Sent 2016-07-25

Q.: Why aren't robotic systems considered as
marionettes following the control instructions or their

If robots are to be considered marionettes, then so should humans.
The difference would be that robotic marionettes can beat human marionettes at Checkers, Chess,
Poker Jeopardy and Go and driving cars and trucks.

Let us pretend that we are Neanderthals and the Humans are "gaining on us".  Should we study the
nature of these "new" Human creatures to make sure that they are not a threat to our species existence
or not?  

If you think that such study should have been recommended to Neanderthals, then why not recommend
such study to your own persons?

Here is a book for you to do that as a start:

Machine Learning For Dummies
by John Paul Mueller (Author), Luca Massaron  (Author)
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Machine learning can be a mind-boggling concept for the masses, but those who are in the trenches of
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Consider yourself as a "Backdoor emigrant" who finds himself in a country that is increasingly speaking
a language such as Python which you find to be strange.  You thought that American English was the
standard in America, but what job could you get at Google or another tech company in Silicon Valley
once you told the interviewer that you didn't speak Python or even C#?  
Perhaps you would be sweeping floors for minimum wage with the other people who "don't speak the
language" being used in their environment?
Please note that folks like Andreessen predict that "Silicon Valley" has driven up real estate prices and
this is driving new startups to various places all over the world.  Artificial Intelligence is like a living
system that is spreading its influence all over the world.  Will you escape its influence?  

Unless you learn to speak at least one robot language, you will gradually find yourself a "Stranger in a
Strange Land".