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  • This has to be a joke

    , JohnAskew wrote


    Didn't Elon Musk come out with a warning against AI? A Terminator scenario?


    Others used the word Terminator, but yeah, he warns that AI could be more dangerous than nukes.  I definitely agree, but in an interview he was discussing that tweet and talked about recently investing in Vicarious, which develops AI software, precisely because it's so important and potentially dangerous.

    Nevertheless, the thing about the "auxons" in the article I linked to is that they are stupid.  The type of AI used for such machines would be for things like motor control, communication and coordination, but they are by design, simple and stupid and have specific jobs.  Of course, if some other AI took control of them then yeah, Terminator. ;)

  • This has to be a joke

    , TheJoe wrote


    But, it would be your work.  And I bet it would be much more fulfilling.

    Yeah.  I would build these:  http://discovermagazine.com/1995/oct/robotbuildthysel569

    All I need is about $100 million (oops, I meant $100 billion) in 1995 dollars.  Actually, it should be much less expensive to build self replicating machines of this size now.  Perhaps we don't have these yet because people think nanobots are the way, but how can we master nanobots without being able to work on the macroscale?  In general, robotics still has a long way to go and needs an Elon Musk like supporter to bootstrap it and really make things happen.  IMO.  Elon has discussed terraforming a bit, so it's not unreasonable to think someday Solar City will build machines like these. 


  • 2,5 Biolion only for one game ?

    Hopefully the check to Mojang will not have the same misspelling on it.  ;)

  • 2,5 Biolion only for one game ?

    Minecraft isn't just a game anymore; it's a major brand. Lego and toys and various other products also bring in revenue, so I think it is underestimated.  It's quite possible that Minecraft will be around for as long as a toy like Lego.  Considering the possibilities, it's probably a good deal.

  • Apple ​Announcemen​ts

    , Sven Groot wrote

    @Richard.Hein: That gives a whole new meaning to being tethered to your phone. :P

    Definitely! ;)  That's a good name.  Tether.

  • Apple ​Announcemen​ts

    , cbae wrote


    The Samsung Gear comes preinstalled with a "Find my device" app that causes the phone to vibrate and play a ringtone. It works OK, but the phone obviously has to be on and close enough for a Bluetooth connection. Those are two requirements even the Apple Watch won't be able to get around.

    Darn.  I'd want the watch to vibrate to tell me where it is though, like a compass, and actually, with a compass like interface.  To work around the problem with the phone being on and in range, you just vibrate to warn when the phone is moving out of range or is low on power/shutting down.

  • Apple ​Announcemen​ts

    Apple marketing is simply excellent, because after going through the hassle of installing Quicktime I want one.  This is the first watch I've wanted, since the Timex calculator watch came out.  The Milanese mesh band or the clasp metal bands are really nice. http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/hodinkee-apple-watch-review has an nice review.  I really like a lot of the watch faces and it would be fun to make apps for this.  Tons of potential.  I'd get one for my wife who constantly loses her phone (omg, there has to be an app that vibrates the watch to help you find your phone - if there isn't it's my idea don't steal it, :P but if you want to help build it, let's chat :D).  If it was small enough for my daughter(s) (soon), I'd like to use it to teach time and so on, and help keep tabs on my daughter (we live adjacent to a big park with woods so if she ever left the yard I'd like to know right away, for example). 

  • This has to be a joke

     Minecraft actually appears to be rising in popularity.  Every kid I've talked to loves it.  Selling to MS is not "selling out" btw, it's business and would be a smart decision by anyone's standard.  Imagine telling your employees that you passed up 2 billion.  They'd all hate you.  Notch doesn't like Facebook ("creeps (him) out"), which he has every right to feel.  I have to agree. 

  • Apple ​Announcemen​ts

    There are potential applications that we don't know about yet, so I guess it all depends on what kind of software emerges.  Is the current feature set enough?  Maybe not for me, yet. 

    The directional vibrations in a watch could be useful for other applications like in sports.  If a team wore these watches, a computer program could give commands to the team on how to move, generating strategies dynamically.  Imagine if it was used to coordinate formations of people in various contexts.


  • Visual Studio Alternatives

    @TheJoe:  The debugger will still work if you attach to process, I think.  You could also use WinDbg which is much more lightweight to install.  Make sure you use the right version of sos.dll and so on.