You think a national gun ban would create a barrier to importation of guns to the US? We can't keep drugs out, what makes you think guns are any different?
I was going to say people aren't addicted to guns but maybe that's not the case.
Well, guns are pretty much banned in Chicago, New York City, etc. And yet, dozens of shootings every day....
This image has a nice take on it... apparently cold weather causes violence.
And barriers to importation of guns into Chicago are nonexistent. It's a majority-minority city, which means you would expect its murder rate to be high for American cities because in the USA, murder rates are many times higher among blacks and hispanics than among whites and many times higher among poor people of all races than among middle-income and up people of all races. If you don't figure that in when thinking about violence, you will come to all kinds of conclusions that won't withstand the light of day.
Why? You pay so much more than if you just drink at home.
The extra paid is a finders fee to meeting other similarly buzzed people, and perhaps some of them would want to have sex with you before your night is over.
So why not talk to them? This is my main point. You are at the bar for the social interaction.
But the robotic bartender is all wrong for this purpose. Instead, it should be telling you how drunk the OTHER people in the bar are, so you can hit on the chick that's three sheets to the wind and will be easy to talk the underwear off of. A bartender might give you hints about that, but then he might have a conscience. The robotic bartender won't. It can be programmed to sell creeps Coca Cola and that info instead of liquor all night.
The reason it wasn't considered a violation of medical ethics, if I had to guess, is that the voltages and currents involved are ones are brains are naturally exposed to from time to time. Thus if there are side-effects, they are currently widespread and undiagnosed in the population of the first world. It's like how it's not unethical to test(reasonable, non-extraordinary) dietary plans, because people eat anyways.
Suppose the experiment had the opposite result. Would you have considered it ethical then?
It's not clear to me that consciousness is well enough defined for anyone to say how it can be synthesized, evaluated or measured, whether animals have it, whether children have it and if so at what developmental stage and whether all adults have it.
No shit! Researchers don't understand how it works, we don't understand how it works, 60% of biomedical research results can't be repeated...
Is this published in the AIR (http://www.improbable.com/magazine/), by the way? It ought to be, because it sounds unethical and crazy on the face of it. Just the kind of thing they like.
But now that the information is out there, it can't just be ignored. Either there's something weird going on that's useful or there's something weird going on that's not useful. Maybe some day we'll all have little remotely controlled (or consciously controlled) electroshock devices implanted in our heads to improve various abilities on demand.
Jesus Christ on a stick! an iPhone app? Who the fuck wants to order drinks with a motherfucking iPhone app? What's wrong with using my god damned voice to order my fucking drinks? Who wants to know how many other drinks and in the fucking queue? Do you really think I want to know what horse piss the other doucebags are putting in their drinks?
What makes you imagine I want some machine tracking my drinking habits, much less to be made aware of it?
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Why would I want to go to a BAR to avoid SOCIAL INTERACTION with OTHER PEOPLE?