I am sitting here today a bit sad in that the future I cant seem to shake this idea that the world will be two groups. One will have a great deal and overall a wonderful quality of life – yet – will live in a "faux" feeling of freedom. Call it an illusion, because power and control will not be of free will, but rather, "how well is this human conforming?"
The other will live much like in the 3rd world where a sort of Wild West with robo-sheriff's keeping order with advanced artificial intelligence machines.
Funny? just look around at all the bots, drones, and swarm work going on today and ask, "where will these be used in the future?"
This would be the idea of Augmanity gone completely wrong.
So how does one change this? I must confess the research into the process of how and why people, social interaction and behaviors goes so wrong – really isn’t so much about what is good in each person, rather it is the friction of what is broken inside each person.
Changing this? Wow. That is a big and difficult question to even attempt to answer, as there has to be the element of a choice for the people to want to change, instead of being forced to change. In a sense, the most valuable target group for the Augmanity project might be young children. I can only confess that as one gets older, the process of stripping off what one thought was the right way, to learn new ways – really is tiring and frustrating.
Perhaps that is why as we age, many people don’t really want to change. It is too much work.
If we really think and believe we are just fine. In some respects, it is like my crazy friend (literally) saying, “I am normal now.”
He would always poke humor into a serious issue, he would say, “the day I say I am healthy and perfect and don’t have issues…. is the day to worry about me.”
Of course, I pray I am wrong with this entire trajectory. It is just that to change, man traditionally has to go through some really hard and difficult experiences. They aren’t fun, rarely are pleasant, nor are they things one wants to write about in a world where critics outnumber people trying about 4 or 5: 1.
As I pull back from the mentality in the United States lifestyle – I get sad with how brutal and insecure the society can actually be. When one goes on live leak, all I see coming out of the USA for videos is road rage and young urban black teens beating the snot out of each other.
I actually had to pull up the research is the world getting more violent? Or less. I was surprised to learn that it actually statistically is getting less violent – even though we sure have some horrific examples and places on the planet where man has been reduced to devastating machines.
As I go through this testing of myself, I realize and even wonder, “can and how can I change the not so wonderful stuff in my life?”
Then I look down at the computer models and sketchbooks and I look at what probably is the most sophisticated “human” tool I can come up with. When I push out into the high performance (military, sport) model it really is a bit scary, as I can easily see the applications into the normal world that are good – yet – unless man stops chasing money, stuff and greed – the world isn’t’ going to change much with the people.
What will change is the distribution of wealth and stuff. The world will simply have different people fighting wars, different people being very wealthy, and others getting poor.
It is when you get that view into ones head, you realize, all you can do is change yourself. Everyone else gets the choice to change or not change. Usually it is much easier to rationalize and look at the faults of everyone else, than oneself. I think the bible has the best parable for such an issue, “you worry about a speck of dust in your friends eye, yet, and you have a giant plank of wood in your own.”
They say you have to loose your self to move forth in great ideas. In the past, I have lost stuff in trying to simply make more stuff. The work and the projects today are almost 180 degrees different anymore. Maybe it is that I got the same conclusion as Solomon did with his experiment and got a peek into something far more meaningful and better?
It doesn’t make living day-to-day life any easier, but it does make it better.
I have an odd feeling about today, not sure what will come from it. It is like watching a kid put a chocolate behind his back and asking him, “are you eating chocolate?”
“Oh no! Not me!” As the kid has chocolate smeared all over his face. (my grandma used to do it too, but she was 86 and it was cute and adorable. she lived a full life and got the "grandma pass.")
Maybe I am just bummed a bit that I read a passage from a religious text, “There will never be peace on earth.
We all have to try, even if it means falling flat on our faces everyday till we die.
Perhaps there is a reason I don’t have the lab here – if I was making this, I don’t think I would have thought all the variables through. Such is the life of a dream that actually knows how to build them.
Let me go back and sketch some interesting vertical farming and food growing ideas. There is something about working with nature and plants that lets one know the plans of man, while clever, just arent’ quite as good as what nature already has sitting there for us.