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Old 01-03-2018, 08:00 AM
 
Location: NC
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Some of these I actually see as creating problems. Self-driving cars? Ridiculous. Even today, so many safety accessory features have made new drivers approach the task way too casually. The focus on driving is secondary to texting. Once there are self-driving cars, new drivers will totally blank out on what it means to be an alert, cautious, planning type of driver. Once out of the SDC they will hop into dad's old car and cause a wreck with their inattentiveness.
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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I'm dead yet and the policies of the US and Danish governments still effect me.

As far as current high-tech, I have kept up reasonably well with Mac and PC technology.

Screw mobil phones. The only contacts I have on my computers, mobil phone and Skype are family and friends.
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Old 01-03-2018, 09:02 AM
 
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I am, and always will be, interested in societal advances, science being paramount, for the sake of what we leave behind. My grandkids deserve at least the same, if not better, than what I'm reaping.
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Old 01-03-2018, 10:08 AM
 
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I am always looking at what's new for the future. Some things are good; others not so good. I think we can also learn from the past. Unfortunately, I see a socialistic future for our young people. Without blue collar jobs, and with robots being the cheaper alternative, they won't be able to survive without government help. Congress has too many older folks and their family members serving and, because there are no term limits, it leads to corruption and outdated thinking. I am very concerned about the environment. We should learn from the past and make longer-lasting products that can be fixed when broken and/or recycled instead of being thrown away. Most of our air, water, and soil is contaminated & needs to be fixed. Medicine has made great advances but, patient care is thrown by the wayside in favor of money. Sorry this all sounds very negative but, change has to come and it has to be positive. Computers are a wonderful tool, in their place. We have to use them for the greater good of the population. We need to have pride in our work and more blue collar jobs. Younger people should be elected to Congress to serve the majority of the population because they are the vision for the future. The environment needs to be cleaned up. Medicine needs to think about patients first. I have great hope and faith in the younger generation.
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:18 PM
 
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This generation certainly seems to have too many able-bodied young folks who are masters at exploiting the welfare system. More immigration? I don't think so. They too, soon, take advantage of the liberal welfare system. Were I the benevolent dictator, I'd abolish most welfare and soon, out of desperation the lazy, would get out and get a job.

There is a page on FB, local, and you'd never seen so many beggars. Excuses and then wanting donations, free furniture, washer, etc. Seems that so many of the younger people have no dignity or self respect.

You talk about societal advances - I think more about the SOCIAL, not mechanical, etc advances. I'm happy to see actual rights for animals, gays, etc. But I am horrified by the reactions of the religious right who are threatened by these societal advances.

I am absolutely convinced we are seeing the rapid decline of western civilization and are headed into the new dark ages.
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Forest bathing
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^^ You've just given a very strong argument to increase immigration.
If the person you quoted said they were worried about young people not working, why would you be in favor of importing more people? With chain migration, they bring in their elders who we then have to support through SSI, Medicaid, Food Stamps, etc. after five years. The Chinese have this going well for them.

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Old 01-03-2018, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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First thing I thought of was "world peace."

But as I thought about it, there is so much more I would like to see happen.

How about the pharmaceuticals who get away with murder by charging outrageous sums of money for medications, life-saving meds, and then increase those prices one hundred+ times over.....they need to be reigned in. Cost of health care for everyone.

There should not be ANY starvation in this country. How that is allowed to continue makes me furious. So a FEW can have millions while SO MANY go without.

How about a president with a sound mind who understands the ramifications of what he says, tweets, does. How about a Congress who works for US, the people? Maybe cut back on their paychecks, benefits, etc.

How about preservation of our national parks, etc. How about leaving open range for the wild horses? How about taking seriously the problem of global warning? NO, it is NOT a hoax. Put your thinking caps on and read what the scientists have to say about it. Do your OWN thinking.

This is probably not what the OP intended, but it's what I feel and decided to put here.

Believe me, there is so much more.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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^^ You've just given a very strong argument to increase immigration.
That doesn't help either if there are no decent jobs due to automation or whatever.

I also fear for my children and grandchildren in the future.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Self driving cars reminds me of the noise when hybrid cars first appeared. Someone did the numbers and it was found that it would take 7 years to make up the higher cost difference. Self driving, if they become reliable, would be good for those with infirmities that prevent them from driving, providing they can afford them.

I only drive only 4000 miles a year. I expect that my present car will outlast me. Perhaps my grandson will like a nice convertible.

The problem with infrastructure is politicians who want "federal money" to fix every local problem. Federal money is a loser when you deduct the cost of Washington bureaucracy and the money that is politically diverted to a boondoggle 2000 miles away.
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:10 PM
 
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If about half the worlds population flew off into space I would be all right with that.
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