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Comment: Re:When Robots Replace Workers? (Score 1) 621

by seven of five (#48646557) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?
Human effort is the only thing that requires compensation.

Careful there. Raw materials cost in proportion to their rarity and difficulty in digging them up. Service providers (Banks, ISPs, Telecoms) routinely charge inflated BS fees, which, if charged rationally, would amount to billionths of a cent.Government licensing fees, fines and taxes also have little relationship to reality outside of what the market will bear. In commerce, the relationship between real value and dollar cost is a matter of power politics (CEO vs worker wages).

Comment: Emigrate, automate or evaporate (Score 1) 621

by seven of five (#48646537) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?
In a competitive environment, those companies that don't adopt the latest tools to keep costs as low as possible for a given level of quality are eventually driven out of business. Even boutique manufacturers such as Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce have crap-tons of automation.

Comment: Stories readers can relate to (Score 1) 368

by seven of five (#48542255) Attached to: Overly Familiar Sci-Fi
On the one hand, an SF writer wants to challenge the reader's beliefs, but if you take things too far, the characters become unrecognizable. How do you write dialog, for example, between beings with digital RF implants instead of speech? And let's face it, with advanced technologies, the human body itself will likely become obsolete in a century, tops. Stories like this are not only a huge challenge to write, readers won't know what to make of them. People read for escapism, and to have their perspectives stretched, but they're also looking for morality tales where good triumphs and order's restored. They want characters they can relate to, even to a small degree.

Comment: Cars will be luxuries... (Score 1) 454

by seven of five (#48445127) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars
The continued collapse of the middle class will mean fewer and fewer will own cars outright... the self-driving aspect means you can tell a car to pick you up and take you to destination X, maybe with less hassle and delay than with present-day cabs, for those few occasions you really need one. Less car ownership means less revenues to the state, which means they'll REALLY have to jack up the fees to make up for it. Electric and hybrid cars have already given states fits because of less fuel taxes paid, and now they're trying to come up with per-mile-driven schemes.

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