Myles Cloutier

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Myles Cloutier
Posted 10 months ago
What do we trade-off for the comfort of technology?
Prosthetic limbs, cochlear implants, artificial hearts, health information technologies, water purifiers, solar panels, geo thermal energy, vertical farming, ocular implants, medical/assentive robots, electromagnetic implants for pain management, and more. Do you just picture iPhones and xboxes when thinking about new technology? Developing toys gets people to invest in technology they don't see a use for otherwise. Then we use the interest to create a feedback loop of innovation.
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Myles Cloutier
Posted 10 months ago
What does 1 dollar buy?
It's unfortunate everyone thinks you can really buy things for $1 in those Family Dollar stores or Dollarama's or Dollar Trees or what have you. You might pay $1 at the till, but the external cost to the taxpayer and society at large is much more.
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Myles Cloutier
Posted 10 months ago
Rodney Brooks: Why we will rely on robots
You admit our economic system is currently just beginning a massive shift and revolution. But why only imagine the loss of jobs? You forget about the new jobs always being created. Plenty of jobs today didn't exist 10-20 years ago. I'm with you in rallying against slave wages and profiteering off the poverty stricken. I don't want kids making clothes or senior citizens having to work past retirement age etc etc. But technology and robots aren't to blame for these things. People are. People will take advantage of technology and other people in any way to make a profit.
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Myles Cloutier
Posted 10 months ago
Rodney Brooks: Why we will rely on robots
"dumber and dumber" I don't see how you could assume that a time when more people than ever have access to information is creating less intelligent humans. The biggest issue I take with your statement is that you blame pieces of metal and silicon for the actions of humans. You white wash dozens of separate socio-economic issues with a broad stroke of technological doom. FACT: More children can multiply today than ever before. FACT: More people can hand write today than ever before. FACT: Spell check is useful. (You honestly want to blame an algorithm for humanities troubles?) You're right in one way though, society would be ruined without technology. But one cannot exist without the other. Fire is technology. The wheel. Tools. Humans are forever and always seeking ways to expand our reach, physically or metaphorically. This is what makes us human.
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Myles Cloutier
Posted 10 months ago
Rodney Brooks: Why we will rely on robots
You're really pigeon holing the argument here, limiting the scope to a specific situation isn't very helpful when discussing broad possibilities for the future. Imagine the possibilities don't simply critique the obvious.
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Myles Cloutier
Posted 10 months ago
Rodney Brooks: Why we will rely on robots
I'm confused how you read this: "freeing us up to spend time on less mundane and mechanical challenges" and got this: "with all these labor saving devices we'll all have so much 'leisure time'" Not the same thing at all. But also, just because it hasn't happened yet doesn't mean it won't happen. A little optimism please!
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Myles Cloutier
Posted 10 months ago
Rodney Brooks: Why we will rely on robots
"I would assume a robot costs the equivalent of a new car? How many robots can a pensioner afford?" That's not really a fair assumption. How much would an iPhone have cost in 1960? We can agree it would have been unattainable to the average person. So just remember that exponential growth of technology causes the prices to drop at an increasingly speedy rate. "Many labors are labors because they are simply not equipped to do anything else." Again, I have to take slight issue with this statement. While this can be the case for some, certainly a large percentage of labourers are only labourers due to financial circumstance. Maybe they really want to be a painter or a massage therapist, but simply can't afford to take the path currently. Also let us remember that technology ultimately creates far more jobs than it removes from the world. The stats back that up.
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Myles Cloutier
Posted 10 months ago
Rodney Brooks: Why we will rely on robots
What makes you so confident? If we can't fully understand what makes today's economy tick, how can you predict the job market of the future? The fact is, you're making statements without evidence. A lot of people commenting here seem to forget how many jobs technology is responsibly for creating in the first place. The reason factory jobs exist? Technology. What are current factory workers currently creating? Technology.