unplugging…i am thinking about one of the more interesting facts about batteries on the planet. the human body itself is an amazing long lasting battery. i think this factoid stuck with me from an online coursera on neurochemistry. (some people watch reality tv, i study stuff)
I wasn't really planning on unplugging, but the way life works seem to have created a space where I get to ignore the noise of man and focus on whatever is around me. It is time I think people get so busy that they forget who they are, and/or they simply are no longer away of who they are.
A great example is that I am in New York City for a few hours, and it is summer. People are all over, the social protocol is devoid, and I have never seen so many people staring into their mobile devices with their dopamine smiles.
I like that, "dopamine smile." perhaps I will use it with the one augmanity term that is a cynical view of dystopia. I call It, "dystupidia" of which I am witnessing a bit of it in a coffee shop on 35th street.
We are at a crossroads of sorts with technology, robotics, automation, and the world where machines will try to think like humans. I have a great story about two big box companies, Lowes and home depot and how a sale of a brand really screwed up the software design of one firm and had me buy from the competitor, who didn't happen to have small parts on hand to make the overall design. This is a precursor to how life can and will be in the future. Just a data mess for all but the few that control their own IP and data
A man on the bus in from Mumbai and I had a friendly chat. He is a software engineering student, and we had a lovely time talking about cuisine, spices, India, Asia, and his views of the united states. I asked him what he thought of the coming AI age in 20-30 years.
"I don't feel very good about it all."
He explained he rationalize, and it sounded like me chatting. While he wasn't being cynical, the facts coming forth don't paint a great picture. While information will be plentiful and abundant, how many people will actually have the knowledge to do or use it?
Before we broke off the conversation to sleep, I said, "I love technology. Yet, it is a choice of how, as a species, we choose to use it. Until man heals his problems of living with pride and fear, as opposed to actually learning to love his fellow human…we will indeed repeat history…and the tools and weapons in the labs today will be common tomorrow."
So perhaps that is why another unplugging. I think I need to watch people again. get past the "dopamine smile" that people all have as they stare into their mobiles – and work up the final plans for the augmanity "human tools."
Until whenever. Have a nice time. As I get older I have to smile about how the more you find out your real self, the more you realize how few people really care about what you think or say, yet, in our current American media push – to all about people shoving their ideas and ideology into social media streams.
This space is connected to nothing. I have to smile as the young computer engineering student earlier asked why I didn't use Facebook?
"it was in 2004, the first social media group was called Friendster, and Jonathan gave a talk. I really had no idea what the big deal was, so I inserted myself in that world for 30 days and found It wasn't going to bring different thinking people together, just people looking for copies of themselves. Then I watched the amazing beauty of the public internet where you really could get a view of the entire world seem to be gobbled up and monetized to a place we are at today. It is great for getting information, but many will be isolated by the firewalls of where they live. now add to that, the amazing speeds and tools of the future of AI, and the AAI."
the young man smiled at me, he understood, but not so much his Facebook data and where it was going.
So now I officially unplug for a while. And take the time to look at humans with my trusty old sketchbooks and writing implements to make horrific sketches.
Too many ideas and projects are swirling. I need to get away from all distractions and noise and bring a laser focus to them.
How do I know this is the time to do that? It is that feeling of you are insane and going against society and the herd trends. Is it an odd intuition sense? Until i plug back...recharged...have a beautiful day.
"The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone is likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been before." Albert Einstein