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What if you could live inside the world of your favorite show?
Do we really need to care about a world where some entities are human, and others are digital? What would this world mean?
If we look at it in evolutionary terms, we only need to care if digital humans are a threat to our survival. For example, if we can no longer trade labor for the currency we need to purchase basic goods like food, then we will not be able to survive. In that scenario, we will be in conflict with the digital humans.
But if the digitals are only our ‘servants’ doing all the things we do not want to do, then the existence of these ‘helpers’ will proliferate.
And then what about if we ourselves do not really want to interact with humans, can we send a digital in our place? Continue reading →
When Alibaba CEO Jack Ma announced his plans to support one million new jobs through online entrepreneurship, a new realization dawned. With fewer traditional jobs, automation, and outsourcing, an increased percentage of the population will have to create their own work. Ma is suggested they open an online storefront on Alibaba, and that advice may be timely and vital to future economic stability.
In my book The Motion Clue, medical scientist Dominique Dorth is a French North African who runs a global business from an island near Shanghai, China. The entire enterprise is based on the idea of providing unique remedies to people around the world. And her lifestyle as described in the book, fits neatly with Ma’s 2017 vision. Continue reading →
The market town – the one hub of commerce for a region, river or road – has now become Amazon.com. But more than two millennia ago, global market towns were the designated stopping routes on the Silk Road trading lanes covering half the world. And now with extensive publicity those roads appear to be reopening as part of China, and the world’s, biggest global infrastructure project. China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is expected to re-connect Asia, Europe and all the lands in-between via road, rail and shipping ports destined to change the face of world commerce. This week, Beijing hosted the largest diplomatic meeting to date to publicize and promote its intentions.
But behind all the fanfare, I have a question. What are the digital plans in this project? Continue reading →
“I don’t think the average American is really going to cry about the price they’re paying, most of them are already enwrapped with their mobiles. We are talking about a population barely looking up as they go through their day. People have no idea how often they are viewed on camera.”
“I know. Indifference is one development I have never reconciled. When did people become so complacent?”…
…”Most people are not using the smartphone to do anything smart. They are scrolling through social media updates.” “Which means they’ll barely notice when our system comes online, and we track and store their every move.” “No, they’ll walk right into the process.” “With their heads down.” Both laughed.
– Julia and Marco in The Origin Point
What if all the people around you were slowing, literally or figuratively, turning into robots, would you give in or fight for your humanity? Some believe the transformation process has already begun. Our collective decision to become addicted to digital software in all forms from social media to gaming, has transformed the way people interact, or not, with one another. Continue reading →
Why do you care?: Exhibit A – housing prices in Silicon Valley.
America’s money and America’s future are in technology. Future jobs, wealth, growth and our advancement as a society will come from the technology industry. Our ability to defend ourselves against enemies will require advanced technological tools against those that purport to destroy our way of life. If we are constantly building an advanced, future tech America that neither our trade competitors nor our ideological enemies could envision, we will remain one, no, one hundred steps ahead. The industrial age has passed, the tech age must be embraced. But you would never know from the rhetoric in the major party campaign platforms. Continue reading →
If The Network’s digital eyes were able to capture his full facial view, it would likely register an anomaly, and prompt a tracer protocol to determine where the human had originated his trip and the entire route of his travel. Sergei’s artificial adjustment was only designed to avoid instant recognition, by slowing The Network down. The Network did not disregard humans who attempted to evade its surveillance protocols. Any human digitally caught wearing a disguise would be automatically flagged by an automated suspicious behavior tracker, and stay on a watch file waiting for another report. – from The Unbroken Line
Wither Sherlock Holmes. The word ‘detective’ has its roots in the Latin ‘de’ which is to reverse and ‘tegere’ which means cover, in other words, ‘to uncover.’ History and everyday life, for the moment, tell us a detective is the person uncovering the clues to crimes. And pop culture has provided us with a string of memorable stars from Holmes to Friday (that’s Joe Friday from 1950s TV show Dragnet) to Crocket and Tubbs (80s TV Miami Vice) to Olivia Benson (after 17 TV seasons, yes you know who that is) and back to a resurgent Holmes. Yet despite the contemporary intrigue surrounding the famous British detective character, the joyous wonder of watching a human being use skill and expertise to wade through facts is fading with the co-opting of technology to do the tasks human eyes and brains used to do at a crime scene. Continue reading →
“On this I know my risks and they are sky-high. Are you okay with it or not?”
Janna frowned at him, then half smiled. “All right fine. The answer is yes,yes, you can record me if you want. I am one hundred percent okay with it.” Hagen picked up his com and pointed the device towards her mouth. “Can you repeat your consent, please?” “Seriously?” “It was your idea. And a voice modulator app will be able to detect whether you’re under duress when you speak. I always forget I have it.”
Janna looked at the com with disdain. “Did you make Kadie do this?” Janna asked emphasizing the Commander’s name.
Hagen feigned shock. “Uhhh…how dare you. That’s so inappropriate and totally unanswerable.”
“No comment. Where were we again? Oh yeah, the CYA part.” He held up the com again.
Janna looked at him, then at the com. “Fine,” she said reaching out, and pulling his hand, holding the com, closer to her mouth. Hagen touched an icon, then Janna clearly stated, “Under no threat or duress, I, Janna Marric am saying yes, I am one hundred percent okay with having sex with Hagen Writstone.”
Hagen grinned as he touched the icon again. “Thank you,” he said pulling her into his arms.
– from The Unbroken Line
The latest affirmative consent app called Yes to Sex has come out with a college campus version to be tailored to a school’s requirements. It is not as sophisticated as the app on the com (smartphone) described above in the outtake from the technothriller The Unbroken Line, but it’s another step towards using technology to fight crime and gather digital evidence. In the novel, you can state your consent and the app uses a voice modulation feature to determine if you’re under duress. In today’s technology, the app only goes as far as making the recording.
On the day of death, most humans know whether or not they have ended their biological line’s existence on earth. If the departed passes with no biological children (and none on the way), and no stored reproductive DNA, an unbroken line ends irreversibly. At that point, the opportunity to continue to genetically and psychologically influence the lives of others is over, the once-in-a-lifetime window to prolong a 3.8 billion year process, gone forever. The finality is absolute. Or is it?