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Comment: No jobs = no need for money (Score 1) 227

by evanh (#48825531) Attached to: An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

The obvious extrapolation to the machines doing everything is no need for money. Every need is catered for by the machines. The machines maintain themselves.

The bigger question then becomes, what do the people do with themselves? The options for self-destruction get all the easier, especially with the machines at our beck and call. Can we have cultural aims that never include genocide?

Comment: That's always an expensive option (Score 1) 516

by evanh (#48465595) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

It requires a decent battery, and an inverter with the ability to run off-grid. Lead acids are cheap but short lived. Lithium phosphates are still expensive. The inverter/charger combo is much higher priced than plain grid-tying.

It only makes sense if you aren't already on the grid, since paying for a new line to the property has it's own hefty price tag.

Comment: Welcome aboard (Score 1) 157

by evanh (#48432069) Attached to: Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

NoScript for the win! And Ghostery as a safety net when desperate.

Actually, now you've mentioned it, I don't think I was hassled about the lack of a cellphone by the inlaws last Christmas, nor since. It had been a bit of ritual for the last decade or so. Maybe it's starting to sink in for them.

Computer programmers do it byte by byte.