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I've been getting consistently angrier and angrier about this for awhile now, and today it reached a breaking point.
You've probably heard of Sophia, the first "robot citizen" powered by some super duper AI software nonsense. Let's get that out of the way right now: it has no AI software of any significance. It is an advanced animatronic doll with a text to speech, a scripted event system, and some very basic head tracking. That's it. There is no intelligence.
I'm disgusted every time a new headline comes out anthropomorphizing it. "Sophia calls for women's rights", "Sophia and Elon Musk find common ground in their visions for the future", "Sophia wants a family!". This is all media nonsense. The company behind it is a slimy bunch. Also, fuck you Jimmy Fallon.
Here's the one that got me though. "AI is the future of computing, and s SingularityNET is the future of AI." I've never heard of SingularityNET, so I looked into it. This isn't just a stunt, it's a scam being run by the same fucking company, promising that they're going to build some sort of connected AI ecosystem nonsense. They also promise that "the brain of Sophia" will be on it. They've raised HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. But they have no software of any significance. They've just grabbed some open source AI library built with old, ineffective machine learning tech (OpenCog).
Fuck Sophia, fuck the slimeballs at Hanson, and fuck the media companies like NBC and Forbes for hyping this garbage.21
If you don't know how to explain about your software, but you want to be featured in Forbes (or other shitty sites) as quickly as possible, copy this:
I am proud that this software used high-tech technology and algorithms such as blockchain, AI (artificial intelligence), ANN (Artificial Neural Network), ML (machine learning), GAN (Generative Adversarial Network), CNN (Convolutional Neural Network), RNN (Recurrent Neural Network), DNN (Deep Neural Network), TA (text analysis), Adversarial Training, Sentiment Analysis, Entity Analysis, Syntatic Analysis, Entity Sentiment Analysis, Factor Analysis, SSML (Speech Synthesis Markup Language), SMT (Statistical Machine Translation), RBMT (Rule Based Machine Translation), Knowledge Discovery System, Decision Support System, Computational Intelligence, Fuzzy Logic, GA (Genetic Algorithm), EA (Evolutinary Algorithm), and CNTK (Computational Network Toolkit).
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There's an awesome devRant infographic (by @trogus) and write-up this morning on Forbes tech: http://forbes.com/sites/... Please share it around!
And if you don't mind, I just posted the article on hacker news, you should be able to find by browsing newest (you might have to click "more") please vote: https://news.ycombinator.com/newest - title is "Developers Who Rant the Most"
Wow! Amazing article today about our beloved devRant community on Forbes.com http://forbes.com/sites/...1
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Mine is those off page menus that slide in from the side. They lag like crazy and freeze the entire site. God forbid if click the menu button more than once. Forbes places comments on the off page sidebar which is just pure hell.5