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In an unrelated note, my book is the #1 best selling comprehensive career guide in the world. (Because it turns out that no one has written that sort of book lately except me. Other books in the career guide category are single-topic types, such as reading body language or being more creative.)
 
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Feb 15, 2014
Scott,
Is there some reason that you need to minimize the drawn art? Looks like everything in the robot strip except the text could be in the template ...
 
 
Feb 15, 2014
Consider the possibility of a robot - human marriage. Remember that Commander Data said he was "fully functional".
 
 
Feb 15, 2014
Let's say in 20 years, we've figured out how to "port" our minds into robot bodies. And we've given robots equal rights, so we're not slaves and we can all vote, have mixed and same-OS marriages, etc.

Of course, it makes sense to make a backup of our minds, just in case the robot gets damaged. Better still, we keep a continuous backup onto "the cloud" so we can easily switch from one robot body to another.

Now, if we have multiple copies of our minds -- is each copy considered a separate entity? Do they each get rights? Can they all vote? What happens if one (or more) of the copies decides to do something differently?
 
 
Feb 15, 2014
[How would you determine whether a futurist is good or bad, and who is the best?]

By track record. No, that's not a joke. Assuming someone has been a futurist for a while, you can look at how close their near-term predictions were. Since futurist typically predict trends more than isolated future events, it's usually possible to progress of the trend after a few years. A given futurist usually predicts trends focused in a single area. For example, in the world socio-economic area, the best is probably Glenn Beck. In the area of computer technology, particularly AI-related trends, it's got to be Ray Kurzweil.
 
 
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Feb 15, 2014
How would you determine whether a futurist is good or bad, and who is the best?
 
 
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Feb 15, 2014
Someone is a bit obsessed with robots ;)
 
 
Feb 14, 2014
Well, I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

On an unrelated note, I received "How to Fail ..." as a birthday gift, and am currently reading, enjoying and thinking. I have a question: I found the transition between chapter 15 and chapter 16 to be somewhat abrupt. Was it written that way or due to editing?
 
 
Feb 14, 2014
I love it. Everything is better coming out of a robot's mouth. I wonder how it would work if the robot read speeches from Hitler or Ghandi?
 
 
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Feb 14, 2014
Yes, it stopped being topical today. If you don't connect with something that's being actively talked about, it is, pretty much by definition, not "topical". It doesn't mean it isn't worth talking about, but it's not in the news by itself. Connect it to what's going on in India, Uganda, or somewhere else, and sure, it's topical again. But no one's talking about equal rights for robots, and it's a bit of an ask that your reader would make that logical jump to equal rights for some other marginalized group quickly enough to trigger a chuckle.

Not sure if you could've made it funny, but since recognizable is one of the elements of humor you were going for and missed, I put in my two cents anyway.
 
 
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Feb 14, 2014
I think these would be funnier if they were also topical - that is, getting your robot's take on recent news. The two today really fell flat.

[Did equal rights stop being topical today? -- Scott]
 
 
Feb 14, 2014
They do say that filling an untapped niche is one secret to success. I think I'm going to write a book about optimizing monkey dance routines for business solutions.
 
 
 
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