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Comment Re:Agree. (Score 1) 161

You're out of your mind. The amount of work that had to be done just to feed yourself varied wildly based on location. At absolute best, yes, you only had to work a couple of hours a day. At worst, and much more common, you were perpetually on the edge of starvation and constantly looking for food. You are whatever you could find or kill. Today your local grocery store has a larger variety of foods that any king could have ever wished for a couple of hundred years ago.

You also leave out the complete lack of effective medical treatment. Any scrape you got could get infected and kill you. Everyone was perpetually infested with lice and other kinds of insects feeding off of you, not to mention all of the species of fungus that would live in your crevices. If you were lucky, your toilet was a river.

Sure everyone was almost equal, equally shitty.

Comment Re:Or people are just under/wrongly medicated. (Score 1) 432

Society isn't a shit heap. By almost any measure, things are better than they have ever been for almost everybody in the world. Wars are at an all time low, violence is too. Things only seem worse because the media and politicians stand to gain from you thinking that way.

Comment Re:Better be ready to be beat up when layed off wo (Score 3, Insightful) 541

Who cares if people can be successful artists. The point is that they have the freedom to choose if that's what they want to do with their lives. Being good at it is irrelevant.

The UBI solves the problem of where people are supposed to get money to buy the things that are produced when there aren't enough jobs for humans to do to support the economy.

Comment Re:Progress (Score 1) 133

> Too bad the computers will NEVER be able to reliably make the kinds of judgment calls that humans can and the entire AI borg system is going to come crashing down sooner or later, so we really won't have to worry about the anti-humanist ilk ever really doing much of anything to worry about.

This may be the dumbest comment I've ever read on Slashdot, and I've been here for a while. The whole point of self driving cars is that they will have *better* judgement than us slow, panicky humans. There are something like 33,000 deaths per year in the US alone caused by traffic accidents. If letting our cars drive themselves can even half that, we've made a huge score.

Comment Re:Pointless and Useless Speculation (Score 1) 559

My guess is that life will be fairly common in the universe, but almost all of that life will be of the single celled variety. Just look at the history of life on Earth - for 2.9 billion of the 3.5 billion years that life has existed, that's what it was. Getting over the hump of becoming multicellular is a huge barrier. For most of the remaining 600 million years, life was of the non-intelligent sort. There is no reason to think that it's inevitable. Civilizations are probably extremely rare in the universe, let alone civilizations that don't destroy themselves soon after becoming intelligent.

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