You don't know that. For all we know, it's entirely possible to build machines which can think the way we do.
The problem is: why would we want to do this?
Because someone will do it, and if that someone isn't you, the competing intelligence will go after you and punish you?
How many "Thick server/ thin client" <--> "Thin server/ thick client" cycles in the last 30 years of computing? Four, five, maybe six? It would be interesting to determine the frequency, so we can always be prepared for the next wave... Anyway you can absolutely trust that in less then seven years you will be on the "thick server again", so you can polish your PL/pgSQL+PL/R when you see it coming.
Remembering: thick servers are much more efficient in terms of energy, heat and per-dollar-computing, but thick clients are much more interactive. Thick servers tend to centralize the data, which leads to sloppy crypto and security, which leads to "I want to keep all my data on my cabinet/table/person/skin? at all times", which leads to "where is the last backup", which leads to "oh, I'll just trust the cloud with this, because surely Google and Amazon replicate the data and keep timely backups" etc etc etc.
Where does that leave you?
In a corner, with the car running, waiting for the boss to cross the street and be "accidentally" snuffed. "Oh, my $DEITY! I know this guy! He happens to be my boss! Someone call 911!"
Has Linus denounce DRM or something?
AFAICT, Linus is perfectly Ok with DRM. "we are not crusaders"...
Their business model is derived solely from insufficiently insured cars
The insurance Uber cars have here is approximately the double of those the cabs have.
and misclassified workers
Yeah, the jury is still out on the whole "sharing economy" thing. I agree there is the potential to a whole lot of abuse; but I think work over-regulation is not without its maladies, too.
To services like Uber, a minimal inspection package is still too much. They prefer a special deal that makes them the taxi company.
I couldn't parse this, care to elaborate, please?
"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman