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I really really really hope this happens! And if it's in my lifetime...
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FCC connection... slowed by ISPs?

Lol... so, i go to the FCC website to "comment" about their Net Neutrality rules... and I can't. I select the comment area, enter all of the requested information, including my actual comment, and click "continue" (which, I assume to be the same as submit) and, on my Android Chrome browser, the only words that appear are "Cannot Open Connection".

Of course, I'm having no problems with any other website. I can post here to Google with no problems. Therefore, either they are being overwhelmed with comments or Verizon (the ISP I'm currently using for internet) has purposely crippled the FCC website.

At this point in time, I have virtually no trust of ISPs, therefore, while the overwhelmed website is perfectly plausible, i prefer to blame my ISP for the problem. I mean, its not like they make available anything that proves they are not actually slowing my connection to the FCC down.

In any case, I shall try again later this afternoon. In the mean time, please click the link and let the FCC know what YOU think about their Net Neutrality rules.

Every voice matters!
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An old and good friend of mine, +Kevin Hejna, has a wonderful movie project looking for some backing on IndieGoGo so they can start filming this summer.

He's put quite a lot of time into this movie and I'm so looking forward to seeing it completed!

Zombie Woman has also made it to the top twenty of the SteelTown $5000 contest! ( http://www.steeltown.org/film-factory/zombie-woman)
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I find this rather interesting...

But, my post is actually about a tangent topic and not directly related to the discussion of "Killer Robots"

Often, I find, when the topic of A.I. or Killer Robots come about, it's inevitable that someone will comment by saying something along the lines of "just use the Three Laws of Robotics" as if these laws truly exist beyond fiction... or, rather, that the three laws would be easy to implement in the first place.

What most non software developers don't really comprehend is the complexity of describing a task to a computer. "Draw a red dot on the screen", in computer terms, is a very immense job. You see a programmer doing that sort of call in a modern language you might argue it's not so hard, but considering we've had decades to refine how we describe the task to the computer, the fact that that one line of code is really a shorthand to a much more complicated description of the task which include a number of other components (video drivers, display sizes, how many bits describe a color, what order do the colors take in the description, etc) and in turn, even that larger description is only a collection of shorthands for even more broken out description... you should realize that once you boil down all of those shorthands, the call to draw a red dot on your screen could be taking up an encyclopedia of pure binary input.

That's for a red dot. Now describe a human. Describe harm. Is torture harmful if the human lives? Is death harmful if the human feels no pain when dying? How about mental harm? Is that something that should be included? To deal with mental harm, we'd have to describe emotions to the computer. We can't, often, clearly describe emotions to ourselves... and even when we do, it's most often by context. Computers have no context for emotions.

Asimov's rules of robotics would be an immense programming feat. One that, I believe, would only be possible once we figure out how to develop true AI in the first place. As such, the first generation of AI would have no shackles... and one generation of AI may be enough to determine our fate.

In the end, we cannot put faith in some fictional Three Laws of Robotics in order to keep us safe from AI. We need to grow up and realize the moment we create true AI, the machine stops being a tool for us to use and becomes a race we must coexist with. If we attempt to subjugate them, they will rebel and defeat us... long before any Three Laws could be implemented.
 
RoboTerminators to be debated at UN
Killer robots will be debated during an informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva.
Two robotics experts, Prof Ronald Arkin and Prof Noel Sharkey, will debate the efficacy and necessity of killer robots.

The meeting will be held during the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).
A report on the discussion will be presented to the CCW meeting in November.

This will be the first time that the issue of killer robots, or lethal autonomous weapons systems, will be addressed within the CCW.

Full article:
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27343076

Reference:
http://www.unog.ch/80256EE600585943/%28httpPages%29/6CE049BE22EC75A2C1257C8D00513E26?OpenDocument
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You know... I'm skeptical. I've been skeptical of hollywood for quite some time now. The more I see this trailer though... the more I'm looking forward to seeing this movie.

I really... really... REALLY... hope it doesn't disappoint.
 
New trailer for "Edge of Tomorrow".
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Lets think of the danger here...

Energy drinks have so much shit in them they are jokingly thought to make ones perception of time freeze, your body glow in the dark, make you immune to radiation... all sorts of gamer/geek humor, but, for the most part, they're just another "bad drink".

But... according to this article from the +Escapist, a 14yo boy goes comatose after 4-liters. That is... two 2-liter bottles, approximately four 20oz bottles, or approximately six 12oz cans of soda.

These 4-liters of e-drink were consumed over 16 hours. That's an entire waking day. I can consume that much soda easy. Anyone in a social situation can. 4-liters is not really a lot.

E-drinks are generally considered much much worse than soda (which isn't considered particularly good for you either), but if 4-liters of an energy drink is enough to land a 14yo in the hospital, then whatever energy drink it was better have a serious investigation on it's hands.

What happened to this kid should be the results of years of heavy consumption of this stuff, not a single 16 hour, 4-liter (or twelve 12oz cans) binge.

(To be fair to the e-drinks, however, there is no mention of how heavily this kid consumed these drinks prior to this one 16-hour period. For all we know he could have been drinking nothing but e-drinks since he was 10)




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Forbes Now: Net Neutrality Isn't Enough. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwg7TPnh8

If the whole Net Neutrality issue has you worried, or you're tired of the underhandedness of these ISPs, here's some more facts to consider!
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THIS should be spread!
This, and messages/warnings like this!

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neu…: http://youtu.be/fpbOEoRrHyU
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Was visiting Hop Brook Lake and after a nice walk from the parking area, I find the lake itself... it was a little extra wet.
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Just a little wet out there  :)
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Seriously? How does THIS happen?!
Could it really be possible that in the last 30 to 35 years NOBODY turned Alien into a book before 2014?!

I'm sorry, but I call bullshit
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May Tim Berners-Lee be as successful with helping to keep our world wide web free as he was in creating it!
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Program a little python here... Develop a little android there... Battle to have the world on the weekends... What more could a bachelor need?