Eye Reedz (book thread)

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Re: Eye Reedz

Postby Fred » Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:07 pm

Rumsfeld wrote:The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil.

It's science, which is usually not my gig, but this one is intriguing. The author is a certified genuis who has been on the cutting edge of the computer industry since the 60's. It explains how real AI is close and that it will explode our progress a thousandfold in a short time. Basically we will be almost unlimited in our power and ability with the advent of nanotech and the construction of computer minds far more powerful than our own which will be able to think and process in three dimensions. Yeah yeah, I know. The Terminator. Skynet. Judgement Day. But this guy explains why that is an incredibly unlikely scenario.

Pretty fucking interesting.


I was watching a program I believe on the BBC where they had taken a part of a rats brain, put it in a sealed container keeping it basically living, hooked it up to a robot and it reacted & sent message to the robot and here's the interesting part actually changed it's pathways as time progressed to enable it's self to do work quick/faster to make the robot more efficient.

Any way books...I only seem to get around to them in the summer at the cottage, I read A Thousand Splendid Suns & Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Good story line simple but great in sight into what's happening in the middle weast for the regular person. I also read La Carre's latest novel Our Kind of Traitor, always a good story but some times I think La Carre get's visions of greatness rather than just tell his story.

I tried Castles Made of Sand by Andre Gerolymatos...but heavy going. My days of reading War and Peace with enthusiasm have got up and gone :D
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Re: Eye Reedz

Postby damonberryman » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:22 am

Fred wrote:
Rumsfeld wrote:The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil.

It's science, which is usually not my gig, but this one is intriguing. The author is a certified genuis who has been on the cutting edge of the computer industry since the 60's. It explains how real AI is close and that it will explode our progress a thousandfold in a short time. Basically we will be almost unlimited in our power and ability with the advent of nanotech and the construction of computer minds far more powerful than our own which will be able to think and process in three dimensions. Yeah yeah, I know. The Terminator. Skynet. Judgement Day. But this guy explains why that is an incredibly unlikely scenario.

Pretty fucking interesting.


I was watching a program I believe on the BBC where they had taken a part of a rats brain, put it in a sealed container keeping it basically living, hooked it up to a robot and it reacted & sent message to the robot and here's the interesting part actually changed it's pathways as time progressed to enable it's self to do work quick/faster to make the robot more efficient. I really enjoyed the Kite Runner and I have stumbled on a new Sci-fi named Love whose first is called 'Faith'. Fantastic story. Anything by Iain Banks works and most of Neal Asher. Hamilton's Night Dawn series too. Love Cornwell as in Bernard. His latest 'Death of Kings' is just great.

Any way books...I only seem to get around to them in the summer at the cottage, I read A Thousand Splendid Suns & Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Good story line simple but great in sight into what's happening in the middle weast for the regular person. I also read La Carre's latest novel Our Kind of Traitor, always a good story but some times I think La Carre get's visions of greatness rather than just tell his story.

I tried Castles Made of Sand by Andre Gerolymatos...but heavy going. My days of reading War and Peace with enthusiasm have got up and gone :D
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Re: Eye Reedz (book thread)

Postby rats19 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:46 am

quoting quotes? with no quoting of your own..dont quote me on that..lol
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Re: Eye Reedz (book thread)

Postby Fred » Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:32 pm

rats19 wrote:quoting quotes? with no quoting of your own..dont quote me on that..lol


Hey stand up quicj and take credit :D

The strange thing was the small portion of rats brain started to develop a memory when it came to repeating tasks by building new track ways. The hope was by studying how the braid actually developed memory they could maybe solve dimentia and Alzheimer's disease. I'm just hoping they make it quick :D
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Re: Eye Reedz (book thread)

Postby rats19 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:41 pm

The gargoyle by Andrew davidson....good read. If,like me you enjoy shit..fucked up.
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Re: Eye Reedz (book thread)

Postby Cornuck » Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:53 pm

I picked up Greg Palast's Vulture's Picnic. Damned depressing to learn more than you want to about the real world.
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Re: Eye Reedz (book thread)

Postby rats19 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:07 pm

Cornuck wrote:I picked up Greg Palast's Vulture's Picnic. Damned depressing to learn more than you want to about the real world.

Usefull knowledge....or just depressing?
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Re: Eye Reedz (book thread)

Postby Cornuck » Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:10 pm

rats19 wrote:
Cornuck wrote:I picked up Greg Palast's Vulture's Picnic. Damned depressing to learn more than you want to about the real world.

Usefull knowledge....or just depressing?


Palast's books are great reads. He's one of the few investigative reporters left and writes with humour to make it all tolerable. Another of his books, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" was great as well. Check out his website and you'll get an idea of what he's about. The link above is the first chapter free online.
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Re: Eye Reedz (book thread)

Postby rats19 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:22 pm

Ok Thnx cornuck......but there Is nothing like getting lost in fiction....good fiction
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Re: Eye Reedz (book thread)

Postby Cornuck » Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:25 pm

rats19 wrote:Ok Thnx cornuck......but there Is nothing like getting lost in fiction....good fiction


I don't think that I've read any fiction that was written in the last 50 years. I don't read much these days, but I used to devour the classics.
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Re: Eye Reedz (book thread)

Postby RoyalDude » Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:50 am

rats19 wrote:The gargoyle by Andrew davidson....good read. If,like me you enjoy shit..fucked up.


I've had my eye on this. Well worth the read? What's the mystery behind this novel, from the brief intro on the cover I can't tell if it's some sort of fantasy or the woman visiting the burn victim in the hospital is just mental.
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Re: Eye Reedz (book thread)

Postby rats19 » Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:12 am

RoyalDude wrote:
rats19 wrote:The gargoyle by Andrew davidson....good read. If,like me you enjoy shit..fucked up.


I've had my eye on this. Well worth the read? What's the mystery behind this novel, from the brief intro on the cover I can't tell if it's some sort of fantasy or the woman visiting the burn victim in the hospital is just mental.

I confess I am only 1/3rd through It, however am enjoying it alot. Authors first book I believe and he Is unique..just like us rd..lol
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Re: Eye Reedz (book thread)

Postby Meds » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:07 am

Reading the John Carter of Mars novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Very different writing style than most modern authors use, but thoroughly enjoyable reads. (Highly disappointed with the recent movie).
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Re: Eye Reedz

Postby Meds » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:08 am

Rumsfeld wrote:The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil.

It's science, which is usually not my gig, but this one is intriguing. The author is a certified genuis who has been on the cutting edge of the computer industry since the 60's. It explains how real AI is close and that it will explode our progress a thousandfold in a short time. Basically we will be almost unlimited in our power and ability with the advent of nanotech and the construction of computer minds far more powerful than our own which will be able to think and process in three dimensions. Yeah yeah, I know. The Terminator. Skynet. Judgement Day. But this guy explains why that is an incredibly unlikely scenario.

Pretty fucking interesting.


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Re: Eye Reedz (book thread)

Postby Arachnid » Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:32 pm

For Doc!

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/04/the-en ... ttery#more

Let us know if it's any good...if you ever finish it...mooohahahahahahahaha....ha...ha....ummm never mind.... :(
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