While I am really excited about technology and how the new sensors, AI, and machine learning will allow a significant step forward in robotics and controlled spaces, I also fear that the idea of humans sharing and helping each other will suffer unless a cure for pride and greed is somehow worked out. I guess the question is how much do you really need to live a high-quality life and have happiness in your heart and soul? When I take the LIRR from JFK to Penn Station, I look around for any smiling face of someone going into the city to work.
What I am watching is actually interesting, and the trend I follow is that of the internet. I used to watch what the porn industry and other vices were doing to guess where tech would be heading. You can laugh, but think about the BETA and the VHS, and then look at where motion pictures, the internet, and now the land of mobile streaming with crappy audio and a tiny screen have taken us. Soon, your wireless earphones will be sending all your vital statistics to whoever controls the data about your actual physiology in real time. I doubt you will know or be aware of this.
I was talking to a brilliant acoustic engineer just a few moments ago, he felt the problem with the world is a privilege. I thought it was pride and greed. But if you pull back, you will see a world that is nothing new in a few control a whole lot of stuff on this planet. Their worlds are so disconnected from the masses, and it really has gotten sad inside the united states with everyone screaming and hollering to be heard, yet, is anyone really listening to each other?
When I think of our business models today, they are about intersecting with other humans and making a fair profit. They are not about gorging the market with the maximum ROI. Believe me, with merchandising shows, I do know all about saying, “we are a break-even business” yet, having p/cogs levels that only pharmaceutical or internet companies might say were not high enough.
In a nutshell, when the organizations and systems get so large that people are merely cogs in the system, it won’t bode well for humanity. sooner or later greed will come into the system from a human or group of them – that will soon have access to data and information machines that will lock folks up in thinking they are free, yet, they are almost handcuffed with either debt, rules, regulations, and/or traditions that one has to ask, “why are we still doing this?”
I was asking that in the church today. Time to visit the monks. In a sense, Christianity is an oxymoron in the western world if you think about what we were told to do, and the reality of how we really live it out as humans. The monks, I do value, as they spent most of their lives trying to heal themselves and in turn, get a gift about helping others heal all the stuff inside themselves.
Exciting times we are heading into. Truly amazing where technology can and will take us. I just worry about the choices humans make based upon the idea of history repeating itself.
Perhaps tomorrow I will break down the four instances of technology snafu’s in the last month and how the future tech might cause some horrific pain on the planet. or I can be an optimist and say, “hey, we can all make a choice to change today!”
it is a joke about my particular religious denomination. “how many Orthodox does it take to change a light bulb?”
In defense of the denomination, once you are over 40 as a man, it starts to make sense, and the world can seem more insane.