Posts Tagged ‘politics’

The biological network in the technology race

July 3, 2015

I was watching this short video

Fascinating stuff. The evil of technology is in that we *have to* learn. We have no choice. We have to anticipate the problems to the best of our abilities and address them in time or face incredibly harsh punishments. When nature unleashes the punishments it is often not known if we could have done something but it isn’t rare for the solution to be sitting there on the shelve for years without anyone caring what it is. If we don’t understand the situation we cant understand the problems or the solutions.

Take where it is argued that the automobile didn’t mean we all have to be engineers. He portrays the automobile as a single component. The invention was not the chair, it was not to put wheels on carts, it was not new to move cargo on a vehicle. The invention he is really referring to is the combustion engine. A better context would be engines in general. Everything from wind turbines, water wheels, steam and pneumatics to electric, gas and petrol engines. At first slowly but then increasingly rapidly we’ve replaced human labor with these powerful prime movers.

If people are not familiar with how these things work they wont understand how the world around them functions. Just like we have today it can only result in a society where billions are detached from reality. We need all of those people to govern themselves, we need for their opinion to be valuable. If they are unfamiliar with that what sustains them others can tell them any amount of stories and they will believe them. Self governing ends right there.

Take the electric car, it was invented in the early 1800’s and it held all speed records up to 1900. This while I suspect most people think the automobile was invented in the early 1900. People continued to build electric cars but lying to the general public  prevailed up to today. The first electric train was from 1879 the first electric tram in 1881. Trains with combustion engines are useful but electric magnetic levitation trains are that much more efficient and that much faster.

You have to think of an automobile as an indivisible unit to think that a tram or a  train is something different. It might be worthy of a special name if you put just 5 chairs on it and rubber bands over the wheels but to argue that this is the point where electricity stops being a viable solution is completely silly.

We use our many types of engines all over the place. To cool your computer, to mow the lawn, to open the garage door and to propel the industrial revolution. Today robots and artificial intelligence are playing an ever increasing role in society.

If it was true that people don’t have to understand any of it we will soon be reduced to a kind of pet in the most literal sense. Fast forwards a bit to the point where machines do everything, they hand us food and make our bed, shave you, put on your pants. From the other end, like with electronics, car engines and processors corporations will seal the components into lego like building blocks while promoting the idea that you should not know how things work.

If we are not careful we really can (and will) build a society where nothing is for you to know.

To take the amazon example. If everyone had a basic understanding of the technology we would have build a distributed system where the book store would be a node in the network. With a basic understanding it would be entirely obvious that a central control for profit at the expense of librarians and other literature professionals is undesirable.

As a direct result of our mistake Amazon purchased those nice little warehouse robots making them unavailable for everyone else.

They’ve hired part of the small group of people who understand how things work and now they own a large chunk of society. A large chunk of *our* society. That people don’t understand this doesn’t make it ok.

He speaks of time. Assaulting time. It is absolutely true that Amazon is able to deliver things faster than anyone else. But that is just a marketing component to them. They are not in the race to set the best time possible but their goal is to finish first.

A collective effort can gradually improve everything simply for the sake of improvement. For amazon it has to first make financial sense to focus on that area. They only have a tiny group of people working for them, they have to chose what to work on. Most will be in warehouses picking orders.

Commercial enterprise can barely get a rocket to ISS while collective efforts are approaching Pluto.

When space x figures out how to launch rockets reliably they could freeze the technology and work on other aspects of their business.

One day there will be a commercial space station and a commercial mission to Pluto.

By that time the collective effort will have bases on the moon and on mars and we will have rovers on Pluto.

The rovers will be complicated and their components will be complicated but those components will be made from simple mechanical contraptions that a child could understand. It will likely have a solar panel, a battery and an electric motor. A familiar computer with input and output devices.

If amazon had a publicly supported competitor and I had anything to say about it we would have digital copies of all books accessible before the hard-copy arrives in the mail. It could eventually be printed locally – it would defeat amazons delivery speed twice. We would have a debate how to properly reward living authors and reward librarians, we could run pilots side by side.

If people would understand technology we would have to wonder why we need google to find documents on-line. Google should definitely have a place on the web but to fully depend on commercial search providers results in poor search results and it gives them way to much power. They will seal their technology into components and keep it a secret just like all those commercial efforts before them. They will control what you get to read and what you wont get to read. They will closely monitor everything you do on-line. It is not unfair to say they can do whatever they like.

A crucial ingredient is for the general public not to know how simple it is to make a search engine.

The user types some words, they are send to other computers that will forward them again to many others. The words are compared to the index and the results are send back the same way.

The challenge is to sort the results by quality. A public debate about this is extremely important. Who is to decide which pages the general public should be reading OR more importantly who gets to decide which pages the public should not read?

Corporate interests? Must be kidding? I’m sure you can already picture what a joke that is. Google has been extremely nice to us in that regard. We should be glad we have such a benevolent information dictator.

Collectively we could do so much better than to sort search results by popularity as if that would be the ultimate measure of quality. The idea is easily debunked by the lack of sources popular articles cite. Citations after all end up promoting other websites other websites from the one the author is working for. The news article about Joe becomes a direct competitor of Joe’s homepage.

This is also why people are not making websites anymore. If we refuse to make an index that respects our hard worked articles it is no longer worth writing them.

This is how other realms of thoughts are being pushed out.

In short, programming is the reading and writing of the 21th century.

Arguing one doesn’t have to know how it works is equal to promoting illiteracy.

Become an instant Education revolutionary with this easy thought experiment

May 21, 2015

In my thought experiment we start by lumping public libraries, the printing press, radio, television and the internet into one group then we call it Education. These are our media, this is wherefrom human beings get everything they know.

We then take popular concepts (or misconceptions) from each method and apply them to other methods in the group.

This allows us to get rid of all the weird cultural assumptions we make about these very similar forms of acquiring knowledge.

For example:

Lots of people believe there is a magical rule almost as if handed down by god that says television is suppose to be full of entertainment. It must absolutely contain nothing that would allow the viewer to sustain himself. When searching for work television may not contribute to your expertise. Television exist for the purpose of distributing advertisement messages, propaganda and to denounce politicians.

We then simply apply this “logic” to other means of information distribution. (here considered “Education”) We could quite easily build schools by that same line of reasoning and rate it by counting viewers and selling products.

Every step along the way people expected public libraries, the printing press, radio, television and the internet to have a much greater influence on education than it actually had. If the public library really revolutionized our knowledge the internet should be making everyone into a professor. Safe to say there is a lot more going on than we can anticipate. The repetition of the assumption suggests that the way things work are not obvious even after the dream doesn’t materialize.

If some of us like to visit a sooth sayer we might think it ridiculous we wont actively try to prevent them going there. Most people who go there understand the perspective from those who do not. Even if a huge percentage of the population would go there every day there is no reason to replace any kind of Education with sooth saying.

A library could interrupt your reading for “these commercial messages” the same way we do with radio. If this seems like a terrible idea (it certainly does) are we referring to interrupting Education for advertisement messages or is the library now a kind of holy ground? We don’t get furious because we are all used to radio in the current format. This same kind of conditioning would work in libraries. In one or two generations people simply wouldn’t know better. If you want to hear uninterrupted music you can play CD’s, if you want to read you can take the book home.

Play with the thought experiment, it should provide valuable insights however you transplant ideas from one branch of Education to another you should run into many great and terrible ideas and the medium should never be an excuse for or against it.

The reasons why we think advertisement should be tolerated are not exclusive to any Education medium.

Envision it!

Without advertisement we would all be standing there in the supermarket looking at another dumbfounded, not knowing what to purchase. On the edge of starvation we would all follow the old lady who still remembers what kind of products to buy. You would look at products on ebay not knowing what they are for – if it wasn’t for advertisement. All those giant databases with your every personal detail would be worthless without the means to constantly harass people with advertisement messages. The economy would collapse and we would find ourselves in a nuclear war within days – if not hours!

Or maybe thats not what would happen. Maybe that friendly stranger offering you to buy drugs is not being helpful and not a desirable component in Education. Maybe, neither the other friendly drug pusher on tv, the guy selling socks, the other nice people selling other consumer items etc etc There are not a lot of jobs that require you to be an experienced watcher of advertisement. Most would involve pushing marketing messages but there will always be catalogs to fill, products to present, etc etc But lets not forget that making the product is important too! We can’t have selling the product eating into the making of it. The way we are pushing people out of innovation and production into unemployment downscales civilization in more than one way while it also prevents them from buying things.

Rather than endorse it you should willfully fill your head with irrelevant nonsense the way you want to. When you do you should be actively engaged in it – with intend. If you want to “enrich” your memory with all the Pokemon, every wrestler, every sports team and crazy blog posts like the one here that should be up to you. Force-feeding my ideas into your head…. now that, we should agree, sounds truly terrifying. No doubt I could have you pretend to be a chicken and have you sing the national anthem backwards. Then I could sell you to the circus.

But I prefer to see all the humans on the same team, It works for me, I’m more romantic that way. You are not a product to be made and sold but if you were we should try to make you into something useful and valuable.

If we lack trained professionals in health care it should be acceptable to train people to be doctors by all means available to us. If that is what we need we cant have other things take priority over that without being widely illogical and suicidal.

Perhaps the simple solution would be to rate library books, radio shows, television programs and (possibly) even internet websites by intellectual power level then require different licenses to promote such materials. Every additional lvl 1 show on the Tee Vee could require an exponentially more expensive license. The cheapest variety (perhaps even subsidiced) would be to make nothing but overly intellectual programs that follow the curriculum live while it happens in universities. A program for the “tiny” audience of chemists and those dreaming of becoming one. Everyone else can feel appropriately dumb looking at it which will do miracles in self education.

Our television producers are sophisticated enough to create an audience for such program in that exact same way they’ve created untrained people to watch their programs for untrained people. We didn’t end up enjoying south park just like that, it required many years of highly stupefying mass media to appreciate jokes about the same. While intensely amusing it isn’t like it is so funny that we don’t need doctors anymore. We can be amused just as effectively by things that inspire us.

The glorious explanation why all TAX is nonsense

May 14, 2015

Thinking about this a bit more I now think it is crazy that government is not self sufficient. It should be cranking out products and it should be selling those to the rest of the world.

Free market capitalism has obvious advantages over government organizations. Efficiency and innovation seem the most relevant 2. The most profitable sectors that are not innovating should just be seized by the state. If it creates a global monopoly some 10-20% private ownership should be enough to keep up innovation and efficiency up to date.

(note: all governments are legally able to seize assets in times of war. Therefore all it takes is one of those fake wars)

You could even print currency against the new state assets and buy everything or offer limited compensation.

Run the proverbial government corn for a few years, make a nice report about the success of the project then either continue or if it turns out to be a drama sell it back to the market for whatever it is worth.

If people use their money to complaint seize their personal assets. We are running a country, we should not care about the benefits of the few if it gets in the way of the benefits of the many.

I would, overnight, put bars, restaurants, casinos, dance floors and [for profit] conference rooms in all government buildings. If the paper work gets in the way of serving drinks we should work hard to automate it into oblivion.

In a few years they would also have supermarkets, a hotel, sell clothing, furniture, electronics and cut peoples hair. Prices tuned to match local competition.

I would easily pay all the bills, then I would buy public support first by giving people free meals and free drinks every week and later with a heavily localized revenue sharing model.

I would send tickets to government officials from all over the world to do my advertising for me. I would invite the whole town to help show this guy from Japan what a wonderful thing we have going on here.

Soon after the supermarkets I would start local farms and local manufacturing. Buying things in bulk then doing a bit of repackaging is not rocket science. It will have the label people trust and have learned to love.

I would invite local people to participate in tuning and expanding this glorious project, it will be a court like setting where we first denounce their lack of vision then physically remove them if they so much as try one of those destructive narcissistic “everything is impossible” rants.

Most topics will have a ton of data from around the country and where we lack such data we can take pride in being on the cutting edge of things. Failure is entirely acceptable. We get to try things again and again and again until we get it right.

If people want 3 different kinds of peppers we are going to put effort in growing them in stead of listening to someone who doesn’t believe that is even possible.

He will get 5 minutes to describe his experience with the failure of growing peppers, if it is not a convincing story he is thrown out of the building.

Never again will government gardens grow unproductive crops and planting trees without fruits will require a lot of explaining. We will garden on walls, on roofs, by the side of the road, on fields nearby and indoors.

There will be chickens, pigs and cows in the park.

We will purge cars from the city and replace them with electrically assisted aerodynamic recumbent bicycles, to avoid giant batteries and limited range there will be charge strips by every traffic light and by the side of the road. The power surge will be negotiated wirelessly for maximum safety. Likewise a maximum speed will be electronically enforced. Pedaling harder will just reduce electrical assist or be consumed for battery charging.

Then, after inevitable success we will sell this system to every country around the world. Build and train their local manufacturing of the same. Teach them how to mold the aerodynamic body, how to wind and wire those electric motors, how to wire the underground battery to the wind turbine or solar array, if available how to hook up the grid failback and how to map the charge points on the gps.

It will send tremors across the global political sphere. As if dropped in icy water politicians around the world will wake up from their slumber of gay marriage, perpetual austerity and wars on terra.

They will find themselves completely outclassed, if not out right transcended.

Then, at the moment of maximum confusion I will create a monetary system where every tangible asset available for purchase is considered money.

To do this we will have a completely automated forex exchange system that allows trade, the way it was before the days of ancient Egypt and before Summer, to reemerge.

The ancient riddle where trading a cow for a bag of grain was considered complicated. The word of interest is “complicated” as it describes both the problem and the person having it.

I’m doing the impossible already, miracles take a little bit longer and “complicated” makes me shake from laughter.

Traditional currency will be used as a reference point, to pay taxes (in the unlikely event such a thing as tax would still exist), to pay national debt, for complex trades, monetary reserves and for trading with primitive nations.

The basic idea is this. You own a bicycle, if you own 51% of it you get to decide how it is used. Other people can buy part of your bicycle and trade that part for other goods but the bicycle will eventually perish along with the currency created against it.

If a city grows 10 Euro worth of tomatoes it can buy things for this 10 Euro but unless someone shows up to exchange the currency for tomatoes directly the currency will perish along with the fruit.

If you own 100% of a bicycle the automatic forex exchange will conveniently allow you to purchase say 10 Euro worth of tomatoes for only 8 Euro worth of bicycle, as bicycles are far less perishable than fruits.

Likewise the 8 Euro worth of bicycle could buy 4 Euro worth of gold.

People in the city can get that part of their salary in tomatoes, the part they plan to spend on food anyway. 10 Euro of fruits buys 10 Euro of other fruits quite dependably.

If you fail to trade or collect your tomatoes the money will simply perish.

When you chose to sell your bicycle (that is a registered asset) the future owner can buy 49% on the exchange and pay you in 2% in bananas or he can purchase your 51% directly, whichever is cheaper or more attractive.

If you refuse to sell your 2% the value of your bicycle as a currency also drops and you get a bad review as a trader. A better idea would be to purchase a new one with your 51% bicycle money.

You will effectively be forced into trading which will serve both to teach you and to create cash flow. The Forex application is a fair game for everyone to play. Software will be written to tailor your assets to your personal lifestyle.

If you want to take risks with perishable goods you can earn a ton of money by holding onto the tomatoes for a few hours.

If you want more certainty you can buy gold, Euro, shares or a life time supply of toilet paper.

You take a picture of that chair you are sitting in, register it and poof! You get to spend 49% of it! The desk, the computer, the phone, the coffee pot.

You would have so much money all of a sudden that it boggles the mind.

When Ebay first launched it had a lot of traders who didn’t understand why people would pay so much for their items.

That coffee pot of yours is long out of production and there is someone out there who use to own one just like that. Depending how much emotional value they have invested in it you might be willing to part with it.

If you chose to do so it will add value to everything else you own. Depending on the amount of successful trades your desk chair will be worth more than the exact same chair owned by someone else.

It may come as a shock but the way the art market works, you can simply pay someone to buy your paintings and artificially pump the value of all your works. When art traders insist they are really worth that much you have no further say in it. You should probably make some more.

More legitimately, you should make some more of that pottery, grow some more of those flowers – if that is what people want from you who are you to refuse?

If you want to own 100% of what you own and get paid in Euroes that should certainly be an option. You can hardly object to the fact that the cookie factory that employs you can afford a much higher salary if they can pay part of it in cookies. They can also arrange deals with other businesses to trade some cookies for fresh fish, tomatoes and electric razors.

They could create a highly complex package of things and pay you in exactly those currencies. The guaranteed business and cutting out all the middle men would create unbelievably efficient deals.

If you don’t want it you have to change the currencies to other coins with a slight loss and they have to sell the box to someone else thus making it even cheaper.

Someone is going to want an electric razor soon enough, you don’t have to drop your razor money offer far below the market price to change it into something else.

The system will have some quirks and some growth pains but generally everyone will have so much wealth it hardly matters.

If someone is trying to game the system, hoard some good or is trying to influence the market negatively some other way [with intend] the state can simply seize part of that property and redistribute it with or without punishment or compensation.

We are not falling for the trick of wealth being used to deprive others ever again. The response should be so harsh that one wouldn’t dare consider it.

Over time local organization will suffer the conditioning of constructive thought. We shall then give them some room to play with experimental local law making. If good ideas arise they should propagate sidewards to other towns and downwards towards regions, nation wide politics and yes, global implementation of good ideas must also follow.

They can buy our mojo and learn to be awesome just like us.

You can already start by getting over your anti-innovation indoctrination. The romans build roads and aqueducts and you, with all the tools available to you, cant even punch a dent in a pack of butter. If drinking water out of the tap was a new idea you would be against it. If solar was a new idea you would go out of your way getting in the way of it.

It has nothing to do with the topic, it is that you’ve been indoctrinated to be against everything in order to prevent society from rising up against its owners.

Of course you are also against a currency backed by tangible assets, you would prefer fiat currency and austerity every time.

You will be against it until large volumes of money start flowing though your bank account. At that point you wont dare express your negativity publicly and point and laugh at anyone who does.

You have to fight this sadistic pleasure you get from the idea Tesla was prevented from providing free electricity to everyone.

You have to wake up to the idea that the war industry is the biggest industry in the world. The idea that all of your wealth is pumped into a dead end for the purpose of hurting people.

Picture a world where your wealth, however large it might be, will be many times larger.

Now imagine yourself to be the prime actor in fighting to prevent that. If you (collectively) are the only one who can change it it automatically becomes your responsibility for not making it happen.

I have no way of knowing how far or how long ago you’ve detached yourself emotionally from the wellbeing of others, if you can still remember it or if the concept is entirely alien to you. Just remember, your comfort zone is a very small place where few exciting things happen. In stead of focusing on fear of the unknown consider that awesome things may happen. Humanity should stop being such a fearful bunch of cowards. It doesn’t look good on us. Look at all the weapons we build! HA-HA We that afraid eh? Preposterous.

Thanks for your time, may you pay a lot of taxes, good luck with the war on everything and may the force be with you!

How I would rule the Netherlands

December 26, 2014

I propose that we use our government to seize all industries without innovation, banks may borrow money from government if they want to lend money to people (rather than just create this money themselves) All types of innovation will be subsidized until there is nothing left to further develop, then the government seizure kicks in.

Then we pay each Dutch person a dividend of roughly ten thousand Euro per month, 2 thousand if you leave the Netherlands (please go away if you don’t like it here)

Then you will see what kind of economic growth that produces. Non innovative companies can leave their bags behind and go do their things elsewhere, because a trick anyone can do – anyone can do!

Private and corporate mortgages wont be paid off, you have a house or building that backs your debt, paying is nonsense. Only the difference between the debt and the value of the building has to be paid. Interest on mortgages will also be abolished.

Programming will start in primary school and drivers licenses will also become part of the basic curriculum (just like in the US) Road tax will also be abolished.

All forms of advertisement will be made illegal, on television only lectures and documentaries may be broadcasted, on university level, and peer reviewed.

Education will be free, there will even be an appropriate monthly bonus for each diploma you obtain and a similar bonus on scale for strength training and for having a good condition.

Build windmills en mass, flywheel energy storage to bridge the periods without wind, then free energy for everyone, corporate and private.

Minimum wage, social support and government health care will be abolished, you will have enough money to pay for that yourself, and if you like working so much you can do it for free.

City hall and other government buildings get party halls open 24/7, with live music, smoke and beer etc. Such nice A locations should be profitable. They make lovely coffeeshops where everyone in Europe is welcome.

Internet and telephone will be free, the self driving cab and public transport will be free too.

Then we build excessive numbers of houses to drive down the prices. Not the old fashion crap but high tech state of the art, with a little door behind which every possible order magically appears in 5 minutes.

Then, politically we will ridicule other countries, point out how silly they are. This is necessary to prevent them from doing something against our elaborate freedoms. With little effort they will be much to busy at home keeping their fairy tales alive to be able to worry about us.

There will be a holiday park for each country so that a good number of civilians can visit the Netherlands (preferably free) and see with their own eyes how fantastic we’ve organized things.

If there is some kind of issue some place then we get on our bicycle, hop in the train or take the car and go there, all together, to fix the problem. Just for the fun of it, if you don’t want to come you should stay at home with your sour face.

If people get to lazy we lower the income and introduce forced labor for everyone, 7 days per week 6 to 20:00 military time! Work until the backlog is cleared out.

For addictions one will first get many warnings but eventually you will end up in forced treatment. Nice, a month worth of sports in some park with other crybabies who also don’t have cigarettes.

There will also be a voting diploma, if you don’t know what you are talking about you should shut up and look away. If you really must vote then you can follow the course – with your fat lazy ass.

Armed with the appropriate diplomas you will take the political decisions, at home, on the computer, using the big evil internet.

I understand that you are a bit frightened by all these responsibilities, but we are going to pay you for it, after we take your fake job away from you it isn’t like you have anything better to do.

And if you want to cry, when you see that machine doing your work so much better than you ever could thats okay. Just as long as you go do something fun after that. You could for example go to school and get a real job helping with further automation, or you can go to the beach Go figure!

Je Maintiendrai !