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I bring every version of the future to a simple test: The Seaplane Test.
In the current system, there is a way for me to own this seaplane. It's expensive ($595,000) due to supply and demand, and I will have to work for a very long time to actually own it. It's something that I want for myself because of intrinsic reasons, and there is a path, although difficult, where at the end that plane lies. I want to fly to Alaska and land on a lake one day. Then drive up the gravel dock to park it by my inaccessible cabin where I can be alone or with the people I love and nature.
In the new system, can I get this? I think not. Can I buy the lake and the materials to build a second home for the cabin to exist? I think not as well.
The reason this is important, is that there are lots of 'seaplanes' and not just what you think about as frivolous things. Even in this discussion, you have him giving the example of how food that I grow myself is 'not going to taste like McDonald's hamburger'. So in effect, we are presented with the new system (which I understand may well be unavoidable), where food is dictated by what is available to grow yourself. Or the homes you print will be dictated by a set amount of material which is available. And so who decides how much concrete you get, or what seeds are available, or that I can't buy a seaplane. Those people have the power in this case. Those people now have wealth in authority over others. And you better believe they will be corrupt.
The part where he talks about the 3d printing clothes and circuit boards etc. is a little under developed. Otherwise he sounds very grounded and knowledgeable and it's interesting. I say it's underdeveloped because he says that we can look forward to a world with no work, and that we should embrace it, but the things he mentions about the future are all work. It's work to print your own clothes, or design an outfit. It's work to decide what to farm. Sure, it's less work, but still, what if I just don't want to do it. Will there be some sort of agreed upon valued object that we can exchange for other goods and services? How do we attain more of this to make it so that we can outsource our food and clothing needs to others in general? Ad nauseum.
I like the idea of having my virtual person that people are having conversations, but then I die and they can still talk to me. And my virtual avatar just keeps on going until no one visits it because all the people that would be interested forget about me. But their virtual avatars would still come because no one visits them either. So our avatars visit each other.
I didn't even look into it. It's just in the article somewhere. To even imply that manufacturing accidents are a severe problem right now that would in some way discredit this economy is silly. And that's for two reasons, first being that innovation has literally automated most people out of manufacturing jobs, and second being that work place accidents are way down in manufacturing in general in the US.
What an excellent analogy this was: Between 2010 and last year, Amazon’s sales in North America quintupled from $16 billion to $80 billion. Sears’ revenue last year was about $22 billion, so you could say Amazon has grown by three Sears in six years.
Soundgarden was one of the first bands I learned to play on guitar. Blow Up the Outside World is one of the songs that rings my soul. It reminds me of the dead-inside way I was during the war and the time soon after.
I saw Soundgarden at Beale Street Music Festival last Sunday. Just 11 days ago. They were the band I wanted to see out of everyone. They put on a great show, they looked like they were having fun, and I'll never forget it. It was my first time seeing them after having wanted to for a long time, and now I guess it will be my last, even though I was hoping to see them this weekend in St. Louis too.
Chris Cornell is one of the greatest rock voices ever. He stands peerless in many respects. When Scott Weiland died I felt like he had been living on borrowed time for a while, that he was too pained to be asked to continue on, and that release from this world was deserved after giving so much to everyone else. With Chris Cornell I'm more selfish. I'll miss his voice singing new songs, and it's harder.
Proof of that is his cover of Nothing Compares 2 U.
They absolutely should lift that ban.
Any public servant should be able to execute their duties regardless of their private political beliefs. That stupid woman in Kentucky was an excellent example of what happens when you let people express their private opinions in public service.
the economy that produced Juicero is the same one that’s creating opioid addicts in Ohio, maiming auto workers in Alabama, and evicting families in Los Angeles.
And the one where I can get a 435 horsepower sports car that's a low emissions vehicle and gets 25 mpg for 30k. One where I have access to the wealth of human knowledge from my pocket without wires. One where I can watch, for free, a live video of a rocket coming back from space and landing on a moving barge to be recycled. One where... etc. etc. etc.
Looking at the nasty deals that you hear about from group to group, it's obvious that the record industries were for sure getting more than their fair share. 15k for 3 albums is one of the worst I've ever heard. But now your friend could legitimately record those three albums for the cost of a computer and maybe a couple thousand dollars in mics and whatever other setup pieces you would have to buy but could probably borrow if you had a friend. And the labels are probably still making the same deals while they bitch about their declining revenues.
If you only put your music up on Spotify, or only on YouTube, or only one place whatever, then you can count just the income of Spotify or that one place, but really you can post to iTunes and to Spotify and to YouTube, and there's no real duplication of efforts after you have a quality digital recording. So you have multiple income streams which duplicate eachother. Here's a good breakdown of all the streamers and how much they pay per stream
If you were to get on all ten of the top 10 from that sheet (which covers 99 percent of streaming, and get 180,000 streams from each of them (not easy I'm sure), then you'd have a monthly income of $20,444. But only $980 a month if you weight by marketshare to see how many of those 180,000 original ones really get split across the services.