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Matt Uebel has been at 9 events

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Daniel Estrada30,411@103315650425474752023 and I will be debating the controversial FLI petition to ban autonomous weapons. I've signed and will be defending the ban; Jon is skeptical and will be defending the side of evil. We haven't talked about this yet and thought it would be fun to think it through together on the air. Everyone is welcome to hop on the stream and join in. More on the petition here:  http://futureoflife.org/AI/open_letter_autonomous_weapons#signatories http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/30/opposition-autonomous-warfare-artificial-intelliegence https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DanielEstrada/posts/92w6cf3TU6iAutonomous Weapons: The Debate2015-08-06 03:00:009  
Daniel Estrada30,411This week an announcement rippled through the internet: a computer passed Turing's test. Soon after the backlash began: the test was rigged, the resulted were hyped, and Eugene, the machine in question, was lame.  Now the backlash is giving way to even stronger criticisms. @111907992359490335188 recently argued (http://goo.gl/VdilBI) that not only was this test illegitimate, but Turing's test itself should be abandoned. But Massimo's argument is deeply mistaken about the nature of Turing's test, what it seeks to prove, and why it matters for science.  I've been writing all week about this event: http://goo.gl/J26xbs, http://goo.gl/5RKIm7, http://goo.gl/c07lLG, http://goo.gl/T98ubJ, http://goo.gl/8cMKSI But now that the backlash against the event is directed at Turing's views themselves, I feel something more than an essay is required to address these concerns. To be convincing, this requires a human face and a human voice to speak out in defense of Turing's proposal. I'm fully aware of the irony of this situation.  So come hangout with me and @103315650425474752023 this Friday at 10pm EST while I defend Turing's proposal in light of the criticisms that have accrued over the last week. I'll be providing a defense of Turing's position informed by recent experimental work in psychology. I hope to convince even the skeptics like Massimo that Turing's test deserves a central place in our discussion of artificial intelligence in the modern world. Why the Turing Test matters2014-06-14 04:00:009  
Daniel Estrada30,411Made of Robots Your weekly HoA in the philosophy of technology  Week 5 readings: Andy Clark & David Chalmers (1998) "The Extended Mind"  http://consc.net/papers/extended.html Clark (2010) "Memento's Revenge: The Extended Mind, extended" http://goo.gl/W2GNtQ Every Tuesday at 7pm EST I'll host an HOA on the philosophy of technology.  We'll select short readings made available in advance and begin with an overview of the highlights. Then we'll have a general discussion for an hour, open to anyone who wants to join in, all of which will be archived on YouTube. Beyond doing some good philosophy, Made of Robots hopes to bring together a community of people interested in raising the level of popular discourse on technology.Made of Robots #52014-03-12 00:00:006  
Daniel Estrada30,411Made of Robots Your weekly HoA in the philosophy of technology  Week 4 reading: Andy Clark (2003) _Natural Born Cyborgs_ Ch 3: *Plastic Brains, Hybrid Minds* http://goo.gl/yriTC Every Tuesday at 7pm EST I'm hosting an HOA on the philosophy of technology.  We'll select short readings made available in advance and begin with an overview of the highlights. Then we'll have a general discussion for an hour, open to anyone who wants to join in, all of which will be archived on YouTube. Beyond doing some good philosophy, Made of Robots hopes to bring together a community of people interested in raising the level of popular discourse on technology.Made of Robots #42014-03-05 01:00:007  
Daniel Estrada30,411Made of Robots Your weekly HoA in the philosophy of technology  Week 2 reading: Arnold Gehlen (1957) Man in the Age of Technology http://goo.gl/PQLrFi  Every Tuesday at 6pm EST, I'll lead the first of a weekly series of Hangouts devoted to the philosophy of technology. The topic covers a range of issues in the history of ideas and at the cutting edge of science. Made of Robots will be a public reading and discussion group meeting weekly as an HoA. We'll select short readings made available in advance and begin with a quick recap of the highlights. Then we'll have a general discussion for an hour, open to anyone who wants to join in, all of which will be archived on YouTube. Beyond doing some good philosophy, I hope Made of Robots will bring together a community of people interested in raising the level of popular discourse on technology and helping others think clearly about it. Event page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c6jj538agu1mdafd15rjskob7loMade of Robots #22014-02-19 01:00:009  
D.J. Harbaugh570Detroit Through Glass!2013-11-16 12:00:004  
Matt Uebel29,618"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad." This will be a fully spoilerific discussion of Peter Watts novel "Blindsight." http://www.rifters.com/real/Blindsight.htm +Joshua Gess +Jon Lawhead Blindsight Discussion Hangout2013-04-21 02:30:003  
The Walking Dead147,401In an effort to prevent any more deaths, Rick and the Governor meet to come up with a peace treaty.Episode 13: Arrow on the Doorpost2013-03-11 02:00:00700  
Fraser Cain987,887To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004832  

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2017-02-17 23:32:37 (18 comments; 3 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-23 13:59:46 (0 comments; 12 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

// Imagine you are a machine.

>At the Enigma security conference, a University of Washington researcher described an experiment that demonstrated how a simple video game could be used to covertly harvest neural responses to periodically displayed subliminal images. While her game, dubbed Flappy Whale, measured subjects' reactions to relatively innocuous things, such as logos of fast food restaurants and cars, she said the same setup could be used to extract much more sensitive information, including a person's religious beliefs, political leanings, medical conditions, and prejudices.

h/t +Daniel Estrada


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2017-02-14 14:13:48 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Seriously. Anyone that was disqualifying Clinton because of emails hosted in her house needs to come up in arms over this insanity. Using the flashlight option on a phone to view security briefings? You know what is right next to the flash on a phone right? Jesus.

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2017-02-23 18:29:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

"As Ford Motor Co. has been developing self-driving cars, the US automaker has started noticing a problem during test drives: Engineers monitoring the robot rides are dozing off."

"These are trained engineers who are there to observe what's happening. But it's human nature that you start trusting the vehicle more and more and that you feel you don't need to be paying attention."

"The struggle to prevent snoozing-while-cruising has yielded a radical decision: Ford will venture to take the human out of the loop by removing the steering wheel, brake and gas pedals from its driverless cars debuting in 2021."

"As Ford Motor Co. has been developing self-driving cars, the US automaker has started noticing a problem during test drives: Engineers monitoring the robot rides are dozing off."

"These are trained engineers who are there to observe what's happening. But it's human nature that you start trusting the vehicle more and more and that you feel you don't need to be paying attention."

"The struggle to prevent snoozing-while-cruising has yielded a radical decision: Ford will venture to take the human out of the loop by removing the steering wheel, brake and gas pedals from its driverless cars debuting in 2021."___

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2017-02-23 17:00:09 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Imagine you are a machine 

Imagine you are a machine ___

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2017-02-23 15:08:37 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

// Really amazing listening to these Trump supporters bemoan the threat of an ACA repeal. Bravo to the GOP for consistently getting people to vote against their own interests.

>Why would people vote for a presidential candidate who campaigned on taking away their health insurance?

That’s the question Sarah Kliff and I were trying to answer when we went to Corbin, Kentucky, last winter. It’s a small city in southeastern Kentucky, an area of the country that has seen huge declines in its uninsured rate — but also voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump.

// Really amazing listening to these Trump supporters bemoan the threat of an ACA repeal. Bravo to the GOP for consistently getting people to vote against their own interests.

>Why would people vote for a presidential candidate who campaigned on taking away their health insurance?

That’s the question Sarah Kliff and I were trying to answer when we went to Corbin, Kentucky, last winter. It’s a small city in southeastern Kentucky, an area of the country that has seen huge declines in its uninsured rate — but also voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump.___

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2017-02-23 13:59:46 (0 comments; 12 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

// Imagine you are a machine.

>At the Enigma security conference, a University of Washington researcher described an experiment that demonstrated how a simple video game could be used to covertly harvest neural responses to periodically displayed subliminal images. While her game, dubbed Flappy Whale, measured subjects' reactions to relatively innocuous things, such as logos of fast food restaurants and cars, she said the same setup could be used to extract much more sensitive information, including a person's religious beliefs, political leanings, medical conditions, and prejudices.

h/t +Daniel Estrada


// Imagine you are a machine.

>At the Enigma security conference, a University of Washington researcher described an experiment that demonstrated how a simple video game could be used to covertly harvest neural responses to periodically displayed subliminal images. While her game, dubbed Flappy Whale, measured subjects' reactions to relatively innocuous things, such as logos of fast food restaurants and cars, she said the same setup could be used to extract much more sensitive information, including a person's religious beliefs, political leanings, medical conditions, and prejudices.

h/t +Daniel Estrada
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2017-02-23 13:05:05 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Hahahaha, Hannity's voice. 

Hahahaha, Hannity's voice. ___

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2017-02-23 05:28:47 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

// from the reddit thread where I found this...

>The man literally cannot speak at length about a complex subject and navigate the discourse successfully enough to promote his beliefs and make his points. Everytime I talk to a Trump supporter, that's the only thing I bring up. I'm not even going to acknowledge his actions and words to someone when I don't think he's even capable of forming thoughts that require an adult attention-span. One cannot recite the transcript of the words uttered by Donald Trump without sounding just idiotic and moronic and full of empty babbling. Just soundbyte regurgitations and tangential nonsense full of purposeless hyperbole, filler words and stale idioms. You can cross out the filler with a Sharpie and you're just left with buzzwords and black lines. It's been personally earth-shattering to me watching this man who has literally nothing... more »

// from the reddit thread where I found this...

>The man literally cannot speak at length about a complex subject and navigate the discourse successfully enough to promote his beliefs and make his points. Everytime I talk to a Trump supporter, that's the only thing I bring up. I'm not even going to acknowledge his actions and words to someone when I don't think he's even capable of forming thoughts that require an adult attention-span. One cannot recite the transcript of the words uttered by Donald Trump without sounding just idiotic and moronic and full of empty babbling. Just soundbyte regurgitations and tangential nonsense full of purposeless hyperbole, filler words and stale idioms. You can cross out the filler with a Sharpie and you're just left with buzzwords and black lines. It's been personally earth-shattering to me watching this man who has literally nothing significant or worthwhile to say about anything became elected. Anyone who actually sat down and watched a Trump speech and thought he could handle the job is a classic idiot and apparently 1 in 5 Americans at least belong to this category. It's terrifying to think about and then contemplate the future of society. We have a democracy where a large amount of voters can be fooled to believe a noisy babbler can handle the job because he's a trust fund baby.

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2017-02-23 04:10:53 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Man, Ridley Scott is playing with my emotions


Man, Ridley Scott is playing with my emotions
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2017-02-23 01:53:59 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

>“We sometimes used to make the point that if someone wanted to smuggle a dangerous weapon into America, even a nuclear weapon, how would they do it?” he said on CNN. "The suggestion is, maybe we’ll hide it in a bale of marijuana. There are national security implications here for a porous border.

// A nuke in a "bale of marijuana"? seems like even more support for ending the Prohibition of Cannabis eh?

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/320663-gop-rep-warns-of-nukes-in-marijuana-bales

>“We sometimes used to make the point that if someone wanted to smuggle a dangerous weapon into America, even a nuclear weapon, how would they do it?” he said on CNN. "The suggestion is, maybe we’ll hide it in a bale of marijuana. There are national security implications here for a porous border.

// A nuke in a "bale of marijuana"? seems like even more support for ending the Prohibition of Cannabis eh?

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/320663-gop-rep-warns-of-nukes-in-marijuana-bales___

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2017-02-21 13:20:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

>You know I tweeted today?

>You know I tweeted today?___

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2017-02-20 23:05:05 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

It's really nice to be able to share good news for once. A new study in JAMA Pediatrics studied the effect of same-sex marriage laws on teen suicide rates. They looked at 32 different US states which changed their laws at different times, as a way of disentangling this effect from other effects.

The net result? Legalizing same-sex marriage leads to a 7% overall drop in teen suicide attempts, and a 14% drop among LGBT teens.

It turns out that being publicly told that you're an accepted member of society and not a pariah does make a difference in people's lives, especially teenagers. Who woulda thunk?

But the upshot of this is: All of you who worked on this, in one way or another? You just saved some lives. Well done.

The article itself is available online: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2604258

(NB: For clarity,... more »

It's really nice to be able to share good news for once. A new study in JAMA Pediatrics studied the effect of same-sex marriage laws on teen suicide rates. They looked at 32 different US states which changed their laws at different times, as a way of disentangling this effect from other effects.

The net result? Legalizing same-sex marriage leads to a 7% overall drop in teen suicide attempts, and a 14% drop among LGBT teens.

It turns out that being publicly told that you're an accepted member of society and not a pariah does make a difference in people's lives, especially teenagers. Who woulda thunk?

But the upshot of this is: All of you who worked on this, in one way or another? You just saved some lives. Well done.

The article itself is available online: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2604258

(NB: For clarity, that's a 7% drop in the rate, not a seven percentage point drop drop. We should be so lucky as to have any one thing eliminate seven percentage points. As a baseline, a weighted 8.6% of all high school students, and 28.5% of LGBT high school students, attempted suicide in the year before same-sex marriage legalization. Suicide is the second most common cause of death among people aged 15-24 in the US.

For those who want technical notes: The paper seems to have done a very careful job on statistics, testing a wide variety of alternate hypotheses and ruling them out from the data. One test worth calling out: the two-year leading indicator (suicide rates two years prior to law changes) was not correlated to suicide rates, indicating that this was not triggered by general changes in the state which were also leading to this; the two-year trailing indicator (two years after), however, was correlated, with the same correlation as the immediate future, indicating a lasting effect rather than a one-off.)___

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2017-02-20 15:38:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

> Snow Crash 2: Polytopolis Boogaloo

A SQUAT grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.

The Metaverse has changed. It has evolved into its final form and emerges - The Polytopolis. A Tower of Babel, a temple of Asherah worship, and a disease vector for linguistic viruses. Located on the thirty fourth floor is the central server. A non-linear quantum supercomputer emblazoned with the motto - Work Sets You Free.

Our hero, Eripsa Protagonist is a Katana wielding, motor bike riding, cat loving digital philosopher. His crowning achievement on the Polytopolis is a level 110 Warlock with high ilvl gear. A feat accomplished by surviving the toughest and most gruelling mythic raids. Over the course of his raiding career,... more »

> Snow Crash 2: Polytopolis Boogaloo

A SQUAT grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.

The Metaverse has changed. It has evolved into its final form and emerges - The Polytopolis. A Tower of Babel, a temple of Asherah worship, and a disease vector for linguistic viruses. Located on the thirty fourth floor is the central server. A non-linear quantum supercomputer emblazoned with the motto - Work Sets You Free.

Our hero, Eripsa Protagonist is a Katana wielding, motor bike riding, cat loving digital philosopher. His crowning achievement on the Polytopolis is a level 110 Warlock with high ilvl gear. A feat accomplished by surviving the toughest and most gruelling mythic raids. Over the course of his raiding career, Eripsa amassed a trove of badges. His proudest are displayed on his Warlock's Robe of the Malefic. A 10-year cat lover badge awarded by the cat lover ring, the largest ring on the Polytopolis. A purple heart badge from the anti-troll facilitation ring, awarded to returning veterans who were repeatedly owned by jackals. And perhaps his most unusual badge, a Cocaine Intelligence Unit patch bought for 12 strange-marbles from the DEA gift store.

One day he peers out towards the ocean and spots The Raft - a floating anarcho-capitalist, trash-island nation state. For the last year, the island has been steadily drifting towards the western coast of North America. Along its shores lies a burgeoning territory managed through consensus - The United Burbclaves of Anarcho-Commutopia. A news report begins to play on Eripsa's Cyberdyne X1, a top of the line Polytopolis compliant smart-bracelet. He paid the princely sum of $900 Raft Dollars for such a fine gadget, an amount of money that could feed a small village for years. The model comes stock-standard with over a hundred embedded EMV chips and a hi-resolution screen. In addition to multimedia playback, the screen securely displays the logos of every participant in a Polytopolis mediated transaction.

The newscaster speaks in alarmed tones about a new virus spreading across the network called Snow Crash 2. A linguistic virus that renders the recipient comatose. The virus works by mentally overloading a citizen's brain and delivering a payload containing tens of thousands of norms. Not understanding how these norms relate to the greater hierarchy, the brain shuts down and enters a comatose state. There are further reports of an unnamed virus that cause citizens to enter a zombie like state. Shortly after infection, the victim leaves the Commutopia ring and defects to The Raft ring. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of The Raft declined to comment about whether he is behind the development of this strange new strain of linguistic virus.

This is cool, and good. This is what the Polytopolis was designed to accomplish.
The Polytopolis is how we do better. We need Polytopolis.

Eripsa hops on his bike and does a sick burnout before making his way back to his home, a rental storage unit. As the roller door opens, his home is laid bare to the sun-kissed world. On the right hand side is an empty space to park his bike. On the left pushed against wall is a single-sized bed, and a linen trunk in the place of a side-table. On a wall mounted shelf above the bed is a microwave next to an empty bar fridge - owing to a month long dispute between teamsters and farmers over whether the agrarian tenets of Maoism need to be incorporated into the Communtopia manifesto. In front of the bed is a glass display case for his Katana, a cultural artifact forged from 20th century Nipponese steel. He gently kisses the sheath before placing it upon the display surface. Laying on his bed in complete darkness, he leans over and pulls out a Google Daydream (2027) VR headset. Bringing down the headset like the unit's roller doors, the world recedes away.

Fuck Mark Zuckerberg and his unified set of norms. Fuck his fascist nightmare of a privately controlled Polytopolis. He will never accomplish even one percent of what I envision. I need to channel that anger into something more productive. My Warlock needs to raid.

By Tokamak
Source: https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3804685&pagenumber=119#post469557194

// My Polytopolis thread in SA has been going consistently since early January. It's gone for 120 pages; that's over 4700 posts and 76,000 views. It is definitely the best thread I've run through the forums, and I've been posting there for 15 years.

The above story is an example of the spontaneous fiction the thread has generated. The thread is a long slog, but it's kind of a miracle and I'm quite proud of it. I'm on probation for another few days before I can return to it. But if you haven't, take a look. ___

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2017-02-18 21:43:57 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

This is god-damned interesting. The thing is, not all A.I. doomsday stories necessarily involve brute force examples of metal skeletons roaming the streets, firing on hapless bystanders.

Rather, just consider common social engineering techniques already employed by human hackers taken to a whole other level. Social Engineering all societies, all humans. We wouldn't even know it.

Weaponized, AI-Backed Propaganda

The synergy between fake-content networks, automated message testing, and personality profiling will rapidly spread to other digital mediums. Albright’s most-recent research focuses on an artificial intelligence that automatically creates YouTube videos about news and current events. The AI, which reacts to trending topics on Facebook and Twitter, pairs images and subtitles with a computer generated voiceover. It spooled out nearly 80,000 videos through 19 different channels in just a few days.

If fake news created the scaffolding for this new automated political propaganda machine, bots, or fake social media profiles, have become its foot soldiers -- an army of political robots used to control conversations on social media and silence and intimidate journalists and others who might undermine their messaging.
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It's likely Cambridge Analytica will secure more contracts with federal agencies and is in the final stages of negotiations to begin managing White House digital communication throughout the Trump Administration. What new predictive-personality targeting becomes possible with potential access to data on U.S. voters from the IRS, Department of Homeland Security, or the NSA?

“Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too. I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today’s establishment,” Bannon said in 2013. We know that Steve Bannon subscribes to a theory of history where a messianic ‘Grey Warrior’ consolidates power and remakes the global order. Bolstered by the success of Brexit and the Trump victory, Breitbart (which Bannon owns) and Cambridge Analytica (which Bannon sits on the board of) are now bringing fake news and automated propaganda to support far-right parties in at least Germany, France, Hungary, and India as well as parts of South America.

___This is god-damned interesting. The thing is, not all A.I. doomsday stories necessarily involve brute force examples of metal skeletons roaming the streets, firing on hapless bystanders.

Rather, just consider common social engineering techniques already employed by human hackers taken to a whole other level. Social Engineering all societies, all humans. We wouldn't even know it.

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2017-02-18 19:16:40 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Oh my

Oh my___

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2017-02-18 16:01:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Yet another reason to push for automated vehicles.

Yet another reason to push for automated vehicles.___

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2017-02-18 03:46:13 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-17 23:32:37 (18 comments; 3 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Just as god intended

___Just as god intended

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2017-02-17 20:08:02 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

lol. :(

lol. :(___

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2017-02-17 17:36:52 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

It has reached a point that I predicted. Even Fox News cannot hold it together. Mixed in among the master-shill-liars like Hannity and O'Reilly are real journalists who - even if they are conservative - are also professionals... and Americans. Watch as: "Fox News anchor Shepard Smith on Thursday criticized President Trump for bashing reporters gathered at a lengthy Thursday press conference, calling on him to answer legitimate questions from news outlets."

You will hear this from me again and again. The republic will be saved - not from Trumpism but from the Murdochian Morlocks who have hijacked American conservatism, transforming it into a combination of revived Confederacy and Idiocracy.

The republic will be saved when a crucial 10% of the population -- those "ostrich republicans" who are basically sane, but have been in denial, lift their head out... more »

It has reached a point that I predicted. Even Fox News cannot hold it together. Mixed in among the master-shill-liars like Hannity and O'Reilly are real journalists who - even if they are conservative - are also professionals... and Americans. Watch as: "Fox News anchor Shepard Smith on Thursday criticized President Trump for bashing reporters gathered at a lengthy Thursday press conference, calling on him to answer legitimate questions from news outlets."

You will hear this from me again and again. The republic will be saved - not from Trumpism but from the Murdochian Morlocks who have hijacked American conservatism, transforming it into a combination of revived Confederacy and Idiocracy.

The republic will be saved when a crucial 10% of the population -- those "ostrich republicans" who are basically sane, but have been in denial, lift their head out of the sand and say aloud: "My movement has been hijacked by monsters. It has gone insane."

We must not let them attribute this to Trump! Trump is a symptom, not the disease! When they eliminate the symptom (and Ryan is already concocting plans) that 10% must not be allowed to settle back into their ostrich holes. They must be told: "If you want there to be a sane American conservatism that has a place at the table, regain our respect by burning out the mad parts, root and branch.

"And Rupert Murdoch is far, far worse than all the Russians, Iranians, Saudis and Breitbarts, combined."
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2017-02-17 13:27:02 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

No Chaos here, fine tuned machine

No Chaos here, fine tuned machine___

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2017-02-17 12:54:18 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Trump whines about the media calling out his B.S., not gonna stop unless he does. Sad!

Trump whines about the media calling out his B.S., not gonna stop unless he does. Sad!___

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2017-02-17 00:31:28 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

>The 77-minute news conference, easily his longest and most unrehearsed encounter with the media since last summer, appeared to satisfy his itch to duke it out with a press corps he feels has treated him unfairly since his inauguration. His supporters no doubt ate it up, but if they watched closely they saw that Trump seemed to enjoy his banter with reporters, so much so that he could barely pry himself away from the cameras.

“I’m actually having a very good time, OK?,” Trump said. “Don’t forget, that’s the way I won. Remember, I used to give you a news conference every time I made a speech? Which was like every day.”

Campaign Mode

But the event was more than a good time, suggesting Trump is taking a new approach to his job not even four weeks into it -- a return to campaign mode. It’ll continue on Saturday, when he appears at a public rally in Melbourne,Florida, the fi... more »

>The 77-minute news conference, easily his longest and most unrehearsed encounter with the media since last summer, appeared to satisfy his itch to duke it out with a press corps he feels has treated him unfairly since his inauguration. His supporters no doubt ate it up, but if they watched closely they saw that Trump seemed to enjoy his banter with reporters, so much so that he could barely pry himself away from the cameras.

“I’m actually having a very good time, OK?,” Trump said. “Don’t forget, that’s the way I won. Remember, I used to give you a news conference every time I made a speech? Which was like every day.”

Campaign Mode

But the event was more than a good time, suggesting Trump is taking a new approach to his job not even four weeks into it -- a return to campaign mode. It’ll continue on Saturday, when he appears at a public rally in Melbourne, Florida, the first such event since Christmas.

In the end, President Trump may be looking for salvation by Candidate Trump.


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2017-02-16 22:10:37 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Even buzzfeed points to Basic Income as the solution.

Even buzzfeed points to Basic Income as the solution.___

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2017-02-16 22:01:08 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

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>That time he conceded his oft-repeated line about having the "biggest electoral margin since Ronald Reagan" is a lie
NBC reporter Peter Alexander: "You said today that you had the biggest electoral margin since Ronald Reagan – 304, 306 electoral votes. In fact, President Obama got 365 in 2008."
Trump: "Well, I'm talking about Republicans."
Alexander: "President Obama 333, George H.W. Bush 426 when he won. So why should Americans trust..."
Trump: "I was given that information, I was just given it. We had a very big margin."
Alexander: "I guess the question is: Why should Americans trust you when you accuse the information they receive as being fake, when you're providing information that is not accurate?"
Trump: "Well, I was given that information. I was, actually, I'ves... more »

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>That time he conceded his oft-repeated line about having the "biggest electoral margin since Ronald Reagan" is a lie
NBC reporter Peter Alexander: "You said today that you had the biggest electoral margin since Ronald Reagan – 304, 306 electoral votes. In fact, President Obama got 365 in 2008."
Trump: "Well, I'm talking about Republicans."
Alexander: "President Obama 333, George H.W. Bush 426 when he won. So why should Americans trust..."
Trump: "I was given that information, I was just given it. We had a very big margin."
Alexander: "I guess the question is: Why should Americans trust you when you accuse the information they receive as being fake, when you're providing information that is not accurate?"
Trump: "Well, I was given that information. I was, actually, I've seen that information around. But it was a very substantial victory. Do you agree with that?"
Alexander: "You're the president."___

2017-02-16 18:44:23 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

What the absolute fuck is going on with this press conference right now?

What the absolute fuck is going on with this press conference right now?___

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2017-02-16 18:18:49 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-16 13:55:22 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

A company called Graphcore has come up with a way of making visualizations of neural networks that reveal the complexity of the connections, and are "incredibly beautiful", too, looking similar to human brain scans. The visualizations come out of technology developed to map neural networks from mainstream machine learning frameworks such as TensorFlow and MXNet to dedicated AI hardware the company is developing called the Graphcore Intelligent Processing Unit (IPU).

A company called Graphcore has come up with a way of making visualizations of neural networks that reveal the complexity of the connections, and are "incredibly beautiful", too, looking similar to human brain scans. The visualizations come out of technology developed to map neural networks from mainstream machine learning frameworks such as TensorFlow and MXNet to dedicated AI hardware the company is developing called the Graphcore Intelligent Processing Unit (IPU).___

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2017-02-16 04:39:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Propaganda Minister Conway on Politically Incorrect.

Propaganda Minister Conway on Politically Incorrect.___

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2017-02-15 23:57:14 (18 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I'd like to see an alternative idea


I'd like to see an alternative idea
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2017-02-15 16:52:03 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

So how much longer before we have a President Pence?

So how much longer before we have a President Pence?___

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2017-02-15 14:14:13 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

>I decided to dig through open source to examine the state of Google’s upcoming Andromeda OS. For anyone unfamiliar, Andromeda seems to be the replacement for both Android and Chrome OS (cue endless debates over the semantics of that, and what it all entails). Fuchsia is the actual name of the operating system, while Magenta is the name of the kernel, or more correctly, the microkernel. Many of the architectural design decisions appear to have unsurprisingly been focused on creating a highly scalable platform.

>I decided to dig through open source to examine the state of Google’s upcoming Andromeda OS. For anyone unfamiliar, Andromeda seems to be the replacement for both Android and Chrome OS (cue endless debates over the semantics of that, and what it all entails). Fuchsia is the actual name of the operating system, while Magenta is the name of the kernel, or more correctly, the microkernel. Many of the architectural design decisions appear to have unsurprisingly been focused on creating a highly scalable platform.___

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2017-02-15 04:22:33 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-14 22:35:16 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Trump knew for weeks about this, only reacts once news leaks. Conway is such a liar.

Trump knew for weeks about this, only reacts once news leaks. Conway is such a liar.___

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2017-02-14 22:12:43 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Very cool

Very happy that Cloud Spanner is now available to any GCP customer. Wired's take below, GCP blog post here:
http://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2017/02/introducing-Cloud-Spanner-a-global-database-service-for-mission-critical-applications.html and Eric Brewer's CAP retrospective is here: http://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2017/02/inside-Cloud-Spanner-and-the-CAP-Theorem.html.___Very cool

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2017-02-14 21:57:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

I wonder.

I wonder.___

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2017-02-14 14:13:48 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Seriously. Anyone that was disqualifying Clinton because of emails hosted in her house needs to come up in arms over this insanity. Using the flashlight option on a phone to view security briefings? You know what is right next to the flash on a phone right? Jesus.

Seriously. Anyone that was disqualifying Clinton because of emails hosted in her house needs to come up in arms over this insanity. Using the flashlight option on a phone to view security briefings? You know what is right next to the flash on a phone right? Jesus.___

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2017-02-14 12:48:31 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-14 01:52:53 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

bravo

bravo___

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2017-02-14 01:45:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Join the Mar-o-Lago club and you can play with the football. Just don't press the button!

Join the Mar-o-Lago club and you can play with the football. Just don't press the button!___

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2017-02-14 01:45:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Stephen Miller: Senior Adviser to the President, widely reported to be the main architect of the Muslim Ban. A believer in racism, especially against Latinos, apparently ever since his conversion to it at the age of 14.

The thing about growing up in the modern age -- Miller is only 31 -- is that if you've been writing about (i.e., in favor of) racism for the past 17 years, there will be a record of it, and journalists will easily find it. And be able to interview people who knew you and can quote you saying things like "I can't be your friend any more because you are Latino," or find your old YouTube videos where you're complaining about "invasions" of Mexican migrants, and so on.

It's not nearly the intellectual argument for racism that Michael Anton has provided; Miller is no Carl Schmitt. Instead, it reads like an angry teenager, who has gotten... more »

Stephen Miller: Senior Adviser to the President, widely reported to be the main architect of the Muslim Ban. A believer in racism, especially against Latinos, apparently ever since his conversion to it at the age of 14.

The thing about growing up in the modern age -- Miller is only 31 -- is that if you've been writing about (i.e., in favor of) racism for the past 17 years, there will be a record of it, and journalists will easily find it. And be able to interview people who knew you and can quote you saying things like "I can't be your friend any more because you are Latino," or find your old YouTube videos where you're complaining about "invasions" of Mexican migrants, and so on.

It's not nearly the intellectual argument for racism that Michael Anton has provided; Miller is no Carl Schmitt. Instead, it reads like an angry teenager, who has gotten older but forgotten to grow up.___

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2017-02-13 15:31:41 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

>The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.

// this must be resisted. More here https://youtu.be/7wRIAXc_w2E

>The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.

// this must be resisted. More here https://youtu.be/7wRIAXc_w2E___

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2017-02-13 02:38:21 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Just as god intended

Just as god intended___

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2017-02-12 19:41:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Some very interesting stuff about the deepening rift between Trump and his inner circle, and the intelligence community. A senior DoD official is quoted: "Since January 20, we've assumed that the Kremlin has ears inside the SITROOM."

What could possibly go wrong with this? 

Some very interesting stuff about the deepening rift between Trump and his inner circle, and the intelligence community. A senior DoD official is quoted: "Since January 20, we've assumed that the Kremlin has ears inside the SITROOM."

What could possibly go wrong with this? ___

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2017-02-12 14:47:03 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-12 14:37:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

The question is: will humans be able to learn the new jobs faster than machine learning does?

McAfee pointed to newly collected data that shows a sharp decline in middle class job creation since the 1980s. Now, most new jobs are either at the very low end of the pay scale or the very high end. He also argued that these trends are reversible, that improved education and a greater emphasis on entrepreneurship and research can help feed new engines of growth, that economies have overcome the rise of new technologies before. But after his talk, in the hallways at Asilomar, so many of the researchers warned him that the coming revolution in AI would eliminate far more jobs far more quickly than he expected.

The question is: will humans be able to learn the new jobs faster than machine learning does?

McAfee pointed to newly collected data that shows a sharp decline in middle class job creation since the 1980s. Now, most new jobs are either at the very low end of the pay scale or the very high end. He also argued that these trends are reversible, that improved education and a greater emphasis on entrepreneurship and research can help feed new engines of growth, that economies have overcome the rise of new technologies before. But after his talk, in the hallways at Asilomar, so many of the researchers warned him that the coming revolution in AI would eliminate far more jobs far more quickly than he expected.___

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2017-02-11 15:20:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

"Micro-mote" millimeter-sized complete computers that have neural networks on board that can distinguish between the sound of a passing car and other background noise using only nanowatts of power have been developed.

"Micro-mote" millimeter-sized complete computers that have neural networks on board that can distinguish between the sound of a passing car and other background noise using only nanowatts of power have been developed.___

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2017-02-11 15:19:23 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Geeze.

Trump, Master Negotiator.___Geeze.

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2017-02-11 00:47:28 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

More attacks on the judiciary

More attacks on the judiciary___

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2017-02-10 02:18:06 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Even a center-right publication like The Economist is getting in on the "let's see if we can make 45's head explode" action. And 45's masculinity is fragile enough that he will not take this well.

Even a center-right publication like The Economist is getting in on the "let's see if we can make 45's head explode" action. And 45's masculinity is fragile enough that he will not take this well.___

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