Friday, March 31, 2023

AIs and Sentience


First let's say that sentience is a variable, and arbitrarily assign a rating of 1 to 10, 1 being a pretty dumb AI and 10 being something akin to Skynet or maybe even better. We all know people who fall along that line. Let's assign a level of 5 to humans with an IQ of 100 and an AI of similar abilities.

Secondly, some people are arguing that AI v4 development should be paused, as it may prove to be smarter than its creators, and at some point, and in some manner, turn on them.

Thirdly I will invoke the observation of a park ranger who noted that there is a significant overlap between the intelligence of the smartest bears in the park, and the dumbest tourists.

The AIs handicap is that while it's a pretty good conversationalist, it gathers its bottomless knowledge of everything from that bottomless source of all knowledge, the internet. If you ask it how reliable it is, it will likely quote you philosophers from Socrates to A. Lincoln who warn us that information gathered from the internet is less than perfectly reliable. So are AIs dangerous? Well, yes, at least until they get a BS detector incorporated into them that's at least as good as its linguistic abilities.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Thursday, March 23, 2023

QOTD - War

 Found at Bijourenaissenceman

In 1882 I was in Vienna, where I met an American whom I had known in the States. He said: 'Hang your chemistry and electricity! If you want to make a pile of money, invent something that will enable these Europeans to cut each others' throats with greater facility.' - Hiram P. Maxim, inventor of the water cooled machine gun

 I wonder which might make you wealthier; Inventing a working FTL space drive or inventing a functional, long-range death ray.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Call To Protest

 If we don't protest Trumps indictment, it's prima facie evidence that the Dems are right, Trump belongs in jail, and we tacitly agree. If we DO protest, they send their BLM/Antifa militias to throw bricks and firebombs while wearing red hats, which proves to the media that they're right and ALL republicans belong in jail. Right?

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

NICS Checks Feb 2023

 Early this month. No surprises yet this year.

Graph's getting crowded. I may have to do something about that.

Dilbert Cancellation Summary

Found this on Adams twitter feed:

 That about sums it up.