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Bob Wesson
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Written by the former vice chairman and head of product development at General Motors!
Sooo... 15 to 20 years. And it will be driverless cars everywhere?
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"One of the most telling statistics I’ve come across in regards to the automation discussion is how almost everyone in the US knows we’ve lost manufacturing jobs over the past three decades. 81% know that very real fact according to a poll of over 4,000 adults by Pew Research. What few people know however is that at the same time the total number of jobs has decreased, total manufacturing output has increased. The US is manufacturing more now than it ever has, and only 35% of the country knows that’s true. The percentage of Americans who know both of the above facts are true is a mere 26%."
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Saber-rattling about military options against N Korea is just plain suicidal.
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Every one of these technologies except for the nanobots is already here now. But even more exciting are stem cell and CRISPR gene editing therapies, also already here now, that can reverse the aging of his 86-year-old body.
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I'll bet the fools who voted in a "hotheaded ex-game-show host" didn't think about this ...

"As former Secretary of Defense William Perry told the podcast Radiolab, “the system is set up so only the president has the authority to order a nuclear war. Nobody has the right to countermand that decision.”

Nobody. Not the Defense Secretary. Not the vice president. Not the generals. Not the individual officers tasked with launching the missiles. Donald Trump alone decides whether to set off a nuclear holocaust."
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There's a silver lining to Trump's nonstop lying ...

"Perhaps the most consequential question is whether we’ll be ready for the time when Trump starts lying to us about matters of life and death. Back in 2002 and 2003, the media and the country as a whole were woefully unprepared for the extraordinary propaganda campaign the Bush administration undertook to convince Americans that if we didn’t invade Iraq, Saddam Hussein would kill us all with his fearsome arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. That campaign worked, the country went along (at first), and the result was the greatest foreign policy disaster in American history, with trillions of dollars spent, thousands of American lives lost, and much of the Middle East thrown into chaos.

"Could the Trump administration fool the public on that kind of scale? I doubt it. If they tried, everything the president said would be scrutinized closely, and people within the government would be leaking like mad to get the truth out. So in a strange way, Trump’s endless and often comical lies about trivial things may have made it much harder for him to fool us about what matters most. As George W. Bush said, “Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — can’t get fooled again."
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Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House | Vanity Fair
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"Tech trendwatchers may be getting flashbacks to 2007, when another marquee event felt like it was on the cusp of revolutionizing the world: If Tesla gets this right, the Model 3 will be the iPhone of the car world, leading the way for a whole pack of imitators. It may even steer the world toward a road populated by not just electric vehicles, but driverless cars, and realize that reality faster than anyone—even Google—has managed thus far."
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