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Ser Scot A Ellison

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    Why does anyone like the idea of "the Singularity"

    So, we are not actually conscious?
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    Why does anyone like the idea of "the Singularity"

    You have quite convinced me. I think AI sounds great and look forward to its enlightening presence.
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    Why does anyone like the idea of "the Singularity"

    That depends on how that AI (that I’m unconvinced will ever exist) chooses to treat us.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    Ripp, Quantum Entanglement is quite real even if it isn't for the purpose it is put to in this context. In fact Quantum Entanglement is why we thing we might be able to pull off a "transporter" eventually. However, the byproduct of "quantum teleportation" is that the original physical body is utterly destroyed. They dodge this in Star Trek.
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    Why does anyone like the idea of "the Singularity"

    An excellent question. This is the way I think of it, if I create a copy of myself with all of my memories up to the point that I am copied, but, that cannot relate new memories back to me, then that is a separate consciousness that has no continuity with me. If I could somehow experience what the simulacra is experiencing then it is a shared consciousness that has continuity with me. It is the separation that creates the problem in my mind. The new version is not and will never truly be "me" because "me" is my lifelong experience and continuity of consciousness with that experience.
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    Why does anyone like the idea of "the Singularity"

    Yes. I think people are created and destroyed on ST all the time. But because the originals are destroyed by the transport it never occurs to them that is what is happening. I'd never go through a "transporter".
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    Star Trek: Picard

    I just started a new thread in GC to discuss "The Singularity":
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    Star Trek: Picard

    Yes. That is what that means. The reason no one talks about it is that there isn't another version of you. You are destroyed every time.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    "The Singularity" is crap. It's nothing more than the "Nerd Rapture". A simulation of me, no matter how authentic and complex, will ever be me.
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    Dresden Files (most recent thread is archived) Peace Talks is finished

    Dresden Files "Microfiction" a page from Warden Donald Morgan's Journal (it's very interesting): https://www.jim-butcher.com/posts/2020/morgan-microfiction-rpg-art-and-more
  11. Ser Scot A Ellison

    US Politics: I Say a Little Prayer for You!

    That depends entirely on how much they want Trump out of office. If they think getting Trump out of office is more important than keeping Sanders out of the White House they vote for Sanders. If they don't they stay home or vote third party.
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    US Politics: I Say a Little Prayer for You!

    I think Ormond is correct to look at the individualized circumstances before action is taken. If violence hasn't arrisen in the wake of Trump refusing to accept his electoral defeat, or demanding a third term, using non-violent methods to remove him from the White House may be essential to prevent further violence in the wake of his expulsion from the White House. That said, I agree with you that it is likely that violence is already occuring if he's refusing to leave the White House.
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    US Politics: I Say a Little Prayer for You!

    That same article was discussed up thread.
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    US Politics: I Say a Little Prayer for You!

    I’m curious why there is so little being said or done about the insanely high cost of higher education today. What I paid for a bachelor’s degree in total is what many py for a year in a state school. I graduated from undergrad in 1993. That is nuts and unjustifiable, in my earnest opinion.
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    US Politics: I Say a Little Prayer for You!

    I’m also curious as to why there has been no move to reduce or control the cost of college tuition. The only move we hear about is turning bachelor’s degrees into “High School part II”. Why no move to control or even reduce the skyrocketing cost of college tuitions?
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    US Politics: I Say a Little Prayer for You!

    Join the club. I feel awful too. Hope you feel better soon.
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    US Politics: I Say a Little Prayer for You!

    W. B. Yeats. Not Auden.
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    US Politics: I Say a Little Prayer for You!

    I thought “The Second Coming” was about WWI?
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    US Politics: I Say a Little Prayer for You!

    Wow, so, if he wins a second term and immediately files to run for a third (as he did when he won his first term) he’s just doing it for the “lulz”? President Troll strikes again? And you’re cool with this? You think it isn’t setting the groundwork for attempting to undermine the validity of the 22nd Amendment?
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    US Politics: I Say a Little Prayer for You!

    Who?
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    US Politics: I Say a Little Prayer for You!

    Wasn't there a secessionist movement in the New England States immediately prior to and during the War of 1812 because the disruption of shipping with the UK really hurt the bottom line up there?
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    US Politics: I Say a Little Prayer for You!

    I'll be very surprised if he does that without a repeal of the 22nd Amendment. It wouldn't surprise me (if Trump is reelected) to see him push to amend the Constitution to repeal the 22nd Amendment.
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    US Politics: I Say a Little Prayer for You!

    Trump likes power. Right? Given that we know that why should we take “humorous” comments from him about wanting even more power as non-serious and non-threatening? For the record, Trump is a human. A pretty awful human, but he is clearly human.
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    US Politics: I Say a Little Prayer for You!

    At best.
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    US Politics: I Say a Little Prayer for You!

    I'm simply wondering how long that would give Trump. The longer he holds out the more difficult it becomes for the US.
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