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JohnGeorge Lo
Posted over 1 year ago
Miguel Nicolelis: A monkey that controls a robot with its thoughts. No, really.
More people should know about Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil's concept of a Technological Singularity. Robots that are totally (in every mental aspect) superior to humans will be created in the 2030s, due to the Exponential Growth in computing technology. Advanced biotechnology (genetic technology, prosthetic/cyborgization technology and more) will help us catching up with our robots. The future will be so strange that it will be beyond any SF writer's imagination.
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JohnGeorge Lo
Posted over 1 year ago
Colin Powell: Kids need structure
People want high standard of living. People don't really care about whether they live in a democracy. A good example is Dubai. Many scholars blame Indian's racial low IQ (around 85, much lower than Europeans' 100 and Northeast Asians' 105) for their economical backwardness. The Arabs have roughly the same IQ points as Indians, but they created the modern, glittering Dubai. The secret is, using Colin Powell's term, "structure". I understand that it is not politically correct to discuss races' difference in IQ, and some may even criticize the IQ-measuring system as naive, but I feel that unminced facts are better than feel-good political correctness.
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JohnGeorge Lo
Posted over 1 year ago
Colin Powell: Kids need structure
I can give you counterexamples for your opinion "democracy is superior to dictatorship": India and China India is a democracy since its independence, but is poorer than China (the latter is also a developing country, but is developing much faster). China, Korea, Japan and Singapre are countries that economically grew the fastest when they were dictatorships or are still (de facto) dictatorship. It seems that democracy works for some, but not all.
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JohnGeorge Lo
Posted over 1 year ago
Colin Powell: Kids need structure
Despite having billions of neurons in every human being's brain, humans sometimes do stupid things. Computers, with much simpler components, can outperform human beings in certain tasks. Similarly, democracy does not necessarily result in intelligent/useful decision making. We need a system (Scientists discovered that Bayesian statistics based circutry for decision making is hard wired in brains of many animals, including humans). Should we create a system based on Bayesian statistics? I believe that humanity need cyborgization and AI to overcome our limits.
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JohnGeorge Lo
Posted over 1 year ago
Colin Powell: Kids need structure
The three-legged stool of understanding is held up by history, languages, and mathematics. Equipped with these three you can learn anything you want to learn. But if you lack any one of them you are just another ignorant peasant with dung on your boots. -- Robert Heinlein, Famous Military-Themed Science Fiction Author Does these involve indoctrination?
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JohnGeorge Lo
Posted over 1 year ago
Colin Powell: Kids need structure
There is the remote possibility that, by the 2040s when Artificial Intelligence reach human level (capable of imitating all aspects of human intelligence), such intelligence turn against us. How should humanity react in such a situation? Military researchers and strategists may provide us with useful answer.
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JohnGeorge Lo
Posted over 1 year ago
Colin Powell: Kids need structure
I sympathize with you. I realize that, at TED, there are too many ungrateful, anti-military people who failed to understand the importance of military. Instead of convincing people via comments (to become pro- or anti- military), which I see as futile effort, it is better to work on (through technology) how to improve the existing organization of military. I for one root for DARPA's efforts to develop radically advanced technology, such as 100YSS.
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JohnGeorge Lo
Posted over 1 year ago
Colin Powell: Kids need structure
How to solve all of Humanity's Problems? Remember: Humans are slow-thinking, lousy at rationalizing (humans are not naturally good at logics and math) and forgetful. In the future, advanced technology will emancipate us from these weaknesses, when we become Cyborgs and Uploadees. We will have Artificial Intelligence, our mind children, as our partners, and together Humanity and AI will create a Super-Civilization that will colonize the Universe and Achieve Immortality. If Military-Driven Researchs help us become the Super-Civilization faster, I am all for these researchs.
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JohnGeorge Lo
Posted over 1 year ago
Colin Powell: Kids need structure
Just because something is said wittily by famous people does not make them truth. BTW, we must keep in mind that The Only Solution To End All Human Suffering , Stupidity and The Overall Human Inoptimality is a Technological Singularity. Humans, as shown by history, are not excellent at Taking Care of Themselves. Within this century, we will have the technological tools to become Posthumans: Cyborgization and Mind-Uploading will become commonplace by the 2040s, and All Our Current Concepts On How Human Society Works Will No Longer Be Valid. I Am Not Against Military, as long as Military-Caused Technological Advancement Can Get Us to Singularity Faster. The cause of human problems, I believe, is not wars, nor the lack of them, but a Lack Of Intelligence (human brains are very slow and forgetful compared to the hypothetical Future AIs, as well, Human Brains Frequently suffer from Cognitive Biases) Can DARPA projects help Humanity enter Singularity faster? I wish it can.