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    What's On Your Bucket List?

    That sounds like a good start, might even be possible in my (our?) lifetime. Just add onto it wingsuit flying :(
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    September 11th Legitimacy

    But that's what they want you to think :(
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    Cleverbot Passes Turing Test

    Can we please keep insults out of this topic? :( Yeah that's a very dirty word where I come from. What, Texas? :D
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    Internet Satellite Thing

    Lol :D Wasn't there a report not too long ago that concluded that internet access should be a human right?
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    Cleverbot Passes Turing Test

    Once you hit the power button, you don't have to tell a computer to do anything if you program it that way. As long as it gets electricity it can keep on chugging (just like after we born, as long as we maintain nutrient intake we keep going.) What I referenced earlier is a paraphrased version of the learning process as presented in many psychology textbooks, and it's just what this program seems to be designed to do. Everything we do is the result of electrons moving around in an aqueous medium. Fundamentally, the only difference between us and the machines we've made is that they use a solid state. :( As opposed to wetware? :P It is a very tricky subject. I don't think we're anywhere near having AI that even compare in terms of intelligence to an ant. But we will get there. What were the three things that Data figured you needed in order to become human? Intelligence, self awareness and consciousness? And i wouldn't say that's the only difference, although after hearing about the US Army testing machines (missiles?) that would be able to choose to kill or not i am really worried that we haven't yet implimented the Three Laws of Robotics. EDIT: Found the clip -
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    Cleverbot Passes Turing Test

    I'm going to say no... but i'll probably have to get back to you on that :( Humans, and even most animals, don't have to be told to think. They just do. I wouldn't say there's any set of rules governing how we thing beyond ones we choose for ourselves.
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    Cleverbot Passes Turing Test

    "Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL? Affirmative, Dave. I read you. Open the pod bay doors, HAL. Opening! Erm... you sure about that? Yes." Yeah... i must have the magic touch :( Oh, right, yeah - i stand corrected :D
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    Cleverbot Passes Turing Test

    The thing about chatbots is that they aren't intelligent at all, they're just analysing your input for known words and inflections then taking a response from a databse. The better the algorithms get, and the larger the database, the more human it seems. But in my eyes until it can actually think for itself it can't be classified as Artificial Intelligence.
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    Obama Scraps Tighter Smog Rules

    So money is more important than humanity's continued existence. Tell me something i don't know...
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    Sal's Xbox 360 Club

    Warthog jump anyone? :D Nah, ONLY if it's less than £15, has the maps from the PC edition and has an editing mode will i even consider buying it. I have the PC version already :(
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    Human Population Control

    It's not land mass that's the problem. We have room for people. What we don't have are the resources to keep those people alive at the level they want to be. Current farm productions are already struggling to keep up with demand. Now farming on the sea is an interesting concept but it would reek havoc on the local biology so that would mean we'd have to go to places with little life, like the middle of the ocean. That means that if anything went wrong, you were screwed. Actually that's not true - North America alone grows enough crop to feed the world three times over. Just for some reason some bright spark thought it would be a good idea to use the vast majority of that crop for feeding unbelievable large farms full of methane producing animals just to kill and eat them. Adding another level to the food chain reduces efficiency hugely. Here's the thing, as people go up in the world, they want to have more meat in their diet. Sure we could make everybody eat vegetarian and everything would be solved but nobody wants that. We want to eat meat. Forcing people to change their diets is kinda what I would say is on the Orwellian side. So 25% of the population should get to eat meat while 75% don't get to eat? That's the fair option? I'm not saying we should get rid of meat completely, but drastically cutting back on it would work out to be extremely good for everybody involved.
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    Human Population Control

    Lottery? That's a stupid idea, you could never pull that off :D How about a procreation license? If you have a child without a license it gets taken away to be raised by somebody who's responsible :(
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    Human Population Control

    It's not land mass that's the problem. We have room for people. What we don't have are the resources to keep those people alive at the level they want to be. Current farm productions are already struggling to keep up with demand. Now farming on the sea is an interesting concept but it would reek havoc on the local biology so that would mean we'd have to go to places with little life, like the middle of the ocean. That means that if anything went wrong, you were screwed. Actually that's not true - North America alone grows enough crop to feed the world three times over. Just for some reason some bright spark thought it would be a good idea to use the vast majority of that crop for feeding unbelievable large farms full of methane producing animals just to kill and eat them. Adding another level to the food chain reduces efficiency hugely.
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    Human Population Control

    Space exploration isn't about money, for now. The day it becomes so is the day humanity signs it's own death warrant. Yes, obviously we should be devoting a lot of our resources to developing space travel. But we are decades away from colonization, and i don't know how long away from it being a viable solution to overpopulation of Earth. If we can't even look after this world then what makes you think we'll do a better job on another?
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    Human Population Control

    A lot of people seem to have children because it's 'the done thing'. I we weren't so stuck in this constant cycle of "get up, go to school, get good grades, get a job, drive to work, find a spouse, have kids, get a dog, die" then we wouldn't have an issue in the first place. If people actually lived their lives rather than worrying about adhering to the status quo then everything could fall into place.
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    Pokewalker More Accurate Than Pedometers.

    And the original PS1 was one of the best CD players money could buy - better even than £4000 dedicated models. Hmm... just makes you wonder what could be done if video game companies did something productive for once :( Take that as seriously as you want.
  17. "The country's chances of success in the digital age" were pretty much dashed when one 'Winston Churchill' ordered that all the research done at Bletchley Park was to be destroyed. Talk about lack of foresight... As for a silicon valley, we have ARM. Which could prove rather useful in coming years. However you cut it not the British nor the US system of education is really any good at educating. And it's debatable if a system following any of the same paths ever could be. Partially because very few people are naturally predisposed to do and cope well in such an environment, or in exams, partially because it's impossible and stupid to assume that you can gauge somebody's skill or knowledge based on an hour sat in silence on an uncomfortable chair with no additional material having to answer questions that most of the time are not relevant to any real world situation. Mostly, however, because there is nothing about any such system that makes a pupil want to learn. Sure, they may want to do well to pass exams to get a good job or move on to university, but barely anybody wants to be educated for the sake of learning. And part of that is because of what's actually taught. Whatever, just know that i've learned infinitely more from the Internet than i ever did from high school.
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    Planet Made Of Diamond

    Blow it up and collect the pieces? That's about as realistic a plan as actually getting there in the first place :(
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    Planet Made Of Diamond

    I was going to say this. Diamond isn't expensive only for the fact that it's rare, but also because it's the hardest material on the Mohs Hardness scale. It's not like it's just a less common gold. Why do you think it's so useful in Minecraft? :( Industrial diamonds are a dollar a pound. There's an entirely separate market for scientific use, and they're hella cheap. (i.e.: its physical properties have zero impact on price.) Again, it's complete fiddlesticks that diamonds cost more than their fake counterparts, instigated by companies like De Beers. It's a monopoly situation. (Even gem quality diamonds are really quite common. There's just ultra-tight control on their circulation. ) The problem with such cheap diamonds is their source. Where are they from? How many people died to get them for you? We have no right to buy diamonds from such places, but that is where a lot of the them come from.
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    Planet Made Of Diamond

    The value of diamond isn't necessaries in it's use in (arguably pointless) pieces of jewellery, but in it's properties as a material. Heat conductivity, strength, depending on impurities use as a superconductor etc.
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    Underage Drinking And Driving

    The drinking age limit isn't so much when you can drink, but when you can buy alcohol.
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    Steve Jobs Resigns As Ceo Of Apple

    My parents both have laptops (new ones, infact.), and they both would rather use their iPads. That doesn't mean they need them though. As i see it, tablets are good for browsing while on the couch and... not much beyond that. That's not to say they don't do a good job of that :( Since when has life been about just using bare necessities? If you want to talk about needing I bet you don't need a computer as powerful as you have right now. You said that the people who buy them need them. That's simply not true. End of :P But yeah, modern computers don't really get slower than this. I used a PII rig which was fast 'enough' for basic browsing with the right distro, but things constantly went wrong and there wasn't support for half of the hardware.
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    Steve Jobs Resigns As Ceo Of Apple

    My parents both have laptops (new ones, infact.), and they both would rather use their iPads. That doesn't mean they need them though. As i see it, tablets are good for browsing while on the couch and... not much beyond that. That's not to say they don't do a good job of that :(
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    Steve Jobs Resigns As Ceo Of Apple

    You ever heard of this crazy thing called a laptop computer? :(
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