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Things I fear far more than man-made climate change

by Greg Krehbiel on 26 July 2017

War
Plague
Famine
Disease
Natural climate change
Asteroid impact
Artificial intelligence
Sexbots
Virtual reality
Breakdown of the social order
Millennials voting
Alien invasion
Crazy ideologies

2017-07-26  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 25

  1. William
    26 July 2017 @ 5:25 pm

    Okay, I’ll bite…what you could possibly fear from sexbots? 😉

  2. Robin R.
    26 July 2017 @ 5:27 pm

    They might turn into rapebots.

  3. Dave Krehbiel Dave Krehbiel
    26 July 2017 @ 6:10 pm

    They might bite.

  4. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    26 July 2017 @ 6:10 pm

    When sexbots are available, humans will quit having sex with one another and the population will tank. Something like it is happening in Japan already.

  5. Scott Wicker
    26 July 2017 @ 6:22 pm

    That danger may be real.The Drudge Report is constantly posting links to sexbot exposes by the big British Web Tabloids (The Sun, The Guardian, etc.)

  6. Derek
    26 July 2017 @ 11:52 pm

    You forgot “Leftists taking over”, though that could be synonymous with “Alien Invasion”.

  7. Robin R.
    27 July 2017 @ 3:32 am

    You forgot to mention pedophile priests having their way with your children.

  8. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    27 July 2017 @ 8:46 am

    @Derek, I thought I covered that with “crazy ideologies.”

  9. Robin R.
    27 July 2017 @ 10:28 am

    I just got done talking with a leftist. As soon as I started disagreeing with him, he got extremely violent and killed me!

  10. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    27 July 2017 @ 10:39 am

    Evidence continues to pour in confirming what most of us already know to be true — that a disproportionate number of leftists are very intolerant. Not all, of course. But too many.

    when it comes to Trump, it’s difficult to overstate just how tribal the left is and how much distaste he engenders ….
    And while partisanship and tribalism are pretty bipartisan things in American politics today, Democrats are actually substantially less able to countenance friends who supported the wrong candidate:

    Nearly half of liberals don’t even like to be around Trump supporters

  11. Robin R.
    27 July 2017 @ 10:58 am

    I always wonder what kind of metric is used in studies that make such declarations. “Left” and “right” are obviously terms which are subject to much vagueness and ambiguity.

  12. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    27 July 2017 @ 11:54 am

    Yes, that’s a good question. It’s probably self reported. I.e., people who consider themselves liberal or conservative.

  13. William
    27 July 2017 @ 1:44 pm

    QUOTE: Evidence continues to pour in confirming what most of us already know to be true — that a disproportionate number of leftists are very intolerant.

    Greg, wasn’t it you that stated…

    “disproportional representation is not evidence of anything.”

    That said, in previous research (see link below) Pew found a tolerance divide on both sides of the aisle and polarization has been growing for decades. They’ve highlighted an interesting dynamic that reveals the depth partisan attitudes:

    “30 percent of consistent conservatives and 23 percent of consistent liberals say they would be unhappy if a family member married someone from the opposite party”.

    As for the most recent Pew research, I suspect Trump, being such a polarizing figure, has caused a spike in bias from the left. I find this highly hypocritical since the left regards itself as the purveyors of “tolerance” mantra.

    Polarization in US Attitudes

  14. William
    27 July 2017 @ 1:47 pm

    PS…active link

    Polarization in US Attitudes

  15. William
    27 July 2017 @ 3:08 pm

    QUOTE: When sexbots are available, humans will quit having sex with one another and the population will tank.

    Although it’s likely to have some impact, I’m not sure it would prompt a population crisis. Even with the increased availability and acceptance of birth control and porn, birthrates have been relatively stable for the past 40 years (with some minor periods of decline).

    Given there seems to be some correlation between the economy and population, I’d be more concerned about maintaining a strong economy than the impact of sexbots. That said, I wouldn’t say sexbots should be socially acceptable.

    Lastly, some might find sexbots to be a reasonable substitute, but I suspect the majority will still want to have sex the old fashioned way…with another human.

  16. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    27 July 2017 @ 4:15 pm

    @William, it’s already happening in Japan. But Japan is weird, so we can’t necessarily extrapolate from them to the rest of the world.

  17. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    27 July 2017 @ 4:18 pm

    @William, I said disproportionate representation is not evidence of anything in a very clear context — that of proving discrimination.

    You’re probably right that anti-Trump hatred has spiked liberal intolerance. He’s like reverse catnip to them.

  18. William
    27 July 2017 @ 5:04 pm

    QUOTE: it’s already happening in Japan. But Japan is weird, so we can’t necessarily extrapolate from them to the rest of the world.

    Although it could potentially “add” to the dynamic, sexbots aren’t the reason for Japan’s declining birthrate. Those in the know contribute it to factors such as: rising cost of childbirth and child-raising, increasing number of women in the workforce, later average age of marriage, increasing number of unmarried people and changes in the housing environment and in social customs.

    That said, despite the declining birth rate, I’d suspect the Japanese are still having more sex with humans than sexbots. If I were betting man, I’d wager it will remain that way. As the expression goes…”ain’t nothin’ like the real thing” 😉

  19. William
    27 July 2017 @ 6:11 pm

    QUOTE: You’re probably right that anti-Trump hatred has spiked liberal intolerance. He’s like reverse catnip to them.

    Well, according to today’s Ramussen report (Trump’s choice of polls), it may not be exclusively the left that’s not feeling the love. Seems he’s gotten his lowest rating since being in office, 41% total approve, 59% total disapprove (with a subset of 49% strongly disapprove).

    Daily presidential tracking poll

  20. Dave Krehbiel Dave Krehbiel
    27 July 2017 @ 6:14 pm

    I think the point Greg was trying to make was NOT that sexbots were a big danger.

    Even though they are a minor danger, he feels they are a bigger danger than global warming.

  21. William
    27 July 2017 @ 7:49 pm

    @Dave, Greg indeed may have intended the things you cite. Yet, my comments were based on his additional statements such as…

    “When sexbots are available, humans will quit having sex with one another and the population will tank. Something like it is happening in Japan already.”

  22. Dave Krehbiel Dave Krehbiel
    28 July 2017 @ 7:33 am

    @William: agreed.

    This is a discussion, and sometimes it goes in this direction, or that direction, and that’s good…

    … But I saw an opportunity to take a jab at global warming alarmists, and I took it.

  23. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    28 July 2017 @ 8:57 am

    @William, porn is already — legitimately, I think — blamed for the lack of young men’s interest in women, dating and marriage. Once virtual reality and sexbots get better, the effect will only be worse.

    I’m sure you’ve seen something like this on a bathroom wall somewhere. “No matter how sexy she is, somebody somewhere is fed up with her drama.” (I’ve cleaned up the language a little.)

    People will be faced with a choice. A gorgeous woman (or man) that you can program, or a real, live woman (or man) with drama and issues and trouble. There’s no way that’s not going to hurt the already low birthrate. (In developed countries, of course.)

    Look for liberal Protestant churches to come up with ways to celebrate these relationships. 🙂

    Also — as Dave said — my point is not that sexbots will be some universal catastrophe, but that they are more of a threat than man-made global warming.

  24. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    28 July 2017 @ 2:17 pm

    Click on this link with caution (it has an autoplay, and raunchy ads), but the headline caught my attention.

    Sex robot more popular at brothel than REAL prostitutes

  25. William
    28 July 2017 @ 7:30 pm

    QUOTE: porn is already — legitimately, I think — blamed for the lack of young men’s interest in women, dating and marriage. Once virtual reality and sexbots get better, the effect will only be worse. ‘

    I’ve already indicated sexbots are likely to have some impact on sexual habits and birthrate. My point is that the impact isn’t likely to be at a crisis level. Per my previous post, we’ve had birth control and porn as a “normative” part of the culture for years. These are indeed threats to birthrate. Yet, when we review birthrate over the past 40 years, we don’t see an epic impact, despite them being widely accepted and utilized. Actually, during this period, it’s relatively stable with the largest impact being that of the economy. That said, you might want to add economic failure to your list above.

    As for the article, what that indicates to me is that people who’d be predisposed to visit a brothel prefer one form of sexual entertainment to another. It doesn’t indicate that people are going to forsake sex with humans en masse. Even in Japan, with its declining birthrate, the correlation with sexbots hasn’t been legitimately established.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11362306/Why-dont-Japanese-men-like-having-sex.html