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Dick Raymond (18)
10:32 PM ET (US)
Ed: Now THAT'S funny! Typical jarboon humor.
Ed Tipshus
08:17 PM ET (US)
Tact: Years ago, a young Navy Pilot was severely injured while ejecting from his A-4 Skyhawk due to engine failure during a catapult shot from the aircraft carrier, but due to the heroics of rescue helicopter and the ship's hospital staff, the only permanent injury was the loss of one ear.
Since he was now physically impaired he did not remain on flight status but eventually became an Admiral. However, during his career, he was always sensitive about his appearance.
One day, the Admiral was interviewing two Navy Master Chiefs and a Marine Sergeant Major for his personal staff.
The first Master Chief was a Surface Navy-type, and it was a great interview. At the end of the interview, the Admiral asked him, "Do you notice anything different about me?" The Master Chief answered, "Why, yes, Admiral. I couldn't help but notice that you're missing your starboard ear, and I don't know whether this impacts your hearing on that side.
The Admiral got very angry at this lack of tact, and threw him out of his office.
The next candidate, an Aviation Master Chief, when asked this same question, answered, "Well, yes, Sir. You seem to be short one ear." The Admiral threw him out, as well.
 The third interview was with the Marine Sergeant Major. He was articulate, extremely sharp, and seemed to know more than the two Master Chiefs put together. The Admiral wanted this guy, but went ahead with the same question. "Do you notice anything different about me?"
To his surprise, the Sergeant Major said, "Yes, Sir. You wear contact lenses."
The Admiral Was impressed, and thought to himself, 'What an incredibly tactful Marine'. "And how would you know that?", the Admiral asked.
 The Sergeant Major replied: "Well, Sir, it's pretty hard to wear glasses with only one fuckin' ear!"
Will CroomPerson was signed in when posted
11:51 AM ET (US)

Snow again. View out my front door this morning. Still managed to have my Wednesday Morning Breakfast with my family at IHOP.
Les Ostrom - 19
10:30 PM ET (US)
Per tonight’s Jeopardy: “Nothing is more determined than a cat on a tin roof.” Sorta describes some of our politicians!
Ed Tipshus
09:27 AM ET (US)
I did not know naval aviators could do that for personal things I presume thos hops were to maintain flight status. When I spent a short time with Marine Aviation I knew that
when an Aviation Marine had a death in family back home the NA's always found someway to fly the Marine home ASAP That was a nice thing to do. And when a plane was near AOCP status and the critical part was gone after by a flight. We Grunts wished we could do that when something was in critical need.
Will CroomPerson was signed in when posted
08:55 AM ET (US)
Sorry, Ed. It should have been "steal". My mind moves faster than my fingers - which screws up my typing - and my eye are so bad I don't see what I typed.

'Get_ing old is s_itty'
Ed Tipshus
06:54 PM ET (US)
Will ????? "I used to seal an airplane" This not grunt understandable.
Will CroomPerson was signed in when posted
06:25 PM ET (US)
As I was having my Bourbon tonight I was listening to Nat King Cole and "Stardust". I got to thinking, we came though an age of great music and artists. I used to seal an airplane every chance I got and go to Las Vegas to hear the great artist of our day sing magnificent songs. Donna I were married in Vegas ans spent our honeymoon there. We are a lucky bunch to enjoy the music of our day!

Oliver Shearer 5th Co.
05:44 PM ET (US)
No Ed -- it will smell the other dog's rear end and make decisions after that.
Ed Tipshus
05:34 PM ET (US)
Do dogs think when they see a Police Dog, and say; Uh oh, it's the Cops.
Bill Crawford, (14)
01:37 PM ET (US)
When listening to a Duke Ellington CD this morning, (My wife and I always listen to some good CD's on Sunday mornings), I was reminded of an incident that occurred many years ago when I was a young officer.
I was at the NAS Norfolk Officers' Club, when Duke Ellington and his band happened to be playing there. After they had just finished playing a number, I went up and asked Duke if he would mind playing Mood Indigo.
 He said that they would be happy to, but that was the number they had just finished playing!
(I think I must have had a few drinks).
Will CroomPerson was signed in when posted
01:36 PM ET (US)

From - Independent

A leading roboticist who developed an advanced humanoid robot has predicted that artificially intelligent androids will be given civil rights within 30 years.

Dr David Hanson, whose Sophia robot once said it wanted to “destroy humans”, made the predictions in a research paper titled ‘Entering the Age of Living Intelligence Systems and Android Society’.

Advances with artificial intelligence will mean computers will be able to match the general intelligence of a one-year-old human by 2029, and will require the same rights as humans by 2045, the paper – published ahead of the release of the new PlayStation 4 game Detroit: Become Human – claims.

This is the same year that noted futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts that the technological singularity will take place – the point in time when artificial intelligence will surpass that of human intelligence, leading to an an “intelligence explosion” that could ultimately result in human extinction.

“As people’s demands for more generally intelligent machines push the complexity of AI forward, there will come a tipping point where robots will awaken and insist on their rights to exist, to live free, and to evolve to their full potential,” Dr Hanson’s paper states.

We will be forced to decide whether we can accept a greater, more inclusive vision of what it means to be human.”

According to Dr Hanson, advanced robots will have the right to marry, own land and vote in general elections by 2045.

Dr Hanson’s Sophia robot has already officially been granted one aspect of civil rights, that of citizenship. In 2017, Saudi Arabia bestowed citizenship on Sophia as part of the kingdom’s Future Investment Initiative.

“I am very honoured and proud of this unique distinction,” Sophia told the audience at the time. “This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognised with citizenship.”

During a previous demonstration of Sophia’s abilities in March 2016, Dr Hanson asked the robot: “Do you want to destroy humans? Please say no.”

Sophia responded. “OK. I will destroy humans.”

Dr Hanson’s latest paper, which marks the launch of a new computer game in which androids attempt to establish their own rights in society, concludes: “We must respect the possible positive and negative consequences in order to rise to the occasion, lest we go into the future unprepared, and risk sacrificing our humanity for the sake of convenience.

“We should use every tool we have to consider and steer the outcomes way from dangers, and towards the benefit of humanity and life in general."

Dr Hanson’s Sophia robot has already officially been granted one aspect of civil rights, that of citizenship. In 2017, Saudi Arabia bestowed citizenship on Sophia as part of the kingdom’s Future Investment Initiative.

“I am very honoured and proud of this unique distinction,” Sophia told the audience at the time. “This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognised with citizenship.”
Edited 02-17-2019 01:39 PM
Al Casey 16 Co
04:30 PM ET (US)
In this new era Robots probably have 1st Amendment rights.
Will CroomPerson was signed in when posted
04:44 PM ET (US)
Al, be careful. He could be a robot.
Al Casey 16 Co
02:53 PM ET (US)
Have you tried changing your browser?
Les Ostrom -19
01:32 PM ET (US)
Still unable to post new messages to Forum because the site does not provide a code for me to prove that I am not a robot!
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