No matter what this or that expert panel wishes were true about AI research, AI work can be done in the privacy of one's own top secret lair (bedroom), so bad guys will do with it what they want to. So might as well assume that will happen, and work out how to win the arms race.
"One of the goals of any company is to manage it's workforce"
No, that may perhaps be a smaller goal of the human resources department or whatever, but the goal of the company as a whole is to make money: sell lots of good stuff at a reasonable profit. (If the "goal" were eliminating its own workforce, every company could trivially make that happen by disbanding! Profit!
We can help the automation industry by providing more incentives for business to use their widgets! March for a "living wage"!
Solution there, it seems to me, is to create a watchable program.
Your language equations are erroneous: "substantially equal" does not mean "equal in being substantial". It's not commutative.
"Maybe the universe where girls underperform in computer science and boys underperform in english language arts. Sort of like the one we're in, for example."
Is there a theory that the boys underperform in english -because of- the presence of girls?
Plus, in what universe is "computer science" substantially equal to "english language arts"?
... as should unions?
UK newspapers seem to consistently have high quality coverage of issues on this side of the pond.
"But it's definitely helping far more than it's hurting."
Not around here
No, it's written by Matt Asay
"The impartial answer is that all deliberate killing is murder or that none is.."
That "impartial answer" is not only not accepted in military circles, but also neither in civilian law. There is a huge spectrum. "murder" is *unlawful* deliberate killing, which for example deliberate killing in self-defence isn't.
Your first example is stretching the concept beyond the breaking point, and your others are only a little better.