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Comment author: XFrequentist 13 February 2017 06:37:33PM 5 points [-]

Lots of things, but the biggest win is probably snow removal services.

For $200 a year I save several dozen hours of drudgery, there's no management/coordination overhead to speak of, and my plow guy does a better job than I would have.

Comment author: Daniel_Burfoot 24 October 2016 03:13:56AM 11 points [-]

I don't have this problem, but a lot of people I know pay astonishing amounts of money for day care. If you could figure out a way to build the Starbucks of day care, you could probably make billions of dollars. Similarly for elder care.

Comment author: XFrequentist 31 October 2016 04:07:50PM *  1 point [-]

The commentary below has focused on child care - a more salient pain point for our demographic, surely - but the "elder care" angle actually seems much more promising. Still labor-intensive, but fewer regulatory nightmares (?).

Note there are some very large regional players in this game, but there don't appear to be any Starbucks-size winners (so says my wife, who often works with the elderly).

Comment author: korin43 20 October 2016 09:25:10PM 1 point [-]

Would be nice if this had a summary. The article is basically about how concerns about AI consciousness are missing the point, because an AI doesn't need to be conscious to be dangerous.

Comment author: XFrequentist 31 October 2016 04:02:12PM 0 points [-]

Thanks! LW was malfunctioning when I posted this, otherwise I would have.

Comment author: Daniel_Burfoot 24 October 2016 03:13:56AM 11 points [-]

I don't have this problem, but a lot of people I know pay astonishing amounts of money for day care. If you could figure out a way to build the Starbucks of day care, you could probably make billions of dollars. Similarly for elder care.

Comment author: XFrequentist 24 October 2016 02:25:27PM 4 points [-]

This.

Also, schlep alert: this might be the densest regulatory thicket outside of healthcare, with huge variation in standards at (at least?) the state/province level. In my little environment of 13 million Ontarians, a recent arbitrary change of the teacher/child ratio allegedly drove a good many daycares out of business.

Also, parents are insane (source: am parent).

[Link] Program good ethics into artificial intelligence

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Comment author: James_Miller 19 August 2016 03:32:33PM 4 points [-]

For you I suggest something that also advances your career so that you can devote more time to the project. If the answer to this isn't clear I suggest talking to your professors asking what they suggest. Another approach is to become a literal superhero. Assemble a group of scientists who on their own could eradicate mosquitoes and just do it. Don't wait for official approval.

Comment author: XFrequentist 19 August 2016 06:47:12PM 1 point [-]

Assemble a group of scientists who on their own could eradicate mosquitoes and just do it. Don't wait for official approval.

The appeal of this route is obvious, but I don't think it should be discussed on a public forum.

Comment author: XFrequentist 19 August 2016 02:54:22PM *  5 points [-]

Agreed! What would be the best approach (I'm a PhD student and vector-borne disease epidemiologist)?

  • Writing one or more popular/lay articles
  • Writing one or more technical/scholarly articles
  • Writing a popular/lay book
  • Writing a technical/scholarly book
  • Starting an advocacy non-profit
  • Performing an explicit cost-benefit analysis
  • Modelling to determine the necessary conditions for eradication
  • Something else... ?
Comment author: Huluk 26 March 2016 12:55:37AM *  26 points [-]

[Survey Taken Thread]

By ancient tradition, if you take the survey you may comment saying you have done so here, and people will upvote you and you will get karma.

Let's make these comments a reply to this post. That way we continue the tradition, but keep the discussion a bit cleaner.

Comment author: XFrequentist 27 March 2016 06:44:41PM 34 points [-]

Yar, have taken the scurvy survey, says I!

Comment author: [deleted] 20 January 2016 08:05:55AM *  1 point [-]

There's only two items on that list that are artificial intelligence related. One is an introductory survey textbook, and the other is really about probabilistic reasoning with some examples geared towards AI. The rest has about as much to do with AI as, say, the C++ programming manual.

Comment author: XFrequentist 20 January 2016 06:32:54PM 0 points [-]

Your definition what counts as "AI related" seems to be narrower than mine, but fine. I trust readers can judge whether the linked resources are of interest.

Comment author: [deleted] 19 January 2016 04:57:45PM 1 point [-]

What does that have to do with artificial intelligence?

Comment author: XFrequentist 19 January 2016 07:01:16PM 0 points [-]

... quite a lot, no?

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