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Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 10:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 299
Posted By Olmstead
Maybe. Rather than displacement, I'd be concerned...

Maybe. Rather than displacement, I'd be concerned about how how it affects the housing market for people with lower income. Of course, this could all be solved with more social/affordable housing.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 10:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 299
Posted By Olmstead
Good for who? Colonisation usually turns out...

Good for who? Colonisation usually turns out great for the coloniser. Eating the rich would do wonders for my protein intake.
Forum: USA Politics 25th June 2022, 12:07 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 4,429
Posted By Olmstead
In that case, why do the judges disagree, and why...

In that case, why do the judges disagree, and why is this disagreement based on their ideology?
Forum: USA Politics 25th June 2022, 06:35 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 4,429
Posted By Olmstead
Now we know the truth, there was more than one...

Now we know the truth, there was more than one Reagan Youth.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th June 2022, 05:14 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 11,741
Posted By Olmstead
Many of those are debatable. More strength means...

Many of those are debatable. More strength means more control, which means a greater and more consistent accuracy.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 17th June 2022, 02:53 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,116
Posted By Olmstead
How's that war on drugs working out for you...

How's that war on drugs working out for you America? Have you won yet?
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 17th June 2022, 06:50 AM
Replies: 314
Views: 4,625
Posted By Olmstead
We don't know. A true AI would be sentient, and...

We don't know. A true AI would be sentient, and sentience might be incompatible with such simple priority trees. The real question is whether sentience will ever be a useful thing in a machine.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 15th June 2022, 03:57 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 4,217
Posted By Olmstead
They're the absolute source of values within...

They're the absolute source of values within their own writing. Of course they aren't evil in there.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 15th June 2022, 03:04 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 4,217
Posted By Olmstead
The author of a story isn't evil, no matter how...

The author of a story isn't evil, no matter how many of their characters they kill off, but when the characters start acting on their own and talking to you, it might be time to get sectioned.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 15th June 2022, 08:50 AM
Replies: 314
Views: 4,625
Posted By Olmstead
The world is already filled with sentient...

The world is already filled with sentient machines, and the universe totally winged that one. I suspect it had no idea what it was doing.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 15th June 2022, 04:33 AM
Replies: 351
Views: 4,217
Posted By Olmstead
Bible sez.

Bible sez.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 14th June 2022, 03:04 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 4,625
Posted By Olmstead
If there were time travelling beetles, I'd be...

If there were time travelling beetles, I'd be convinced humans can built a time machine. Alas!
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th June 2022, 01:00 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 4,625
Posted By Olmstead
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure I'm a...

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure I'm a sentient machine. I also follow commands with some pretty simple objectives, although a lot of the in-between stuff has become somewhat muddled.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th June 2022, 10:46 AM
Replies: 314
Views: 4,625
Posted By Olmstead
I'm just pointing out why your analogy is silly....

I'm just pointing out why your analogy is silly. We know that some things have a physical limit, but no one has yet come up with a limit for creating an artificial brain. It's hard to even imagine...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th June 2022, 10:33 AM
Replies: 314
Views: 4,625
Posted By Olmstead
Along with time, resources, and motivation, yes....

Along with time, resources, and motivation, yes. Time would probably be the most problematic one.



The list of what humans can't do at the moment would be very long. It was even longer 50 years...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th June 2022, 10:26 AM
Replies: 314
Views: 4,625
Posted By Olmstead
How so? Brains were created by natural processes...

How so? Brains were created by natural processes using a miniscule amount of a star's energy. Creating a star would take more than the star's energy.




Not yet.



Hold my beer.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th June 2022, 10:04 AM
Replies: 314
Views: 4,625
Posted By Olmstead
The evolution of the human brain didn't even come...

The evolution of the human brain didn't even come close to bankrupting our star. It was basically a rounding error.




We might destroy ourselves first.

I'm 99% sure that given enough time,...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th June 2022, 09:51 AM
Replies: 314
Views: 4,625
Posted By Olmstead
Creating a star is an issue of both scale and...

Creating a star is an issue of both scale and energy requirements, and we're unlikely to ever meet either. Creating a brain doesn't have the same energy requirements, and it has the opposite issue...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th June 2022, 08:56 AM
Replies: 314
Views: 4,625
Posted By Olmstead
Oh, okay. LaMDA isn't sentient. Today's computers...

Oh, okay. LaMDA isn't sentient. Today's computers can't do sentience. End thread. :rolleyes:
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th June 2022, 08:47 AM
Replies: 314
Views: 4,625
Posted By Olmstead
We don't need to turn today's computers sentient....

We don't need to turn today's computers sentient. We need to create a new type of machine that is sentient. I don't see why that sounds so incredible. A brain is a material thing. At worst it's too...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th June 2022, 04:04 AM
Replies: 314
Views: 4,625
Posted By Olmstead
Brains are just very advanced and very weird...

Brains are just very advanced and very weird bio-computers running some very weird software. Once we understand how it all works, there's no reason why we couldn't create artificial brains, and once...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th June 2022, 02:51 AM
Replies: 314
Views: 4,625
Posted By Olmstead
I doubt it's possible to create a sentient AI...

I doubt it's possible to create a sentient AI accidentally. If it happens, it will be because someone was trying to do it, and it will probably coincide with us learning exactly how brains create...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 12th June 2022, 02:18 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 4,625
Posted By Olmstead
We'll get an answer to what happens when you give...

We'll get an answer to what happens when you give a psychopath in a very bad situation ALL the toys.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 11th June 2022, 07:35 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 11,741
Posted By Olmstead
It goes against the spirit of professional sport....

It goes against the spirit of professional sport. Female athletes are trying to reach their limits, while transwomen athletes are trying to limit themselves until they are somewhere in the ballpark...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 10th June 2022, 08:51 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 11,741
Posted By Olmstead
That's much better, although it needs some...

That's much better, although it needs some corrections:

A woman2 is someone who has a sense of who most adult females are socially, inferred from their interactions with adult females and how most...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 10th June 2022, 07:54 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 11,741
Posted By Olmstead
That sense of yourself isn't some nebulous...

That sense of yourself isn't some nebulous concept, but an actual thing that can be defined.

In your example, that person has a very clear idea of why they identify as working class. It's because...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 10th June 2022, 07:31 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 11,741
Posted By Olmstead
A woman2 is an adult human who identifies as an...

A woman2 is an adult human who identifies as an adult human female?

Fun. Next question, how can you identify as something you're not?
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 10th June 2022, 07:04 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 11,741
Posted By Olmstead
Operational what now? The word you're looking for...

Operational what now? The word you're looking for is circular.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 7th June 2022, 02:12 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,504
Posted By Olmstead
Geeks can get pretty passionate about their...

Geeks can get pretty passionate about their favourite franchise. Like that time Mace Windu turned up with a purple lightsaber.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 7th June 2022, 12:56 PM
Replies: 640
Views: 11,741
Posted By Olmstead
The idea is that it would make people with gender...

The idea is that it would make people with gender dysphoria happier and less likely to commit suicide. The actual data is somewhat controversial:
...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 7th June 2022, 09:04 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 11,741
Posted By Olmstead
Death reverses everything.

Death reverses everything.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 7th June 2022, 07:33 AM
Replies: 298
Views: 4,778
Posted By Olmstead
There's schizophrenics out there who think aliens...

There's schizophrenics out there who think aliens are beaming thoughts into their brain, and yet my disbelief in their "reality" doesn't seem to warrant a 500 page disertation on the implications of...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 3rd June 2022, 08:29 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 4,718
Posted By Olmstead
Santa lives in Atlantis?

Santa lives in Atlantis?
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 2nd June 2022, 01:50 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,342
Posted By Olmstead
The solution to the toy problem is to paint the...

The solution to the toy problem is to paint the whole toy store green. And maybe get rid of the sexist toys.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 2nd June 2022, 12:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 451
Posted By Olmstead
No matter how stupid and lazy a rich person is,...

No matter how stupid and lazy a rich person is, it's almost impossible for them not to make money.

Besides, there have been multiple points in history where localised regions clearly reached a...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 2nd June 2022, 11:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 451
Posted By Olmstead
Fair is fair. The "wrong kind of patriarchy" has...

Fair is fair. The "wrong kind of patriarchy" has been an umitigated disaster for milennia.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 2nd June 2022, 08:24 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 724
Posted By Olmstead
I can do 8 hours worth of my work in four hours....

I can do 8 hours worth of my work in four hours. I can't keep up that kind of pace for more than four hours at the time, and definitely need to stop for the day afterwards.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 2nd June 2022, 06:11 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 3,286
Posted By Olmstead
Productivity has been rising, wages haven't. Now...

Productivity has been rising, wages haven't. Now what?
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 2nd June 2022, 05:42 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 3,286
Posted By Olmstead
Eventually employees will figure out how to do...

Eventually employees will figure out how to do the same amount of work quicker, but they won't take on more work to fill the gap.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 2nd June 2022, 05:29 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 4,718
Posted By Olmstead
Technically, a definition is just a list of...

Technically, a definition is just a list of attributes, though some are more relevant than others.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 2nd June 2022, 04:38 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 4,718
Posted By Olmstead
Depends on what you mean by definition. There are...

Depends on what you mean by definition. There are countless passages where God is the Light, God is Love, God is the Alpha and the Omega, God is the Terror that Flaps in the Night, etc.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st June 2022, 11:15 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,342
Posted By Olmstead
Yes, but you could come up with definitions where...

Yes, but you could come up with definitions where that distinction did exist, i.e. someone's definition of man might not include castrated men (for whatever reason, this isn't a value judgement)....
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 1st June 2022, 10:58 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 4,718
Posted By Olmstead
There is no rational definition that agrees with...

There is no rational definition that agrees with experience, as there is no experience pointing to a God, which means that any current definition of God will be imaginary.

If we ever find even...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st June 2022, 10:24 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,342
Posted By Olmstead
It doesn't matter if the parameters you have are...

It doesn't matter if the parameters you have are "hard and fast", they just need to exist. I can provide you with parameters that will make Lance Armstrong a man and parameters that will make Lance...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st June 2022, 10:03 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,342
Posted By Olmstead
It doesn't matter that you have a whole spectrum...

It doesn't matter that you have a whole spectrum of genders, because you don't have any parameters. The omniscient being will need to know what criteria to use.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st June 2022, 09:59 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,342
Posted By Olmstead
If someone defines themselves as a woman, that...

If someone defines themselves as a woman, that obviously means something to them. We can argue about whether their "something" is appropriate to the concept, but that "something" should exist.

I...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st June 2022, 09:30 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,342
Posted By Olmstead
Intelectual curiosity? It's not like philosophy...

Intelectual curiosity? It's not like philosophy provides much of any use.

Besides, there already is a thread on the practical implications.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st June 2022, 09:14 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,342
Posted By Olmstead
This is just practical considerations. ...

This is just practical considerations.

Sexuality and gender identity are already fundamentally different in that an omniscient being could determine someone's sexuality but couldn't determine...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st June 2022, 08:50 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,342
Posted By Olmstead
That's not the point. It doesn't matter whether...

That's not the point. It doesn't matter whether you can determine it or not, and it doesn't matter whether someone is lying or not. The point is that the concept means something. I'm a woman can also...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st June 2022, 08:06 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,342
Posted By Olmstead
That's not true. Bisexual means that you aren't...

That's not true. Bisexual means that you aren't exclusively attracted to people of one particular sex. You can adjust the definition if you want (i.e. are you bisexual if you're attracted only to...
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