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Bent Rasmussen exoteric stuck in a loop, for a while
  • Lang.NEXT 2014 is coming ... May 29-30

    , felix9 wrote

    So, here is the event page http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Lang-NEXT/Lang-NEXT-2014

    and here is a draft schedule https://langnext2014.eventday.com/schedule

    sounds like a fantastic event.

    hopefully video recordings will be available on Channel9,  (a) right ?

    frankly speaking I wish Joe Duffy will be in that system languages panel but ... ok. :P

    Nice - a lot of great stuff on the agenda! Some new kids on the block (Rust, Hack, Go) and old kids too (C++) (albeit rejuvinated). And of course C# and F# (and quantum computing!)

    Erik will also attend. So yes, we more or less just need Joe to complete the set.

    Should be a blast!

  • C#/XAML vs. WinJS/HTML

    , Bass wrote

    *snip*

    They totally missed the point of JavaScript. It's not about the language itself, it's about its prevalence. Your code will literally run everywhere. I don't think JS is as horrible as some people here do, but it's not a easy language to develop complex software in and it's not particularly well designed.

    Have you considered that the aim here is neither to facilitate cross-platform development nor to make an implicit statement about the suitability of Javascript as a development language for large scale programs - but rather to empower developers with Javascript skills to develop for Windows?

    TypeScript was also invented to facilitate large scale application development for the Web - but is also being used for Windows application development.

  • 85% of Developers Unit Test? Of course they do.

    , blowdart wrote

    It compiles. That's a test.

    Well actually, if you include static analysis of contracts, that's not so bad (given a fine-grained web of assertions).

  • Quantum Entanglement + 3D printing + more.

    @magicalclick: I'm not sure I can make sense of what you are writing but I've always liked the idea of using lasers to transmit information into space. Michio Kaku just released a video on this idea:

    I just don't know how a person, as a dynamic organism of an incredible number of moving cells and particles, could be scanned - unless instantly frozen to complete stillness and then analysed for consequent synthesis by a machine and then somehow brought to life again (either the original, the clone or both).

  • Time to add the new user rate limit function!!!

    Moderators here seem to be pretty effective because I can't remember the last time I've noticed spam here and I visit frequently. Is this a genuine problem? A feature to off-load moderators? I'd rather have focus on new videos of the kind Charles used to produce, which are... absent. Now we have to rely on felix for interesting posts. :P

  • Microsoft want to "win back our game developers" with something ...

    , figuerres wrote

    Just saying that MS needs to have say a 10 year plan for this to have time and funding to be done right and mature in use / features / developer buy in.

    if not... I will stick with say UNITY 3d or Cry engine as they are mature and have good market share.

    I agree that Microsoft needs to make a persistent investment and demonstrate that it doesn't turn this into abandonware. But at least when it's open-source others can pick up the slack if it's worth it. Unlike some other frameworks.

    Doing game development? Can you share any details? :)

  • Yes charlie, it's confirmed. Google, lead by Kurzweil, is actively working to hit the ​technologic​al singularity.

    , Ian2 wrote

    OK guys, I say we take off now and nuke the plex from space, its the only way to be sure ....

    I love that movie. :)

    , Proton2 wrote

    Human intelligence if contained within the human brain, which is contained within a body. This is what makes human intelligence unique from silicon (or the like) intelligence.

    The human intelligence has conscience, though no one yet knows how to scientifically describe what that is or probably more accurately, how it is manifested. The human cortex is what is shared among all animals, regulates the heart beat etc.

    Human intelligence is attached to the human nervous system, the evolutionary process that creates our desires, to eat and sleep, and to procreate, our greed (that all animals have). I could go on and on how AI contained within algorithms on computer chips would be so unlike human intelligence because of the disconnect from the body, but I think many here can go on themselves if they want to think if through a little bit further.

    What is it about the body that is so special that humanity cannot escape it? I am not disagreeing with you per se, especially given that it hasn't, but wondering what your underlying beliefs, reasoning and facts are in this regard, to proclaim its impossibility.

    Some evidence suggests that it takes much more compute power to simulate the brain than hitherto thought - but that probably only has to do with whether the simulation runs in slow motion or not - just play back the tape in high-speed.

    Of course any simulated brain would have to have sensory input to interact and do anything interesting in the world - although clearly humans can function without without all senses intact and divert "compute power" to remaining senses once one is lost or impaired.

  • Yes charlie, it's confirmed. Google, lead by Kurzweil, is actively working to hit the ​technologic​al singularity.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/alex_wissner_gross_a_new_equation_for_intelligence.html

    "Is there an equation for intelligence? Yes. It's F = T ∇ Sτ. In a fascinating and informative talk, physicist and computer scientist Alex Wissner-Gross explains what in the world that means."

  • Careful with that goto, Eugene.

    , fanbaby wrote

    @cbae: Go mandates braces after ifs and fors and, BTW, dropped the parentheses, and has a few other niceties for these statements  :)

    Also, switches don't need a break after each case, there's a fallthrough keyword.

    "goto fail" - it almost had to fail didn't it.

    Actually I think some machine-checked formatting rules (aka coding conventions) could have caught this error! I'm shocked that a mega-company like Apple doesn't have something like that in place.

  • Yes charlie, it's confirmed. Google, lead by Kurzweil, is actively working to hit the ​technologic​al singularity.

    , Bass wrote

    Assuming this is somehow successful, it can be the very end of humanity as we know it. Seriously.

    That's no minor assumption until we see actual tangible results - but a company the size of Google investing heavily in AI is exciting nontheless.

    , Jason818 wrote

    Is now the time to panic?

    Some day when the singularity machine is reading all the content on the internet its going to come across this post and ask the question "Why are they afraid of me?"

    Well given technological singularity, is there really any machine distinct from "us" anyway? I thought the whole point of technological singularity was connected intelligence - a sort of Internet of brains. An "us"-against-"it"-thinking sounds like zero-sum-thinking to me. And if our minds are augmented, how we think would also be altered because our thoughts and conclusions could be automatically fact-checked - or they could be corrected before they even reach our consciousness. I guess it depends on how integrated it all is.