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    @mgrimes Destructive scanning can be efficient, but I couldn't bring myself to do that. It seems sacrilegious somehow.
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      @konrad I worry about that too. This is one reason I started getting into book scanning. With a suitable backup, it isn't the end of the world if a book is damaged. At least, not unless it is a museum item or something. @tomcat @indigo @sumudu
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        @indigo I always find it hard to think ahead when it comes to food. If I am not hungry, it just doesn't come to mind to prepare in advance for a meal. And when I am hungry, it is too late and I haven't packed anything. @larand
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          @larand On the one hand, a part of me feels like it would be great to just have the moral equivalent of Jetson's food pills that are fuel so you don't have to think about food. But another part of me wants every meal to be tasty and crave-worthy. @indigo
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            @larand It quite possibly is healthier than fast food. But I can definitely see @indigo's point about not wanting any calories that don't make you happy. I find the Soylent idea to be pretty interesting, in part because I see both sides.
            duerig
              @larand Interesting. What finally made you decide that it wasn't for you?
              duerig
                @joeo10 Haha. Ok. I haven't heard of that before. I like my idea better, though. :-) What is Kondo-style?
                duerig
                  @joeo10 You mean taking a wooden sword and smash your house up??? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kendo
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                    @johngordon Am I understanding the claim right? If so, what is the intuition behind this claim? I think this is what it means they say that 'effective capital per unit of effective labor decreases'.
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                      @johngordon But this paper says: 10 years later when the factory owner needs to replace their old machine with a Widget Maker Mk. 2, if that machine still requires 1 operator but is half the price then that reduces income share.
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                        @johngordon I don't understand this. Most of the time when we think of technology having an effect on the share of labor income, we think of a factory owner buying Widget Maker Mk. 1 which replaces 10 manual workers with 1 operator.
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                            @jnm @height8 @eyes @ronnie @adiabatic Near... Far... Wherever you are....
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                              Yesterday I wrote a check. Today I am faxing a form. Should I just give up, buy some hammer pants, and watch Titanic this weekend?
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                                @clarkgoble By contrast, if you doubled the productivity in health care, it would be a huge deal for everybody since health care takes up so much of our collective time and money. But maybe I am missing something. I'll listen to the podcast. @johngordon
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                                  @clarkgoble Only 2% of the population in the US works in agriculture, so doubling productivity would only affect those 2% and not really affect the rest very much. Very little of the cost of a loaf of bread comes from the raw grain price. @johngordon
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                                    @clarkgoble So further improvement doesn't necessarily impact a lot of people. For example, agriculture is such a small part of the economy that even if you found a way to double agricultural productivity in the US, the impact would be small. @johngordon
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                                      @clarkgoble Hmm. I'll have to listen to this podcast. This strikes me as a bit backwards from my own intuitions. I'm used to thinking about Baumol's Cost Disease where as you innovate in one sector, it becomes a smaller part of the economy. @johngordon
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                                        @johngordon I think that on average we are. Although there are some people who seem to become harsher in memory of their own 'servant' experience.