ID #57072

Name: Lucas
Age: 15
Country: USA

Hey there! I’m Lucas!
I’m pretty timid in real life but hey, I’m looking at a screen! Paradoxically I enjoy talking to strangers.

I’m funny and smart, or at least I hope I am, and a loyal friend. I like computers, literature, history, learning, traveling, and video games are my kryptonite.

I tend to make a lot of little witty jokes and procrastinate, but I can get the job done.

Preferences: Anyone really, along the teenage / young adult range.


Moore’s Law has dictated the advancements we’ve seen since the introduction of transistors in the mid 1950s.

Folks often act like you need to be some sort of math genius to be a computer programmer, but in practice, I find that my skills as a writer end up helping me more than my skills as a mathematician.

Programming is basically explaining what you want to happen.

Just, like, you’re explaining it to a helpful but exceedingly literal-minded space alien from the Eleventh Dimension who’s only had physical existence described to them, so you need to choose your words carefully!

So... lemme try to explain what’s going on, here.

It seems to be taking it all very seriously, so here goes.

There’s a monster, with no nose, who’s allegedly a computer virus that’s escaped into the real world…

…who can literally suck the ones and zeroes out of monitors, not the computers themselves…

…and who – if you try to use a landline phone next to a coffee cup that’s plugged into a TV – will…

…possess the phone with its virus-ness, I guess, physically tearing it apart, and…

…um… and then ‘program’ the ten feet of wire inside the phone to leap out and attack you…

…because, uh… because it, um…

…because it can do that.

I mean, sure, not everyone had the best grasp of technology, science, and science fiction in 2001, but still, I can only assume the writer based this all on a 10-minute inebriated tech support call he had with his nephew last spring.

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When you spend a lot of time reading articles on the upcoming automation jobpocalypse, you’ll see one statistic cited above all others, and that absolutely seems worth panicking about. Unemployment crept above 20 percent during the worst part of the Great Depression. 47 percent unemployment would spell the end of our civilization. If these headlines are correct, we’re 20 years away from unimaginable change. But those headlines – and the study contained in them – don’t tell the whole story.

First off, those researchers are only claiming that 47 percent of all current jobs will be automatable within 20 years. But that automation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. For example, the authors of that study make a point about how computer algorithms are increasingly doing the work of lawyers and patent attorneys. But rather than leading to a vast unemployment crisis for paralegals, the field is expected to grow by 8 percent through 2024. Computers are capable of doing a lot of the work paralegals used to do, which means their employers are able to offer more services, for less, to more customers than ever before. For the foreseeable future, paralegals will get to keep paralegalin’.

“What happens when you automate something? You make it cheaper, you make it better-quality, and that drives up consumer demand.” That’s Professor Jim Bessen, a lecturer at Boston University who studies the “economics of innovation.” He authored a comprehensive study on how automation impacts jobs. He argues that computers tend to increase employment in most fields, and I am almost 75 percent certain he’s not an agent of Skynet.

Computers Won’t Take Your Jobs, They’re Creating New Ones

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