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Comment: Re: Technology can NOT eliminate work. (Score 1) 389

by jxander (#49075449) Attached to: What To Do After Robots Take Your Job

The question is less about whether or not there are still meaningful tasks to complete once your job is automated. The question is about whether or not you can get paid for it.

Sure, we could busy ourselves with the arts, ushering in a new Renaissance. But who's going to pay for it? What CEO in the modern work will pay these "jobless layabouts" (as they'll be labeled) to lounge around on the government dime and draw pictures all day?

Personally, I'd love to see people freed up from mundane tasks to pursue higher goals. Be it art, science, academia, etc. a lot if good could come from a world like that. But the world we live in currently will not allow such a thing to happen. Not without some radical changes first.

Comment: Re: Obama: please stop helping us! (Score 2) 417

by jxander (#48816539) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

You lost it on your second sentence : "absent collusion"

There will always be collusion in limited markets. Perhaps not immediately, but over the course of a few years, it will creep in and become status quo. At that point, getting rid of the collusion takes an act of congress, or in this case, a presidential decree.

Only by opening up the market, can you eliminate collusion, by making it cost prohibitive.

Comment: Re: Is that it? (Score 1) 441

by jxander (#48654979) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

My guess : See the world. Think about how far we've come in the last 40 years.

40 years ago, Pong was first released on home console. And now I'm using a device with orders of magnitude more computational power than all of the pong consoles ever created combined. I just asked this device where I should go for lunch. It gave me a few suggestions and helpfully drew me a map.

40 years ago, Voyager was still in the planning phases. It wouldn't be launched for another two years. And now, it's exited the heliosphere, and taken the most amazing Family Portrait ever captured.

And I can't begin to imagine how much better life is for women, minorities, homosexuals, or really anyone that's not a 'normal' white male, compared to 40 years ago

Given the option of dying at 80, or living to see what another 40 years might hold... well ...

Comment: Re: Study financed by (Score 1) 285

by jxander (#48653313) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

It's transitive.

Cameras cause shorter yellows.
Shorter yellows cause accidents.
Ergo, cameras cause accidents

Of course, this presupposes a greedy and corrupt government that would willfully endanger their own people to earn a buck, which of course sounds completely ... uh ... well it actually sounds completely plausible. So yeah, let's go with that.

Comment: Re: giant sucking sounds (Score 1) 688

by jxander (#48623995) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Do you think that the phone in your pocket is actually doing the voice recognition and translation?

Put your phone into airplane mode and try.

The actual voice recognition software is "in the cloud," if you'll excuse the jargon. Your phone just saves the snippet of voice as a sound file and sends that file back to the Apple/Google/MS servers to process.

The given reasons are to improve their recognition software. Every time you change a word that went through the process, the server learns a little more. Of course, there may be other reasons to take everything you've ever said into your phone and store it in a centralized database...

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 440

by jxander (#48620983) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

True. The cost becomes moot if we simply don't have the ability to fix anything

But we've done it in the past. Japan and Germany are looking quite nice these days, despite one of them getting nuked twice and the other going through a REALLY rough stretch post WWII. Of course, the US didn't single-handedly help those countries back onto their feet, but I don't see why we couldn't leverage some UN assistance in the matter.

I think you hit the nail on the head though, in defining "long term." For most lawmakers these days, "long term" is "the next election date." Anything that happens beyond that may as well not exist We need to be able to plan for 10, 25 or even 50 years out. Mexico is going to be our neighbor for a long long time. It would behoove us to help them out.

If you didn't have to work so hard, you'd have more time to be depressed.