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review 2018-07-07 15:47
(Count-of-Self) = 0: "Superintelligence - Paths, Dangers, Strategies" by Nick Bostrom
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies - Nick Bostrom


"Box 8 - Anthropic capture: The AI might assign a substantial probability to its simulation hypothesis, the hypothesis that it is living in a computer simulation."


In "Superintelligence - Paths, Dangers, Strategies" by Nick Bostrom



Would you say that the desire to preserve 'itself' comes from the possession of a (self) consciousness? If so, does the acquisition of intelligence according to Bostrom also mean the acquisition of (self) consciousness? 

The unintended consequence of a super intelligent AI is the development of an intelligence that we can barely see, let alone control, as a consequence of the networking of a large number of autonomous systems acting on inter-connected imperatives. I think of bots trained to trade on the stock market that learn that the best strategy is to follow other bots, who are following other bots. The system can become hyper-sensitive to inputs that have little or nothing to do with supply and demand.

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-05-10 18:47
Y2K compliant SAP: "A Life in Code - A Personal History of Technology" By Ellen Ullman
Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology - Ellen Ullman

If you want to get a glimpse of what was the Y2K Bug craze in 1999 Ullman’s chapter on it is a must.

 

Millenniums may ask: “What was the Y2K bug?” Well, as one who was actively working in IT at the time, it basically was the number of seriously heavyweight IT-reliant- and IT-provider-based organizations running crapped out, moth-eaten, disaster-ready systems for critical public service and infrastructure functions, systems that were originally developed for Noah's GPSing around Ararat, beggars belief. The problem with the earlier Y2K and other system's potential 1970s-based clock issue and its siblings was and is their potential for cascading. The Y2K bug did, indeed, bite a lot of systems, but it did not go critical and ignite a runaway reaction. However, before the event absolutely no-one on the planet knew for sure whether it would or not.

 

 

If you're into Computer Science of the Personal Kind, read on

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review 2018-05-08 19:17
Bone-in Meat Without the Meat: "Proust and the Squid" by Maryanne Wolf
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain - Maryanne Wolf

“Will the split-second immediacy of information gained from a search engine and the sheer volume of what is available derail the slower, more deliberative processes that deepen our understanding of complex concepts, of another's inner thought processes, and of our own consciousness?"

 

In “Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf”

 

 

Why wouldn't Amazon publish the ebook I wrote in 1986 on a ZX81 and posted to them saved on a cassette tape? On the other hand, I once (1988, I think) did the work for a non-linear dynamics paper on my Sinclair Spectrum, and produced the diagrams using the Spectrum's printer, which used sparks to burn dots in the silver coating of the paper, then photographing and enlarging them. It was submitted to the very snooty college journal. They accepted it but wondered if I couldn't make better diagrams. They published anyway when I said I couldn't. How I wish I could recover this. It’s in one of the floppy disk in my attic at home…I’ve still got several programming nuggets I developed at the time. One of them was a chess compiler in C. If I had the hardware to read that kind of media (I’ve still got the floppy disks, but I no longer have the drive that went along with them…), I could recover most of them too if I really set my mind to it. But I wouldn't regard it as worth the effort, so they'll eventually get lost without anyone ever knowing whether they are worth saving. Only me…A lot of forensics software aims to keep old formats readable - so incompatibility is the least of our worries. Books last for hundreds, even thousands of years. Modern storage media do not. 'Bit rot' is going to become a serious problem...

 

 

 

If you're into Proust and Programming Languages, read on.

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review 2018-05-06 15:31
Transferable Skills: "Wired For Coding: How to Stand Out From The Crowd and Land Your First Job as a Developer" by William Bushee
Wired For Coding: How to Stand Out From The Crowd and Land Your First Job as a Developer - William Bushee

Whatever they are taught today will be obsolete tomorrow. But the concepts won't. Good programming requires the ability to break down a task, organise the steps in performing it, identify parts of the process that are common or repetitive so they can be bundled together, handed-off or delegated, etc. These concepts can be applied to any programming language, and indeed to many non-software activities. Educating youth does not drive wages down. It drives our economy up. China, India, and other countries are training youth in programming skills. Educating our youth means that they will be able to compete globally. This is the standard from the Right that we don't need to educate our youth, but instead fantasize about high-paying manufacturing jobs miraculously coming back. Many jobs, including new manufacturing jobs have an element of coding because they are automated. Other industries require coding skills to maintain web sites and keep computer systems running. Learning coding skills opens these doors. Coding teaches logic, an essential thought process. Learning to code, like learning anything, increases the brains ability to adapt to new environments which is essential to our survival as a species. We must invest in educating our youth. What coding does not teach is how to improve our non-code infrastructure and how to keep it running (that’s the stuff which actually moves things). 

 

 

If you're into Learning Computer Science, read on.

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review 2017-12-06 05:15
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The Christmas Promise (McClendon Holiday) - Sean D. Young

This is book #2, in The McClendon Holiday series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding of the series, I recommend reading in order.

 

Jennifer is suffering from a broken heart and being ashamed.  She travels for a vacation and meets the man who will change her perception of the world, as she knows it.  Will she be able to turn to him when it counts?

 

Simeon falls head over heels for Jennifer almost immediately.  They are certainly attracted to one another from the start.  When tragedy strikes - can he be forgiven?

 

This was a book that was filled with so much.  The compelling story tells of how real and harsh the world can be.  These characters find love in such a beautiful place.  I love the heat and the simple that are in this book.  I cannot wait to read the next installment to the series.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exhcange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers.

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