AllanfromWales1 t1_jbm45i9 wrote

Essentially this is a map vs territory issue. Our senses - which is all we have - can tell us what something looks, tastes, feel like, but absolutely cannot tell us what something is. Our brains allow us to create a model from this data, say for instance that the red thing that tastes that way is a tomato. That is then a theory. If more and more evidence backs up that theory, we can be more and more confident that the theory is accurate. But we can never really 'know' the underlying reality of a thing. Apart from anything else, the whole thing could just be an illusion, but even without considering that extreme case, it could be that it's another thing that's very similar to a tomato in most ways but has important differences. At the end of the day, though, all that matters from a practical point of view is whether by treating it as a tomato we are at risk of failing to predict how it will behave in any given circumstance. Prediction of the unknown is the only worthwhile property of a map. The existence or nature of any underlying 'reality' simply doesn't matter.


AllanfromWales1 t1_ja6z09s wrote

> I want someone who really loves me. Who opens up to me emotionally. Who wants to spend the rest of their life with me. I want someone I’m enamored with, that I want to marry.

Sorry to be harsh, but dream on. Relationships like that either don't happen at all, or the love element doesn't last, or is one-sided. You are far, far better off with:
> He marks off all the boxes, we have great communication, great sex, a great home life but a lot of times it feels like we’re just friends.

I speak as someone who's been in a relationship with my partner for the past 43 years, married for 36 of them, kids, grandkids. I love them, always have done, but in a practical way, not is a dreamy heads in the clouds way. Those people I know who had that kind of love, almost without exception ended up hurt. And in the exceptional cases, it developed into something more 'real'. And FWIW I, the man, pushed for the marriage after we'd had our daughter..


AllanfromWales1 t1_ja42tnn wrote

I just looked it up. Estimated total quantity of plastic produced to date since plastic production started is about 10 billion tonnes. Estimated total weight of seawater in the world is around 1.5 billion billion tonnes. So even if all that plastic was in the seas, there would be 150 million times as much water as plastic. In reality it's only a problem when the amount of plastic particles in a particular location is very much higher than the global average.


AllanfromWales1 t1_j9yvqsi wrote

And yet, we live in a capitalist society. Like it or not (and I don't), profit decides what scientific developments get implemented. The only way around is that the government incentivises 'progress'. But the government isn't going to incentivise something which causes mass redundancies. At least, not until AIs get the vote.


AllanfromWales1 t1_j9y8p35 wrote

Sorry, by 'apocalypse' I meant loss of the workplace as the social norm, not some sci-fi nonsense. In my judgement the timescale for this exceeds my life expectancy quite significantly. That in part is mediated by the fact that I'm in my late sixties with various health conditions, but even without that I think the doomsday predictions are too premature.


AllanfromWales1 t1_j9xy217 wrote

"..very soon.." is an opinion. AI has been around a while already, but the signs of it taking over aren't there yet. Yes, it's improving and accelerating, but for now anything that's not repetitive and easily interfaced is not happening. There's still a huge gap between 'theoretically possible for AI' and 'cost-effective to implement for AI'. I'd be very surprised if the apocalypse you predict will happen in my lifetime.