ideatrash

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Realigning the "watered down" degree

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Our economy is changing.  It is not that degrees are being watered
down;  it is that the minimum requirements for our advanced economy has
gone up.  



So this means that a whole category of people who have never
needed a degree to survive before will soon find themselves needing a
degree to simply continue to exist. 





Either that or there will be a sizable poor,
unemployable (through structural unemployment) underclass, and that's a
BAD thing.  It'd do the captains of globalization to take note.  Class division and disruption was preempted once before when Marx made his predictions.  Can today's leaders understand that Adam Smith's "invisible hand" includes unions, anti-WTO protests and market forces outside of those in the NYSE?

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The Singularity

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Here's a couple of key points that often get glossed over in popular depictions of the Singularity:



  • You are reading this, therefore you are not relevant in a post-Singularity world.  You will be left behind.
  • Your relationship to post-Singularity life is not akin to a child regarding a parent, it is more akin to you looking at a dog.  At best.   (IMHO, Accelerando does a good job of exemplifying exactly how wierd things will get;  Cory Doctorow's work is great and I love it... but I think he underestimates the changes that will happen).
  • You will be competing for resources with post-Singularity life.
If you're suddenly wondering if there's a way to stop the Singularity, then I think I've conveyed my point well enough.

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