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Comment: Re:Does the job still get done? (Score 1) 653

by Sir_Eptishous (#48620779) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates
I used the phrase "thinkers", not "elites".

Those groups I "give credit" to are huge. I don't hesitate for a moment that there are members of those groups who have the intelligence at hand and the foresight to see where things are going and to prepare for them. Lumping everyone in those groups as either/or doesn't make sense.

Comment: Re:Does the job still get done? (Score 1) 653

by Sir_Eptishous (#48620755) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates
Not sure what narrative you're alluding to.

My point is that eventually in this century more and more people, especially in the First World, will lose their jobs dues to technologies endless march.

Not sure where you get the "defining yourself as against something" either. The end of my post asks a question. Can you answer it?

Also, and most importantly, with all the arguments about whether true AI will ever really come about, etc really have no bearing at all on how technology will continue to destroy jobs. There is no denying that. From self checkout at the supermarket to self driving delivery trucks to kiosk style fast food to software that writes sports articles online. It is all coming, and none of it requires true AI.

Comment: Re:Does the job still get done? (Score 1) 653

by Sir_Eptishous (#48617599) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates
Wrong. The language part of it was only half the meaning.

The connotation for "Barbarian" may be misconstrued to mean only the language, but there was a lot more to it than that, especially in the ancient "enlightened" Hellenic and Roman societies. It had to do just as much with the cultural identity, Hellenic vs Persian, Roman(anyone inside the empire) vs those outside the empire.

Comment: Re:Does the job still get done? (Score 4, Interesting) 653

by Sir_Eptishous (#48616917) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates
40-50%?!? Really?!?

All it will take is about 20%-25% unemployment for social order in the US to break down. The "thinkers" in govt, business and academia know this. The increasing militarization of the police, the complete disregard for the Constitution, the NSA monitoring everything, etc is getting ready for this. The canard of islamic terrorism was a good ploy and it has worked very well.

As much as I love the idea of robots creating a paradise on earth for humans to live out their fantasies and do what they all really ever wanted to do, without the need for working,etc; I just don't see that happening. Greed will win out. It always has.

Again I will reccomend the following good read on this subject: Manna by Marshall Brain.

So again, the question remains, and will continue to for the foreseeable future, what are the millions of soon to be unemployed going to do? Who will feed them, house them, etc?

Comment: You have your own brick wall (Score 0) 1048

I've been going to an acupuncturist for over ten years, and I can tell you without any hesitation it has helped me tremendously. My main reason to go is back problems, but he has helped me with shoulder/elbow injuries as well as stress and allergies.

With that being said, I wholeheartedly support vaccinations, and modern medicine. If I were in need of help, regardless of illness, and "Western" medicine could help me you're damn right I would take advantage of that. TCM(Traditional Chinese Medicine) is just another tool to use for health, along with Yoga, diet, etc;

Comment: Re:Trading off clean cars and costs (Score 1) 176

by Sir_Eptishous (#48577413) Attached to: U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

If you meant clean air for the planet, not just yourself then your car is probably not the place to start. Use less electricity. That's where the majority of the air pollution comes from.

Not so fast...

Where I live, in a valley with mountain ranges on two sides, and an inversion in the winter and ozone in the summer, the vast majority of that problem comes from auto exhaust. Sure, there is some pollution from industry, but our coal burning power plants are hundreds of miles away.

Really the only thing that is going to help in this situation is electric cars, but there you go, being powered by coal.
Unless we can get solar charging going...

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