The point is, war could be cheap for one side, and very expensive for another. Who cares if the enemy bleeds? (That's a rhetorical question.)
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I'm not sure this is to your advantage. If you don't have the keys, how will you stop them from torturing you?
Now you've got my interest. What is it, some kind of pedal snow tank?
they'll be moving to places with more sensible security policies
Doesn't webMD say something to the extent of, "This website is not intended to provide medical advice." after each page of medical advice?
I suppose this is the natural progression from a capitalist economy, but it isn't ideal. There will always be animosity from the haves toward the have-nots for being forced to pay welfare from what they rightfully "earned", and the have-nots toward the haves for owning the vast majority of shares.
Don't be silly. The robot owners will have plenty of money for buying products made by robots.
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Do they activate the killswitch if you are behind on monthly payments?
But it makes me wonder: Whom do you trust with your data? And who really owns it? What about in 3-6 years from now? How should I make sure that I retain access to today's data 20 years from now? Is storing things locally even a reasonable option for most people? I have a lot of floppies and old IDE disks from the 90s around here, but no means to access them, and some of the CDs and DVDs has gone bad as well.
I don't think niches are so neatly compartmentalized as you envision. If I have a smartphone with a "good enough" camera, I'll be less likely to buy a better camera even if I know the quality is not on par.
And it stopped happening, didn't it?
Funny, it was just a little while ago when we (the west) were all demonizing China for their one child policy.
Let's not forget buses. Mass transportation isn't exactly reducing wear on roads.
Just privatize all roads. And if you can't pay the tolls or choose not to, then you are totally free to not go anywhere.