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  1. Comment on Driverless cars could make our roads safer and reduce congestion. But the algorithms driving them will also have to make life-or-death decisions. in ~tech

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    Idk if I agree with that, preliminary studies have shown even limit autonomous tech and only implemented in a fractions of vehicles can have a noticeable effect on traffic conditions.

    Idk if I agree with that, preliminary studies have shown even limit autonomous tech and only implemented in a fractions of vehicles can have a noticeable effect on traffic conditions.

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  2. Comment on The similarities between Soviet Union and Silicon Valley in ~talk

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    I really don't get the Musk hate, everything he does is internally consistent with the world view he espouses (Get to Mars, Transistion from fossil fuels, ect) There are a lot safer things he...

    I really don't get the Musk hate, everything he does is internally consistent with the world view he espouses (Get to Mars, Transistion from fossil fuels, ect)

    There are a lot safer things he could have done to become mega wealthy besides making an auto company and a rocket company.

    Hell, he could have taken his zip2 and Paypal money and retired living a nice upper class life; instead he almost bankrupted himself several times.

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  3. Comment on Driverless cars could make our roads safer and reduce congestion. But the algorithms driving them will also have to make life-or-death decisions. in ~tech

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    You arnt wrong at all but public transport doesn't preclude autonomous. in heavily urban areas autonomous vehicles will most likely be used as a public/private and public transport system Like...

    You arnt wrong at all but public transport doesn't preclude autonomous. in heavily urban areas autonomous vehicles will most likely be used as a public/private and public transport system

    Like autonomous ride sharing, there's no point to having more vehicles than you need on the road.

    But for long distance travel where automobiles make sense and less dense areas it will still make sense for private ownership of personal autonomous vehicles.

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  4. Comment on Happy 4th to those in the states, family huh 🥃 in ~talk

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    I believe the argument is China pushes climate change so we disrupt our economys switching green while they continue on coal and oil and beat us at the GDP game. Never mind China is investing more...

    I believe the argument is China pushes climate change so we disrupt our economys switching green while they continue on coal and oil and beat us at the GDP game.

    Never mind China is investing more than anyone in clean energy generation, that doesn't fit in with the narrative.

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  5. Comment on Happy 4th to those in the states, family huh 🥃 in ~talk

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    Sad thing is she's a chemical engineer, she took chemistry courses. If she made that comment in a chemistry class today she would be laughed out of the lecture hall. I mean climate change is one...

    Sad thing is she's a chemical engineer, she took chemistry courses.

    If she made that comment in a chemistry class today she would be laughed out of the lecture hall.

    I mean climate change is one thing but how do you debate someone who dismisses the fundamental facts upon which you build your argument.

    Later she made a comment akin to climate change is a Chinese hoax and it alllllll kinda clicked in to place.

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  6. Comment on Happy 4th to those in the states, family huh 🥃 in ~talk

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    What really bugs me is how much I looked up to my uncle till I got older and we started disagreeing, my opinion is respected as long as it meshes with his otherwise I'm just a "dirty liberal"...

    What really bugs me is how much I looked up to my uncle till I got older and we started disagreeing, my opinion is respected as long as it meshes with his otherwise I'm just a "dirty liberal"

    Sorry about your dad, mine just gets pissed that I can't get along with my uncle otherwise him and I are on really good terms

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  7. Comment on Happy 4th to those in the states, family huh 🥃 in ~talk

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    I really tried for it not to spiral into this shit, I was guarded for my one uncle, wasn't ready for my other aunt. It doesn't help that they don't argue in good faith, my aunt wanted me to there...

    I really tried for it not to spiral into this shit, I was guarded for my one uncle, wasn't ready for my other aunt.

    It doesn't help that they don't argue in good faith, my aunt wanted me to there at the table prove climate change to her and her rebuff for any evidence was "it's to complex to accurately model therefor climate change doesn't exist" add in drinking since noon and it just spiraled out of control.

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  8. Comment on Happy 4th to those in the states, family huh 🥃 in ~talk

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    I didn't bring it up, we got on the topic of energy generation, she brought up Carbon credits, I said I prefer a carbon tax to credits, she said she didn't belive that carbon dioxide is a...

    I didn't bring it up, we got on the topic of energy generation, she brought up Carbon credits, I said I prefer a carbon tax to credits, she said she didn't belive that carbon dioxide is a pollutant.

    I said I disagree and she was willing to let me state my case. I tried to take it step by step and asked her if carbon dioxide was a green house gas as a start , she gave me the run around for 15 mins before giving me "yes, but" it just spiraled out from there.

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  9. Happy 4th to those in the states, family huh 🥃

    Just got in a huge argument with my aunts and uncles who are engineers (I am as well) who don't believe climate change is real. Or as my chemical engineering aunt and my emissions engineering aunt...

    Just got in a huge argument with my aunts and uncles who are engineers (I am as well) who don't believe climate change is real. Or as my chemical engineering aunt and my emissions engineering aunt put it "I don't believe carbon dioxide is a pollutant"

    What are your guys family gathering stories?

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  10. Comment on Economists worry we aren’t prepared for the fallout from automation in ~finance

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    Like I said, I'm attempting to get on the automating side instead of the automated side for that very reason. Once again I completely agree with you lol

    Like I said, I'm attempting to get on the automating side instead of the automated side for that very reason. Once again I completely agree with you lol

  11. Comment on Economists worry we aren’t prepared for the fallout from automation in ~finance

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    Social media isn't included in your list but it employs a bunch of people even more if you include the people who manage their companies social media. We don't have to only do nessesities, we're...

    Social media isn't included in your list but it employs a bunch of people even more if you include the people who manage their companies social media.

    We don't have to only do nessesities, we're at a point where nessesities are going to become cheap to produce and require very little humans. Now we can focus on the fun shit, the just because shit.

  12. Comment on Economists worry we aren’t prepared for the fallout from automation in ~finance

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    Like I said in my first comment, ubi and maybe Star Trekian work because I feel like it society will have to happen at some point. I was talking more about immediate next 50 years (If we're lucky,...

    Like I said in my first comment, ubi and maybe Star Trekian work because I feel like it society will have to happen at some point.

    I was talking more about immediate next 50 years (If we're lucky, computational power is the real bottle neck that'll slow down ai talking it all over)

    I agree with everything you said in the long term tho, I'm just trying to make the 30 years to retirement.

  13. Comment on Economists worry we aren’t prepared for the fallout from automation in ~finance

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    Teach a person how to do maintenance on an automated system and they can compete for the few jobs with all his displaced friends. Give that person the opportunity to go back to school and gain a...

    Teach a person how to do maintenance on an automated system and they can compete for the few jobs with all his displaced friends.

    Give that person the opportunity to go back to school and gain a STEM degree and they'll be able to compete for a vast swath of new and emerging jobs.

    It won't be 1:1 every trucker is now still in the trucking industry on the degree'ed side instead of the labor side.

    For every type of job automation eliminates there is the potential for new jobs and industries to be created. We're not just going to apply automation and AI to existing industries, there are going to be new and emerging industries and markets; things we can't even see coming now, all we can do is make vague guesses at the shapes of the shadows.

    For instance I'm an engineer and right now I'm learning Python and Tensorflow to try and automate some stuff in my industry that hasn't been automated before, I realize that if I want to make it to retirement I want to be on the automating side, not the automated side.

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  14. Comment on Economists worry we aren’t prepared for the fallout from automation in ~finance

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    If only there was a way for people to learn new skills, if only we could somehow teach people useful things and do so without financially bankrupting them ... Oh well, such is life But seriously,...

    If only there was a way for people to learn new skills, if only we could somehow teach people useful things and do so without financially bankrupting them ... Oh well, such is life

    But seriously, the answer to automation is to push the displaced into emerging industries that still require living breathing human beings.

    UBI will come, hell one day in the farish future we might be in some kind of star trekian society where people only work because they want to better themselves, but to get there the average education level of society needs to come up and automation is gonna push this, we should welcome it and retrain the displaced.

    Better to re-train and educate people now when automation is taking away skilled labor than get to point where AI is taking away most jobs and wonder "What now?"

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  15. Comment on Disenchantment | Teaser in ~tv

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    Clearly, since Disenchantment's first season is in 2018, it becomes wildly successful and when the Bender units are constructed in the future they use the King (a Fan favorite and cultural...

    Clearly, since Disenchantment's first season is in 2018, it becomes wildly successful and when the Bender units are constructed in the future they use the King (a Fan favorite and cultural phenomenon for most of the 2000-2100s) as the voice for the Bender units. Unfortunately all historical records of the show are destroyed in 2875 and the Bender Units' (Now on version 69) tribute to the King is all that remains in the year 3000. Perfectly logical in universe explanation, nothing to see here folks.

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  16. Comment on Motivation in ~talk

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    I would consider routine just one method of building up discipline, I'm going to do x,y,and z on Monday night because that is what I do on Monday night, is discipline, just because you've put it...

    I would consider routine just one method of building up discipline, I'm going to do x,y,and z on Monday night because that is what I do on Monday night, is discipline, just because you've put it into a routine doesn't make it not discipline (you're the one who created the routine and has decided to stick with it after all)

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  17. Comment on Why is there a 'gaming disorder' but no 'smartphone disorder?' in ~tech

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    I'm sure it varies by people but I've gone from drinking as much as pot+ of coffee a day to as little as nothing a day and have varied in between all without any real withdrawal symptoms (for...

    I'm sure it varies by people but I've gone from drinking as much as pot+ of coffee a day to as little as nothing a day and have varied in between all without any real withdrawal symptoms (for instance right now I drink 2 double-shots of espresso a day Mon-Fri; but I can skip coffee on Sat and Sun without any side-effects)

    It would be really neat if we understood caffeine dependency and why some people can use caffeine regularly and quite on a dimes notice and why others have to go through a couple days of feeling like shit to get off caffeine.

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  18. Comment on SpaceX launch CRS-15 to resupply the International Space Station in ~space

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    Yes, but to clarify for those non-spacenerds in the room This is CRS-15 (CRS=Commercial Resupply Services) This is the 15th SpaceX CRS mission (started in 2012)(minus 1 failure, rocket blew up)...

    Yes, but to clarify for those non-spacenerds in the room

    This is CRS-15 (CRS=Commercial Resupply Services)

    This is the 15th SpaceX CRS mission (started in 2012)(minus 1 failure, rocket blew up)

    Orbital ATK also was selected for CRS and have launched 9 missions (minus one failure, rocket blew up)

    CRS2 is slated to start next year, SpaceX and Orbital ATK were selected again and Sierra Nevada Corp was also selected for the program (their ship is pretty neat, it's like a mini space shuttle)

    On top of CRS there is also CCP (Commercial Crew Program) which will take astronauts to the ISS. SpaceX and Boeing were selected for this program and both companies are expected to do their first unmanned test flights late this year/early next year and send astronauts to the ISS sometime mid-late next year (although it is highly plausible one or both of the companies could see delays into 2020)

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  19. Comment on Motivation in ~talk

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    There's a good saying thrown about a lot re: Working Out. Motivation won't get you into the gym every time but discipline will. I think motivation, or rather our perception of motivation is warped...

    There's a good saying thrown about a lot re: Working Out.

    Motivation won't get you into the gym every time but discipline will.

    I think motivation, or rather our perception of motivation is warped ,similarly to how our perception of happiness is warped, by how people portray themselves to other.

    Nobody is always happy, but there are a lot of people who only ever show their happy side to others and so the perception becomes "So and so is always happy, why am I not always happy? Is there something wrong with me, everyone else is always happy, why am I only sometimes happy?"

    It's the same thing with motivation, people arn't always motivated but when you see the results of their discipline it can come off as if they are highly motivated people. That guy you see in the gym 5 days a week, it might appear like he is highly motivated but his internal dialogue could very well be "I want to be at home right now watching netflix and eating candy, but it's Monday and on Mondays I go to the gym for an hour so that is what I'm doing." but because of your perception you see it as " I wish I could work out 5 days a week but I have barely enough motivation to get myself in here once a week, I wish I was a more motivated person." or "I've always wanted to write a book, I just don't have the motivation though, not like all those published authors, I wish I was a motivated person."

    GRRM asked Stephen King how it is that in the same time it takes him to write 3 chapters King can publish 2 or 3 books; Kings response was that he writes 6 pages a day, he just sits down for 3-4 hours and writes 6 pages. You might think with how many books King has written surely he loves to write and he has overwhelming motivation to just sit down and write and write, but no, it's discipline, he sits down and writes every day, 6 pages.

    So whilst motivation comes and goes and surely be a boost to whatever you're doing, if there's something you want to do consistently , it's discipline that will get you there, not motivation. There are no people who are motivated 24/7 to achieve there goals, just people who have built up discipline.

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  20. Comment on John Bolton just did a complete 180 on his Russia stance after meeting with Putin in ~news

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    In Russian politics, kompromat, short for "compromising material" (компрометирующий материал), is damaging information about a politician or other public figure used to create negative publicity,...
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