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Are Gates, Musk Being 'Too Aggressive' With AI Concerns? (xconomy.com) 311

gthuang88 reports on a talk titled "Will Robots Eat Your Job?" Bill Gates and Elon Musk are sounding the alarm "too aggressively" over artificial intelligence's potential negative consequences for society, says MIT professor Erik Brynjolfsson. The co-author of The Second Machine Age argues it will take at least 30 to 50 years for robots and software to eliminate the need for human laborers. In the meantime, he says, we should be investing in education so that people are prepared for the jobs of the future, and are focused on where they still have an advantage over machines -- creativity, empathy, leadership, and teamwork.
The professor acknowledges "there are some legitimate concerns" about robots taking jobs away from humans, but "I don't think it's a problem we have to face today... It can be counterproductive to overestimate what machines can do right now." Eventually humankind will reach a world where robots do practically everything, the professor believes, but with a universal basic income this could simply leave us humans with more leisure time.

Submission + - China surpasses U.S. in iOS App Store revenue (bizjournals.com)

Murpatrick writes: Gaming is a large contributor to iOS revenue in China, while other prominent categories include Entertainment and Social Networking. Video streaming apps are also having a major impact on China’s Entertainment category as a whole. App Annie expects non-games will also experience revenue growth due to in-app subscriptions.

Comment Unnecessary (Score 1) 228

Commercial landscaper here... Companies/people using leaf blowers are wasting everyone's time and money. Period. Blowing around leaves that you can easily rake up is simply an idiotic, colossal waste of energy, and quite frankly a pain in the (r)ear, and as multiple posters pointed out, disturbs your thought process with the loudness. The crew using leaf blowers instead of rakes or brooms is quite ridiculous! Every time I see a crew blowing around leaves instead of taking the time to rake them up, it simply makes me laugh! Fools.

Comment D&D isn't a story, it's a setting (Score 2) 167

One major reason the 2000-era movie sucked was that D&D is a universe to tell stories in, not itself a compelling story. As others have mentioned, there are many fantasy books whose characters have been in the D&D universe that make good stories, but a "D&D movie" doesn't even make sense, unless you consider the "summoner geeks" short animation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?... That's what a D&D movie means to me.

Comment I read the article (Score 0) 613

And it's as good a story of how sexism plays out in real life as anything, so the comments here are just appalling. The sexism denialism on Slashdot rivals climate denialism in the Republican Party. You don't have to be sexist toward women to contribute toward the problem, just like you don't have to love fossil fuels to contribute to climate change, folks. But if you don't act deliberately, you're just part of the problem. I'll grant you this, it's not necessarily JUST sexism that keeps women out of STEM, but if you think it doesn't play a role, you're better off staying in mama's basement.

Comment Re:One small problem (Score 2) 509

Yes, believe it or not, black people can be racist, too. It's a socially pervasive attitude that affects nearly everyone. Look at the Freakonomics analysis of our attitude toward black sounding names, for example. It's convenient to dismiss the notion because of the mistaken belief that "black people wouldn't be racist to themselves," but there's an awful lot of data to suggest otherwise.

Comment Re:Article ignores variability (Score 1) 610

Baseload is concept of a 20th century grid run by monopoly utilities with a vested financial interest in operating certain inflexible power plants at maximum output. If I have a paid-off coal or nuclear power plant, of course I want it to run at max output 24/7! And because I'm the monopoly utility (true in 30 U.S. states), I get to prioritize output from my power plant. Winner winner chicken dinner!

In truth, our power system already has a helluva lot of capacity built to accommodate variability from energy USERS (supply = demand at all times or system crashes), and it can also be used to manage variability from energy PRODUCERS, like wind. It's not an extra cost, it's built in until the level of variability far exceeds current situations (except in isolated geographic areas of the grid, or island power networks).

In the long run, we will need a power system with more flexible sources of generation or storage to manage higher levels of variability associated with wind and solar power. But for now, on most power grids? Not even close.

And guess what, fossil fuels aren't without variability, either? What if you can't get a coal train to a coal power plant? http://www.marketplace.org/top...

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