After spending a good deal of time crafting a response to this extremely provocative article in Gizmag, “Does the Global Elite Serve the Masses?”, I wrote the following comment. Since comments system on Gizmag isn’t working right now I’m sharing it here. I feel that my response appeals to a wider audience… enjoy.
Todd, you are totally right. We should worship our transhumanist overlords without questioning their divine benevolence and graciousness towards the weak, pathetic and powerless mess that the rest of humanity has become. We should never worry whether or not they would use that power to advance themselves at the cost of less wealthy or influential beings. It is our gift from God, this capitalist free market global economy, where only the pure of heart prosper in attempts to amass wealth and gain carnal immortality.
Anyways, aside from the CIA funded, communist bashing bozo who is one of the only people brave or stupid enough to post something on this strangely placed article, I happen to have just been thinking about how these powerful disparities work themselves out.
It is of no doubt that many of us benefit from the current system, just take a look a the logos on our clothes and computers. I’m writing this post right now with the help of untold millions of laboring Chinese who actually built the electronic components that power my computer and most of the electronics on the planet. As well as an increasing percentage of all goods manufactured globally, period.
Sure, it used to be British , or American, or German, or Japanese products that we brought home: but things change, and are changing ever faster still. The affluence of these countries is one of the main reasons that they have become so unproductive: they can sit back and let somebody else do the grunt work.
I find it hilarious that bozo here would bash the commies when there is slim to no chance that he would be writing this post without the aid of “stuff” not created because of merit, but because the barrel of a gun is pointed at a bunch of people who are given no choice but to “build this or die.”
The same thing happened in the West during the Industrial Revolution, but we would like to forget that most of our grandparents grew up in poor rural settings, labouring on farms or in unsafe and filthy factories. Many of them moved to the cities to escape the poverty of the country, only to experience the poverty of the city.
There is indeed a great disparity in the world, and those of us in the middle are the only ones who have the perspective to question it, yet few of us would dare because it would make apparent our own hypocrisy. We are the ones that live in the space between slave labourers and masters of the universe: we know what it’s like to have some power, and also to be subject to the limitations of finite resources.
This is why we fear a war on the middle class, because the “powers that would be” can never count on us to just stick with the plan. Lackey’s can always be bought out by someone else, or could have one of those those rare and usually fleeting moments of conscience… which we all know by watching so many Hollywood movies usually just gets them killed.
No wonder nobody wants to touch this one. The thought police are sure to come after me…
You gonna let them do this to the world, you gonna help them, or you gonna try to build a better place with your own two hands?
Who’s the propaganda machine now?
What if I just told you what I thunk
Didn’t hide behind the lies and all the junk
That unfiltered flow covered all my pages
And my minds agony burst out in rages
Would you listen?
Would you run?
Would you show me how it’s done?
When you watch my soul come undone, unspun, in public, in the sun?
How fruitless is this earth
When sterility is our girth
And senility is our plight
As we look into the long dark night
I’m enraged and disengaged as I age inside my cage
As the sands of time flow faster
I race towards my Master
The Source of my delight
The One who always knows
All those things I don’t disclose
To all the yo’s and the swine
Who take my pearls and whine
Then plot and design
To silence my divine
Energy | Karma
It’s my life, my Dharma
That they be hatin’
So they waitin’
Till I slip up
Then they be wastin’
Me if they can
Or a friend I call “my man”
That’s the plan
And as it stands
I don’t think I’ll ever get out of this place alive
So while I’m here
I’m gonna give it
Gonna be sincere
Gonna live it
Stop hidin’ my light
‘neath that bushel
Not tryin’ to push y’all
That those earthly lights may be blindin’
But they neva can compare
To those lights in the air
Those heavenly hosts
Ain’t goin’ no where
Till the new day comes to wipe it all clean
Know what I mean?
Look, I’m not tryin’ to be apocolyptic
But let’s just say,
It’s hard not to get cryptic
When we lookin’ at that crazy shit on the screen
While we hear
Playing in our heads
“Life is but a dream”
Or an illusion
What is it?
I don’t know
But I won’t dis it
I’ll just kiss it
Don’t wanna miss it
This may be our only chance
To bliss it
I’m not claiming to be an expert or anything, but I did spend a good six months following the HTC Hero story before it came to market. In case you missed that one, its release was a watershed moment in the history of the Android OS. Many people have agreed that it was the first device to really compete with the iPhone head to head and showed that Google’s foray into the smartphone realm was more than just a half-baked afterthought.
I haven’t followed the Nexus One story much at all, actually, until now. But I believe that it makes the Hero seem like just another iPhone rip-off. That’s because what we are getting with the Nexus One isn’t just another smartphone, it is a whole different way of relating to the telecommunications industry.
Many people are still unaware of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). This is a telephone service that works just like your traditional landline, except instead of using an analog signal (the kind used by Alexander Graham Bell himself in the first phone call), it uses a digital signal that is transmitted over the internet. The great advantage of this technology is that traditional phone lines can still be used, but using digital technology increases the bandwidth of the transmission. In other words, you don’t need an analog signal anymore, all you need is an internet connection (whether that be DSL or cable or satellite) and you can make and receive telephone calls.
This technology has yet to make its way into the cellular market for many reasons. The main one being that its introduction would seriously hurt the bottom line of cellular companies. Just think, with VOIP on a cell phone you don’t even need a “Talk & Text Plan”. All you need is a data plan. With a data plan you can use Skype, or Google Voice or some other technology out there that we haven’t even heard of or hasn’t been invented yet.
The Nexus One is pushing the limits by going for the jugular of the cellphone industry. That main vein is the outrageous prices that the industry places on consumers for traditional services that have basically been rendered obsolete by the emergence of new technologies like VOIP (don’t even get me started on the text-message thing, which is an even more outrageous story of manipulation and incredibly lucrative for the entrenched powers).
The reason that most people don’t know about this in Canada is obvious. Rogers, Bell and Telus have the highest rates of any cellular companies in the world. Anything that would jeopardize their cartel is blasted in the major press because they not only control a lot of the media directly, but also indirectly through advertising. They aren’t going to be paying the Globe and Mail or National Post or even the Toronto Star for advertising if their reporters are telling the public how they are being ripped off (much less reporting those stories themselves).
This missing puzzle piece in Canada, to really make the Nexus One a game changer in this market, will be for some Canadian Cellular company to offer “data only” cellular plans. What that would look like is that you buy a sim card from a cellular provider and pay for a data plan only instead of a talk and text with data which is the current norm. This really isn’t that different from buying a USB stick that you hook up to your laptop, it is just that we still don’t think of smartphones as handheld computers. The reality is that is just exactly what they are. Millions of dollars in advertising revenue are being spent to keep you and everyone else in Canada from realizing this (and to be fair, it is happening in the US as well, but at least T-Mobile is already on board with Google).
I have an inkling of hope that Globalive will be offering this type of service through Wind Mobile, but only time will tell. As for me, I’m hoping that Google offers the Nexus One directly to Canadian consumers sooner than later, I want one! How about you?
Just installed the Disqus comments system on the macbraughton blog. I like the idea of my friends and others being able reply to posts using profiles from the different social networking systems that they already use. So, if you have a facebook, twitter, openID, or other compatible account, give it a shot, and tell me what you think.
I was looking up directions today on Google Maps and tried to zoom and accidentally activated their Street View feature. I didn’t know that they had mapped our neighborhood yet, the last time I had checked had been quite a while ago. From the looks of the photos they were taken over the summer.
So, anybody wondering what it looks like where I live in Canada but can’t come for a visit, now you can see for yourself. And like any good trip to Mimico, we have to start at the Beer Store…
In this Q & A session with Physics World, David Awschalom discusses the current uses and future possibilities of harnessing the spin of electrons. This emerging field is called spintronics, and it’s potential applications range from massively increased memory storage to the building of functional quantum computers.
Why does time move in only one direction? Why are some events cyclical and some others happen only once? What is the relationship between these two experiences we have of time? These are some of the questions that Dr. Carroll explores in this lecture he recently delivered at the Quantum 2 Consciousness festival in Waterloo, Ontario. I’m really glad that they made this lecture and others available online so those of us who couldn’t make it can still listen in.
Those folks at DARPA are again up to something strange again, this thing is called the Chembot. It’s hard to watch, robots aren’t supposed to be mushy.
Right now it is mostly just speculation, the “smoking gun” seems to have been revealed on Isaiah’s Tech blog. As he points out, the Hero is now listed on the Canadian portion of HTC’s website in the support section. There are also rumors that Telus and Bell are going to be putting the Hero in their lineup this fall as they roll out their HSPA offering. I, personally, would be very happy if the HTC Hero came to Bell because they’re my current carrier.
I’ve been collecting news and reviews about the HTC Hero on Twine for a while now and believe that it is looking to become the greatest smartphone rival to the iPhone over the next year. It may not be able to break the iPhone grip by itself, but a slew of other Android powered phones are in the works from multiple manufacturers, all offering slightly different features and setups.
The big winner? ARM Holdings of Great Britain, whose low power, ultra-efficient microchips are what power all of them, including the iPhone.
What else can I say, this is incredible. Maybe transforming robots are going to be a lot more than just science fiction.