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Comment: Re:If everyone loses their jobs... (Score 1) 530

by r0kk3rz (#47410077) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots
Amazon's Mechanical Turk
Netflix Tagger

There's a couple that didn't exist a few decades ago, which are currently in the 'too hard to automate' category. They might not remain there forever, but these are arguably not skilled jobs, just normal information processing jobs that most desk jockeys would do well at.

Comment: Re:Why sell mining rigs? (Score 1) 250

by r0kk3rz (#46178915) Attached to: The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

This one puzzles me somewhat. If one can make money by mining with ASIC rigs, why would anyone sell or rent them, wouldn't they make more money by mining? If they make more money by selling or renting, then wouldn't that mean that mining is silly?

Because they don't have the captial to manufacture the mining equipment without pre-orders, and once people pay for pre-orders they are obliged to sell the completed device

However if I were them, I would run each completed device for a week or so for "Quality Testing", then package and ship the device to the customer.

Comment: Re:A solution looking for a problem (Score 1) 123

by r0kk3rz (#43970065) Attached to: Cisco and iRobot Create Sheldonbot-Like Telepresence System

You could take a facility tour or do a video conference with someone holding a smartphone for a LOT less money.

There are excellent uses for telerobotic systems. This is not one of them. This is a solution looking for a problem.

You're missing the point, a person holding a smartphone controls what the viewer sees, a robotic system gives the viewer control of what they see which adds to the immersion.

Done right the experience from the viewer should be akin to a first person videogame, and combined with the likes of the Occulus Rift headset it could be a game changer.

Comment: Taken for granted (Score 1) 39

by r0kk3rz (#43587933) Attached to: How Facebook Built Natural Language Into Graph Search
Although human beings think nothing of speaking in 'natural' language, a machine must not only learn all the grammatical building-blocks we take for granted—it needs to compensate for the quirks and errors that inevitably pop up in the course of speech.

Excuse me? Humans spend years learning 'natural-language', and even then it is frequently misinterpreted or used incorrectly. Natural language is difficult to say the least.

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