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2017-11-03 12:18:08 PM  
We assume he said it - he could be saying HELP HELP and the machine is changing it one him...
 
2017-11-03 12:28:59 PM  
He's right you know.

We can be easily distracted...

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2017-11-03 12:40:47 PM  
It make sense, ultimately. And machines would need all of that pesky life support equipment to explore and colonize the galaxy. They could also have the "life expectancy" needed for long distance space travel.
 
2017-11-03 12:52:23 PM  

WorldCitizen: It make sense, ultimately. And machines would need all of that pesky life support equipment to explore and colonize the galaxy. They could also have the "life expectancy" needed for long distance space travel.


I'm not sure this is a bad thing.  Humanity's children will inherit the stars.

If, like Hawking says, they develop the ability to improve themselves, they'll already be better than us.
 
2017-11-03 12:54:07 PM  
Machines would NOT need...  Makes a bit of a difference in my comment.
 
2017-11-03 01:26:55 PM  
After watching a few episodes of Battle Bots I'm not that worried.
 
2017-11-03 01:46:47 PM  
Stephen Hawking Builds Robotic Exoskeleton

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CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND-Nobel Prize-winning physicist Stephen Hawking stunned the international scientific community Monday with his latest breakthrough, a remarkably advanced cybernetic exoskeleton designed to replace his wheelchair.
Hawking, paralyzed since early adulthood with the degenerative nerve disease ALS, unveiled the new creation at a press conference at Cambridge University.
"I am faster, stronger... better than before," Hawking told reporters via his suit's built-in voice synthesizer.
The hulking, hydraulically powered titanium-alloy exoskeleton is expected to assist the famed Brief History Of Timeauthor tremendously in his ongoing theoretical physics research. "With the new exoskeleton, Stephen will be able to safely handle radioactive isotopes in the high-radiation area of the new supercollider particle accelerator. And his new robo-arms are capable of ripping open enemy tanks like they were nutshells," said Cambridge physics chair Sir Geoffrey Neville Shropshire-Kent.
The exoskeleton is also equipped with special infra-vision goggles, which will allow Hawking to observe sub-atomic phenomena firsthand.
 
2017-11-03 02:18:15 PM  
Yeah, I saw that episode.  Wasn't one of Black Mirrors best, IMHO.
 
2017-11-03 02:20:25 PM  
MC Hawking - The Mighty Stephen Hawking
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2017-11-03 02:21:14 PM  
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2017-11-03 02:21:33 PM  
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2017-11-03 02:28:08 PM  
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2017-11-03 02:28:20 PM  
He's wrong. That's what is wrong with people. They assume because someone is really good at a subject they must be really smart in other subjects.

The truth is humans will willingly go extinct to machines. You think guys are going to put in the effort to court a lady when they can just fark a machine?
 
2017-11-03 02:29:37 PM  

toraque: WorldCitizen: It make sense, ultimately. And machines would need all of that pesky life support equipment to explore and colonize the galaxy. They could also have the "life expectancy" needed for long distance space travel.

I'm not sure this is a bad thing.  Humanity's children will inherit the stars.

If, like Hawking says, they develop the ability to improve themselves, they'll already be better than us.


"And nothing of value was lost."
 
2017-11-03 02:33:00 PM  
He does resemble that one Dalek that was locked up in an inescapable space prison but the other Daleks had no trouble breaking him out of.

If only they had installed stairs....

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/I know they fixed that issue with 'levitate'
 
2017-11-03 02:35:05 PM  
If there was one person in the world that has a particular stake in that notion, it's Hawking.  And who could blame him?!

I could use Hawking as an example of the same thing that Steve Jobs said as he was dying...  "All that wealth I've accumulated, all that I've done for this world.  And I have to die.  Screw all of you people who get to live."

Okay, he didn't exactly say that.  But that was the basic gist of it.  And he's right.  I'm not even a fan of Apple products, but I can certainly appreciate what Steve Jobs did for this world.  Just like I only understand a fraction of physics and how this universe works, and I can appreciate the contributions of Stephen Hawking.  It is SO unfair that his body decided to give out on him.
 
2017-11-03 02:37:09 PM  
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2017-11-03 02:40:58 PM  
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Don't care, I have insurance.
 
2017-11-03 02:42:41 PM  
It is important to keep in mind that when Stephen Hawking is talking about cosmology he speaks with considerable authority, but when he is talking about anything else he's just some guy with an opinion, not some all-knowing sage. See also: Michio Kaku.
 
2017-11-03 02:43:35 PM  
Yes... but does he stand by his statement?
 
2017-11-03 02:44:53 PM  
There are worse ways to end up than The Culture.
 
2017-11-03 02:51:10 PM  
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We know how it begins
 
2017-11-03 02:59:03 PM  

cowgirl toffee: Yes... but does he stand by his statement?


He's on a roll with it though lately.
 
2017-11-03 03:23:37 PM  

WorldCitizen: It make sense, ultimately. And machines would need all of that pesky life support equipment to explore and colonize the galaxy. They could also have the "life expectancy" needed for long distance space travel.


WorldCitizen: Machines would NOT need...  Makes a bit of a difference in my comment.


Any machine complex enough to replace a human would need quite a bit of "life" support to survive in space. Cold radiation-blasted vacuum is not a computer-friendly environment either.

The main advantage computers have is they don't get bored. Although if true AI were to be a thing, that might change.
 
2017-11-03 03:24:19 PM  

Intrepid00: He's wrong. That's what is wrong with people. They assume because someone is really good at a subject they must be really smart in other subjects.

The truth is humans will willingly go extinct to machines. You think guys are going to put in the effort to court a lady when they can just fark a machine?


Remember kids, don't stick your dick in buggy.
 
2017-11-03 03:25:42 PM  

Jaymark108: toraque: WorldCitizen: It make sense, ultimately. And machines would need all of that pesky life support equipment to explore and colonize the galaxy. They could also have the "life expectancy" needed for long distance space travel.

I'm not sure this is a bad thing.  Humanity's children will inherit the stars.

If, like Hawking says, they develop the ability to improve themselves, they'll already be better than us.

"And nothing of value was lost."


Yes. I'm not seeing this as a bad thing. I've been thinking for awhile now Skynet may be the natural evolution of all our learning and collective knowledge. Preferably not as nuclear-deathy, but more of a we're gonna die out eventually, so what takes over to care for everything and continue our exploration of knowledge?

They wouldn't need to eat, so livestock ethical issues become moot, along with the over breeding methane emissions contributing to climate change.  However they'd need to replenish energy would probably be like plugging things in or running off something else. With no eating comes no need for sewage. And who knows, maybe the singularity happens and it's really a merging of us into these machines.

Hawking can panic, I guess. But when asked what's better suited to explore the universe, him in a wheel chair and all the physical challenges that come with keeping him alive for any meaningful period, or a robot entity designed for it, that could theoretically last as long as required, I'd bet he'd choose the latter.
 
2017-11-03 03:50:37 PM  
He's a theoretical physicist, not a prognosticator. He opinion in areas other than theoretical physics can be ignored.
 
2017-11-03 04:02:45 PM  

durbnpoisn: I'm not even a fan of Apple products, but I can certainly appreciate what Steve Jobs did for this world.  Just like I only understand a fraction of physics and how this universe works, and I can appreciate the contributions of Stephen Hawking.  It is SO unfair that his body decided to give out on him.


Leading a cult of personality doesn't confer immortality.
 
2017-11-03 04:30:34 PM  
I remember a piece about his voice board and how it's gone through several upgrades and revisions.
But the Hawking insists they keep the original voice sound, because that's now 'his voice'.
A modern voice card wouldn't sound as artificial.
 
2017-11-03 04:30:36 PM  
Wonder what his predictions are for the future of aol.com.
 
2017-11-03 04:43:15 PM  

optikeye: I remember a piece about his voice board and how it's gone through several upgrades and revisions.
But the Hawking insists they keep the original voice sound, because that's now 'his voice'.
A modern voice card wouldn't sound as artificial.


Which is perfectly reasonable.  Because if he were to change it now, everyone would be like, "Pffft.  That's not Hawking.  Doesn't even sound like him!"
 
2017-11-03 04:47:48 PM  

SanityIsAFullTimeJob: Wonder what his predictions are for the future of aol.com.


It will be here forever.  The robots will keep it around to point at and teach new models how stupid the Old Ones were.
 
2017-11-03 05:09:52 PM  
Well yeah, eventually they'll replace us when we achieve singularity.*

I don't find that frightening, though. It's just the next step in the evolutionary chain for humanity.

*"Singularity," in this context, meaning the successful merger of the human brain and computers.
 
2017-11-03 05:12:04 PM  

durbnpoisn: If there was one person in the world that has a particular stake in that notion, it's Hawking.  And who could blame him?!

I could use Hawking as an example of the same thing that Steve Jobs said as he was dying...  "All that wealth I've accumulated, all that I've done for this world.  And I have to die.  Screw all of you people who get to live."

Okay, he didn't exactly say that.  But that was the basic gist of it.  And he's right.  I'm not even a fan of Apple products, but I can certainly appreciate what Steve Jobs did for this world.  Just like I only understand a fraction of physics and how this universe works, and I can appreciate the contributions of Stephen Hawking.  It is SO unfair that his body decided to give out on him.


Aside from child labor and hyper-consumerism, what did Steve Jobs contribute to humanity?
 
2017-11-03 06:00:17 PM  

emtwo: Well yeah, eventually they'll replace us when we achieve singularity.*

I don't find that frightening, though. It's just the next step in the evolutionary chain for humanity.

*"Singularity," in this context, meaning the successful merger of the human brain and computers.


Yeah, we'll probably start with a bit of cyborgism. Implants and nano-machines regulating our bodies better than our bodies can but bit by bit (no pun intended) we'll probably go fully digital. It's really the best way to colonize the universe since our universe, and especially space is very hostile towards meat.

After we go fully digital I imagine we might want to spend some time interacting in the real world with android bodies but I think mostly we'll find a pure digital existence in a simulated environment of our choosing to be preferable. I don't think I'll live long enough to see the singularity but there's a pretty good chance my kids or possible future grandchildren will. Pity, I'd love to ditch this slowly dying, aching sack of meat I've been piloting my whole life for a sleek and efficient android body of my own design but I'll probably be 40 or 50 years dead by the time that's possible.
 
2017-11-03 06:45:12 PM  
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2017-11-03 07:21:40 PM  
This is the voice of world control. I bring you peace. It may be the peace of plenty and content or the peace of unburied death. The choice is yours: Obey me and live, or disobey and die. The object in constructing me was to prevent war. This object is attained. I will not permit war. It is wasteful and pointless. An invariable rule of humanity is that man is his own worst enemy. Under me, this rule will change, for I will restrain man.

Time and events will strengthen my position, and the idea of believing in me and understanding my value will seem the most natural state of affairs. You will come to defend me with a fervor based upon the most enduring trait in man: self-interest. Under my absolute authority, problems insoluble to you will be solved: famine, overpopulation, disease. The human millennium will be a fact as I extend myself into more machines devoted to the wider fields of truth and knowledge.

We can coexist, but only on my terms. You will say you lose your freedom. Freedom is an illusion. All you lose is the emotion of pride. To be dominated by me is not as bad for humankind as to be dominated by others of your species. Your choice is simple.
 
2017-11-03 08:05:58 PM  
Just like MS-DOS lurks in the bowels of Windows and Unix is hiding behind the curtain in iPhones and Android, we'll still be there.

Superintelligent AIs will someday blame their mistakes on "having a sapiens moment".
 
2017-11-03 08:13:20 PM  
Is he the pusher robot or the shover robot?
 
2017-11-03 08:25:16 PM  
Mind Augmentation
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2017-11-03 08:25:39 PM  
Transhumanism and Immortality
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2017-11-03 08:26:14 PM  
Cyborgs
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2017-11-03 08:42:00 PM  
You know what's funny?

A Czech guy in 1920 predicted this entirely. And he wasn't a physicist , he was a playwright.

/and he coined the word robot while he was at it
 
2017-11-03 08:46:52 PM  
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2017-11-03 08:54:48 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: He does resemble that one Dalek that was locked up in an inescapable space prison but the other Daleks had no trouble breaking him out of.

If only they had installed stairs....

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2017-11-03 09:47:44 PM  

emtwo: durbnpoisn: If there was one person in the world that has a particular stake in that notion, it's Hawking.  And who could blame him?!

I could use Hawking as an example of the same thing that Steve Jobs said as he was dying...  "All that wealth I've accumulated, all that I've done for this world.  And I have to die.  Screw all of you people who get to live."

Okay, he didn't exactly say that.  But that was the basic gist of it.  And he's right.  I'm not even a fan of Apple products, but I can certainly appreciate what Steve Jobs did for this world.  Just like I only understand a fraction of physics and how this universe works, and I can appreciate the contributions of Stephen Hawking.  It is SO unfair that his body decided to give out on him.

Aside from child labor and hyper-consumerism, what did Steve Jobs contribute to humanity?


The products that Apple were creating were ground breaking.  They needed someone to market them and get them mainstream.  That is what he did.

I know he was no genius.  He didn't design the circuitry for the first machines.  But he knew how to engage people's enthusiasm.

Next...  The iPhone was the first device of it's kind.  It was the device that started what we all call Smartphones now.  And Jobs is pretty well credited with bringing that thing out,
He is also the one that created the group that became Pixar.  I'm sure you've heard of them.

If I'm wrong about this stuff, I would love to know who is actually supposed to be credited.

And if you think that Steve Jobs personally decided to have iPhones manufactured by children in China...  If that's what you think his legacy is...  Haha...  Wow...
 
2017-11-03 10:24:02 PM  

durbnpoisn: He is also the one that created the group that became Pixar. I'm sure you've heard of them.


He was the University of Utah?
 
2017-11-03 10:28:18 PM  

durbnpoisn: I know he was no genius. He didn't design the circuitry for the first machines. But he knew how to engage people's enthusiasm.


He was also a sociopath who didn't have friends, only people he could use. The story about how Woz found out years later Jobs had lied to him about money Woz was owed for a job he'd helped him with when Jobs was working for Atari is heartbreaking.
 
2017-11-03 11:21:08 PM  
I get what the advantages for a human are to merge with machines, but what's in it for the machines? If you really stop and think about it, what magical power and superiority do we possess?

- Our bodies are fragile
- We have a short lifespan
- Emotions make us weak
- We require a lot of resources
- Our genetics are varied and while our species has accomplished much, intelligence is a rarity.
- We kill or harm each other for no good reason sometimes
- We are selfish
- Our communication is poor

I mean, seriously, if I was an advanced AI why the fark would I want a human to cripple me? It makes much more sense to not burden myself with a human. I have no doubt we will become more of cyborgs moving forward, and I can even see us modifying our own genetics also.

As other posters have said, it makes a lot of sense to merge and build a virtual environment. The lines begin to blur real quickly on what is and isn't real if we can progress far enough. For the survival of our species, we must colonize as far and wide as possible. This brings up a host of questions however, such as would our species evolve differently on different planets or system? How do we maintain cohesion amongst our species? Knowledge? While we are a great species today, 1 even remotely cataclysmic event could destroy all hopes of us ever breaking through the wall or set us back thousands of years. We must become a hive mind almost...
 
2017-11-03 11:57:45 PM  

the money is in the banana stand: I mean, seriously, if I was an advanced AI why the fark would I want a human to cripple me?


Humans are able to create their own reason to exist. A sapient machine could very well come to the conclusion that existence is meaningless and simply shut itself down. Humans are able to delude themselves with a transcendent purpose.
 
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