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Name: Steve
Gender: Male
Hometown: Florida
Home country: US
Current location: US
Member since: Sat Oct 16, 2004, 01:04 PM
Number of posts: 25,227

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Professor Stephen Hawking has given his new voice box a workout by once again predicting that artificial intelligence will spell humanity's doom.

In a chat with the BBC, Hawking said “the primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have have proved very useful, but the I think the development of true artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”

Hawking argues that “once humans develop artificial intelligence, it will take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate.”

“Humans limited by slow biological evolution cannot compete and will be superseded.”

Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?


Google has developed a new CAPTCHA-like system to allow people, and not automated software, into websites with only a single click.

The "No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA" offers a tick box for humans to check rather than distorted text to decipher. It's designed so that automated spam software is still fooled by it and gets stuck on the page, whereas humans can tick a box and continue through.

CAPTCHAs1 in all their various forms have been a feature of the web for years. The technology is designed to protect websites from spam and abuse by attempting to weeds out genuine visitors from robots and abusive scripts.

Users have typically been obliged to confirm they aren't robots by reading distorted text and typing it into a box.

video at link

I feel very bad for Eric Garner, his family, his friends, NYC and the AA community....

I admit, I don't know enough about that case, but it seems to be a 100% travesty of justice!

This must stop, now. Forever. No more cops killing black men.



Best non-American film of all time, in your opinion ?

Non-American = Was entirely or almost entirely made in another country besides the USA, and the director is not American-born nor a resident.

I have no nominations. I flunk at this part of film school.

-44 F, lovely brisk fall morning for Shepherd Bay, Nunavut, CA


One of the very best disco songs of all time (imho).....

All-time low for Pago Pago, American Samoa: 59 F

14 degrees south latitude, amazes me it got that cold there.

Elevation 30 ft (9 m), so that's not the reason.


My personal philosophy about DU

I don't know, maybe writing this will be good for me or another person out there. At the least, it won't harm anyone. Here goes....

I'm not here to hurt anyone, in any way.

I'm not here to WIN at all costs, to beat my "DU opponent" into the ground with my intellect, logic, data, etc.

Have I made mistakes and said a few inadvisable things on DU ? Of course. I do my best, as we all do.

I'm here to learn. Maybe have a "DU friend". I'm a loner, so, yea, "DU company" is nice at times.

I'm sure everyone disagrees with me on at least one topic, and the reverse is true for me. I think we can be respectful and civil about it. When the respect and civility goes away, there is no way I'm changing my mind, and I'm sure the same is true of others on DU.

At any rate....that's me. Sometimes I feel like I should lurk only, but.... I like to talk.

Happy holidays, group members !

When was the last time a stranger did something kind for you ?

I'm still waking up, but what REALLY sticks out in my memory was the time a complete stranger bought me a can of FixAFlat, for use with my flat tire. She had obviously overheard me lamenting my plight to AAA on the phone, went into the store, bought it, handed it to me with a smile.

Impressed the hell out of me! I'm sure there's something more recent.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

No more tropical cyclones for 180 days!

Stay warm.

-22.9 F @ West Yellowstone, MT

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