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Comment Re:"Futurist" = "Idiot in residence" (Score 1) 203

100 years ago, Newspapers were rare and expensive

No they weren't. The price of a newspaper in 1915 was $.05 for Sunday. Today, the NYT costs $5 for Sunday. Adjusting $.05 from 1915 gives $1.17 today. So the cost of newspapers has risen dramatically from then.

Two hundred years ago they were more rare but still available to anyone in a decent sized city.

You were also right. They carried a great deal of news. Spanish-American War (1898) anyone? Reporters (Hemingway) on the field. Same for the Boxer Rebellion (1898) in China.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 203

As long as your definition of enormous is a few acres, you are correct. What it takes more than space is time and work. Lots of time and work to plant and maintain, then harvest. And, after harvest (spring->fall}, it must be preserved for winter. Takes a lot of t/w.

My wife had a foggy dream of being self-sustaining. I wasn't interested in being a farmer. She gave up on the idea very quickly.

Comment Re: Who is Kurzweil? Why should I care? (Score 3, Informative) 203

For instance:

Inventor David Shepard appears on a 1959 episode of "I've Got a Secret" [with demonstration] with the secret "I invented a machine that read and writes." Mr. Shepard is considered to be the inventor of the first OCR (Optical Character Recognition) machine, though that term is not used here.

So, it's been around too long for him. What we appear to have with crediting Kurzweil with inventing OCR is a moving of goal posts to accommodate his tech instead of the fundamental idea and implementation.

A search on "OCR inventor" yields the name Emanuel Goldberg as the inventor of Optical Character Recognition (1931).

So Kurzweil moved it into a more modern computer, he didn't invent OCR per se.

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