So, you found yourself cleaning other people's balls?
BWAAAAK! It's a living!
Fuck MLA, its Chicago or nothing!
Footnotes or blooooooood!
He might need some of that hoard to pay for his defense. I don't know that going cheap on this will be in his interest.
According to Wired he's using a public defender.
Remember, Ulbricht was living in a shared apartment and working out of a library. If his defense is that he's not the guy running Silk Road, it would be suspicious for a man in his situation to suddenly have an expensive defense team.
Maybe he could start a Kickstarter to fund... well, not his defense, because that's not a creative work, so to speak, but a DOCUMENTARY about his defense, including people who could just check by to see if he was dead yet.
What is of more concern is that the proliferation of technical jobs is gradually excluding people of less than average intelligence - a nontrivial fraction of the population.
Exactly. Because nothing ever goes wrong with millions of stupid, angry people with lots of time on their hands.
You'll be able to leave your job at McDonald's and get a job cleaning the offices at the robot manufacturing plant!
Are you kidding? They have an industrial-sized Roomba.
That's one way of defining the average (mean) standard of living, yes. But that does not necessarily mean that the median standard of living also increases in the same scenario, without stronger assumptions on the distribution.
Grade-school level statistics actually showing themselves to be useful. My fifth-grade self's jaw just hit the floor.
I'm more inclined to believe in the second possibility. Social pressure would not permit the former IMO. But regardless, my post was just to criticize this idea that because Luddites were wrong once, during the industrial revolution, that their idea of jobs being lost to automation would be forever false. It is bound to happen sometime this century. We will eventually need to find an alternative to our current economic and monetary system based on a jobless (yet productive) society.
I think we share the same hope, though Bangladesh is a good case study of #1 being enacted as we speak.
Also, the reason we 'need' so many telemarketers is because we can't use autodialers for telemarketing. Government regulations stop robots from taking that field.
...which is obviously an unfair intrusion by government into a problem (i.e. spending all that money on employees) that could be solved by the market.