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Author Topic: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)  (Read 4797 times)

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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #50 on: 22 Dec 2021, 11:54 »

My weird confession for the week (maybe year) is that Bubbles used to remind me of Is it cold in here? but today reminds me of Farideh.


Really? I'm intrigued :)
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #51 on: 22 Dec 2021, 12:59 »

We don't have much experience with completely alien intelligences.  Even with higher primates having so many similarities with us, can't really tell us what they're really thinking.[1]  Birds such as crows or ravens are at least as intelligent as those apes, but far different from us.  Octopodes are the closest thing to aliens amongst us, coming from a completely different evolutionary branch.  QC AIs, though, are going to be less alien to us than even say, chimps, despite having physical stuff that's even more alien than cephalopods.  The first AIs did emerge on human-built systems, and had been assimilating a corpus of human created things, culture, thought, whatever.  A self-programming computer in this case would probably become even more like us via interaction…

Or, maybe that's what they're letting us believe.

[1] Okay, I'm pretty sure that those monkeys sitting in those hotsprings in the Japanese alps are thinking, and that's "yeah, this is the life"
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #52 on: 22 Dec 2021, 16:18 »

New comic.

I had forgotten that Sam had employed May, although contrary to what Faye says, May had already started that job. Granted, she only seemed to be there for 1 day and probably didn't get paid, but still. I hope May resigned in person, and didn't leave it to Bubbled to break the news. The way Bubbles phrases it is ambiguous.
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #53 on: 22 Dec 2021, 19:06 »

I assume she resigned via emoji and/or gif in the group chat.
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #54 on: 22 Dec 2021, 20:00 »

If you triangulate the surface of a cube, you end up with 12 isosceles right triangles, each of which has two legs (assuming that an edge can be said to be made of a leg from both adjacent triangles). None of those legs have any bends in them - indeed, none can have any bend in them or else it would not be the leg of a triangle - so I would argue there are no knees or elbows, but at the apex of each triangle there is a pelvis.

And now it's body horror.
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #55 on: 22 Dec 2021, 21:03 »

My weird confession for the week (maybe year) is that Bubbles used to remind me of Is it cold in here? but today reminds me of Farideh.

I'm very curious.
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #56 on: 22 Dec 2021, 23:06 »

I've long thought that the reason why Sam and May had such a good relationship is because they were basically both at the same emotional maturity levels and spoke the same language!
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #57 on: 23 Dec 2021, 16:23 »

Marten: "...For some reason, I don't want toast this morning..."

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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #58 on: 23 Dec 2021, 17:24 »

At least there's a backup power source? If the electricity goes down, they can still have toast.

Also, Bembo is coming back!
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #59 on: 23 Dec 2021, 18:43 »

If USB can power a toaster in the QC world, then the standards body has gone TOO FAR.
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #60 on: 23 Dec 2021, 19:00 »

The USB port is so you can put emoticons on your toast. It's the latest thing.

( of course pintsize has special attachments for that usb port )
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #61 on: 23 Dec 2021, 19:17 »

We don't have much experience with completely alien intelligences.  Even with higher primates having so many similarities with us, can't really tell us what they're really thinking.[1]  Birds such as crows or ravens are at least as intelligent as those apes, but far different from us.  Octopodes are the closest thing to aliens amongst us, coming from a completely different evolutionary branch.  QC AIs, though, are going to be less alien to us than even say, chimps, despite having physical stuff that's even more alien than cephalopods.  The first AIs did emerge on human-built systems, and had been assimilating a corpus of human created things, culture, thought, whatever.  A self-programming computer in this case would probably become even more like us via interaction…

Or, maybe that's what they're letting us believe.

[1] Okay, I'm pretty sure that those monkeys sitting in those hotsprings in the Japanese alps are thinking, and that's "yeah, this is the life"

There's also billionaires. Their brains are super weird.
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #62 on: 23 Dec 2021, 19:39 »

I know we're not supposed to discuss private body parts....  But Pintsize?!
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #63 on: 23 Dec 2021, 20:30 »

Um… at this point, I don’t think it’s private.  It’s kinda staring us in the face.
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #64 on: 23 Dec 2021, 21:33 »

I guess that answers the questions about whether Pintsize would develop a new sense of propriety to go with his new body. (His grin in panel 3 will haunt my dreams.)
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #65 on: 23 Dec 2021, 21:54 »

If that's not rye bread, Gallonsize needs to dial it back a bit...
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #66 on: 23 Dec 2021, 23:06 »

Ah, they put USB charger plugs on everything these days. It's just considered to be something that makes the appliance more attractive to the consumer for some reason.

That doesn't mean that the device can be operated that way by an AI or dumb processor but, if it can, why not? Amazon have already made an Alexa-controlled coffee machine so why not a voice-controlled toaster? Also, I'm sure that this model of appliance would become one of the strangest 'toys' in Roko's collection if she knows about it.
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #67 on: 24 Dec 2021, 02:33 »

Ah, they put USB charger plugs on everything these days. It's just considered to be something that makes the appliance more attractive to the consumer for some reason.

That doesn't mean that the device can be operated that way by an AI or dumb processor but, if it can, why not? Amazon have already made an Alexa-controlled coffee machine so why not a voice-controlled toaster? Also, I'm sure that this model of appliance would become one of the strangest 'toys' in Roko's collection if she knows about it.

Well, here's hoping that toaster is more secure than most of our world's 'smart' tech.
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #68 on: 24 Dec 2021, 03:59 »

If USB can power a toaster in the QC world, then the standards body has gone TOO FAR.
The real-world standards body has gone pretty far - USB Power Delivery 3.1 Extended Power Range can now deliver 48 V, 5 A, for 240 W.

Low-end toasters are in the ~750 W range, I believe. So, three PD EPR connections could power a toaster today (with the caveat that PD EPR is not the most common thing - most extant PD stuff is 20 V, 5 A max).
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #69 on: 24 Dec 2021, 11:06 »

I'm just happy Pintsize is still that perfect blend of cute and irritating in his new humanoid body, and still able convince you, just at a glance, that he's doing something nefarious while doing nothing at all.
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #70 on: 25 Dec 2021, 17:28 »

For me, it's actually the opposite. I just can't get into the new Pintsize.
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Re: WCDT: Dec 20th to 24th, 2021 (4681 to ????)
« Reply #71 on: 26 Dec 2021, 18:17 »

If USB can power a toaster in the QC world, then the standards body has gone TOO FAR.
I thought its the other way around ... ?

There's also billionaires. Their brains are super weird.
Now thats a longer discussion, but the short answer is no.

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