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  •  Corporations are machines (4+ / 0-)
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    BlueJessamine, wbr, Mark Wallace, Simplify

    They care zero for anything other than their survival and growth.  They fund their political strategy.  They do it because they can.  Their food is profits.  Living machines, not human.  With their own consciousness, but machines.

    A meta-organism that sees us as objects.

    There are exceptions.

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    by Shockwave on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 08:29:02 PM PST

    •  They are "AI's" (2+ / 0-)
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      Shockwave, jhop7

      Modern corporations, with their extensive IT operations and communications infrastructure, are, effectively, artificial intelligences. For those that think AI's are a scary thing in the future, consider that we are living with them right now.

      It is more correct to say that corporations are "hybrid" AI's, because they involve human components to perform tasks that are not easy to automate. However, corporations are generally not controlled by human volition. The decision making process of a corporation is nothing like the normal process of human decision making. Corporate volition can, and often does, lead to outcomes that would never be preferred by any human decision maker within the corporation.

      As time goes on, we will see the human components of corporations be progressively disempowered by the automation that surrounds them. There will not be any clear tipping point where corporations become AI's like in a sci-fi plot, it will just evolve naturally as the human elements of corporations become less critical.

      •  You put that very well, (1+ / 0-)
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        Mark Wallace

        been ruminating along those lines a while myself.
           Meanwhile, international activities make them almost impossible to get a legal handle on. Whole countries, us included, are already acting like individual US states do to try to bring in business: basically begging to be taken advantage of.
           Ironically, many companies have put a "human touch" on things by letting a real person tell you over the phone how much you owe, or that your procedure isn't covered.

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