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Comment author: bingobongo 14 June 2015 08:14:15PM 1 point [-]

Where is user Thomas? He should have some nice stuff to show I presume

Comment author: Thomas 15 June 2015 10:02:35AM 6 points [-]

Well, yes. I (and not me alone) have evolved bunch of things and keep evolving them.

What shocked even me, is the possibility of evolving 3D crosswords, 7 or 8 characters wide. I mean, there are about 10^400 combinations of English words in such a cube. And maybe 10^100 consistent solutions. I am not aware of any intelligent program which is able to construct one.

Yet, it's possible to artificially evolve one such a crossword per minute on a PC. Digital evolution is an underestimated way for doing things. Why? I don't know and don't even care. I know I don't underestimate it. Never have.


Comment author: Thomas 02 March 2013 11:53:09AM *  2 points [-]

I am flabbergasted, I have no explanation for this situation.

If this comet is really that big and has approximately said flyby orbit, how frequent are those? If one every thousand years, there were 60000 of those since the TC event. How come we had only one collision of this magnitude?

Maybe they are less frequent. How lucky we are then to witness one of them right now? Too lucky, I guess.

As on the other hand, it looks we are just too lucky to have no major collision of that kind relatively recently, if they were quite common.

Maybe I am missing something odd. Like an unexpected gravity or other effect, by which an actual collision is much more difficult. Something in line with this. What makes sense, but only after a careful consideration.

Maybe a planet like Mars or Earth repels comets somehow? Dodge them somehow? Some weird effect like this?

Comment author: Thomas 29 May 2015 08:02:33AM 0 points [-]

Flabbergasted no more! There was no collision, of course.

Should have known it, immediately!

Comment author: Thomas 31 March 2015 04:09:53PM -2 points [-]

About this guy, Ng.

He wants to colonize Mars, to reduce the overpopulation here on Earth. Another example of just how he's clueless about the nature of the exponential growth.

Comment author: qsz 04 March 2015 12:24:55PM *  6 points [-]

There was a good discussion on LW about Arthur Chu's performance on Jeopardy LINK - especially how he took advantage of regular patterns underlying question selection and "random" events to try and maximise his winnings.

The comment thread on that discussion also mentions other "rationalist" practices by other contestants.

Comment author: Thomas 04 March 2015 03:59:47PM 0 points [-]

So, he was playing almost like Watson?

Comment author: Thomas 02 March 2015 10:21:50AM *  -1 points [-]

I have devised (automatically, I have just let it grow) an algorithm, which enlists all the leap years in the Gregorian calendar using the Cosine function. Scraping the ugly constants of 100 and 400.


Comment author: Thomas 01 March 2015 10:26:34AM 0 points [-]

If you permit a reincarnation after a long time - and I really don't see why one shouldn't - what would prevent a synchronous reincarnation then?

I guess, nothing as well.

Comment author: RichardKennaway 09 February 2015 01:52:49PM 3 points [-]

What would you say about the range of variety of our species that has survived? Would things be less "bloody and complicated" if it were narrower?

Comment author: Thomas 11 February 2015 08:00:22AM 1 point [-]

We are quite diverse. Sometimes at least, this causes additional bloodshed. (Sometimes we don't need this kind of cause, we invent some other pretext.)

But, yes. A greater biological diversity generally means more reasons for a conflict.

Comment author: JoshuaZ 09 February 2015 12:25:26PM 0 points [-]

Minor note: the Colton article I linked to is from 1999.

Comment author: Thomas 09 February 2015 12:30:53PM 1 point [-]

I have noticed this. And it ain't good, at all!

Until now, it should be a lot of artificially discovered concepts around, but which are nowhere to be seen!

Perhaps it's a low hanging fruit?

Comment author: IlyaShpitser 09 February 2015 10:54:15AM *  3 points [-]

Neat -- can you give me some pointers on things to read that caused you to become more ?optimistic?. I want to be optimistic, too!

Comment author: Thomas 09 February 2015 11:22:43AM 0 points [-]

In the case you haven't seen the JoshuaZ's link, it's a good starter:


The "concept inventor program HR", was able to invent "those numbers, which the numbers of divisors also divides that number".

One million or so human mathematicians in the last 300 years in the field of Number theory all failed to spot it before.

I, myself, recently build an efficient machine for mass producing this:


Too hard for intelligent humans, too big task for a supercomputers with a brute force approach.

And for the hardware we'll also need.


Comment author: IlyaShpitser 09 February 2015 10:28:40AM *  4 points [-]

Have you been going to AI conferences or reading AI/ML journals recently?

Comment author: Thomas 09 February 2015 10:51:45AM *  4 points [-]

Reading. It's much more to read than it is possible to attend, anyway.

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