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Questions?

My posts on this blog are not meant to be political in any form or fashion.  As a matter of fact, I have no affiliations with any  party or candidate.  I don’t mean to be wishy-washy. Some I like more than others but for the most part they are the same and end up being as such.  I have no formula about how I post.  One thing I know is, I am finding my stride.  Just like I did with my Orioles blog.  This is a continuation of my previous post, regarding how we are humans and not robots.  Come to think of it, a lot of my posts are roughly on the same wavelength.   I write a whole bunch of different verbiage but the theme is the same.  And it’s meant to be positive.  Technology had a big hand in how the Occupy Wall Street and subsequent groups began, developed, and eventually ended.

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We Are Not Machines

I can’t stop watching this scene from The Great Dictator.

Charlie Chaplin was the king of Silent films, but this was, in my opinion, some of the greatest dialogue ever!  What is even more fascinating, is that this was filmed in 1940.   This was before the end of World War 2, Martin Luther King, the Civil Rights Movement, Malcolm X, the fall of the Berlin Wall, before the Internet, and before 9/11.

This was over 70 years ago and is all-so-important, vital, and relevant today.   So what does this have to do with technology?  Everything.

Since I was in grade school, I have always questioned things.   Hard to believe that anyone would find anything in their textbooks questionable or misleading?  Call it intuition, delusion, or whatever.

There has always been a group of people that find something wrong with our system, our government, and the status quo.  That’s a whole bunch of terms for the same thing.

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Transhumanism – Sounds Cool! Oh Wait..

I didn’t know the official term for this either.     But I have researched this for the past 5 years.  I am now growing weary and concerned, for where we are headed.

Here is the definition of Transhumanism from Wikipedia :

often abbreviated as H+ or h+, is an international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.[1] Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as study the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies.[1] They predict that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label “posthuman“.[1] Transhumanism is therefore viewed as a subset of philosophical “posthumanism“.[2]

This post will be general and won’t be chock-full of information.  But this is disconcerting.

A lot of people go through life acting as if everything is hunky-dory, and may think this stuff is hilarious. If you are a spiritually healthy person, than you also understand the realities of things.    We are exposed to so many images during the day.   If you watch television, watch movies, read magazines, and go on YouTube, then that exposure increases exponentially.   Most of what is promoted is anything but positive.   There is not a lot of love for human beings.    However, the love for robots, androids, technology, and gadgets is ubiquitous.   I bet many people have never noticed that.   You might think it’s just clever marketing and advertising.   We assume conflict between people, male-bashing, and division of genders is normal.  It’s not.  And it’s a tragedy that this has been tolerated and accepted as normal.  Now we get movies where robots are involved in the same quandaries as you and I.   I will reinforce this point; these are machines and they are promoted in a more sympathetic fashion than people are.   Robots.  Not people.  Not animals.

One example is District 9.  I happen to think it’s an incredible movie, but I understand (more on this another time) why our corporate-run media is now churning out these movies at a rapid pace.   There are heavy themes of a police state, xenophobia, segregation, and uprising.   The movie really makes homo sapiens look like buffoons and robots look educated.  It’s such a masterpiece, but like many other examples, human beings are viewed as afterthoughts and marginalized.

Other examples are Terminator, Short Circuit, Robocop, A.I., Wall-E,  I Robot,  and currently Real Steel.    During Fox’s coverage of the NFL, you see animated dancing robots.  Anyone stop to think why this being presented to us?

This is not a movie review site, but Real Steal’s premise is that robots have replaced humans, in the year 2020, as the top boxers.   Nice story on the surface but I smell something demonic.

If you care to do some research, you will find a plethora of other examples.   Search your favorite artists in pop music. (Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Keisha, etc.)  Do a search for their respective music videos and see what you get.   If you choose to call me uptight, paranoid, conspiratorial, or delusional, then so be it.  See for yourself.  I am just asking pertinent questions.

We are evolving as a species, but my concern is that we have reached our zenith.    (Or the powers that be think we have.)   We should know better and should know otherwise.  In a short while this may be a positive.   Every revolution is just that.  A rotation/revolution always goes back to it’s starting point sometime.

It was a slow process 20+ years ago, but technology is exploding at a frenetic pace.  And humans are being brushed to the side.  The societal implications have started to show up in the last 10 years and even faster in the last 5.    I broached this topic with a lot of generalities.  More specifics are going to be used in future posts.    Most of my blog posts so far have come with a promise of follow-ups.  This will be no exception.

iPhone vs Android War Visualized! [Video]

I came across this funny commercial on YouTube for Swiss website swissinfo.ch , a branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, and thought I would share it with you guys! I guess they are trying to sell apps for both platforms and pushing the message of peace between them. Here’s their own explanation and video below:

swissinfo.ch released new apps for both Android and iPhone today, along with a short clip stating our neutrality on the subject… and a message of hope for world peace and more understanding among fans. Enjoy.

Source [Youtube]

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