[FoRK] Making robotics a priority

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Thu Jul 14 16:26:41 PDT 2011

You have a very odd definition of the word "trivial".

You asserted "trivially disprovable" but there seems to be a competing 
theory.  Whether true or not, that makes it not "trivially disprovable".

You also assert that "wages have only increased trivially in real world 
terms".   I cited a source that shows over the past century, real world 
wages which take into account inflation, voluntary actions, and other 
relevant factors, the data supports the conclusions:

1) Productivity increased 9.2 times over that in 1900 and 5.6 times of 
that in 1930,

2) Leisure has increased 10% since 1900, and

3) Increase in real wages, where real means *even adjusted with 
inflation* of 820% since 1900

If you think 9.2X and 820% is trivial, then I have a bunch of VCs I'd 
like to introduce you to.


On 7/14/2011 3:41 PM, Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo wrote:
> The point was about leisure time, not real wages. Leisure time has not increased.  We all seem to agree on that.  And even if one accepts that wage increases are some sort of substitute for leisure time, wages have only increased trivially in real terms, in any case.
> For whatever it's worth, I am one who does not agree that leisure time and wages are directly interchangable, at least not at a 1:1 ratio. Zebras and kumquats.
>           ...ken...

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