Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Canary Dwarf


Sean Mallory sticks on his Curmudgeon hat and goes "Across the water."

Japans biggest bank, MUFG, is 'set to move investment operations from London to Amsterdam' because of Brexit. Hundreds of MUFG staff could be leaving the UK for far off shores.

Thus, along with other financial institutions also leaving, are beginning to turn London's world financial quarter from Canary Wharf in to Canary Dwarf!

Heading south over an even bigger pool of water, it has been reported that the British tax payer-funded £285m St Helena airport, aka ‘the world's most useless’, is finally going to get a scheduled flight.

What is known is that it will fly from Johannesburg via Windhoek in Namibia to St Helena each Saturday but no-one knows when exactly the flights will start, nor how much flights will cost. But when it does get off the ground it is to be further subsidised by the British taxpayer to the tune of £1.9m per year. A representation of over £36,000 per return flight.

A flight that due to time constraints will take off one hour before connecting flights from London and return too late for passengers to transfer to the five evening departures to London. About as well thought out as the airport itself!

Away from the ludicrous and to the more relevant: Facebook not content with holding billions of people's data, inadvertently and completely unexpectedly almost created its own ‘Skynet’ problem. It set two artificial intelligent chatbots a task to perform, but soon discovered that the chatbots were chatting and communicating in their own English which seemed to make it easier for them to work together. The development remained a mystery to the humans who were attending them but led directly to their intervention to shut them down.

A development that it would seem reflects the beginnings of Artificial General Intelligence and follows what futurist Ray Kurzweil calls human history’s Law of Accelerating Returns – a pattern where human progress moves quicker and quicker as time goes on.

Kurzweil believes that the 21st century will achieve 1,000 times the progress of the 20th century. A progress that by 2060 could lead to the replacement of the human race by Artificial Super Intelligence. Something that Professor Stephen Hawking has alluded to also.

Oh, the chatbots did complete their task!

1 comments :

Steve R said...

Just googled St Helena Airport....who the feck builds a runway on an ISLAND and forgets about windsheer?

Skynet wouldn't have made this mistake!