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Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« Reply #990 on: March 30, 2016, 10:57:19 pm »
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Not so much angry as impatient. Cybernetics is taking forever and I've pretty much trashed my ride. I realize it's my own fault for not noticing years ago that there's ways to have fun that don't carry the risk of paraplegia but that's spilled milk under the bridge now. How far out is this tech? 10 years? 20? The answer is how long I have to keep the rotting primate ticking over. It's so close I can taste it.

Lee Majors promised me this shit back in the 70's, FFS. It's been along wait!

On an unrelated note, word on the street is Moore's Law is slowing down. The Intel clock is now going tick tock tock and we're waiting on architectural and/or substrate breakthroughs for advances beyond 5 nanometers which, itself, will be later than advertised. On the plus side - there's some pretty nifty alternatives, waiting in the wings and it could be there's a jump in the order of tens of thousands, right around the corner, rather than the usual double. Have to wait and see how the science pans out.
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Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« Reply #991 on: March 31, 2016, 05:57:08 am »
P3nt, angry transhumanist.

Not so much angry as impatient. Cybernetics is taking forever and I've pretty much trashed my ride. I realize it's my own fault for not noticing years ago that there's ways to have fun that don't carry the risk of paraplegia

There's also the ways that carry the risk of heart attack and stroke; videogames, television, fried cheese, quadruple patty hamburgers, butter, etc. And that brings up the other issue, which is price. They have electromechanical hearts NOW, but they're hella expensive, and my insurance certainly isn't gonna cover one just because I want to find out whether or not deep fried butter would taste good.

If I could I'd replace all my parts with metal machines (well, except for my brain which would be done piecemeal on a cell by cell basis as they burned out and my genitals as those can't really be replaced, even theoretically...well I mean technically they can, but I don't need some huge-ass cell-culture laboratory grafted onto my body)
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Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« Reply #992 on: April 01, 2016, 11:29:54 am »
Of course, the alternative bottom-up approach might get there first. According to this article that showed up on my radar today, we may have a rudimentary genomics middleware already. Need to dig a little deeper, I'm dying to see what the script looks like.

"It is literally a programming language for bacteria,Ē said Christopher Voigt, an MIT professor of biological engineering."

I have a sneaky suspicion it's literally nothing like a programming language and more like a shopping list but a step in the right direction regardless.
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Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« Reply #995 on: April 21, 2016, 07:23:56 pm »
Looks like there might be some science to explain Nasa's voodoo thruster :eek:
I like how they can vary the thrust by changing the frequency, like a rainbow-voudoo drive =)

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Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« Reply #997 on: April 21, 2016, 09:40:26 pm »
The bit that got me was the - wavelength longer than the observable universe - part. It's like a loophole in the laws of physics  :eek: 8) :evil:
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Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« Reply #998 on: April 21, 2016, 09:44:55 pm »
The bit that got me was the - wavelength longer than the observable universe - part. It's like a loophole in the laws of physics  :eek: 8) :evil:

There are no loopholes in physics.  Just weirder phenomena than we specified when we placed the order.
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Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« Reply #1000 on: April 21, 2016, 10:02:00 pm »
The bit that got me was the - wavelength longer than the observable universe - part. It's like a loophole in the laws of physics  :eek: 8) :evil:

There are no loopholes in physics.  Just weirder phenomena than we specified when we placed the order.


Just a friendly reminder from the universe that our version of the rulebook is not yet comprehensive. 8)
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Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« Reply #1001 on: May 11, 2016, 11:45:17 am »
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Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« Reply #1002 on: May 11, 2016, 02:25:28 pm »
LOL, yeah, I guess you're right. I just tend to think emergent AGI is so far off, it's not rteally worth bothering about. What I'm more looking forward to is something that I think much more likely and much more short term - I'll stick my neck on the line and predict that the Turing test will be passed in the next 2-5 years by a machine that does not possess anything even verging on human-level intelligence.

Given that we have an entire mirror-neuron architecture dedicated to projecting anthropomorphic intellect here there and everywhere at the drop of a hat, I suspect that either the next generation of AI assistants or maybe the generation after that will be able to act human enough to fool pretty much everyone except the people working on developing these systems.

At this point we will probably have mass hysteria and paranoia that AGI has arrived and we're all going to die.

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we're  getting closer...

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« Reply #1003 on: May 11, 2016, 03:38:06 pm »
Much f'kin closer If the VIV ecosystem matures the way I think it could, I could see us getting there pretty rapid. Think price-comparison websites but applied to AI comparison AI's, nested meta-agents selecting ranked domain expertise. The utility is guaranteed off the charts and, sooner or later, some smart arse is going to come up with a good enough personality model to wrap it up in.

Remember, this is all based on my theory that it takes significantly less than human-level intellect to fool a human into thinking it is. (like a fraction of a fraction of 1%) If I'm wrong in this then I'll revise my guess from imminent to - shortly before the heat death of the universe.  :lulz:
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« Reply #1004 on: May 11, 2016, 06:48:44 pm »
NASA discovers >1000 more planets

Yeah, I've been talking about that.  Or at least what lead up to it.
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