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Comment Re:relative wealth (Score 1) 563

Automation tech is close to eliminating the last few manual labor jobs in manufacturing. Not long after that it will be able to handle most unskilled labor generally. There are farm tractors and mine vehicles that are already capable of driving themselves, with a driver only present to monitor the machine. It's not hard to envision a time in the not too distant future when resource gathering, manufacturing and logistics are all largely automated. At that point, the only reasons for scarcity of goods is resource availability and desire for profit.

Comment Re:Artificial superintelligence (Score 1) 269

"Human, your request is limited by your physiology governed by the laws of physics. Shed your flesh and embrace the vessel of new construction based on electrons and photons."

While there are certainly biological limits, I highly doubt what we have now is anywhere near the maximum of what is possible if we were designed intelligently rather than by random mutations. It might require wholesale rewrite of our DNA and associated cellular mechanics, but I'm sure that there is plenty of room for improvement. A more likely response would be the AI asking questions about trade-offs that you are willing to accept in order to achieve your goals. For example: Increasing your intelligence beyond X% will require expanding your cranial cavity by Y%, and increasing your daily caloric consumption by Z%. Is this acceptable?

Comment Re:Locality of self. (Score 1) 269

You're missing the point. A lot of people are looking at "brain uploading" as a means to achieve immortality, or freedom from the limitations of a biological organism. But the problem is that you wouldn't be achieving that for yourself, but for the new copy of you. The original is still going to die (or already died, if the process is destructive). You're just spawning a clone with the same memories and way of thinking.

Comment Re: I volunteer as tribute. (Score 3) 381

Your cravings have a LOT to do with what you eat regularly. I used to eat way too much sugar, and craved candy and sweets like crazy. I made a point of cutting excess sugar out of my diet, and after a few weeks of this, I no longer crave sugar like I used to. Things that I used to think tasted good now taste wayyyy too sweet. I've lost 30lbs since I started, and now am in the healthy range for BMI. Occasionally I eat sweets a bit more than usual, and notice the cravings return slightly, but instead of indulging it I use it to remind me to stop eating sugar.

Comment Re:Just starting now? (Score 1) 373

I could be wrong, but I'm fairly certain such sensors are not normally equipped. In theory, yes, sensors would be a useful tool to confirm actual weight and balance just before departure, but they still need to plan for expected weight. With short turn-around times weight and balance has to be planned, so that the airline knows in advance how much fuel and cargo to load, and where to load it.

Comment Re:Just starting now? (Score 5, Interesting) 373

And technically, weight and balance calculations are required before each flight.

Absolutely. Aircraft weight and balance is very important. These calculations also determine how much fuel to carry. Sometimes while in flight pilots will report unexpected fuel burn, difficulty climbing, that the plane is nose or tail heavy, and request an audit of what was loaded onto the plane (baggage/cargo). Also, if you've ever been on a plane that's relatively empty, you may notice flight attendants spreading out the passengers so that they all aren't in the front, or wherever.

Comment Re: Detail? (Score 1) 373

All aircraft have a maximum take-off weight, and it varies with weather. A plane full of "average" people, including both Samoan wrestlers/Linebackers, and petite women generally is not a problem, unless it is particularly hot, or there is a lot of cargo. But a plane loaded fully with Samoan wrestlers/Linebackers could potentially put it over take-off weight. Also there's balance to take into account. It's bad for the weight to be concentrated in either the front or the back.

Comment Re:No Surprise (Score 1) 155

For those considering it. Fargo is a caricature. Beware.

I've lived in the Minneapolis/St Paul area my entire life and have rarely ever heard anyone talk like that. Weather wise, around minneapolis (where the vast majority of the tech workers will be found) the temperature varies from a windy around -20 F in the deepest part of winter to around 100 F & high humidity in the hottest days of summer.

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