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Comment Re:great example of forward-thinking (Score 1) 45 45

Whether or not they want to build their own cars, I don't know, but what the hiring indicates is that they want to have and develop skills and knowledge in dealing with self-driving cars (i.e. the future). It would make short-term financial sense for them to buy self-driving cars from other manufacturers and then Uberfy the interface, but the caveat is that they will be giving this key supplier a lot of negotiating power, which could be detrimental to their long-term business. If instead they partner with an established car manufacturer to create an Uber line of self-driving cars, the balance of power is more equal. In both cases, they need to be a master of this technology, and they need to develop this expertise now, and not when the future becomes the present.

Comment Re:New technology, old mindsets (Score 1) 559 559

"I don't believe in the existence of God" is not the same as "I believe in the non-existence of God". The same way that "I don't know it is" is not the same as "I know it isn't". It depends on where you put the negation, either on the verb, or on the noun. If you negate the verb, you are assuming no position. If you negate the noun, you are taking a side.

Contrary to what the author in that link wrote, there is such a thing as agnosticism, and she is one.

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