How to Save a Digital Copy of Your Soul…

That is a ‘double take’ inspiring line. For a couple of days, people have been writing about M.I.T.’s project to make digital copies of people that can look and speak like the person. Of course, it is hype based people’s curiosity.

M.I.T. has developed an amalgam of technology that allows the creation of an avatar that looks and sounds like a specific person. (Example) But, that is about it.

See Technology Review’s How to Save Your Digital Soul.

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Second Life has been doing the ‘looks’ part for years. The voice part is new tech. Prior voice imitation was about almost only pitch and word speed. The new tech controls pronunciation, word choice, cadence, and the other factors that make voices recognizable as a specific person. The idea is to have more AI interacting with people. Sort of a replacement for customer service people.

In psychology, the idea of the soul is self-aware life. Figuring these things out gets complicated because we can’t know what another person experiences. There is the challenge of whether the color you perceive as red is the same perception I have.

All your life you have looked at a color people call red. So, you too call it red. We can measure the frequency of the color we all agree is red. The color-blind show us that we are not all perceiving the color the same. For me, there is a huge difference between a bright green and bright red. That isn’t true for the color-blind, as the colors are nearly the same.

We can’t know what color others actually perceive. So, how do we know when another person or creature is self-aware? Are animals self-aware? If so, do they have souls?

Some concepts are just hard to define.

Support Free Speech

Who is stomping on our free speech rights? Who is working to silence public speech?

Kathy Griffin 2017

This is where you find out if YOU are into democracy or fascism. Are you allowing free speech? What about hate speech? What about the speech of climate skeptics? Liberals, anti-Trump’ers, pro-Trump’ers, and Conservatives? Continue reading

May the Fourth be…

The date has become known as Star Wars Day as a take on the line from the movie, “May the force be with you.” Next is the Revenge of the Fifth, which is a take from the sequel (#3) Revenge of the Sith.

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[ clique ] 050417 – May The Fourth Be With You

I didn’t realize a number of SL photographers celebrate the 4th with Star Wars inspired photography. Of course, anything like this has people from the adult community providing a range of images from tongue in cheek to total XXX porn imagery.  Continue reading

United Airlines New Commercial

Start at TM 0:00 if you aren’t up on current news to get the back story. Otherwise, this is Jimmy Kemmel’s spoofed United commercial.

Chicago PD and United Airlines have created quite a mess. You may not realize big government kneeling to lobbyists has created laws so that airlines can overbook their flights and take away most of your civil rights when flying. There is nothing you can do about it. When you buy a ticket, you agree to comply.

Climate: NASA Temperature Adjustments

For NASA warming is a $2± billion a year business, from a $200 billion a year budget. There has been no government money for any climate study that does not include warming for the last 20 (?) years. The NASA budget is currently being decided by the US House of Representatives. The Senate has had their say passing a NASA bill: S.442.

What should you tell your representative? Spend more? Less? Close NASA Earth Sciences (ES)? Save ES?

You’ll find the information about what the House is doing in the House’s appropriations bill, a continuing measure as Pres. Obama stopped preparing a Federal budget for submission to and approval by Congress as required by US Law years ago. We now stagger from financial crisis to crisis.

A point in deciding what to tell your representative would be to look at the facts of what NASA ES has been doing. Francis Menton has been publishing a series of articles detailing just that. Francis’ latest (14th) article is about how NASA has been adjusting the temperatures from a weather observatory near his home located at Falls Village (Town of Canaan), Connecticut. It is worth reading before deciding.