As they say, "To err is human...
...to really foul things up requires a regenerative language model."
Watch out World, we're all going to die, victims of a misconfigured algorithm.
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Rather than waiting for an appointment 2-4 weeks away (in the UK specifically), an initial chat with a machine might diagnose symptoms more accurately. If there was anything serious discovered, the system could quickly escalate to a human medical specialist in the right area. Getting rid of those initial contact delays would drastically improve the state of medical care worldwide.
It should be a simple matter for them to check each game submitted to their platform. Quite fun actually. I'm sure there are a wealth of gamers who would do it for them for free.
Should a game be found to violate their rules, it can be taken down, and the users blocked from continued play. Steam don't even need to refund.
(Not in the small print? Steam stopped supporting Windows 7 at the end of last year "Steam will stop running on Windows 7 in 0 days" it says now, although the games still load). This potentially means that anyone playing on that platform will lose the lot, or have to pay for updated hardware and software to run 10 or 11.)
No wonder folks are moving to other platforms (I'm not the only one still running W7, I'm sure).
Back in the day, a rolling backup was essential, with daily, weekly, monthly and yearly tapes all in rotation. With the availability of cheap storage in the terabytes or cloud facilities, there is no excuse for not having adequate provision. Ransomware? Just roll back to the previous working copy. Yes, you might lose a few days work, but this can be rebuilt if you have adequate short term records (you do have, don't you?). You can then track the breach and deal with it, if you haven't already. The application of a red hot poker to various parts of the perp will ensure it doesn't happen again.
Internet Ink where I get mine specifically states that you should disable software updates when using equivalents to prevent precisely this sort of thing happening. I haven't had any trouble with my Epson printers in any case.
Why not train the A.I. to cross reference dodgy searches against known criminals (e.g. sex offenders' register etc.) and report suspicious incursions to the authorities? In real life, if you popped into Citizens Advice and asked for details on making bombs I'm sure they would be glad to help. Why should A.I. be any different?
I'm sure that sort of thing is already in place. I asked one of the bots to write me a scenario about cracking a bank vault. Apart from producing banal rubbish, it told me I was naughty and shouldn't attempt that of of thing.
One problem I can see is that the jails will soon fill up with innocent authors such as I researching their future works. Oooops.
So, the pack of lies told in some of the product descriptions will be replaced by an A.I. generated pack of lies?
As usual, Amazon are continuing to rely on the consumer to root out all the dodgy kit, but for us it will be more difficult to spot, because the spelling mistakes and weird sentence construction will be obfuscated.
I’m sure it will result in many more returns that Amazon will have to pay for. What they save using A.I. will be swallowed up in postage.
When you sign up they ask a number of personal questions. There is no validation check, so when they ask date of birth for example, why would you tell them the truth (I know people do)?
Yes they monitor your posts, but you then have the opportunity to skew your comments whichever way you like. Love pigeons, hate ice-cream, got baked beans and caviar for dinner, drive an electric Model T Ford? I pity A.I. having to try to sort out something meaningful from that lot.
Excuse me, you might find that the EV market is already saturated, with only the hype pushing it on in the hope that we idiots will buy more of the things.
Limitations such as climate, chargers, cost of electricity, range etc are putting the brakes on further take up of this cul-de-sac technology.
My advice, ditch your Betamax and Gramophone, Granddad, and wait for fuel cell development to mature. Then we will see an auto revolution which won't involve the horrendous accidents and melted people that are certainly coming our way with all these spent lithium batteries.
But then again, isn't the WoW set in an imaginary past/future?
I worked for an organisation that insisted on sticking with it, and yes, managers were given the task of allocating one low grade (2) and one high grade (4) while everyone else sat on the middle (3). The recognised procedure would them be for the token 2 to complain to Personnel/Union that they were being victimised (assuming they weren't dead wood, and deserved it), whereupon the 2 would be bumped up to a 3.
This worked well, satisfied the box-tickers, appeased both employee and manager and rendered the whole appraisal process pointless, as indeed it is if you insist on sticking to the bell curve.
No amount of logic seems to work with the advocates of this archaic process. All it does is waste everyone's time and company money, and generally hacks off the workforce. Again, sooooo last century.
Appraisals should be based on individual merit, not relative to others. If there is any scoring, it should be based on objectives agreed between employee and manager at the beginning of each period. If this then falls into a bell curve for a set group of workers, management can smile knowingly, and this is fine, but the tail should not wag the dog.
Money for God's sake?
One argument goes along the lines that 'art' should be free for all, otherwise eventually everything you see will have to be paid for. The BBC practises this already by charging everyone for the licence fee.
Are the accused to be considered as 'galleries', charging an entrance fee, or are they like Pixabay where all the artwork is free?
Maybe the case hangs on whether artists using the platform agree, as part of the hosting agreement, to let everyone view (and use?) their material. After all, it is free publicity, and I know a number of excellent artists who have received commissions based on what they have exhibited. If they are really desperate for the cash, rather than spending it on lawyers (which suggests they are already awash with the stuff), one way to secure their work would be to watermark it and only release the clean version when paid. Is that an issue between artist and buyer and really nothing to do with the host?
This case seems to me to be a very effective way of throwing money away, and as always, it will only be the lawyers who win.
Surprised nobody's mentioned this. AI can look further ahead than humans and control the traffic movements more effectively. Basically the assumption is that humans are too stupid to drive and should be locked away while the robots deal with moving traffic around. Oh, wait a mo...
I'm as guilty as the next man (he's called Bruce), in touting an Apple phone - sorry. When it comes to replacement, I'll be looking at alternatives if they haven't done something to improve human condition at their factories. I'm sure it's starting to happen anyway. How many of you readers have bought an iPhone 13?
We all know that a cold battery has less power output. During a Canadian winter and you're stuck in a snowdrift with the battery dying 20 miles from a warm and cosy, I think you'll wish you'd stayed with hydrocarbons. Go and buy something that doesn't need the Duracell Bunny to keep it running.
Here's an idea...
Every time you go on Amazon you get their recommended' products stuffed in your face. Of course they will promote their own stuff. Presumably the crime is to not make clear that they are doing that even though it's b***** obvious to everyone that buys stuff from there.
Will they be given the same treatment as Russia vs Ukraine, and MB lose their deposit?
Short term blinkers by Merc, presumably the same bunch who used to rely on Russia for just about all of their energy?
"Oh dear, we never saw that one coming, Otto," will be engraved on their candles this winter.
People moan about the amount of damage to the environment caused by cryptocurrency, but think on the amount of power needed to charge all the cars in the world (#cars x #total miles travelled x kw/mile.) Where do we get that all that power from? Not from your solar panels when half the world is under cloud.
Electric cars, while a neat idea, are a cul-de-sac technology unless an infinite supply of free electricity can be tapped into.
If you are still using fossil in your vehicle, ignore the fossils who are dictating we all go electric and wait for the development of fuel cells, which can be swapped out without people whittling on about getting an old one in place of new. Here's a glimpse of what might be...
How many people connect to CC and give them all their personal details? Many a bunch of addicts, buying the stuff by the lorry-load, but I can't see it affecting the majority of folks.
Perhaps they have captured internal reports saying how bad the product is for health or the mess its bottles and cans make of the environment. Earth shattering if it gets out... not.
I don't think I'm going to lose any sleep over it.
(At least CC didn't steal Christmas, as rumours would have it. The rotund home invader used to have a green suit, but it wasn't CC who changed it.
Of course, we will never hear about the number of people mowed down by system failure in such a teeming city. Perhaps they will link everything with 5G to make it doubly entertaining, or perhaps the lockdown will keep everyone off the streets anyway, and the only folks out there using taxis will be exchanging germs like there's no tomorrow (which sadly there may not be for some of them). At least with human taxi drivers, they can disinfect after each fare. Will the self-driving ones do the same, and if so, how much time will they be out of service while they are fumigated?
Doesn't the man realise that Twitter is last decade's thing? The yoof have moved to other platforms, leaving us wrinklies adding comments that nobody bothers reading because we aren't in Celebrity Bake Off.
Waste of the money he could otherwise spend on medical research and other desperate charities.
Amazon seems to get most of its cheap stuff from China, so who's going to mourn? When you order anything from there, they say something like 'Despatched within 3 days'. What they obscure is that your purchase is coming by moose from the Middle Kingdom and can take weeks if not months.
Always check where it is coming from, and buy local for goodness sake.
I suppose it makes a change from getting kiddies to design websites, mobile phone operating systems and every other tortuous process we have to navigate, where usability and acceptance testing are dirty words. The TV series, Hyperdrive' shows exactly how it will be.
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