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Get used to it. It’s not going to stop.

There's this story* about Steve Jobs, when he came back to Apple. The company was on the verge of failure - too many products, not enough customers, no focus. No one expected the company to survive. Apple was two months from bankruptcy when he returned in ’97.

Jobs scaled everything back - cut divisions, cut product lines, reorganized everything, got a big investor (Microsoft) to help shore up finances. Then, he waited.

His strategy, as he described it at the time, was "to wait for the next big thing." All his life, Jobs had seen wave after wave of new technologies coming along. He knew there would be another one.

As it turned out, that "next big thing" for Apple was the iMac.

Remember that thing? It looks kind of goofy now, but at the time, it was at the leading, bleeding edge of cool. Not only did it help save Apple, it helped millions of people get on the Internet for the first time.

* * *

When I was in grade school in the mid 70’s, my dad bought my sister and me a Pong game at Radio Shack. We hooked it up to the black and white TV in our living room and played electronic ping-pong for hours on end.

. Our middle school had a Commodore PET in the math classroom. For a while in the early 80’s, Commodore and Atari were the biggest makers of personal computers. In 1982, Time Magazine named the personal computer its “Person of the Year.”

For a fleeting moment in the mid 80’s, the IBM PC was a big thing. It was soon succeeded by the “PC Clone” thanks to Microsoft, which for a long time was the big thing, along with Intel. Microsoft and Intel helped to build out a huge infrastructure of unconnected computers across America. It was big.

Eventually, they were all connected by the Really Big Thing: The Internet. Fast on the heels of the Internet were cellular phones.

Those were the twin towers of big: The Internet and cell phones.

Back in those days, they talked about “Convergence,” i.e. the convergence of all digital technologies into a single device. It would be your phone and your computer and you’d be able to take pictures and send them to people across the country, and watch videos and listen to music, etc.

Back in 2000, that sounded so far fetched. I thought it would never arrive. There were clunky attempts at it, but sending texts from my first little Nokia cell phone with the tiny LCD screen and the number keypad? You had to press each number key up to three times to select a single letter! No thanks.

At the end of 2013, “convergence” is not only here, it is passé. Phones these days are incredible. My HTC One has way more features and computing power than our giant Pong console ever had.

In late 2002 after the dot.com bubble had crashed and burned, I felt like the last web designer still employed in Seattle. That was the end of Web 1.0. Firms were going out of business left and right, people were getting laid off daily. Eventually I got laid off, too.

I thought we were finally going to get a little break from the breakneck pace of these technological advancements. And we did, for a little while.

But soon, the next big thing came along. The dot.com bubble, frothy as it was, did bear fruit. The infrastructure of the internet was built. Google came along and helped organize it. YouTube arrived. Facebook and Twitter. Amazon survived the washout. The Open Source movement bloomed. The Daily Paul was born somewhere in there.

Like magic, the iPod showed up in there as well. Finally, an MP3 player that you could actually find your songs on!

The iPhone. Touchscreens. Android. The iPad. Tablets. The Kindle. Electronic devices bloomed like flowers.

Second life was a first wave failure, but it will be back, in some form or another. Video games are getting better and better. Pretty soon we’ll all be living in them.

Earlier this year I was at the 2045 conference in New York.

There is a slew of scientists trying to figure out consciousness, so we call all upload our brains onto the internet. Ray Kurzweil was there. He’s the one who pegged the date, 2045 (give or take), as the year of The Singularity. We don’t’ understand how we’re going to get there, but no worries. Technological advancement continues to be defined by Moore’s law. The growth is exponential, which means we'll get there sooner than you think.

Hiroshi Ishiguro, the Japanese scientist who has a robot of himself was there. (I saw him again in Taipei last week, along with his robot.) One day will all have our own personal avatars, just like professor Ishiguro and Bruce Willis, in Surrogates.


http://youtu.be/UGwQ74cH5O0

Now there’s talk of a new ‘convergence’ - the convergence of computing power, robotics and biomedical technology.

What it will lead to remains unclear, but clearly on the table is immortality, in one form or another.

And once again, it sounds so impossibly far fetched and complicated. But it can't be ruled out because these technological advances keep coming, and they keep multiplying exponentially, and the base we’re building from today is so much higher than Pong.

The thing about exponential growth is that you don’t notice it much early on. Take a penny and double it. On the second day you have two; on the third day four; on the fourth day 8. Big whoop, right? After a week you’ve only got 64 cents. After two weeks, things are a little more interesting. By the 14th day you’re up to almost 82 bucks. By the 21st day, you’re up over $10,000! By the 30th day, you’re over $5 million.

And that’s what technology is doing - it is sneaking up on us so stealthily that we don’t even notice it.

* * *

If all the hype is true, the next big thing might well be Google Glass. It might flop, but it might fly, too. Who knows. We might all turn into ‘glassholes’ a-holes who aren’t paying attention to the world in front of them because their brain is jacked into some data stream in the ether via their optical nerve and Google Glass.

And once your brain gets plugged into that, and you become dependent on that, who knows what comes after?

Already devices exist that can read your brainwaves and manifest thoughts and emotions in the physical world.


http://youtu.be/w06zvM2x_lw

A toy for sure, but this is only the beginning. Pong started out as a toy as well.

This relentless march of technology? Get used to it. It’s not going to stop.

Keep your eyes peeled for the next big thing.

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* The story is told in Chapter One of the book Good Strategy Bad Strategy




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The march of technology - good or bad???

I wonder if the group here considers this endless march of technology a good or bad thing. Is it something to be feared because of job loss, surveillance, oppression or depopulation? Or, is it something to be placed on a pedestal because of great achievements, rises in standards of living, health, self-sustainability or interconnectedness?

If the former, then I see us devolving socially, into a path that can only lead to socialism or depopulation.

If the latter, I say we must take control of it to direct it for our benefit, rather than to benefit against us with it.

Nice article Michael, but you lost me halfway through...

"The dot.com bubble, frothy as it was, did bear fruit."

That sentence scares me, it paints an image I definitely fear & loathe. Could not continue further due to the frothiness. (ick)

My understanding (little as it is) is that frothiness shouldn't be able to bear fruit. Am I wrong or just confused?

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Thanks man, for the constructive criticism

It is a rough draft. A first draft. I wasn't even thinking of Rick Santorum, I swear!

Good point. A frothy fruit would be most horrifying indeed.

I'm at a loss for a better snazzy sentence at the moment, so let me say it more directly:

The positive thing about the dot.com bubble is that it left behind an infrastructure upon which further technological advancement could take place.

Just slip that in there and keep on reading if you would, and let me know what you think.

That's the problem with publishing first drafts. But it is nice to get the feedback, lol. Thanks.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

It might stop.

Very interesting article. Thanks for putting it together. A lot to think about. I wont claim to know what will happen. but the advance of technology may stop. The future is not predetermined. Any number of things could stop it, economic collapse, war etc. It may also continue but lack penetrance, meaning many may chose not to participate even if the option is there.

I still have one of those old nokia phones you mention. I have no need for a smart phone and do not want one. There are more people I talk to every day that are sick of all the technology. I have long gotten rid of cable tv. basically never watch it. Just a few websites is really all I would ever want. I would never have a google glass or anything remotely like it. I dont think I am alone in this.

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Oh sure, it might stop

I know I'm just extrapolating things out in a straight line, but things have been steadily marching on since the Industrial Revolution, through wars, global pandemics, great depressions, etc. In some ways, those events only help to push technology along. How much scientific work and discovery has been done in the name of 'war' and 'defense?'

You should see the infrared screening you get walking off the plane in Asia. They can tell if you have a fever instantaneously.

At any rate, there is a backlash going on. There always will be resistance to technology. When Google came out with its Plus, or Circles, or whatever it is, I was like, "Really? Another social network? Do I really have to learn this one, too?" I didn't.

We may get tired of technology, but the youth will most likely always be interested in the next big new thing. That should keep things moving along.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

But why give in and dump it?

Why not embrace the aspects you enjoy? I'm not saying you can't enjoy life without tech but certainly you benefit from instant communication with someone anywhere in the world (email, chat, skype) for free? Why should we give those things up just because TPTB have turned them into surveillance tools. I say we just stop that oppression, as we should have been doing all along, and allow technology to migrate toward what the people truly enjoy.

For example, if we stopped a government spying, email would be much better. If we stopped RIAA tyranny, internet music would be much more user friendly. If we stopped viruses, we wouldn't have to deal with anti-virus software. If we put some chains on advertising, we wouldn't need spam-blockers. These may only be the PC experience based examples but others reach every aspect of our lives. Should we be willing to walk away from all those benefits just because we can't figure out how to regain control of our 'by the people' government? I'm not saying that should we do so, we should regulate those things into oblivion, however, I'm saying that our free market methods would have relegated them to obscurity.

I think I speak for many when I say, I want the option of the better technologies that are coming and I don't want the oppression that has so far come with them.

what is the next big thing

I just had this same discussion a few days ago. I don't know the answer but it will be fascinating to see. Will I be able to keep up with all of the change? I know this is not the world I grew up in and to think it will change at least as much if not more. I expect the world will be hardly recognizable by the time I move on. So far we still eat and drink and be merry....hope we don't lose that part.

I do feel as if things are coming to a head though. I don't have a clear picture at the moment of what that will mean to us, how it will take place. I keep trying to imagine it in a good way though.

It only cost $17 trillion on national credit card.

From 1868 to 1893 the US Treasury paid down the debt. while economic growth was 4% per year in real terms. The middle class was waxing.

Since 1913 there have been four major economic crashes that transferred wealth from the poor and middle class by distorting the pricing mechanism.

Since 2000 the real GDP has shrunk by 20%.

If Congress and the Federal Reserve hadn't milked the system dry , I believe we could have paid off the debt by now, and had the same progress.

Free includes debt-free!

Thought provoking, thanks.

Thought provoking, thanks. What intrigues me is the compounding interest example you shared. I often think of Siri and Watson and how they and their kin will compound. People like Kurzweil are preoccupied with Watson, for he is intelligence. I'm fascinated with Siri, say by 2025. The instantaneous ubiquity of knowledge through wearable devices will not only change forever institutions like education, training, medicine.. it will change them more profoundly imo than the onset of the computer. I think of ST TNG, Doctor Crusher caught in a warp bubble, getting instant answers from the the voice of Nurse Chapel... right around the corner.

10-15 million more voters need to believe in non-interventionism (liberty) at home and abroad to change America. Minds changed on Syria. Minds changing on privacy. "Printing money" is part of the dialogue. Win minds through focus, strategy.

Nice article

This is where I have a serious part with Libertarian ideas. Believe me when I first starting following Ron Paul and tuning into the DailyPaul I thought this is the only philosophy to have. But if we do morph into a society in where robots are doing a large part of the labor; where does that leave a free market system? Sure there will be the people who maintain the equipment, but I doubt the numbers will be enough to have a healthy portion of the population self sufficient, or a low unemployment rate. While I don't advocate Socialism per se, it seems we need a huge shift in thinking about the current economic systems we all have become accustomed to. That's my two cents <--- not really worth two cents but hey, :-) Like your work, the site is a daily stop, thanks...

PW

"Where does that leave a free market system?"

The answer to that is what I've been trying to promote on this site for 3 years and no one seems to want to listen. Yours is the rare viewpoint to even see it coming.

Technological unemployment is real and here right now and has been growing exponentially since the stone age. As shown in the movie "Will Work For Free" http://www.dailypaul.com/307371/will-work-for-food-movie-tec... , it has been retiring jobs for a while now. That's major trend number one.

Major trend number two is what we discuss here on DP all the time. That is that the banks have robbed us of the fruits of our labor since the inception of the Federal Reserve System.

Since 1913, inflation and its minions have stolen our prosperity. When hearing this, many people don't agree because we have a higher standard of living than a century ago. While this is true, so is the theft fact. How this is not an opposing view is settled in the numbers. Sure we now have (12 times) more stuff (goods and services) than back then but we should be 52 times as wealthy. This means we should have been able to pay for those things AND remain getting richer. Instead, we've gotten much poorer (turned savings rate into credit rates, etc.)

This robbery has been coordinated by consumerism and a social tying of our social value with our financial wealth. Doing so has systematically forced everyone at every level to justify breaking some principle of ethics just to stay afloat. And look at where a century of those compromises has gotten us. Each industry is now fully corrupt, to the point of monopolization via regulatory capture being the business norm. Each level, be it personal, community, town, state, federal and corporate, has traded ethic standards (lines which were NEVER to be crossed before) for the occasional compromise.

Where does this leave us? That depends on the answer to your question, "Where does that (tech unemployment) leave a free market system?" If it continues down the same path, it can ONLY lead to socialism or population die-offs. There is no way possible for enough wages to earned to support the population without the huge majority going on welfare.

However, if we, the workers, united and took control of wages, as we should have done a century ago, we could mandate that each surviving job continue to support the number of people that it eliminated. For example, there used to be 52 farmers for what takes 1 now. So, that remaining farmer needs to get paid 52 times (in purchasing power) what he used to. In Econ 101, we all learned of supply and demand... if we demanded high enough wages, it would increase the value of those wages. We've just been thinking of the problem in terms of jobs, not personal wages.

This may sound insane but it's actually easy to accomplish. All we have to do is two things. Halt the money going to the banks (in ALL FORMS - government interest, stock market, lending, insurances, etc.) and rebuild our work force via businesses with PERSONAL accountability. Corporations are unnatural. They are a bastardization brought about by the banks a century ago. Prior to that, a "corporation" was only to be formed for a temporary community project that was larger than individual funding could be obtained for. Businesses could be partnerships and even sell stock privately, but they could NOT lose their accountability through compartmentalization via a board of directors that claim ignorance of unethical (or even criminal) acts. And they rarely gave up the lion's share of their profits to secret stockholders they don't even know. The owners of these businesses were known personally by their employees, shareholders and customers. That accountability kept them from paying the owner 1,000 times what his average worker earned! With the level of technology now available, we can easily duplicate and replace every mega-corporation with locally based (or at least focused) businesses that hold accountability.

Making both of these changes to our economy is, IMHO, the very essence of libertarianism and free market! By doing just these changes, the tide will switch from it being an employer's market to it being a worker's market. Wages will return to being the lion's share of business costs (because business finance will no longer rob 50%), prices will drop WHILE wages will nearly quintriple (up to 5X). And with wages rising to their natural level where they should have been for 100 years, society will finally realize all the social benefits that we libertarians project should arise from a truly open and unregulated free market.

The action causing this will be that career length will shorten as needed to maintain full employment. In other words, people will retire in 8-10 years and pass their '40 year position' on to 4 other people. Each of those jobs will now support a full family, not the single worker they do now. Overall, that position over its 40 year time frame will support 25 people, not just one.

This is the only way a free market can survive the technological unemployment march that finally reached unsustainability. I shudder to consider the alternate result.

Very interesting, Michael. I

Very interesting, Michael. I had to think about this for a good 24 hours before posting.

I don't agree, please forgive me!

Exponential technological growth does not act in the same way as living organisms.

Life is unlimited. The Golden Calf of exponential technological growth is limited.

Humans do not multiply at exponential speed.

Life is the ultimate form of God's technology. Death is the great equalizer.

In math and technology, exponential growth does happen - but it's limited by life. Exponential technological growth will have a death, just as all life dies.

Human growth and exponential technological growth are two different things.

Technology is enslaving and alienating our unlimited minds.

How ironic. The more we dig, the deeper we get.

Think of every civilization the world has ever seen.

Was the exponential growth of their technology the cause of their downfall?

Did a false, "light," lead to their destruction?

Exponential growth of most things in life could be called a form of cancer.

Exponential growth of technology wants to multiply and takeover the human mind, body, and spirit which ultimately leads to death.

When somebody in the near future says, "The robots are taking over," just think...

Exponential technological growth is taking over.

Life will prevail and go on forever. Technology has its limits.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

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I hear where you're coming from

And I don't claim to have any answers. I'm just a bystander, but I'm paying attention to what is happening. But anyone who's paying attention is also influenced by their own backgrounds and biases.

Disagreement is fine - you don't have to apologize! It is through disagreement that our own views are illuminated more clearly. For the most part, I agree with everything you're saying here:

Exponential technological growth does not act in the same way as living organisms.

Life is unlimited. The Golden Calf of exponential technological growth is limited.

Humans do not multiply at exponential speed.

Life is the ultimate form of God's technology. Death is the great equalizer.

No, it doesn't act the same way. And no, humans do not multiply at exponential speed. That's why we've got to look out! They're gaining on us! And yes, death is the great equalizer, but digital technology never need die! Yet another reason we need to look out!

Life is unlimited. I don't know about that. That is what is at issue. If you look at the history of life, it is a history of increasing complexity. 99% of the species that ever populated the earth are now gone.

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I think - though I cannot be sure, nor do I have any proof - that what is going on is a phase change of sorts, in the nature of life. An example of a phase change is when water freezes and turns to ice. Water behaves a certain way, and follows certain rules, until it drops below 32 degrees F. It is still "water" but now it behaves in other ways, and follows other rules. It is described as a 'breakpoint' in this book, Breakpoint and Beyond.

So I think that life is undergoing a 'breakpoint' of sorts. Humanity is the most complex species to date, and we've created something even more complex.

Exponential growth of technology wants to multiply and takeover the human mind, body, and spirit which ultimately leads to death.

Yes, the death of humanity, (maybe). Just as Homo sapiens killed off the Neanderthals, the more advanced species kills off the less advanced one.

Life advances, relentlessly. Maybe humans are the most complex, advanced form of carbon-based life, and at this breakpoint, a new form of life emerges: Silicon-based life. Once it can survive, and reproduce on its own, what need does it have for us?

Again, I don't have any answers, I'm just reading the signposts. Where they point is way off in the distance.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

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The human design is already perfect.

All rights reserved and no rights waived.

Interesting topic...

So I understood technology be a tool, but now you are portraying it as taskmaster?

I am thankful I was able to access the hope of immortality over 20 years ago without even the internet. Amazing how people from all over the world have been doing the same thing now for thousands of years. Jesus he is so cutting edge.

Sorry about your sister in law. Hoping and praying we will find and people will consistently have access to a cure or many cures for cancer!

I concur, not too inspiring to think about the Daily Paul becoming the daily Rand Paul which brings me to something that has been on my mind lately. I truly believe that the only way for people who care about an America based on the Constitution and even forging a new path of radical freedom, that we are going to need more than attempt at restoring the rule of law based on the Constitution. Of necessity, it will require a revival of the Bible. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty...

Furthermore, we will need to see people who love God "get it" politically. Not only will we need Christians who are of the RP persuasion politically, to become upright statesmen who can run and win, but at some point, we need to see libertarians and Christians get behind the same candidate(s.) That is the only way for us to win. This is a bit of a complex topic and one I don't have too much ability to try and explain my views about right now. But for now, thank you Michael as someone who does not worship Jesus, for not censoring Christians at the Daily Paul.

*To be clear, when I say upright statesmen, I am not referring to the men that the so called religious right has supported in the past but a new breed of men with integrity. We as Christians were opposed to anyone but Ron paul for president since we first learned about and campaigned for him in 2008.

I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war. Ps 120:7
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Better to be divided by truth than united in error.
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The local church(not a building -a people) is the missing link. The time to build is now.

Yes,... but!

I've read most of Ray Kurzweil's stuff over the years. While his time estimates may be too optimistic, over a long enough time horizon,... his predictions start to look like engineering inevitabilities!

Bionics, Transhumanism, and the end of Evolution (Full Documentary) http://youtu.be/cU1-YFbAifA

So my question is,... a thousand years from now unaugmented humans, as we are today, will either be extinct or irrelevant. As great as our new progeny may be,... where will we be? Maybe humans will be living in wildlife reserves, such as Amish communities or up in the Afghan mountains, but none of us will be in control of our own destiny, much less the world's destiny anymore.

Call me pedantic,.. but why am I supposed to be happy about this result? Once our new creations are able to make better decisions for us, than we make for ourselves, the world will be theirs and no longer ours anymore. They may be gods, or at least demigods, but what will we be then?

"The dearest ambition of a slave is not liberty, but to have a slave of his own."
Sir Richard Burton

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Michael

You receive so much praise here for your creation of the Daily Paul - as you should! - but your writing is unheralded (at least not heralded enough to my taste!). So allow me to...herald?..a bit.

Your writing really has an easiness, and a flow to it. I imagine this is a reflection of your general demeanor and personality. It makes the reader feel like he is sitting down and chatting with a friend, and not being lectured to by some disconnected intellectual up on a mountain.

It's this kind of feel and tone I would strive to achieve myself.

I'll forever be grateful for your creation of this wonderful forum, and in the meantime I hope you will continue writing more here and sharing your thoughts with us.

Keep up the great work - all of it!

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Is the Internet a Big Mistake?

I well remember selling Vic 20s, C64s, Atari 400s & 800s, Timex Sinclairs (2k RAM), Franklins, Apple //s, Macs, Osbornes, etc. I still own an Epson QX-10 (CP/M).

My first customers were mostly utility company employees who worked with terminals. They couldn't wait to escape the tyranny of the network and get rid of dumb terminals. They hated having to share and deal with the problems that came with central controls and failures.

I look at the Internet and ask, "what have we done?" We've turned our machines back into dumb terminals, and become slaves to the "servers," again. Yes, I like the advantages, but I still turn off my computer whenever I'm not using it, in order to be free.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Eventually, they were all

Eventually, they were all connected by the Really Big Thing: The Internet.

I wonder if those who didn't come of age prior to the web can really appreciate the truth of that statement?

At the risk of sounding like the grandpa that I am, back in the day, gaining knowledge was usually a lengthy pursuit requiring trips to the library or bookstore followed by hours of reading followed by additional trips to the bookstore or library for additional information.

What took weeks then is not only possible in minutes now, but what is available now is exponentially more voluminous than what was available then, and available in your preference of learning media (the written word, video, audio...).

This is changing the world in ways that we can't even yet imagine.

(Michael, your headline reminds me of the old IT line we'd pull our anytime a customer bitched about having to learn a new interface or system - "Get used to it - the only thing consistent about technology is change".)

Never trouble trouble til trouble troubles you. Fortune Cookie

the only constant is change

of course people who were born into the Internet have no real concept of what it was like before...how distant distant lands/people really were. And soon we will be able to just upload it all into our brains...upload a new language! It is hard to imagine all that will be possible but once you can imagine it surely it will be.

I figure eventually I won't be able to keep up with it all and I will die.

Michael, I understand your post here.

But we Have to give up 'humanity' because we have to be afraid of ... ;)

This is all nothing but an attack on God's Creation.

It's taken so many things over, even poor Granger's chickens that she never talks about. She's forsaken them to the GOP.

She doesn't even understand what she started ;)

OhMy! What an interesting time to be alive. My 72 yo neighbor was just hauled off in an ambulance. She cooked the turkey that I enjoyed on Thanksgiving.

I hope she is ok. Send your prayers is you have them.

Michael, what work did you

Michael, what work did you get laid off from? Outside of that job and running your previous website Bull, Not Bull, what work did you do?

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton F. Dutton

I think you meant George Orwell's 1984

Although Orson Welles would have made a nice casting choice for the movie.

"Liberty tastes sweetest to those who fight for it, and most bitter to those who work to deny it!"

LearnRonPaul

Why does the title make me feel

like someone's bitch?

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

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Because you are

Who's bitch? We're all the slaves to the same master, Technology. She's in control now.

Reminds me of that old Police song:

I will turn your fact to alabaster / when you find your servant is your master

Yup, we're all Wrapped Around Her Finger. We created her as our slave, and she's become our master. She's in control. We work for her now. We let her get too powerful and now she's taken the reigns and she's off to places that are making some of us uncomfortable enough to stay "Stop!" But she won't stop. She'll never stop. She doesn't know how.

Know your place, human. And get to work, bitch.


http://youtu.be/pt8VYOfr8To

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

When when fiction becomes non

BITCOIN

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"We’ve moved beyond the Mises textbook. We’re running in the open market." - Erik Voorhees

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Watch in real time how Bitcoin surpasses all other platforms of monetary exchange:

http://www.coinometrics.com/bitcoin/btix

Watch the Worlds currencies flow into BTC in real time:

http://fiatleak.com/

"Because Bitcoin is open source, everyone has a front row seat to the biggest monetary event in human history" -- My friend paraphrasing Voorhees from yesterday from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"We’ve moved beyond the Mises textbook. We’re running in the open market." - Erik Voorhees

Sounds good but I'm still waiting on my Jet Pack...

and a Porn Dollbot would be nice. I can program her attitude, change her hair color/style, breast-size and age with a few clicks of her touchpad.

The only problem is I'll be too old to enjoy it.

Maybe I'll have all that and more when I leave this earthly-realm.

People already tied to an Artificial Reality -

The last thing human beings already immersed within an artificial reality need is a bigger and better way to lose touch with the actuality of their existence within the Natural Universe. It is unimaginable how easily manipulated society would be in such a "singularity-driven" world.

This has been a huge theme for many decades now. I can remember reading the old Ghost in the Shell graphic novels in high school, thinking that the redundancy of flesh was inevitable. I was regularly dreaming and looking forward to the day when the dreary and mundane existence I was trapped inside here on Earth could transcend my doldrums and lift me to places where anything could become an actuality. Technology increasingly did this for me, ever leaving a trail of welling desire that was frequently vindicated by newer games, systems, visuals, et cetera. Then I grew up - and I realized the absolute distinction between mechanical and biological, between the physical laws of actual and appearance without substance.

Orson Welles could have alternatively titled his novel 1984 as "Get Used To It; It's Not Going To Stop to practically the same effect. My disdain could be simply written of as technophobia just as simply as calling it conspiracy, and I do not believe the now cliche quotation by Albert Einstein regarding his fear of the day when "technology surpasses human interaction" would have any meaning to our collective society now. But if every visionary who wished to warn humanity about their lack of regard for the distinction between appearance and actual had done so with the same effect as Welles, I believe we would already be where this "singularity" purports to take us - a place where physical liberty is not but an antiquated remnant of an unnecessary age and where the liberty of the mind is a heroin needle made to look like whatever vindicates its continued usage. Reverse psychology seems to be the only way to get the "generation of idiots" - as Einstein put it - to value true insight or actual circumstance.

I have in my possession a great deal of practical insight and data pertaining to consciousness, most of which has been a product of my independent research and on-going observations. It has taken me over ten years and an impossibly difficult climb to reach the summit of intimate understanding that I can comfortably profess to have now, and it has always been my plan to publish this material in the hopes that humanity will then better understand the value and worth of the individual mind and consciousness because of this, of the human being, the destructive villainy of manipulation and stereotyping - but I can tell you with total certainty that I would rather take a bullet and be burned to ashes along with all of my material than to collaborate with this so-called "singularity".