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“If one day China finally decides to liberate Taiwan, who can guarantee that our own iPhones won’t get deactivated?”

One should only use the mobile phone that your home country creates. Technology independence.
 

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Is it really a surprise an AI programmed by humans features prejudices, grudges, and bias that the creators possess?

It happens to the children people raise too.
 

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Is it really a surprise an AI programmed by humans features prejudices, grudges, and bias that the creators possess?

It happens to the children people raise too.

Given most of these systems are machine learning models trained with actual images and man-made tagging, any implicit biases in image selection or tagging will affect the outcome with the same underlying biases. And hard coding “bias-correction” rules is probably going to lead to worse unintended outcomes.
 

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“To evaluate how well the new system, called OrganEx, works, the researchers caused heart attacks in pigs that had been anesthetized. The pigs were dead for an hour, and the researchers cooled their bodies and used neural inhibitors to ensure the animals did not regain consciousness during subsequent experiments.

Then, the researchers began to use the OrganEx system. They compared its performance against ECMO, a life-support technology used in hospitals today in which a machine oxygenates blood and circulates it throughout the body.

OrganEx restored circulation and prompted the repair of damaged cells. For example, the scientists saw heart cells contract and electrical activity return. Other organs, including kidneys, also showed improvements, the study says.

The pigs treated with OrganEx startled researchers. During experimentation, the dead pigs’ heads and necks moved under their own power.”

We can reanimate dead things like that alien engineer head in Prometheus. Let’s do a dinosaur next or some poor bloke trapped in ice.
 

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"Technology can be adorable if it needs our assistance. We like a robot that needs us a bit, and when we help the robot it creates a bond."

You mean you the human creates a bond? The robot continues doing 00101110.

We had this here too but typical of our bureaucracy some municipal laws pushed them off sidewalks and they can't use cyclist lanes.
 

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This can't be good. They're already turning on us.

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"The process, which is essentially the controlled decomposition of a human body by a funeral service provider, takes about two months. Processing a person’s remains creates 1-2 cubic yards of compost — enough to nearly fill the bed of a pickup truck, which can then be used in gardens or conservation projects."

I'll turn into a pickup truck full of dirt? Will I be premium gold or all natural?
 

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”’We found that human neurons respond very quickly after we stimulated the whiskers. In fact, more than 70% of the human neurons are engaged in some form of activity within a second or so of that stimulation, so that tells us that they’re probably connected,‘ Sergiu Pașca, one of the study’s authors and a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford, said on a call with reporters.

’Human neurons become part of the rat circuitry,‘ Pașca said, adding that the neurons were ‘sparkling with electrical activity‘ under a microscope.”

We made hum-rats or rat-man.
 

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"The suit says Google has 'relegated millions of RNC emails en masse to potential donors’ and supporters’ spam folders during pivotal points in election fundraising and community building'"

If this goes through those Nigerian fraudsters have a new revenue source.
 

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"My wish is that if an extraterrestrial species reached out to us, and they weren't hostile, that we wouldn't just assume that they are like nonhuman animals – things with which we could do whatever we wanted, because we are human, and they are not. My wish would be that we would evaluate them as peers to the extent that they show those capabilities [such as autonomy] and go from there."

Shouldn’t we assume they are hostile?

"’If they can get here, as opposed to transmitting a message, they are more advanced than we are by an enormous margin.’

In this case, a more appropriate question might be: would our new alien overlords afford us rights?

’What are you going to do if they're aggressive?‘ asks Shostak. ’It'd be like Neanderthals trying to meet with the US Air Force: the Neanderthals could have all the policies they want, but it wouldn't matter.’”

But we are Neanderthals with nuclear weapons.
 

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Are you making anything truly new or rehashing a gargantuan library of thing made by humans?
 

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"They were stored at around -128C (-200F) in liquid nitrogen on 22 April 1992.

"I was five years old when God gave life to 'ydia and Timothy, and he's been preserving that life ever since,' Philip Ridgeway told CNN from the family's home.

'In a sense, they're our oldest children, even though they're our smallest children.'

'There is something mind-boggling about it,' he added."

Weird.
 
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