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By ObviousTroll (Mon Jan 24, 2022 at 11:15:14 AM EST) (all tags)

In better news, I had a fun birthday with SWHTL. Friday she took me to see a presentation of Blade Runner followed by a  Ph.d hopeful giving a presentation on AI. I went in with the plan of having a couple beers and then hassling the presenter with increasingly technical questions but after he did so well on my first question ("Is deep learning really different from Perceptrons or are is it just "bigger"?") I decided to let the poor kid off the hook. (He did accuse me of being one of his professors in disguise...)

Anyway, Saturday we went to a fancy place for dinner where the calorie counts on the menu were, well, a lot. How do you manage to create 1200 calories of Brussel Sprouts? (Answer: by adding a really yummy sauce...) I had my first ever "smoked" cocktail and was impressed with how it tasted and SWHTL gave me a pasta-making accessory kit for my Kitchen Aid mixer, so I immediately made a batch of fettuccine. 

Anyway, I had the back surgery in 2020 and for the 1st 4 months it was great, then I started "regressing" I guess? 

and now. despite 18 weeks of PT in 2021, we're now into the "pain management" and "even more PT" phase, even as the doctors and physical therapists insist I should keep up the cycling, it's good for the joints...


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Ouch by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Jan 24, 2022 at 12:44:04 PM EST
and Happy Belated birthday!

Ugh by kwsNI (4.00 / 2) #2 Tue Jan 25, 2022 at 07:37:09 AM EST
I'm starting to think back surgery is just a down payment on more back surgery. Back surgery as a service.

After seeing that I can't complain. by dark nowhere (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Jan 26, 2022 at 07:59:29 PM EST
I'm a little curious about what else you might have asked the presenter.

Anyhoo, happy birthday!

See you, space cowboy.

My follow up was to simply ask if he thought by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Jan 27, 2022 at 02:08:21 PM EST
"deep learning" would scale up enough to lead to general AI. Personally, I don't think it can and he agreed - he's waiting for the next break through which might, possibly, require us to come up with a good definition of "intelligence" in the first place.

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There is a pretty good definition. by dark nowhere (4.00 / 1) #5 Thu Jan 27, 2022 at 03:58:04 PM EST
Having to do with survival in novel scenarios. It might have an operational smell to it, but it's a reality for every naturally occurring intelligent system.

By that definition, we haven't really been seeing any direct progress on it, with a few exceptions. Those exceptions aren't easy to turn into money, so I guess it figures.

See you, space cowboy.

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What was his first answer? by Scrymarch (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Feb 10, 2022 at 09:02:52 PM EST

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