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  1. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    29 May '15 15:27
    http://phys.org/news/2015-05-cheetah-robot-video.html

    They are getting more serious now!
  2. 29 May '15 16:38
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    http://phys.org/news/2015-05-cheetah-robot-video.html

    They are getting more serious now!
    That's sooooo cooool.

    Sorry, I regressed there for a moment.

  3. 29 May '15 16:50
    Humans Need Not Apply script/recommended reading
    http://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/humans-need-not-apply

    Humans Need Not Apply youtube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU


    .....Right: this might have been a lot to take in, and you might want to reject it -- it's easy to be cynical of the endless, and idiotic, predictions of futures that never are. So that's why it's important to emphasize again this stuff isn't science fiction. The robots are here right now. There is a terrifying amount of working automation in labs and wear houses that is proof of concept. ....
  4. 29 May '15 17:01
    Originally posted by googlefudge
    Humans Need Not Apply script/recommended reading
    http://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/humans-need-not-apply

    Humans Need Not Apply youtube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU


    .....Right: this might have been a lot to take in, and you might want to reject it -- it's easy to be cynical of the endless, and idiotic, predictions of futures that ...[text shortened]... amount of working automation in labs and wear houses that is proof of concept. ....
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    If robots do everything, I think that'd be great. Perhaps there is something to Fresco's resource-based economy, after all.
  5. 29 May '15 17:37
    Originally posted by C Hess
    If robots do everything, I think that'd be great. Perhaps there is something to Fresco's resource-based economy, after all.
    Robots doing everything IS great, it's called the 'post scarcity' economy.

    It's robots doing 50% of everything that is tricky.

    Because you still need people working, but not enough people to make our current economic system function.
  6. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    29 May '15 18:09
    Originally posted by googlefudge
    Robots doing everything IS great, it's called the 'post scarcity' economy.

    It's robots doing 50% of everything that is tricky.

    Because you still need people working, but not enough people to make our current economic system function.
    Well and good but I want my robot horse NOW
  7. 29 May '15 19:24
    Originally posted by googlefudge
    Robots doing everything IS great, it's called the 'post scarcity' economy.
    Other terms that refer to this concept are sharing economy, abundance-based economy and resource-based economy.


    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-scarcity_economy
  8. 29 May '15 19:24
    Originally posted by googlefudge
    It's robots doing 50% of everything that is tricky.

    Because you still need people working, but not enough people to make our current economic system function.
    I suppose so.
  9. 29 May '15 20:31
    Originally posted by C Hess
    I suppose so.
    It's by no means an unsolvable problem, and it's in fact possible to have every stage
    be better than the last.

    However it means giving up on a number of closely held economic beliefs that are firmly
    baked into out political system/class.

    I fear it's going to take some kind of bad times followed by revolution [of one sort or another]
    to change that.

    I hope otherwise, but that's what I fear will happen.


    Because what increasing automation of nearly all jobs leads to in our current economic system
    is increasing inequality, and concentration of power/wealth in an elite, the destruction of any sort
    of middle class, and the creation of a vast out of work poor. [before the whole system collapses]
  10. 29 May '15 20:34
    Originally posted by googlefudge
    Because you still need people working, but not enough people to make our current economic system function.
    Which is partly why our current economic system isn't functioning.
  11. 29 May '15 21:34
    Originally posted by twhitehead
    Which is partly why our current economic system isn't functioning.
    Yeah, although at the moment the "robots are taking our jobs" factor is relatively small.

    The current problems are overwhelmingly caused by other faults with the current economic system.

    Over the next few decades however, that will all change.

    And the "Robots are taking our jobs" factor will come to dominate [unless we change the economic system
    to deal with the problems in the meantime].
  12. 29 May '15 21:53
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Well and good but I want my robot horse NOW
    Do you have a couple of billion dollars lying around that you are not using?

    Because if so, then you could probably get a robot horse... Kinda now-ish.
  13. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    30 May '15 20:32
    Originally posted by googlefudge
    Do you have a couple of billion dollars lying around that you are not using?

    Because if so, then you could probably get a robot horse... Kinda now-ish.
    Nah, I figure in another 5 years it will be down to a mere one million dollars...
  14. 31 May '15 05:43
    All this just seems to be toys for boys. Nothing more.

    What will be the use for it later? Where will it end?
    Robots instead of horses on the racing tracks? So the animals wouldn't suffer?

    Or what? Where will it end?
  15. 31 May '15 05:46
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    All this just seems to be toys for boys. Nothing more.

    What will be the use for it later? Where will it end?
    Robots instead of horses on the racing tracks? So the animals wouldn't suffer?

    Or what? Where will it end?
    Robots doing all menial labour, and possibly more, leaving us to enjoy existence to the fullest.