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Evan Parker
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Making Maps Magic

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"We know we can have computational systems whose operations are as sophisticated as anything. But can we get them to do things that are aligned with human goals and purposes? In a sense this is what I now view as the key problem of AI: it’s not about achieving underlying computational sophistication, but instead it’s about communicating what we want from this computation."

His point is that AI (neural nets, etc) can learn any function, so the challenge becomes defining the goal for the AI. Want an AI to be conscious? First define consciousness.



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At some point in the future as oil demand diminishes increasingly rapidly thanks to electric/self-driving/on-demand cars, the oil bubble will pop, oil prices will crash, and trillions of dollars worth of oil assets currently on the books of oil companies will become worthless. When will this happen? Decades from now? In the next 10 years? Sooner? Trillions of dollars to be made and lost...

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Tree deaths lead to human deaths: "Counties with borers had 6.8 additional deaths per year per 100,000 adults from respiratory disease, and 16.7 deaths from cardiovascular disease. Over the arc of the paper, that means 100 million dead trees—roughly 3 percent of tree cover on average—killed 21,193 people."

Conversely, spending more time in nature improves human health.

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Here's my column on one of the most infuriating policies of the Trump administration, one that will kill women: https://nyti.ms/2p7oxre

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Cool behind-the-scenes video about how Google Earth 3D imagery is created!
Go behind the scenes of the pixels, planes and people that create #GoogleEarth’s 3D imagery with Nat & Friends 🌎 → goo.gl/JqzWG5

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Search, explore, and more with #GoogleEarthVR. Available now on HTC Vive as well as Oculus Rift.

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Feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. All without leaving home. Introducing #HapticHelpers.
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