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Comment Re:Machines replacing bank tellers? (Score 0) 240

Of course it is, you slice of excrement, it is your personal private goal, to destroy individuality, to oppress the human and to promote the collective. It is personal profit for you in the most extreme way, you want a colony of like minded pieces of shit to live in harmony with everything. Fuck you, go die, explode of most vile diarrhea imaginable. The society will not be what you desire, the productive individuals in it will find ways to keep the likes of inhuman collectivist scum where it belongs, at the bottom of an individual shoe. I am being the most sincere right now: altruism is the most rotten, bile regurgitating type of a mental disease that murdered hundreds of millions and slowed down progress and sometimes even reversed it. But it cannot hold the humanity in its deathly claws forever, it will always fail as it always has failed in the history of this world. It takes time, sometimes more time than a single human can wait, but it always inevitably fails at the end and humanity takes another step forward.

Comment Re: Machines replacing bank tellers? (Score 1) 240

Of course they do, look at BTC - transaction automation to the maximum, decentralization to the maximum. Look at cars - automation of movement, decentralization of transportation. Look at manufacturing - automation of manufacturing and of transportation allows for decentralization.

Your example does not contradict anything, automation of a fuel pump may invite some scammers, that does not mean decentralization is not happening.

Comment Re:Machines replacing bank tellers? (Score 0) 240

You don't tell each other what to do but you want to control everybody else for your personal gain, a sign of a true collectivist is a good dose of hypocrisy. Atheism doesn't make you any more or any less susceptible to mass delusions, , USSR was based on atheism. I am an atheist, I am also anti collectivist and I find it rude to tell others what to do. You, on the other hand like to tell others what to do, that is your collectivist nature and atheism does nothing to get rid of that rudeness as you call it.

What you really are is an opportunist who sees people as resources to be manipulated and used to achieve your personal goals, which is why your stated ideology is that of some type of a socialist. You want others to drink the poison for you, be a sport, set an example.

Comment Re: Machines replacing bank tellers? (Score 1) 240

Read the thread: might makes right is the argument I am objecting to. Collectivism used to provide power based on numbers. Automation and technology equalizes the odds, 10 people against 1 is not that bad if 1 has a few robots on his side.

As to Ayn Rand, I appreciate her philosophy and writing, it is great, but I never needed it to reach my own conclusions decades ago. I only read her books a few years back after hearing so much about them. She was a great philosopher AFAIC, a pretty good writer as well, but the ideas were always here, with or without her books. As to violence - that is the argument of the collectivists, not of the individualists.

Comment Re: Machines replacing bank tellers? (Score 1) 240

The retard here is you, the millions of the productive people can afford the tech ( and they have enough of it as is ) to annihilate the rioting masses, of course the most efficient tools have already been deployed. Urbanization and specialization ensures that the ones with little to no productive capacity will starve to death and will kill off each other. This is not your farmer society, where people could live off the land. Vast majority of people today will die of starvation if the stores are not resupplied for a few weeks. Beyond that we are talking about automation here. Protection has is and will be automated more and more, where it would make no sense not to acquire it to put down riots and attacks by the crowds. A mix of machine guns and droids will probably be effective enough. A sleeping biological agent added to some popular food can probably wait to be activated to take down the hosts. It is not that far fetched, especially distribution should be easy enough to handle, people buy whatever is the cheapest, so make it cheap and see it spread.

But never mind all that, the productive people can have the police, the army, the politicians on their side because they can pay.

Comment Re: Machines replacing bank tellers? (Score 1) 240

There are more than enough people in the productive category for that purpose. Beyond that the technology is getting more advanced, the gene selection and mutation can be manipulated artificially, so this argument will cease to exist soon if it hasn't already. There enough people in the productive spectrum to keep the species going , I am more than certain of it. There are millions of business owners in the world.

Comment Re:Our Future. (Score 1) 240

So it should be done covertly, government needs to be allowed to overextend itself, letting the money become a worthless fiat that eventually loses the ability to buy weapons and to pay for the walking talking military meat. Once the government is rotten and weak enough you don't need a shooting war to take it down.

Comment Re: Machines replacing bank tellers? (Score 1) 240

Go ahead and explain why should some, those with the capacity to produce be supporting others, who do not have that capacity? Just try not to use 'they will kill you and take your stuff' argument, USSR tried it, fell apart, more importantly those with the capacity to produce also do have (and will have more) capacity to protect themselves. Animals that cannot feed themselves die off, that is the nature of things. Of course they can try and steal, that is expected. Of course those, who have something of value will protect themselves, that is also the nature of things. But to feed and to shelter and to entertain your would be assailants because they want what you have? That IS perversion. I suppose *some* level of voluntary charity always existed and will exist in the future, however beyond some voluntary charity and beyond the threat of violence what else do you actually think is there? Religion? There is no god, religion is a useful political tool to keep the poor at bay (a threat of everlasting violence after death scares a large number of human animals). So what is your idea, why should a newly born person be entitled to the productive output of an existing person?

Comment Re:Incoming (Score 1) 240

None of this is significant in terms of being any kind of a showstopper, in my estimation as an engineer. Yes, there are lots of things to cover in such an undertaking. No, none of the ones you mention are expected to pose significant problems.

Adequate power systems (power to weight, and charge issues) and the highest level management software are the only two hurdles really still a distance away. The former looks like it's going to fall within a year or two, the latter I give ten years, max.

Comment Re:Incoming (Score 1) 240

I didn't say a word about drones, if by drones, you mean quadcopters and the like.

As for robots, your thinking is too constrained. There are lots of design options that will handle snow just fine (and every other kind of terrain) that don't involve tires. Spider legs, for instance.

Vandalism: easily vandalized robots are counter indicated, obviously. Likewise robots that don't record what's happening to them. These are trivial engineering issues in the sense that solutions are readily available. They're no significant impediment to robot deliveries.

Fraud: One obvious solution is payment before delivery. Another, for payment on-site, is the same tech, or related tech, to that which lets a soda machine know you actually fed it dollar bills, before allowing access to the cargo. This isn't even a problem requiring solution before proceeding -- otherwise there would be no delivery now, and that's obviously not the case.

The only tech that really needs to happen that we don't quite have yet is the smarts to run the robot, and we're a little short on power systems, too. But we're very, very close. Solve those, get the cost down to where it needs to be, integrate available tech, and done.

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