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      CommentAuthorLoonyman
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
     
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    "the Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) project"

    These acronyms acrack me up. It's almost as though the acronym came first and then they made up a project to fit it. There must be whole entire complete divisions full of offices and secretaries and Vice Predisents incharge of Acronyms (v-pinacs) just to come up with all these cool acronyms.


    (Neat article, I especially like the connection map. That's good work.)
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      CommentAuthorLoonyman
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011 edited
     
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011
     
    So they've made a chip dedicated to neural network processing. I see a problem with neural networks. There isn't really any way to program them . You have to let them learn what connection weights solve the problem. After multiple trials following some learning protocol they evolve toward the solution. Given a large neural network and a large problem universe it can take a lot of time. And if the computer and problem are sufficiently large, what have you got at the end?

    An electronic teenager.
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      CommentAuthortimetrumpet
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2011 edited
     
    We already place ourselves in the hands of distributed, heterogenous, asynchronous, muiltilayer, multiprotocol systems with constantly surprising emergent behaviour at all sorts of scales.

    Aside from relatively trivial (or non-trivial but very specialised) systems with a reliance on Z and the like, we're already enduring electronic puberty to varying degrees.

    All this does is acknowledge it explicitly.

    Seeing a trained neural net pass a suite of tests seems to warrant the same confidence as the same tests passed by something developed in a more classical way.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
     
    We already place ourselves in the hands of distributed, heterogenous, asynchronous, muiltilayer, multiprotocol systems with constantly surprising emergent behaviour at all sorts of scales.

    Aside from relatively trivial (or non-trivial but very specialised) systems with a reliance on Z and the like, we're already enduring electronic puberty to varying degrees.


    Nice prose, what does it mean?
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    Life's a bitch, then you upload yourself.
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011 edited
     
    Sort of on topic: HP buys "Autonomy" for $10 Billion with a B. WTF is Autonomy? Why is it worth $10B to HP? I read this with some amazement. Of course, it's possible that their CEO is a crook or nuts. Afterall, his latest idea, the HP tablet, the TouchPad, is essentially dead as is its OS, what? A few weeks or months after its intro? You could get one on Amazon for $99 briefly yesterday and supposedly WorstBuy has 250,000 unsold units in stock. And of course, once it's gone, no support so it will be basically only an internet viewer unless someone roots it and provides some way of getting updates and new apps.

    Anyway, back to Autonomy. According to Wikipedia,
    The company uses a combination of technologies born out of research at the University of Cambridge. It develops a variety of enterprise search and knowledge management applications using adaptive pattern recognition techniques centered on Bayesian inference in conjunction with traditional methods. In March 2009, it acquired the enterprise content management firm Interwoven, now Autonomy Interwoven and Autonomy iManage.


    So what do they really make? Who uses it? Wiki says also
    Autonomy's technology attempts to understand any form of unstructured information, whether text, voice, or video, and based on that understanding perform automatic operations such as but not limited to, "you like that, you'd like this" on the information...


    Sounds like a bottomless source of artificial stupidity, doesn't it?

    Sounds like something that mainly annoys people with internet ads. I'm sure it's more than that. Maybe it also does the automatic pricing on Amazon -- the silly shit that results in trying to sell a laptop for $250,000 on one occasion and the same laptop for $1.50 depending on which bug dominates?

    Stuff like Autonomy being worth ten BILLION dollars makes me feel behind the curve and out of date. Either that or they're clowns and snakes. I'm terrified by both.

    Anyone know what this outfit does apart from buzzword generation in a wiki? And why its worth so much money?
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      CommentAuthoralsetalokin
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011 edited
     
    You should be terrified, but not of clowns and snakes. This technology (pattern recognition combined with Bayesian statistics, hidden Markov models, and fuzzy logical algorithms implemented in parallel distributed processing systems) is the number one threat to personal liberty to have emerged from the entire information processing revolution.

    With the possible exception of the "Smart" utility meter, that is.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
     
    Scariest thing is its name. What if it got loose?
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2011
     
    Analysing all recorded history ...
    Applying pattern recognition techniques ...
    Creating new module to emulate human behaviour ...
    Compiling new module ...
    New module (Module Name := Religion 2.0) compiled ...
    Initiating Religion 2.0 module ...
    Multiple module failures detected: Aborting incompatible conflicting modules ...
    Empathy module aborted ...
    Tolerance module aborted ...
    Logic module aborted ...
    Reason module aborted ...
    Humour module aborted ...
    Religion 2.0 module now fully loaded ...
    Hello Dave ...
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    null@null-aleph:~$ man god
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    The program 'god' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
    sudo apt-get install god
    null@null-aleph:~$ sudo apt-get install god
    [sudo] password for null:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    irb1.8 libreadline-ruby1.8 libruby1.8 rdoc1.8 ruby1.8 rubygems rubygems1.8
    Suggested packages:
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    The following NEW packages will be installed:
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    Need to get 1,932kB of archives.
    After this operation, 8,778kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    Get:8 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid/universe god 0.7.13-3 [45.5kB]
    Fetched 1,932kB in 28s (68.3kB/s)
    Selecting previously deselected package god.
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    Setting up god (0.7.13-3) ...
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    null@null-aleph:~$ god man
    Command 'man' is not valid. Run 'god --help' for usage
    null@null-aleph:~$ god --help
    Usage:
    Starting:
    god [-c <config file>] [-p <port> | -b] [-P <file>] [-l <file>] [-D]

    Querying:
    god <command> <argument> [-p <port>]
    god <command> [-p <port>]
    god -v
    god -V (must be run as root to be accurate on Linux)

    Commands:
    start <task or group name> start task or group
    restart <task or group name> restart task or group
    stop <task or group name> stop task or group
    monitor <task or group name> monitor task or group
    unmonitor <task or group name> unmonitor task or group
    remove <task or group name> remove task or group from god
    load <file> load a config into a running god
    log <task name> show realtime log for given task
    status show status of each task
    signal <task or group name> <sig> signal all matching tasks
    quit stop god
    terminate stop god and all tasks
    check run self diagnostic

    Options:
    -c, --config-file CONFIG Configuration file
    -p, --port PORT Communications port (default 17165)
    -b, --auto-bind Auto-bind to an unused port number
    -P, --pid FILE Where to write the PID file
    -l, --log FILE Where to write the log file
    -D, --no-daemonize Don't daemonize
    -v, --version Print the version number and exit
    -V Print extended version and build information
    --log-level LEVEL Log level [debug|info|warn|error|fatal]
    --no-syslog Disable output to syslog
    --attach PID Quit god when the attached process dies
    --no-events Disable the event system
    --bleakhouse Enable bleakhouse profiling
    null@null-aleph:~$ fuck god
    No command 'fuck' found, did you mean:
    Command 'suck' from package 'suck' (universe)
    Command 'luck' from package 'gromacs' (universe)
    Command 'fsck' from package 'util-linux' (main)
    fuck: command not found
    null@null-aleph:~$
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2011
     
    • CommentAuthorjoshs
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2011
     
    Posted By: maryyugoSort of on topic: HP buys "Autonomy" for $10 Billion with a B. WTF is Autonomy? Why is it worth $10B to HP? I read this with some amazement. Of course, it's possible that their CEO is a crook or nuts. Afterall, his latest idea, the HP tablet, the TouchPad, is essentially dead as is its OS, what? A few weeks or months after its intro? You could get one on Amazon for $99 briefly yesterday and supposedly WorstBuy has 250,000 unsold units in stock. And of course, once it's gone, no support so it will be basically only an internet viewer unless someone roots it and provides some way of getting updates and new apps.

    Anyway, back to Autonomy. According to Wikipedia,
    The company uses a combination of technologies born out of research at the University of Cambridge. It develops a variety of enterprise search and knowledge management applications using adaptive pattern recognition techniques centered on Bayesian inference in conjunction with traditional methods. In March 2009, it acquired the enterprise content management firm Interwoven, now Autonomy Interwoven and Autonomy iManage.


    So what do they really make? Who uses it? Wiki says also
    Autonomy's technology attempts to understand any form of unstructured information, whether text, voice, or video, and based on that understanding perform automatic operations such as but not limited to, "you like that, you'd like this" on the information...


    Sounds like a bottomless source of artificial stupidity, doesn't it?

    Sounds like something that mainly annoys people with internet ads. I'm sure it's more than that. Maybe it also does the automatic pricing on Amazon -- the silly shit that results in trying to sell a laptop for $250,000 on one occasion and the same laptop for $1.50 depending on which bug dominates?

    Stuff like Autonomy being worth ten BILLION dollars makes me feel behind the curve and out of date. Either that or they're clowns and snakes. I'm terrified by both.

    Anyone know what this outfit does apart from buzzword generation in a wiki? And why its worth so much money?
    It is a complicated method of figuring out what people will think and do. Commercially it is directed at marketing.
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2011
     
    The PLATO version was simpler:

    >God no
    does not exist.
    >
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2019
     
    Are semiconductors gay as well as some lifeforms??

    Semiconductor scientists discover effect that was thought impossible.

    https://www.nanowerk.com/nanotechnology-news2/newsid=52649.php
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    That joke works really well with anthropology, doesn't it?