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by wtf
Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What is a quantum computer?
Replies: 121
Views: 14311

Re: What is a quantum computer?

Cerveny wrote:I am to refresh rather mild discussion: The brain acts a quantum computer, we can imagine that it interprets reality via, say, fourier/laplace/other transformation...
It would be astonishing if qubits were stable in the moist warm brain. There's no evidence for your claim.
by wtf
Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Is the US Constitution politically correct?
Replies: 18
Views: 2474

Re: Is the US Constitution politically correct?

Just for sake of conversation, I'll point out that in some ways the Constitution is anti-PC. For example the first amendment says Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the ...
by wtf
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:05 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What is a quantum computer?
Replies: 121
Views: 14311

Re: What is a quantum computer?

Scott Aronson's blog contains a conciliatory tone: http://wavewatching.net/category/d-wave/ "Scott Aaronson's blog entry on the matter strikes a (comparatively) conciliatory tone. One of his comments explains one of the reason for this change: '[John Martinis] told me that some of the engineering D...
by wtf
Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What is a quantum computer?
Replies: 121
Views: 14311

Re: What is a quantum computer?

Money talks. If IBM put $15B into it, I'd be impressed. At $15M, that's about .00018 of their annual revenue. Not impressed. Incidentally the "MIT expert" Scott Aronson seems to be lessening his resistance to D-Wave from the last article I read on him. My belief is that 2015 marks the year that qua...
by wtf
Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What is a quantum computer?
Replies: 121
Views: 14311

Re: What is a quantum computer?

Companies are willing to spend good money (in this case $15 million) and since it's their business, I'm not going to second guess them. Yes but here you are using money spent by a wealthy company (15M? IBM's 2015 revenues were $81 BILLION) as a proxy for the scientific validity of quantum computing...
by wtf
Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Donald Trump & Mao Zedong, what’s in common?
Replies: 6
Views: 1114

Re: Donald Trump & Mao Zedong, what’s in common?

Ooh! I'll play!

Mao wrote a little red book.

Trump has read books very little.
by wtf
Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Is the US Constitution politically correct?
Replies: 18
Views: 2474

Re: Is the US Constitution politically correct?

Philosophy Explorer wrote:If not, should its language be rewritten to become politically correct?

PhilX
Can you say what you mean in this context? What is political correctness? What was it at the time of the writing of the Constitution?
by wtf
Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What is a quantum computer?
Replies: 121
Views: 14311

Re: What is a quantum computer?

Two things in this update: 1) IBM has a quantum computer and would let anyone use it. 2) This can be taken as further evidence for a quantum computer: https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/26/d-wave-has-its-first-customer-for-a-15-million-quantum-computer/ Also want to mention there are different types ...
by wtf
Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Conflicts of interest and transparency
Replies: 35
Views: 4235

Re: Conflicts of interest and transparency

I was having this convo about the tax returns with someone. I say I don't care about his tax returns. Why? Well, what is your endgame? He shows his taxes, he's been hiding something terrible. He's forced to resign. Mike Spence becomes president. I say that's worse. Shit. I forgot about that. God ye...
by wtf
Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Mysteries to mysteries
Replies: 1
Views: 443

Re: Mysteries to mysteries

As long as the grant money holds out.
by wtf
Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Technicolor Dreams
Replies: 21
Views: 2307

Re: Technicolor Dreams

It's under number 2 (EnChroma sunglasses): http://www.sciencealert.com/these-are-ibm-s-predictions-about-how-we-ll-be-living-in-2022 That's actually very interesting. They have special glasses that filter light to deliver the right wavelengths to the eye to allow a color blind person to see colors....
by wtf
Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Technicolor Dreams
Replies: 21
Views: 2307

Re: Technicolor Dreams

Philosophy Explorer wrote:As an addendum to what I've posted here, I've just read IBM is expecting the colorblind to be able to see colors in about five years through some sort of technology.
Some sort of technology ... that sounds pretty complicated. Can you dumb it down for us?
by wtf
Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Conflicts of interest and transparency
Replies: 35
Views: 4235

Re: Conflicts of interest and transparency

Still, my issue is with him is his refusal to seriously deal with his obvious conflicts of interest and his refusal to present his tax returns for scrutiny. Doesn't the President HAVE to deal with these issues? If not, that suggests a loophole in existing laws, and it won't be in Trump's interests ...
by wtf
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Conflicts of interest and transparency
Replies: 35
Views: 4235

Re: Conflicts of interest and transparency

Yes, Obama was part of the dynamic I'd mentioned in my post as regards countries with large populations. I appreciate that. Obama ran roughshod over the Constitution. In fact one can argue that the best thing about having a GOP president is that the left will finally wake up and object to the wars ...
by wtf
Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Conflicts of interest and transparency
Replies: 35
Views: 4235

Re: Conflicts of interest and transparency

It's fascinating to watch the dynamics of a democracy transitioning to an authoritarian state before our eyes. Do you mean Obama governing by "pen and phone" and not even bothering to try to get legislation through Congress? Or authorizing massive spying and cybersurveillance of questionable Consti...