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Comment: Re:Drake (Score 1) 77

by WrongMonkey (#46350939) Attached to: Kepler's Alien World Count Skyrockets
I disagree. One of the implicit assumptions of the Drake equation is that systems that did have planets would have a high probability of configurations similar to ours. What has actually been found is that number of different planetary configurations is much greater than we ever imagined. The number of microstates in the partition function has gone up so the probability of finding any particular state has gone down.

Comment: Re:Ultra-intelligent but utterly useless. (Score 4, Insightful) 254

by WrongMonkey (#46326161) Attached to: Ray Kurzweil Talks Google's Big Plans For Artificial Intelligence
Why would life be boring? If computers could make the big decisions, it would free up mental effort the same way mechanical machines freed up physical labor. People on one end of the spectrum could spend their time on leisure and recreation. People on the higher end of the spectrum could pursue intellectual and creative efforts.

Comment: Re:Clueless about the past (Score 4, Insightful) 888

by WrongMonkey (#46246957) Attached to: Star Trek Economics

It wasn't all that different than it is now aside from some of the technology advances.

You are dismissing a lot of important changes with that sentences. Washing machine, dryers, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, central heating and AC: these are important time and laborsaving devices that were unheard of 100 years ago, but taken for granted today. Indoor plumbing and electricity were still rare in rural areas.

And don't even start with 200 years ago. Any lower-middle class American has a better quality of life than Napoleon did 200 years ago. In 1812, even king and emperors were literally wading through shit. The Palace of Versailles is a gilded tenement building.

Comment: Re:An ode to wankery (Score 1) 846

by WrongMonkey (#46018373) Attached to: Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High
According to the second chart, the number global warming papers is growing exponentially each year! By the year 2100, our cities will be flooded with papers on global warming. Crops will fail because global warming papers will blot out the sun. We need to end global warming research now, before it's too late.

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