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by jseah
Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change
Replies: 131
Views: 26640

Re: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change

We don't have the skill for this, things are liable to go horribly horribly wrong. And we'd learn from it. Far faster than if we just sat and waited. We learnt about invasive species the hard way. So's the same for geoengineering. I'd rather we try and fail, and learn, than not try. Especially if w...
by jseah
Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change
Replies: 131
Views: 26640

Re: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change

The calls for urgent action have been made. They have been ignored. There is nothing left to do but wait. I'm thinking that if it's really that bad, it'll finally get us off to doing some geoengineering. I'm not just talking about the ones like sulphur aerosols. Things like actively managing ecosys...
by jseah
Sun May 24, 2015 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering
Replies: 215
Views: 47408

Re: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

Yeah, this was kind of shocking, more so that they were willing to try it. I don't see it as shocking that this was tried. It's a large world and not everyone subscribes to the same ethical system as the western countries. Heck, even in the western countries like US, I'm willing to bet you could fi...
by jseah
Sun May 24, 2015 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering
Replies: 215
Views: 47408

Re: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

Pardon me if this is considered necro-ing, but there's been a significant development in the field: (more apologies if it's already posted elsewhere) Puping Liang et al. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13238-015-0153-5 Attempts CRISPR-Cas9 editing in abnormal human embryos targeting β-th...
by jseah
Fri May 22, 2015 10:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 402034

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Here's a pithy quip: businessmen know that market saturation is a thing, you can only sell so many widgets for a given minimum price. Would the labour market not have a saturation point as well, given the minimum price needed to keep a human alive?
by jseah
Thu May 21, 2015 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Repubs to Restrict Poor People Food
Replies: 103
Views: 14857

Re: Wisconsin Repubs to Restrict Poor People Food

All of that is true and yet it is a tried and tested mechanism for social control, one strongly in use today in a mixture of circumstances both good and bad. As to who decides, well that's the same in any political discussion - its definitely not me though :) The mindless herd does. Shaming is a ve...
by jseah
Mon May 11, 2015 11:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2015 UK election & aftermath
Replies: 99
Views: 16191

Re: 2015 UK election & aftermath

The lib dems chose the tax threshold and the AV referendum - arguably both horrible choices in hindsight (they get zero credit for the first & the latter was always doomed) Do the students value the tax threshold and AV more than tuition fees? (I suspect not) Then it would make a lot of sense t...
by jseah
Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A science toolkit for beginners
Replies: 16
Views: 12169

Re: A science toolkit for beginners

You're making an excellent point. I didn't even think of Google-Fu (or Wolfram Alpha) as a skill. But it is, and for the specific task of answering weird questions, it is probably even more useful than math or rationality. Learning how to search Google Scholar is also quite useful once you're used ...
by jseah
Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Time travel puzzle game
Replies: 4
Views: 8975

Re: Time travel puzzle game

Excellent, it's working now. I haven't seen many time-travel puzzles where Novikov's Principle is in effect, so I like the way it's enforced in this one. :D I cheat at this one though. =P The game relies on the player to make the timeline consistent instead of computing a consistent set of actions....
by jseah
Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Time travel puzzle game
Replies: 4
Views: 8975

Re: Time travel puzzle game

Oops. I forgot that the debug level has to be present. You can copy the "1#A Short Step" text file in the puzzles directory and rename the copy to "0#A Short Step" and it should work. Alternatively, I've reuploaded a fixed version. http://www.mediafire.com/download/pkr38i5urrmvf7...
by jseah
Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 157149

Re: Gamergate

Hell, you can have a fiction that's very clearly portrayed as fantasy, but be disturbing on the level of "holy crap, why are they fantasizing about THAT". So long as it stays fictional, I have no problems. Well I could get annoyed if they tried to push something I didn't like. I don't thi...
by jseah
Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Time travel puzzle game
Replies: 4
Views: 8975

Time travel puzzle game

I made this little time travel game in python-tkinter, which has since run out of clever ideas to implement. Read: I got bored. Nevertheless, think of this as a proof of concept that a NCP Time Travel model is possible in a puzzle game format. Warning, I have no experience with UI design although th...
by jseah
Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 157149

Re: Gamergate

For the same reasons that most Holywood movies failing the Bechdel test is a problem. And that is hard to find a movie which fails the reverse-Bechdel test. It shows a terrible trend of treating women a shallow background characters at best, or beautiful eye-candy sex prizes for the men at worst. I...
by jseah
Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35416

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

6 months? Sure. But could you spend 60 years doing nothing interesting, productive or useful? Unlikely. You'd be too bored. Eventually you'd do something that you could turn into a business - even if it's streaming yourself playing video games... Er... not really. I write as a hobby, and that can a...
by jseah
Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35416

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

A library is full of books, most of which I don't want to read, I have Amazon Prime and their all you can eat book plan for 10 dollars a month, turns out that it is boring. :cry: It was a too-clever quip at the implied conclusion that people would be bored and therefore want to work. Personal anecd...
by jseah
Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35416

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

Anyone though that doesn't believe that a $20k citizen wage won't come with a huge set of moral hazards is close to massively deluded. Hell as soon as I'd paid off my mortgage I'd be sitting back and doing nothing for 50 years... A house is a hole down which you pour money, good luck on that idea. ...
by jseah
Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35416

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

Think we have a disagreement on responsibility.
ucim, I guess, would hold a position that 'we are not responsible for other people' (with a few caveats for children and parties wronged in some way). I think others may not agree.

That I think is the fundamental disconnect.
by jseah
Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 402034

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

http://arxiv.org/pdf/1410.4615.pdf
http://arxiv.org/pdf/1410.5401v2.pdf

Someone trained a neural network to do the work of a compiler. (a simple one)
Someone else gave a neural network a working memory.

I note that the second one has a Google-affiliated person as an author...
by jseah
Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35416

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

Any, anyway, how is that principle supposed to play when AI and mechanization eventually becomes cheaper and better than human labor at every job - skilled and unskilled? We might disagree on the timescale that will come about (I think it will be 50-100 years), but unless we bomb ourselves back to ...
by jseah
Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35416

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

On the other hand, I support a minimum wage for the completely wrong reason. Namely that I think our organizations have not been that enthusiastic at implementing the changes required to make full use of automation technology. Why is automation good? There are certainly benefits to automation, but ...
by jseah
Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35416

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

If the cost of labor is more than a job is worth, companies will generally look for alternatives. In most cases, that means hiring less people or restricting the hours of the people they hire. In more extreme cases, it means replacing people entirely. For example, a lot of fast food places are goin...
by jseah
Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35416

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

Outsourcing, maintaining a low demand for labor relative to the supply, cutting social services, etc. are all ways to create systematic oppression of the masses. How are any of those things that companies do specifically to 'oppress the masses' instead of in the name of profit? If another company c...
by jseah
Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering
Replies: 215
Views: 47408

Re: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

To whom would it be useful? That's the question that needs asking. If it's useful to those in charge of the technology, then it will be pursued. What are useful traits in other people, as seen by a large corporation or government that develops and markets genetic techniques? Docility, trust, and ob...
by jseah
Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering
Replies: 215
Views: 47408

Re: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

But how will you know if you really have anything to build on? If you make a few changes in a few embryos, with only a small predicted benefit, there's no way you'll be able to know if the result was actually a small improvement (as predicted), vs no net effect, or even a small detriment. You'd hav...
by jseah
Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering
Replies: 215
Views: 47408

Re: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

jseah, The problem, IMO, is that transforming "as many in as you can" is still going to be highly limited. I agree we could likely do that with a small number of different SNPs. But how much of an intelligence increase would we expect with only a few such changes? Even under the best of c...
by jseah
Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering
Replies: 215
Views: 47408

Re: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

Qetzal: If we're going to use CRISPR or other direct transformation methods, then we indeed would do it much like the way we used it on mice, ie. on the fertilised egg. For something like intelligence, waiting for development is going to be seriously risky. I was thinking along the same lines you ha...
by jseah
Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering
Replies: 215
Views: 47408

Re: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

I think that's where the somewhat fuzzy line. You can make choices for your children, but you cannot make choices for their children. And mind you, this isn't entirely grounded in GE - epigenetic factors have been shown to influence not just the second generation, but maybe even further. What you c...
by jseah
Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering
Replies: 215
Views: 47408

Re: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

Ok. So what is your metric for picking the intelligent from the unintelligent? The point is that it's complicated. We went over this earlier in the thread - perhaps enhancing genes A, D, J, and Z have been shown to improve IQ, so we do so with a handful of kids and find that 80% of them test better...
by jseah
Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering
Replies: 215
Views: 47408

Re: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

If you don't know what you want, seek power. (In preparation for getting what you want) Intelligence is one facet of power. In more general terms, increasing your abilities is correlated with getting what you want. Increasing the capability of humans should therefore increase the range and magnitude...
by jseah
Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2668118

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

According to wikipedia, in 2010 Kermit had 5690 people, 29.9 under the age of 18, which is about 1700 people. Assuming an even distribution between ages, their K-5 school serves 1/3rd of them or 567 students, give or take. That would be around 20 classrooms, which is pretty small. What? Ok major cu...
by jseah
Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Medicaid Stimulates Economy More than Tax Cuts
Replies: 42
Views: 8050

Re: Medicaid Stimulates Economy More than Tax Cuts

You're assuming being entertained has the same long-term economic benefit to a country as having education (or being healthy). That's the kind of short-term thinking that the free market engages in - and why free market valuations should not be the only metric by which a country makes long-term (ie...
by jseah
Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How free do you want your Free Speak?
Replies: 83
Views: 26744

Re: How free do you want your Free Speak?

What would the impact of the Internet Filter Bubble be on this? If someone spouts hate speech and you are not there to hear it, does it offend you? (If a tree falls etc...) Especially if these things get relegated to echo chambers by the Bubble's effect on marginal viewpoints. On the other hand, if ...
by jseah
Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 157149

Re: Gamergate

Actually, it's a genuine question. I was wondering how many separate the issue of this 8 chan board with... say, the rapelay case. With a sliding slope down to almost clean adaptations of eroge VNs. I even have a stake in this since I do watch substantial amounts of anime, with sufficient inurement ...
by jseah
Mon Jan 05, 2015 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 157149

Re: Gamergate

By western standards, a pretty large proportion of Japanese animation (anime) are basically that. Given that a large number of them feature sexual situations from a (plot unnecessary) beach/pool episode to full blown sex scenes, some of which involve characters at or under highschool age, that quali...
by jseah
Wed Dec 24, 2014 7:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 157149

Re: Gamergate

Ideological purity check: If the images weren't actual photos but were realistic drawings / cartoons / anime, I wonder how many people would drop their objections or even switch sides. Note: I haven't seen any of those images since I'm allergic to Chans. Consider this an uninformed armchair philosop...
by jseah
Sun Dec 14, 2014 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teachers
Replies: 32
Views: 9955

Re: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teacher

Sure, and we can have that debate. I'd start by asking you what kind of world you want to live in, cause if you don't value civics it probably a different one than I want to live in. If you ask me, I'd wish society runs on simple to understand rules. Of course, necessary complexity mean...
by jseah
Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teachers
Replies: 32
Views: 9955

Re: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teacher

I strongly disagree. They are just as important. And yet again...this is the 3rd time...no one is saying anything about sacrificing anything. You sure sound like you would sacrifice productivity if it gave better citizens. If not, I guess I read wrongly and we don't really have a disagreement. Stil...
by jseah
Sun Dec 14, 2014 5:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 86994

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Jseah, I'll agree with that, so long as society ALSO works to make things more competitive in cases when even an unadultered free market fails (i.e., most cases). I suppose we agree in principle. We probably disagree on how often market failure occurs though. I do support regulation when it correct...
by jseah
Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 86994

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Tyndmyr, ucim, leady, jseah; what do you think about this inequality? I understand what you think about what many of us think about it. But you? Is it ok? If so, why? Because it's "fair"? Because it's "healthy" for the economy? Or because we should just keep things as they are? ...
by jseah
Sat Dec 13, 2014 11:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teachers
Replies: 32
Views: 9955

Re: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teacher

Your point here is completely going over my head. It is not a prerequisite nor is 'competency' an area of study. Who said anything about it being incompatible? The point is that civics, critical thinking and so on are good and useful skills, but they are useful AFTER the ability to earn a living. H...

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