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Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Bowser, Jul 19, 2011.

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    John Turco Guest


    "Colossus: The Forbin Project" (1969) is a movie about a powerful
    computer, gone amok.
     
    John Turco, Aug 18, 2011
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    PeterN Guest

    Inspired by the Eastern European Jewish folktale of the Golem.
     
    PeterN, Aug 19, 2011
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    Are you really a paranoid kook?
     
    Ray Fischer, Aug 19, 2011
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    John Turco Guest


    "It!" (1967; British) deals with the Golem, directly.
     
    John Turco, Aug 26, 2011
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    PeterN Guest

    Never saw the flick.
    According to Jewish teaching, the condensed lesson of the Golem is that
    life is only meaningful if e do not lose our soul. In context it means
    that if I have to break a religious law, such as missing a prayer, in
    order to assist you in time of need, my obligation to assist you
    supersedes my obligation to pray. IOW My obligation to my fellow man
    exceeds my obligation to G-d.
     
    PeterN, Aug 27, 2011
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    John Turco Guest

    A pretty entertaining horror film, starring Roddy McDowall (1928-1998).
    He isn't the title character...and yet, coincidentally enough, he was a
    noted photographer, as well as a famous actor.

    His resurrected, invincible Golem even survives a tactical nuclear bomb,
    apparently unscathed!
    This Golem theme has often been used in Western fiction ("Frankenstein"
    is a notable example). It seems that he's supposed to avenge the wrongs
    done to the Jweish people; if so, he would've been a very tired monster,
    in old Russia (i.e., "pogroms").
     
    John Turco, Sep 2, 2011
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    PeterN Guest

    I know you're a bit of a Luddite, but do you think that by increasing
    the artificial intelligence of robots, we are creating another Golem?
     
    PeterN, Sep 2, 2011
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    On Tue, 19 Jul 2011 19:07:09 -0400, tony cooper

    --- snip ---

    Here in New Zealand I have for many years had the ability to use the
    Internet to transfer money from my account with my branch of my bank
    to someone else's account with their branch with their bank. Such
    Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) has become a common practice and the
    use of cheques is rapidly diminishing.

    Thhere are various securities techniques to guard against fraud and
    the whole process leaves an audit trail. I don't know how local
    business would function if we couldn't deposit funds in someone else's
    account.

    Regards,

    Eric Stevens
     
    Eric Stevens, Sep 3, 2011
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    John Turco Guest


    "Luddite" is somewhat too strong..."fiscally conservative" is my personal
    preference. Even if I happened to be rich, I doubt I'd splurge on lots of
    expensive gear.

    As for this idea of "computers out of control" -- there's no chance in
    hell! I absolutely reject any merit to such an absurd notion.

    Because, if a "robotic Golem" ever evolved, an incredibly easy way to
    defeat the threat would always exist: Just "pull the plug" on him, in
    the most literal sense.
     
    John Turco, Sep 16, 2011
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    PeterN Guest

    IBM has programmed Watson to act as a medical advisor.

    Remember HAL in 2001?
     
    PeterN, Sep 16, 2011
  11. [robot out of control]
    Watson isn't sentinent. HAL9000 is.

    However, you need to use the next letter of each of HAL ...

    -Wolfgang
     
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Sep 17, 2011
  12. Take a nuklear sub. Try to pull it's plug.

    Take just an ordinary data centre. With battery banks and big
    generator backup.

    Add automatic defenses. Could take quite some times and lifes
    unless you can "just" bomb the centre to rubble. Which _might_
    be a bit hard if said data centre is in a mountain. Some are.

    -Wolfgang
     
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Sep 17, 2011
  13. Hopefully that would be even easier than getting rid of an annoying
    human leader by just shooting him :)
     
    Chris Malcolm, Sep 20, 2011
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    John Turco Guest

    I thought Thomas Watson died, decades ago?
    Actually, I've never seen that overrated and pretentious movie.
     
    John Turco, Oct 27, 2011
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    John Turco Guest

    Toy boats in your bathtub, are irrelevant.
    The word "evolved" was used, for a very good reason. The classic
    sci-fi plot of a sentient, power-hungry machine, usually involves
    the device growing a "mind of its own" (sans human intervention).

    Can you envision this ever happening, in reality?
     
    John Turco, Oct 27, 2011
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    John Turco Guest


    Hush yo' keyboard, Chris! Even >joking< about political assassinations
    can be risky, these days.

    After all, we cannot be sure who may be monitoring this newsgroup...
     
    John Turco, Oct 27, 2011
  17. If you want to call me a god --- or at least a very powerful
    supernatural being --- I'll have to ask for sacrificial offerings.

    If you think me an ordinary human, *and* having the Atlantic
    and Pacific and so on as my bathtubs, you're deranged and quite
    possible completely mad.
    I can envision evil humans. I can envision computers being
    close enough to the human brain. I can add 1 and 1.

    -Wolfgang
     
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Oct 29, 2011
  18. Have you at least read the book?

    -Wolfgang
     
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Oct 29, 2011
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    George Kerby Guest

    Yes. You do that quite frequently.

    Trouble is, you are far removed from Reality...
     
    George Kerby, Oct 29, 2011
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    Then how can you possibly know that its overrated or pretentious?

    Regards,

    Eric Stevens
     
    Eric Stevens, Oct 29, 2011
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