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Comment Re:Instance or class? (Score 4, Informative) 202

Actually, I've seen answers to all of those questions.

> If I own a self driving car, is my insurance insuring the AI as the driver?

Yes. Google has stated they will assume liability. Other companies pursuing this say the same.

> Is the driving record of that AI individual to my car, or to AI's of that software version ?

This one is actually easier. The insurance industry will have much better figures on the probability of having a claim to pay for the AI drivers, since all those drivers will drive the 'same'. They will be able to say that cars of model X get into .00001 accidents per car per year (or whatever) resulting in $2000 payouts per accident on average (or whatever) and thus will be expected to pay .00001 x $2000 x $INDUSTRY_MARKUP for insurance. Of course it gets a lot more complicated when you have to weigh in modifiers such as the weight of the vehicle (heavier cars cause more damage), the paint job (red cars get more tickets), the environment the car is in (urban cars get hit more), and etc.

> Can I sue the AI, or am I suing the AI manufacturer. Is the AI the car, or separate from the car?

The manufacturer gets sued. The manufacturer would keep insurance and lawyers for these lawsuits.

> am I suing Google or Ford ?

You sue whoever sold you the car. One throat to choke.

Comment Re:Good for them (Score 1) 474

Net effect on tax revenue should be positive in favor of the government - this effectively raises taxes on the super rich who make all their money through capital gains. Net effect on corporations will be positive - no more taxes for them to pay. Corporations can repatriate all that money they have sitting overseas. Corporations offshoring due to tax reasons will be screaming to come here instead.

Comment Re:Good for them (Score 1) 474

As a conservative, I do somewhat like your ideas. However, a couple of tweaks --

Taxation -
      A. Don't repeal the individual income tax. Leave it in place. Tweak the brackets as necessary.
      B. Repeal the *corporate* income tax (yes, that one).
      C. Remove the 'Capital Gains' rate and tax capital gains to individuals at the income rate. CEOs and trust funders will now pay the same rates as the rest of us.
      D. Tax expenses paid to foreign entities (not quite sure how to make this work, but perhaps someone smarter than me can think of something)
                    ---This is to prevent foreign individuals from dodging taxes on income earned in the USA.

The point of all of this is to tax income when it's extracted from corporations. When the money is within a corporation, it is used as investment - hiring, R&D, capital expenses, stuff that pays employees. When the money is paid out to investors or employees (or especially hybrids of the two like CEOs), that's when it's taxed.

What this will do is allow all those corporations with money overseas to repatriate the funds and invest in hiring, R&D, etc. If that money is paid out to investors or as bonuses to employees, it's taxed at a higher rate because of the elimination of the capital gains rate.

There will also be benefits to small businesses as their corporate tax rate is eliminated - they're only taxed on what they pull out of the business.

Comment Re:Copy Skylab (Score 1) 120

Problem is, we're fresh out of Saturn V's with which to obtain the upper stages.

No, we're going to need something new and inventive - perhaps an inflatable module of some sort. Something small enough to launch but big enough in space. Or perhaps something that can be assembled to give enough room in space while requiring multiple launches, akin to the ISS.

Comment Re:Even this is wrong (Score 1) 684

> it would make FAR more sense to colonize Antarctica,

We already have multiple research stations there. The difference is, they're not self-sufficient to my knowledge - they're dependent on supply runs from the rest of the world - nor do the people live there forever.

Comment Re:Doesn't Matter (Score 1) 216

Not ordinarily an Obama defender, but....

For every 100,000 people in the USA who sign a petition on this website, there are 318.76 Million people who did not sign it. Trying to come up with why they didn't - are they indifferent? Opposed? Ignorant? - is an exercise they need to go through for every petition with significant support. As a result, they will respond, but not necessarily take action, unless it makes sense to them, i.e. conforms to, or is at least compatible with, their agenda.

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