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Comment Bewar Pandora's box (Score 1) 322

In this universe of strange consequences I foresee people making a legal claim of language disability and expecting a welfare like program to support them as they can not work due to a language deficit. There are even some people who are mute who could communicate through an app on their phone with customers. Should we remove them from the work place due to language difficulties? Then there is the tiny problem of the US having no official, national language. Can you imagine a ghetto youth in Chicago trying to understand the queens English when his native tongue is a very weird ebonic argot.

Comment Negative Privacy (Score 0) 83

Here we have a situation where people protest that the truth will be known. Do people want the right to lie in divorce court or to lie to insurance companies or to lie about who caused a wreck? It seems as if the American public fears its own stink. Have we reached the point at which America can not survive without lies being a standard norm of behavior? Also keep it in mind that truth works in all directions. If you own stock in an insurance company people that lie are stealing your money. It may be your wife that can't explain why she parks at Tom's house when she is supposed to be at work. You may well get child custody if you offer strong evidence of her adultery. The problem with wanting to live a covert life is that you give the same privilege to everyone else and at some point your kids figure out that you are full of lies and they get all messed up and turn to drugs. Maybe it is time to insist upon truth from all people.

Comment Already Here (Score 1) 227

As long as a computer and its software is set up to solve specific problems they already exceed human abilities. Common, inexpensive chess software can destroy 99% of players and if one has a high power rig it will destroy any chess champion. Now imagine a computer set up to only seek rewards for opening new bank accounts of various sizes. A ten thousand dollar savings account may gain you a five hundred dollar bonus if you keep the account active for 90 days. If you turn that over four times a year you would get 20% in bonuses plus whatever interest the accounts earn in a year. And those accounts are insured so you have no risk compared to buying stocks and bonds. It goes without saying that you could have multiples of $10,000 to invest in such a scheme in banks all over the nation. One might also have a program that searches for distress sales for housing. Yes it would be wonderful to have one computer that can do it all and fit in your shirt pocket. But as far as functional intelligence computers already have humans beat. A few years back thee were AI programs that featured self learning from breeding other programs together and mating the best with the best over generations. Those programs became able to find quality solutions that humans could not understand the types of logic and rules by which the programs operated. Yet only these programs could find the solutions. In the New testament there is a remark that in the late days 'We will be confounded by our complexity.". i think we are already both confounded and enlightened by our complexity.

Comment Far From Doom (Score 1) 332

Yes Uber required and still requires deep pockets to get completely up and running. And investors will give those big bucks simply because the potential profits will be so astounding. The only real danger to uber is that having paved the way for a very new mode of travel another company may receive the benefits as they did not have to bear the initial deep costs of starting up the new technology. Uber paved the financial road not only for itself but also for its competition. And now drivers' pay checks will be taken out of the loop with self driving Uber cars. Fifty cents worth of gasoline can turn into a $15. dollar ride.

Comment FOOLS ! (Score 1) 364

Robots and automation will replace almost 100% of human workers. And there are some really odd things to think about. Today we talk about the problem of cheap labor in other nations. And that should be a dead issue. Now, it is can my nation's robots work better and cheaper than your nations robots. Entire industries will collapse. And we are also on the verge of the really huge, next big thing. Nobody knows exactly what it will be but it is time. We have a pile of very powerful technologies that are very close to emerging as the various elements are so close to blooming. It just might be a breakthrough in AI that suddenly makes computers far more powerful than anything we imagine at this moment.

Comment Dominant life Forms (Score 2) 109

I have no clue as to the numbers or mass of these bacteria that munch on rocks beneath our surface. But just maybe they might displace algae as being the predominant life form on Earth. It has been said in the past that an alien species might see algae as the significant life form on Earth and only be interested with communications with algae. Even termites might have more effect upon our world than humans.

Comment My Favorite (Score 1) 142

Many baby monitors are so powerful that they effectively cover the entire home and pick up all kinds of adult conversations. A scanner and a bit of extra effort and you can tune in and learn a whole lot about what goes on in some families. Read that as whose baby is it. When daddys away mommies often have numerous "friends".

Comment Yester year (Score 1) 70

In the 1960s there were false answers listed in the back of some text books to catch students who simply copied answers rather than actually thinking out the solution to a problem. Actually a similar tactic could be employed to catch teachers by placing false information in the texts. I have seen professors with lofty credentials repeat a false fact that they were taught when they were in college and it tends to get handed down from generation to generation. the reason why is quite simple. Even at the Ph.D. level many professors have never actually done any original research. Their research is limited to studying what professors that came before them accepted in their training. This exists due to the depth of study is limited as professors might have to spend months on some rather obscure information that often was not available a few years ago.

Comment One Up On That (Score 1) 226

Machinist frequently use a tool called a boring bar. You might use such a tool to bore out a rifle barrel for example. But machinist often are grumpy and drink to much at very boring bars and come to work and make mistakes when using a boring bar. And then we wonder why foreigners find English such a difficult language to learn.

Comment Pointy Hats (Score 1) 159

The ethics priests need to take a break. Obviously any cure for any disease or condition has spin off effects that may or may not be considered negative by some people. Suppose for example we find a genetic cure for schizophrenia that persists through out generations. Obviously many people with such a condition would never be born. How the heck can anyone weigh the horrors of that illness against the potential joy or contributions that a schizophrenic might experience or create/ How about manic depression? Or how about severe mental retardation? Some people really love their handicapped children. Does that somehow imply that we should not prevent mental retardation? How the blue heck does anyone propose to carefully weigh the results of eliminating any illness? After all if we let smallpox lose on the population it would reduce traffic congestion. Who dares define what is negative or positive for the world ?

Comment Grief, Confusion, and Greed (Score 2) 641

People who drive drunk lose the ability to coordinate and she apparently could not use proper judgment in her use of the accelerator pedal. It may not have mattered a bit what vehicle she was in. A bicycle or a motor scooter with very slow acceleration can kill a drunk as easily as a Tesla. I am sorry for the father's grief but Tesla should sue him for this nonsense.

Comment No Difference (Score 1) 110

Police cars often have devices that auto record all license plates near the squad cars and run checks on them. It is a great way to find stolen cars and motorcycles. Naturally such systems can be attached to buildings or poles or whatever and in a way they do have a record of where your car has been. I do not see it as a privacy issue. If I am in public view anyone has the right to snap a picture of me. Are we at the point of saying that police must have less rights than all other members of the public? Obviously we all will and must have less privacy as population sizes grow and threats become likely to produce really large consequences.

Comment Not New (Score 1) 627

Clear back in the mid 1980 era we had engineers on domestic flights that were held at airports until FBI folks could bring in an engineer to inspect the circuits with a fear that we could be handing over technology to foreign agents. It was an odd sort of thing as apparently the fear was that an engineer could hand over a circuit board while in flight, to a person who would transfer to another flight leaving the US. Usually our people were carrying either computer boards or robotic boards, none of which were in violation of any guarded secrets.

Comment Amusing (Score 0) 723

Frankly i find it amusing that anyone thinks there is any option other than a basic income for all people. I under stand that there is a huge pile of beliefs and platitudes that will put many minds in opposition to a free income. But when human labor, either intellectual or physical is no longer needed there is very little choice. We can list a bunch of vital issues that relate to simple miseries or fears that are caused by poverty. Alcoholism, mental illness, sexual crimes, drug addictions, mad bombing such as the Oklahoma City Court House, armed robberies, economic crimes and many more all are related to people simply being unhappy. There is a huge tax issue due to these unhappy or frightened people acting out. Now imagine a system in which more and more people are in fear of sleeping on the streets, going hungry, or needing medical care that they can not get. That creates a climate of a brewing and ultra violent revolution and also opens paths for our enemies to take over our nation. Today truck drivers know full well that their trade is quickly ending as do taxi drivers and delivery people. Construction people are still cloudy on the notion that their trade will vanish. Factory workers have already been sort of slaughtered. Retraining is a dead end. The new trade will vanish all too soon. Teachers are now being eliminated by computer led class rooms. In some cases lawyers are also already being replaced by computers. Surgeries are now done by robotic means. No trade is exempt and unemployment will soar. In real poverty the poor become dangerous and will not silently starve to death in some dark corner.

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