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Comment: Re:Why gravity is treated as a force? (Score 1) 92

What about mirror neurons? The brain can act on the story, producing an effect that feels the same as actually dropping a ball on your foot.

Take a placebo for asthma, then actually take asthma. Studies show that the perceived effect is the same. Thus, if you believe in it enough, your brain can fool you into believing any model.

Next program those models in holodecks, and you can actually experience a ball falling on your foot, when you're only "reading" a holonovel.

Comment: Re:I have worked at a few ISPs (Score 2) 246

by blue trane (#47709121) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked

The idea of an ongoing struggle between results-oriented managers and technical visionaries is not new. Economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen noted it in his 1904 book The Theory of Business Enterprise.1 Eighty-some years later, John Kenneth Galbraith cited Veblen's view to describe a dynamic still at work in a more modern economy:

"The businessmen, for good or ill, keep the talents and tendencies of the scientists and engineers under control and suppress them as necessary in order to maintain prices and maximize profits. From this view of the business firm, in turn, comes an obvious conclusion: somehow release those who are technically and imaginatively proficient from the restraints imposed by the business system and there will be unprecedented productivity and wealth in the economy."

From Bridging the Gap Between Stewards and Creators.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin credibility? (Score 0) 267

by blue trane (#47691159) Attached to: Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

Cryptocurrencies in their current incarnation are so stupid because they suck power needlessly, to create something of psychological value only because it is scarce. They are increasing scarcity of power, to create a psychological unit assigned a psychological value because it is scarce. It doesn't make sense, not economically, physically, scientifically.

The only way bitcoin makes sense is psychologically, and the psychology is a sociopathic, "I got mine Jack keep your hands off my stack" pathology. It is creating a number and calling it valuable, and taking up energy for this psychological money creation exercise.

It would be a little better if they were actually advancing knowledge with their mining operations. Make it like SETI@home, have it do some processing that helps us know more about the universe.

Comment: Re:The problem with the all robotic workforce idea (Score 1) 304

by blue trane (#47685373) Attached to: Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

We produce a huge food surplus. There is no opportunity cost.

The capital investment can be volunteered, or supplied by government which can finance spending at zero cost by borrowing from the Fed, which returns interest to the Treasury and can keep the loans rolling over forever.

Wikipedia required a capital investment, but effectively its articles are being handed out for free. Why not robots?

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 0) 109

by blue trane (#47684927) Attached to: Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

It has a psychological effect because ignorant economists use limited knowledge about the universe to justify austerity policies. Friedman using TANSTAAFL, for example. Except now Dark Energy violates TANSTAAFL, and it didn't hold in General Relativity anyway. So we suffer from an artificially imposed scarcity of money because economists suffer from a lack of knowledge about the universe.

Comment: Re:There are no limits! (Score 1, Insightful) 168

by blue trane (#47684731) Attached to: Processors and the Limits of Physics

Yes, like Simon Newcomb proved we had hit limits in heavier-than-air flight, in 1903!

In the October 22, 1903, issue of The Independent, Newcomb made the well-known remark that "May not our mechanicians . . . be ultimately forced to admit that aerial flight is one of the great class of problems with which man can never cope, and give up all attempts to grapple with it?"

Comment: Re:False Premis (Score 1) 304

by blue trane (#47682581) Attached to: Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

The problem is that the "new environments" you mention are mostly social. You have to fit in with the company, because most of the non-human-interfacing parts have been automated. So work becomes a social network, rather than about efficiency of production. If you aren't good at social skills, you have no place in the modern business world.

So let government provide a basic income, and let the socially awkward innovate disruptively on their own, without the pressure to try to fake "normality".

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.