Predicting the Future

Wouldn’t it be great to predict the future? You can…

Of course it’s not possible to predict exactly what’s going to happen, or when.  But you can come pretty close.  Here are a few guides:

People will continue to behave as they have in the past.  At least most people most of time.  So if you want to know how someone is going to behave from now on, ask yourself how they have behaved up to now.  That’s an easy one.  Except when someone inexplicitly changes their behavior but that is truly exceptional.

Another guide is that whatever you predict will take much longer to happen than you would expect, unless the outcome is undesirable in which case it will come sooner.  Also the effect will be much larger than you would predict.  Example; the Internet.

You can predict the future fairly accurately simply by observing present trends.  But this is only for the stalwart few who are able to handle some pretty grim information.  If you want a pleasant day then my advice would be to stop reading this article right now and turn on the TV news.  Ooops, bad advice.  Better to pull the plug on the TV and listen to some good music or go for a walk or both.

Proceed with Caution

Social Media

Facebook knows more about you than you think, even after Mark Zuckerberg’s stunning revelations.  Turns out the he doesn’t know the extent of the intrusion either.  You can download your personal data from Facebook.  Warning, be prepared for a shock.

YouTube is collecting personal data from children under 13.  Cartoons, nursery rhyme videos and toy-unwrapping clips with millions of viewers.

They know when you’ve been bad or good, and they probably even know your grandmother’s phone number.  This is not going to get better.  How many more firms like Cambridge Analytica are out there scooping up your personal information for nefarious use?

Economics

33% of 25 to 29 year old people now live with their parents or grandparents, the highest proportion in 75 years.  Imagine what it’s like being a young person now trying to find any sort of job, much less one that pays well enough to afford your own living space.  Want to have children?  Google on how much it will cost you.   No wonder the birth rate has declined below sustainable in the industrialized world.

There is some sort of myth running around that robotics and artificial intelligence will create more jobs than they destroy.  Tell that to the 3.5 million truck drivers in the USA.  The few jobs being created require extensive knowledge, training and experience.  It doesn’t look good for the blue collar people.

You may well experience a government pension for everyone along with enough games, diversions, competitions and computer based simulations to keep the masses from rioting.  It’s being talked about right now.

Artificial Intelligence and Murder

The US Army recently announced that it is developing the first drones that can spot and target vehicles and people using artificial intelligence (AI). This is a big step forward.   At least the quoted article seems to think so.

Whereas current military drones are still controlled by people, this new technology will decide who to kill with almost no human involvement.  Which brings up a whole new set of moral issues.  Moral issues are one of the more significant byproducts of the advance of technology.  When AI machines develop emotions and personalities will they be enfranchised to vote?

Read full article https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2018/04/16/drones-will-soon-decide-kill/

Bringing Back the Dead

Another Artificial Intelligence threat is looming.  We are close to creating a computer simulation of a person based on their Internet communications, photos, memorabilia, cell phone records and descriptions by others.  Of course this simulation stays up to date with the news, and is able to converse with people who are still around after the person is no longer in this world.  This computer persona can be created even after someone dies. Think of the ramifications of this one.  Would you want to converse with your loved ones who are on the other side?

Click here to read an eye opening article on this.

Artificial Reality is Just Around the Corner

Remember Keano Reeves and The Matrix?  Everyone living in a computer created artificial reality?  It’s maybe 10 years away.  Depends mostly on available bandwidth, the ability to transfer humungous amount of digital information fast enough to avoid lag.  Remember Woody Allen’s orgasmatron in his movie Sleeper?  Sex will never be better.  This may well be the solution to the rapidly developing disorientation that is rough riding in our direction.  Let’s all put on our advanced Oculus Rift goggles along with hand controls, headphones and body skin sensors and off we go.

Read more https://gizmodo.com/is-the-vr-universe-in-ready-player-one-possible-1825101429

Right now Rec Room is a little crude, but still highly addictive.  Gives you an idea of what’s in store.  https://store.steampowered.com/app/471710/Rec_Room/  Create you own avatar and mingle with the avatars your friends create.

The Dark of Night is getting bright

September 23, 1887, eminent ornithologist Ludwig Kumlien climbed the 60-meter-tall tower adorning Milwaukee’s new architectural landmark, the Industrial Exposition Building. It was the perfect vantage point to watch for migrating birds, but Kumlien was there for a different reason: Milwaukee’s pride and joy was proving an avian death trap.

From early evening until almost midnight, the tower was lit up by four electric floodlights, creating a dazzling beacon in an otherwise dark sky. Birds heading south for winter were drawn in and died as they flew into wires, windows and each other. Kumlien’s report of the daily death toll was the first scientific account of the ecological downside of lighting up the night sky.

https://www.knowablemagazine.org/article/living-world/2018/there-goes-night

The world is steadily losing the deep dark of nighttime. In the second half of the twentieth century, the artificially illuminated area of the world grew by up to 6 percent a year, and a 2017 analysis of satellite data shows it’s still expanding by 2.2 percent each year, and getting brighter. Some 83 percent of the human population lives under light-polluted skies. A third of the world’s population can’t see the Milky Way.

A Plastic Choker

A dead sperm whale washed up on a beach in Spain earlier this year with 64 pounds of plastic in its stomach and intestines.  Everywhere in the world discarded plastic is infiltrating and killing wildlife, ravaging coral reefs, and contaminating all forms of life including our bodies.  Recycling has only a minor effect.  We need an international agreement and none is in sight.  We can’t even agree on global warming.  Which is another subject to cheer the heart.

The Bottom Line – What to do?

Your task is to maintain both your sanity and a reasonable degree of cheerfulness in the face of the impending revolution in practically everything.  Which means that you will have to develop inner resources.  Hint:

Go to www.truefortunes.com and sign up for your daily encouraging message.  Read my book, The Happiness Handbook.  Remember that you will survive all this and probably thrive.  You have done pretty well so far.

 

 

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