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Zombie Slot Machine

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller May 14. 2 Replies

Tristan Harris shows that using your smart phone is as addictive as playing a slot machine.How…Continue

Tags: app design, mind manipulation

Beyond fake news, bot networks, and trolls - to automated behavior manipulation

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 1. 4 Replies

The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda MachineCambridge Analytica, a new automated propaganda machine poised to manage White House digital…Continue

Tags: weaponized AI propaganda machine

CIA cyberwarfare on us

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Mar 9. 1 Reply

Just in case you feel the current administration doesn't have enough power, we find out that the CIA can take control of your iPhone and Twitter account, or watch you through your smart Samsung TV, at will. Moreover, the vulnerabilities they…Continue

Tags: cyber weapons, cyberwarfare, spyware, weaponized Apple, Google, and Microsoft vulnerabilities

AI against trolls

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 8. 0 Replies

Now Anyone Can Deploy Google’s Troll-Fighting AIHorray! I hope this works!A Google offshoot called Jigsaw declared war on trolls, launching a…Continue

Tags: troll control, Jigsaw

In the US, Ads watch YOU!

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 23. 1 Reply

Secret signals between your TV, computer, laptop, smartphone, etc, so corporations can  follow your every move. Creepy!…Continue

Tags: spyware apps

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Comment by Steph S. on May 8, 2013 at 4:44pm

Zachary Quinto vs. Leonard Nimoy: "The Challenge"

Comment by Steph S. on May 8, 2013 at 4:30pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 8, 2013 at 4:27pm

Yes, I would agree Joseph. : )

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 4:22pm

I'm not for full-on political correctness, necessarily.  Orson Scott Card just tends to be one of the more flagrant examples for which a little cleanup is necessary, because ... well, he's a bigoted asshole.

Comment by Steph S. on May 8, 2013 at 4:19pm

I think they did alter Ender's Game to remove those problems Joseph. It is now politically Correct I would imagine. I would have to see the movie though to know for certain.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 4:05pm

Well, yeah.  Technically, it's inserting and removing a zero, in an invalid manner.  However you want to label it.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 8, 2013 at 2:22pm

I actually haven't read Ender's Game; don't know if I'll get around to it. Agreed that a movie gives an opportunity to "fix" details.

On the "1=2" proof, I think it's easier to explain the flaw not as "dividing zero by zero is undefined" (scary, forbidden) but like this:

1*0 = 2*0      but    1*42 =/= 2*42

The multiplication by zero hides the inequality of the other factors -- which can't happen when you multiply or divide by a nonzero number.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 10:54am

Ah, I just pulled up the IMDB listing.  Looks like a lot of female extras and very minor characters.  Cool.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 10:49am

Ender's Game looks awesome. Harrison Ford too.

You think they might have fixed the dynamic, putting in more than just the token Petra?  Just because Orson Scott Card is a sexist, homophobic bigot is no reason to maintain his skewed worldview in the movie.

The change to Major Gwen Anderson makes it look like they might have fixed a few of the thematic problems that are a result of Card's extreme Mormon views.  The major themes should be left intact, but a lot of the details can be adjusted.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 10:38am

Yup, there's always a divide by zero hidden somewhere in those sorts of proofs.

 

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