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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

some old guy Re:Economists (563 comments)

+5 Insightful

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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

some old guy Re:Whence the trend? (563 comments)

Since one cannot undo history, it makes more sense to just get on with it than to merely sit in the mud and cry about evil colonial powers that left 50 years ago.

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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

some old guy Re:Whence the trend? (563 comments)

How's that working for you in Bangladesh and Zaire? We have what are essentially experimental laboratory results (I think we call them revolutions) to invalidate any proposed "economic" solution.

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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

some old guy Whence the trend? (563 comments)

Disclaimer: I've been an industrial automation engineer since the PLC-2 and System 1 were king. I'm still at it, killing jobs wherever possible. Not out of malice, nor with any joy in that, but just doing my job.

TFA may be authored by a fuzzy-headed economist, but the core concept is undeniable. Humankind faces a surplus of employable bodies, and a deficit of employer positions, in the industrialized world. This trend can be compared to the situations in a lot of 3rd World countries. The industrialized nations, once fully built-out with AI and AA (Advanced Automation) will become 3rd world societies too. We're getting close to the tipping point already. There are only so many burgers to be flipped, and consumers with enough money to buy them.

Nature used to auto-correct overpopulation problems, with food supply vs. demand being the major engine. Is that what we're going to see when the whole world becomes third world? All the attendant unrest and upheaval will not be pretty.

My own solution: Enable and reward birth control wherever possible. Not as efficient as famine or genocide, but much less nasty.

yesterday
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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

some old guy Re: AH, the good old days (100 comments)

Yeah, a social model where 99.9% of society endures scarcity while .1% enjoys a surplus.

2 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

some old guy Re:How can people restrain government agents? (512 comments)

The Fourth, and the othe nine, Amendments in the Bill of Rights, are not criminal statutes. They are proscriptions against specific judicial, executive, and legislative actions.

Violations can be tortious and civilly actionable, but not criminal.

5 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

some old guy Re:Fire all the officers? (512 comments)

Since when do police go to jail? /sarcasm

5 days ago
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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

some old guy Opt-Out Strategy (209 comments)

Move to another country where privacy means more than a door on a commode stall. That's about the extent of available options.

about a week ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

some old guy Re:Unlicensed taxi broker (280 comments)

So true. To these people's thinking, medical licensing stifles innovation and competition too! We should have a web app to bypass over-priced hospitals and insurance companies, and summon an independent health practitioner. Let the free market decide!

about a week ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

some old guy Legal Opinion, Please? (681 comments)

IANAL, so I'd like a tort guru to enlighten us on exactly how creation and distribution of a product (AdBlock) that that gives consumers an informed choice over another product (advertising bullshit) is an actionable case. It sounds like a water utility company suing faucet makers for making a device that restricts flow of billable water, or the electric company suing light switch manufacturers.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

some old guy New$ Media Coverage (398 comments)

I haven't a shred out doubt that these people are being hushed up, by whatever means necessary.

What I do doubt is the significance of the effect on mass media coverage. Other factors are in play.

Corporate media disdains adverse coverage of the H1B scandal because it is portrayed as "racist" against third-world emigres, and also because hey, business is business, right? (wink, wink).

about two weeks ago
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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

some old guy Dear Leader (216 comments)

I'm no lover of Sony (even though I do play EQ2), but if this B-grade flick is so annoying to the Dear Butterball, the widest possible distribution of the film certainly seems worthwhile. Like Spengler said about the Nazis, "When one has the opportunity to annoy these people, one should do so."

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

some old guy Re:So what is it? (239 comments)

Damn, where's my mod points? +5 Hilariously insightful.

about two weeks ago
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IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

some old guy IdIoTs (196 comments)

Wow, an article hyping a fork of the internet that is all...hype!

Let's say 2-10% of the total population use devices to actually control or monitor web-connected appliances. That's not where the market is.

It's all about the 100% of the population are subjected to an unending bombardment of ads on their refrigerator and microwave screens, based on personal data profiles garnered from same-said appliances associated with other known user info. Universal real-time context-based marketing. SCORE!

This isn't about technology. It's about marketing, pure and simple.

about two weeks ago
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Iranian Hackers Compromised Airlines, Critical Infrastructure Companies

some old guy Re:Good thing SCADA isn't on internet (61 comments)

This. People with no industrial background love to blame the engineers for the security failings of SCADA and Distributed Controls, but we, like all good company drones, are at the mercy of the MBA shitheels and their bankster overlords. It's never been a technical problem. It's a money problem.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

some old guy Re:60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda? (409 comments)

Precisely. As we used to say in the Navy, "Don't believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see."

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

some old guy Re:Is Already Happening (574 comments)

There will be an intermediate period where we have a lot of "jobs for the sake of jobs", but eventually I hope we just let the machines we've built do the work and find some better (hopefully more direct) way of managing actual finite resources.

Said intermediate period is well under way. We call it "government". /sarc

about two weeks ago

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NSA Monitoring WoW, Second Life

some old guy some old guy writes  |  1 year,8 days

some old guy (674482) writes "It appears that in-game chat and game mail in Warcraft, Second Life, and probably other MMO's are fair game for our gallant protectors at the good old NSA. Obviously terrorists have plenty of spare time for grinding, raiding, and crafting.

Or maybe, with their tender little feelings hut not, the spooks are looking for that competitive edge in their own gaming experience. Can you imagine the hacks and dupes these guys could pull? And here we've been blaming Korean bot guilds all this time!"

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Clapper to Review Spying and Privacy

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year ago

some old guy (674482) writes "In a perfect twist of Washington irony, Director of National Intelligence Chief James Clapper has been named by President Obama to head the post-Snowden review of privacy issues in intelligence gathering. From the article:

"Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will head a review group designed to assess the nation's intelligence gathering and surveillance capabilities, raising questions about whether a board led by a top government official will be as independent as he promised.

Obama announced the creation of an "independent group" of "outside experts" to review privacy issues raised by the nation's surveillance programs during a Friday press conference. "We’re forming a high-level group of outside experts to review our entire intelligence and communications technologies," he said, adding that the group would "consider how we can maintain the trust of the people, how we can make sure that there absolutely is no abuse in terms of how these surveillance technologies are used.""

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NSA Can't Parse It's Own Email?

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year ago

some old guy (674482) writes "According to NSA's response a routine FOIA request made by a Huffington Post reporter, the agency "don't have the technology" to search a mere 30,000 employee accounts, when it claims to sniff millions of emails a day in pursuit of whatever it is they're pursuing. Either the NSA's capabilities are vastly over-rated, or they're just plain lying again."
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NYT Looks at FISA: Everybody is a potential "Target"

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

some old guy (674482) writes "This NYT analysis looks into the recent attention given to the FISA court, particularly at its broad interpretations of Congress' intent and what constitutes "foreign intelligence". Particularly disturbing is how only the government is allowed to present it's side of the story in filings. We're all being subjected to a court where we have no standing to defend or assert our side of any case."
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NSA Cozier with Big Data than Snowden Revealed

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

some old guy (674482) writes "Bloomberg, not exactly a radical publication, is running an informative article that summarizes a lot of what we've long suspected about the US Government's cozy relationship with tech companies. Some of the statements from corporate officers are as full of doublespeak as the latest official commentary."
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Big E, first nuclear aircraft carrier retires after 51 years.

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about 2 years ago

some old guy writes "NORFOLK, Va. — The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was retired from active service on Saturday, temporarily reducing the number of carriers in the U.S. fleet to 10 until 2015.

The USS Enterprise ended its notable 51-year career during a ceremony at its home port at Naval Station Norfolk, where thousands of former crew members, ship builders and their families lined a pier to bid farewell to one of the most decorated ships in the Navy.

"It'll be a special memory. The tour yesterday was a highlight of the last 20 years of my life. I've missed the Enterprise since every day I walked off of it," said Kirk McDonnell, a former interior communications electrician aboard the ship from 1983 to 1987 who now lives in Highmore, S.D.

The Enterprise was the largest ship in the world at the time it was built, earning the nickname "Big E." It didn't have to carry conventional fuel tanks for propulsion, allowing it to carry twice as much aircraft fuel and ordnance than conventional carriers at the time. Using nuclear reactors also allowed the ship to set speed records and stay out to sea during a deployment without ever having to refuel, one of the times ships are most vulnerable to attack.

"Nuclear propulsion changed everything," said Adm. John Richardson, director of Naval Reactors.

Every other aircraft carrier in the U.S. fleet is now nuclear powered, although they only have two nuclear reactors each compared to the Enterprise's eight. The Enterprise was the only carrier of its class ever built.

It was only designed to last 25 years, but underwent a series of upgrades to extend its life, making it the oldest active combat vessel in the fleet

The ship served in every major conflict since participating in a blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis, helping earn its motto of "We are Legend.""

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