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    Google Medic Algorithm change

    A new article with some more details on this new attempt to censor and throttle the alternative health and supplement industry: "Google’s Medic Update Devastates the Alternative Health Industry". Some excerpts: Concerning Wiki, no surprise there considering its biased and censored nature...
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    Google Medic Algorithm change

    I should clarify - it was the Chrome web store that furnished that information.
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    Google Medic Algorithm change

    Chrome extension was the perhaps questionable source for the information.
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    Google Medic Algorithm change

    Apparently DuckDuckGo can read and change all your data on the websites you visit. Do you find this a concern?
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    Google Medic Algorithm change

    If anybody is interested. This sounds rather technical and uninteresting and I know its a far cry from the usual topics on this forum. But it's important. The tentacles of Big Data and Big Business extend everywhere in pursuit of private profit and power, to engulf and devour. It looks like...
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    Sean Carroll

    Your English is better than you think. Your concept #2 seems fairly clearly to be a version of interactive dualism, with the "true source" or "unseen structures" being something like the Spiritualist's "subtle body". I disagree that all the data collected (i.e. empirical evidence) endorse your...
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    Towards a Post Physicalist Science

    The youtube link doesn't work. Do you have an alternate?
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    Artificial Intelligence

    That's a good variation on Searle's Chinese Room argument against the possibility of AI achieving actual consciousness or mind through some massive and elaborate scheme of data processing. The Turing test of course isn't really a test for consciousness, so we can't use that. Knowing how the...
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    Artificial Intelligence

    A Feb. 2018 update on current progress toward practical self-driving cars (Autonomous Vehicle Safety Myths And Facts), from Piekniewski's Blog on the limits of deep learning and where to go next with AI. This expert looks at the facts, not all the hype and wishful thinking.
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    Sean Carroll

    Incredible arrogance combined with terminal ignorance. That seems to be common with the leading priests of the religion of scientism.
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    Is Westworld our world?

    This thread has become a brilliant exploration of one of the most profound questions of human existence. On this topic I thought I would repost something I offered for consideration on another forum. It doesn't represent any sort of final conclusion on my part - just some points to consider in...
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    Artificial Intelligence

    It's old news, but for a while the military had a project to develop a tactical robot that could "live off the land" so to speak, by harvesting and consuming "biomass" where it could find it. This robot was providentially given an appropriate acronym, EATR (Energetically Autonomous Tactical...
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    Is Westworld our world?

    This statement stood out at least for me. A sort of moral relativism. I disagree completely. Evil acts are fundamentally, existentially, evil - anywhere and anytime. I think even playing at evil makes one evil at least in some sense. For an extreme example which proves the point, torturing a...
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    Artificial Intelligence

    That's good. It's an example of why natural language conversation is so hard (or impossible) for current AI - the need for, among many other things, a very wide array of associated information that is inherently available to the human speaker. I think that given the effort apparently put into...
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    Artificial Intelligence

    There is now a new Google assistant impersonating a human on the phone. It's scary to me too. Endeavoring to produce exactly perfect impersonations of human beings is a very bad idea. Even not considering the "strong AI" implications of this development, it's still a very bad idea. Apparently...
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