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Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 280

>> they're not going to magically free us from the materials, goods, and services we need that are produced and provided by others.
> Nor will any sort of automation, so we'll all have jobs, yes?

No. Automation is going to free those with capital from the old requirement of paying for labor. But it's not going to free recently laid-off workers from their requirements of food, clothing and shelter.

Yes, I was around for the laser printer. Its neat. But its not a means of producing anything essential for most people. Sure, you can print a movie ticket or boarding pass - if you pay for toner, paper and electricity. Ditto with robots, 3D printers, self-driving cars -- everyone will have one. Its not going to be something people pay you for.

As I pointed out, there's now a dangerous lack of diversity in personal capital sources. Unless you have fruit picking robots and an orchard, or manufacturing robots and a mini-factory, just possessing robots (or drones, or any commoditized tech) is going to be like owning a telephone - you'll need it (sort of); but you won't earn an income from it.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 280

To save, you need an income. Income requires capital. No capital, no income.

Earlier, people typically had several reliable forms of capital -- land (or access to the sea), cattle, personal labor. With free inputs (sun, wildlife, rain); self-repairing/replicating machines (animals, seeds); additional sources of labor (family), this generated both income and additional capital.

Then came specialization -- cobbler, weaver, potter, bard. They still had capital (workshops, tools, training) and personal labour. In addition, most had some land.

Now we have pure-play 'jobs' -- barbers, baristas, researchers, coders -- where other forms of capital have disappeared, only personal labor remains. Forget capital, even the potential of creating capital is disappearing (eg, coder jobs with IP assignment clauses).

When personal labor is also comprehensively devalued by automation, what remains? How many robotech/coder jobs can a planet sustain?

I think we must diversify our personal sources of capital! Not jobs or money. Capital. Whether a part-share on a farm, a personal craft sold on Etsy, apps, songs, a backyard cabbage patch :)

You may support or oppose Trump, but learn this from him! :)

Comment Re: Don't think Uber will be alone with this (Score 1) 235

They can only do so because Google and Apple are siding with app developers to the detriment of their real customers. Don't know why (perhaps app-revenue/payment intermediation)

Ideally, an app should only get what personal / calendar / address-book / call /message history / microphone / photo information I specify. I shouldn't have to hack my phone, or buy a second phone, to do this.

Wait until true personal agency reaches computing - when your device has both the integrity and the smarts to divine and execute your intent, do the necessary account setup, data entry and transaction execution. Then it will cost nothing (in terms of user time and effort) to use Amazon instead of, or Lyft instead of Uber.

That'll be the next wave of change.

Comment Re:Imagine this... (Score 1) 224

... do /you/ know how to ensure every bit of data is cleaned off your phone at the flash level?

No, but Apple does (so do others); they could easily bake this functionality into their devices.

But ignore this for a moment, shall we? The plain fact of the matter is most phones are just not that interesting. A factory reset is enough for the vast majority of users.

Comment Re:Rural deliveries; from base trucks (Score 2) 147

I am deeply skeptical about aerial drones because (a) apartments, (b) residences have boundaries. They may be visible (like fences and gates), but they exist for a purpose. Would anyone like a cargo drone with six propellers whirring close to their children's heads? Perhaps children who are playing with their own drone in the backyard? Further, Amazon is sure to be followed by other shopping sites and third party logistics providers - all with their own drones crossing residential boundaries willy-nilly.

So maybe I don't want drones in my backyard. How does Amazon know a drone is permitted to deliver to an address? One way is to match the billing address to the shipping address. But that means gifts are excluded and must be delivered manually.

Comment Rural deliveries; from base trucks (Score 4, Interesting) 147

Drones executing rural deliveries, launched from some sort of 'base truck' a human drives to a central location to launch and monitor multiple drones. That's pretty much the only use case for drone delivery.

Of course, a fully functional delivery system is symmetrical -- you can send stuff _back_ using the same channel. The base truck should also accept the farmer's *own* drone returning a non-functional item to Amazon.

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