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Comment "Research Projects" (Score 4, Funny) 68

Man, my high school career councilor has a lot to answer for. Had I known I could be teaching bees how to play soccer, I'd have actually focused on my grades...or indeed, shown up.

But no, he was always like, "Stop drinking that" or "why are you at my house at 2am?" or perhaps most amusingly, "You can't be here, I have a restraining order".

He was a bit of a kidder.

Comment Re:Most people believe that they are above average (Score 1) 338

And those peasants produced food, not robots. And for much of history they worked as serfs, they were able to use land to grow food in exchange for a portion of that food. (and typically it had to be wheat or something else easily traded and not whatever the serfs felt like growing)

If you want to draw parallels to history, great, I'm very interested in that. But at least get the details right instead of waving your hand at the changes that have occurred in the last five thousand years.

Comment Re:Most people believe that they are above average (Score 1) 338

If only 1% of the population has jobs, then money probably becomes a worthless medium of exchange. If the overwhelming majority of people have nothing to offer that society values, not even manual labor, then we'll probably be facing riots.

Most likely we'll be willing to hire human beings to do the same jobs that robots do, but we won't want to pay humans and more than what we're claiming as depreciation on our initial capital investment for the robots. So likely business will be willing to pay a human a few cents an hour to dig a ditch or run a cash register.

From there we can develop a culture that considers anyone unwilling to work for $3/week to be feckless layabout that is only looking for free handouts from the government.

I recommend revolution if we get to that point, but hopefully it will happen long after I'm dead.

Comment Fits in with other American logic (Score 1) 338

It's the same logic that drives a lot of other choices in American culture. All Americans believe they'll be rich one day, if only they work hard enough or become famous or get lucky with the next big idea or win the lottery.

We don't want high taxes on the rich because we all think we're going to be rich one day.

Comment Re:Doubt it (Score 2) 63

Alphabet's just upset that they've been messing around with self-driving cars for the better part of a decade and it still doesn't look any closer to a product, and Uber has stolen a march on them by actually _using_ them. If you can't make your product succeed, tearing down the competition is almost as good.

Uber aren't using them, they are talking about using them, but all their "tests" are just PR at this point since we are still a couple of generations of self-driving cars away from them being able to do last mile point-to-point driving.

Comment I'll posit a third (Score 1) 154

...companies pushing their "revolutionary" products when, in fact, they are pretty boring and run of the mill ( when not flat out crap, which is the norm ). That kind of bombastic nonsense works for a while, but eventually folks see through the bullshit so when any truly impressive product does get released, it's viewed through somewhat jaded lenses.

"Fool me once" and all that jazz.

Comment Re:Weak/nonexistent punishments for faulty notices (Score 1) 81

All patent applications are signed under penalty of perjury. However, the US Patent and Trademark office disbanded its enforcement department in 1974. So, you can perjure yourself on a patent application with impunity.

Unless it's testimony in a criminal case, or the perjury trap in front of a grand jury, or something they want to prosecute like lying on your tax form, the Federal government is in general lassiez faire about perjury, or even encouraging of it with their reluctance to prosecute, especially perjury committed by a so-called intellectual property holder.

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