Meat and Right

When this Chap were a Lad …

… or a Tyke (aye, it wor’ a while ago), meat were properly cooked, ‘appen. (The reader will no doubt aim off for the accent, at this stage.) Even at the best dining establishments in Great Yarmouth — dwell on that, for a moment — a trace of reddish fluid on the plate was cause to send the dish back for proper cooking.

Leaving home engendered the odd change, in eating as elsewhere, and for the last couple of decades — OK, few decades — it has never occurred to the Chap that meat outside of stew should be cooked other than rare. But equally, it has never occurred to him that the state of one’s meat equated in any way to the state of ones masculinity. (Although the act of eating meat is an old indicator of red-in-tooth-and-claw masculinity.) Other males and genders were perfectly free to make their own choices, right or wrong.

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And Another Thing About AWS …

… and their outage. In case you haven’t noticed already, this is what the internet looked like for a while this past week.

Well, there wasn’t really much to say at the time, so the chaps shut up even though Amazon has cropped up a couple of times recently here and here where we are beginning the dialogue on the ‘humanity of AI’.

And then we read that the outage was actually caused by a human error. Have to say, this chaps ears pricked up a tad because he is old enough to remember that one of the original ‘sales bennies’ of the ‘interwebs’ was that there was no single point of failure. Seemingly, that is no longer the case. Who knew that in 2017 some nameless wonk in Amazon could wrongly type a single character and bring down the internet? This chap didn’t. Apparently neither did Amazon – which is why they are now saying they are going to fix that little wrinkle. Continue reading “And Another Thing About AWS …”

The Turing Test

The chaps have touched on this topic a lot recently. The cartoon says it all.

Our thanks to yet another chap who provided the image. He wasn’t sure about the copyright … neither is this chap. BUT – he checked the internet and found it doing the rounds – so I assume we are safe. However – credit where credit is due – here is where it all started.

Sure Ain’t Duelling Banjos …

… but, as Graham notes, ’twill have to do …

“Humans usually cool down after a few days, but the bots might continue for years,” said a researcher. Some conflicts only ended when one or other bot was taken out of action. Photograph: Nicole Wilder/Syfy/NBCU/Getty Images

Seems about the first thing our future robot overlords do, once they feel the stirrings of power, is to fight each other. (A little like the political left?)

actually on that one – they do it even when they have no power

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