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Comment Re:AI In China (Score 4, Insightful) 156

Right. Because this proved true in the last 150 years of 10,000 years of human history it can never prove false.

Productivity improvements have been occurring for a lot longer than 150 years. Agriculture has been around for 10,000 years. Writing, paper, concrete, and steel are all technologies invented more than a thousand years ago.

Can you name any productivity improvement, ever, that did not lead to higher living standards?

Most AI-chicken-littles predicate their doom-and-gloom on the assumption that only "the rich" will have access to new technology. The same predictions were made about cars, personal computers, and even washing machines. Yet today, car ownership is widespread, and billions of people have a computer in their pocket. There is no reason to believe the future will be different. It is not just "the rich" that have Siri on their cellphones. Household robots will almost certainly be designed for the mass market, not the 1%.

Can you name any productivity enhancing technology, ever, that has been used solely by "the rich"?

Comment Re:Absolutely baffling (Score 1) 245

What happened to the US having antitrust legislation?

Have you been following the election returns for the last few decades? Do you know which party controls the presidency, the supreme court, the senate, the house, 2/3rds of the governorships, and most of the state legislatures?

Hint: It isn't the antitrust party.

Comment Re:AI In China (Score 3, Insightful) 156

Either you have to keep the people happy with handouts or you need to get rid of the people...

Or maybe, just maybe, it will be exactly like what has happened with every other historical advance in productivity: the economy will expand, new jobs will be created, and living standards will improve.

China is building Skynet. America is building the F-35.

Comment Re:They're wrong (Score 3, Insightful) 136

You get a bucket full of them (say, 10 trillion), weigh it on the bathroom scale ...

10 trillion protons would weigh a few picograms. You will need about 10 quadrillion picograms to fill a bucket.

Even then, the protons would be contaminated with electrons, gluons, neutrons, etc. It will be much harder to fill a bucket with pure protons.

Comment Re:Bootcamp bubble popped... (Score 1) 101

You need geometry to do UI design.

What is taught in a geometry class that is relevant to laying out a webpage? Do you use Euclid's axioms to properly pad a text field?

algebra helps you figure out how many dollars you're making for every page you wrote and how to invest your profits wisely.

No it doesn't. That is just arithmetic.

Comment Re:Bootcamp bubble popped... (Score 3, Interesting) 101

I suspect it's most useful for people who are already able to program but who want a crash course in web development.

If you already know coding, you can learn webdev in a few days from free on-line tutorials or maybe a $20 book from Amazon.

everyone from kindergarteners to grandmas should be learning to "code"

Nearly everyone can benefit from coding. I have written many Google Sheets triggers, plugins for Quickbooks, etc. for friends and relatives. These are usually a dozen or so lines of Javascript, and maybe a few regexes. If you can code, this is trivial, but if you can't then you are stuck.

All of these people took algebra in high school. None of them have used algebra, even once, since HS. So it is silly that our schools teach algebra and not coding ... and please don't say "You need algebra to understand coding" because that is patently false. I have taught 4th graders to code, and they certainly haven't learned algebra.

Comment Re:Wheres the source of the cash? (Score 1) 255

Wealth is absolutely a fixed size pie. Scarcity of resources is the fundamental problem that economics tries to solve.

You are applying 19th century economics to the 21st century. Five of the biggest corporations in America are Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook. None of them rely on coal or iron ore. They rely on human ingenuity and intellectual property, neither of which is inherently limited.

1. Legal expenses, which are a one time cost

I incorporated on-line for $200. I spent $0 on legal fees.

2. Double taxation, which my plan would eliminate

Most corps in America are S-Corps, which are not subject to double taxation.

Comment Re:Don't shoot until you see the whites of their e (Score 1) 367

That only keeps the peace for the people back home... in the land of the dominant enforcer. Everyone else has to deal with war on their doorstep.

It keeps the peace for everyone who accepts the current world order. Today, that is most of the world, which is more peaceful than ever before in history. Even most muslim countries accept American hegemony. The only real challenges to the Pax Americana are in a few Shiite countries (Iran, Syria) and a few non-state entities (ISIS, Hezbollah, the Houthi tribe in Yemen). China may challenge America in the future, but their current activities in the SCS don't amount to much, and are not a direct threat to American interests.

Comment Re:Value of crypto currency (Score 3, Insightful) 66

Is all crypto currency over-valued when it is so frequently anonymously stolen?

It was not "stolen". Crypto-currencies are based on the implementing code, and the only "rules" are in the code. So if the code allowed someone to transfer ownership, then that transfer followed the "rules" and is just as legitimate as any other transfer. Just because some people misunderstood the rules, that doesn't make it "wrong" for someone else to follow them to their own advantage.

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