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Old 08-10-2017, 07:42 PM   #61
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I believe we are likely to see a Japan type slowdown, mainly due to demographics. The link below shows the demographic pyramid for the US over different times. With all of the baby boomers retiring, the economy will likely be slow for years. Especially given that we seem to want to limit immigration. To the question of how to invest, I believe we will be stuck with very low interest rates for years to come. Retirees will be clamoring for yield. This explains the success of dividend paying stocks. The only place for investors to turn is stocks, and I would expect stocks to get to unprecedented levels. Anything that pays a decent dividend will attract buyers. JMHO

https://karlstrobl.com/2013/02/19/th...-fiscal-cliff/


Yup, those are the right numbers to be thinking about, and why we are so dependent on immigration for economic survivability. EM demo's are just so much stronger and reflect us in the 40s/50s.
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Actually, judges are one of the prime targets for AI research. There is a strong belief that AI can actually be impartial and provide the most universal fairness in justice if we can develop it. Gigantic improvement in racial and economic bias is possible only by removing the human factor.
It's already in use, mostly as sentencing guidelines and background research tooling, but also to assess (yikes) recidivism risk. Final call is still with judge.

Not only judges, also law firms (discovery). Paralegals are a shrinking employment group from what I heard.
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FWIW, a few months ago my mechanical system had me moving to Vfwax from Vfiax. Next month who knows.
please explain what a 'mechanical' system is
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An interesting article from The Economist on automation and unemployment. I think it touches on many of the things we've been discussing.

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Personally, I am waiting for the widespread appearance of these:
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I'm waiting for soilent green before I'm ready for the booth (I want my remains to be useful).
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I wonder if that booth has a cremation option? That would be good for combining tasks and possibly saving a later expense.
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How do you think they power it?
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How do you think they power it?
In our town, all the utilities are underground. I suspect you could have your choice of natural gas or electrical power put in through the base.
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In our town, all the utilities are underground. I suspect you could have your choice of natural gas or electrical power put in through the base.
Cremation-powered turbine is much more ecological. Doesn't even require a JHP antidepressant.
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I'm waiting for soilent green before I'm ready for the booth (I want my remains to be useful).
Your remains likely are too toxic to be deemed fit for mass consumption. Only partially joking.
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Is there a trophy or an award for the weirdest thread topic drift?
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Your remains likely are too toxic to be deemed fit for mass consumption. Only partially joking.
Even somebody as crusty as me would be turned into a hearty snack....you know how they remove the mercury from fish oil? Remove the toxicity from crusty old men
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This thread is like seeing that ugly co-worker you slept with friday at the water cooler monday. Everything just feels weird all of a sudden.
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This thread is like seeing that ugly co-worker you slept with friday at the water cooler monday. Everything just feels weird all of a sudden.
Squirrel pot pie does no sound so bad after all?
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