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September 2017

Home Improvement.

I have a window in my bedroom that has seen better days. it’s better days have seen better days. Yesterday I intended to go look at it to see if I could determine what I could do to help it limp along, and I grabbed a punky looking piece of the sill, and it came off in my hands. So I figured, I guess today is the day I have to do this.

I managed to get a reasonable cross section of the old sill cut out, and I used the table saw to get as close as I could to the original profile. I pulled out the punky wood and cut back to good, dry wood, and I made the replacement out of PT. Screwed and glued it in place, put in new stainless screws for thew whole assembly, and called it a night. Need to fix a couple of pieces of trim now, and recalk and repaint, but I no longer have to lie in bed when it rains and wonder if there’s water getting into the house through the rotted sill.

OK, so everyone understands.

Weak AI vs Strong AI.

it isn’t exactly weak vs strong, what it is, essentially, is that weak AI has a group of preprogrammed responses to everything, and if you ask it to perform a task, it will perform that task based on it’s programming, which is to say it will perform the task in the way it’s programmers want it to perform the task. Weak AI is merely a stand in for a human; it does not “Think” but merely respond in a set of preprogrammed ways.

Strong AI, which we are nowhere near, nor are we anywhere close to, requires building an electronic infrastructure that “learns” And I don’t mean it calculates answers to formulas it is given, it takes input and draws conclusions based on that input. For an example of how weak vs strong might work, think of a lawnmower. You could make an autonomous lawnmower that cut the grass. You could have a camera that sensed when the grass was too high and activated the lawn mower to cut it. You could have several patterns of mowing programmed in so the mower would vary the pattern. But it would still always be all that equipment acting as a proxy for the specific desires of the programmer. A true AI system would start with only the equipment, and the knowledge that the grass needed to be short.

Moral absolutes

at Where there’s a will, I’ve been discussing with Mr Will the idea of strong AI, and one of the issues I have with the idea is the fact that we as humans are capable of holding the most vastly contradictory ideas and still function. You cannot make a machine capable of reason and also make it capable of containing conflicting “Facts”. Especially when those “Facts” are not.

And we ended up at moral absolutes. There are such things, and they are, as the word says, absolute; they do not relate to humans nor machines but to everything.

An example of a moral absolute is this: Theft. When being A acquires the property or the product of the enterprise of being B without agreed upon compensation, being A has stolen. This is always wrong.

“But he needed that loaf of bread to feed his family!” Great. Theft is still wrong. “but that other person has so much!! They didn’t even notice!! they waste more than that every day!!” Still wrong. Theft is theft, and it is a moral absolute, to every being in the universe, period.

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