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As technology progresses, indications are that “putting people back to work” will become less feasible. EconomistsErik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee have charted what they refer to as “the great decoupling.” They have found that productivity, or output per hour of work, has quadrupled since 1947 in the United States while employment has not risen at nearly the same rate. What this means is that many companies are producing more goods and services without having to employ more people.
Other research suggests in the next 15 to 20 years, 45 percent of all existing employment will become automated. Even more startling, there’s little to suggest new jobs will be created at the pace necessary to compensate for this loss.

Moreover, if Kurzweil is representative of how even a fraction of people would fill their time when they are no longer engaged in meaningless employment, then the future seems likely to be filled with even more innovations and even more creative achievements. “Do you think innovation is going to stop?” asks Kurzweil. “It’s going to explode.”

If that prediction holds any merit, then imagine the leaps we would make if every 9-to-5 laborer who watched Star Trek growing up was working on making warp speed a reality.

http://singularityhub.com/2015/04/01/the-end-of-meaningless-jobs-is-a-win-for-us-all/

(Trying to post the 11 minute video from youtube, but vimeo only for now)

https://vimeo.com/110848025
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General Religious Discussion / Re: Why did we stop inventing gods?
« Last post by velkyn on Today at 05:50:08 PM »
"The ancients were quite good at inventing new gods. The bible shows that the Jews invented many gods before deciding that god could not be defined and settled for “I am“, as the greatest expression of god. “I am” as spoken as a man. "

But what I have experienced so far is that God is one and only one.

so many religions claim that their god and only their god is the "real" one.
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General Religious Discussion / Re: Why did we stop inventing gods?
« Last post by shnozzola on Today at 04:20:33 PM »
Why stop inventing gods now? Because if we lived in a god-free world, and someone proposed a god tomorrow, no one would fall for it. We're moving on.

What?   Oh dammit, when did we stop inventing gods?  Nobody told me - what am I going to do with these binders full of gods?   

I spent hours just yesterday on Marcuswelbymdgod - he is a beast, and soooo smart!  Well, I don't care, I'm keeping him - he IS a god, and that's that.     Amputees or no amputees.....goddamn atheists.....
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General Religious Discussion / Re: Why did we stop inventing gods?
« Last post by jaimehlers on Today at 12:10:04 PM »
So, would you be willing to admit that it was certainly possible for people to use Christianity as an excuse to rape and pillage, despite not actually being Christian?
That makes about as much sense as saying that people could use pacifism as an excuse to wage war.

Christianity cannot be used as an excuse to rape and pillage.  Not by Christians, not by people posing as Christians, and not by anyone else for that matter.  For that matter, nothing can be used as an excuse to rape and pillage.  There are two problems with the idea; first, such behavior encourages others to act the same, and second, those that commit such acts have no grounds to complain about others doing the same sorts of things to them.

Incidentally, both are good reasons to refrain from such behavior which don't require believing in things like "absolute morality".
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Reviews / Re: Rate the Last Film You Saw
« Last post by Add Homonym on Today at 02:52:33 AM »
Jungle Book wasn't so bad. There is a 3D version I might take a squiz at.

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General Religious Discussion / Re: Why did we stop inventing gods?
« Last post by albeto on Yesterday at 10:25:37 PM »
"The ancients were quite good at inventing new gods.

Indeed. We humans seem to be hardwired to do just this. It's not mystical, or magical, but perfectly natural. Actually, it's a pretty fascinating reason, if you enjoy thinking about why people do what they do. If you're interested in learning more, I would encourage you to watch this video. It's got no agenda other than to offer a quick introduction into the different ways in which we can understand religious belief. So it's not a "slam" on religion.



The bible shows that the Jews invented many gods before deciding that god could not be defined

God still can't be defined. That's kind of a sticky wicket when it comes to knowing a thing, don't you think?

and settled for “I am“, as the greatest expression of god. “I am” as spoken as a man. "

I think that's a pretty poor thing to settle on when it comes to something so very important as one's sense of self, safety, physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It reminds me of the old Mork and Mindy episode with David Letterman as a con-man guru. Whenever anyone asked him a question that held him accountable to reality, he said, "Sit down, and shut up." The audience laughed, but that would be poor advice if given seriously. In fact, it's considered very poor advice in every instance except religion, the one thing that simply cannot be held accountable to reality.

But what I have experienced so far is that God is one and only one.

I'm eager to hear your experiences as well. Welcome to the forum.
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Science / Mars Experiments
« Last post by shnozzola on Yesterday at 06:21:51 PM »
While we watch Donald and Hillary 24 hours a day, or people killing people at weddings in Turkey, this is what science is doing

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General Religious Discussion / Re: Why did we stop inventing gods?
« Last post by natlegend on Yesterday at 02:11:39 PM »
But what I have experienced so far is that God is one and only one.

Only one what?
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General Religious Discussion / Re: Why did we stop inventing gods?
« Last post by jdawg70 on Yesterday at 09:56:21 AM »
Welcome to the forum BrainMan.

But what I have experienced so far is that God is one and only one.

Could you elaborate on those experiences?

And what's your opinion on the whole 'Trinity' business some folks speak of?
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General Religious Discussion / Re: Why did we stop inventing gods?
« Last post by BrainMan on Yesterday at 06:58:46 AM »
"The ancients were quite good at inventing new gods. The bible shows that the Jews invented many gods before deciding that god could not be defined and settled for “I am“, as the greatest expression of god. “I am” as spoken as a man. "

But what I have experienced so far is that God is one and only one.
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