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"Hell, I'll kill a man in a fair fight... or if I think he's gonna start a fair fight, or if he bothers me, or if there's a woman, or if I'm gettin' paid - mostly only when I'm gettin' paid." - Jayne, Firefly

"I am like a being thrown from another planet on this dark terrestrial ball, an alien, a pilgrim among its possessors." - Thomas Carlyle

bookmarks:
gideon movies (2021)
writing (words published online)
a ~ travel (next)
notes (consumed media — 2021)
notes (favourites 2021)

Technology is neutral. ...with a dark side and a bright side. It demands new legislation. How are these subjects handled? Sex, Death, Taxes. And their offspring: Dating/Courtship, Socialization, Murder, Crime, Politics, Religion, Art, Entertainment, Economy/Social Classes. Note: Most problems could be solved by technology, but they aren't, and that's for one recurring reason: humans, like their chimp cousins, are bastards.

  • Time Travel
  • Telepathy
  • Immortality
    • Accessible, but suppressed technology. Some people have access to it, but in the mainstream media, such claims are treated as “fringe conspiracies” and ridiculed/publicly shamed
  • Nanotechnology
    • Every baby born in a hospital is registered with the state and has GPS. Also has self-destruct. But this is also considered a "fringe conspiracy theory."
  • Foresight (futuresight)
  • Gene manipulation - changing genes
  • Intergalactic travel (lightspeed)
  • Z-axis traffic laws (ground + air traffic intermingling)
    • high-paid traffic controllers
  • Advanced synthesis (rearranging atoms to end scarcity)
    • Ends scarcity
    • Destroys the economy of goods. Only service economy remains, and even that has taken a hit. What will you do with all of these spare people? How will they occupy themselves? Creating endless "spam" goods, filling up physical space as endlessly as they fill the internet? This can't be allowed!
    • Pollution is a problem.
    • There simply isn't enough storage in space, unless there are storage planets - but why keep anything for possession if you can effortlessly create it later? Why keep bookmarks? Why keep physical possessions at all, unless you are actively using them in the moment?
    • Hoarders rent planet storage (think U-Store-It or Rent-A-Shed)
    • These are made too pricey for individual homes. They can only be used in public facilities. They are extremely expensive, to keep them out of the hands of the plebs. This is an artificial cost, pure profit, to keep the people in power...in power.
    • To create, something must be destroyed. That is the check & balance that keeps this from getting out of hand.
    • Ultimate means that we no longer need to adapt to our environment but rather we build our environment). What does this do to the environment? Doesn't matter, we're colonizing solar systems now. We can inhabit most planets after terraformation.
  • Overpopulation
  • Crime
    • The only effective form of protest of the poor against the rich.
      • Handled with weapons regulation, which a handful of the poor and middle class are brainwashed into believing is good for us
      • How? Because the poor have been turned against their own, and are killing each other, in their own neighborhoods.
  • Corruption
    • Is forever. Because there are more distractions than ever that keep the intelligent and curious from directing their intelligence and curiosity toward bombing the government.
    • Besides, we're persuaded (and reasonably so?) that we've already lost. Because we are alone - no one else will surrender the complacency of pursuing these distractions which are a more valuable way to spend their "free time". A more pleasant way to spend your "free time" than fighting. And that time is so short, those moments of enjoyment are so brief, that we're desperate to entertain ourselves with them, to feel like ourselves again, happy and whole. But we never quite feel it. There's never quite enough time to let these feelings sink in or give up the preoccupation, anxiety and worry over "practical concerns" with survival. The bigger creatures have figured out a very complex way to eat the smaller creatures, but instead of physically stronger bodies, they have stronger wallets. When society's greatest minds aren't forced by the system of artificial scarcity to work at spinning the giant hamsterwheel, they want to make the best use of their lives by doing something great, seeking some sort of permanence, clinging to their fleeting mortality. The last thing they want to do is rebel against the government and risk their lives for a cause that is probably in vain. And they represent a minority of the population, anyway - and they're getting less intelligent by the day. The rest of the population is so stupid and distracted that they are basically like inbred feeder mice or livestock, herded this way and that by the latest regurgitation of celebrity gossip. Gradually, the rifts in our lives, like slow continental drift, tears us apart, destroys are social connections and sets us apart on isolated islands, where the only cohesion is maintained by the nanny state, the "Noble Steward" of our children, our relationships (i.e. telephone companies in bed with NSA surveillance, with lobbyist groups in DC, steadily working toward the power to literally slow down the communication of the poor and speed it up for the width with needless broadband caps), of our shelter (the serfdom that is property tax), and our food & water (Monsanto's schills: the FDA & USDA). They're harvesting us; sweet, spicy or bland, we are just cookies being baked for their own crunchy delight.

How do "timeless" components of modern society evolve in the future?

  • Pets
  • Transportation
    • Public
    • Independent (personal)
      • Carpool
sep 6 2014 ∞
sep 26 2017 +