Wednesday, October 31, 2018
What’s going on at Google HQ these days? (I mean, aside from squashing conservative views in search results and figuring out what happened to that whole “don’t be evil” thing.) One report out this week indicates that the women working at the search giant are preparing to walk off the job. That seems strange for a company what was once ranked as one of the best places to work on the planet.
Horrors! Trouble in - beep! beep! -- paradise! Our wise soon to be masters turn out to be just as naughty in their gilded bastions as ever they were whilst drunken undergrads at Stanford. Who knew. But I say bully for the gals who are prepared to (not quite sure what that means come to think of it) walk out if they let the scumbag off the hook. Who is he? Sounds like he made himself unpopular, if you can imagine that.
The federal criminal complaint against accused Pittsburgh shooter Robert Bowers charges him with 29 felonies, including 11 violations of 18 USC 247, which authorizes the death penalty for fatally obstructing any person’s “free exercise of religious beliefs.” Such a crime can be prosecuted in federal court as long as it “is in or affects interstate or foreign commerce.”
It's a pious thought, Jacob, but I fear our federal republic is by now largely federal. But maybe not. Who knows? Certainly not I.
Information | When Robots Get Bored and Invent Team Sports: A More Suitable Test than the Turing Test?
Abstract Increasingly, the Turing test--which is used to show that artificial intelligence has achieved human-level intelligence--is being regarded as an insufficient indicator of human-level intelligence. This essay extends arguments that embodied intelligence is required for human-level intelligence, and proposes a more suitable test for determining human-level intelligence: the invention of team sports by humanoid robots. The test is preferred because team sport activity is easily identified, uniquely human, and is suggested to emerge in basic, controllable conditions. To expect humanoid robots to self-organize, or invent, team sport as a function of human-level artificial intelligence, the following necessary conditions are proposed: humanoid robots must have the capacity to participate in cooperative-competitive interactions, instilled by algorithms for resource acquisition; they must possess or acquire sufficient stores of energetic resources that permit leisure time, thus reducing competition for scarce resources and increasing cooperative tendencies; and they must possess a heterogeneous range of energetic capacities. When present, these factors allow robot collectives to spontaneously invent team sport activities and thereby demonstrate one fundamental indicator of human-level intelligence. View Full-Text
This would not have occurred to me.
What happened to the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct levied against Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation battle? The claims ranged from Christine Blasey Ford’s remotely plausible if unsubstantiated allegation of a violent attempted rape to Michael Avenatti’s completely outlandish and also unsubstantiated allegation of hosting serial gang rape parties.
Oh, never mind, Mollie, never mind.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Migrant caravan’s leaders reportedly demand ‘safe and dignified’ transport as enthusiasm erodes | Fox News
Morale appears to be eroding inside the migrant caravans pushing toward the United States, with members dropping out to return home, some opting to try their luck in Mexico and others demanding "safe and dignified transport," as the endless walking begins to take its toll.
“Cultural appropriation” has become a common term on campuses and is receiving broader meaning with each passing year. In Utah, a high school student was denounced for wearing a Chinese dress to her prom. White students wearing hoop earrings or dreadlocks have been denounced, while there have been protests over serving sushi at Oberlin College, holding yoga classes at the University of Ottawa or having a “Mexican food night” at Clemson University. The reason behind such limitless forms of cultural appropriation is its limitless meaning. Fordham University law professor Susan Scafidi has defined the term as encompassing the “unauthorized use of another culture’s dance, dress, music, language, folklore, cuisine, traditional medicine, religious symbols” and more.
Ai WASPy chihuahua.
Buried in last week’s news cycle was a revelation that NBC sat on information that would help exonerate Justice Brett Kavanaugh and further discredit one of his accusers Julie Swetnick. The revelation is also proof that the mainstream media and the left willfully engaged in an orchestrated smear campaign to try and derail Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation.
Those darn NBC folks. They're a caution.