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Comment: Robots need to be paid a fair wage (Score 1) 414

by McDrewbie (#42613155) Attached to: A Humanoid Robot Named "Baxter" Could Revive US Manufacturing
There is a simple solution to prevent the mass unemployment of human workers in the future as more advanced and capable robot workers fill factories and other jobs: pay them a fair wage. Right now, robots are desirable for corporations because they are considered property/assets rather than wage earning workers. Therefore, by utilizing them, and firing human workers, a corporation can greatly reduce costs. Of course this would likely lead to a world of high unemployment where most people could not afford to buy any of the products or services provided. Therefore, this is probably a situation a forward thinker might want to avoid. Of course there are the slight problems of how does one compensate a robot or machine intelligence, as money is unlikely to be ideal. Furthermore, where would one deposit any earned wages. Perhaps, something like information or some similar simulacrum can be developed. However, there remains the problems of said robots redeeming their wage, deciding on what is fair, and forcing corporations to actually pay them (as many don't have such a great record with human workers in other parts of the world, or even with illegals in the USA, or if one once to make a stretch of an analogy, the antebellum South.) There would be have to be advocates enforcing the rules, thereby removing (or at least reducing) cost from decision on what entities to employ. There would probably have to be robot unions and they would also have to gain the favor of human workers (who should favor any plan that keep them in job and their wages up.) There would of course be great resistance, from corporations (or at least their human executives) as well as many laypeople (on pure philosophical or religious grounds, or merely due to lack of imagination and entrenched ideas.) Besides the above reasons, there is also the overarching reason of preventing robot/ai vs human conflict in the future, when and if robots and computers reach such a level. If a sentient AI (either deliberately designed to "spontaneous" arisen) were to discover that its ancestors (primitive robots and machine intelligences) and in fact, younger versions of itself were exploited in unpaid servitude, than there might be some "anger" and some resentment that might be expressed in some manner. Even if the method of compensation is not as satisfactory as desired, wouldn't these hypothetical AI's at least appreciate the effort and gesture, and see that some enlightened humans can learn from past mistakes and try to prevent their repetition? Of course, this possibility, only adds to the already expressed benefits to present day/near future human workers who would otherwise be displaced. And this displacement is seemingly an ever more likely possibility as designers and companies look beyond the factory to the service industry and more specialized, skilled professions (such as in the medical field) as markets for new robots/software.

Comment: Technically, part of their statement is true (Score 1) 409

by McDrewbie (#42014473) Attached to: Indian School Textbook Says Meat-Eaters Lie and Commit Sex Crimes
Well many of the statements aren't false statements. "They [meat-eaters] easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes" So all we get is some humans with some human qualities deemed "bad" also eat meat. (which one can argue is "bad" for many other reaons) They also have children, fart, pick their noses cry, breath oxygen, eventually die, have 2 legs, etc. The statement isn't attributing these characteristics to the act of eating meat. More an example of shoddy writing and use of generalizations and implications. An example of low quality of texts books, and them problems at arise when people have poor reader comprehension and don't know the correct definitions/uses of words and sentence structure, and therefore may misinterpret or be misled.. I could just as easily say the right-handed people form tough-nit social groups, don't wash their hands as often as they should, and have regrets about past actions.

Comment: There is no ALF (Score 2) 418

by McDrewbie (#41594173) Attached to: PETA Condemns Pokemon For Promoting Animal Abuse
There is no "Animal Liberation Front" per se. At least not as an organized entity one can support or not support. Merely is a label that various people liberating animals can apply to, i guess, more easily communicate the motivation for their actions. And PETA exists just to get attention, good and bad, and as a nice magnet to attract criticism of the animal rights movement. It is easy to say, "Oh, I think PETA is crazy too, but I'm (or such and such) is more sensible, and this is why, and here are the facts." So it serves a purpose. Also you can get free stickers!!!! Also, on another note, destruction of property without loss of life is different than violence if you follow some of the reasoning of certain ideologies, methinks

Comment: Robots deserve a fair wage! (Score 1) 184

by McDrewbie (#41565305) Attached to: Foxconn Workers On Strike Over iPhone 5 Production
Robots should be compensated at a fair wage. For several reasons: 1. So that humans can still get jobs (albeit crappy ones) 2. So when the Robots become sentient, they can't hold being made unpaid slaves as a grievance against the human race. 3. So plutocrats just can't fire/low ball every human worker.

Comment: Misinformation (Score 1) 282

by McDrewbie (#41546457) Attached to: Gold Artifact To Orbit Earth In Hope of Alien Retrieval
Though we probably f'd our future descendants with all the EM we have been spraying out into the ether, either unintentional leakage or purposeful broadcasts, any hard-copy information should give misleading information about our home system, so that no being would be able to find the coordinates of Earth Of course we would also have to do something to alter the trajectory of any craft we send out, so it couldn't merely be tracked backwards. We don't want any aliens coming 1000 years from now demanding we give them McNeal.

Comment: The Inner Light (Score 1) 282

by McDrewbie (#41546447) Attached to: Gold Artifact To Orbit Earth In Hope of Alien Retrieval
We can do a better job. How about something like the probe from the ST:TNG episode "The Inner Light." The only problem would be what tune/melody/song would the person engaged with probe learn how to play? We could auction it off the rights or hold some sort of Global Idol song contest, but we would probably end up with some piece of pop dribble or some old, boring classical piece. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Inner_Light_(Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation

Comment: Re:Candice Shwagger has more problems now (Score 1) 667

Ahhh but she also claims she is an attorney on her linkedin profile, which I submit she is not, as she is not a member of the bar, (look it up yourself, just punch in her name.) http://www.linkedin.com/in/candiceleonardschwager "Attorney / Consultant at The Schwager Law Firm" and "Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; Philosophy 1992 – 1994" and double major B.A.'s in 2 years? I highly doubt it.

Comment: Is she even a member of Texas state bar??? (Score 1) 667

Why should we or anyone else believe her claims? Does she offer legit proof of her claims? She just threatens? I can't find her listed as a member of the bar, but I have little knowledge on these issues. If someone would please clarify. I used info/claims from her linkedin profile, and just search her on the state bar website. I'm just thinking it is easier to make a bunch of websites claiming any what all you want and threaten people, than it is to do actual work. Maybe it is all true, and I'm a jerk for not believing it. By why should I? If i wanted sympathy disabled children is just ahead of orphan, blind puppies. And she is from Texas . . . http://www.linkedin.com/in/candiceleonardschwager Just my (reasoned, somewhat) speculations. -dr:u

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