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The Orville S01E03 “About a Girl”

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I didn’t like this one.

For starters, the episode is serious enough for you to think about everything in the episode that doesn’t make sense. Why is Bortus even considered a male in the first place? Last week, Bortus laid an egg which hatched into a baby Moclan. Females lay eggs, not males!

And that’s not just my definition, that’s the dictionary definition. “FEMALE: of, relating to, or being the sex that typically has the capacity to bear young or produce eggs”

spoilers ahead

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September 22, 2017 at 2:50 pm

Posted in Television

Programming AI to be politically correct

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PerezHBD writes in a comment:

AI is just pattern recognition and the most ambitious AI projects that have been unleashed in to the wild were all shut down because AI is so virulently racist. The only way to stop AI from being racist is to manually brick it in regards to a whole host of topics which produces a less racist AI, but also a stupider one that will be out thought by China’s non-bricked AI machines.

I don’t see why AI can’t be programmed to be politically correct. PC is just a bunch of rules, and knowing when to give an answer to humans that’s different from the truth. In fact, AI could be much better at being politically correct than humans, computers would have a much better grasp of the rules and never make any mistakes.

However, in order to create such programming, the programmers have to be aware that political correctness is a set of rules which overrides truthful observation. But I think that could be figured out in order to avoid lawsuits and bad PR.

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September 22, 2017 at 12:32 pm

Posted in Technology

AI and the future of censorship

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One of the reasons why the internet has become such a bastion of free speech is that there is such a massively huge volume of stuff on the internet that it’s impossible for human censors to censor everything (even though Facebook has been trying by hiring thousands of human censors).

The future of censorship is AI-based, and it’s very scary indeed. Once AI can be trained to detect “racist” writings, it can go through the billions of postings on Facebook, Twitter, etc., and delete everything “racist.” Google could even put this technology into Gmail, thus preventing you from sending or receiving any email that’s deemed “racist.”

Today we live in a bubble of free speech, but it’s a temporary bubble.

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September 21, 2017 at 11:20 am

Posted in Technology

Hawaii has a vog problem

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I never heard of “vog” until yesterday. (It’s certainly not something that the Hawaii Tourism Authority wants anyone to know about.) Vog is Mother Nature’s air pollution, it comes from active volcanoes, and it can be as bad or even worse than man-made pollution.

Because the Big Island has an especially active volcano, Kilauea, the city of Hilo which is east of Kilauea is the most heavily polluted from vog. But when there are “Kona winds” which can blow from southeast to northwest, then all of the other islands can get vog from Kilauea.

Vog aside, living on the Big Island sounds like a bad idea, because an island full of active volcanoes is a natural disaster waiting to happen.

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September 21, 2017 at 10:26 am

Posted in Science

The governor of Puerto Rico looks very white

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September 20, 2017 at 8:09 am

Posted in Biology

7.1 Earthquake in Mexico.

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Lots of natural disasters this month.

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September 19, 2017 at 6:01 pm

Posted in News

5:00 PM Hurricane update

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http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCMAT5+shtml/191447.shtml?

1. Hurricane has strengthened since previous update, currently a Category 5 with 145 kts max sustained winds and central pressure of 916 mb.

2. Will probably make landfall as a Category 5.

3. Landfall tomorrow morning at the southeast part of PR.

4. Eye will pass about 10 to 15 miles southwest of San Juan, the most populated city in PR.

5. Exit PR at the city of Arecibo

6. Entire island will be subject to hurricane force winds for many hours.

This is going to be the Big One as far as PR is concerned.

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September 19, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Posted in News

Trump was right! His wires were tapped.

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Paul Manafort was wiretapped, and as a strange coincidence, he lived in Trump Tower since 2006.

“My” refers not to Trump’s personal wires, but the wires in what he considers his building, because his company built it, manages it, and is headquartered there.

Liberals were outraged when Trump tweeted this, but I say Trump was telling the truth.

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September 19, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Posted in Politics

Why is Paul Manafort being indicted?

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It seems to me that Mueller’s goal is just to punish anyone he can who he thinks helped Trump become president. And secondarily, to get people to finger others in exchange for prosecutorial leniency. Manafort does strike me as the kind of guy who would snitch if he knew anything.

We now know that Manafort was wiretapped, so Trump was sort of correct when he tweeted about being wiretapped. At least one political associate was wiretapped.

I think that if there was any smoking-gun evidence in Manafort’s wiretapped conversations, it would have been leaked by now.

Let’s remember that Manafort was only a temporary associate of Trump. He was hired because Ted Cruz was trying to steal the nomination from Trump through sneaky delegate tactics, and Manafort was the only guy available for Trump to hire who knew how to deal with that, because Manafort was involved with the contested Republican convention in 1976. After that stage of the campaign passed, Manafort was let go in favor of Steve Bannon.

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September 19, 2017 at 9:17 am

Posted in Politics

Hurricane Maria update

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Currently a Category 5, it is predicted to weaken to a strong Category 4 before passing over or near St. Croix (a U.S. Virgin Island) and Puerto Rico. Most likely storm track has shifted northeast, which brings it closer to the San Juan metropolitan area, the most populated area of PR. This will not be good for PR. The last time a Category 4 hurricane made landfall in PR was the San Ciprian hurricane of 1932.

You can virtually visit PR using Google Street View. It looks very rundown, but thankfully nearly all of the buildings there are made from concrete and not wood.

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September 19, 2017 at 8:17 am

Posted in News

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