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(Independent)   Stephen Hawking: 'Success in creating AI would be biggest event in human history. It might also be last'   ( ) divider line
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1994 clicks; posted to Geek » on 02 May 2014 at 10:03 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-05-02 10:43:37 PM  
4 votes:
What we really need is some goddamned NATURAL intelligence up in here
2014-05-03 03:54:08 AM  
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Flaumig: I don't trust Hawking since he said that time travel is impossible because we haven't met any time travelers.  I have two issues with that:

1) How would we know they were time travelers?  Seems like it would be in their best interests to not show up and announce "Hey all, I'm from the future!"  Just because we're not aware of the presence of time travelers does not mean they're not present.
   1a) This assumes, of course, that Hawking himself isn't a time traveler trying to throw us off the scent.
2) It's pretty arrogant to assume that our time period would be of any particular interest to time travelers.  Depending on how far out the technology is developed, there could easily be many thousands of much more interesting time periods.

I said this in the thread about Stephen Hawkins' time travel party thread a long time ago and people wigged out. In the history of science and technology, we today have several dozen people who truly and absolutely stand above the rest as true luminaries in field of human Some of those people are going to turn out to be utterly unimportant. Some of them will turn out to be merely wrong. Some of them will turn out to be totally cranky wrong and future laughingstocks. All of them will just be regular humans amongst all the possible non-science & technology humans the time traveller human might wish to directly interact with.

At THIS stage in history, the only reason future time travellers might want to visit Stephen Hawking is because the 'HA! Suck it!' I'm-right-and-you're-WAHROOOONG attitude is still prevalent in the distant future.
2014-05-03 12:03:45 AM  
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Smackledorfer: Lot of these ai threads lately.

This is the 6000th thread, and we've become exceedingly efficient at it.
2014-05-02 10:38:34 PM  
1 vote:
It's cool.  Every AI ever built has an electromagnetic shotgun wired to its forehead.
2014-05-02 08:32:42 PM  
1 vote:
Huh... I thought government healthcare killed that guy
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