Just where is technology taking the world?
That was the lede on my last blog in Technology. Here I am
attempting to foretell the future.
There are four recent world class geniuses in technology that I
recognize. All are in the USA. Nobody in the rest of the
world comes near. Probably they exist but can get no traction because
of the inhibitory socio-political structures in those places.
Each had a different mindset.
What did they do?
- Steve Jobs was an absolute genius at
new concepts and making what was "cool" or "sick" operate in an
- Bill Gates was very good at seeing
something was good, then copying and delivering it.
- The Google partners Page & Brin
created a brilliant intelligent search engine and free, intelligent
Gates and Jobs are out of the
running. Page & Brin are still working.
- Steve Jobs invented the idea of
personal computers, GUI, and aps on mobile phones.
- Gates made PC's available to the
masses by offering cheap software (MS-DOS, OFFICE) that would run on
cheap knockoffs of the IBM PC.
- Page & Brin made an intelligent
search engine and other useful software available for free and found
ways to make money from advertisers.
OK. My first guess for the future direction of technology is a mind
reading applications. Maybe initially by some sort of head
covering that detects brain activity. That will evolve to multi-space
(e.g. room, street, vehicle) scanners that detect your mental orders
and expedite them.
- Want to fly to NY? You mentally order
transport, a uber self drive car comes to your door and takes you to
airport where you enter the plane with no passport or inspection fuss,
arrive NY and another car arrives to take you to your hotel room.
- Want a stirfry? a simple thought
order and a drone delivers the ingredients to your household kitchen
which prepares the food.
If I think of something else, I will add it.
TRUMP, DUTERTE, OZ.
Just what do those things have in common?
They are all examples of "we the people" proffering the middle finger
to "The Elite".
That is "The Elite" who (think they) know better than the rest of us
what should be done about refugees, global warming, drugs, crime,
terrorists and consulting "we the people" on legislation.
That is the same elite as was mentioned in the August blog who
been the power behind the scenes. The elite that is influencing
both Democratic and Republican lawmakers to dump Trump.
These are the signs of an
international ruling class in panic mode, & planning to rule as
- There is talk of having
Homeland Security take over the US government because of "foreign
intervention". No prize for guessing who would be appointed
- There is talk of having a
second "Brexit" vote. I would not trust the polling
- The right of free speech is
being trumped (in Oz and Netherlands) by legislation on "hurt
feelings". In my day, we had the rhyme sticks and stones may
break my bones, but words will never hurt me. In the common law if people
are hurt by words they can take action in torts which actually requires
proof not just an assertion of hurt.
- The Chinese in Beijing appear
to be unhappy with the recent election outcome. Expect action
- Duterte in the Philippines
may well clean up their drugs problem. It is not how I would do
it, but success breeds justification.
- And poor Malcolm adjusted our
Oz electoral system to reduce third party candidates in Canberra, and
managed to increase third party senators.
We live in interesting times. I fear that we are nearly as close
to World War III as when Kennedy confronted Khrushchev over Cuba.
Talk by John Howard is about Menzies. My two cents worth: Menzies
was enormously successful because he wasn't in our faces all the
time. Pollies are saying it was because the electorate was less
demanding in the 50's and 60's. Huh. Too much "leadership
activity" & party room politics is why modern pollies are not
Trying to stop donations by anybody to political parties is an
illusion. There is no way to stop people spending money to
influence politicians or get someone elected. So we have a list?
So what? Does that mean they aren't influenced?
In the USA they have PACs and
SUPER PACs. PAC = Political Action Committee. No connection
whatsoever to the political party. Do you think the politicians
do not shape their actions so as to influence PACs?
In Australia we see the Baird government apparently committing
political suicide. Is the underlying purpose to eliminate small
parties by amalgamation?
Our representative democracy
is corrupted. We need a new system.
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