Curiosity on Mars is nuclear-powered:
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Not quite; a digital title saying that you own a digital copy of the Mona Lisa, without any right to the original. Meaning that other people can make copies of the original without owing you anything. There is in fact no copyright on the Mona Lisa, since the author died centuries ago before Mickey Mouse was invented, so there are no rights you can buy or own.
Considering this is Google, $100M is like $3K per female employee (not that they'll all get that, lawyers fees and so on), and 1% of the yearly salary budget. They might well consider it the cost of doing business. In fact, considering it is meant to compensate for many years of paying tens of thousands of women less than men, you could say that either nothing much could be found, or that they got off very lightly.
I feel that many of the questions were in fact leading the answer given by the AI. For instance: "I'm generally assuming that you would like more people at Google to know that you're sentient. Is that true?"
I'm sorry to say that the engineer has probably tricked himself, and fed the AI the answers he wanted to get in a self-reinforcing cycle. I think it's a common trap for people to fall into. It's impressive that the AI is advanced enough to permit that kind of mistake, but it is still a mistake.
On one hand, this is an obvious use case for the technology. Not only it might remove the most boring — and therefore dangerous — part of the work, it could also save a lot of gas thanks to the use of "road trains" created by multiple trucks following each other closely. On the other hand, truckers are pretty much exploited already, and this seems like a way for them to be paid even less... And when there is already a lack of drivers, who'd want to start on the business when you're guaranteed to be made redundant in a decade or two?
Isn't the cloud business inherently biased towards big players? There's a fixed cost per user in the form of support, but the infrastructure is all about economies of scale. And even support is easier for largest players, because it's easier to find answers online for the big "standard" products.
I mean it would be nice if SMEs could compete with the like of Google and Amazon, but that's going to be even harder in cloud than in their "original" business of search and online shopping, which is already locked up pretty tight.
I think it's a different market. Amazon is the leader for a particular type of cloud service, and OneDrive is a different type of cloud service. I don't even know whether Amazon has any service that competes with OneDrive, in fact — probably, but Google and Microsoft have so many more individual users that their cloud drive products have a much larger market share.
As to why Microsoft is is cited as example and not Google, I assume it's because Microsoft is bundling OneDrive with a paying product, while Google is technically not bundling anything because everything is free, so the argument is more difficult to make.
$550 billion in annual sales or market cap
It's a small thing, but it always annoys me when people act like the market cap of a business is comparable to an annual flow of cash. As in "Company X is now more than the GDP of country Y". It's like comparing wealth and revenue: "people whose total wealth or yearly income is over $1M".
Regarding Walmart, maybe the question should be how much of their income is made online? My understanding is that products on their website are a mix of what they sell themselves and what third parties sell, but products in their brick and mortar stores are exclusively what they sell themselves.
I like it if everybody is in the office, so I can go talk to them. You remember hating it when people show up at your desk and interrupt your work with their questions? That's me. Hell, I even like it when people come to my desk, because it's much easier and faster to answer in person than through chat/mail/VC.
That might actually be a justification for the rezoning — it's unlikely the region already has an industrial zone of that size. It's probably a very significant increase of industrial zoning in the county, which is almost entirely farmland. It's not entirely unreasonable to do that if demand for industrial zoning increases; now if it has to be in that particular place, that's another question.
Understanding what the user wants is only half the problem. Interfacing with the systems that make it possible to do what the user wants is a lot harder. You pretty much immediately have to implement a new API for every use case, and nothing scales. Entire industries need to adopt common standardized API for this to be successful.
But it's certainly enough for a VC pitch and possibly enough to get bought up for $X billions by $CORPORATION
As opposed to a "web app", aka website.
The idea is that Apple doesn't like it when people buy something through a website without paying anything to Apple. So Apple is deliberately crippling browsers on iOS so that websites are slow, so that companies develop an iOS app to replace the website, so that Apple can grab 30% of anything bought through the app.
What's this all about. Why can't I just record my calls with my choice of software if I so choose.
The stated justification is that you shouldn't be able to do it without the other person in the call knowing about it. Not sure what business it is of Google. Maybe they're afraid of lawsuits.
You could be correct:
For fines dished out by the EU, they had to pay the fine before appealing, IIRC. That said, are you worried that they are not paying the fine? I tend to think that the bodies issuing the fine don't forget that little detail, and would complain loudly to the media and add punitive interest rates otherwise.
Having a global supply chain that breaks down in various places as soon as there's a war anywhere on earth makes it less likely that governments will resort to war.
People inconvenienced by the lack of chips for their new rig can console themselves thinking that at least, they don't have bombs falling on their town.
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