubiquitous micro (later nano) -scale sensors will know when something's about to go down. Drones will intervene to prevent the crime taking place faster than the human can carry it out.

The current mountain of ridiculous legislation won't work. You're absolutely right - everyone would end up in jail. We'll have to dump them and go back to basics. So I can almost hear the grinding of teeth from the Orwell followers reading this. The abuse. The human rights violations. Right? Wrong. What will happen in a totally transparent society is that there will be no place for Big Brother. Everyone can see through him, just like he can see through everyone. People can spy on you taking a shit or jacking off to tubgirl videos but guess what - you can see them spying on you and so can all their friends.

What's going to happen is people are going to be forced to become a lot more tolerant. People are going to be forced to become a lot more polite. To the point where you can fuck your significant other on a busy street corner and no one will watch because they'll know that you don't want them to and that will be enough. The reason this sounds far fetched is because, although this level of mutual respect and politeness is most people's ideal, the fact is that most of the human race are biologically and psychologically incapable of practising it. Transparency, not privacy is the key to this. Openness, as opposed to sneaking around and hiding which, when it comes right down to it is the fundamental nature of privacy. 

The laws of the future are implicit. "Do what thou wilt", "Be excellent to each other", "Live and let live"

Our technology will not "Enforce" these laws.

Our technology will "Enable" them.

I literally have no idea how to turn that into more.

Have idea - ditch the last para and expand the first two. So many truths in there it's almost wasteful to see them all squished up like that. F'kin powerful!

As an aside, if my ex had told me that when we first met, I'd probably still have gone through with it. Five years, almost to the day  :horrormirth:

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Spagbook
« on: July 31, 2014, 05:05:48 pm »
One year ago, I started working out. Quite pleased with the results so far.

Well played. You've gone from tub of shit to tank! fucking good going for a year, I'd say. For added effect - tank up on fluids then dehydrate for a couple of days to achieve Ripped! Don't do it too often, tho. Bad for you.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: The Tech Forum
« on: July 30, 2014, 09:55:22 pm »
Craig Venter brute forcing biology about fucking time. Google are moonshotting it too. Time consuming bit is sequencing and profiling. That might take a couple of years. After that 10 or 15 mins crunching ought to give us most of the syntax. Expect a massive ITYS around 2017 :evil:

Shit eating hate termites? Excellent - now I got me a new totem animal  :banana:

Overcome? No. Reprogram? Yes. It's all interconnected. Unless you've got some safe method of ripping out the entire limbic system, and still being alive at the end of it, you're pretty much stuck with the demented reptile. The neocortex can be employed to override most of the command impulses, tho.

I can see benefits to both sides... Personally, I don't tell most people as it isn't really a topic that comes up in conversation. I've actually only told one person I know about my personal philosophy, and it's only because she has a very similar philosophy. My inner circle of friends has a pretty limited grasp of my indifference, but that's only because they've known me for years and things sometimes come out inadvertently.

What about you guys? Does your family know? I'm sure it would make for a nice dinner conversation with some more conservative parents.

"Telling" people about your philosophy is pointless.  You might as well dance your sculpture.  You might as well sing your cooking.

The simple best advice for writing also applies to philosophy: show, don't tell.

Live your philosophy.  Be your philosophy.

If they are receptive, by your own actions, they will learn.

I agree wholeheartedly, given that my personal philosophy is entirely based on ridiculing other people's.

Daily "Jesus fucking christ" link:

More than 650 suspected paedophiles have been arrested as part of a six-month operation targeting people accessing child abuse images online.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said the 660 arrested included doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers.

More than 400 children have been protected as a result, the agency said.

Arrests were made across the UK and the majority of those held had no previous contact with police.

The NCA said 39 were of those arrested are registered sex offenders.

Charges already brought range from possessing indecent images of children to serious sexual assault.

The NCA stressed that none of those arrested is a serving or former MP or member of the Government.

Behold the final word in the argument in UK communications monitoring. That bill has already flown through the usual process and anyone who dares decry it will be directed to this and accused of sympathising with paedophiles.

It'd almost be funny if it wasn't tragic. Terrorists and drug dealers not scary enough for you? "Well if we don't have X we won't be able to properly protect your kids"

You can't help but wonder about the bold. It seems an odd thing to emphasise to me. Last week there was some discontent over a missing dossier which apparently implicated MP's and other such government figures. Making a point about how none of them are involved seems like a rather politically motivated statement.


the fact that it's an official announcement from the Ministry of Truth would make it seem like a rather politically motivated statement

Techmology and Scientism / Re: The Tech Forum
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:29:00 am »
The thought had crossed my mind. Along the same lines as the cardboard VR goggles Google was handing out at IO last month. All you need is something articulated you can stick an android device in and an app to drive it via bluetooth.

The hardware would take 5 minutes to source for anyone with basic electronics skills and knowledge of arduino or raspberry pi platforms and the housing could be knocked up in max and printed at shapeways.

The real kicker is the software platform. Best bet is leverage Watson or Google Voice API and have a look of open source methods of motion tracking, face recognition and the like but, even then, there's a lot of specific shit that's going to have to be hand coded. Nothing massive, tho.

Main problem for me would be the animation. They got an ex Disney guy working on that IIRC

Techmology and Scientism / Re: The Tech Forum
« on: July 17, 2014, 07:55:42 am »
Having used a Nexus 5 with Google Now voice command for the last couple of weeks, I'd say the AI in the video is pretty much what I'm using right now, plus some scripted personality traits. No way I'm shelling out half a grand for a less-mobile mobile device. I'll wait til the end of next year, start of 2017 and pick one up for a hundred or so.

The tracking cam alone would be worth more than that to me if I don't get a quad drone in the meantime. That reminds me - I'm supposed to be building one of those...

Techmology and Scientism / Re: The Tech Forum
« on: July 16, 2014, 08:00:01 pm »
They should rename kickstarter and indiegogo to "Shut up and take my money!"

I'm almost tempted to shell out for a devkit just to frontend an eyeball on there. Pretty sure it'll happen without my help, tho.

A-bomb was the (then) culmination of the arms race. Two factors at play - Humans like to kill other humans. Humans invent increasingly powerful tech.

These two factors began with picking up rocks, continued through attaching rocks to sticks to form axes, the invention of metal, ballistics, siege engines, gunpowder... every step of the way the desire to slaughter our fellow man and our ability to produce increasingly powerful technology made the creation of a-bombs inevitable.

Equally inevitable was the fact that, once we had one, we were always going to find a justification for playing with it. Sooner rather than later. Death Opera is not the most patient of headspaces.

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