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The Myth of a Superhuman AI

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Kevin Kelly wrote an excellent article on the fundamental assumptions behind the myth of the superhuman AI, and why they’re either unsupported or contradicted by evidence. He does a good job on some points that I’ve thought through myself, and brings up some other points I hadn’t considered.

The Myth of a Superhuman AI

It’s a turtle

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Saranya just went running to the bathroom, saying “Gotta go now! It’s a turtle.”

Cracked me up!

Herp Derp YouTube Comments | Tanner’s Website

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Best plugin ever!

Herp Derp YouTube Comments.

Michael Ham: Negative Irreproducible Tweets… for Science

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Michael Ham: Negative Irreproducible Tweets… for Science.

It seems like all my original ideas are now being independently reproduced by other people, so I’ll just start dumping a few others that I’ve heard recently.

  • “Placebo” brand pills – scientifically proven effective on many maladies
  • Idiot urine test – always comes up positive

Guy has tough time describing his color blindness

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Guy has tough time describing his color blindness.

Prayer for Finances

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

I have to pass this along because to me it’s just so funny. One of Sangeeta’s friends emailed it to us (Fwd) and though we don’t need the powerful benefits it promises, its entertainment value is too great to keep to myself. So here you go, whoever you are who reads my blog:

Prayer for Finances (it works)

I claimed it for you – now claim it for me.

God has more than a thousand ways to provide

For us, that we know nothing about.

Here is your financial blessing!

It’s a simple prayer, you got 30 Seconds?

Don’t sleep on this…Someone recently

Read this for the first time and

Received exactly enough for a $0 balance

On all credit cards.

If you need a financial blessing,

Continue reading this e-mail.

Heavenly Father, most Gracious and Loving

God, I pray to you that you Abundantly bless

My family and me.

I know that you recognize, that a Family

Is more than just a mother, father, sister, brother, cousin,

Husband and wife, but all who believe and trust in You.

Dear GOD, I send up a prayer request for

Financial blessing for not only the Person who

Sent this to me, but for me and all that I have

Forwarded This message to.

And that the power of joined prayer by

Those who Believe and trust in you is

More powerful than anything!

I thank you in Advance for your blessings.

God, deliver the person reading this right Now

From debt and debt burdens.

Release your Godly wisdom that I may be a

Good steward over all that you have given me

GOD, for I know how wonderful and mighty

You are and how if we just obey you and walk

In your word and have the faith of a Mustard

Seed that you will pour out blessings.

I thank you now Lord for the recent blessings I have

Received and for the blessings yet to come,

Because I know you are not done with me yet.

In Jesus name Amen…

TAKE 60 SECONDS and send this on quickly and within hours, you will have

Caused a multitude of people to pray to God for each other. Then sit

Back and watch the power of God work in your life for doing the thing That you

Know He loves. Peace and Blessings….

Have Faith

8 angels are sent 2 you,

You must send them to 8 people .

In 8 minutes you will receive something you have long awaited.

Albert Camus – The Stranger

Friday, September 4th, 2009

I just finished reading Albert Camus – The Stranger, and I can’t help but identify with the main character. The biggest difference between him and me is that he doesn’t seem to think of much past tomorrow, except that all week he looks forward to being with his girlfriend on Sundays. I put a whole lot more effort trying to peer into the future: planning and scheming, working toward goals. Mersault was a simpleton. An idiot.

And yet if you really dig down and think about things from a relativist viewpoint, who’s to say he’s wrong when he asserts that no life is worth living? We all die and then people forget us. What’s the point? For me it all just comes back to survival. We’re here because that’s what we do, because we’re alive. If it wasn’t what our ancestors did, we wouldn’t be here to worry about it.

I did receive one surprise insight from this book – the justice system is geared to weed out socially maladapted limbic systems. People are so interested in the emotional displays of accused criminals because the limbic system is what we’ve evolved to allow us to function in a community setting. A messed up limbic system makes one unable to function as a cog in the machine, and has to be discarded or repaired or maybe just beat back into shape.

Annoyances.org – Remove the Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant (ClickOnce) Firefox Extension

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

I just realized that Microsoft is trying to screw me over again. It seems that with their .NET Framework v3.5 upgrade, they silently install a Firefox extension that YOU CAN’T UNINSTALL! Well, not through the normal means of clicking the Uninstall button, anyway. It turns out you have to remove a registry key, reset a Firefox configuration parameter, and then delete a folder, which it turns out may require a reboot depending on what other software you’re running.

Here’s the complete removal procedure:

Annoyances.org – Remove the Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant (ClickOnce) Firefox Extension

PHD Comics: Science News Cycle

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Science News Cycle
PHD Comics: Science News Cycle

Prayer vs. Hard Work –

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009