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Italy has been using this for buses since 2003.
We can overnight a padded envelope full of 32GB drives anywhere in the country. That's hard to beat when you need to send a few dozen gigabytes in 12 hours.
My problem with this is, you can't say what the "market" price is when so much of the bidding is in dark pools. You can't look at a 1/8 or smaller sliver and say "that's the market price" - your participation in that market would have changed the price.
They need to set up a trust that can negotiate and sue on their behalf, that would be required by law to act in their best interests. They could grant the oil rights to the trust for 5-20 years and get periodic payments back out.
What if H1B workers became free agents after 6 months? No paperwork on the part of the hiring company, they just accept a new offer and file something to say they are switching employers. If the problem is that there are not enough qualified people in the "hiring pool" then this shouldn't matter, right? After all they will tell you that they're paying a competitive salary already.
This whole artificially depressed salary thing could blow over if they weren't indentured servants, unable to move. You could normalize salaries pretty quickly. And the sponsoring company would have to become competitive enough to keep people.
Landmines are the perfect example of existing autonomous technology. Next steps would be, I imagine, drones that fly themselves home if jammed. Still pretty innocuous but a step into automation.
Also imagine a first generation turret. Automated target acquisition based on stereo imaging and stereo microphones. The first models would require an operator to approve the target. But the systems are so much faster than us - soon you'd want to be able to approve a target area, hold down the "OK" button and have it keep firing. We're not talking spray and pray here - this thing could be single round fully automated sniper, catching someone who only sticks their head up for a fraction of a second. How long until you'd designate an area as a no-go hostile zone and leave it on all night to guard the perimeter?
This is a case of the USPTO saying "We don't understand this fully, we'll let the courts figure it out".
And the courts say "We don't understand this fully, we'll defer to the experts at the USPTO".