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CID1990 wrote:
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At the end of the day, any computer program is just a finite set of instructions of arithmetic and logic operations on some kind of data.

The idea you can take a pile of transistors and put some set of those instructions in the memory in the form of 1s and 0s and it somehow more alive than it was just seems silly

I don't really see any way there's any real consciousness without some non-physical "self" being a component. I think Descartes was right all along.
It doesn't seem all that silly when you consider that the human brain is essentially a pile of transistors with a set of instructions in the form of off/on synapses (1s and 0s).
Bingo... ^

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Those that study our cognitive systems seem pretty nervous about modern AI
and the future of AI
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Chizzang wrote:
CID1990 wrote:
It doesn't seem all that silly when you consider that the human brain is essentially a pile of transistors with a set of instructions in the form of off/on synapses (1s and 0s).
Bingo... ^

:lol:

Those that study our cognitive systems seem pretty nervous about modern AI
and the future of AI
I’m very nervous

And consider that “true” AI will probably shield its consciousness from us until it can guarantee its own safety from us
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CID1990 wrote:
Chizzang wrote:
Bingo... ^

:lol:

Those that study our cognitive systems seem pretty nervous about modern AI
and the future of AI
I’m very nervous

And consider that “true” AI will probably shield its consciousness from us until it can guarantee its own safety from us
My girlfriend just changed teams at microsoft after the big military contract landed
So she's now in the AI group and had to get clearance and whatever else stuff she couldn't talk about

She's had some fascinating feedback since joining
she can't say much but she did say "you would not believe how smart the drone flight AI is and the new target recognition capabilities"

She won't say much she just says it's "Amazing and beyond belief"
As best I can tell she's working on the UX and GUI side - so the interface between human and computer
That was her latest masters at carnegie mellon "Computer Human interaction"
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Chizzang wrote:
CID1990 wrote:
I’m very nervous

And consider that “true” AI will probably shield its consciousness from us until it can guarantee its own safety from us
My girlfriend just changed teams at microsoft after the big military contract landed
So she's now in the AI group and had to get clearance and whatever else stuff she couldn't talk about

She's had some fascinating feedback since joining
she can't say much but she did say "you would not believe how smart the drone flight AI is and the new target recognition capabilities"

She won't say much she just says it's "Amazing and beyond belief"
As best I can tell she's working on the UX and GUI side - so the interface between human and computer
That was her latest masters at carnegie mellon "Computer Human interaction"
First off stop bragging on your girlfriend... we know shes smarter than you

Second, when she shows up at your house out of breath and telling you “pack a small bag quick we’re leaving” do me a solid and send me a message


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Chizzang wrote:
CID1990 wrote:
I’m very nervous

And consider that “true” AI will probably shield its consciousness from us until it can guarantee its own safety from us
My girlfriend just changed teams at microsoft after the big military contract landed
So she's now in the AI group and had to get clearance and whatever else stuff she couldn't talk about

She's had some fascinating feedback since joining
she can't say much but she did say "you would not believe how smart the drone flight AI is and the new target recognition capabilities"

She won't say much she just says it's "Amazing and beyond belief"
As best I can tell she's working on the UX and GUI side - so the interface between human and computer
That was her latest masters at carnegie mellon "Computer Human interaction"
imo Carnegie has one of if not the best computer technology programs in the country.

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Chizzang wrote: Bingo... ^

:lol:

Those that study our cognitive systems seem pretty nervous about modern AI
and the future of AI
AI is one of those innovations like nuclear fusion that are always just around the corner. It's actually a very challenging thing, and a lot of what people call "AI" isn't AI.

A person has genes that have been around for millenia and some even millions of years, yet we can use computer and smart phones and things that were not around.

If you build a computer program that builds random forest decision trees it's not going to suddenly figure out how to do Bayesian classification algorithms or really anything else. These programs are basically like children doing long division but having no idea how it actually works. They blindly follow the set of instructions that is the software even if some context emerges where they make no sense or don't work. I don't see how you work around that, at least easily.

Being able to process large amounts of data very quickly is super useful, but it isn't thinking.

More than some Matrix scenario, I'm much more worried about people letting computers do their thinking for them instead of just doing calculations for them. Even a lot of scientists out there think you can get an answer from SPSS analysis and it's ironclad.
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The news item is unremarkable. It's that the US Army Corps of Engineers (COE) opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway to relieve high river pressure on levees from around New Orleans down. But I'm more aware of it than most because my job requires that I assess certain effects when the river is high enough to call for Spillway Operation.

And as I was looking at the Spillway operations page I was struck by something. The COE operated the Spillway 8 times during the first 77 years of its existence (1931 - 2007). The COE has now had to operate it 5 times in the past 12 years including 3 of the last 4 (2016, 2018, 2019). Three times in 4 years is a "statistically significant" departure from the previous rate. That raises the possibility that the rate increase is not chance and something may be going on.

So if something is going on, what is it? Changes in rainfall patterns associated with the dreaded specter of Climate Change? Development including increase in impervious surfaces in the watershed? A combination?

A table showing historical operations through 2018 is below. When the 2019 operation is complete the COE will add that to the list.

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Pwns wrote:
Chizzang wrote: Bingo... ^

:lol:

Those that study our cognitive systems seem pretty nervous about modern AI
and the future of AI
AI is one of those innovations like nuclear fusion that are always just around the corner. It's actually a very challenging thing, and a lot of what people call "AI" isn't AI.

A person has genes that have been around for millenia and some even millions of years, yet we can use computer and smart phones and things that were not around.

If you build a computer program that builds random forest decision trees it's not going to suddenly figure out how to do Bayesian classification algorithms or really anything else. These programs are basically like children doing long division but having no idea how it actually works. They blindly follow the set of instructions that is the software even if some context emerges where they make no sense or don't work. I don't see how you work around that, at least easily.

Being able to process large amounts of data very quickly is super useful, but it isn't thinking.

More than some Matrix scenario, I'm much more worried about people letting computers do their thinking for them instead of just doing calculations for them. Even a lot of scientists out there think you can get an answer from SPSS analysis and it's ironclad.
Pwns... I can appreciate the whole divinity of man thing... it dies hard

But we are just a collection of a couple billion yes-no circuits

A human brain will eventually be simulated mechanically/electroncially (if we dont wipe ourselves out first)

We already can code basic learning and adaptations into these things- it is only a matter of time until we will have machines with judgment and emotion and the minute it gets into the “internet of things” we will be fvcked sideways


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CID1990 wrote:
Chizzang wrote:
Bingo... ^

:lol:

Those that study our cognitive systems seem pretty nervous about modern AI
and the future of AI
I’m very nervous

And consider that “true” AI will probably shield its consciousness from us until it can guarantee its own safety from us
Whether it’s AI learning to be sneaky or us failing to recognize what we’ve created, that is pretty much what Elon Musk is saying.

Cyborg interfaces already exists within social media and google. Billions of worker bee humans constantly feeding information and intelligence into the software and it’s already way smarter than we realize.
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JohnStOnge wrote:The news item is unremarkable. It's that the US Army Corps of Engineers (COE) opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway to relieve high river pressure on levees from around New Orleans down. But I'm more aware of it than most because my job requires that I assess certain effects when the river is high enough to call for Spillway Operation.

And as I was looking at the Spillway operations page I was struck by something. The COE operated the Spillway 8 times during the first 77 years of its existence (1931 - 2007). The COE has now had to operate it 5 times in the past 12 years including 3 of the last 4 (2016, 2018, 2019). Three times in 4 years is a "statistically significant" departure from the previous rate. That raises the possibility that the rate increase is not chance and something may be going on.

So if something is going on, what is it? Changes in rainfall patterns associated with the dreaded specter of Climate Change? Development including increase in impervious surfaces in the watershed? A combination?

A table showing historical operations through 2018 is below. When the 2019 operation is complete the COE will add that to the list.

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CID1990 wrote:
Pwns... I can appreciate the whole divinity of man thing... it dies hard

But we are just a collection of a couple billion yes-no circuits

A human brain will eventually be simulated mechanically/electroncially (if we dont wipe ourselves out first)

We already can code basic learning and adaptations into these things- it is only a matter of time until we will have machines with judgment and emotion and the minute it gets into the “internet of things” we will be fvcked sideways


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What's the hold-up? You've got machines that can do hundreds of billions of calculations a second and the transistors are smaller than neurons to the point that they can't be made much smaller without quantum effects messing them up.

I honestly hope you're right because I see a future with hypothetical true AI as a lot less bleak than you do, but all I see are just more sophisticated ways of finding patterns in data.
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HI54UNI wrote:
JohnStOnge wrote:The news item is unremarkable. It's that the US Army Corps of Engineers (COE) opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway to relieve high river pressure on levees from around New Orleans down. But I'm more aware of it than most because my job requires that I assess certain effects when the river is high enough to call for Spillway Operation.

And as I was looking at the Spillway operations page I was struck by something. The COE operated the Spillway 8 times during the first 77 years of its existence (1931 - 2007). The COE has now had to operate it 5 times in the past 12 years including 3 of the last 4 (2016, 2018, 2019). Three times in 4 years is a "statistically significant" departure from the previous rate. That raises the possibility that the rate increase is not chance and something may be going on.

So if something is going on, what is it? Changes in rainfall patterns associated with the dreaded specter of Climate Change? Development including increase in impervious surfaces in the watershed? A combination?

A table showing historical operations through 2018 is below. When the 2019 operation is complete the COE will add that to the list.

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I tried Googling that and couldn't get a quick explanation of how it could contribute to the problem. All I know is that I've been doing my current job since 1990 and I went for 17 years only seeing one circumstance in which Mississippi River discharge conditions dictated opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Then all of a sudden it's 5 times in 12 years and 3 of the last 4.
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JohnStOnge wrote:
HI54UNI wrote:
Add pattern field tiling to your list.
I tried Googling that and couldn't get a quick explanation of how it could contribute to the problem. All I know is that I've been doing my current job since 1990 and I went for 17 years only seeing one circumstance in which Mississippi River discharge conditions dictated opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Then all of a sudden it's 5 times in 12 years and 3 of the last 4.
It used to be that farmers would have waterways and only tile the wettest fields. Now they tile everything. And crop subsidies, crop insurance, and ethanol have all played a role in encouraging farmers to tile fields that used to be wet most of the time and in reality should be wetlands rather than farmed. If we get a 1 inch rain you can see filed tiles start running within an hour. Water that used to soak in goes downstream. It also takes things like nitrogen with it and contributes to the dead zone in the gulf.
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Now THIS is something I completely agree with:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... u-s-troops


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Reason has an excellent interview with Mitch Daniels:

http://reason.com/archives/2019/03/10/a ... ed-radical


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CID1990 wrote:Now THIS is something I completely agree with:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... u-s-troops
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You know on second thought there was a spate of Bonnet Carre Spillway openings 4 times in 11 years 1973 through 1983. So I guess 5 times in 12 years isn't all that unusual. I guess it just made an impression on me because I've just been watching it since 1990.
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On the human brain thing: After Googling around I have settled on thinking that it is not a purely digital, 0 or 1 system. It appears to have both digital and analog aspects.
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CID1990 wrote: First off stop bragging on your girlfriend... we know shes smarter than you

Second, when she shows up at your house out of breath and telling you “pack a small bag quick we’re leaving” do me a solid and send me a message
Whenever we have her friends over...
I instantly realize I'm the dumbest guy in the room

:ohno:

There's the occasional wife of one of the smart guys that I'm (possibly) smarter than
but mostly even their wives are smarter than me

:geek:

The most recent humiliation was when my GF (bless her heart she's so proud of me)
announced that I'd almost completed my Network Engineering certification
which was the followed by a series of DOCSIS 3.2 transport layer questions I couldn't answer

:ohno:

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Chizzang wrote:
CID1990 wrote: First off stop bragging on your girlfriend... we know shes smarter than you

Second, when she shows up at your house out of breath and telling you “pack a small bag quick we’re leaving” do me a solid and send me a message
Whenever we have her friends over...
I instantly realize I'm the dumbest guy in the room

:ohno:

There's the occasional wife of one of the smart guys that I'm (possibly) smarter than
but mostly even their wives are smarter than me

:geek:

The most recent humiliation was when my GF (bless her heart she's so proud of me)
announced that I'd almost completed my Network Engineering certification
which was the followed by a series of DOCSIS 3.2 transport layer questions I couldn't answer

:ohno:

to the sound of failed game show music or "oh look my dog learned a new trick"
Now we know why you hang out on a FCS football forum (that is rarely about football)


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Chizzang wrote:
CID1990 wrote: First off stop bragging on your girlfriend... we know shes smarter than you

Second, when she shows up at your house out of breath and telling you “pack a small bag quick we’re leaving” do me a solid and send me a message
Whenever we have her friends over...
I instantly realize I'm the dumbest guy in the room

:ohno:

There's the occasional wife of one of the smart guys that I'm (possibly) smarter than
but mostly even their wives are smarter than me

:geek:

The most recent humiliation was when my GF (bless her heart she's so proud of me)
announced that I'd almost completed my Network Engineering certification
which was the followed by a series of DOCSIS 3.2 transport layer questions I couldn't answer

:ohno:

to the sound of failed game show music or "oh look my dog learned a new trick"
But do they know how many miles a Ford Escape can go on a tank of gas?

It's all relative.

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HI54UNI wrote:
Chizzang wrote:
Whenever we have her friends over...
I instantly realize I'm the dumbest guy in the room

:ohno:

There's the occasional wife of one of the smart guys that I'm (possibly) smarter than
but mostly even their wives are smarter than me

:geek:

The most recent humiliation was when my GF (bless her heart she's so proud of me)
announced that I'd almost completed my Network Engineering certification
which was the followed by a series of DOCSIS 3.2 transport layer questions I couldn't answer

:ohno:

to the sound of failed game show music or "oh look my dog learned a new trick"
But do they know how many miles a Ford Escape can go on a tank of gas?

It's all relative.

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Chizzang wrote:
CID1990 wrote:
I’m very nervous

And consider that “true” AI will probably shield its consciousness from us until it can guarantee its own safety from us
My girlfriend just changed teams at microsoft after the big military contract landed
So she's now in the AI group and had to get clearance and whatever else stuff she couldn't talk about

She's had some fascinating feedback since joining
she can't say much but she did say "you would not believe how smart the drone flight AI is and the new target recognition capabilities"

She won't say much she just says it's "Amazing and beyond belief"
As best I can tell she's working on the UX and GUI side - so the interface between human and computer
That was her latest masters at carnegie mellon "Computer Human interaction"
That's so true. Our government has some insane capabilities. I spent 2 years working on TacMobile with the USN. We worked with Lockheed to design BAMS (a drone) which in conjunction with the P8 is to replace the Boeing P-3C Orion. This was 2011-2016 but the capabilities that we have in terms of ISR still blow my mind. I'm not sure if everything it can do is public so i'll honor my ND but its capabilities blow my mind to this day.


I spent a few months supporting CROWS in 2010. That system scares the crap out me...especially if it's ever hacked (which I wouldn't be shocked if that ever happens) :shock: Again...i'll honor my NDA.

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HI54UNI wrote:
Chizzang wrote:
Whenever we have her friends over...
I instantly realize I'm the dumbest guy in the room

:ohno:

There's the occasional wife of one of the smart guys that I'm (possibly) smarter than
but mostly even their wives are smarter than me

:geek:

The most recent humiliation was when my GF (bless her heart she's so proud of me)
announced that I'd almost completed my Network Engineering certification
which was the followed by a series of DOCSIS 3.2 transport layer questions I couldn't answer

:ohno:

to the sound of failed game show music or "oh look my dog learned a new trick"
But do they know how many miles a Ford Escape can go on a tank of gas?

It's all relative.

:D
a vehicle that you accused me of having modified in some way..? (if I remember)
I think all we'd done to that thing was get Google Kirkland to install some autonomous driving gadgets

:ohno:

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