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Comment: Troll v Troll (Score 5, Funny) 168

by meta-monkey (#49800983) Attached to: Professional Internet Troll Sues Her Former Employer

I kind of have this idea that the comments section on or is all troll bots. Right wing troll bots arguing with left wing troll bots arguing with agent provocateur right wing troll bots pretending to be deranged left wingers arguing with agent provocateur left wing troll bots pretending to be deranged right wingers.

Basically, the internet is trolls all the way down.

The alternative, that those are real people expressing their actual opinions, is too horrifying to contemplate.

Comment: Re:equilibrium (Score 1) 618

by meta-monkey (#49798339) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

I really think we're at a tipping point. Pretty sure everybody here has read Manna by now, but I think about that more and more these days.

We're getting so close with so many things. Solar is cheap, and the Tesla batteries are a game changer. And I wouldn't be shocked if Lockheed Martin's fusion reactor pays off. Yeah, yeah, "20 years away for the last 50 years" but this wasn't some crackpot in his basement talking. It was an MIT Ph.D. plasma physicist heading up a research project at the goddamn Lockheed Martin Skunkworks. "Free energy" or at least "enough energy if used efficiently" is almost doable.

There's 3d printers that make buildings now. People are 3d printing homes. Right now either as art projects, or experiments, but let that mature for 10 years. I know 3d printers have drawbacks and are not magic, but they're getting better all the time. Remember that one a few months back that printed an amazing looking Eiffel Tower in...3 minutes was it?

Farming is already largely automated. There was that robot on /. recently that picks strawberries. There's vertical farms in Japan that produce 10,000 heads of lettuce a day using 99% less water than traditional farming methods. Lab-grown meat apparently tastes like meat. I know it's "a clump of cells" right now, so you're not going to be growing a steak, but it's good enough for hamburger, and getting cheaper all the time. Processed insects. I saw a "doomsday prepper" show where a guy had a self-contained talapia tank/vegetable farm. The waste from the fish fed the plants and the fish ate off the plants. Too bad he died in the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse (I'm just assuming that happened. He was so sure...).

There have been "lights out" factories in China for over a decade now. Robots do all the work. There are no humans, so there are no lights on in the building, because the robots don't need to see.

We've discussed self-driving cars to death.

Information, education, entertainment are all "free" already.

"Internet of Things" technology for smart metering and waste minimization.

In 10 years somebody's going to give it a go. A research project maybe. Kind of like Biosphere 2, except not self-contained. Somebody's going to make an experimental town where robots do all the work. Construction methods and lifestyle will be different. The homes and buildings won't look like a home does today. It'll be whatever paradigm works best for automated construction and servicing/self-cleaning. Food selection will be more limited, sure. But the goal would be a town that can support 500 people with food, clothing, shelter, simple household products and internet for a year, with no human doing work to provide those things, except perhaps simple robot maintenance. And you don't need some political revolution to make it happen. I don't see why that can't exist in America. I'd give it a go. A different/reduced lifestyle, but zero pressure to work or die? It's not like I'd stop working. I'd just spent my time coding and building more robots (I'm an electrical engineer and worked at a robotics lab in college).

I wonder how it'll go...

Comment: Re: Exodus (Score 1) 618

by meta-monkey (#49798157) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

But why do you assume it'll be expensive? Maybe it'll be cheap. The human genome project cost, what $3 billion to produce the first sequence? Today you can have your genome sequenced for...I want to say around $1,000. Definitely under $10k.

Anti-aging tech will be very expensive to develop, but, probably like everything else, much much cheaper to reproduce.

Comment: Re:I kind of agree (Score 1) 292

I think you do need a basic class in programming, to demystify the "magic black box." They need to write a few simple programs to get the concept that "oh, it only does exactly what I tell it, and must be fed all the information it needs to compute the things I tell it to do." This is a necessary concept, and will *help* alleviate the problem of my aunt thinking a McAfee virus scan popup was the Chinese hacking her offline computer. People need that experience so they will view the computer not as a magic box that does something some other person told it to do, but as my slave that does what I tell it to do.

We are a computerized society. Participation in society today requires interaction with computers. We expect school to prepare children for society. Hence, schools need to teach students the basic principles underlying the devices that run society, and that means programming. It doesn't mean "train them to be 1337 h4x0rz," it means one semester where they write a few simple programs in a scripting language like Python and a few simple programs in a compiled language like Java or C#.

Dynamically binding, you realize the magic. Statically binding, you see only the hierarchy.