MDDad wrote:Typical nanny state maneuver.
Vilepagan wrote:How so? Usually a "nanny state" law is one that punishes behavior that we think shouldn't be punished, but you think this is behavior that should be punished...right?
MDDad wrote:A nanny state is also one that passes laws and regulations just for the sake of passing them, regardless of whether or not they will have any effect, because they're convinced Sammy and Susie Snowflake need more and more of their protection.
MDDad wrote:This law is the same as the one that made it illegal to use a cellphone while driving -- it enables our legislators to pat themselves on the back because they've done something to "protect the public", while it has absolutely no effect on actual behavior. Typical nanny state maneuver.
As an example of some of the issues here, in 1982 Ford was set to demonstrate the M247 to a gathered crowd of VIPs and military brass. However, the moment the M247’s tracking system was turned on, it immediately targeted the stands the gathered people were sitting in, resulting in complete chaos as those present trampled one another to get out of the way. Of course, the M247 required the operator to tell it to fire, so there was no real danger here, but one can imagine staring down a pair of 40mm cannons in a live demo would be a tad frightening.
After a while the engineers thought they’d managed to fix the issue and the demo resumed, only to see the M247 shoot into the ground rather than the drone target it was “locked on” to.
A new petition from Care2.com is calling on Apple and Amazon to shut down sexual harassment of their virtual assistants. Though the issue spans across all digital assistants, the petition focuses particularly on reprogramming Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri to provide more assertive responses to queries that could be considered sexual harassment.
https://venturebeat.com/2017/12/08/peti ... arassment/
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