futurology

Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully

Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully
Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully

What a great thing to watch. Now we move to the next stage in our space adventure.

The two side boosters landing in synchrony... simply beautiful.

Now as people look up to the sky, possibly for as long as humans may be around, they can know that somewhere up there in that great expanse is a midnight cherry tesla roadster playing Space Oddity making constant passes around Mars, and that's just awesome.

Well on the plus side Musk's Tesla Roadster won't have to worry about finding parking space ba dum tss (Seriously, good job though. As a 19 yea old, this is my Sputnik moment!)

‘Universal Basic Income’ is the solution to jobs lost to automation - Welfare systems need wholesale change to adapt to automation, the gig economy and changing global trade, says the Adam Smith Institute ahead of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.

‘Universal Basic Income’ is the solution to jobs lost to automation - Welfare systems need wholesale change to adapt to automation, the gig economy and changing global trade, says the Adam Smith Institute ahead of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.
‘Universal Basic Income’ is the solution to jobs lost to automation - Welfare systems need wholes...

The thing Im not entirely on board with for UBI- is that it appears to be trying to maintain status quo as much as possible. Instead of considering the consumerism of the late 20th century isn't necessarily the best way to utilise automation making the requirement for humans to do the vast amount of jobs they currently do obsolete. It may be a necessary step? Maybe? But only to maintain the vast inequality between haves and have nots. Otherwise, we could utilise automation to make life easier for everyone, without the capitalist overtones of 'someone needs to profit from this'

Will upward mobility even be possible if 99% of "productive" jobs are eliminated?

/sub/futurology has this convoluted dream that UBI is going to create this great world where entrepreneurs, musicians and artists are free to pursue their craft free from the chains of daily work.

If it ever happens... all it's going to do (even more than we already have) is create an entire class of people, the borderline poor, who are dependent on the government with no hope of upward mobility.

We could've been making everyones' lives easier with every piece of technology that's ever been invented. (Heck at my engineering job I can do what would've been literally decades of work in the 1950's over a couple of weeks with computer technology but the benefit of that went to my employer while expectations on output were simply increased for the employee)

Since that's never happened ever I see no reason to think that will occur with further automation. If no one will profit from automation then no one will bring in automation right?

Like how are you imagining we move out of capitalism all of a sudden and into your alternate social system of everyone's lives being made easier?

Lab meat to transform meat industry in 2021 - “This 'clean meat' company says it has already produced beef, chicken and duck directly from animal cells, without the need to raise and slaughter animals.”

Lab meat to transform meat industry in 2021 - “This 'clean meat' company says it has already produced beef, chicken and duck directly from animal cells, without the need to raise and slaughter animals.”
Lab meat to transform meat industry in 2021 - “This 'clean meat' company says it has already prod...

Okay, now the real test. Can you get it shaped like dinosaurs?

I wonder if the process will eventually be miniaturized so we can grow meat at home. I could see a day where everyone has automated machines that not only grows the meat, but preps it and cooks it as well. The Jetsons future made real.

I'm excited, I hope it comes at a do-able-price.

I remember reading a few years ago that a lab-made burger was around $300,000, and last year or the year before it was announced that they've gotten it down to ~$11.50. It's moving at a blistering pace!

Edit: here's a link! It was actually from 2015.

The study in which researchers synthesized a smallpox relative from scratch just got published in an open access journal, spelling out how a virologist ordered bits of horsepox DNA from the internet, assembled them, then showed that the resulting virus was able to infect cells and reproduce.

The study in which researchers synthesized a smallpox relative from scratch just got published in an open access journal, spelling out how a virologist ordered bits of horsepox DNA from the internet, assembled them, then showed that the resulting virus was able to infect cells and reproduce.
The study in which researchers synthesized a smallpox relative from scratch just got published in...

Great. Publish a road map for terrorists and lethal misanthropes to use. What could possibly go wrong?

One thing to note: the smallpox genome is not public knowledge, and is tightly controlled. This represents a major barrier to creating synthetic smallpox.

Not publishing doesn't really fix the issue though. Just slows down the inevitable. Here is an interesting paper from John Sotos:

Biotechnology and the lifetime of technical civilizations

Excerpts from the abstract:

The number of people able to end Earth’s technical civilization has heretofore been small. Emerging dual-use technologies, such as biotechnology, may give similar power to thousands or millions of individuals. To quantitatively investigate the ramifications of such a marked shift on the survival of both terrestrial and extraterrestrial technical civilizations, this paper presents a two-parameter model for civilizational lifespans, i.e. the quantity L in Drake’s equation for the number of communicating extraterrestrial civilizations. One parameter characterizes the population lethality of a civilization’s biotechnology and the other characterizes the civilization’s psychosociology.

For an ensemble of civilizations having some median calculated survival time, the model predicts that, after 80 times that duration, only one in 10²⁴ civilizations will survive – a tempo and degree of winnowing compatible with Hanson’s “Great Filter.” Thus, assuming that civilizations universally develop advanced biotechnology, before they become vigorous interstellar colonizers, the model provides a resolution to the Fermi paradox.

I’ve deliberately linked to the source journal article which is open access and full-text.

For those interested in a scientific critique of the ethical and scientific issues of the controversial research, please refer to this article in the journal Science on the same study here:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/01/paper-showing-how-make-smallpox-cousin-just-got-published-...

The title of my post is adapted from this Science article.

Citation: Noyce RS, Lederman S, Evans DH (2018) Construction of an infectious horsepox virus vaccine from chemically synthesized DNA fragments. PLoS ONE 13(1): e0188453. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0188453

First photos of the Tesla Model S for the police of Luxembourg

First photos of the Tesla Model S for the police of Luxembourg
First photos of the Tesla Model S for the police of Luxembourg

It's a perfect car for that country. You can get from one side of the country and back on one charge.

I'm guessing that's not a completed version, it looks way to comfy and spacious to be a police car.

That's just european cops being a tiny bit nicer.

AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server) - Distributed cloud company now working on Ryzens that warm your shower

AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server) - Distributed cloud company now working on Ryzens that warm your shower
AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server) - Distributed cloud company now ...

AMD has had that on lockdown for years...heats the whole room!

Why not install the pc in your chair to warm your buns?

Do companies still have the server farm that warms your house? I was hoping that's still a thing.

because that would probably burn your ass considering the amount of time people play on computers (unless there's a toggle switch which prevents that)

Bill Gates: “Consider a world where the age-old scourge of malaria is finally eradicated . . . where hundreds of millions of people no longer suffer from tuberculosis . . . and where we have a cure for HIV.”

Bill Gates: “Consider a world where the age-old scourge of malaria is finally eradicated . . . where hundreds of millions of people no longer suffer from tuberculosis . . . and where we have a cure for HIV.”
Bill Gates: “Consider a world where the age-old scourge of malaria is finally eradicated . . . wh...

Not sure why there is so much hate on Bill. It's well known he donates a significant amount to various causes regardless if the amount appears small compared to his earnings

I agree. I think people are just disgusted with the super wealthy at this point. But if they were all like Bill Gates, it would be a different world. He's undeserving of the hate.

Let's face it, we're lucky to have Bill Gates. The majority of people would not be near as charitable as him, and he always strikes me as a nice guy. (Although to be fair, you've got to imagine that someone that rich can afford pretty good PR guys).

I would settle with considering a world where staying healthy does not cost you all of your retirement savings.

What If Everyone Got a Monthly Check From the Government? - “With the U.S. facing growing income inequality, a tenuous health-care system, and the likelihood that technology will soon eliminate many jobs, basic income has been catching on again stateside.”

What If Everyone Got a Monthly Check From the Government? - “With the U.S. facing growing income ...

I think people vastly overestimate the number of people who would sit at home and do fuck all with UBI.

I'm a pretty good anecdotal argument for UBI.

I was wounded in the military and as such, I get a check for about $1500 a month from the government. That's enough to live on. I'm not living well, but I'm not poor.. I'm not eating steak and lobster. But I'm not going hungry, I have a roof over my head, and I can pay the bills.

Technically, I could sit on ass and just wait to die. However, you get bored to fucking tears after a while.

So I got a job. It gets me out of the house and allows me to have human interaction.

What more, I'm not afraid of losing my job, so I'm more apt to take risks and experiment with efficiency. Which has led to a huge increase in efficiency in my department.

None of this would have happened if I thought that I would starve to death or be homeless if I made waves at my job.

Look, if you give out free money, you're always going to have the giggling stoner that'll just collect a check and never get off the couch. But that's a small subsection of the population.

I think the more common story will be more like mine. You'll get an entire country of people willing to take risks and could possibly lead to an incredible Renaissance of creativity and innovation.

Honestly I'd rather have the giggling stoner stay home than come in to work and fuck up all the work I've been doing.

I'd also really love it if people weren't afraid to take their damn sick days instead of coming in and getting the whole office sick.

If everyone had money to live on, less people would take shit jobs out of desperation. Those shit jobs would have to raise their salaries to find workers.

Or just automate, which is already happening.

Fast-food CEO says 'it just makes sense' to consider replacing cashiers with machines as minimum wages rise

Fast-food CEO says 'it just makes sense' to consider replacing cashiers with machines as minimum wages rise
Fast-food CEO says 'it just makes sense' to consider replacing cashiers with machines as minimum ...

Protecting cashier jobs is like protecting coal jobs. They were a super viable minimum wage job. They're not going to be. Instead of trying to stop the change, we should be leaning in and planning for it. They are not the most stimulating or rewarding jobs, and the things people do get out of it exist in other more trained spheres. We need to be training the people doing these jobs for jobs that will still be needed, where they can be valued rather than keeping than for something where they are mostly equivalent to, but more expensive than a machine.

We're catapulting into a post-labor model but our economy hasn't figured out what to do when a person's sole value isn't as a measure of units of labor.

The entire fucking point of human progress has been to get more done with less. Ideally we'd see this for what it is: the creation of more leisure time. But the economy has no fucking clue what to do when it doesn't "need" you anymore.

Well, we have fuckloads of people that we don't need doing labor. "Creating jobs" is a bullshit aphorism to pacify morons. But the current economic model is still propping up the billionaires and so they will keep it going until the world burns down.

Fuck, this shit gets me heated.

Edit: fuck me I'm getting a lot of replies. I really want to discuss this more with a lot of you, but I just got off a 12 hour shift laboring (haha get it) to help keep people from dying. I'm gonna try to catch up some tomorrow.

Humans working point of sale retail are going to be decimated once the post-millennial "ipad" generation hits the prime retail 20-30 demographic.

Those kids are going to have absolutely no hesitation ordering from a kiosk or app- and probably will actually prefer it.

The kiosks already exist at newer places in Chicago. I went in to a stir fry place the other day and you ordered from a kiosk. From a software development point of view interactive food ordering systems aren't complex to write. A lot of places already have online ordering and could ad-hoc use similar systems. I think a lot of the delay is companies don't think to do it or don't know how to start. An example would be Chipotle that could trivially use a kiosk ordering, but they choose to take orders by voice and run the card for the customer after ordering.

Try one of these subthreads