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Comment Space, the final frontier... (Score 3, Interesting) 499

Pay people to serve in a real life version of Starfleet?

Go away for a some number of years and when you come back, you're guaranteed whatever luxury income for life. Space is risky now and will be for quite some time so maybe have it like 5 years for full retirement.

Maybe the ability to have children will be shut off by default from birth by some genetic engineering thing and switched on via some other means after passing a kind of character credit check that's easier to pass if you served in this hypothectical "Starfleet" due to the nature of it.

Today, not everybody gets to be an Astronaut. Tomorrow, not everybody gets to be a parent.

Eventually, maybe Earth will only be home to those who don't have "the right stuff" for space travel and they can live as they please.

The Homo genus eventually gains a new species. Homo Stellaris?

Comment Some men just want to watch the world learn (Score 1) 426

Count me among them. One of my jobs is to eliminate dangerous and tedious work from manufacturing processes. Nobody wants to spend their day grabbing searing hot parts from a welder at one station and stacking them in exact locations after another so they don't get out of order and miss their settling time. That's where robots come in.

People are needed to maintain those robots and the computers they coordinate with. People are also needed to supply the machines with materials. There will always be work to do. There will just be better options than "something to pay the bills for now".

Comment There are a lot of jobs AI and robots can't do. (Score 1) 917

A lot of those jobs are in trade fields and have to do with working with the real world where things aren't designed with millimeter precision in mind, such as a leaky pipe under your nearly-century-old house, machining a one-off part for mounting the base of one of those robots so it can be set up to do work, or making new cabinets for your kitchen that will account for the fact the walls aren't quite squared. Or replacing a part on what in those 20-30 years from now will be a classic car. Or running new wiring to allow one of those robots to have a food supply the building wasn't originally designed for.

People are the reason we will always need people.

Computers, Electronics, and wrenching on my own cars were three things that helped me immensely when I decided to study Robotics after getting sick from solder fumes for the better part of a decade.

Comment I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. (Score 1) 116

This just in: Cable company becomes desperate in the face of wide abandonment. Film at 11.

I have a contract with the same company only because of my Internet service. It seemed worth the extra few bucks to get TV tacked on just because. No. The fees and rate increases since have vastly amplified the monthly bill.

In my neck of the woods, we don't have Google Fiber (yet), but we do have UTOPIAnet (Wasatch Front in Utah, for the record). Even with the cost of the FTTP gear, a 100/100mbit connection is still far less than what Comcast charges. For the same price Comcast charges, you get a symmetrical gigabit.

Uploading at 12mbps grows old fast even if your download speed is in the 180 range.

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