We've been trying to invent those essential AI algorithms for the last 50-ish years. What makes you think we'll magically succeed in the next 15?
Sure processing power and storage have been growing rapidly over that time scale, but we still can't make a computer do anything other than what we tell it to do.
Banks make money primarily from interest on loans. They have a financial incentive to encourage the rest of society to borrow ever increasing amounts. That extra credit will flow around the economy and convince us that we're doing better than we were last year.
In an asset bubble, where the exact same asset is being exchanged for larger and larger amounts. Where each successive buyer has to borrow more and more money from a bank in order to win the auction. Who is the ultimately responsible for pushing up the price? The buyer? The seller? Or the bank manager greedily thinking of all the extra interest he will get?
Increasing credit so that people can speculate on asset prices is exactly what caused the financial crisis. We as a society had become dependant on that continuous increase in credit to keep our illusion of wealth alive. So when the inevitable finally happened and bank managers ran out or greater fools willing to borrow more, the economy collapsed.
There may be some need for banks to fund entrepreneurs, but they haven't been doing that at all. No, the current banking sector is a parasite, that has gradually convinced us to give them all of our disposable income. They don't make anything, they survive by sucking money from the productive sectors of society. They have taken the place of feudal Lords, gradually convincing the rest of us to pay them rent just so we can have a roof over our heads.
And there's the rub. In the US you are used to paying for an ISP connection based on it's peak speed. There's an incentive for an ISP to advertise a high link speed, without pricing in the cost of the back end capacity to deliver it.
Every time some set of US customers attempt to use their stated bandwidth, there has been this outcry from the ISP's that they can afford to provide the service they promised. While on the other hand, there's a massive revolt every time some ISP attempts to impose monthly bandwidth allowances so they know they can afford to provide that level of service.
You can't have it both ways.
Here in Australia we're used to paying for a connection based on monthly bandwidth allowances. Though ISP's have sold plans with no allowance limit, these plans are usually expensive, and only used by customers that will attempt to use it.
However, the creationists are not interested in being proved wrong as much as punching holes in the other side's arguments so they can say they "won" and gain legitimacy for their point of view. They are not interested in the scientific method, as far as they are concerned the Bible says it so it must be true.
If you're talking about Ken Ham, I agree with you. Just be careful not to paint everyone with that stereotype.
Before your deadline of 3 days, did you ever give an estimate of the outstanding effort?
Jumping into a project like that, I'd start by telling them how long it will take to get a feel for the current code base and pull a large number out of the air for the rest. Over time you should be refining that estimate as you learn more and start fleshing out the scope of unfinished / untested work.
If they haven't had a competent process for tracking requirements, deadlines, effort, testing,
1. Start writing new automated tests for the existing features of the application.
2. Run them against the original, unmodified code.
3. When your changes break the tests, work out what *you* did wrong, before you commit your changes.
How can you get anything done if you don't find out quickly that you broke something?
$900 payout + first home owners boost + NBN + solar rebate + insulation rebate + school building program.....
Every stimulus program Labour started put money directly in tax payers pockets. All of them together had a huge impact on our economy.
Personally I'd say the first home owners boost had the biggest long term impact as it encouraged people to buy just as our housing bubble was starting to burst. Though prices started to fall / stagnate after the boost ended, the housing market is heading upwards again. Without that boost, housing prices could have plummeted and triggered all kinds of strife through banks and investment funds that were exposed.
The housing bubble will eventually burst though. It's just a matter of time.