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  • Robots? I don't think we are competing with our robots for food, maybe with machines though.

    In either case, I don't think that will last long. As I understand it biofuels is still a small part of agricultural production. I believe we will move to making biofuels from non-food feedstock before too long. It will probably be cheaper. However as more people become wealthy and want to eat well the poor will get even hungrier.
    • Robots, machines, it doesn't matter. Skynet will eventually control it all.

      At large enough scales, the subtleties are irrelevant.

      biofuels don't HAVE to be a large part of production to have a large impact.

      For example, Navy Bean prices (the bean used to make baked beans) are up 45% this year. Why? Because a percentage of farmers moved over the corn, which was more profitable.

      If biofuel is profitable, then farmers will shift from human food to robot fuel accordingly. And they won't STOP shifting until the pro
  • What? You're saying that the bots on IRC are indirectly, if partly, responsible for the poverty of the masses?

    Revolutionary: Up against the wall, GumbyBRAIN.
    GumbyBRAIN: I plead inimitability.
    Firing squad: Bang! Bang!

    Virtual (assassination|mercy-killing) of class enemies. "Good bots" will do (self-criticism|life of penance).