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Comment Re:Turing Evolved (Score 3, Insightful) 106

And the answer is when it becomes human.

Humans killed 400+ civilians at My Lai, and 200+ civilians at No Gun Ri. Both massacres were the result of rage and fear. Robots don't feel those emotions, and have committed no massacres on that scale. I trust robots more than I trust humans.

Restrictions on nuclear warheads, ships, etc. make sense because they can be verified. Restrictions on software have no means of verification, so any ban on autonomous robots is wishful thinking.

Comment Re:are you then advocating (Score 1) 145

Are you advocating removing all regulations?

Regulations to fix externalities like pollution and safety are generally good. Regulations and tariffs designed to "fix" the economy, on the theory that politicians are smarter than the market, are generally bad.

Almost all poor countries would be better off with more regulations on pollution and safety, and much lower tariffs/subsidies/cronyism. Richer countries tend to have a better balance, which is part of the reason they are richer.

Comment Re:Nafta 20 years later (Score 1) 145

Inequality is a serious problem, but it is not specific to America. It is a worldwide problem in all developed countries. It is driven much more by technology than trade. It is hard to get a raise if you are competing with a servo-motor. So instead of advocating tariffs, you should be advocating bans on productivity enhancing technological improvements.

Comment Re:Why not overseas .... (Score 1) 145

I won't claim to know a lot about it, but I would say Germany is a counter example.

What??? Germany has among the lowest tariffs in the world. Most of their imports are completely tariff free. On a per capita basis, they have one of the world's highest rates or both imports and exports, much higher than America's.

Comment Re:Why not overseas .... (Score 2) 145

Was it impoverished and authoritarian back then?

Tariff policy was always controversial in America, with northern industrialists preferring protection for industry, and southern and western agricultural regions preferring free trade. It was a contributing factor in the Civil War. The victors were able to impose their high tariffs, and as a result, the South was relatively impoverished until tariffs were reduced after the folly of excessive tariffs was fully exposed in the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Comment Re:Au contraire (Score 2) 145

NAFTA etc. are working exactly as designed, inspiring a race to the bottom in terms of quality of living and wages.

This is nonsense. NAFTA has had the opposite effect. American and Canada have kept their environment and safety protections, while Mexico has improved dramatically. Moreover, Mexican labor conditions have improved the most in the Maquiladoras along the US border. They didn't pull us down. We pulled them up.

Comment Re:Why not overseas .... (Score 2) 145

If laws can drive industry away, they can keep it around too.

There is little evidence for that. The problem with tariffs is that other countries can also use them, and will do so to retaliate against our tariffs. So trade wars quickly degenerate into a race to the bottom, as populists in each country demand higher and higher barriers. Countries end up producing products where they have little competitive advantage. Do you think America would be richer if we produced more t-shirts and fewer aircraft and CPUs?

If you look around the world today, the countries with the highest trade barriers tend to be impoverished. They also tend to be authoritarian. Governments that believe in economic repression tend to believe in political repression as well.

Comment Re:Just Wait... (Score 1) 219

...until the first time AI kills someone.

There have already been many deaths caused by software bugs. There is plenty of legal precedent. This is nothing new.

In most past instances, the manufacturer has been held responsible. The owner of the device may be held partially or fully responsible if they were using their device irresponsibly, or had modified it in a way that caused or contributed to the failure.

Comment Re:Longer commute, here I come (Score 1) 219

Companies need to embrace telecommuting rather than putting up obstacles to it.

1. Be careful what you wish for. If a job can be done remotely from your house, then it can also be done remotely from Bangalore.

2. Have you ever worked for a company with many employees telecommuting? They tend to be dysfunctional, with many workers out-of-the-loop, and poor coordination. It is surprising how much companies rely on informal communication around the water cooler, or chance meetings in the break room.

Comment Re:Good ... (Score 1) 219

Then Google can pay the insurance, right? This should save consumers billions.

Not if Google adds thousands to the car's price tag, effectively making you pay for the insurance.

SDCs have already driven millions of miles on public roads, and have a far better safety record than human drivers. As software improves, and hardware gets faster, their safety record will get even better. So the cost to insure them will be much lower, regardless of whether the cost of the insurance is incorporated into the car price, or purchased separately.

Consumers will indeed save billions. I would not recommend investing in auto insurance companies. Their business model is due for disruption.

Comment Re:Instance or class? (Score 1) 219

Actually, I've seen answers to all of those questions.

Yes, since all of these questions have already been answered, because SDCs are already on the road in many states. The only thing this NHTSA ruling does is help pave the way to private ownership of fully autonomous cars. But we already have corporations operating SDCs on public roads, and we already have private ownership of semi-autonomous cars, such as Tesla Autopilot, where the software is making decisions. So this ruling doesn't really change anything. It is just another incremental step.

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