Bill Hutchinson

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Bill Hutchinson
Posted almost 2 years ago
The interspecies internet? An idea in progress
People have already tried using apes to perform menial tasks but it doesn't work because they hate menial labour for all the same reason people don't like to do menial labour, but they also have less sophisticated mental models necessary to comprehend abstract justifications for performing said labour. Also slavery didn't start with Africa.
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Bill Hutchinson
Posted almost 2 years ago
Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems
By that very same token, how far can we trust what is coming out of Western media outlets? How do we know that we are not being lied to about our own lives? Are we free? What does it mean to be free? I can't take a knife to a random stranger in the street and help myself to his possessions. I can't evict a family and move into their home just because I like it, I can't even claim a piece of unused land to establish and live by rules of my own choosing. Margaret Attwood says in "A Handmaid's Tale" that there is 'freedom to' and 'freedom from'. And most would agree that not being allowed to go out and murder and steal is a good thing, but the point is, this idea of 'freedom' exists not in terms of black and white, but as a part of a continuum between 'freedom to' and 'freedom from'. Moreover, the freedoms of the individual come secondary to the needs of the society that individual is a part of, and they always have. An individual without a society has no rights. Individuals and societies have a symbiotic relationship as neither can survive without the other. It impossible to come up with a set of rights that holds true for all times and in all places. The purpose of this talk was not that everywhere should adopt the same culture, but that it is important to look beyond what one has always been told is correct, to see different situations and different problems and different ways to develop solutions to both.
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Bill Hutchinson
Posted almost 2 years ago
Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems
Those dastardly Chineses! How clever they are, disguising one of their propaganda spewing minions as a venture capitalist! And those poor, misguided peasants who are pleased with the way their country is developing, and optimistic for the future! So backwards and ignorant. Because every intelligent being knows, it doesn't matter if you are naked, starving and filthy, as long as you can call yourself free, and anybody who does not believe this to be true obviously needs to have their opinions changed, by force if necessary! It is only by making sure that everybody has the exact same point of view, the exact same set of values, that freedom will be allowed to flourish.
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Bill Hutchinson
Posted about 2 years ago
Taylor Wilson: My radical plan for small nuclear fission reactors
I must have missed the part of the video where he mentions "enough radio toxic materials to contaminate continents" or, "easy access [for] terrorists". The fuel he proposes to use is the nuclear waste from what nuclear reserves already exist. If it could be easily turned into weapons don't you think somebody would have already tried to? If molten salt reactors were to become more widespread it would make it harder for rogue states or terror organizations to weaponize uranium because the enrichment facilities they would need would stick out like a sore thumb. Even today the biggest hurdle faced by anyone trying to make a nuke is the enrichment process.
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Bill Hutchinson
Posted about 2 years ago
Taylor Wilson: My radical plan for small nuclear fission reactors
Larry, science is neither good, nor bad; it is a tool to be used. Like a hammer can be used to build a house or murder someone. Granted, science has allowed us to think up some new, extraordinarily horrible things to do to another human, but we were already doing extraordinarily horrible things to each other for thousands of years. From what I have been able to gather molten salt reactors effectively counter every way our current nuclear systems can go wrong, but I agree with you there should be more information disseminated on whatever shortcomings this particular method of fission is prone to. This may be a miracle technology, and even if it is, it will have imperfections; but that does not mean it isn't a good idea, or that we shouldn't do it.
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Bill Hutchinson
Posted about 2 years ago
Taylor Wilson: My radical plan for small nuclear fission reactors
He is not proposing a Thorium reactor, he is proposing a molten salt reactor that uses nuclear waste from current nuclear reactors and weapons. India has been experimenting with Thorium for some time, but I believe most of that was focused on solid fuel uses of Thorium which is subject to the flaws of our current methods of nuclear power production.
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Bill Hutchinson
Posted about 2 years ago
Taylor Wilson: My radical plan for small nuclear fission reactors
He didn't say he wanted to fuel it with Thorium. Thorium doesn't have the market cornered when it comes to molten salt reactors, you can use more "traditional" nuclear fuels in MSRs as well as using Thorium in a solid fuel reactor. Taylor specifically said that his idea was based on nuclear waste disposal. He and the group he is a part of obviously have an idea they think will work and are looking for investors, which is one of the key things TED is about; connecting passionate people with ideas with passionate people who can help make those ideas a reality.