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Comment Re:Why is it bad ? (Score 1) 990

Yes, there is something profoundly screwed up about the fact that, under our current economic model, it is considered a BAD THING when someone no longer has to perform drudge labour because it can now be performed by a machine. That said, I don't know what the alternative model should be. Just that there's something wrong with the current system.

Comment Re:No big deal (Score 3, Interesting) 291

Forgive me, but I don't really understand the business model, though. If it's true that their own studies have shown that pirates are better customers, this would presumably indicate that allowing piracy would increase revenue. So if their goal is to maximize profit, why wouldn't they want to take this on board?

Comment Gizmodo was not right (Score 5, Informative) 380

The Gizmodo article, like most of the speculation, was largely overblown:

NASA has discovered a completely new life form that doesn't share the biological building blocks of anything currently living in planet Earth, using arsenic to build its DNA, RNA, proteins, and cell membranes. This changes everything.

That is not the case. The DNA is largely the same, except that phosphorous has been exchanged with Arsenic. Don't get me wrong, this is still a hugely interesting discovery, but it was implied during the pre-conference speculation that this was an entirely separate instance of abiogenesis, and that is simply not the case, unfortunately.

Comment Embodied Cognition (Score 3, Insightful) 465

I wonder what effect this would have on emotional response. There is growing evidence that there is a two-way feedback loop between subjective emotion and bodily affect. In other words, not only does being nervous cause your heartrate to increase, but an increased heartrate makes you feel more nervous. I would be very interesting to see if this pulse-less heart would result in flatter emotional responses.

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