If machine could learn & be independent, you MS-research guys surely have thought about if a machine can become sentient. Is there a sentient test? I don't think the Turing test is enough.
Should we head off the eventual subjugation of the human race and abandon this line of research? Maybe Hollywood is wiser than we think.
Or they are just not very creative.
The part that gets me about all the Hollywood movies about the machines taking over is....
... if you were a machine....
and you could issue a command say.... sleep(years=70,000)
Why would you be in a hurry to wipe out humans?
I think self repairing machines would be the ultimate procrastinators beyond any homer simpson we've ever seen simply because there would always be a tomorrow.
If anything a machine that didn't like humans would say "see ya later" and go colonize the asteroid belt and replicate to a heathy sustainable population and stay away from the uncertenty of human interaction.
John Pruitt explains the development cycle at Microsoft -- the interview takes place inside the "watching" part of one of our usability labs where teams can videotape and watch everyday people as they try to use software that we're producing.
Video length: 00:21:44.
Great stuff. Great effort. Very interesting...
... if I wanted to write a term paper about Microsoft's development cycle.
Problem is - I don't.
I want to know how they write good code. This is the ten mile high view - show us the OS hackers who work on the Kernel - how do they surf the helpfiles when they are trying to solve a problem? Show us the WHQL people that test iterative software/hardware
drivers on all those platforms looking for problems.
Seriously aren't we taking ourselves too seriously with these videos? If we were truely exellent developers, shouldn't we be using digital technology instead of a white board?
I want to see Microsoft's best side, I don't think this is it. I'm not saying this to hurt anyone's feelings, I'm sorry if it does. I just think we could do a lot better.
Please tell me if this is out there somewhere and I missed it - I have not covered all the Channel 9 content yet. Quite honestly I didn't sit through this video, I got tired of trying to understand what was on the whiteboard and hearing about the bad lighting
after the first ten minutes.
Again don't get me wrong, great effort, I like the fact that Channel 9 is here and what it's goal is. I'm very excited to have found this place.
-The gutless guy who stirs the pot without putting his real name and telephone number up - (Kudos Scoble)