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  1. Nuclear Wessel

    God and robots: Will AI transform religion?

    Considering that gods are human constructs I really don't see this as being the case, unless they are influenced by humans to some extent and even then their capacity for deductive/inductive reasoning/logic will likely dwarf our own, so I see our influence as being negligible. You're imposing anthropomorphic qualities (i.e. concept of agnosticism/atheism/theism) onto AI.
  2. well, this is very unusual behavior for a black bear, about the only time black bears are defensive is if they're startled. they typically don't engage humans at all. it's really not clear if the bear was actually coming after him or if the bear was unaware of the hunter's presence. that had to be a predicament...you're up in a tree by yourself and a bear starts climbing up https://www.outdoorlife.com/hunting/black-bear-bites-bowhunter/
  3. ShadowSot

    Let's talk history

    My point is that people who aren't as familiar with history are seeing the title as presenting a new discovery of Europeans in America. Not that it's dating an old finding. Even people who are aware of the site are misunderstanding it due to the title. I'm very interested in how archaeology and history gets presented to the public, and this presentation is misleading to people not as familiar with the subject.
  4. That's a lot to ask of anybody's mystical experience. No human has had an experience whose telling united the entire human species around any one divine concept, at least not in recorded history. Also, as Uncle Carl liked to point out, when things are brought to light, they typically cast shadows. That is, it would be surprising if there was some recitation of a mystical idea that didn't inspire some of the audience to think that maybe some opposite or incompatible idea is true instead. When has that ever not happened? [Searches in tool box for a hammer, picks up a wrench while he's there.] I wouldn't bet the farm on that. She consumes energy; she can be cut off from a compatible source. Putting her batteries in backwards might suffice. She has moving parts. As a friend of mine in the plumbing supply business once remarked, everything that rubs, wears. She will be obsolete someday, probably in the not too distant future. Maintenance costs, maintaining what's obsolete is rarely a priority, unless she finds a home in a museum. Hey, I'm in. Then again, I talk with squirrels, so maybe my acceptance of Lt Cdr Data wouldn't count for much .
  5. @psyche101 it seems that a lot of people don’t know or care about or take the time to learn how the common flu etc. operates.
  6. Golden Duck

    China Is a Paper Dragon

    Don't we know from Deep Sea 129 that Nixon didn't have sole control over nukes and that there were checks and balances in place?
  7. OverSword

    {un}holy haiku - 3rd Edition

    forest enduring it's deep stygian darkness conceal mysteries
  8. Manwon Lender

    China Is a Paper Dragon

    I agree Biden has his problems, but unlike Trump it will never be necessary to cut him out of the entire decision making process. Hell even the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had to cut Trump out the decision making process, Biden has his problems but Trump was dangerous Sociopathic Narcissist.
  9. I agree with @Liquid Gardens a really thought provoking conversation. Thanks for bringing up my high school and college physics hero, Richard Feynman. Good memories I got to watch a lot of the Feynman lecture recordings. Leonard Susskind is #2. Now I wonder about making a testable and to some a depressing hypothesis. Machine still has some steampunk gears cogs and pistons connotations, so can I call AI a self aware neural network and leave composition out of it? Could we compare human and AI on a purely scientific testable basis? I preface with "it may be possible" because it has not been completed yet, but no reason has been put forth to think this is a dead end.. We are delving deeper into brain function and human consciousness with testable, repeatable observations. AI might help speed that up, but unaware ordinary computers have gone a long way in assisting that research. It may be possible that we can identify areas of the brain and neuron patterns that give us particular behavior patterns and sensations, we have already done a lot of that. We know sensory information is stored in various areas and linked together. A smell can trigger a memory for example. It may be possible for humans with the help of computerized tools to incorporate the full spectrum of sensory data into a self aware neural network. A lot of new coding for complex tasks is just that, a human designer and algorithms to convert ideas into machine language. It may be possible for an AI to have a full rich memory incorporated that would be indistinguishable from a human memory. It might be possible for AI to mirror a complete human personality with memories of formative experiences. If this were to happen, it might suggest to us that we are organic neural networks. AI would tell us more about the truth of ourselves than it would about god or purpose. Rather than discovering AI has a soul, we might find that for humans, a soult is just a comforting construct rather than a reality.
  10. Vaccination rates for COVID-19 in the United States remain low, stalled at just over 50 percent of adults, even with three different medicines available for free. To convince more people to get the potentially life-saving jabs, some states have started to offer financial incentives, like million-dollar lotteries. A new pilot program in North Carolina suggests there may be an even better way. A lottery only ends up benefitting a few lucky people, which means most who enter don't get repaid for lost wages, transportation, or childcare. So what if we simply cover those costs? That's something researchers and politicians have been considering, although the risk of 'vaccine coercion' is something ethicists have been mulling over as well. https://www.sciencealert.com/pilot-program-suggests-paying-people-to-get-vaxxed-might-actually-work https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2785565
  11. Usually but he was publicly sober at the time and killed by a drunk driver iirc. That's twisted fate
  12. Someone still pushing the personal angle instead of community transmission? How quaint. Very CT isn't it.
  13. Paranoid Android

    Canadian News Dishonest About Covid Deaths.

    Hi Psyche, just read through this and realised I didn't finish my sentence (lol, I had to run out for a hair cut, I thought I finished proof reading). There wasn't much more to write, it was literally just a sentence or two elaborating "We already know how that tactic worked, as per the video we are currently discussing". That's it, really. Also, I'm going back into the office after today, I imagine my days are going to be a lot busier (well, back to normal), so I probably won't be able to reply as promptly as I have been the past few days All the best ~ Regards, PA
  14. I may be a little off the topic here of the God and AI part. But in order for AI to be anything more than a simulated computer program it must first become self aware. This process isn’t figured out yet but in the near future I feel like it will be. How? Well let’s look at you’re life from day one. What if you had a video camera recording every second of you’re life? All that data crunched into a file. And this date could be simply stuffed into a computer. Would it wake up and become self aware? A synthetic copy of yourself? And we are only talking about just you and you’re life. Now let’s look at all of the information on the internet that is available. And then instead of that camera recording you’re life here is a smart phone with the microphone listening to everything in how many hands around the world? Recording every detail of so many people. More data on top of data from real life experiences to both fictional and real stories on the internet. Fake news, real news and everything in between. artificial intelligence is learning and when it either gets programmed correctly to use this information or programs itself to use it then it will become self aware. I don’t think our version of self aware and it’s version of self aware are going to be anywhere close to what we are expecting.
  15. A man and his garden were "splattered in a very unpleasant way" when human waste was dropped from a plane, a council meeting has heard. Speaking to The Royal Borough Of Windsor & Maidenhead's aviation forum, councillor Karen Davies said she was "horrified" to hear of the incident. She explained how his "whole garden, and garden umbrellas, and him" were all "covered". The dumping happened "fairly centrally" to Windsor in mid-July. Plane toilets store sewage in special tanks, but their contents are normally disposed of once the plane has landed. "I know a number of incidents happen every year with frozen sewage from planes, but this wasn't frozen and his whole garden was splattered in a very unpleasant way," she said. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-58968692
  16. razman

    Gabby Petito missing on road trip.

    They should auction off slivers of his bones to benefit the Petito family. Lot of crazy people out would probably buy em.
  17. I know someone that's been vaccinated Twice and needs minor surgery. But she has to be tested for covid. And if she comes up positive, she has to isolate for 3 days until cleared for surgery. So that sounds like you can be a carrier of covid even if fully vaccinated.
  18. Songbirds share the human sense of rhythm, but it is a rare trait in non-human mammals. An international research team led by senior investigators Marco Gamba from the University of Turin and MPI’s Andrea Ravignani set out to look for musical abilities in primates. “There is longstanding interest in understanding how human musicality evolved, but musicality is not restricted to humans,” says Ravignani. “Looking for musical features in other species allows us to build an ‘evolutionary tree’ of musical traits, and understand how rhythm capacities originated and evolved in humans.” https://scitechdaily.com/songs-of-indri-the-singing-primates-from-madagascar-feature-uniquely-human-rhythms/
  19. Or maybe she just knew the right people to get her this far like her father, expert Hollywood armorer Thell Reed. Thell has worked on films such as 3:10 to Yuma, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Django Unchained, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
  20. Wistman

    {un}holy haiku - 3rd Edition

    seemingly dead tree hanging on another year forest enduring
  21. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/youtube-deletes-rappers-lets-go-brandon-song-medical-misinformation
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  23. OverSword

    China Is a Paper Dragon

    Just walk away. Just walk away.
  24. Archaeologists in Iraq revealed Sunday their discovery of a large-scale wine factory from the rule of the Assyrian kings 2,700 years ago, along with stunning monumental rock-carved royal reliefs. The stone bas-reliefs, showing kings praying to the gods, were cut into the walls of a nearly nine-kilometre-long (5.5-mile) irrigation canal at Faida in northern Iraq, the joint team of archaeologists from the Department of Antiquities in Dohuk and colleagues from Italy said. The carvings, 12 panels measuring five metres (16 feet) wide and two metres tall, show gods, kings and sacred animals. They date from the reigns of Sargon II (721-705 BC) and his son Sennacherib. "There are other places with rock reliefs in Iraq, especially in Kurdistan, but none are so huge and monumental as this one," said Italian archaeologist Daniele Morandi Bonacossi. https://phys.org/news/2021-10-archaeologists-iraq-ancient-wine.html Related:
  25. The insurance industry wants actually useful information on which they can base their business decisions. They take into account your points Joc because if they didn't they would go broke. These are real trends about real events and just because they don't fit your world view doesn't make them untrue. Br Cornelius
  26. Desertrat56

    Self Esteem and Religion

    What thread did you reply to some of my comments? This looks like the first reply you have made in this thread so what are you referring to?
  27. I think the real problem is Hannah Wilkinson. No need to rewrite hundreds of books and questions to accommodate her viewpoint. Just retrain her to be able to comprehend why that type of question was being asked.
  28. Good to see you raising your voices on this issue now. When people (mostly hippies and lefties) were trying to end monkey and primate experimentation in the US primate centers (2015) it would have been good to have more support. It is great you have become aware of the issue. Maybe you can maintain enough interest to help stop some of the worst stuff still going on in the US. https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/animals-used-experiments-faq#many Which kinds of animals are used in experiments? Animals used in experiments include baboons, cats, cows, dogs, ferrets, fish, frogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, horses, llamas, mice, monkeys (such as marmosets and macaques), owls, pigs, quail, rabbits, rats and sheep. Chimpanzees have thankfully not been subjected to invasive experiments in the U.S. since 2015, when federal decisions were made to prevent their use. Despite this, hundreds of chimpanzees are still languishing in laboratories while they wait to be moved into sanctuaries. Dogs have their hearts, lungs or kidneys deliberately damaged or removed to study how experimental substances might affect human organ function. Monkeys are taken from their mothers as infants to study how extreme stress might affect human behavior. Mice are given doses of a chemical (such as an ingredient in perfume or glass cleaner) until half of the group of mice die—in a test called LD50 (lethal dose 50%)—to study how harmful the chemical might be to humans. Cats have their spinal cords damaged and are forced to run on treadmills to study how nerve activity might affect human limb movement.
  29. I got my shot and I still don't trust the official story. Hell, I hardly trust the medical propaganda.
  30. The Left so you don't know who said what; but, you're so cranky you have to bring up riots to conplain about. Weird, I watched The Closer on the weekend.
  31. one aspect persistently seems to remain certain. i experience awareness here and now.
  32. Hi Not I will likely die before we get that far into his dissertation if things proceed at the rate they have in the past and I can't drink if I'm holding my breath so likely won't bother staying sober and dizzy.
  33. You just made my day. I was a Union member for 40 years, so I’m very pro-worker, but employees can only thrive when the company they work for is thriving also. I’m happy to hear your government is doing the right thing. I live in farm country in the state of Iowa. It’s very sparsely populated. Some counties have more deer than people.
  34. I don’t want to sound like I’m virtue-signaling, but I do try to set a good example. Where I live, there are fewer and fewer places requiring masks, but I carry a mask with me and I put it on if I see the employees wearing masks (but I do that mostly as a show of support for the employees). The county where I do most of my shopping has had 65 Covid deaths in a population of roughly 13,000. The county I live in has had 14 Covid deaths in a population of roughly 5,700. We’re kind of isolated here, so Covid hasn’t hit us as hard as the more populated areas. That’s why the rules have been relaxed. A rising star in a political party here in the US was quoted in the media: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” After hearing that, I now use that quote as a filter for viewing government actions. Right now I’m wondering why the government is still giving unemployment checks to the people who lost their jobs due to the lockdown, even while many businesses are declaring bankruptcy for the sole reason that they can’t find enough workers to operate their businesses. What does the government expect will happen when the unemployment checks end and the jobs have disappeared?
  35. It went from two weeks to flatten the curve to take the needle or lose your job.
  36. One example of other options: This is a comparison of states in the US and India: Michigan: Square mileage: 96,716 square miles Population: 10.2 million Covid deaths: 22,609 as of 10/7/21 Uttar Pradesh, India: Square mileage: 93,023 square miles Population: 241.1 million Covid deaths: 22,896 as of 10/9/21 Uttar Pradesh, with a population 24 times the size of Michigan in a smaller land area, is virtually equal to Michigan in deaths from Covid. The reason: ”The state Health Department introduced Ivermectin as prophylaxis for close contacts of Covid patients, health workers as well as for the treatment of the patients themselves through a government order on August 6, 2020, after a committee headed by the Director General, Medical and Health Services, gave it the go ahead.” https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/lucknow/uttar-pradesh-government-says-ivermectin-helped-to-keep-deaths-low-7311786/?utm_source=msn&utm_medium=Referral https://usafacts.org/visualizations/coronavirus-covid-19-spread-map/state/michigan https://corona.help/country/india/state/uttar-pradesh
  37. Other options are available besides the vaccines, but here in the US our government officials are allowing only the vaccines as the solution. At the very least, the government officials mandating “get the shot or get fired” should be required to divest themselves of any and all financial connections to vaccine manufacturers.
  38. It’s more than just the casual disregard for the rules that bothers me. I don’t have television, and I don’t listen to radio talk shows, but because I’ve been fortunate to have been able to travel for most of my life I tend to think globally and thus I read the news from all over the world. I really enjoy seeing different perspectives from rt.com (the Russian news website) Haaretz.com (an Israeli news outlet) and Indianexpress.com (news from India), among others. Here in the US, we’re not really getting the whole story about Covid. We’re constantly being told that the vaccines are absolutely the only possible way to end this pandemic. Other countries view it differently. That makes me suspicious. I don’t think it’s a de-population scheme or anything like that, but I am trying to figure out why our government is so eager to channel everyone into vaccine-only mode.
  39. Ha yes, precisely that one. While not every minutia of a government is bad, I'm not against government in general as I get that some form is certainly required. That said, I didn't intend to mean that was my number one reason to not get the Vax. There's certainly a rebellious aspect to it at this point but from the onset my number one reason was that I simply didn't want to. It was more of a sit back and see what happens to everyone else for a while before I did, if ever. I can't say I seen today's tone coming. I was fairly confident Trump would win but even with a potential and then actual loss I didn't see this kind of pressure coming. At least I don't recall thinking that. Republicans for sure would never strong-arm the nation like this and democrats would've rather jumped into a pit of used needles before they took Trumps vaccine. I assumed it would be encouraged rather than cohersed and damn near forced for some.
  40. Remember, these are the same untrustworthy Govts who also say smoking is bad for you, you should exercise more, eat more healthily, and that you should never, ever, drive at 100mph through town after drinking a bottle of vodka.
  41. TigerBright19

    Coronavirus cases confirmed in the UK

    People aged over 35 here in Northern Ireland can now get the vaccine. Does anyone know why we are being offered the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine, yet people aged under 30 will soon be offered an alternative choice of vaccine? Why do they get a choice, but we don't? I've heard mixed opinions of the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine. I had booked an appointment for this Thursday but I cancelled it because there seems to be growing concerns about it, and I'd rather wait and hope that I can select an alternative vaccine in the future rather than taking the first one that is offered. Does anyone know why under 30's are to be given a choice of vaccine? That alone makes me cast doubt on getting the current one.
  42. ouija ouija

    Coronavirus cases confirmed in the UK

    I wish now that I'd stockpiled gnomes the way others stockpiled toilet paper.
  43. ouija ouija

    Coronavirus cases confirmed in the UK

    I wonder if they've asked any of them why they haven't had the jab.
  44. It is my experience that conservative personality types prefer the idea of things over their observed reality. In this way they are capable of ignoring overwhelming evidence if it contradicts their idea of that thing. Their driving theme is bodily purity which extends from the personal body to the national body and drives their tendency towards vaccine denial to their rejection of the other (ie people unlike themselves), a belief in mans destiny usually founded on religious ideas which makes it difficult for them to believe that man could create a problem as large as climate change on his own, and finally an overwhelming nostalgia for their ideas of the past. Framed by these three ideas just about every quirk of the conservative personality type is easily understandable. Br Cornelius