@33mhz The latter is important because it represents the point at which society can reasonably intervene and square the circle of conflicting rights. If an artificial cervix is ever invented, then this would probably cause real social change.
@33mhz I don't believe in post-modernism. As I see it, there are two non-arbitrary distinctions. One is 'noticable' and the other is 'adoptable'. The former is important because before noticability, all arguments are purely theoretical.
@33mhz I am. I hate arbitrariness. :-) I remember when I was younger being annoyed whenever my birthday rolled around and somehow I gained new powers. It was palpable demonstration of the silly and arbitrary nature of our society.
@33mhz Everybody involved sets arbitrary lines. People sometimes talk about when 'human life begins', but of course, there is no point at which it begins. It never stops. The unfertilized egg is human life. So is fertilized one. So is the implanted one.
@33mhz Contrariwise, if sentience is somehow the result of a large enough neural net, then we would probably not consider babies sentient until they are at least a year or two. But prohibitions on abortion/infanticide are not predicated on sentience.
@bayprogrammer It seems that if you are headquartered in the bay area, you are either exponentially growing or you are dead. I want to deal with companies that are more like an oak tree than a yeast colony.
@gtwilson It can be done. I recall hearing about a Doom mod a long time ago that imported processes as monsters and let you end processes by shooting the appropriate monster. Not that this increases productivity, mind you... :)
@fields Looking through the products, I see 3 categories: - Novelty items, toys, and games - Existing item with flashy but useless extras - Existing item but with the promise of super-high quality This taxonomy works for startups generally as well.