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Comment Re:Eh. (Score 1) 259

The media is being used to scare the public, and encourage even more erosion of privacy because, you know, the bad guys will get us...
"Security Aware" is being treated in the media as something bad, something people shouldn't aspire to.
This concerted effort after the Paris attacks isn't someone filling column inches, it is yet another example of those with the editorial influence to pressure the First World to completely give up any shred of privacy or freedom.

Comment Re:This is a good thing. (Score 1) 291

Eventually an automated Solar-Thermal energy system(and PV) system will be implemented.
Perhaps there will be a small bump in the initial build up of this infrastructure, but eventually, like everything else, the system to upgrade, monitor and maintain it(which will replace coal fired power plants) will all be automated.

Automated as in a lessening of the number of new jobs as the technology gets more advanced.

Comment Re:This is a good thing. (Score 1) 291

As much as I like the idea of a basic income, you're analysis is spot on.
With the caustic political situation in the US especially, it will never happen, unless something(as you point out) catastrophic happens to the financial system.
Even then though I still doubt it.

I really think where we are going as a civilization is a sort of "culling the herd" as it were. Those that control the vast majority of wealth see the writing on the wall regarding human population, the environment, climate change and technology.
This combination of factors is a Perfect Storm. And one that will be taken advantage of thoroughly by those that control the wealth.

Comment Re:This is a good thing. (Score 1) 291

If 80 million US jobs are destroyed by automation then they will all starve

Now you're catching on.
There is an advantage in how this will play out towards the 1%. This erosion of employment and the gradual thinning of the middle class is really to their benefit. If it happened all at once then there would be more of an outcry.

As long as there are even a few crumbs falling off the table, the millions will fight over them while those sitting at the table get fatter by the day.

Comment Re:So how do we live? (Score 1) 176

When this happens, and it will, the number one social concern will be to figure out how hard work can still be incented. Without hard work, humans become listless and unhappy.

I think they've figured out quite well how to keep people occupied.

What is it that lots of people, and a lot of younger people especially like to do a lot, and for long periods of time, and if they could, they would be doing it all the time?
Video Games.

Just wait until truly immersive VR gaming takes off.
Jobs? Career? Family? Life Goals?
Who needs any of those when there are no jobs, people "live" on a small stipend, and rarely leave their video game pod.
That is the future.

Comment Re:So how do we live? (Score 1) 176

Excellent points.
I hadn't heard about Amazon Air, but yea, when things can be delivered that fast and cheap, it will put even more local businesses out of business.
Its interesting to note that an oft quoted statistic from politicians is that small businesses are the real employers and drivers of local economies.
Imagine a "local economy" when there are only huge megacorporations to work for, and you are lucky to work at all...

"I've seen the forgeries I've sent out." -- John F. Haugh II (jfh@rpp386.Dallas.TX.US), about forging net news articles