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Comment Re:Against Vaccines or About Against Vaccines? (Score 1) 273

You don't even need to teach the controversy. I remember learning about the Platonic model of the solar system in university. It was so that we'd be better prepared to understand the ancient texts we were going to read. At no one point did the professor even suggest that this was a possibility for reality. This topic (in general, I didn't read the syllabus) for instance would make for an excellent Social Science or even Anthropology class and I could see when students of medicine might want to take it as an elective or a part of a social policy/public medicine curriculum.

Comment Re:Technology can NOT eliminate work. (Score 5, Insightful) 389

Our society doesn't just need jobs, it needs predictable jobs. It needs jobs that a person of median intelligence and median means and median grades can work towards in highschool go to college for and the reasonably get hired at that gives them 40 hours a week of work for a decent wage to afford with a partner a house and two kids and then can expect to maintain that job/career roughly for their working life. That is the backbone of our society. Saying that there will be jobs is fine, but if those jobs boom and bust or require midlife retraining or insane amount of ours or risk, well that doesn't really help. The main point is what do we need to preserve our way of life, not just the jobs themselves. These are the kinds of jobs that made America the envy of those living under communism and brought it down. I would know since my parents under the cover of night smuggled themselves out from under the iron curtain. It was definitely not for the opportunity to participate in unbridled capitalism.

Comment Re:Insourcing (Score 1) 170

That is "onshoring" not "insourcing". "Insourcing" is when instead of hiring an external company to do some work, you hire your own employees for the task; like when a growing company gets it's own lawyer. "Outsourcing" is when you take work that you'd normally do in-house, and contract it out to a thrid party. "Offshoring" is where instead of having work done locally you send it to a cheaper country.

Comment Re:Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha (Score 2) 459

The name one I found dubious since they chose middle-class white names and lower-class black names. It's not like they chose Billy-Ray Luellen-Mae. I suspect that a lot of "racism" in the US is actually classism where being black correlates being lower-class, and so it forms the assumption "black means lower-class unless proven otherwise". This would explain why people forget that Colin Powell was black and other successfully black men. "Black", I posit, is a hybrid race/class construct. --- Annecdote: I met a black African girl from Tanzania who **hated** African American names and African Americans and had nothing good to say about them. That was the moment that really made me realised is that it is not actually about race-itself. Personally, I notice myself much more comfortable dealing with Africans than African Americans as cab drivers, much friendlier, jovial, positive, and animated.

Submission + - One in three jobs will be taken by software or robots by 2025, says Gartner (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: Gartner predicts one in three jobs will be converted to software, robots and smart machines by 2025," said Peter Sondergaard, Gartner's research director at its big Orlando conference. "New digital businesses require less labor; machines will make sense of data faster than humans can," he said. Smart machines are an emerging "super class" of technologies that perform a wide variety of work, both the physical and the intellectual kind. Machines, for instance, have been grading multiple choice test for years, but now they are grading essays and unstructured text. This cognitive capability in software will extend to other areas, including financial analysis, medical diagnostics and data analytic jobs of all sorts, says Gartner. "Knowledge work will be automated."

Comment Re:no (Score 2) 437

So require a key for override, that way the 9 year old can go to grandma's house but not into a tree. If you need to pay attention and be prepared to intervene at any second then how is this not strictly worse than the current system? It's less convenient than a cab and more expensive than a bus. Pretty useless. And people multi-task with phones and laptops now, what makes you think they'll pay any attention at all when cars drive themselves 99.99% fine on there own?

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One good reason why computers can do more work than people is that they never have to stop and answer the phone.