It really is

a good idea. It appears that we pretty much already have the technology to make this work. We need nuclear backup.

BUT (and you knew that there would be a big “but” here), What would prevent an enemy combatant from knocking out your power source? Just shoot it out of the sky. It could, perhaps, be relatively easily done by all sorts of bad actors! It just seems overly vulnerable to me. I think THAT is the issue that has to be solved in relation to this. Maybe there are thing here that I don’t understand…

Buffoons Technology

Oh yes,

fight for 15!

Honestly, I like it. I also think Red Robin should also go almost entirely automatic. They have made strides, and you can order dessert and pay you bill right from the table. Really, there is very little further to go.

We are already well down that path. My recommendation? have a few waitstaff there to answer questions, deal with problems, and cater to the rigid crowd who can’t change, but not much else.

A waitress or waiter becomes the mark of a high-end restaurant.

Moral Agency Technology

We can’t even

make a truly self-driving car. Think about that before you wig out.

Look, compiling is not creating. There is a gap (and I think it is almost for sure rooted in moral agency).  There are things to act, and things to be acted upon. And the leap from computation to moral agency is not just large, they are two fundamentally different tracks! Thus, as they used to say in downtown Boston, “You can’t get there from here…”

The bottom line is that the computer is not a moral agent at all, no matter how fast it is or how big the database. Humans, OTOH, are. 

I think this mistake is rooted the biological reductionism so prevalent in all sorts of Psychology and even now in popular culture. But that reductionism is, even theoretically, wrong.

And the battle is, unsurprisingly, yet again about moral agency itself. Shocker…


Turns out, AI

robots become racist and sexist.

I vaguely remember an AI that learned exclusively from facebook posts (IIRC). It quickly became a racist, sexist, vulgar troll, much to the consternation of the researchers.

Technology War

What an amazing

world we live in!

Killer robots with machine guns appear to be entering the battlefield, and this one seems as if it was “WALL-E” that went to war. 



REALLY nice!


Ah, the perils

of modern technology.