Skip to comments.A Computer Program That is Pure Evil
Posted on 10/27/2008 2:46:48 PM PDT by paudio
A group of scientists is building the world’s most evil computer program. This isn't a B-movie setup: A team at Rensselaer Institute’s AI & Reasoning Lab is bringing personified evil to virtual life in the hope that they'll unlock the secrets of human morality. The researchers have given their creation a face and a name, and quiz it daily, using its answers to further blacken its hideous character.
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Oh come on, that’s the face of GI Joe...What they need is the face of James Carville !
I didn’t use Vista on my main computer for the first 18 months of its life, so I can’t really speak on the problems Vista initially saw (all operating systems have some initial problems). I do know that I haven’t had a single problem yet on my main computer, which is always nice.
I think MS has realized the error in their ways and are working to correct it. This is evidenced in the rather ironic Apple ad mocking Microsoft for spending so much on advertising.
Microsoft was placed in a tough spot because while most of the things being said about Vista were false, they were true of ME. People with experience didn’t have to stretch to believe it was possible. I remember using ME and it would crash overnight. As far as I know, the “System Idle Process” was unstable.
Ah, a themesong... now I wish I had speakers here at school.
So b. clintoon was actually a computer program....and a beta test to boot!
Wonder if Monica knew??
Watch out folks, the computers will take over....
I’m far from a computer geek and I couldn’t write a line of code if my life depended on it. But I’m told all MS stuff is so bloated that they’ll never get the programs out from under in our lifetimes.
In industry, I’ve seen manufacturing systems designed with such a degree of complexity and redundancy that they can do nothing well.
I’ve designed enough stuff in my life to know simplicity is ALWAYS the best design criterion.
And simple don’t describe MS stuff. Sooner or later someone will come along with simple, clean programs that do the same things their stuff does.
Been happily married 20 years now.
And my wife is “hot” in a threatening sort of way. Teaches aerobics, kick-boxes.
Don’t mind me then, I thought maybe you were waxing autobiographical.
That’s actually my second favorite song by them (behind “Business Time”).
Simplicity is not necessarily the best design criterion in software development. Modularity, rather, is what’s best. You want to start small and allow the user a great degree of customizability, minimizing the degree of bloat.
There is no such thing as a piece of software so large it cannot be rewritten from the ground up. It happens often enough, and Windows was recently rewritten. The problem with operating systems (this happens with all of them again) is that if you make it too “simple,” people will complain that they need to install all these additional modules or programs to get it to do what they want it to do. If it contains all of that, inevitably some of it will be memory-resident, including some things you don’t need or want.
There’s really no win-win for software developers. I’m more of an open-source guy myself. If you’re interested in doing a quick comparison of simple vs. complex, try the Google Chrome browser. It’s designed to be a simple web browser, in contrast with the others available.
My favorites are “Jenny” and then of course “Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros”
My Grammy always told me, “Never invite Satan in, he can sneak in through the cracks all by himself.”
Shouldn’t be playin’ with evil, it’s very real.
I’m now taking bets on how many days until E, the Evil Software Entity, shows up on an ACORN voter registration list...
President of the local homeowner's association.
“in the hope that they’ll unlock the secrets of human morality.
No secret, all they need do is open and read a Bible.”
The first words I also thought as I read the title!
Oh, no, scientists do watch science fiction movies, but they just say “Whoa, cool idea! I want one!” when they see something like a cloned T-Rex or a cyborg rottweiler.
As long as the scientists in question don’t hook it up to the internet, or life-support systems, or anything else, they should be safe, but no, some day one of them is going to want to see how a pure evil AI would behave on WoW... I really should stop, in case they read this and get ideas.
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