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What is the most overly over hyped tech trend

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Generative AI
  46% 76 votes
Quantum computing
  6% 11 votes
Blockchain, NFT, Cryptocurrency
  35% 58 votes
Edge computing
0% 1 votes
Internet of Things
  6% 11 votes
6G
  2% 4 votes
I use the metaverse you insensitive clod
  1% 3 votes
Other (please specify in comments)
0% 1 votes
165 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 16, @05:48AM (25 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 16, @05:48AM (#1360666)

    it's no different from running the refrigerator with the door open, and then selling the energy bill.
    it's just evil.
    generating a unique signature for an IOU that is not backed by contract or by law... ? how can anyone be this stupid?

    • (Score: 4, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 16, @09:09AM (4 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 16, @09:09AM (#1360670)

      Think of how stupid the average person is. And then realize that half of them are stupider than that! -- George Carlin. [youtube.com]

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 17, @02:46PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 17, @02:46PM (#1360805)

        and really the central tendancy is not really the benchmark for stupid.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 19, @02:57PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 19, @02:57PM (#1361041)

          The benchmark is falling so far below the median that one assumes the distribution should follow that of the mean.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 21, @01:42PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 21, @01:42PM (#1361365)

            uhgh, why would the benchmark be lower, op point will be the bench mark is in percentiles above all the central points.

      • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Friday June 28, @12:33PM

        by PiMuNu (3823) on Friday June 28, @12:33PM (#1362368)

        > Think of how stupid the median average person is. And then realize that half of them are stupider than that!

        FTFY (depending if there is an even or odd number of people in your thought sample)

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by JoeMerchant on Sunday June 16, @07:24PM (2 children)

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Sunday June 16, @07:24PM (#1360726)

      For pure hype levels, you have to ask about a specific time.

      I also voted block chain simply due to the Billionfold multiple of hyped value vs actual utility value. I don't think the other techs will ever achieve that level of disparity.

      --
      🌻🌻 [google.com]
      • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday June 27, @03:54PM (1 child)

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 27, @03:54PM (#1362271) Journal

        When I wrote the pole / poll, I kind of assumed it would be interpreted to mean at the current time or recent history (whatever recent history might mean).

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        Trump is a poor man's idea of a rich man, a weak man's idea of a strong man, and a stupid man's idea of a smart man.
        • (Score: 3, Funny) by JoeMerchant on Thursday June 27, @04:28PM

          by JoeMerchant (3937) on Thursday June 27, @04:28PM (#1362281)

          I just attended a company "town hall" where one of the heads of technology gave his status update, and after he was done he blurted out "oh, and I should have mentioned AI!" afterthought required buzzword of the week. At the moment, I think AI out-buzzes Blockchain by a wide margin, though for "hype" measure, I think there is more utility in things called AI than things called Blockchain - though you have to remember that a lot of what is now called AI has been developed for decades under different banners.

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    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday June 17, @01:52PM (5 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 17, @01:52PM (#1360800) Journal

      no different from running the refrigerator with the door open, and then selling the energy bill.
      it's just evil.

      Generative AI can fix this. Given the right prompt, it will generate a text output that explains how to fix all the problems mankind faces. Just wait and see!

      --
      Trump is a poor man's idea of a rich man, a weak man's idea of a strong man, and a stupid man's idea of a smart man.
      • (Score: 1) by shrewdsheep on Tuesday June 18, @03:14PM (1 child)

        by shrewdsheep (5215) on Tuesday June 18, @03:14PM (#1360918)

        I can best that. Here is my generic problem solver:

        1. Compute set of all possible solution
        2. Evaluate loss for every solution
        3. Pick minimum
        4. Problem solved

        Which confirms again: a good optimizer can solve all problems. Take that AI.

        • (Score: 3, Touché) by maxwell demon on Sunday June 23, @08:43AM

          by maxwell demon (1608) on Sunday June 23, @08:43AM (#1361650) Journal

          I have an even simpler algorithm:

          Wait until the heat death of the universe, without doing anything. By that time, every problem either has gone away or won't matter any more anyway.

          --
          The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 19, @02:08AM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 19, @02:08AM (#1360981)

        > Just wait and see!

        Yes but how long will we be waiting to see? It's not a trivial prompt like "what is six times nine in base 13" is it?

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 19, @02:24AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 19, @02:24AM (#1360982)

          That's the joke.

        • (Score: 1) by pTamok on Thursday June 27, @09:53AM

          by pTamok (3042) on Thursday June 27, @09:53AM (#1362223)

          Is it different to six times thirteen in base 9? Or thirteen times nine in base 6?

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Ingar on Tuesday June 18, @12:50PM (8 children)

      by Ingar (801) on Tuesday June 18, @12:50PM (#1360901) Homepage Journal

      Despite the hype, generative AI still has some uses. In theory there might be some useful applications for blockchain as well,
      but so far I haven't seen any. Bitcoins, NFTs and the likes are just pure scams.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 19, @12:51AM (5 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 19, @12:51AM (#1360974)

        At its base, the blockchain is an implementation of the basic technique to create a fault-tolerant, secure, distributed, tamper-resistant, open (anyone can read), and public (anyone can write) append-only database. Algorithms with some of those features have existed for quite some time with many different applications in use today. The big difference with blockchain is that it allows for both public and open access to the ledger because of a carefully chosen consensus algorithm. Things like blockchain have their uses. But finding one where being open is a benefit is already a small, add the additional factor of being public and the benefits are even rarer. This is because the open and public natures of blockchain adds quite a bit of theoretical complexity to the implementation that oftentimes outbalances the benefits it brings. Hence why most systems in use today give on at least one or the other or one of the other properties of a blockchain to balance out the various concerns.

        • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Sunday June 23, @04:15AM (1 child)

          by mhajicek (51) on Sunday June 23, @04:15AM (#1361634)

          It also makes the ledger more expensive to append with every transaction.

          --
          The spacelike surfaces of time foliations can have a cusp at the surface of discontinuity. - P. Hajicek
          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 24, @06:52AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 24, @06:52AM (#1361780)

            It is true that Cryptocurrencies and many blockchain systems have mechanisms to change the cost of appending to the database. However, there is no inherent need to increase the difficulty or expense. Instead, blockchains recompute the difficulty required based on performance to maintain a target. For example, if almost half of the bitcoin miners disappeared tomorrow, those remaining in the system would adjust within a month or so with the difficulty almost half of what it is now.

        • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Sunday June 23, @08:48AM (2 children)

          by maxwell demon (1608) on Sunday June 23, @08:48AM (#1361651) Journal

          Most of the work in the blockchain goes into calculating hashes with many zeros. Maybe the true goal of creating it was to get the public to help in breaking the hashing algorithm by creating a huge database of such hashes.

          --
          The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.
          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 24, @06:59AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 24, @06:59AM (#1361782)

            That is not an inherent part of blockchains. There are plenty of alternative consensus algorithms that can be used instead. I could sort of see your point because the two rounds of hashing does seem sort of odd. But I don't really see how that would help break SHA-256. I could ask a cryptographer I know though to see if he has any ideas.

          • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 27, @11:21PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 27, @11:21PM (#1362314)

            He got back to me and said he could see the point to your argument. One area that has been a bit neglected in cryptographic research is the area of combining hashes that weren't originally designed to be combined. Nesting the SHA-256 hash in this fashion is one such combined hash. One reason that is a problem is that the theoretical maximum security of the algorithm is equal to the strongest hash (the nesting in the case of bitcoin is to increase difficulty). However, that is the theoretical maximum, not the actual security provided. There could be interactions between hashes that end up weakening your combined hash. With a large body of hashes, motivated individuals could run various tests against the hashes to find such a weakness. However, he stressed that cryptographers know about the theoretical weakness of combining hashes, which is why most schemes try not to directly nest them like this. So, the practical result of any such weakness is likely limited.

      • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Monday June 24, @11:49AM

        by Thexalon (636) on Monday June 24, @11:49AM (#1361801)

        In theory there might be some useful applications for blockchain as well, but so far I haven't seen any. Bitcoins, NFTs and the likes are just pure scams.

        My understanding is that crypto does have one group of people that is actually quite interested in using it for its intended purpose of wealth transfer and transactions. That group is international criminal syndicates, where crypto transfers are replacing suitcases full of bills.

        And that's something I tend to bring up when hear about libertarian projects: The people who are really really interested in being beyond the reach of any government are those who have chosen a life of doing terrible crimes.

        --
        The only thing that stops a bad guy with a compiler is a good guy with a compiler.
      • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday June 27, @04:00PM

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 27, @04:00PM (#1362273) Journal

        Blockchain is used for NFT, and since NFT is extremely important to all future human existence, especially if you're trying to sell NFTs to gullible people with two much money, then therefore one can conclude that Blockchain is also important to all future human existence.

        Some would say that selling NFTs to gullible people is one of:
        * pure scam
        * the free market
        * there's a sucker born every minute
        * you can't stop me! it's political speech! It's the evil left deep state conspiracy!
        * it's a business model

        --
        Trump is a poor man's idea of a rich man, a weak man's idea of a strong man, and a stupid man's idea of a smart man.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 27, @03:51AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 27, @03:51AM (#1362191)

      Me too. Somehow, somebody managed to get the equivalent of planting a flag on a number and declaring, "I claim these bits in the name of the King of Spain" going, and people actually bought it. It made a few anti-Fed crypto bros rich, but it never even achieved their original goal of de-centralized or anonymous currency because a bunch of whales own most of it, and the FBI can track it down and confiscate it.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 29, @01:29AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 29, @01:29AM (#1362464)
      But this currency is worth a lot because I can m̴a̴t̴h̴e̴m̴a̴t̴i̴c̴a̴l̴l̴y̴cryptographically PROVE that I w̴a̴s̴t̴e̴d̴invested a lot of energy and resources to create it!
  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by janrinok on Monday June 17, @04:57AM (1 child)

    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 17, @04:57AM (#1360768) Journal

    A big thanks to DannyB for submitting quite a few poll contents over recent months. Poll are usually submitted by the community so any help is gratefully received.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by HeadlineEditor on Monday June 17, @09:30AM

    by HeadlineEditor (43479) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 17, @09:30AM (#1360781)

    ...but Generative AI will cause oceans of grief before any real benefit is realized. And even then, grief will be its primary product for a long time.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by looorg on Monday June 17, @06:37PM (1 child)

    by looorg (578) on Monday June 17, @06:37PM (#1360826)

    I voted Generative AI. It's all you hear about these days, even if they cut the generative part. It's all AI all the time every day. Even tho it's clearly massively over hyped beyond anything realistic. Apparently it doesn't matter. Can you even launch a product today without an AI component? Doesn't seem like it.

    Blockchain and Crypto is clearly taking a backseat to the almighty AI. Perhaps it will make a comeback when they split it next time or someone makes off with a gazillion coins or something in a scam next time. Waiting for them to merge with AI. We'll have CryptoAI or AIChains or perhaps you can use the blockchain to stop the AI from hallucinating.

    Quantum computing is dead as far as news is concerned. Not enough Quantum-AI.

    Nobody cared about Edge computing or IoT. They are both dead if they don't have an AI component attached to or in it. They are now a subsection of AI, like almost everything.

    6G. The radiation killed all the news about that already. It's an artificial need perhaps people are figuring out that they do not need. Is anyone asking for it except the phone and network makers that want to sell more hardware?

    Metaverse was dead on arrival. It only exists in Zucks fantasies. Nobody but him cares.

    • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Friday June 28, @12:35PM

      by PiMuNu (3823) on Friday June 28, @12:35PM (#1362369)

      Likewise. 95 % of the time the "AI" can be replaced by "Computer" but it would not be as sexy.

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by ese002 on Monday June 17, @07:31PM (3 children)

    by ese002 (5306) on Monday June 17, @07:31PM (#1360833)

    Generative AI hype way exceeds anything else but it also has a great deal of real utility. Cryptocurrency hype is lower but it's utility is much lower that that. Thus max(hype-utility)= GenAI. max(hype/utility) = cryptocurrency.

    • (Score: 2) by https on Friday June 21, @08:07PM (2 children)

      by https (5248) on Friday June 21, @08:07PM (#1361425) Journal

      I'm sorry, where in your life does large scale electronic bullshit production have utility?

      I mean, unless your job is to make plausible (but necessarily fake) lorum ipsum text for newspapers that appear in cinema/TV. I wouldn't want to disparage the arts (or career choices) needlessly.

      Oh, and for the `citation needed' crowd: yes it is. [springer.com]

      --
      Offended and laughing about it.
      • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Sunday June 23, @04:18AM

        by mhajicek (51) on Sunday June 23, @04:18AM (#1361635)

        I run a CNC machine shop. Claude has been able to hold an intelligent conversation about machining approaches and techniques for Titanium alloy parts.

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        The spacelike surfaces of time foliations can have a cusp at the surface of discontinuity. - P. Hajicek
      • (Score: 3, Touché) by suxen on Monday June 24, @01:25PM

        by suxen (3225) on Monday June 24, @01:25PM (#1361808)

        I've been a software developer for over 20 years. I let chatgpt write code for me. Give it a decent enough description of what you want and it does a pretty good job. You can ask it to change and correct specific things and it does. The work I do is a pretty niche area with a lot of conventions and specific ways to work with the codebase, ChatGPT more or less adheres to them. The code pretty much always has one, maybe two, critical flaws in it that make it more or less useless but because I'm not asking it to do stuff I don't understand I can spot and correct those easily. It's not like I'm just going to copy and paste from chatgpt and push it to production. Usually I get it to do the broad strokes and then I go in and fill in the detail. I could write the code myself usually but using ChatGPT saves me from having to hammer out a crap load of boilerplate and if I ask it about something I haven't done before it can usually save me a few hours of research / trawling through documentation

        Generative AI is definitely very far from useless, it's already prevalent in every day life and used in the right way can do a lot for us

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by BsAtHome on Tuesday June 18, @12:47PM

    by BsAtHome (889) on Tuesday June 18, @12:47PM (#1360900)

    All of the above.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 19, @05:26AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 19, @05:26AM (#1360995)

    One of these is not like the rest...

    NFT and Crypto are mostly useless. Blockchain is just a technique that can be applied anywhere but probably isn't appropriate for your usecase.

  • (Score: 3, Touché) by krishnoid on Thursday June 20, @05:20AM (1 child)

    by krishnoid (1156) on Thursday June 20, @05:20AM (#1361126)

    Hmm -- hype + hype + irrational exuberance = ... I'm voting for nVidia's stock price.

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 20, @01:05PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 20, @01:05PM (#1361172)

      You can also make political donations to Nancy Pelosi.

  • (Score: 2) by hopdevil on Thursday June 20, @03:53PM (3 children)

    by hopdevil (3356) on Thursday June 20, @03:53PM (#1361203)

    It's been hyped for decades, that's a lot of cumulative hype

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 21, @01:46PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 21, @01:46PM (#1361366)

      but is it?

      • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Monday June 24, @03:42PM (1 child)

        by Freeman (732) on Monday June 24, @03:42PM (#1361827) Journal

        I don't know, it's always dead when I look at it.

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        Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"
        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 27, @04:52PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 27, @04:52PM (#1362287)

          Things you can tell collapse [wikipedia.org] just by looking.

  • (Score: 2) by cmdrklarg on Thursday June 20, @08:58PM

    by cmdrklarg (5048) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 20, @08:58PM (#1361257)

    I did Other, just because all of them were/are overly hyped. AI just happens to be the current champion.

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    The world is full of kings and queens who blind your eyes and steal your dreams.
  • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Monday June 24, @03:47PM (3 children)

    by Freeman (732) on Monday June 24, @03:47PM (#1361830) Journal

    Due to the fact that "Quantum Computers" are going to revolutionize computing any time now. Any time . . .

    I expect to see infinite "clean energy" from a man made fusion reactor about the same time we get useful "Quantum Computers".

    Though, it's a hard pick between the top three. I would say that Generative AI is definitely the current fad. Just how much it will change things is yet to be seen. There are some very difficult problems and limitations with Generative AI.

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    Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"
    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by istartedi on Thursday June 27, @03:55AM (1 child)

      by istartedi (123) on Thursday June 27, @03:55AM (#1362192) Journal

      I couldn't bring myself to vote QC because if they can ever get efficient hardware it will be useful for a lot of worthwhile things like protein folding and math problems with applications that go over my head, or that might not find applications until we're able to work them quickly. So I voted Blockchain.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 29, @01:43AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 29, @01:43AM (#1362465)

        Maybe more scientists need to study more thoroughly and in detail on how single celled creatures "think".

        https://www.popsci.com/story/science/single-cell-decision-cognition-stentor-roeseli/ [popsci.com]

        See also: https://biostor.org/reference/7123 [biostor.org]
        Where a study claims that a single celled creature that builds shells for itself with external materials, does not reproduce if there's not enough materials to build another shell for reproduction.

        Even if they're not using QC to think, they're doing quite sophisticated stuff with very little hardware and energy: building distinctive shells, deciding to not reproduce when there's not enough resources, etc.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 27, @09:07PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 27, @09:07PM (#1362311)

      555

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 01, @10:19PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 01, @10:19PM (#1362711)

    https://soylentnews.org/comments.pl?noupdate=1&sid=61387&page=1&cid=1362426#commentwrap [soylentnews.org]

    A registered user made that comment, slurs and personal attacks. Disgusting.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 04, @11:59PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 04, @11:59PM (#1363118)

    IRC is broken? Not able to connect. Internal Severe Erron?

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