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by p1t1o
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Computer Graphics from Chaos
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Re: Computer Graphics from Chaos

Arent some common data-compression techniques fractal based?
by p1t1o
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 469
Views: 44591

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Would it be cheating to use a planet-sized baking dish?
It'd be easier if we could line a tube with brownie, instead of the brownie needing to be structural.
by p1t1o
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 469
Views: 44591

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Heres my proposition. You cant make it a sphere, because the central layers will be heated and compressed out of recognition, it will no longer be cake. It may be a good way to manufacture crude oil en masse though. I suggest making a giant plane-like sheet of brownies. But not a flat sheet, a sheet...
by p1t1o
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 2640

Re: Artificial Stupidity

All this talk about stupidity just make me reminded of a story idea I have a month ago: About robot and AGI, in there "teenager" year, having to learn in school design for them to grown into maturity. They all have their own stupidity, each way different from the other, and they have to l...
by p1t1o
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A bag of french fries
Replies: 10
Views: 623

Re: A bag of french fries

I wonder if there isnt some geometry-related property of a finger-based manipulator that makes longer fries easier to grasp?

What is clear, is that we as a species, are clearly not doing enough fries-related research.
by p1t1o
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 469
Views: 44591

Re: Science-based what-if questions

You better thank you're lucky star I didn't including work to change a regional fundamental law and straight up magic, my man :). Ooh, expanded powers! In this case, first I would ascertain if there is an afterlife. Then, if there isnt one, construct one. If there is one, conquer it. Bish-Bash-Bosh...
by p1t1o
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A bag of french fries
Replies: 10
Views: 623

Re: A bag of french fries

Also due to the geometry of potatoes and fries you just get more longer ones, period.
by p1t1o
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 469
Views: 44591

Re: Science-based what-if questions

What would you do with a Variable Engine, A.K.A: An engine that could convert any type of energy into any type of work, regardless of absurdity, and vice-versa? (The engine and work is equivalent, btw, so you can't make it a Perpeptual Engine yet) Edit: Also, what do you think is the basic requirem...
by p1t1o
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Variation of the dreaded airplane/conveyor belt...
Replies: 29
Views: 4393

Re: Variation of the dreaded airplane/conveyor belt...

Well if you extrapolate the treadmill up to runway-size, the curvature is next to nothing, so the solution remains about the same. You are essentially just introducing extra drag to the aircraft by making it roll "uphill", this is countered to an extent by some extra acceleration caused by...
by p1t1o
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fish Base is a Thing that Exists
Replies: 12
Views: 731

Re: Fish Base is a Thing that Exists

Chips?
by p1t1o
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fish Base is a Thing that Exists
Replies: 12
Views: 731

Re: Fish Base is a Thing that Exists

Why wouldnt you name it "fishipedia"?

I dont trust them.

"Fish Base" sounds like an ingredient in a sauce.

Or an obscure numerical system.

Or like a weird reagent from the victorian age of chemistry - "....then neutralise with 3fl.oz of Hammond's finest Fish Base."
by p1t1o
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 2640

Re: Artificial Stupidity

Why do we presume that a general artificial intelligence will be super-smart? People have minds with incredible processing power and many people are stupid, despite vigorous attempts to "program" them correctly. Let me drop you into a primitive area 200 miles from nowhere wearing only you...
by p1t1o
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 2640

Re: Artificial Stupidity

Its weird. For example, a human can catch a ball, but operates from very "fuzzy" information. It would be very difficult, say, to catch a ball and then give the exact speed that it arrived at in m/s, but to make the catch you process a vast amount of information, only the figures are not a...
by p1t1o
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 2640

Re: Artificial Stupidity

doogly wrote:
p1t1o wrote:But for now, lets stick with "Can a sentient machine be naturally stupid?"

The group trying to build it isn't going to get much funding, I tell you what.


XD

Considering some cases of what gets funding and what doesnt, I wouldnt be so sure ;)
by p1t1o
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 2640

Re: Artificial Stupidity

In terms of the OP, souls can probably be disregarded since the question assumes the creation of a *sentient* AI. Whatever your opinion of "souls", if you agree something is "sentient" then you are agreeing that it shares whatever-it-is-that-makes-us-people, whether you call it a...
by p1t1o
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 2640

Re: Artificial Stupidity

As long as its magic as defined by the Clarke definition, rather than as defined by D&D lore...
by p1t1o
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 2640

Re: Artificial Stupidity

There is definitely some crossed wires about the definitions of "proof" and "evidence", however: Those of you who believe in souls, or something that could loosely be defined as a "soul" - do you think we could create a machine that has one? Disregarding any kind of rel...
by p1t1o
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 2640

Re: Artificial Stupidity

But AlphaGo is not sentient? I am wondering about the difference between a computer and a mind. A mind gets in the way of computer-like efficiency - what if it doesnt want to play chess? Or spend that many cycles on that problem? What if we give it free will and it doesnt use it to immediately recog...
by p1t1o
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 2640

Artificial Stupidity

Why do we presume that a general artificial intelligence will be super-smart? People have minds with incredible processing power and many people are stupid, despite vigorous attempts to "program" them correctly. In many imaginings of what it looks like when a true artificial intelligence i...
by p1t1o
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bathing in Vinegar
Replies: 16
Views: 1314

Re: Bathing in Vinegar

But if its natural, it doesn't have chemicals in it, and you only get side-effects from chemicals, ergo it's safe! That's why I only use chemical-free chemistry sets . [1] [1 ] Goldberg and Chemjobber. A comprehensive overview of chemical-free consumer products . Maybe instead of taking out the &qu...
by p1t1o
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2863
Views: 580442

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

There have been seismic events linked to things like dams filling (and the 3 gorges dam in china measurably affected the rate of Earth's rotation), so its not super crazy, especially if the sea level rises land-based ice melts significantly. Its not about excess weight, its about it being re-distrib...
by p1t1o
Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bathing in Vinegar
Replies: 16
Views: 1314

Re: Bathing in Vinegar

According to homeopathy, homeopaths themselves should be most effective if they're so scarce that the odds are millions to one against there even being one anywhere in the country. Well when you put it that way...I dont think Ive ever met one but you hear about them all the time. So, hypothesis pro...
by p1t1o
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bathing in Vinegar
Replies: 16
Views: 1314

Re: Bathing in Vinegar

But if its natural, it doesn't have chemicals in it, and you only get side-effects from chemicals, ergo it's safe! (But it might not be very effective, so I'd suggest you first make it more powerful by diluting it a zillion times in shaken water, obviously…) Oh my heart.... For a second there I did...
by p1t1o
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bathing in Vinegar
Replies: 16
Views: 1314

Re: Bathing in Vinegar

How about using apple cider vinegar to treat porblems like acene and eczema? These are questions for your doctor or another qualified medical professional. It doesnt take a genius to link acid with germ-killing, but treating medical conditions with food/foodstuffs, is generally ill-advised. Its eas...
by p1t1o
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed of gravity.
Replies: 32
Views: 2117

Re: Speed of gravity.

To clarify something in my head - Lets for the moment ignore gravitational radiation. Theres 2 stars, lets call them 1 solar mass each. Orbiting each other in a binary pair at some average binary pair distance that is <<1 light year. I am some long distance away, lets say 1 light year. The gravity f...
by p1t1o
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed of gravity.
Replies: 32
Views: 2117

Re: Speed of gravity.

Gravity waves need *energy*. That can't, obviously, come from a constantly moving object. Well two neutron stars orbiting each other have no means of slowing down and spiralling-in, other than they lose energy via gravity wave radiation, so do then ALL rotating masses lose energy in this way (just ...
by p1t1o
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed of gravity.
Replies: 32
Views: 2117

Re: Speed of gravity.

I suppose a rotating mass can be considered an accelerating one, or one in any oscillating motion.
by p1t1o
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed of gravity.
Replies: 32
Views: 2117

Re: Speed of gravity.

The 'waves' are from the gravity one feels, outwith the event horizon. They are waves because the mass (the two masses) is(/are) moving through space to oscillate the effect of the combined gravitational gradient for the observer. And you might say that gravity itself must 'escape' the event horizo...
by p1t1o
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed of gravity.
Replies: 32
Views: 2117

Re: Speed of gravity.

Now this made me question this: What happen if a gravitational wave is strong enough for the space to vibrate... about 10m or more? (Assuming only gravitational wave effect) Im going to go out on a limb and say I think this might fall into "We have no idea" territory. Extrapolating nano-s...
by p1t1o
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed of gravity.
Replies: 32
Views: 2117

Re: Speed of gravity.

Not directly relevant but super-interesting:

W.R.T merger event GW150914:

"Despite the tremendous energy emission, the effects of the gravitational waves on a human located only one AU from the merger event would have been minor and survivable."
by p1t1o
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed of gravity.
Replies: 32
Views: 2117

Re: Speed of gravity.

The energy released by the binary as it spiralled together and merged was immense, with the energy of 3.0+0.5 −0.5 c2 solar masses (5.3+0.9 −0.8×1047 joules or 5300+900 −800 foes) in total radiated as gravitational waves See what you mean, true, true. Even though the energy radiated still has mass,...
by p1t1o
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed of gravity.
Replies: 32
Views: 2117

Re: Speed of gravity.

speising wrote: but sometimes they vanish.


They do? How?
by p1t1o
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bathing in Vinegar
Replies: 16
Views: 1314

Re: Bathing in Vinegar

Honestly, in my professional opinion, I think the first thing you will notice is the smell, followed by the vapour stinging your eyes, followed by precise knowledge of the position of any tiny break in your skin, followed by your butthole itching really badly. Vinegar wont do much to unbroken skin, ...
by p1t1o
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bathing in Vinegar
Replies: 16
Views: 1314

Re: Bathing in Vinegar

You have to define it better, "vinegar" is a dilute solution already, of acetic acid. Neat acetic acid will cause burns and probably destroy your eyes. Even the vapours can cause eye burns. Its also quite flammable. Various dilutions of it will cause less severe burns down to skin irritati...
by p1t1o
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 469
Views: 44591

Re: Penetrate Earth

So, I have asked for a Matter-Antimatter Anti-Structure Sniper Rifle earlier in this thread. Now, I wanted to test this, and to do that, I need a target, a huuuuge target. So, I decided to aim it down, lock and loaded, and it's time to penetrate Earth. Supposed I aimed it straight down, and used th...
by p1t1o
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2863
Views: 580442

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

I've noticed this. I thought it was fairly obvious that as the teaspoon cools, its resonant frequency changes due to minute changes in size and flexibility as it contracts. A shorter, stiffer spoon rings at a higher frequency. I presume the effect described in point #5 is subjective and would be eli...
by p1t1o
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Really Lucky's statistic
Replies: 13
Views: 1128

Re: Really Lucky's statistic

This is one of those discussions where you need a really rigorous definition of "blessed".

To me, blessed and lucky mean the exact same thing.
by p1t1o
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 469
Views: 44591

Re: Science-based what-if questions

That's not the first time I've heard people talk about the cost of a blade or bit or whatever, and I never understood it. The raw material cost of that quantity of diamond and copper is negligible compared to the cost of the tool. What is actually so expensive? I think its to do with the quality of...
by p1t1o
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 469
Views: 44591

Re: Science-based what-if questions

FunFact - apparently obsidian blades are sometimes still used in eye surgery due to their extreme sharpness. FunFact #2 - In the same course I also used transmission electron microscopy - this is the one where you look at very thin slices of a subject. To make the slices we used a diamond knife. Thi...
by p1t1o
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 469
Views: 44591

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Should a razor blade be "very sharp"? I want it to be sharp enough to easily cut hair, but blunt enough that I don't constantly cut myself. Well given that hair is tougher than skin, thats a tall ask. Yes, I think I will go out on a limb and say razor blades are supposed to be, and practi...

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