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Comment no more justification for any property right (Score 1) 414

I guess everybody here knows venerable C. Clarke predicted that work will disappear around 2075 (I think or somewhere around that year)...I don't know if he said what would happen with us at that time. There is something deeper than meets the eye: the only acceptable justification for the property right is the fact that individual property creates wealth (if you leave a piece of land to a bunch of too many guys nothing productive comes out of it...if you leave it to one guy and you create rules that protect that guy than you get some food). Once robots come into the picture (and I'm not talking only about these beginnings, I'm talking about the time when robots will be advanced enough say for a farm to be completely robotized and there will be robots making robots automatically...) this justification dies. In other words, rich guys are rich because they brought us something or they bring us something: walmart guy is reach because he sells cheap stuff bringing you an advantage, etc. Once everything is done by robots where's the merit of who? Also this justification of property works because to maintain being rich, on the long run, rich guys have to work. Once all this disappear why would the guy next door have something more than me? there is no reason. all the work is done by robots so another justification for allotment of resources has to be found... now, from here I can see only two exits: a very happy Karl Marx in the next world - everybody's equal as much as possible: i get to drive a ferrrari once every 5 get to be on some cool yacht once every 10 years OR the rich try to maintain their advantage BY FORCE of technology and robots... now, which do you think is more likely? ...

Comment human interfering in evolution (Score 1) 1142

Lately we humans have reached a level where we can cure or care for many congenital diseases, debilitating diseases, we care for our kind who are in need because they are disabilitated (from old crazy to new depressed). In other words many individuals who would have never survived in other ages, now survive and have children themselves. Even healthy individuals (who don't have cronic diseases or problems) would have died in other ages because of acute disease (now antibiotics stop that too).

Do you think this fight of us to care for all the individuals of our species is going to lead to a social hive or do you think will weaken the species and bring it to the brink of destruction? Or do you think no evolutionary danger comes from this new aspect of the human society? Where could we read some scientific arguments on this issue?

Comment Corporate masters forever has a new meaning (Score 1) 106

Now when this will be made available to humans the whole game will change again: Basically the corporate overlords will live forever and they will only have to change the workers generation by generation. This until they will create enough robots to do the job instead of the workers. Then most of the humanity will be kinda obsolete. They will live in closed premises, served by robots, having fun among them. the rest of us will freely participate in madmax

Submission + - Immortal Worms Defy Aging

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from The University of Nottingham have demonstrated how a species of flatworm overcomes the ageing process to be potentially immortal.

The discovery, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is part of a project funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) and may shed light on the possibilities of alleviating ageing and age-related characteristics in human cells.

The Art of The Farewell Email 703

With so many people losing their jobs, the farewell email, letting colleagues and contacts know where you are moving and how you can be reached, has become common. Writing a really good one, whether it be funny, sad or just plain mad is an art form. Chris Kula, a receptionist at a New York engineering firm, wrote: "For nearly as long as I've worked here, I've hoped that I might one day leave this company. And now that this dream has become a reality, please know that I could not have reached this goal without your unending lack of support." In May, lawyer Shinyung Oh was let go from the San Francisco branch of the Paul Hastings law firm six days after losing a baby. "If this response seems particularly emotional," she wrote to the partners, "perhaps an associate's emotional vulnerability after a recent miscarriage is a factor you should consider the next time you fire or lay someone off. It shows startlingly poor judgment and management skills — and cowardice — on your parts." Let's hear the best and worst goodbye emails you've seen.

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.