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    Untranslatable words

    Yeh. I realized after watching most of it myself (I actually fell asleep at the end! ) :))swear I heatd that guy talk at length about language. Funny it's not the one marked "Language". I guess he talk *a lot*!
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    Untranslatable words

    Robert Sapolsky has some interesting things to say about the connection between the FOX2P gene and language. Appearently pidgin languages all have similar grammar. I can't remember which lecture I heard it in but this would probably be a good start (this one and "Schizophrenia"): btw, he has...
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    What Sci-Fi got Wrong

    I realize the comment wasn't aimed at me. Still, you wouldn't believe some of the strange looks I get from my immediate circle of acquaintances, not to mention complete strangers. Without even opening my mouth! :)
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    I Do you have an example of a truly random phenomenon?

    I seem to remember some programs using noise from GPUs (how the audio [EDIT: Yeh ok, bad word] was captured I can't seem to remember...) to seed random number generators. Theoretically at least, one could use the noise from a *NIX HDD shredding data and base your numbers on that. I admittedly...
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    Hardest common words for you to spell

    "Necessary" is a problem child of mine. But then again English is my second language. (Which doesn't prevent me from beating the natives in scrabble. I don't know who(m?) that says most about? Probably the small weird (weird small?) 2-3 letter words noone ever use(s?).
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    What Sci-Fi got Wrong

    That's funny. This one seems to have escaped my attention. It rings a lot of bells though but these movies always do as many of the themes necessary repeat. I I'll give it a go. Thank you. (Extra points for reading my half-intoxicated garbage :)) But ofcourse it doesn't really explain anything...
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    What Sci-Fi got Wrong

    I'm bored and wanted to share an idle thought with someone. As it doesn't really merit it's own thread I'll put it here. If it's merits sharing at all I'll let you decide. The answer is likely no but as I said: I'm bored. My "loneliness" is by choice though. :) To my embarrassment I have...
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    Your favourite AI character

    "... [TARS] is still 90% honest." Would be nice if we could quantify people's honesty so accurately. :)
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    "Funny" Observations From (PERL) Programming Docs..

    I actually found the thread: C++ fun: obfuscated "Hello world!" Mine is #59. Not exactly genius material but then again it was written on company time. :) BTW: I found a link to Writing Unmaintainable Code in my footer. Off course it's purpose is to make people avoid these pitfalls. It's...
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    "Funny" Observations From (PERL) Programming Docs..

    I knew about the obfuscated C contest. I think I even made a meager contribution to an unofficial obfuscated C++ contest once. The chess thingy is new to me though. There are a lot of weird programing languages out there. Like brainfuck . I was more nonplussed by (PERL) documentation admitting...
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    "Funny" Observations From (PERL) Programming Docs..

    So here I am slaving over Perl documentation (For my own pleasure I'm sad to say. I regard programming as LEGO for grownups) and I'm finding weird and funny things like: I mean what is that about? And perhaps less obvious: Well yes, it might :) You have any even more crazy or funny...
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    Your favourite AI character

    Ooooh someone mentioned Blade Runner (please stop me someone :)): https://readcomiconline.li/Comic/Do-Androids-Dream-of-Electric-Sheep Initially there seem to be a lot of ads but when you set it to read entire comics it's not so bad. (Reading type: All Pages.)
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    Quantum computing: Not for all problems?

    I'm obviously completely clueless compared to you guys but did you notice this when it appeared in popular science: https://daydaynews.cc/en/technology/884083.html Please don't kill the messenger. I think it's related to this paper: A quantum-inspired classical algorithm for recommendation...
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    Your favourite AI character

    On a related note. I'd like to see a movie where AI is accidentally discovered and communication is initiated in a "chinese room" manner. With several layers in between suspected AI and humanity (possibly translating languages from english into cherokee or something for fear of...
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    Your favourite AI character

    I agree that one of HAL's more disturbing features is it's calm voice. In real life ofcourse, only a completely derailed psychopath would give command over life-support functions to an experimental "conscious" AI. But then it *is* a good yarn. In contrast, if I remember correctly, Archos from...
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    Your favourite AI character

    Archos from Robopocalypse.
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    Sci-Fi weapons

    Nicoll-Dyson Beam I like the fact that the Nicoll-Dyson Beam is capable of hitting a target in the local group of galaxies. If the ansible has been invented I foresee some trouble with "fire -and-forget" systems along the lines of: "Yeah well it's all well and good that we're friends now, but...
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    A New take on Tegmarks MUH --Geometric Transformation Internalization

    Woit didn't seem impressed. There are links to Tegmark's paper on his blog. https://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/?p=6551 But really, what do I know.
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    B Are there more theories about the start of our Universe?

    Smolin's fecund universe (discretited if I remember correctly but still fun). Also Penrose's Cyclic Conformal thingy. Also discretited if memory serves me but still a fun intellectual exercise. Og i had to pick a religion it wpuld bedre Smolin's. Perhaps in it stronger tecgnological iteration...
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    Literature database?

    Oh. Sorry I only now saw the different spelling. A year later no less. It's ofcourse because I read arxiv just like archive (as you're supposed to with the Greek Chi in There. (Incidentally, It's the same thing with LaTeX yes?). To my shame I've discreetly giggled (or even snickered) under my...
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    Literature database?

    It's been a while, I know, but at the time i would have been happy with just this list. My own bad ofcourse. I could afterall just have searched wiki more thoroughly. List of preprint sites. i especially like psyarxiv.org in there. :)
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    What Sci-Fi got Wrong

    My all-time favorite is this one: Nuclear Salt Water Rocket Remember to point the exhaust away from populated areas. :)
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    What Sci-Fi got Wrong

    BTW: I'm sure I mentioned this site before: Atomic Rockets It's meant as a help for aspiring scifi authors to avoid the myriad of pitfalls, some of which are mentioned above. It's entertaining in and of itself though and there are a ton of scifi book suggestions mixed in. Especially the...
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    What Sci-Fi got Wrong

    Yeah ok. I not surprised. I just hoped that for once we made a mistake. Fat chance. ;)
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    What Sci-Fi got Wrong

    TvTropes has a name for this sort of thing: Zeerust As far as I understand the less zeerust the better the show stood the test of time but it's been a while since I read the article.
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    What Sci-Fi got Wrong

    Far be it from me to defend the "science" of stupid scifi tvseries and movies, but are you sure that this particular temperature wasn't given in Fahrenheit?After all, the show in question is undoubtedly american and in all fairness absolute zero in fahrenheit is actually -459,67. :D
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    Untranslatable words

    Speaking of "untranslatable"... I'm from Denmark. A part of our national narrative (aimed at tourists, I'm sure) is that the word "hygge" (cozying? Having innocent family-oriented fun?) is unique to Denmark. This is ofcourse ludicrous as I'm sure people in other countries know how to "let the...
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    Untranslatable words

    I came across this word reading an old Peter Bagge comic. "Buddy Does Seattle" I think it was... welp Initially I thought it was an error but he's quite fond of it so it occurs throughout his comics. It was new to me but I'm guessing it's an expression predominantly used in daily speech?
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    Untranslatable words

    Point taken. What about "welp" then?
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    Untranslatable words

    There are a lot of words and expressions without a direct equivalent in English/Danish. Especially some of the short everyday words like "meh", "feh", and "welp". I have a hard time finding their equivalents in Danish. Most of them have pretty much just been added directly to or vocabulary...
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