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Posted in: Understanding the Japanese pension system Part 3: How do I collect? See in context

I just found these articles - and the Retire site. Thank you!

I have a question concerning the Koseinenkin. It's written that it is roughly 50% of one's salary. Does this refer to one's "gross" salary or to one's "net" salary? 

Does anyone know?

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Posted in: 2 dead, many injured as typhoon hits western Japan, shuts down Kansai airport See in context

In the northern most region of the Sakyo-ward of Kyoto City there is a blackout - I'm using the "hotspot" function on my iPhone.

In my immediate neighborhood, i don't see any damage. Hopefully, there will be none: here or elsewhere.

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Posted in: AI can read! Tech firms race to smarten up thinking machines See in context

Perhaps, it is time again - again again - for all of us to read John Searle's Reith Lectures, published as Minds, Brains, and Science. One can also read the entry entitled "The Chinese Room Argument" in the Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Other wonderful books are those by his colleague at Berkeley, Hubert Dreyfuss: the book What Computers Can't Do, and its successor What Computers Still Can't Do.

With greater computing power, the claims of AI are again being greatly inflated.

In these uncertain times, it's imperative that we remind ourselves of the virtual noncomputability - in Godel's sense - of human intelligence, consciousness, and subjectivity.

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Posted in: American blogger makes more extensive apology for suicide video See in context

If we assume human character is more or less "seamless," then this person's 'upload' is not really out of character. Thus, his overwhelming popularity will hopefully encourage those who promote him to reflect upon their own sense of values.

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Posted in: Faring badly: Uber struggles to make inroads in Japan See in context

Can anyone tell me whether or not Uber is an enterprise in the so-called "Gig Economy"?

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