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Comment: Re:Let's do the math (Score 1) 305

by khallow (#48474659) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

But not so radical that we won't be "recognizably" human.

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Consider Google glass, and people with artificial limbs, hearing aids, etc. Stephen Hawking communicates trough a machine. Technically, we are already radically altering ourselves. Do we call those users not recognizably human? No, we call them glassholes ;p

Artificial limbs have been around for a long time, but the first using signals from nerves date from the mid 90s according to Wikipedia. Glancing at Wikipedia, Hawking's speech synthesizer was in use since around 1985. Google Glass entered the market this year. Technically, we are already radically altering ourselves over the past few decades.

Biologically, they may deserve a new scientific name (no longer homo sapiens), but they would still be considered human, and refer to themselves as humans in everyday conversations, while the rest of us may be the ones who get a new label in the variation of "old" humans.

Unless it doesn't happen that way, of course.

Actually, it was labor being too expensive that created the incentive for machines and automation and AI to be created in the first place. To compete with machines, labor doesn't need to augment themselves. They just need to lower their price.

Horse-drawn wagons and chariots created the need for roads, but they aren't on the roads now.

This is one of the great misconceptions many first worlders have. People only think about the cost, as opposed to getting value for their buck. For example, what good is going to a more expensive school when it lands you the same job as somebody with a degree from a less known but cheaper school, or no degree at all?

OTOH, if it's not that way, then your argument wouldn't hold.

To compete with machines, labor doesn't need to augment themselves. They just need to lower their price.

Many if not most people choose to work more than 40 hours of work a week. They could choose to work less and earn less. Just because someone could choose to be unaugmented, doesn't mean they will choose to do so due to the compromises involved.

Comment: Re:Idea (Score 1) 222

by khallow (#48474123) Attached to: Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

So far the US bombed every remotely important country wanting to sell oil for Euros back into the stone age. Last time Ahmedingbats pondered aloud that he plans to have the Iran do so caused him to be pushed into the Axle of Evil.

Correlation doesn't imply causation. And it's worth noting that Iran hasn't experienced any serious consequences from the US for its alleged Euro-based oil trading since it doesn't sell its oil to the US.

Comment: Re:Ebola's not going away (Score 1) 222

by khallow (#48472245) Attached to: Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

They don't realize that the worst is yet to come once it really breaks out of the 3 African countries where is is pretty much out of control.

The thing is, it is under control in Guinea with new cases declining. Liberia and Sierra Leone seems to be the true make or break cases, but with some success in the past few weeks. It's still exponential growth, but doubling time has lengthened considerably. Even if they fail to contain Ebola in the end, this buys us some time.

Comment: Re:Idea (Score 0) 222

by khallow (#48472177) Attached to: Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

The political-military industrial complex has forced the oil producing countries to only accept U.S. dollars for their oil. Every other country that needs oil must sell products to the U.S. for U.S. dollars in order to buy oil.

No, they can buy oil in other currencies like Euros. The problem is that there aren't many reliable currencies out there. Despite the inflation of currencies like the dollar or Euro, those still are the best choice for long term contracts.

Comment: Re:Flip Argument (Score 1) 1087

by roman_mir (#48467383) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Machismo has nothing to do with it, a person has the right to protect himself with deadly force when attacked and should not hesitate once it's a full frontal attack, do not leave the attacker capable of returning, coming from behind, coming after you later, take care of it once and for all right there and then and be done with it. Yes, taking another man's life is better than losing your own.

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