As I venture more into artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, I will encounter a lot of issues for which there are no clear or right answers. As I learn about them, I will also think about them to formulate an opinion on each issue to form a more complete perspective of it all. I will form an opinion, even if the opinion were it doesn’t matter to me… or at least not yet.
A week ago, I came across an excellent article in the Culture section of the BBC website called Would Sex with a Robot Be Infidelity? Here is my perspective after reading it and some other articles.
That’s what you say when you’re into a new baktun, like a new year, right? A baktun is a Mayan calendar cycle of 144,000 days or roughly 394 years, the 13th of which just ended on December 21st when all kinds of people were predicting the apocalypse! The baktun has 20 smaller katuns, one of which also ended and coincides with the end of the baktun every 20 katuns 7885.2 years.
Special occasion indeed! How many things are you around to celebrate once every 7885.2 years???
Leading up to the 2012 US election, lots of people Liked Mitt Romney or Barack Obama on Facebook. With Obama winning the election, though, a lot of people are quietly removing evidence they supported Mitt in shame by Un-Liking his Facebook page. What’s a lot? Try 847 per hour as of last Saturday (Mashable). See the current rate on DisappearingRomney.com.
I say “quietly” because it’s not like Facebook puts it through the Newsfeed, or on a Timeline, that you UN-Liked a page. It’s not a good example why Facebook should have UN-Likes in their newsfeed, but it’s certainly a curious one.