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Old 12-30-2013, 07:41 AM   #21
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I love these articles and books like "The Singularity is Near," because the changes (which are probably inevitable) are so fascinating. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, this stuff is so complicated that it may take decades or centuries before the radical changes predicted come to fruition. In the meantime, dribs and drabs of cool things steadily pop into our life and keep us smiling and nodding our heads. Every once in a while some of these changes may be quite disruptive leading to a lot of angst and some fun bubbles in the market.

Ultimately I am with easysurfer -- COBOL will be with us in decades hence. Heck, chunks of it will probably be wrapped in 10G software in the first platform we use for uploading our minds.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:20 AM   #22
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With some contrary opinions, sounds like HAL hasn't arrived yet. Will settle for the next 10 to 15 years...
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I'll bet those smart chips and robots can't stop the big asteroid strike from happening. And when it hits, we are back to the dinosaurs again and Firecalc won't be worth a hill of beans.
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Ultimately I am with easysurfer -- COBOL will be with us in decades hence. Heck, chunks of it will probably be wrapped in 10G software in the first platform we use for uploading our minds.

Heh. I had to deal with a fair amount of 'legacy' code in one of my jobs, as well as being the de-facto corporate 'memory' for Why Things Work That Way. My business card job title was "Programmer/Archaeologist"

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