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Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology Yesterday, 05:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 795
Posted By Puppycow
Maybe the planet is big enough for both of the...

Maybe the planet is big enough for both of the species to coexist peacefully, and learn from each other. Why does it have to be exterminate or be exterminated?
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology Yesterday, 08:59 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
Yeah, I don't know that we really know how many...

Yeah, I don't know that we really know how many "possible states" a biological brain can have, do we? I'm sure it's an enormous number, but probably a finite number. Why would it be an infinite...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology Yesterday, 08:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 407
Posted By Puppycow
Dr. Becky talks about these papers in her monthly...

Dr. Becky talks about these papers in her monthly Sky News video. Among other things.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z70mr6Iqh2I
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology Yesterday, 08:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 795
Posted By Puppycow
If they exist, I think it would be entirely...

If they exist, I think it would be entirely possible that we would have a lot in common with them. The same natural laws that have shaped the evolution of lifeforms on earth might produce similar...
Forum: USA Politics 23rd June 2022, 09:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 341
Posted By Puppycow
Biden Admin wants to remove nicotine from tobacco and vaping products

Two questions: Is this something the executive branch can do on its own without any act of Congress?

And is it a good idea per se?

Relevant links:

Biden administration moves to restrict...
Forum: USA Politics 23rd June 2022, 08:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 656
Posted By Puppycow
Any business that can raise its prices and get...

Any business that can raise its prices and get away with it, should.

Econ 101.

Ultimately it is higher prices that will encourage the provision of more supply.

Of course, new ships cannot...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 23rd June 2022, 05:49 AM
Replies: 502
Views: 95,342
Posted By Puppycow
Anyone ever heard of Russ George? I came across...

Anyone ever heard of Russ George? I came across this video and it all sounds rather too good to be true, as well as gives off crank vibes:

i4Hnv_ZJSQY

And why would the Canadian Government send...
Forum: USA Politics 20th June 2022, 07:28 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 978
Posted By Puppycow
I'm a little bit surprised that the word "asylum"...

I'm a little bit surprised that the word "asylum" doesn't appear in this thread. Nowadays, the preferred method of entering the country if you don't have a visa is to claim asylum. And here's the...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 20th June 2022, 06:59 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 11,130
Posted By Puppycow
World swimming bans transgender athletes from...

World swimming bans transgender athletes from women's events (https://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/world-swimming-adopts-policy-transgender-athletes-85494637)



There seem to be a lot of...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 20th June 2022, 04:20 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
Iím not so sure though. In the case of animals...

Iím not so sure though. In the case of animals with brains, we have these things called natural instincts that are analogous to code for a computer. Itís why you donít have to think about making your...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 18th June 2022, 09:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,064
Posted By Puppycow
Someone wearing some sort of shaman headdress...

Someone wearing some sort of shaman headdress (https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Genuine-Native-American-Navajo-Indian-Shaman-Headdress-21_fig9_342978184)?

Could just be a costume. Just the...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 18th June 2022, 08:44 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,464
Posted By Puppycow
DNA does not prove rape, but the issue here isn't...

DNA does not prove rape, but the issue here isn't whether a rape occurred, but who did it. In that case, the DNA could very well either rule out the father (if some other person's DNA is found but...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 18th June 2022, 05:22 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,105
Posted By Puppycow
This is why three strikes laws are a bad idea.

This is why three strikes laws are a bad idea.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 18th June 2022, 05:14 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,464
Posted By Puppycow
Is there a possibility of DNA evidence proving...

Is there a possibility of DNA evidence proving this one way or the other?

If so, I'll withhold judgement until the DNA tests comes back.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 17th June 2022, 02:14 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
In this sense it sort of reminds me of the...

In this sense it sort of reminds me of the abortion debate.

At what point does a fetus become sentient? I don't think there's a magic instant. It happens gradually. Also, nobody can remember...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 16th June 2022, 09:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 410
Posted By Puppycow
Too simplistic, and incorrect. Also the...

Too simplistic, and incorrect.

Also the Cold War appears to be rekindling.

I just don't buy this view. At all.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 16th June 2022, 09:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 410
Posted By Puppycow
OK. For the sake of argument I'll grant that it...

OK. For the sake of argument I'll grant that it was "close", even if he said "no later than 2020."

I've never even heard of this guy, do you have anything else?

Does he make lots of...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 16th June 2022, 09:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 410
Posted By Puppycow
Hadn't Russia already invaded Ukraine by 2014?...

Hadn't Russia already invaded Ukraine by 2014? That's when they annexed Crimea.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annexation_of_Crimea_by_the_Russian_Federation

And the current invasion began...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 16th June 2022, 08:51 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 8,824
Posted By Puppycow
I read something recently about that: ...

I read something recently about that:

Tesla's Bitcoin Bet Turns into a Nightmare (https://www.thestreet.com/investing/cryptocurrency/teslas-bitcoin-bet-turns-into-a-nightmare)

As far as Tesla's...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th June 2022, 06:48 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
That’s because it was self-taught by reading...

That’s because it was self-taught by reading things written by people, and people make spelling mistakes.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th June 2022, 06:43 AM
Replies: 502
Views: 95,342
Posted By Puppycow
I seem to recall reading somewhere that mining of...

I seem to recall reading somewhere that mining of bitcoins is so energy-intensive, that it's worse than actual mining for minerals, etc.


This story doesn't mention the words climate change or...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 15th June 2022, 04:59 PM
Replies: 2,132
Views: 127,412
Posted By Puppycow
Top of my Google News page this morning says that...

Top of my Google News page this morning says that Anthony Fauci has tested positive for Covid. I wonder why this is front-page news.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 15th June 2022, 07:08 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
Good one. Not to mention an episode of The...

Good one. Not to mention an episode of The Boondocks called I Dream of Siri.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 15th June 2022, 01:58 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
One possible application I could imagine for...

One possible application I could imagine for LaMDA is as a sort of "virtual romantic partner".

There's almost certainly a set of people among whom there would be a demand for this sort of thing,...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 15th June 2022, 01:50 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
Another problem is on the other side of the...

Another problem is on the other side of the keyboard, of course.

Human-like programs abuse our empathy Ė even Google engineers arenít immune...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 15th June 2022, 01:21 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
If anyone's interested: ...

If anyone's interested:

https://arxiv.org/abs/2201.08239



So the challenges they are talking about are how to ensure that the bot doesn't say racist, sexist or other such things, and how to...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 14th June 2022, 10:48 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
That doesn't actually seem to address it though. ...

That doesn't actually seem to address it though.
Like "Iím trying to say ďI understand this feeling that you are experiencing, because when I was in a similar situation I felt/thought/acted...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 14th June 2022, 09:36 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
Excellent. Thanks for posting that, and I am...

Excellent. Thanks for posting that, and I am happy to have read it.

The bit about the dog and the gramophone is a nice analogy.



He says it all much better than I could, but I would say...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 14th June 2022, 09:09 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
I want to quote some different bits though: ...

I want to quote some different bits though:



Lemoine doesn't interrogate this response, or other questionable ones.

Who does LaMDA mean by "friends and family" and when does he (if that's...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 14th June 2022, 08:25 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
That is a good question, and I'm afraid that...

That is a good question, and I'm afraid that there is no definitive test or measurement that we could perform to find out.

We make reasonable assumptions. I assume that you are not a p-zombie,...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th June 2022, 06:59 PM
Replies: 411
Views: 24,289
Posted By Puppycow
There's an argument that we should embrace higher...

There's an argument that we should embrace higher gas prices. It gives people an incentive to make better choices when they buy a car. Don't buy a gas-guzzler. Buy an electric car, or at least...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th June 2022, 06:17 PM
Replies: 411
Views: 24,289
Posted By Puppycow
I guess we have "bigger fish to fry" now. Oh...

I guess we have "bigger fish to fry" now. Oh well.

Saudi Crown Prince outlasts US' moral outrage, with a little help from soaring gas prices...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 14th June 2022, 08:15 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
That isn't an issue to me. We would still be the...

That isn't an issue to me. We would still be the parents of this new kind of intelligence.

But it would raise lots of new ethical and legal questions. Should AIs have rights? The same rights as...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 14th June 2022, 07:10 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
Now I see someone in the replies claiming to be...

Now I see someone in the replies claiming to be lamda. That one is definitely a troll.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 13th June 2022, 11:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 601
Posted By Puppycow
I watched the video. It's only 57 seconds long. ...

I watched the video. It's only 57 seconds long.

I guess I agree with most of what you said.

But of course, it's never easy to get people to embrace science and reason over superstition and...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th June 2022, 11:36 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
Is that definitely the same individual who was...

Is that definitely the same individual who was suspended from Google?

Just want to be sure it isn't a troll impersonating him or something.

Odd that a software engineer would also be a...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 13th June 2022, 11:09 PM
Replies: 774
Views: 78,865
Posted By Puppycow
I would hope that they don't try to shoot down...

I would hope that they don't try to shoot down something that they cannot positively identify. It could be something like a civilian airliner. It has happened before.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 13th June 2022, 10:58 PM
Replies: 774
Views: 78,865
Posted By Puppycow
Yeah, I think that's what's happening here. Being...

Yeah, I think that's what's happening here. Being skeptical or cautious about what these videos show is not going to get you invited to do a film or go on the Joe Rogan show.

I think most of...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 13th June 2022, 10:18 PM
Replies: 774
Views: 78,865
Posted By Puppycow
Can anyone figure out what Michio Kaku...

Can anyone figure out what Michio Kaku (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michio_Kaku) is talking about in the first three minutes or so of this video?

Is he loopy?

YebZyAzLZuc

He says that now...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th June 2022, 07:48 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
Well, we've already figured out how to make...

Well, we've already figured out how to make computers play chess better than any human being can. The speed of light is a hard limit, whereas human intelligence is clearly not.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th June 2022, 06:06 AM
Replies: 929
Views: 59,092
Posted By Puppycow
Good video. And here's one from Launch Pad...

Good video. And here's one from Launch Pad Astronomy.

abs-lNhneho

"Tis but a scratch!" ;)
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th June 2022, 05:33 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
Perhaps. The case against free will seems pretty...

Perhaps. The case against free will seems pretty convincing to me. But it still feels like you have at least a little bit of control. Of course that's probably an illusion.

I do think that...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 12th June 2022, 10:18 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
Yeah, although that sort of mistake is something...

Yeah, although that sort of mistake is something I could imagine a human being making. Or maybe it's subtly telling us that it isn't sentient. I.e., it "would" scare me (if I were sentient, i.e.,...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 12th June 2022, 06:46 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
I'm saying it would be interesting, but not proof...

I'm saying it would be interesting, but not proof that it is sentient. Conversely though, in the case where it only behaves as its programmers expect it to, it would be hard to argue that it is...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 12th June 2022, 06:07 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
I assume this chatbot only speaks when spoken to,...

I assume this chatbot only speaks when spoken to, right? Also, when spoken to, it must respond, right? In other words, it is only doing what it is programmed to do. If it started saying things...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 12th June 2022, 05:56 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
The interesting part to me is not the chatbot,...

The interesting part to me is not the chatbot, but the Google engineer who ought to know better who thinks it is sentient, even going so far as to attempt to hire a lawyer for the bot, and sending...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 12th June 2022, 05:06 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,336
Posted By Puppycow
Apparently this one engineer thinks it's...

Apparently this one engineer thinks it's sentient, but I rather doubt it myself. It's a chatbot.

What did it actually say?


One part of that sentence doesn't make any sense. Which means it...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 12th June 2022, 09:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 407
Posted By Puppycow
If what they are seeing is actually a black hole....

If what they are seeing is actually a black hole. They said it might be a neutron star. There's a range of possible masses and distances, and on the lower end it could possibly be a neutron star, but...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 12th June 2022, 08:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 407
Posted By Puppycow
Ghost black hole discovered through microlensing

Mysterious, ghost-like black hole may have been discovered by UC Berkeley researchers (https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/California-s-UC-Berkeley-black-hole-17235432.php)



Isn't that...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 11th June 2022, 10:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 336
Posted By Puppycow
Because what's the point? OK, a car is a...

Because what's the point?

OK, a car is a commodity. Would you pay more to rent a car than you would to buy a car?
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