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by jseah
Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How Would The World React To a Post-Scarcity Society?
Replies: 123
Views: 27994

Re: How Would The World React To a Post-Scarcity Society?

WE won't control our populations and there are not enough resources to raise the rest of the world to the level which causes the birth rate to drop. How do you address that? Do we actually know this? Even if it was true, then we still have a possibility of a post-scarcity society in the western wor...
by jseah
Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Impacts of high speed objects on various targets
Replies: 13
Views: 4954

Re: Impacts of high speed objects on various targets

=| I seriously doubt anyone wants to be near that kind of airburst.

Then again, at 1/5c, would incoming air particles slamming into the 5ton block generate some kind of radiation? I mean something like scattered x-rays or something. Might even generate a small emp.
by jseah
Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Impacts of high speed objects on various targets
Replies: 13
Views: 4954

Re: Impacts of high speed objects on various targets

I have heard it somewhere at 1cm^2 of ground has 1kg of air above it. Thus a 5ton cylinder with any reasonable cross-section will never reach the ground simply because having a few kilograms of anything hitting it at 40-100kkm/s will destroy it. Now the question becomes: how powerful does a high alt...
by jseah
Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How Would The World React To a Post-Scarcity Society?
Replies: 123
Views: 27994

Re: How Would The World React To a Post-Scarcity Society?

Ruggles wrote:scientific research will likely take a nice bump in interest as well.

This.

Enforced scarcity aside, even if ideas could be copied and translated into action efficiently, being FIRST is an advantage all on its own. Plus, what else are we going to do with our time anyway?
by jseah
Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Impacts of high speed objects on various targets
Replies: 13
Views: 4954

Re: Impacts of high speed objects on various targets

The reason why I put this in fictional science is that this question only really comes up in starship combat using mass drivers / ramming missiles. At the closing speeds stated, this is going to be fictional for a long time or forever. While a 1kg iron ball hitting a 1cm thick piece of armour at 4kk...
by jseah
Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I don't understand the faith people put in religious texts
Replies: 371
Views: 61695

Re: I don't understand the faith people put in religious tex

So the people who create vaccines also create bio weapons. Which have the potential to do more harm than not vaccinating your kids. What potential problems can occur without Religion? Can anyone cite an example of a major civilization absent the Religious trappings to compare to what we have today?...
by jseah
Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I don't understand the faith people put in religious texts
Replies: 371
Views: 61695

Re: I don't understand the faith people put in religious tex

the part at the end of your example is the bit that makes the difference. if the response of the parent is "whatever floats your boat", then there's not a problem with teaching the values that you're talking about. I would disagree with this bit. There are other reasons to reject certain ...
by jseah
Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Impacts of high speed objects on various targets
Replies: 13
Views: 4954

Impacts of high speed objects on various targets

Basically, what happens when a very high speed object hits another thing? Example scenario is a 1kg iron sphere impacting on a flat piece of metal armour of 1cm, 5cm and 1 meter thickness at relative velocity of ~4000km/s. (KE is roughly 2 kilotons of TNT) - Does the projectile just explode on conta...
by jseah
Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 28-Hour Day
Replies: 42
Views: 6542

Re: 28-Hour Day

Pretty interesting! I myself have tried (not with the intention to try, but simply due to me having a 1 month holiday) two different sleep schedules. The first one was simple. Across the period of 25 days, I slept only 24 times. Approx. 25 hour sleep schedule. This resulted from me going to sleep wh...
by jseah
Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How Would The World React To a Post-Scarcity Society?
Replies: 123
Views: 27994

Re: How Would The World React To a Post-Scarcity Society?

Well, if we can manage free food, we can manage free alot-of-things. Just need the robot infrastructure. And the robots to maintain those robots, etc. If we can manage all that (or even just require humans only for management and maintenance), it becomes feasible for the govenment to pay a basic inc...
by jseah
Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills
Replies: 138
Views: 21865

Re: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills

P.S. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but I get annoyed when my fields of study (astro- & nuclear physics) have their validity called into question without an argument more substantive than "NANANANANANA", so I can only imagine what it's like for the biologists among us. I'm a ...
by jseah
Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of creating intelligences
Replies: 62
Views: 9966

Re: Ethics of creating intelligences

I think he means that networked intelligence, ala organic brains and such things, are easier to create than AI programs. I also think he is right, because we have working exampes already. At the same time, being able to modify intelligences to manipulate their goals may require being able to make AI...
by jseah
Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of creating intelligences
Replies: 62
Views: 9966

Re: Ethics of creating intelligences

Which is precisely why it's difficult to model intelligence. An incredibly complex, distributed system cannot be neatly abstracted into chunks. I mean, unless it can. As of now, we don't really know, you're right. That's human intelligence (and I have reservations about stating that in any final wa...
by jseah
Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of creating intelligences
Replies: 62
Views: 9966

Re: Ethics of creating intelligences

Ah, I see why then. Point accepted. I guess we'll just have to find out when we get there? I mean, we are trying both ways and the neuroscience-psychology-computer AI research path is coming along quite well. I have my reservations about us growing anything complex organically. We can't predict how ...
by jseah
Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How Would The World React To a Post-Scarcity Society?
Replies: 123
Views: 27994

Re: How Would The World React To a Post-Scarcity Society?

How about this timeline? RepRap prints first metal part RepRap prints glass and rubber RepRap prints first electronic part First computing device (hand calculator) built by RepRap (very soon after) First RepRap built from parts completely manufactured by 1st gen RepRap machine First ...
by jseah
Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of creating intelligences
Replies: 62
Views: 9966

Re: Ethics of creating intelligences

Sorry, when I said 'component parts', I was not referring to physical parts of the brain or sections of code (although given how we write computer programs nowadays...) I meant individual specialized bits that do specific things. Eg. language processor, image processor, sound processor, logic (may h...
by jseah
Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of creating intelligences
Replies: 62
Views: 9966

Re: Ethics of creating intelligences

People talk about AIs as though they'd be easy to reprogram, but if they're intelligence is as complex as a human's they'll probably be as easy to reprogram. I am talking about the hypothetical state of science/computing where we can build a functional sentient intelligence from its component parts...
by jseah
Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of creating intelligences
Replies: 62
Views: 9966

Re: Ethics of creating intelligences

Because a controlling intelligence with the ability to solve complex problems, plan for the future and generate an internal model of a situation can react to situations that normal pre-scripted behaviour cannot. Eg. run a factory and maintain all the machines in it, given only spare parts and a few ...
by jseah
Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of creating intelligences
Replies: 62
Views: 9966

Re: Ethics of creating intelligences

There is also the biology version of artificial intelligences. Those are unlikely to be backup-able. And even if we have both, we will likely use both. Since biology is cheaper for physical actions (it's very cheap past the first few). What about the ethical problem of not giving something the abili...
by jseah
Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of creating intelligences
Replies: 62
Views: 9966

Re: Ethics of creating intelligences

The thing about robotic AIs, which the movie brought home to me, is that *someone* has to program them. And the first thing about programming is that if you don't program the computer to do something, it doesn't get done. So if you can program AIs, you can define what emotions are to them. You struc...
by jseah
Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of creating intelligences
Replies: 62
Views: 9966

Re: Ethics of creating intelligences

Firstly, thanks to Azrael for the edits. It looks alot better than when I typed it. B is what I'm referring to by "willing slave". Although the other problem is the creation of a "free" intelligence that is bound by some ethical code (eg. Three Laws). Referring to the B option, w...
by jseah
Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of creating intelligences
Replies: 62
Views: 9966

Ethics of creating intelligences

I have read a number of AI threads on here and other places, and noticed that while there are a lot of threads about giving AI rights and morality of shutting them into a computer, there is rather less discussion about what kind of AI is ethical to make. Here's how I got that question: The anime mov...

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