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TECHNOLOGY
IS NOT
Living Off Other People's Information!






[You call your local utility, and an electronic voice answers. The frustration of talking to a machine makes you mad, because that machine cannot truly "understand", what you are saying! But, more and more, companies are opting into this electronic nightmare; to save money, by having less paid employees. So what does this say about where this economy is leading us... fewer people working; fewer and fewer jobs needing human interactions; all because of technology! And, yes, a small class of over-wealthy miscreants are driving us in this direction, so they can prey on our woes, and the woes technology is creating for this world! See more below...]

The Robber Barons are back – but today, they don't live off other people's hard work; today, they live off other people's private information! Technology has become the way to destroy privacy and trust, through eavesdropping and trolling! Cameras everywhere, even in key locked bathrooms! Personal computers, which are no longer “personal”, but terminals for the corporations' eavesdropping, through “personal assistants” made available through AI, using your computers' microphones and cameras to spy on you! The “Cloud”, the place, where even all your most private information is stored on their servers! Is this “freedom”, or a new kind of slavery, with “Big Brother” dogging you at every moment? Today, they think, they own YOU!

I'll tell you what today's technology isn't: innovation! Today, the real “guns” that need to be curbed, and put down, are social media and technology corporations, who think that they can buy and sell us, through controlling all our information, even on our once private, “personal” computers!

Privacy and Trust are what our societies are made from. Once these bastions of “real freedom” are dead, we turn back into the animals, we came from – we are no longer humans, we become animals, enslaved animals, doing our master's bidding!

BUT THAT'S WHAT THE “EMPORER” BILLIONIARES WANT FOR US, WE THE PEOPLE – THOSE SAME ROBBER BARONS, WHO HAVE BECOME THAT WAY, BUYING AND SELLING US, THROUGH BUYING AND SELLING OUR INFORMATION!

Today's Capitalism is not what it was suppose to be: personal ownership, and support of societies. Today's Capitalism is the birth of a new Fascist Corporatism, where a small group of “Royals” live off the bulk of humanity, through essentially owning everything about them: their private information! And, WE THE PEOPLE, pay and pay and pay, yet never really own anything, as the subscription society takes hold of us, making us forever pay for what we supposedly own, yet never really do own! “1984”'s BIG BROTHER1 HAS BECOME REALITY, through, of all things – TECHNOLOGY!

The False Dreams:

AI: AI, Artificial Intelligence, can never be much more than a personal search engine. Intelligence, human intelligence, is not something we will be able to duplicate, because of that old problem called, the Frame Problem, which AI can approach, but never really answer. The frame, within which intelligence works is not just facts, but situations and their consequences, which hold the meanings for the intelligent agent. You can tell a robot that a ship that it is in, is sinking, but can it ever really understand what that means – its consequences? Like knowing the ship will fill with water; how water will affect it; the facts about escaping, etc, etc... . As we have recently seen with the stupidity of self driving cars – they can't anticipate what dangers exist on the road, so they get into accidents. If we get into accidents, with all our knowledge, do we expect a relatively simple machine to do better? But the other side of the coin is PRIVACY! A personal search engine that knows and stores all our private information, is a danger to our vital privacy, especially in a world where advertising and markets can profit from that data! AI can open up a world, where privacy will be totally destroyed; a world where hackers will break into our most private realms, making us the stooges of the rich and powerful, just like the old novel “1984” forewarned!

The Cloud: The Cloud is that subscription service that the new operating systems have opened up for us, to store all our information. The problem is that “the Cloud” is owned, and not by us! Also, as we have seen recently, the cloud is vulnerable to attack by hackers, thus making our most private data vulnerable! With the availability of large cheap hard drives, why should we risk our privacy, by storing our data on machines that we have no real control or protection over? Perhaps, the cloud works for the corporations, with their massive amounts of data, but with the rise of anti-virus startups into big businesses, and the recent hack of even the Credit industry itself, we see just how vulnerable all servers are. Is it wise to trust all our data to these vulnerable machines in the Cloud? And, should we continue paying, even for the storing of our data, as the Cloud subscription becomes just one more thing we own that we must perpetually pay for?

Social Media: It's not funny what social media is doing to today's young people. Leaving themselves “hanging out out to dry” on Facebook, where all privacy is dead, and the trolls and bullies can make a meal of them openly, is a real horror to many youngsters. So it's not surprising that suicides and shootings are becoming ever more frequent, just so the Billionaires can bilk them of what little they have, selling their data! The viciousness of these sites goes beyond anything ever conceived as EVIL! They are the enemy of humanity itself! Instead of marching against guns, parents and kids should march to destroy all social media, and the evil environment it is creating on this earth! Just like the press has become the interpreted property of the wealthy, Social Media has become the Hell on earth that profit motivation has created, to distort freedom into tyranny!

As I write this today, on Memorial Day, to honor the many young men and women, fellow veterans, who died in the wars defending freedom around this world, we must also see that freedom itself is nothing, without the responsibility it confers on each of us to work for each of us. ALL was the meaning of this country, yet today that ALL has disappeared in the schemes of a FEW to prosper on the backs of ALL! Technology must once again become true innovation and advancement; NOT the way for a FEW gluttons to make that ALL support that FEW alone, by buying and selling the data of ALL! Let's make Capitalism, once again, into the dream of true ownership that it was suppose to be, not the hallmark of the subscription society, where ownership is a lifetime subscription on all our needs and wants, like Education, Medicine, communication, houses, cars and now even our once “Personal” Computers!

REMEMBER: THERE SHOULD BE NO “BIG BROTHER” IN OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC – A REPUBLIC OF ALL!




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1 “Big Brother” was the tyrannical, villainous social order, in the old George Orwell novel,“1984” (Nineteen Eighty-Four). See the Wikipedia article: Nineteen Eighty-Four. Note: this link will take you off this site









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Originally Published:

July 31, 2018

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July 31, 2018