Mar 26, 2014
commented on Ron Paul Think Tank Executive Director Is a Crimea Truther
I'm amazed there are people who actually believe that the majority of Crimeans didn't want to join Russia. I think the Crimean secession is fucking idiotic, but I don't think that popular support for it has been manufactured. After all, a good majority of Crimeans have always supported strongly pro-Russian candidates for the Ukrainian parliament. And, if I recall correctly, Crimeans MPs were advocating for Ukraine to join a new federation with Russia, Belarus, and some other states a few years back.
Feb 24, 2014
commented on Fifteen Years Left Before Machines Outsmart You
Wow, such a stupid fucking argument in this thread. There is a marked difference between colonies on the moon and flying cars, on the one hand, and computers with greater processing capacity than the human brain, on the other. The former concerns not just technological capacity (which, by the way, we probably have the technology) but also overarching logistical issues. The latter, and the subject of Kurzweil's prognostication, represents nothing more than the likely march of technological advancement. We already have early quantum computers that are capable of delivering incredible processing power, likely well beyond the capabilities of the human brain. While these are currently somewhat theoretical at worst and fairly rudimentary at best, the clear trend line and likely development is toward exactly what Kurzweil is predicting here. This isn't a half baked article by some geeky 30 year old in a 1950s issue of Popular Science. This is one of the leading voices in technology, and he's talking about something that isn't all that novel. We all know this development is coming. The tough part is knowing when and 15 years sounds pretty reasonable from where I'm sitting.