“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. it is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 populations. it is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. it is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. we pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. we pay for a single destroy with new homes that could have houses 8,000 people. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. is there no other way the world may live?” Dwight D. Eisenhower
as an optimist, I do believe man can make the choice for the answer to Eisenhower's question to be, “yes.” The reality is I have to answer, “no” as I don’t see man working on himself and his relationships with others very much, instead, as a species we are a great tool maker and are spending our time on external stuff – not our glaring weaknesses.
the past three days I have delved into why I am not optimistic about the way the future of the planet will go, should we get to the land of advanced artificial intelligence en masse. my concerns aren’t so much that people won’t adapt, but rather, what will the confines of the world place and enforce upon humans. I keep seeing some odd vision that is like my lipstick lesbian friends song I wrote about her lover who was a married woman that would not give up her life of nice things. I called it, “the birdcage.” someone just making a choice to live with the accolades and stuff of man vs. living in love.
what that tale taught me was how many people will not give up anything familiar, take a chance, or a risk to live. instead, many will sit in a sort of birdcage, where the accouterments of stuff are very nice, life doesn’t change much, and one is trapped into living in a birdcage of sorts. this is where I see China heading, as they don’t need a democratic consensus or vote of the people to say, “this is what life will be,” and here are the surveillance and societal controls we are going to put in place to make sure everyone is a good citizen. inside the united states, I have this vision of a lot of people sitting around and watching stuff, staring into data projection devices and thinking they have freedom – yet – they are attached to more of a capitalistic system that monetizes everything. in the past, I thought it would be the government doing this, but I truly don’t know who has more power anymore. so I went into the research which would address the “why?” of human behavior repeating itself – yet – we will soon have amazing tools that allow for amazing power to whoever controls is.
the first scary incident is the speed of data and information hitting most folks each day. I remember years ago visiting the Ginza, Las Vegas, Macau, times square and a few other colorful places in the world and being blown away by all the visual sensory overload. today, I go look at the same thing and see massive clutter and wonder if anyone really will remember anything in the mass of data. our attention spans are that of a gnat on methamphetamine, our memory of the youth is waning as things like remembering the reality of the holocaust takes a backseat to who is the new hip celebrity that did nothing to become famous.
the tech side – I think you can scan through the years of this blog and see where I think it will be heading, of which, I keep bringing up the “choice” being the beauty of democracy and freedom. I had to travel all over the planet to learn how beautiful the “freedom of choice” is in the USA compared to many parts of the planet. what I am seeing today, is some odd polarized nation where the fringes of the extremes of each ideology/view/belief are considered mainstream in the noise of data streams. what is happening is that much like persecution – if someone doesn’t agree with what anyone else’s says or believes…there is a black and white emotional response and in many cases, the desire to eradicate the past. I look at the monument issue from the civil war and wonder, “if you tear all these statues down, much like you pave over all the battlefields in the south, how will you remember what really happened in the past so you don’t repeat the same thing in the future? I think Gettysburg is the one remaining spot that you get a vivid sense of the insanity of civil war. if you haven’t visited, go rent a guide and let them drive you around and ask all the questions you want.
I digress. so remembering history is important – wiping it out because you don’t want to look at the good, bad, or ugly reality of imperfect human behavior, sort of like the idea of sin, is NOT going to help people heal or move forward with a new paradigm. this is the danger of everyone feeling they are being persecuted for whatever doesn’t fit into their world/country/city views. the world becomes a polarized place where if you are the one being persecuted, you see it is a very black and white issue. if you are the one persecuting someone, it simply is many shades of gray. a seemingly unlimited amount of way to lawyer up, public relations up, and try to rationalize your behavior as, “not too bad.”
this all brings me to these elements coming together in the next 20-30 years with the rise of the bots, machine learning, quantum computers, cheap genetics and DNA modification, and ultimately advanced artificial intelligence. how will it be used by people and society to enhance human life?
what I did was look at the worst of human behavior in the 20th century. the various ethnic cleansings, wars, prison camps, human experiment labs, and various horrific things that were allowed to happen for periods of time in just that last 100 years, and simply confirmed my fear with all these new technologies. that being, “man hasn’t looked inside and healed himself,” from the things that some label as the weakness of the human condition, what others call sin, or the reality that as humans, we are imperfect and flawed – yet – we have the choice to bring society together and a decent life for all at a global level.
what we currently have now is a skewed man made distribution system, of which, it is going to be skewed even worse in the coming 20-30 years with global wealth distribution reaching I think unheard of disproportion.
I ask, “what will most of the human on the planet really do?” when the coming advancement in technologies and the amazing good the technology can do on the planet. after reading the sheer creep factor of what has been allowed to happen in the labs in the last 100 years. I can only wonder what other work was going on with people that hasn’t been reported or declassified. it just has me believe that the sad reality of Eisenhower’s quote will just go over many heads as lots of people will fight it out for the desire to get a piece of the “market cap” of the globe.
it plays out well on the quantitative analysis for the few that want to sell off their souls to get it, but it does little to improve the quality of life for the masses of humanity, growth, and the utilization of all the various talents with the world of the weapons industrial complex to move into other areas of work and really help humanity.
that was my weekend. I pray you don't’ read the reports of what some humans have done to other humans under the guise of scientific experiments. it sounds more like psychopathic behavior than anything – yet – it was allowed to happen.
I think it is happening today as well – but the tools you need are no longer out of the reach of the masses. that should send a shiver up your spine – as they will only continue to drop in price. this is the sad reality of a path we live on. why? I really don’t know. until people deal with their fears and insecurity, treat each other better and are accountable for themselves – we are probably doomed over time.
had no idea what I was going to type about today…but that all came blasting out of the fingertips. hope it makes some sense and humanity wises up a bit. :o)