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Mikko Rauhala
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One of the arguments against aliens is that they'd have to be really fast at building their Dyson shell. Wait, why's that against? Mu-ha-ha-ha.

(Okay, so there are others.)
A star that made headlines due to weird brightness dips—leading to speculations of aliens building structures around it—is even weirder than we thought.
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Will not be taken seriously, lack whisks and plungers.
Silicon Valley Deploys Crime-Fighting Robots To Patrol The Streets Day and Night In the latest development from Silicon Valley, a Palo Alto startup called
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Finally got my hands on some of those new egg-free Quorn nuggets and whipped up a quick pasta, oat-cream sauce and nugget dinner.

Yeah it was okay. Definitely a change from most processed veggie protein in the texture. (Test subject said "tastes like chicken", though elaborated that they, too, were mostly referring to the feel.) A bit strange but not offensive taste. Clearly more exploration is warranted, see how it grows.
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Digital sundial.
 
Try wrapping your head around this one. An Etsy seller in France has somehow managed to design a remarkable 3D-printed sundial that shows the time as digital numbers that actually change as the day progresses and the sun moves across the sky.
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Paskaa on, mutta se maistuu entistä paremmalta.
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"Linux kernel 4.1.x is an LTS version, as Greg Kroah-Hartman informed us a while back, so it makes sense for Skynet to choose it for its deadly machines. You need stability and long-term support when you send a killing cyborg back in time."
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Mitäs tähän nyt sanoisi, "väkivalloin saa tahtonsa läpi"?
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Päätös oli erittäin vaikea, Omar Al-Khafaji sanoo. — Lähtiessämme Irakista menetimme kaiken: auton, kodin ja rahat. Suomi on turvallinen maa, mutta ilmapiiri on todella pakolaisvastainen.
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Juu, kuten itse joitakin päiviä sitten sanoin:

"On erittäin valitettavaa, että poliittiset päättäjämme ovat typeryyttään luoneet tilanteen, jossa väkivallan käyttäminen faktisesti näyttäytyy heidän vastapuolelleen toimivana tapana vaikka perinpohjaisesti voittaa koko konflikti, jos siihen väkivaltaan vain riittävän laajamittaisesti ryhdytään.

Harva asia olisi politiikassa niin tärkeää, kuin tällaisten tilanteiden välttäminen. On vaikea kuvitella suurempaa typeryyttä ja vastuuttomuutta kuin asettaa itsensä asemaan jossa vastapuoli voittaa sillä jos tajuaa muuttaa yhteiskunnan selvästi väkivaltaisemmaksi paikaksi."
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"Trams in Helsinki are running sporadically." - Unknown
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Apparently Elon Musk (the dude making high-tech electric cars and reusable rockets who muses about nuking Mars into habitability) is now an ITIF Luddite Award Nominee. Because he's also worried about AI risks (and is heavily investing into studying and mitigating that as well).

At least he's in good company with people like Bostrom, Hawking. Being wary about actual autonomous killer robot proliferation was grounds for inclusion as well.

I'm thinking the lineup says more about ITIF than it does about the nominees, these days.
From alarmists touting an artificial intelligence apocalypse to activists fighting against genetically improved foods, this report highlights 10 of the year’s most egregious cases of neo-Luddism in action.
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Driverless cars are having more than the usual amount of people running into them due to them driving too legally, too carefully and having too quick reflexes.
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Indeed. I'll quote Eliezer Yudkowsky from FB because he put it amusingly:

"In a society where the real laws aren't the same as the pretend laws, and it's impossible to unilaterally obey the pretend laws without hurting yourself and others, but everyone is still claiming they're not pretending despite everyone knowing on some level that it's pretend, what do you do when you have to explicitly program robots about the speed limit?

I don't know, but I bet the answer isn't "stop pretending" or "give up on robots", and I honestly don't know what other options there are."

For speed limits specifically, one option would be higher caps for robotic cars, justified by better reflexes. That way people could keep pretending :)
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And here's why the billion-dollar OpenAI is worrying, but (even more worryingly) not necessarily the wrong thing to do.
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    Computer Science, 1996 - 2008
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