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  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    "Has anyone bothered to program in a must-stop-here as part of a robot's/program's function?" Many programs and devices for medical use has a number of safeguards to protect the patient. I'm not sure if anything like that has been incorporated...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    "One big question for 2117: will the internet still exist?" Looking at the current state of gun control in the US and the utility of the internet for almost everyone, I very much doubt that the internet as such will...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Another interesting question is the question of autonomous robotic soldiers. The option of having a 100% loyal soldier that always follows orders, always acts within the scope of whatever law it is programmed to follow, never acts in anger, never...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Regarding the mass extinction of languages, I think the real question determining if they are going to survive is how many speakers and what kind of opportunities (for work and education) are available for native speakers. This implies that survivability...
  • Commented on A question about the future of the world wide web
    Decent casual content that is supported by micro payments (and maybe some small subscriptions). This is where most casual, mainstream journalism will occur. Someone will figure out micro payments. I don't know who, but someone will. It will probably take...
  • Commented on A question about the future of the world wide web
    The second is for the ethical ad networks to get together and create a really really good ad blocker for all platforms that only blocks unethical ad networks AdBlock Plus is actually doing just that. Aside from the usually discreet...
  • Commented on A question about the future of the world wide web
    I have been pondering some of the same questions over the last four or five years. The closest service that provides some way of rewarding content creators is Flattr where each user presses a flattr button on a site supporting...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    "IIRC the average age now is in the 30s. Anyway, does anyone have any real numbers to illustrate these discussions?" You may want to read the paragraph just before the line you quoted ;-) The Entertainment Software Association publishes annual...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    "When young female writers told me that no women wrote sf (me, a double Hugo winner), and said it repeatedly to my face, I got mad." When I hear stories like that, I'm always reminded of my own surprise when...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    Ignoring non-fiction and shot stories, I read 8 full novels during the last four months, written by five authors. The female authors were Katherine Addison (Goblin Emperor) and Julie Czerneda (Species Imperative 1-3). This is actually a lot more fiction...
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