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Comment: Re: It's My rant (Score 1) 615

by rock_climbing_guy (#49710621) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks
Continuing on, there a guy named James Huntington who wrote a book titled "Work's New Age" where he ponders the future of humanity where not everyone can have a "job" as we know it.

He suggested a number of different futures (none resembling the future you seem to have in mind). In one of these futures, the 99% revert to subsistence agriculture. It's an interesting idea to contemplate. I suppose that if such were to happen, the new farmers would eventually produce something valuable that the 1% want, and we'd be back to square 1.

Comment: Re: It's My rant (Score 2) 615

by rock_climbing_guy (#49707325) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks
Okay, as long as we're in conspiracy theory land, I'll bite.

What route do you expect the 1% to take to eliminating the surplus population? Will they do it Adolph HItler style, with purpose built facilities where the 99% will be rounded up and exterminated? Will they do it Joseph Stalin style and simply deprive the vast population of food and other needed necessities?

It seems more probable that in a future dystopia, they might claim the best resources for themselves, set up their own communities with heavily armed guards, and live the good life while the masses eat one another to survive.

Comment: Re:no english heard? (Score 1) 636

by rock_climbing_guy (#49583767) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers
"Not a match for culture" is a generic bullshit excuse they give because they don't want to give a reason. They have no business reason to give you a reason not to hire you and plenty of legal reasons to not give you a reason (you might sue them claiming that they denied you employment for an illegal reason).

I once gave a five-hour interview to a small American company where the entire team was English-speaking Americans and received a one sentence rejection from them telling me that I didn't fit their culture. Never again! If a company wants more than a few hours of my time for an interview, they have to pay for it!

Comment: Re:Why Can't We? (Score 1) 442

I hate Zuckerberg as much as any other developer, but your suggestion wouldn't work because it would not be practical for law enforcement to verify that a particular unemployed citizen who claims to have the desired skill set actually has the desired skill set.

Comment: Re:Probably a bad thing. (Score 4, Funny) 96

by rock_climbing_guy (#49398481) Attached to: The Democratization of Medical Diagnosis and Discovery

Hard to grow a bunch of humans with a gene deletion, wait until they're old, euthanize them and then slice them up for analysis. Even if you did that with lawyers and politicians, you'd have to wait an awful long time to get any results.

I must say, if you did that with enough lawyers and politicians, it might make research easier for generations to come!

Comment: Re:You should title this "Patriot act to be repeal (Score 4, Insightful) 188

by rock_climbing_guy (#49335781) Attached to: New Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act
Perhaps there is "no chance in hell" right now, but if the proponents of change just give up, then there will never be a chance in hell.

I know it's a worn-out analogy, but look at the fight to decriminalize cannabis. One activist told a reporter in an interview that years ago, one could not even discuss the issue in polite company, and now it's been taken to its logical conclusion in a handful of states. If these people had just given up and said "no chance in hell", we would still have the status quo from years ago.

Therefore, I'm glad that *someone* in the halls of power is standing up for the little man, even if things look extremely bleak for his cause today.

Comment: Re:Ship of Theseus (Score 1) 294

by rock_climbing_guy (#49330009) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk
Your analogy is very similar to another one I once read.

Suppose that a scientist "copies" Alex's mind to a robot, destroying Alex's body in the process. Most people say that the scientist murdered Alex and the robot is just a simulation of Alex.

Suppose that the same scientist invents a new therapy for brain injury where a very small part of the brain is replaced with a prosthesis. A man named Bob receives this therapy. Most people call the scientist a hero and a pioneer in medical technology. They credit him with saving Bob's life.

Now, suppose that Bob suffers injury after injury after injury with each injury requiring small parts of his body (including the brain) to be replaced with prostheses. At the end, Bob is just like Alex, having essentially been turned into a robot, destroying his body in the process; only most people would more readily accept Bob's humanity while regarding Alex as a mere simulation.

Comment: Re:WTF AM I DOING HERE! (Score 2) 109

The parent poster is right. I watched a grandmother in my family slowly fade away with Alzheimer's Disease, eventually succumbing to kidney disease. (Oftentimes, Alzheimer's doesn't kill the patient directly, but something else does.) I don't know how much her medication costed, but she required increasing human supervision as the illness progressed. When they could no longer care for her at home, they institutionalized her at great cost. I think that financial assistance is available to those who qualify, but the full price is greater than most people's salary.

Comment: Re:Get a Pilot's License! (Score 1) 110

I attended a demo of the Microsoft Kinect 2 at the Denver Visual Studio Users Group. It was pretty awesome, and the presenter said that he expects that this technology will one day allow people to make 3D models of their living spaces. For example, you could make a 3D model of your closet and then get a preview of what a new shelf system might look like. It sounds like this "porch mapping" problem is not unsurmountable. Plus, if they are going to do your package from a drone, how about placing it in the back yard or other designated place so that it isn't visible from the road?

Each new user of a new system uncovers a new class of bugs. -- Kernighan