Comment 27V Re: Is this a joke?


Elon Musk + Stephen Hawking + CBC = robot revolution


Is this a joke? (Score: 1)

by on 2014-06-20 15:57 (#277)

Is it really? Using Terminator as a source when talking about AI?

We haven't even come close to making truly intelligent machines yet. That's like some skinny dude saying he wants to work out but "doesn't want to be ripped". We don't have anywhere near the skill or knowledge required to make machine that could even begin to be a threat to us. Hell, we don't even really know what we're looking for; there is no consensus on what makes our brains so special that we are "intelligent" while our machines just follow instructions. They're basically all brute forcing the problems that are presented to them, with clever tricks being programmed in by humans to reduce the parameter space on hard problems. Ugh...

Is it me or is Hawking getting increasingly more alarmist as time goes on? In the past few years, he's warned us about nuclear war, aliens, machines... What's next? Bees? Should we be afraid of bees? Are they plotting to overthrow us? What time is it on the "Bee overthrow doomsday clock"? I must know!

Re: Is this a joke? (Score: 1)

by on 2014-06-20 17:24 (#278)

The joke is that CBS took two serious things, made a ridiculous connection between them, added a terminator graphic, and made an ignorant, alarmist topic out of it. The second joke is that this qualifies as news in American mainstream media.

Re: Is this a joke? (Score: 1)

by on 2014-06-22 18:26 (#27V)

The third joke is that this was CBC, not CBS, and it's "American" media only in a specific sense which is not the way that word is usually used.

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