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Comment: Re:Economists ... (Score 1) 184 184

There is nothing wrong with price discrimination. All companies should be allowed to sell their products for whatever price they want, based on any criteria they want (except, arguably, race/sex/religion etc, because society doesn't like it).

However, using the legal system to enforce that price discrimination is a bad idea. Without the extensive legal barriers set up to "make prices fair", and with uniform labor/production/safety etc laws worldwide, the average incomes of people in the West and people in China (in this example) would equalise much more rapidly.

When corporations hijack governments to protect their own interests, it is bad for everyone.

Comment: Re:Doing it wrong (Score 1) 409 409

I cook all the time, and I can think of several ways in which I could use an automated kitchen system like the one that the parent describes:

- Download recipes made for the system from the net, my phone/pda tells me what to put in when;

- Visual indicators of when everything's going to be ready, and more importantly, the status of the various dishes I have cooking;

- Teaching someone anywhere in the world how to cook, by monitoring what they're doing in real-time so I can give them instant feedback and advice.

These are just the "radio with pictures" ideas anyone can come up with; in actual use, these systems will spawn new and awesome ways of living that we cannot yet imagine.

Comment: Re:Human-level AI (Score 2, Insightful) 903 903

Bah. AI is easy in principle, all you have to do is simulate a human brain at sufficient resolution.

Time travel forwards is also easy, you just use relativistic time dilation. Backwards? Impossible. (Before you react, everything you're about to think of requires negative matter.)

World peace is also easy, all you do is kill every living thing.

Comment: Re:Citation Needed (Score 2, Insightful) 616 616

Birds have little magnets in their heads, they use the MAGNETIC field of the Earth to navigate, not the ELECTROMAGNETIC field, except when they use their eyes.

Oh, and we haven't just CALCULATED that the only effect is thermal; we've SHOWN it, in many scientific experiments.

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