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Comment Re:Most people believe that they are above average (Score 1) 352

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) 352

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) 352

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:1984 is not a utopia (Score 1) 96

I'm saying that they have the capability of doing it. And many people are being recorded without knowing it.

Theoretically Google's privacy agreement prevents them from doing it without your permission. But if they went ahead anywhere there would not be any major consequences, and the easiest would be to update the agreement to allow exceptions.

The agreement makes it clear that the recorders do turn into data for Google. Theoretically they took steps to anonymize the recordings, but the next time you see an ad for a retirement home the same month you've been talking about putting your parents into a retirement home you're going to wonder aren't you?

Comment Re:1984 is not a utopia (Score 1) 96

Google -> My Account -> Go to Activity Controls -> Voice & Audio Activity -> Manage Activity

If you have it turned off (PAUSE), then you should have nothing listed (I hope). If you turn it on, you'll start accumulating data there and you can delete stuff. What happens is it normally wants to note activity of you using the "OK Google" service, but it will log a lot of false positives.

I find bits of conversations with wife, meetings at work, other people at the bar, and more. Theoretically I had to agree to turn this on, but I don't remember doing it, I thought it worked on my phone out-of-the-box, but maybe I did turn it on and didn't realize the implication?

At this point I have to trust Google that when I delete things that they actually delete all copies of it.

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