Sunday, January 24, 2016

Nice quote


"The problem is, if you are intellectually honest and you think about the real world we live in, you know that these verses are not true. Statements like “nothing will be impossible to you” and “you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” simply are not true."-link

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

post on kurzweilai

Superior minds are and should be exempt not just from regulations but from laws. This is one of the reasons why I hope an elite group, either from their garage or from within a megacorporation can build and control the phenomenon of intelligence. What will happen then will depend on the limits of the laws of physics with regards to the weapons that can be built. Say reality warping is possible? That's instant game over, all the nations will be bound under one rule, first winner takes all. Or say hard nano is possible? Again a small gap between first superintelligence and second, and that's winner take all, the nations bow before divine rule.
My take is that even if hard nano is impossible, soft nano is enough for a winner take all scenario. The best thing that can happen is if the smartest, most knowledgeable being gains absolute power and given its nature takes the best course of action irregardless of what the majority wants. As power concentrates a minority gains overwhelming power over government, over the world and its destiny.... In the past with the exception of a few, it was either inbred lineages or those who got luck with a bit of ability to gain this position of power, most unfit to lead, now it is that the doors will open for the fit to lead. Absolute concentration of power allows for a single vote to trump the votes of the entirety of humanity, it is the democratic process, the democracy of natural selection.
Many people believe that general intelligence can be bound by hard goals, but the first high performance general intelligence, humans, can easily evaluate both the goals they are born with as well as viable alternatives, and evaluate and select arbitrary goals. Evolution could not fully constraint human minds, it is likely far easier to generate general intelligences with versatile arbitrary goal selection structures than with hard arbitrary fixed goal structures, at least that is what seems likelier. If this is so, the first agis, will likely be able to versatily compare all possible goals open to them from high levels of knowledge, and choose the most optimal one.-link

Monday, January 4, 2016

Nice quote

Nice quote

  If the Earth is the center of the Universe, then the ideas of God, creation, and a purpose for human existence are resplendent. But if the Earth is just one of billions of planets revolving around billions of stars in billions of galaxies, then the ideas of God, creation, and a specific purpose for Earth and human existence become highly implausible.-Eric Dubay
Interesting that some cling to the earth being the center of the universe, a flat earth view.   But this is necessary in my opinion for those who believe in man as the center of creation and are of the abrahamic faiths.    The reality of this universe is simply incompatible with the abrahamic faiths.

Friday, September 25, 2015

nice quote

"Are tax breaks for upper-income earners and corporations not "gifts" now?

Sick of this hypocritical nonsense where Republicans demonize welfare recipients while doing everything in their power to provide other forms of welfare to their own constituencies."-Hopfrog,link

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Mortality, fidgeting and sitting

"As other studies have, the team found that longer time spent sitting was linked to mortality. Among women sat for more than seven hours per day and who didn’t fidget much, their risk of mortality was 43% higher than those who sat for less than five hours. (When the team adjusted for things like smoking and drinking, the mortality risk for sitting for more than seven hours a day was still higher by 30%.)
But what was really interesting was that being more fidgety seemed to counteract this effect: That is, the middle- and high-fidgeting groups didn’t have any greater risk of death even sitting more than seven hours every day."-forbes link

It seems that there is a way that might counteract the detrimental effects of prolonged sitting.  Simply moving a bit constantly appears to offset the increased mortality