Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Oct 2013 16:02 UTC, submitted by bowkota

Google back in 2005:

There will be no banner ads on the Google homepage or web search results pages.

Google today:

The company confirmed to the Guardian that it is testing a system with about 30 advertisers in the US in which it shows banner ads for companies including SouthWest Airlines on pages which include them in web search results.

And people wonder why I have zero trust in companies.

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RE[5]: Comment by Tractor
by WereCatf on Fri 25th Oct 2013 12:39 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Tractor"
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Think about it: if you were a truck- or taxi-driver, do you expect to have a job in 5 years now Google and others are building self-driving cars ? And Uber makes it really easy to get a taxi where you want ?


If you want to have a job, be a generalist and move up the stack. Maybe learn programming. Moore's Law will take away your job eventually. As Marc Andreessen says: Software is eating the world.

That's actually something I've thought about several times: sooner or later it's possible to automate anything that doesn't require creativity, and that means the only jobs left for real, living human beings would be the creative ones -- how much demand can there even be for that? Given how today's economy works would it be possible to earn enough money to sustain yourself in a world where almost everything is automated? would the kinds of people fare in such a world that simply aren't creative?

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