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Experimental Evidence No One Expected! Is Human Consciousness Quantum After All?
  • I really think that consciousness is just a combination of Narrow AI -- that is, AI that is only good at a very specialized task. For example, we have a part of our brains specifically to process the raw data from our eyes, that's a Narrow AI designed for that express purpose. When you combine all of the AIs that would be necessary for sight, smell, taste, touch, etc, as well as maintaining bodily functions, immune system, and other autonomic systems, you've essentially got an AI that can run a body.

    However, at the point, that body would rely purely on instinct and only react to it's environment. Add one more layer of Narrow AI whose purpose is to extrapolate the given information and make educated guesses and you've got the potential for intelligence. Because now you're not just reacting to the environment but you're actively thinking of how you can use all of those other Narrow AI that control your body to shape your environment, which is the basis of intelligence.

  • Yeah, science!
  • Vf = Vi + at

    Means final velocity equals initial velocity plus the product of acceleration and time of acceleration.

    F = m(ΔV / ΔT) or F = ma

    The second equation is much simpler and means force is equal to the product of mass and acceleration.

    This can basically be broken down to be "it's not the speed that kills you, it's the sudden deceleration" which is usually attributed to Eddie Rickenbacker who was an American WWI pilot.

    "It's not the speed that kills you, it's the sudden stop" - Eddie Rickenbacker

    It was also famously paraphrased by Jeremy Clarkson:

    “Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you.” - Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear

  • What is your BG3 unpopular opinion?
  • It's weird, but I suspect that Act 2 and Act 3 were swapped originally. It makes more sense to have Act 2 be where you go to Baldur's Gate, learn more about your companions, resolve their personal stories, explore a large open map, and THEN move on to the big confrontation against the Absolute at the tower.

    From a story perspective it's really weird how you confront the Absolute and then go on to sort of aimlessly do all that other stuff in Baldur's Gate. It makes more sense if the story acts are swapped, imo.

  • Some conservative talking points really grind my gears
  • Reminds me, I drive a school bus part-time and my bus has a malfunctioning sensor in the transmission and so on the screen on the dashboard it says "CHECK TRANS". So every morning I'm like looks down at crotch "yup, still trans!"

  • Star Trek Is Showing More Love To Scott Bakula’s Enterprise
  • Star Trek really has 2 different genres, there's action/adventure and there's real hard sci-fi where philosophy is at the forefront. Voyager generally appeals more to the action/adventure fans, whereas the previous iterations appeared like the entire series was heading in a more philosophical direction with TOS to TNG to DS9 increasing in their thoughtfulness. VOY was seen as a huge backslide to people who were tuning in largely for the philosophical aspect of the show.

    Considering there was and still are very few popular philosophical and thought provoking shows that challenge the viewer's world view and biases, I think it's fair to be upset that the new direction of the show is to dumb down everything and focus more on the action.

    Of course, that's not to say that Voyager was completely devoid of any philosophical debate, but I don't think anyone can make the case that it's equally as intelligent as TNG and DS9.

  • Mom Burn
  • I think sarcasm usually has more of a negative tone to it. Like "oh yeah, sure, uh huh /s" whereas light hearted is more like "omg stop picking on me! /lh" conveying that they understand that the other people are also interacting with them in jest.

  • The experience that made me hate programming, but that's all on me
  • In those kinds of situations you need to remember to try to break the problem down into simpler sections to identify where the problem lies. One of the first steps would be to run SELECT * FROM mainWorkSpace WHERE user_id = @user_id and see if that returns anything.

  • Christian Life International
  • If God had a CLI then techies might be more religious.

    God --pray "I know I've run my program twice now and it's crashed both times and I've changed nothing in the code, but PLEASE let it work!"

  • [Noob] Is it worth getting a LTS kernel?
  • LTS just means Long Term Support in case you weren't aware. It means no new development is happening, but security exploits will be patched as soon as they arise.

    If you just want stability, LTS is the way to go. If you want all the cutting edge bells and whistles and are okay with potentially some instability (but probably not much) then use the latest version.

    If your device isn't connected to the internet during general use then I wouldn't worry too much about updating anything. Security fixes aren't important if there's no way to connect to your device.

  • Opinion | Tripling the World’s Nuclear Energy Capacity Is a Fantasy
  • Large scale nuclear power plants take hundreds of millions or billions of dollars of investment and loads of time to build. It's more likely that any nuclear revolution is going to come in the form of smaller scale micro reactors.

  • Did the year zero never exist ?
  • Ordinals are largely used for counting and when you're counting you kind of do start a zero, most people just don't say it. When you count 1... 2... 3... it would work just as well to start 0... 1... 2... 3... So programmers can rest easy.

  • The Wiki's plot summary for "A Void", a book that (usually) omits a symbol vital to our vocabulary, also avoids that symbol
  • A Void's plot follows a group of individuals looking for a missing companion, Anton Vowl. It is in part a parody of noir and horror fiction, with many stylistic tricks, gags, plot twists, and a grim conclusion. On many occasions it implicitly talks about its own lipogrammatic limitation, highlighting its unusual syntax. A Void's protagonists finally work out which symbol is missing, but find it a hazardous topic to discuss, as any who try to bypass this story's constraint risk fatal injury. Philip Howard, writing a lipogrammatic appraisal of A Void in his column Lost Words, said "This is a story chock-full of plots and sub-plots, of loops within loops, of trails in pursuit of trails, all of which allow its author an opportunity to display his customary virtuosity as an avant-gardist magician, acrobat and clown."

    I also find it funny that this paragraph from OP's link also avoids using an individual symbol. I'm also trying to do it in my post, but it's hard to form any thought without it. I don't think that I could draft a full book using this constraint, and notably a book that's so cognizant of it's own imposing limitation and of it's protagonists habit of fourth wall smashing.

  • Another fallen soldier
  • By the way, the reason the McDonald's ice cream machine is always down is because one company essentially provides all of the machines. As a result, they control the maintenance of it by having vague error codes and not providing a proper manual so that McDonald's employees wind up having to call their technicians to come and service it. Either that or the employees try running it through a clean cycle to try to fix the error which takes FOUR HOURS to complete and can't be interrupted.

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