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  • metta

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    Aug 20, 2015 4:10 PM GMT


    Looks like they don't need very many employees.
  • metta

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    Aug 20, 2015 4:32 PM GMT
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    Aug 20, 2015 5:49 PM GMT
    I was just having a discussion the other day with a cousin, an extremely capitalistic, rather wealthy one, about what happens to society, to the concept of money, once the world is automated.

    What happens once the robots are building the robots, when decisions are made by Data's positronic brain, when it won't be just labor which will become obsolete. Even if the brain by its complexity is never duplicated, they're gonna come close enough to eliminate most functions done today by humans, not just on the labor side but intellectually too.

    And that's no longer science fiction. Now it is foreseeable future coming at us quickly. So how then does the concept of money, of economic class move forward into what will be this world. When food production is entirely automated to feed billions, will billions without jobs be left to starve not for the sake of necessity of resources but purely by greed, by maintaining a system of thinking about how we organize ourselves which soon might be no longer applicable. Certainly we are already feeling the effects of that impending obsolesce today.
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    Aug 21, 2015 9:48 PM GMT
    Technology, in and of itself, is neither bad, nor good. It just is.

    Whether the uneducated like it, or not, man is merging with machines, and artificial intelligence, and tiny machines is here, along with the ability to strategically re-engineer our own genetic code. For the first time in history, man is able to reinvent himself. These things are NOW, and being improved upon every day.

    The merging of man and machines could mean so much in terms of our abilities and the way we live, but, that technology can be used in any number of ways.

    Robots are generally unintelligent, but, AI will become the rule of the day, probably in diagnostic, and motive, systems, first. The self driving car can do better driving itself, doing millions of calculations per second. Eventually, most manual labor will be automated. Not next week, or next year, but, it's coming.

    We'll replace broken or injured parts with machines. We ARE now in the age of "The Borg." It's here.

    Amazon, and Google, and a number of forward seeing firms understand where the future is, and are taking an active role in shaping that future.

    The religious nut Amish froze their tech in a certain time period. It's not devoid of tech. They just froze it at a certain point.

    As a person with heart disease if the time comes where I choose between death, and a machine, I'll likely choose the machine, if the machine preserves my life style.

    It's not a vision.

    Remember, an imaginary friend does not make a rainbow. It's simply the refraction of light. Science leads us to better things in our lives, but, more importantly, science leads us to TRUTH, and away from false belief systems / religion / cults.
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    Aug 21, 2015 9:50 PM GMT
    Man evolves past physical process to being more cognitive.
  • metta

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    Aug 22, 2015 3:47 AM GMT
    I think that we will eventually have to restructure society. How will we be able to create enough jobs for everyone?
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    Aug 22, 2015 6:41 AM GMT
    Too bad there's a plethora of pissed off employees who throw your purchases in an oversized box with no protection so things get damaged during shipping.
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    Aug 22, 2015 11:57 AM GMT
    It's sad that computers are more civilized and can do a better job than human beings. But I'm' not surprised not bit.