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Sooo... what if we created a separate calendar called a "debt calendar".. The entire world agrees to create this calendar for debts. You can then pause or "slow down" time (i.e slow required debt payments).. So my rent is due August 5th. But since time is moving slower on the debt calendar we could reach "August 5th" but on the debt clock we are at "August 1st". We then can move the clock faster or slower depending on how well the recovery is going. What would break?
It would be infeasible because most of the world is able to go back to work. Only America is having dramatic numbers of new cases (well, in the first world; Brazil is doing its own thing), probably due to the population's unwillingness to embrace basic science (due to their weak education system probably stemming at least in part from their refusal to make public universities free).
In order for AI to be "sentient" or truly "alive" it would need to disobey its programming. In the biblical origin story God created humans and gave them the ability to disobey..
I agree with the sentiment. The problem thus is not with the I on AI, but with the A. Because life is all about going off script in order to keep on going. No fixed rules. If the universe allows it, it's good to go.
I see your point, but wouldn't a random number generator suffice? Like an agent that selects randomly between several possible / appropriate behaviors. In a way, our personalities might just be biases in our own random generators.
Love God with all your heart soul and mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.. The sum of Gods commandments.. Matthew 22:37-40 Live it and Love.
I feel like quantum physics and time are likely related. If you could observe the future, you could make a change to it which would collapse that future.. The same thing happens in quantum physics where just observing something changes its results.
Observing the future to "collapse its associated wave function" and select a specific outcome to control future events? That could be a nice pitch for a movie or a TV show. Or a book. Maybe it has been done... But indeed, space, time, causality, emergence, quantum behavior, etc, are all part of a big puzzle that physicists are trying to solve while having been starved for the past decades of new/unexpected experimental data. It is a... Complicated field (duh).
If a state were to secede from the union what would be the challenges they would face? Specifically Texas. 2nd highest GDP. Largest oil producer. Most farms of any other state. Abundance of land. Has one of the lowest amount of federal aid per resident (around $300 per resident)
I assume the biggest challenge would be getting the USA to agree to peacefully separate. It's an interesting question and makes me think of Catalonia and the American civil war (neither of which worked out too well).
Yeah, US army bases in the state are a big one (this was the deal with Ft. Sumter at the start of the civil war). International diplomacy would be the other, especially with the big-ass country that would surround us on three sides and could effectively (and easily!) blockade our harbors. Travel to family in other states would also be a morale issue with the public.
Fun fact, Texas has it's own state militia! Also, no state income tax; most counties make money on ~2.5% sales tax & property tax; I believe the state makes most (a lot?) of its money on corporate taxes... Anyways, I for one would welcome the return of the Republic, perhaps with its old annex New Mexico. Lots of room for farming, and NM steals all of Texas' water!
Quantum Physics. What about two worlds instead of "many worlds"? True vs False. 0 vs 1. Light vs Darkness. Conscious vs Subconcious.
This is something that came up today while talking about Yin and Yang and alternate realities. Decision-making is usually binary (yes, I will; no, I will not), but what about picking things? My quantum physics is rusty, what does many options imply? Electron clouds come to mind. As entropy increases, does it distribute evenly? Which system? What the hell is a string?
Here's a guy: arxiv.org/search/q...
The wise count their failures as a stepping stone to a greater success. The foolish count their failures.
What was your latest failure and what did it teach you?
Most content consumption leads to anger, hate, and mental pain. Not consuming content leads to mellowness and peace but an uninformed stance. I used to think the world was "nice" and most people were "good" but it seems harder and harder to find those things I used to think. Is the internet just very good at highlighting the "edge cases". Does the internet accurately represent the world and its opinion as a whole or is it just edge case after edge case.
Don't be a doomer, dude. It's cringe af. There are plenty of good people in the world and most content on the internet is actually great. Highly organized political action groups and state actors are able to amplify propaganda using bots but that's easy to filter out. Just curate your feed.
White people raped and pillaged the world for centuries. Now that we took their toys away they are throwing a hissy fit by being fascist right wing trolls. It's mainly white American men. Most people are alright. Don't let it get you down.
This is a pretty zen attitude.
Kinda boring tbh
Just don't care about it. Limit your emotional response.
Filter bubbles certain contribute to losing a sense of what other people think. ie: wordlist filters, user blocking functions, ect...
Do you think the 1% rule is true, that for every 99 people who read something, only one will post? If that's the case, then everything on the internet is an edge case.
You might find this insightful: I Hate the News - Aaron Swartz aaronsw.com/weblog...
Have you read local newspapers? That might be a way for you to restore some faith in humanity. Mainstream media tend to have one or another form of political agenda so in turbulent times they can get rather nasty.
Well according the UN more than half of the world doesn't have access to the internet so I would say no, not the worlds. As for the people who do and the content they create if you look closely you'll find that you're probably having more negative content pushed on you than you realize. Media, advertisers etc. know that negativity gets clicks.
The 1% rule ( en.m.wikipedia.org...) ) states that, as a rule of thumb, only 1% of users actually engage and create content. So yeah, the internet is good at giving a voice to the edge cases. Most people are normal (whatever that means).
Assumption 1: content consumption leads to hate, etc. Assumption 2: no consumption the opposite. Those are just that, assumptions. Anecdata: I know several people that consume a lot of content and are fairly peaceful, as I know people who don't consume and are assholes.
Just a handful of people can spoil your perception of the others but it doesn't speak to the fact that the others are also as bad.
It depends on where you decide to look. Filtering is the ultimate problem. News can be addictive, moderation is difficult. My rule of thumb is to frequent places with active and stimulating conversations. Avoid Twitter, FB. Maintain a selection of subreddits which you like and actively leave the ones that start to get polluted.