On Tuesday July 21st 2015, the Committee to Evaluate the Defense Budget recommended freezing the defense budget for five years. Taking the total military budget and dividing by number of active military personnel, spending is now only $4.2 million per soldier.
Thankfully, as President Obama is reducing military personnel by 10%, freezing the military budget will increase spending to $4.6 million per soldier.But is this really enough?
The International Bill of Rights, which Eleanor Roosevelt founded via the United Nations, requires that all citizens have equal representation. Specifically, this is stated in International Covenant on Civil Political Rights (article 25), which the USA finally approved in 1976. However, Washington DC has no representatives in congress or the senate.
NASA removed Pluto from the planetary solar system because it doesn't have all the characteristics necessary to be considered a planet. Washington DC doesn't have all the characteristics necessary to be considered part of the USA. So it appears, by the same argument, NASA should demand than Washington DC be removed from the United States. How can this be?
It's the most rational explanation for the Fermi paradox," one panelist concluded on National Public Radio today, later explaining how Stephen Hawking deduced that aliens may choose to destroy our planet rather than risk such lack of empathy continue unchecked in the cosmos.
A box-and-arrow overview of a learning software intelligence, with unconsciousness and emotions, capable of defending itself when under threat. The architecture combines recent and prominent models from cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, logic, linguistics, social psychology, and psychoanalysis.
The great ornithologist Richard Attenborough was once asked why birds sing. After a long explanation, ending in a detailed examination of what happens during a morning chorus, he concluded, "So, if there are no predators, and it is not time to mate, why is there still a morning chorus? Well. It's too late to sleep. It's too early to catch worms. So there isn't anything else to do."
After exploring how to link the conscious and unconscious abstractions with basic feelings, this article postulates a new model for dreams, summarizes the possibilities for computer simulation, and provides a high-level description of the initial cognition process. It is intended as a framework for systematic discussion of each component and process in the hypercognition system, sufficient to define a learning Artificial Intelligence (AI) with emotions and dreams.
If NASA had paid attention to current philosophical thinking on theories of naming and identity, it could have at least avoided a multimillion debacle, even if you feel international humiliation of American academia is not that important.