A real attraction to that future is the probability that a fair number of people will take advantage of the ability to devote their time to pursuits that don't have to pay off in the short term and as a result create great advances for our society. There's probably a lot of great ideas out there that will never come to anything because people have to wear themselves out meeting basic needs.
So your solution is to declare that it's not worth finding a solution and waiting for the poor to burn your town?
The problem is that such work quite often doesn't pay as well or offer as much opportunity for advancement. The result will push an ever increasing share of the population into the bottom quintile.
There would need to be a significant hike in the minimum wage to prevent turning that into a powderkeg of social unrest.
Except that government is big enough that if it really tried it could defeat the tactic of bid low and pad the bill later. It's size also gives it disproportionate power in negotiations.
In fact that was my first thought -- they didn't discover a temple; they discovered Ugg's Rib Joint.
Or possibly a communal kitchen, which wasn't so uncommon way back when.
See also Digging the Weans, by Robert Nathan.
This is why I think government's revenue should be limited to export tariffs. That way it's directly dependent on people doing well, and having the wherewithal to generate a surplus. Which is what our own gov't depended on for a century and change, and was thereby kept in check. The income tax and property taxes changed everything, because gross income is always greater than net surplus.
What if the "pointless content" it gets rid of is YOUR content??
Don't assume the people in charge will always be on your side.
Always excuses for Powershell's insane verbiage.
What exactly is ambiguous about "mv", "rm" and the like?
Microsoft cared so little about scripting that they left everyone for fifteen years with CMD.EXE and VBScript. I made them work, of course, because what choice did I have. Throw in some third party tools, and you had a solution, though an often very klunky kludgy one. But yes, in general, the notion was that you would just go into Administrative Tools and everything you needed was there... but everything never was there. Frankly, I don't even think GPOs became relatively complete until Server 2008.
The problem here is that the word "troll" has subtly shifted in meaning. When I was first on the Internet in the early 1990s, it was basically online assholes who would make rude comments, try to start flamewars and the like. I don't remember anyone who actually made threats against other people being referred to as "trolls". Back then being abusive like that could get you kicked off of mailing lists, sent you into-moderation hell on moderated newsgroups, and possibly even having your newsfeed terminated by your provider.
This new definition of "troll" is very recent; Twitter-age nomenclature.
The GOP isn't any more pro capitalist than the Dems. They just like a different set of cronies.
you'd have to be stupid or shameless
You have just described a significant portion of the population.
The booth in the video was enclosed, so would be no more exposing than a dressing room. The files are sent off for the actual printing with the result sent back a week later. So by the time anyone sees what you did, the (possibly illegal) deed is done.
It may not come to anything, or it might be the next internet fueled fad.
I'm not. Much of society is, particularly if it's under 18 years old.
While most users will be more or less what they expect, they will likely have more than a few nudes. So far, no big deal, but I'll bet they won't all be over 18.