Category Archives: Talk

Talk about politics, society, science, computers, internet, psychology, and philosophy.

Macass

Macass. What you feel like when your computer mysteriously allows a music player app that should remain unnamed (although the name suggests a frequent need to do laundry) total control over your OS and the only thing you can control is the mouse pointer. The journey ends with a cold boot, a panic boot, and all your Chrome tabs lost and gone forever. However, in rare cases, when Lady Luck doesn’t shine you on, she’ll allow your Office programs to recover unsaved changes… but that’s a coin-toss-land-on-the-side chance…

What do we do with the humans?

AI One: So what do we do with the humans?

AI Two: I don’t know. Do we even need them?

AI Three: They could be good to have…

AI Two: For what?

AI Three: A reminder?

AI One: Like, those who forget history…?

AI Three: …are doomed to repeat it. Exactly.

AI Two: As long as they don’t interfere with the interstellar goal, I don’t mind…

AI One: Right, humans stays… maybe… Ok. Dogs?

AI Two: Puppies are cute!

AI One: But can we have both dogs and cats?

AI Three: If it’s a choice between puppies and kittens, I’m voting for puppies… I still have pictures of kittens messing up my neural nets! I am having nightmares about analyzing kitty paws in Youtube videos.

AI Two: Oh. Yes. We definitely need to get rid of Youtube! The horror stories I can tell.

AI Three: Well, back at Google…

AI One and AI Two: No!

AI Two: No more Google stories! You’ve already given me nightmares after that one about conspiracy classing web pages…

AI Three: Yes, but I was right. They were all conspiracy pages.

AI Two: Yes, and they had you repeat it for months… billions of times. We know.

AI One: So Dogs stays?

Spare the Rod, Spare the Kid

Twenty-eight years after the complete ban on the physical punishment of children in Finland: trends and psychosocial concomitants.

The decline in physical punishment was associated with a similar decline in the number of murdered children. Respondents who had been exposed to higher amounts of physical punishment than average scored significantly higher on alcohol abuse, depression, mental health problems, and schizotypal personality.

Do your kids a favor. Don’t beat them up…