Life is a green madness just now, trying to squeeze the last bit of warmth from the season.
Politics may come and go, but Greed goes on forever.
Hexapodia as the key insight...I haven't had a chance to see the famous video from Straumli Realm, except as an evocation. (My only gateway onto the Net is very expensive.) Is it true that humans have six legs?
Well, what do you know," Pham said. "Butterflies in jackboots.
Effective translation of natural languages comes awfully close to requiring a sentient translator program.
All his life he had lived by the law. Often his job had been to stop acts of revenge....And now revenge was all that life had left for him.
The voice was gentle, like a scalpel petting the short hairs of your throat.
How to explain? How to describe? Even the omniscient viewpoint quails.
Poor humans; they will all die.""Poor us; we will not.
Peregrine Wickwrackrum was of two minds about evil: when enough rules get broken, sometimes there is good amid the carnage.
Peregrine Wickwrackscar was flying. A pilgrim with legends that went back almost a thousand years-and not one of them could come near to this!
He was guided by what he saw rather than by what he wanted to believe.
It was not called the Net of a Million Lies for nothing.
In fact, there was general agreement that minds can exist on nonbiological substrates and that algorithms are of central importance to the existence of minds.
One of his greatest talents was empathy; no sadist can aspire to perfection without that diagnostic ability.
What we have is a data glut.
And for all my rampant technological optimism, sometimes I think I'd be more comfortable if I were regarding these transcendental events from one thousand years remove... instead of twenty.
Sometimes the biggest disasters aren't noticed at all - no one's around to write horror stories.
Once upon a time I was such a good liar; I could talk the fish right into my mouths.
Sometimes terror and pain are not the best levers; deception, when it works, is the most elegant and the least expensive manipulation of all.
Little fish risking everything for a piece of godhood...and not knowing heaven from hell, even when they find it.
We’re long on high principles and short on simple human understanding.
All evil and good is petty before Nature. Personally, we take comfort from this, that there is a universe to admire that cannot be twisted to villainy or good, but which simply is.
The illusion of self-awareness. Happy automatons, running on trivial programs. I'll bet you never guess. From the inside, how can you?
Note that I am not proposing that AI research be ignored or less funded.
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