I know that there is a good number of people on the internet who don't want to hear it, but legalizing marijuana just so that you can get high is a pretty selfish thing to be expecting the president to deal with. There are, and have always been, way more important issues than sending that kind of nonsense to his desk.
How about legalizing it so we can stop spending billions of dollars on cannabis enforcement, generate millions (possibly billions) in taxes on its sales, and at the same time cut off American gangs and Central and South American drug cartels at the knees by taking away control of one of their biggest products?
A major news columnist, I forget who, recently proposed that maybe we are reaching the point where it is no longer a desirable social goal to have everyone in a job. I mean, the whole point of Progress is to eventually achieve a 100% unemployment rate, right?
This sounds nice until you realize that while automated labor may become essentially free, it can't change the fact that natural resources are limited. Under the current economic system, the end state is one where your own effort and labor are effectively worthless, and the only people who can afford to buy natural resources are the people who already "own" some natural resources which they can trade. Not a pretty picture.
This only holds true if level of education among humans stays the same. We may eliminate repetitive jobs, but humans will learn new techniques which won't be easily automated.
I think you have a lot more faith in the species than I do. Do you really believe that every person on the planet is suited to do work more complex than what can be automated today? Or that even if they can, every single one would be happy doing such work? And even if that's true of future generations (assuming we fix our broken school systems), do you really think it's feasible to retrain all the people who find themselves suddenly out of a job because what they were doing just got automated?
Practically any UI change, for example, feels difficult at first
The Ribbon on MS products feels difficult because it IS difficult. Instead of a menu where you're scanning a bunch of equally sized elements with text, you're scanning a bunch of unevenly sized buttons with text and icons (which often are irrelevant or misleading). In addition, nesting options on the ribbon are often signaled in conflicting ways, and the overall grouping us much more broad, and therefor less sensible than with regular menus. With enough practice you can work around it, but even after years with it, I've never found it easier to use than traditional menus.
By contrast, another fairly major UI change in the MS space is the restructured start menu and task bar in Windows 7, and in that case almost everybody who's tried it has been won over immediately. They combined concepts (running apps and pinned launchers), removed data, shuffled some things around, and made it MORE clear than it used to be.
I don't buy that a UI change necessarily has to be jarring. Yes, the bar is higher to make the concepts more clear than they used to be, but if it's done right it can be an intuitive change at the same time as an improvement.
Seriously, everyone else in the tech industry should just give up. Apple won technology. let them have it. Everyone else in the tech industry, please go back to school. Let Linux die, let Android die, let the PC die. Everyone else should just stop right now and do something else.
Until OSX can copy more than 800 MB from a network share without the OS locking up to the point that I have to hard boot the machine, I think your claims may be a bit premature...
Apple makes shiny hardware, and nice UIs if you want to do exactly the 10 things they have decided to allow you to do. Try anything else, and you run into the walls reaaaaaally quickly.
In the future, you're going to get computers as prizes in breakfast cereals. You'll throw them out because your house will be littered with them.