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I, an active professor and research scientist, drive a 1982 Dodge Ram Pickup. No tracking, no disconnect, easy to work on engine. I will keep this baby going for the rest of my life, and no company will be tracking my whereabouts. (So long as I remember to turn off my cell phone, which I usually do.)
A greater intelligence may prefer internally inconsistent rules and use complex heuristics to choose between them. To us, the results of that process may seem so unfathomably complex that it looks random.
I enjoyed this story which is related: http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/~billh/g/mcnrsts.html
I hope you are right. On the other hand, they may decide that we will live and die by the rules that we created in some sort of ethical calculus involving self-determination.
But the AI's will be able to move. They'll be able to move very quickly, indeed.
The robots might be cheaper today. Especially if it is just a webcam, microphone, motorized wheels, battery and the cheapest wireless networking computer being operated by a server in a more secure area of the store.
I imagine a single guard monitoring feeds from ten of these roaming around a wal-mart. The guard doesn't even have to be in the wal-mart. Throw a blanket over it and the guard knows something is wrong and calls physical security.
Throw in some advanced mapping that can compare expected camera images to actual images and use the human to examine positive signals and dismiss the false positives. You might be able to up that human monitor to monitor 100 to 1000 units depending on the false positive rate and the rate of actual incidents.
99% of the time, nothing is happening during security guard duty.
OMG. I didn't realize it wasn't K9 until you pointed it out.
I'm happy that a few versions from now it might be vaguely dog shaped.
And maybe it will have a helpful Death Ray in its nose.
And confusing the Doctor by naming it K-9.
Fool! Don't you know that Daleks can levitate?
This decision will also be used precedence by the machines to decide how humans should be treated post-singularity. Choose wisely.
In this case, all lower paid employees will be outsourced to a contracting company that may or may not be a fully owned subsidiary of the original employer.
I think I may love you.
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I use a Casio FX-260 Solar for these sorts of things. It has all your basic scientific functions, plus a nice statistics package. It doesn't have complex numbers or base conversions though. Still, for $10.00, it's not half bad!
I have some stand-up open mics on youtube.
This is just another example of the government cutting funding for the arts. Sure, it may be security theatre but these days that is the only kind of theatre I see to have time for.
Maybe we can get the National Endowment for the Arts to pick up the slack. Or they could move to an NPR model and hold pledge drives.