Links for 17th February 2010

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Users will pay for content online, with a few catches

    "… more than three-quarters of those surveyed said they expect online content to be free if they already subscribe to a newspaper or magazine offline, and 71 percent said that the online content would have to be be "considerably better" than what's currently free before they'll get out their wallets.

    At least some users seem to be realistic about what to expect if they don't pay for it: almost 4 in 10 (34 percent) said they thought the quality of online content would suffer if companies could not charge for it. (Another 36 percent had no opinion on the matter.) Forty-seven percent of respondents said they would accept more advertising in order to subsidize free content."

    Tagged with: contentmediaonlinebusiness-modelspaymentsubscriptionpaywallattitudesadvertising

  2. Beyond anthropomorphism

    "Anthropomorphic ("human-shaped") thinking is the curse of futurists. One of the continuing themes running through Creating Friendly AI is the attempt to track down specific features of human thought that are solely the property of humans rather than minds in general, especially if these features have, historically, been mistakenly attributed to AIs.

    Anthropomorphic thinking is not just the result of context-insensitive generalization. Anthropomorphism is the result of certain automatic assumptions that humans are evolved to make when dealing with other minds. These built-in instincts will only produce accurate results for human minds; but since humans were the only intelligent beings present in the ancestral environment, our instincts sadly have no built-in delimiters."

    Tagged with: AIanthromorphismtranshumanismartificial-intelligencephilosophy

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