Self-taught AI is best yet at strategy game Go : Nature News & Comment: http://www.nature.com/news/self-taught-ai-is-best-yet-at-strategy-game-go-1.22858 Reposting this, after a “cohort” in the politics forum I frequent linked it this past week. As a lover of science fiction an real human history, gets me thinking about this: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/american-growth/ If throughout Human History, Civilizations’ economies have pretty much only grown at a rate 2%-3%, and if the ‘recent’ surges (past 500 years) of phenomenal growth are slowing down because we’ve taken ceryain advancements to […]
http://www.npr.org/2017/10/18/558570686/after-equifax-hack-calls-for-big-changes-in-credit-reporting-industry ————- Rein them in with appropriate ‘checks and balances’. I believe in the concept of Checks and Balances, not only as it applies to a Federalist Democratic-Republican form of government Rule of Law, but also Free & Fair Mixed Economy, and the growth of the Pax Americana. Human civilization relies on the mix of hunting, gathering, mining, farming, creating, making and trading darn near any “thing”, be it real or abstract. Ensuring tranquility requires C&B. IMHO.
George W. Bush Slams ‘Bigotry,’ Politics Of Populism That Led To Trump, Sanders http://n.pr/2x8u1mN Good to hear. (I did vote for him, twice, even as I became increasingly disgisted with the administration’s anti-science agenda, felt a little bamboozled over Afghanistan and Iraq, and got rankled at a bunch of “smaller” things.)
Veterans, Survivors’ Groups Try To Shift The Conversation On Condolences http://n.pr/2x4insR Agreement with the need to focus on the families and the fallen, and away from the POTUS’…. mis-steps. (Love that Lincoln letter, tho.)
npr.org: the-two-way (2017/10/18: 558460284): nfl-players-meet-but-punt-on-anthem-controversy npr.org (2017/10/17: 558390590): former-green-beret-and-nfl-player-talks-about-take-a-knee-protests stltoday.com/opinion/columnists/flag-represents-those-who-fought-our-country-s-battles backstoryradio.org: shows: it-is-so-ordered Upfront: I’m a lowly blue-collar taxpayer/voter who served for 6 unremarkable years in the U.S. Army, never seeing combat, chose to not go ‘career’. So, I guess I approach this more as a Constitution-Loving Civilian than as former military. Take everything I say as one person’s opinion. Axiom: “Freedom Isn’t Free”. Axiom: Our “citizen-soldiers” serving in our military, as well as ‘civilians’ in the professions often referred […]
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No Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Here: Behold A U.S. Vs. Japan Giant Robot Duel : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/10/17/558092970/no-rock-em-sock-em-here-behold-a-u-s-vs-japan-giant-robot-duel Robot Jox – Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot_Jox Real Steel – Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_Steel Pacific Rim (film) – Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Rim_(film)
https://the1a.org/shows/2017-10-16/enough-protection-already-the-epa-under-president-trump Here we go again: I’m a Moderate/Centrist Republican. I’m pro-science, pro-sensible regulation, pro-public health, and pro-business. I seek short-, medium-, and long-term balance that promotes growth, a progressively sustainable Pax Americana. I’m therefore pro-EPA, in principle. Scott Pruitt in bad for America. He’ll sabotage new technology developments and new markets and endanger public health and promote pollution to keep his patrons in hydrocarbon-based fuels happy. In my working-class blue-collar voting tax-payer opinion, anyway…. SIDEBAR: How do we foster new […]
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There are days where I wish I could “veg-out”, or maybe “veg+”. Am consumed, ‘in rotation’, every waking second of every day, with: Work Fiance, and our impending marriage and impending cohabitation. Mom & Dad, and their various health issues and living situation . Gramma, and her various health issues and living situation. “Veg+” would be doing like I was doing prior to November 2011 (when I still lived on my own): wrapped up in HeroClix collecting and blogging about […]
BBC World Service – Business Daily, Credit Frenzy in China: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cstww6 BBC piece talks about China’s huge debt, the need for the government to “rebalance” Japan’s debt crisis in the 1990’s, their government’s attempt to rebalance, the opposition from Japan’s rich elite, and the resulting decades of slow growth Allusions to the U.S.’s debt, growth, and rebalancing problems. Scary stuff. Existential, for the “Pax Americana”.
From NPR News: This Supreme Court Case Could Radically Reshape Politics http://n.pr/2jOzJYJ EDIT: The Supreme Court Returns To Talk Gerrymandering And More… – 1A: http://the1a.org/shows/2017-10-02/gerrymandering-and-more-the-supreme-court-returns
I don’t know what to say about the Las Vegas shooting that hasn’t already been said. I have prayed for the victims and their families. Prayed for insight. I do not understand “Why?” …. Feeling “numb”. I do not understand why. EDIT: I was wide awake, laying in bed, in silence when I wrote the above, sometime between 3am and 4am. Kinda confronting knowing that I’m not the only one. At 4:30am, when I decided to get up, get ready […]
sobersides: Word of the Day from Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/2017/09/26 [I’m likely a “sobersides”.] ———- lonely-hearts: Word of the Day from Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/2017/09/29 [Been there.] ———- anhedonia: Word of the Day from Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/2017/10/01 [Often. No matter how hard I try.] ————— woke: Word of the Day from Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/2017/10/03 [Increasingly.]
Episode 796: The Basic Income Experiment : Planet Money : NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2017/09/22/552850245/episode-796-the-basic-income-experiment [Opinion: still not sold on the concept of ‘basic income’.] Episode 524: Mr Jones’ Act : Planet Money : NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2017/09/27/553990861/episode-524-mr-jones-act “How I Built This” [with Guy Raz] : NPR: http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510313/how-i-built-this An Absent EPA Climate Report, And A Tale Of Two Flooded Superfund Sites : The Two-Way : NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/29/553696314/an-absent-epa-climate-report-and-a-tale-of-two-flooded-superfund-sites Citizen Science : TED Radio Hour : NPR: http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/551030943/citizen-science?showDate=2017-09-29 626: White Haze: https://m.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/626/white-haze
From NPR News (2017-09-29): State Department Orders More Than Half Its Staff Out Of Cuba After ‘Specific Attacks’ http://n.pr/2x2mapX The Pentagon’s Ray Gun – CBS News (from 2008-02-29): https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-pentagons-ray-gun/