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  • May 30, 2013 @ 10:49pm

    Hmm...

    Consider this

    A myriad microrobots ...

    First communicate ...

    Then coordinate ...

    A distributed network of sentient beings ...

    Then control?

    If so, will the Three Laws of Robotics prevail?

  • May 17, 2013 @ 08:45pm

    Why so terrible?

    And why is it so terrible if man is put out of work? Shouldn't people be able to relax and pursue arts and sciences, sports and outdoor recreation, learning and charity?

    We face a political problem, not a scientific one.

  • May 11, 2013 @ 04:07am

    Re: The public interest in the legal profession

    That Anonymous Coward is frustrated with the system and those who run it. Me too, though I have not lost hope. There are tools which aid public accountability of those in power; the ex-mayor of Laval, QC was just arrested on a charge of racketeering. A powerful anti-corruption agency did the investigation.

    At the root, though, it is the people who must prefer to seek the truth and reject political bluster. In the U.S., politicians are happy to try to split the electorate into warring camps.

    There is broad consensus that systems are broken, but no consensus as to how to fix them. But I don't despair, I keep reading blog posts!

  • May 11, 2013 @ 01:45am

    The public interest in the legal profession

    Whenever I read unbelievable stories about the behavior of lawyers I am aghast that nobody mentions the public interest in policing the profession. The public needs its faith in the legal system restored by disbarring any lawyer who fails to meet high standards of ethics and competence and making room for young graduates. At the same time, the public needs to see the legal profession disciplining the law schools who graduate such incompetents.
    The longer the people distrust their most important institutions, the greater the risk of revolution.

  • Apr 27, 2013 @ 01:33am

    Wrong solution

    The important stress of an expanding population is not food, it's energy, with resultant global warming. Any true solution to the planetary energy crisis requires a smaller, more prosperous population, not a larger one.

  • Apr 27, 2013 @ 01:26am

    behavior of guilds and professions

    Yes, regulators believe there should be more warnings, lawyers recommend more litigation, specialists generally tell us we need more professional care. The only way we overcome these pressures is for us generalists to assert our common sense, and reject the implication that we can't think for ourselves. Of course we need government, but not of the foolish, self-serving kind. We might begin with simplifying or repealing our complex and interwoven laws -- such as those that require warning messages!