Re: Jaron Lanier Got Up My Shnoz on AI

From: Dossy (
Date: Sun Jan 13 2002 - 16:32:31 MST

On 2002.01.13, Ken Clements <> wrote:
> Watch it there, J.R., or I am going to put on my Zombie
> Anti-Defamation League hat and get up your shnoz. Although, you do
> point out the basic undesirability of hiring human workers who waste
> all those neuro cycles by thinking on the job.

Without the necessary statistical data (whatever that's actually
worth, aynway) behind my statement (translation: caution,
handwaving ahead) ... most jobs do not require thinking. Whatever
potential added benefit you gain where thinking does improve job
performance, if you COULD build something that could perform the
job but what you built couldn't think, the "penalty" of any lost
job performance would be negated by the economies of scale you
could achieve ...

Thus, freeing up humans, who do enjoy abilities such as thinking
and contemplating, to do more thinking and contemplating.

Perhaps this "dot-com fallout" will produce some serious thinkers
of our generation, since many have unfortunately been left with
nothing to do but look for new work and spend time contemplating.
Or, maybe just a slew of bitter people with used BMW Z3's and iPaq's
for sale for real cheap. I hope more of the former than the
latter, of course.

-- Dossy

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  "He realized the fastest way to change is to laugh at your own
    folly -- then you can let go and quickly move on." (p. 70)

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