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2/3/2014
09:41 AM
Thomas Claburn
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Technology Automation: Who's The Boss?

If we don't control the technology we depend on, someone else will -- and we might not like the consequences.

Still from The Terminator.
Still from The Terminator.

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RobPreston
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2/3/2014 | 10:55:48 AM
Another example
Another, older example comes to mind: Companies deploy website blocking software with the best of intentions -- to keep employees focused on work and not play. But employees run up against these blockages all the time while trying to do legitimate work. Automation isn't good at making valid exceptions. 
David F. Carr
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2/3/2014 | 11:06:50 AM
Second Amendment comparison
The Second American comparison is interesting, given that you consider the people who wrote the Constitution to have been hacking the firearms technology of the time and rewriting the rules of warfare with guerrilla tactics to defeat the British.

If hackers overthrew the government, maybe they would write absolute personal control of technology into their Constitution. There's a science fiction novel in there somewhere.
Whoopty
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2/3/2014 | 12:40:52 PM
Re: Another example
Agreed. Youtube's recent Content ID debacle was a great example of this. 

I'm happy for automation to take place when it's purpose is empowering the user rather than replacing a job that requires personalisation and care. Something like driving which is relatively robotic anyway, I don't see too much of a problem with that becoming more of an automated thing. 

However it all needs manual override. 
Thomas Claburn
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2/3/2014 | 4:45:12 PM
Re: Another example
I wonder whether self-driving cars could catch on by virtue of lower cost: If Google software controls the car, presumably Google pays for accident liability insurance (though the owner would still need damage replacement coverage and uninsured driver coverage).
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2/3/2014 | 7:25:36 PM
Re: Another example
We already can code vehicles so that you have to prove you're sober to drive. Think we'll rewrite our laws to require or allow the vehicle to drive you home if you can't drive?
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