FCBayernMunchen wrote:The thing is that still music shops aren't closing down, cinemas aren't closing down, TVs are still being sold, games are still being sold...
Things like song albums, for example, still have niche to sell to: real fans and music lovers. I personally will always watch the major movies I love (Star Wars up next) at the cinema, but I'll watch lesser movies at home. Some who are like me will still buy box sets and blurays of their favourite movies. Torrenting makes all of these available to everyone, hence the democratisation of culture. What used to be the real thing have turned more into collector's items, and I don't think that's a necessarily bad thing.
And this accessibility reflects the rest of society, I think. As we move into a more digitally mobile world, apps are becoming more and more the way we interact with the digital world. How many apps do you see that are more expensive than $5? And compare that to how much old computer programmes cost (although admittedly, many of these can do more than most apps, so perhaps comparing games is fairer). We're looking at a future of accessibility (or should be), and in that world spending dozens of euros just to watch a movie with your family has no place. In Malta, for example, if a family of 5 wants to watch a 3D movie it'd cost them 40 euros, and I believe our cinema prices aren't that high in comparison to other countries. That doesn't include the insane prices for snacks and drinks. No wonder people prefer downloading when they can do the same thing in the comfort of their own home for free, or else simply buy the bluray for cheaper than that and watch it as many times as they want.
FCBayernMunchen wrote:The robotisation of the workforce would be very different from any other innovation we've had so far, I think. In the sci-fi way I imagine it, it could easily eliminate almost every kind of job on Earth. That might not be a bad thing in itself - although I agree with JANKER that for some things a human will always be better - but the consequences could be huge. What happens to those jobs where robots cannot do it? They're likely to be very difficult and important jobs, but if these people are the only ones who need to work, you automatically destroy their desirability by creating a class conflict.
There are a whole bunch of other issues. I would say that a robot workforce works in a moneyless society, as it would allow people to roam about and enjoy life. But the reality in our society would be a bunch of unemployed, poor people with nothing to do. With monetary constraints, how would you spend your life? There are reasons other than income that unemployed people are unhappy.
BayernLove wrote:Anyone had sleep paralysis before? Shit's terrifying. I knew I was asleep and was even laying down in my dream, yet I could not move and felt numb all over except for my extremities which I could feel a very quick pulse in. Laying off the sugar before bed, I think.
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