There are multiple empty houses for every man, woman, and child in America
No, there aren't. The house vacancy rate in the US is currently under 2 percent (and falling), which translates to about 1.4 million vacant homes. http://www.census.gov/housing/...
It shouldn't be a big deal if social security numbers are released - the fault lies with a system that makes them so powerful.
The real test of artificial intelligence will come when the self-driving vehicle will have to decide between plowing into a crowd of people to protect the driver, and smashing into a tree to protect the crowd of people - but killing the driver, when the accident is inevitable.
Yeah, I hate it when that happens (and it happens all the time). So far I've always chosen the crowd of people - why can't we just program the car to do the same?
All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities. -- Dawkins