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The Second Machine Age: Meet Your Computer Overlords
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jwestbrooks293
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1/16/2014 | 2:16:09 PM
Seems like I remember...
Correct me if I'm worng, but i seem to remember that Ken Jennings said something to the effect that he thought he could win if he wagered enough on the final question, and of course got it right, but decided he didn't want to risk a big chunk of his winnings on maybe not knowing the answer.  Which brings up the question, what if they had been playing for bragging rights as opposed to money?  Would Jennings have used a different startegy?  In a rematch where no money was involved for the human players, I'd bet on Jennings.
jwestbrooks293
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1/16/2014 | 1:47:55 PM
Re: Worth worrying about
"My common response on this issue is if your job is replaceable by a robot then it probably wasn't a very good job."

See: "Player Piano" by Kurt Vonnegut
jwestbrooks293
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jwestbrooks293,
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1/16/2014 | 1:44:01 PM
Re: Worth worrying about
"... they'll still want to keep a few of us around for company."

 See: "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" by Harlan Ellison
Laurianne
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1/16/2014 | 1:42:37 PM
Re: Silicon Valley's pathological blind spot...
More than I dread the idea of a computer taking my editing job, I dread the idea of being cared for in my old age by a robot nurse. Of course robots won't ever replace nurses, but they are already doing jobs like delivering medicine.What else will they do?

Interestingly, when we write about this topic, the example that comes up repeatedly is truck drivers. What will all the truck drivers do for employment when driverless trucks carry cargo around the country?
TerryB
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1/16/2014 | 12:47:01 PM
Re: Computer, Heal Thyself
Woo Hoo! Maybe I'll make it to retirement.
TerryB
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1/16/2014 | 12:46:06 PM
Re: Computer, Heal Thyself
Woo Hoo! Maybe I'll make it to retirement.
Thomas Claburn
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1/16/2014 | 12:44:10 PM
Re: Computer, Heal Thyself
Self-generating software is one area where computers perform poorly. Human programmers at least will have jobs for the foreseeable future.
TerryB
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1/16/2014 | 12:42:39 PM
Computer, Heal Thyself
I've often wondered if a computer could be taught to enhance it's own software. To realize what it can not do and create algorithms and code which add functionality to itself. Science fiction seems to be split on this. The computers of Star Trek (including android Data) don't seem to have that ability but SkyNet in the Terminator series does.
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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1/16/2014 | 12:19:42 PM
Re: Worth worrying about
Science fiction teaches us that super-smart computers and/or robots get lonely. I take comfort in the fact that after computers and robots take over, they'll still want to keep a few of us around for company.
Shane M. O'Neill
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1/16/2014 | 11:19:48 AM
Worth worrying about
My common response on this issue is if your job is replaceable by a robot then it probably wasn't a very good job. But I know that takes a lot for granted. While it's nice to be in the careers outlined in this story that are least-penetrable by robots (creative, broad trends, complex communications) nobody is safe. You may not be in a robot-replaceable job now but you could be one demotion, layoff or job change away. We will have to adapt. I don't think it's healthy to spend your days fretting over the coming robot revolution, yet it should be on your mind. As described, this book sounds balanced and thought-provoking. A good education for forward-thinking people. It's on my list.
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