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12 Days of (Irrational?) Visions – Accepting Aliens

Over the course of the next 12 days I’ll be posting 12 future thinking concepts and applying the same methods I’ve been practicing with the various Ted Talks.  Why?  Cause it’s freakin fun and pointless, that’s why!

Day Five – Accepting Aliens

We live in a land of mathematical improbabilities.  Where the probabilities of something occurring maybe exceptionally low but the positive results are there anyways.

A simple example of this are lottery winners.  We know they exist, because they do.

In a simple example, say, taking 6 numbers out of 49 (Ontario’s 649 Lottery), the combinatorial probability of winning is a 1 in 13,983,816.  The odds of winning this is TERRIBLE, yet as of today, there have been 52 winners this so far this year.

(Of course, there are millions of tickets being sold.)

And then there’s this famous video.
Sagan implies (via the Drake Equation) there are possibly millions of civilizations in the milky way galaxy.  And as time passes, this value would only go higher.  (Albeit the amount of time would be substantial compared to a human lifetime)From a mathematical perspective, it’s an inevitability that two of these civilizations will meet.  So for this part, let’s just accept that.
Aliens exist, someday they will be met.  Now for this meeting itself, let’s also skip the initial introductions/transactions that might occur.  Exopolitics are unknown so who cares what they could entail. Obviously our planet is attempting to set things up in advance with placing Mazlan Binti Othman as Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.
That’s an actual title.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazlan_OthmanThat is one sweet job.  Like she probably just sits around playing Xbox all day while occasionally looking out the window.  Aliens?  Nope.Back to playing Call of Duty.  pew pew!  I need this job.Ok ok, aliens are seen.  Contacted and the governments do their thing.  (Aliens have their rules, we have ours, etc)For this, I’ll assume they are of no consequence, that they end up doing nothing positive or negative.  (And just to be clear, there are millions of possible outcomes that can occur.  I’m just trying to save time)So here we are, two civilizations that can communicate with each other and the everyday person can’t speak the other person’s language or understand the subtle nuances that might be existent.  How would they bond?  How could two civilizations communicate to each other?
Having a queue to use the interspace telephone seems pointless.  Presenting information, will always feel incomplete, only to leave people bulking with questions.  And just as significantly, there are so many different angles that would want to be seen. What would make a bond?  What would be something everyone would want to share?For many North Americans, this kind of thing has already happened. Because of this.(I’ve seen this video maybe two dozen times now, and I still don’t understand everything that is going on.)

It’s also been viewed 2,177,640,416 times.  Which is like, two thirds of the entire internet userbase!?  (7.125 billion on Earth, 3 billion have internet access)

That last number is according to these guys:  http://www.internetlivestats.com/internet-users/

As weird as this sounds, to me this is a great example of how a ‘foreign’ culture shared itself.

It would not be too difficult to believe that two alien civilizations would just share each other’s Youtubes and the study / postings would occur.

There would eventually be a natural ‘hit’ (probably in the form of a music video I’m guessing) but who knows.

Now the question remains if aliens have a Youtube type service or would they be so vain to warrant creating something like it at all.

Humans sure are, and they’re clearly ready to share.

ED

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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

12 Days of (Irrational?) Visions – How to Lengthen the Penis (or if that’s too squeamish, Biomodification)

Over the course of the next 12 days I’ll be posting 12 future thinking concepts and applying the same methods I’ve been practicing with the various Ted Talks.  Why?  Cause it’s freakin fun and pointless, that’s why!

Day Four – How to Lengthen the Penis (or if you want -> Human body modifications and where is it going?)

Aha, when one says they’ll talk about anything, NOTHING is taboo.  (There’s quite a few ‘crazy’ topics that I’d like to examine, but haven’t figured out how to approach them without sounding.. wacky.)

We’ve all seen the advertisements, they might be on the side panels of Facebook or its when you open your email browser and see the hundreds of pages of spam.  It’s there when you make the mistake of searching for X men movies.  (Just kidding, that doesn’t happen)

Nothing is certain on the internet, except for slow download speeds and penis enhancement ads.

(Actually, maybe I’m thinking about those Cialis ads.  Aw screw it, I already typed out the title and there’s no turning back.)

Question number one – Is this possible?

Let’s say we saw an ad that read “How to lengthen your right arm”, would that be believable?  It’s something that one can scoff at quite easily.  Yet the only possible reason why so many advertisements exist, is that there is a market for such a thing.

Putting aside the human desire portion, is there a realistic goal?  (As a side note, human desire allows for ‘quick rich’ scams and ‘gamble for profit’ strategies to exist, so its very safe to say that we are willing to put our minds into a suspension of disbelief)

So it’s got to be garbage right?

However, if you’ve ever looked at a national geographic, you might have seen the below.  Seriously, if I were to play charades, people might be associate the two enough to make the connection.

Women with really LONG necks.

Now it shows that the neck stretching is actually an illusion and it’s the compression of the shoulders into the rib cage that create the appearance of a long neck.

Likewise, IF there was some tribe out there where the men wore rings, around their knob, in some life long penis stretching tradition, there probably would be thousands of cameras hovering around this village.  Not so sure if it would be on the cover of National Geographic though.

I would name this village ‘Tentpolia’.

However, this is not attempting to stretch out a spine.  Perhaps its more like stretching an earlobe?

Earlobe stretching, has become a trend in some circles and you may have seen it yourself.

(I can tell already that Youtube is going to be a source of information, you might want to turn DOWN your volume)

I’m not going to include any graphics for the penis (although I’m certain everyone is mature enough to withstand looking an image) but rather go into the breakdown of similarities with the two concepts above.

Stretching the Neck / Ear lobes -> they both have blood vessels, skin, props to add to the visual effect

Forgot to mention, the use of multiple rings adds to the illusion of a stretched neck.  Likewise the types of piercings used in stretched earlobes also add to the illusion of how much the lobes have been stretched out.

The human ear lobe is composed of areolar and adipose connective tissue (fancy names for ‘flickable’)

The penis, is made of three columns of tissue: two corpora cavernosa tissues and one corpus spongiosum that lies between them.

Spongiosum..  the jokes just write themselves.

Now in reference to the human earlobe, stretching the earlobe does pretty much nothing.  The ear lobe isn’t a flexing organ, people aren’t actively shaking it at other people, or using it to stir their coffee.  Come to think of it, no one should use any appendage or organ to stir their coffee.

On the other hand, the penis has a couple functions.  What happens if these tissues involved were to accidentally become damaged?

Damage to the Spongiosum, can occur during sex, over enthusiastic penis exercises (more on this in a second) and whenever you accidentally take a baseball bat to the erection (or equivalent).  I believe that last example is from day time talk shows named, “I caught my partner cheatin’ and I beat his ass’.

This kind of damage changes the overall ‘shape’ where the you got your compass pointing North / South / East / West / the Direction that is kept secret.

Damage to the carvernosa tissues, usually carries the symptom of the inability to gain an erection.  The reason for this is less clear, as it involves impulses from the brain and local nerves to relax and allow blood to flow in and ‘take up space’.

(Just a reminder, if you have any of the above issues, go talk to a doctor or specialist.  Internet delving is great for fun, but people spend years studying and that should always be respected.)

There is a saying, “I’ve got a grow-er not a show-er.” and multiple re-arrangements of the term.  “I’ve got a show-er and a grow-er / got a show-er but not a grow-er etc etc”.  The reason for this is because, for humans, the penis is a split % ‘out’ of the body and a % ‘in’ the body.  The % balance changes on a case by case basis and is partly why there is variance; some look like they have an oak tree swinging while others have more of a timid bird.  The % of in/out can change depending on various conditions such as fat around the area, genetics and environment (such as temperature).

*Drops pants*

Her: *looks dissapointed* : “I really can’t stay.”

Him: “But baby, it was Cold OUTSIDE.”

Her: “Sure it was.”

So it is quite clear, that damage to these areas is quite terrifying.  Nonetheless, it gives us a starting point to see where these possible snake oil salesmen (or miracle workers) is trying to take us when selling their product or service.

From what I can see, there are 4 main methods.

Surgery – Phalloplasty, effectively changing the %’s of how much ‘in’ the penis is, so it more ‘out’.  (approximately 2.5 to 5 cm change)

Links to Surgery all seem to point to specific doctors/labs and some incredibly unappealing papers that decided to use pictures.  Trust me, we’re good here.

Drugs – Interestingly enough, when searching for the specific phrase ‘longer’, most drugs only imply a change to sex drive/stamina/hardness but I’m having a difficult time finding any that will quote specifically ‘larger’.  By this manner, it implies that is a form of drug that will affect the carnernosa tissue.

2014 top reviews apparently exist.

http://www.menshealthinstitute.org/?gclid=CISu_q6Dz8ICFQULMgod9hgA8w

Just as interesting, half of the ingredients I recognize are found in the same drugs that ‘enhance memory’.  Ginkgo Bolba, Panax Ginseng, a bunch of berry extracts.  It makes some sense, both attic and basement work off of blood flow.

Exercises – in the neck stretching and the ear lobe stretching above, they are both achieved by ‘physical exercise’ in addition with use of a device (eg> piercing).  There appears to be a multitude of exercises that one can view online.

Even keeping it to Youtube, this is way more graphic than I would have expected.

There are generally two kinds of exercises that can be performed.  Men’s Kegel exercises (aka pelvic floor) which assists with incontinence and premature ejaculation / erectile dysfunction.  For a quick description of what a Kegel exercise is, it is the muscles used when you urinate.  You can mentally contract those babies and strengthen them.

The other kind, I believe is the one that has lead some to injury.  Wow there are a lot of videos on both Kegal / hand exercises..

Y’know what, go into Youtube and type ‘Penis exercise’ into the search bar and a couple.. thousand videos will appear.

Devices – Austin Powers!

Woah, there are a multitude of devices out there.  As an interesting side note, whenever I saw an article/comment which read “doesn’t work”, it usually applied to Devices.  Now this could be user error, unhappy reviews or cross war commenting, but it’s something to take note of.

There are.. many.. why…  (I’m so sick of this topic already lol).. Screw it, here’s a link to the 2014 best of list.

https://www.smore.com/6sca-2014-s-top-penis-extenders-revealed

Obviously, as it is using a much more ‘direct’ approach to the concept, the possibility of damage due to ‘enthusiasm’ is a definite possibility.  On the other hand, much like a person hoping to lose weight through exercise, some enthusiasm is required.

Now although this topic may have covered one of the more ‘popular’ biomodifications which exist.  There is a trend for much more high tech biomodifications that extend beyond just human stretches.

Electronic Tattoos : http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/other-gadgets/electronic-tattoo.htm

Inserting Chips that can read Biometric data: http://www.kiaavto.com/tag/biomodification/

Eye Tattoos (inking the white of the eyeball), cropping of the nose, drilling holes into the body, are some examples of some extreme body modifications.  In this realm it appears we are looking at lifestyle design as opposed to a physical change.

And in case you want to know some trivia, the record for the largest penis to body ratio belongs to the Barnacle.  It’s penis can grow up to 40 times the size of its own body length.  So if that schmuck at the bar is all a bragging, you can drop the mic by demanding to know “Does it grow 40 times the size of your BODY!?!  I don’t think so.”

I went extreme on the topic tonight.  Fact is, there are millions of people who struggle with body issues/identification.  There are countless diets about fat, options for breast enlargements/reductions, looking younger, finding that perfect state where you have ‘a touch of gray’ in the hair.  All these things exist because we are judged by our peers and we fear the outcome of that judgement.

Or we wish to attract a result.  In any case, it is very clear to me that this is something that will never go away.

That is, until we perfect the virtual world.  More on that, another night.

ED

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

12 Days of (Irrational?) Visions – Have we Perfected Greed?

Over the course of the next 12 days I’ll be posting 12 future thinking concepts and applying the same methods I’ve been practicing with the various Ted Talks.  Why?  Cause it’s freakin fun and pointless, that’s why!

Day THREE – Have we Perfected Greed?

Two famous movie scenes depict notions of greed.

(Hey there’s a TED talk about Greed!  Bookmarked for the future)

There is a TIME article about how Greed is Good, but it uses monkeys and lemurs as their study.  Human sociology really ought to be just with humans.  Like ants work really well together too, so I guess that should mean monarchy is just as viable as well.

http://time.com/41680/greed-is-good-science-proves/

There’s actually too many weird statements in the article for it to be considered completely unbiased, but let’s face it, nothing is completely unbiased.  (Unless it’s just math or something.)

It also brings up an important point that I didn’t even think of addressing, in the sense that there is a function to having having wealthy people around.  That they should be protecting/caring for the entire group.  (I have no idea why it lists cars and iPhones as examples of this, those are luxury items (vs mass transit / no phone) and they don’t help the lowest classes in survival)

Anyways, back to the two movie examples:

(To be honest, it’s not really a very good speech these days.)

More significantly, it’s become exceptionally common for companies to post profits in the millions and then turn around and have layoffs.  Take, Warner Bros for example.

http://variety.com/2014/film/news/warner-bros-ceo-confirms-layoffs-in-memo-to-staff-1201298326/

Operating profit at the time:  last gained 29% (234 Million in the quarter) but with overall Revenue declining 2.4% to 2.87 billion.

Look at those numbers, 234 MILLION quarterly profit and there’s still a need to cut operating costs?   Of course, the article addresses it first, stating it is a defensive measure from takeover.  (This actually makes sense)

Who is to blame for the fact the fired can no longer afford their homes or lose their dreams of retirement?  With the claim that it is a defensive measure, certainly one can’t blame the company.  So is it the bidder’s fault?

The common message today is a *shrug* “deal with it” mentality.  (More on this in a moment)

Second video

This speech is just fun to rehearse.  However it speaks upon a very concept, that we can sacrifice anything for ambition.

It is taught that society rewards ambition, a statement that kids (today or from any generation) might actually question.  Seriously, from hippies to hipsters, there is a defined sector (maybe.. those outside of business) that would believe that root cause of success does not stem from ambition itself.

This debate could go forever, so I’ll just assume a case here.  Let’s say that ambition is not the first cause of success.  That a guy can post a terrible home made game named “Flappy Bird” for fun and become the greatest success story of 2014.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flappy_Bird

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-flight-of-the-birdman-flappy-bird-creator-dong-nguyen-speaks-out-20140311

How is this NOT related to greed or ambition?  He put it up in the app store so he must have been expecting a financial reward from it.

Well if you read the story, he thought it was ‘too addictive’ and took it DOWN.

IF that was in North America, they would have kept that game on forever, and maybe had a couple hundred layoffs to be more profitable.

(Crap, I can’t remember if this next point was from the Tipping Point or another book.  So, no link..)

In the ‘drug world’, most drug dealers pretty much earn minimum wage in contrast to the hours worked.  However, there is that ‘success story’ of that one guy who made so much money he lives the ‘high’ life.  So much that the risk, the multiple negative factors (violence, law breaking, etc) are just additional sacrifices to ambition.  It is weird that this mentality has become common among virtually every industry.  There are many people who want to be a wealthy actor or actress but out of the hundreds of thousands, we can literally name the few that make it.

Wow, all this is just introduction to the question ‘Have we perfected Greed?’.

Let’s look at several factors.

In cases where the monetary success goes to a KNOWN individual (ex Flappy Bird), there is attention that is driven.  This attention might be considered negative.

In cases where there is no known entity that receives all success, there is no attention.  If there is a restructuring today, it points to the concept of general process and no one is to blame.

The social acceptance of ambition being the source of success, allows for the ‘deal with it / suck it up / u mad bro’ mentality that exists.   This really is the modern day equivalent of “The poor are hungry, why not let them eat cake?” but upgraded to be less damning to the speaker.

If the poor are hungry, they should be more ambitious.

The cake quote is important because it addresses the ‘historical’ method of how massive inequality was dealt with.  The concept of revolt.  (Let’s just post the french one)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Revolution

The thing about historical methodology, is what worked back doesn’t apply today.

This could go forever on why it doesn’t apply, but the easy answer is, greed (that’s the evil name, let’s name it ‘wealth accumulation’) has become perfected.

There is no growing resentment against wealthy people.

(Please note, I’m being quite specific with that)

Another way to say it:  The people of Bedford Falls do not rise up against the slumlord, Henry Potter.

Except on SNL

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/media/embed/81249131

So why aren’t people going around doing this?

(And as a critique, the beauty of the story is that Potter gets away with it.  He isn’t important to the happiness of the Bedford Falls)

This is because the general populace is, for the most part, happy.  (I literally make zero dollars and I’m a pretty happy guy.  I admire success and still hope to acquire it)  Interestingly, the disparity of wealth, was actually less during historical revolutions.  But due to social acceptances (eg> ambition model) and the fact there is no focused ‘hoarder’ to draw ire against, makes it a pretty good time to be a wealth accumulator.

ED

Honorable Mention goes to another great business speech.  It’s just a shame that it isn’t applicable in today’s world.

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

12 Days of (Irrational?) Visions – Social Media will Create Racists (Before Curing It)

Over the course of the next 12 days I’ll be posting 12 future thinking concepts and applying the same methods I’ve been practicing with the various Ted Talks.  Why?  Cause it’s freakin fun and pointless, that’s why!

Day TWO – Social Media will Create Racists (Before Curing It)

Alright, yesterday was just pie in the sky thinking about a what if.  In tonight’s irrational examination, I’ll be highlighting something a bit more controversial.

Does Social Media, aka Facebook / Twitter / etc, create a new wave of racists?  (Yes, but its temporary)

Now clearly there hasn’t been a much ideology that has been placed upon this idea so it is going to be a bit harder to find a path of examples.  However, the question above does stem from some old fashioned sociology.

But wait, isn’t such a concept obvious?  Certainly that crazed loner, who lives in the woods, that hasn’t reached an appropriate level of normalization through social interaction, is going to search Google for his favorite related hated group and hit ‘subscribe’.

BAM!  Question solved, the answer is yes!  Right?

Well, actually, no.  Racism is the discrimination from a general majority, and the offshoots are actually part of the ‘ends’ of the bell curve.  So how is this affecting everyday people?

After all, a normal person’s views aren’t crafted by other groups, and the definition of a normal person is someone who is mentally stable.

Before I go off topic (like usual), maybe Racism should be defined.

Good ol’ Wikipedia (btw, I just donated to their drive as I reference it for everything, like a child).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism

(The below is just copy/pasted right out of the link)

Racism consists of both prejudice and discrimination based in social perceptions of biological differences between peoples. It often takes the form of social actions, practices or beliefs, or political systems that consider different races to be ranked as inherently superior or inferior to each other, based on presumed shared inheritable traits, abilities, or qualities. It may also hold that members of different races should be treated differently.

In the above, a person can be very mentally stable, educated, employed, married or whatever, and these ‘technically’ have little impact on their social perceptions.  Racism, is NOT a mental disability, it is NOT a radical point of view, and I’ll even sound fucking crazy here, it is NOT a negative influence on a person’s being.

In other words, the ‘fear’ that is placed on admitting it EXISTS, is exaggerated.  People do not want to acknowledge its existence due to the secondary effects of such a culture.

And that is a very long list of crimes that exist historically due to racism.  The most notable are extreme examples clearly, but what I would like to concentrate upon are the little ‘nickles and dimes’ that constantly perpetuate under the surface which occur in ‘non racist’ societies.

What is that?

A real life example I’ve seen is from the hospitality I received while traveling abroad last year.

This is NOT a story about racism, it is a story of a subjective perspective.

I had found myself in the friendliest city in the world.

The clerks smiled, the hotel staff spoke with a tone that invoked a personable atmosphere.  Upon hearing that I needed to go downtown, they were quick to call a cab.  Not just any cab, but one that worked closely with the hotel and everything was being done a first name basis.

“Hey Blahblah, how are you doing?  I’ve got my friend Eugene here, and he needs to go downtown.  What time can you make it?  That’s great.”

And sure enough, Blahblah showed up, smiled and helped me carry a bag.  We talked a little about how great a day it was.  I think we actually, honestly, liked each other.

When I asked, how much was a trip to downtown?  Why, I’d be given a deal and that would be 20 bucks.

Heck, that’s not much.  I’ll do that, no problem.  The fair settled right at the start, the meter never even turned on.  It was a nice drive downtown.

Let me tell you something here, the cab driver either thought I was leaving the hotel permanently or that I wasn’t going to return.  However, I did go back to the hotel, several times.

Cab fair from the hotel to downtown and vice versa, costs less than 12 bucks.  (in a normal off the street cab)

Wait a second..  Everyone was so friendly!  The hotel referenced me by name!  They called me a friend even.  That wasn’t a deal, that was an overcharge?

And here is where subjective opinion may come in.  The taxi driver if asked, would say they made a simple mistake.  Sure they’ve been working with the hotel for years and drives downtown were probably the most common request, so the odds of a mistake were very low.    Nonetheless, an error when made in one’s benefit, can easily be overlooked or ignored.

So it was the tiniest of a ‘ok, they got me’ situations.  However, if this was to be template for every future transaction, I would be quickly out of money (and patience) in no time.

And that is a form racism may take today.  It can be with smiles, it can be with service but at the end of the day, the person in the back of the cab is a means.  A means to place one’s judgement call, so to speak.  It might be a displacement of fear, a misunderstood expectation or a moment where one would rather select to shut down communication instead of reach an understanding, the judgement call might be different each time.

The point I’m trying to make, is that there are ‘errors’ being made which you are willing to ignore.

Now how does social media extend this?

Social media, as a ‘nation of online individuals’ is still in its early development.  I’m not talking ‘Ahoy!  Land Ho!’ situations, that would be days before the internet situation.

Instead, social media is more like the early United States in the mid 1800s.

Ah, here’s an easier example.  Let’s use the movie, “Gangs of New York” as an example (takes place in 1846).

Old fashioned Racism, was at its peak when people lived in isolated branches of self identified groups.  When these groups interacted with members of other groups in a negative light, things escalated.

Today, individuals who ‘arrive’ immediately find their own friends.  Whereas previously, old friendships faded into obscurity, today they are instead forming groups of “historical identity”.

These are not loudly self identified groups like the ‘Dead Rabbits’, but they theoretically could be identified as ‘bunch of people who I hung out with before I got married’ and likewise entire friends lists could categorized into these various sections.

Now with the Dead Rabbits, they were all Irish Catholic immigrants.  It’s really easy to point out that the group had some common philosophies with that description.

Likewise, in the social media version, there is likely a common philosophy albeit unspoken or simply never identified.  In any case, the common philosophy is constantly echoed within the social group.  I’m speaking in modern terms so results may vary.  People aren’t shouting about philosophies anymore but there might be the same links that are constantly being shared again and again. (just echoing a philosophy, as an individual, one does not need to believe it)

So there is your friends list and then there are people you are willing to TROLL.

Trolls, the most aggressive of the social media monsters, might be too extreme an offshoot.  So I’ll just say they exist.

It would take a crazy situation for groups on social media to appear at odds with one another.  And oddly enough, that just happened.

Gamergate, a controversy that was in August 2014, became such a monster that it temporarily took over news feeds for a while.  (But so did gangnam style, so that doesn’t mean much)

It’s actually too big for me to include in tonight’s post, so here’s a link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamergate_controversy

Wait a second, isn’t racism about skin color?

You betcha, but it isn’t about overt hatred (except, radicalism), it’s about the constant back and forth of a group’s needs and ignoring the errors happening to others.  In affect, the discrimination is the concept that you are willing to accept that other people can be treated differently.

Y’know what, as a test, take a look at the past 40 people you wrote personal messages to.  Classify them like a jerk would.  Race, age, cultural identity, etc.  These are groups that you MIGHT have insight into, on a relatively up to date schedule.

Now there are a probably many more groups that the list of messages DID NOT include.  And thus it is highly likely that we do not have insight (nor is it up to date).  And in effect, we must accept that we are ignorant of their needs (or echoed philosophies).

There’s nothing wrong with acknowledging ignorance.  Much like how Gangs of New York ended, murder!  Violence!  Leo!  No wait, I’m being distracted by movie action.

I mean, those social divisions eventually faded as social circles became more interspersed.

Likewise, more and more social groups (or friends lists) include a full demographic of cultural identities.  You can still post that racist comment, but one of your friends will call you out on it.

If they didn’t, you might want to think about adding more.

Normally there’d be more links to real examples and quite frankly there is an entire second half missing.  But it’s 3:30 in the morning and its time to stop being so irrational and get to bed.

ED

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

12 Days of (Irrational?) Visions – A Future without Money

Ah, the twelve days of Christmas.

Wait, is that twelve days leading up to Christmas or 12 days after Christmas?

*checks internet*

Heh, well I’ll be damned.  It appears the 12 days of Christmas start the day of or the day AFTER Christmas, so now I have to name it something else.

Welcome to the 12 days of (Irrational?) Thought!

Over the course of the next 12 days I’ll be posting 12 future thinking concepts and applying the same methods I’ve been practicing with the various Ted Talks.  Why?  Cause it’s freakin fun and pointless, that’s why!

Day ONE – A Future without Money

Ever see those videos how Star Trek predicted (or inspired) modern day conveniences?

http://www.howstuffworks.com/10-star-trek-technologies1.htm#page=0

http://mashable.com/2011/09/08/star-trek-gadgets/

(Interestingly enough, the two links above lead to two different lists)

One more thing that the Trekkies might mention, is that money (on Earth) is a concept that is no longer used.  (Although the Federation does use economies of trade with other races, as its an excellent plot device)

So the general description is that Earthlings all decided to become a bunch of hippies that were focused on the betterment of the species.

Is that remotely possible?  How close are we to that today?  How can we adopt such a philosophy without the world breaking apart into a million little armed groups that drive around trying to steal each other’s gas?

Worse, there are several concepts that immediately fight the idea of a moneyless economy, how are limited space/goods sorted out?  When things have priority sequences, how can they be fairly partitioned without a limiting metric that is measurable?  Won’t lazy people just become ultra lazy and become so lazy that they laze around all lazy like?  Won’t abusers overly abuse the system?

But are these trepidations stemming from the fact that I am originating from a money based economy ?  In other words, I’ve never seen it so I don’t know.

I’m immediately reminded of the concept of truancy law.

If you were to watch some old black and white television, there are instances where kids that wander away from school during the day, are pretty much arrested and brought home to their parents.

Of course, it’s not a choke hold take down.  This would be a ‘little Jimmy is a boy being boys’, in an apple pie based environment and the cops might tussle the kids hair before letting him go.  Knowing full well his mama would probably next hit the boy’s rear with a rolling pin.

Man, have the times changed.

However to avoid digressing from the topic at hand, I’ll try to quickly summarize the cheery idea that children do not ‘NEED’ to be policed for truancy while in public spaces.  The laws still exist but the is a much greater understanding that kids who are in school, KNOW the importance of getting an education.

Please understand that I’m using a very old fashioned sense of ‘youth know importance of education’.  People aren’t really shouting phrases like “I don’t need to learn how to READ!’ as much as they used to.  There are plenty of students who are in the education system and aren’t properly utilizing it to the utmost.

Yet at the same time, we have a example of MANY individuals who leave home, go to a location, perform work, follow orders and maintain discipline.

And they aren’t getting paid.

Students aren’t hired to be students.  (They might even be ‘paying’ to be there.)

So the social construct, that humans require monetary payment to do work, is automatically invalid.  There is a pre-existing example formula that exists (and there will be certain levels with which students enjoy or “work hard”) but the overall process is what I’m referencing.

Of course, there are exceptions, however as a general statement I’ll say that students know that they are there for a greater good.  (No matter how fuzzy that might be to them)

However, although the human work involved is free of charge, the materials and location all have costs associated with them.  How can these be traded for without money?

And immediately I notice I use the word trade there.

The concept of money is a catalyst for quick trading between two interested groups.  Much like the craiglist trading section, where you can see trade offers of a trampoline in exchange for an old computer.  Not everyone has an old computer.  Or a trampoline.

What gives objects value?  Limitations in quantity, difficulty in assembly, materials used, possible sentimental / historical values, etc.

If I were to say to you, that in 50 years, possibly less, there will be a 3d printer in every house and people will be buying ‘rights to print’ instead of the objects themselves, would that be so far fetched?

Cheap 3d Printers exist

This easily could be fitted into a 3d printer for the basic start of printing for electronics.

For edible printed food, the cheapest fair seems to be coming from hacking Soylent into a printable form with taste options.

Of course, the first thing most people would probably print will be servant robots to do their crappy chores and cleaning.  The same type of robots that would be used in harvesting the materials that the 3d printers require.  I’m going into story book land with this one, but I’m just trying to save some time here.

In other words, we could be close to having very cheap personalized manufactured goods.

Of course, in the same breath, we could all technically be using solar panels, yet here we are.

What about allocation of space and housing?  Thanks to the internet, the importance of local convenience has been reduced drastically.  Meetings can be held across countries with very little difficulty.  Thanks to social media such as Twitter, an individual can very easily contact another individual with a 140 keystroke limit.

However even when ‘spaced out’, wouldn’t limitations of space naturally exist?  The entire world can’t live on beach front property.

Would we DESIRE it?  If the future of holiday travel included another Star Trek invention, a Holi-deck (see what I did there?  I took Holodeck and renamed it Holideck, after holidays) where people could have whatever kind of environment they desired, that might switch things towards a different kind of social cocooning.  (Non dissimilar to the advent of suburban housing vs city housing)  In other words, where you desire to live is part of a social construct that is an evolutionary system, it can change.

As of today, the closest thing we have is still being tested out with things like the Oculus Rift.  Here’s an article from two days ago about this technology.

http://www.occupycorporatism.com/home/virtual-reality-journalism-come-together-oculus-rift/

What I look forward to, is the day it’s a blended as a user defined alternate reality (let’s name it UDAR).  In effect, the user still views their immediate reality but can transpose alternates into place.

The idea goes like this.

You go home to your apartment, it is small.  On the wall, there are shelves where you keep books and knickknacks.  You put on the UDAR device, and after setting to ‘home entertainment’, when looking at the wall where there was a shelf it is now a 60 ft big screen television.

As long as you have the device on, you’ve got a giant tv to watch movies, surf the internet, make giant shadow puppet shows with.  The moment you take it off, it’s back to just a bookshelf and you go to sleep on your dirty cot in the corner of the room.

Except maybe you keep the device on, and the cot now looks like a bed with a canopy that’s gently floating on a pond.

So the concepts for a civilian populace to not need money, is technically possible with mostly ‘today’s’ technology.  The question is, how could we get THE ENTIRE WORLD, to adopt this at relatively the same time.

There are plenty of places where money is still a ‘must’.  However, much like the social media footprint, it is becoming a world where people will need to be born outside of the system to not be included within it automatically.  There is a possibility that someday in the far future, every person born, will be automatically tallied into an online social construct just for them to interact.

(And that’s actually really cool, despite having some Orwellian based fears)

So is it possible for us to no longer need money?  Maybe.

It really is a sure, why not, situation.  However like most future concepts, it will require a great deal of change.

At the end of it all, I say, everything else in Star Trek has become real so why not this?  This one is not a matter of why or how, but simply a question of WHEN.

ED

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Wow, Nice Website

Wow, the TED website is looking pretty good.

It took a moment to soak it all in.  Maybe two moments.  Actually it’s been a while, so three moments.

There are a lot more playlists than there were before and they’re pretty enticing.  Although due to length, I’m guessing the expectation is that interested clickers will select a list and then peck at selectively.  (A clever way to add billing for multiple Ttalks instead of just the first listed becoming over represented)

As for myself, times have been tough.  However things are starting to look up!  I walked through a construction site and ended up finding a frog that can sing and dance!

Soon I’ll have a fortune by bringing this frog to the forefront of the world’s best entertainment.

(Oh wait, I’m thinking the third greatest cartoon ever made.  Here’s a clip)

Great cartoon, and still very enjoyable by today’s standards.

That frog also makes a good metaphor for the starting days of entrepreneurship.  Here’s to the future.

ED

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
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It’s been a month since the last blog post and with good cause, as life decided to shift gears with the forward momentum of engine failure.  Luckily, I have pushed my own car before.

Due to the famous entropy based method known as ‘re-org’, I have been given the new opportunity of re-evaluating future options.  In other words, as I walk down the street with a cardboard box in my hands, I’m hoping to take this chance to improve.  Improve myself, my skill set and try to find a better position (Note: This double entendre has been brought to you by chess).
To give it some depth, it was fourteen years of service and I admit, that I had originally planned around the idea of retiring there.  So, ouch.  However, as someone who has played games on a competitive level, bad blows and ‘BM’ happens.  You clear your mind and look forward for the next challenge.  It is funny though, one doesn’t normally question the wisdom of the kings until you realize, “Hey, wait a second.  This decision is negatively impacting me.  You’re pulling a ‘SURPRISE MUTHERFUCKER”??  Oh SON OF A…”

Now just to be honest, a thousand jokes and barbs did pass through my mind and I pondered about what jokes I would write about in self centered retort; its quite true that comedy comes from tragedy.  However, I think I’ll save those for another time.

As for TED Talks, there is something about them that I should point out.

I love dessert at the end of a nice meal.  A cheesecake, a creme brulee, or even a ice cream run to Dairy Queen.  However, it is something that stands out as unique to the rest of the meal.  It’s a treat.

The Ted Talks aren’t the main course to a person’s day.  They are a dessert.

An eight and a half hour job, on the other hand, is a meal that is missing something that the Ted Talks do provide in sustenance.  Now this is just an opinion and like all opinions, it is subject to change in the future but I admit I had a hard time wanting to watch a TT when there’s so many other things to be done.  (I like to keep myself busy)

So let’s start with a feel good.

 

No comments this time, no attempt to be witty or to play armchair critic and no need to delve into research.  It certainly stands well on its own.

Now that’s something we all want.

Looking for work and share,

ED

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in In General.., TED Talks