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The Promise Of AI (Artificial Intelligence) (August 20, 2018)

Posted in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Book Reference, Collapse, Energy, Environment, Movie Reference, Society on August 20, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The inevitable consequence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the greatest science fiction cautionary tale of our time . . . and of all time.”

J          “We will know we have truly created Artificial Intelligence when AI either eliminates Homo sapiens from the planet or culls almost all but a few select Homo sapiens who are then kept on a very short and easily retracted leash.”

K          “Clearly that is the definition of Big ‘I’ Intelligence.”

J          “In the interim, we should try to create Big ‘R’ Intelligence.  Real Intelligence.”

K          “When you think about it, Real Ignorance has not been all it is cracked up to be.”

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[See the movie “Colossus:  The Forbin Project” and the novel “Colossus” by Dennis Feltham Jones (as D. F. Jones) for a more benign vision that involves a supercomputer preventing us from killing each other directly through war rather than indirectly but very effectively through our current life styles.]

[See the e-commentary at “Save The Planet; Save The People?  Oh, And Happy Earth Day! (April 23, 2018)” and the many other e-commentary linked there.]

Bumper stickers of the week: 

There is no PLANet B

Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science fact.

On Joy; On Mudita (August 6, 2018)

Posted in On [Traits/Characteristics], Society on August 6, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Simply put, the joy one feels in another person’s joy.”

J          “Happy is prosaic.  Joy is profound.  Mudita is poetic.”

. .  .

K          “My favorite example requires me to plagiarize 1000 words, no more and no less.  The digital daguerreotype says it all.  An American athlete at the Olympics is memorialized erupting and exploding in unrestrained and unbounded joy at the success of her teammate.”

J          “Nice to see.”

. . .

Bumper stickers of the week:

Schadenfreude is all the rage today, but mudita is so much more mollifying

Namaste

Concerns, Troubling (July 9, 2018)

Posted in Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Debt/Deficits, Freedom / Liberty, Money, Price, Society, Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Decreasing velocity of money.”

J          “Increasing inequality.”

K          “Inverting yield curves.”

J          “Perverting civil liberties.”

K          “Distending price-earnings ratios.”

J          “Exploding national deficit.”

K          “Imploding institutions.”

J          “Exploding personal debt.”

K          “Collapsing trust.”

J          “Decreasing freedoms.”

K          “Increasing prices.”

J          “Deflating credibility.”

K          “Disturbing climate patterns.”

J          “Destroying the [Supreme] Court.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Amtrak – The (Rail) Road to National Security (January 23, 2006)”, “Humanity’s Motto:  To Enslave And To Colonize (January 27, 2014)”, “Twenty Sixteen (January 4, 2016)” and “Prepping:  Public and Private Perspectives (April 27, 2015)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

A system that cannot go on forever will not go on forever

Plow Shares And Swords.  Oh, And Happy Memorial Day! (May 28, 2018)

Posted in Draft, Hypocrisy, Iran, Iraq, Kleptocracy, Perjury, Perjury/Dishonesty, Security State, Society, Syria, Terrorism, Vietnam, War on May 28, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “A sword in one hand, a plow share in the other.”

J          “On this planet, you cannot carry one without the other.”

. . .

K          “I’ll put down the plow and pick up the sword in defense of the village, but not based on a lie.”

J          “If not for lies, there would be far fewer wars.”

K          “They lied, kids died.”

J          “But not their kids.”

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[See the e-ssay titled “The Flag (May 31, 2010)” and the e-commentary at “In Memoriam (May 26, 2014)” and “Reinstate The Draft; Reduce The Demand For War (Somewhat). Oh, And Happy Veterans Day! (November 6, 2017)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:  [Big bumper]

When considering the reliability of information provided to you by the government of the United States of America, it is important that you recall and reflect:

They fibbed about Viet Nam.

They fibbed about Cambodia.

They fibbed about Laos.

They fibbed about Cuba.

They fibbed about El Salvador.

They fibbed about Nicaragua.

They fibbed about Guatemala.

They fibbed about Panama.

They fibbed about Honduras.                                                    

They fibbed about Venezuela.

They fibbed about Chile.

They fibbed about the Spanish American War.

They fibbed about the Mexican War.

They fibbed about Pearl Harbor.

They fibbed about 9/11.

They fibbed about Osama bin Laden.

They fibbed about Afghanistan.

They fibbed about Kuwait.

They fibbed about Iraq.

They fibbed about Saddam Hussein.

They fibbed about Libya.

They fibbed about Muammar Gaddafi.

They are fibbing about Yemen.

They are fibbing about Somalia.

They are fibbing about Sudan.

They are fibbing about Syria.

They are fibbing about Palestine.

They are fibbing about Iran.

They are fibbing about Ukraine.

They are fibbing about Niger.

They are fibbing about the War on Terror.

They are fibbing.

They do not seem to be telling the truth.

Things really did not turn out so super in Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, Haiti, Bosnia, Serbia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria, but who is counting?

But who cares?

The Power Of Small Thinking (March 12, 2018)

Posted in Courts, Education, Judges, Peoplocene Age, Plastic, Schooling, Society on March 12, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Decade in and decade out in every venue from academia to the courts, when big thinking confronts the typical small thinking individual or institution, small thinking almost always emerges.”

J          “C’est la life.  If there is no money in big thinking and buckets of money in small thinking, then small thinking prevails.  It is the first law of societal thermo-economico-dynamics.”

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[Plastics continue to plague the planet.  See “Saving the albatross: ‘The war is against plastic and they are casualties on the frontline’” in “The Guardian” by Anna Turns dated March 12, 2018.  Time to think big.  See the e-commentary at “Living In The “Peoplocene Age”.  The Inconvenient Truth:  Renewable Energy Is Not Sustainable; The Population Must Be Restrainable.  (December 12, 2016)”.]

[See the e-commentary at “On Merit and the Meritocracy (January 11, 2010)”, “On Standards & Quality (July 20, 2015)”, “‘You Can’t Be Smarter’ (August 10, 2015)”, “Federal Judges:  Institutionalized Bullying (September 18, 2017)”, “Arctic High School Court (May 23, 2016)”, “The Ninth Circuit:  Two-Tiered ‘Just-Us’ Review (February 13, 2017)”, “The Paradox Of The Republican Federal Judge:  Republican Federal Judge Syndrome (September 23, 2013)”, MPP / MPA:   Are They Really Masters?  (November 13, 2107)”, So Many Words, So Few Ideas (September 21, 2009)”, “Skip the Nobel in Economics? (October 5, 2009)” and “How To Run A Newspaper (February 8, 2016)”.)

Bumper stickers of the week:

BIG THINKING in -> small thinking individual or institution -> small thinking out

e-commentary:  BTI -> BTO (BTU?)

Competency is so overrated.

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”  Upton Sinclair

Think big, think long.

Cakes, Courts And Constitutions:  Brown v. Plessy II (December 4, 2017)

Posted in Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Civil War, Courts, First Monday In October, Gay Politics, Society, Supreme Court, War and Wall Street Party on December 4, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “I thought that no one discriminated against the green stuff today.”

J          “The cake baker’s religious convictions seem heartfelt and genuine, yet they must yield when he opens the door to the public and seeks money.”

K          “If you hold yourself out to the public to be open for business, you cannot hold yourself out to the public to be open for business only for some.”

. . .

J          “There is a continuum of creativity.  Everyone involved in the marriage industrial complex is creative in some way.  The hair stylist, the floral designer, the nail sculptor, even the chef are all creating a creative product.  The cake baker is not unique or special.”     

. . .

K          “The coercive authority of the government coming to bear on an individual once again gives me some pause.”

. . .

J          “In the end, the decision is a piece of cake.”

K          “And as easy as pie.”

. . .

K          “And the case reveals once again that we are not one country, we are two countries deeply divided against each other.  And we are not one country with two political parties, we are two countries with one political party – the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ – divided into two divisions, the ‘D’ division and the ‘R’ division.”

J          “And a chasmic and unbridgeable divide between those two divisions.”

K          “The ‘D’ division of the Supreme Court and the ‘R’ division of the Supreme Court are two divisions of armies that battle head to head to impose and inflict their version of the Constitution on the other army.”

. . .

[See Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 16-111.]

[See the e-commentary at “Brown:  5 – Plessy:  4 (June 29, 2015)”, “Dividing The Divided Supreme Court In A Divided Country (October 3, 2016)”, “Five Red Rich Republican ‘Catholic’ Corporatist ‘White’ Boys . . . Versus . . .  Four Blue Comfortable Democratic ‘Jewish’ Individualist White ‘Girls’ . . . And All By-Products Of The S.I.C.  (October 2, 2017)”, “The Tsunami Hits Shore (March 24, 2014)”, “The Sea Change Is Now A Tsunami (March 11, 2013)” and other e-commentary under the Categories “First Monday in October” and “War and Wall Street Party”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Open to all

Let them eat cake; insist they sell it

It is a cake walk and as easy as pie

Not All Pigs Are Males, But All Males Are Pigs? Oh, And Happy Cyber Monday (November 27, 2017)

Posted in Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Gender, Society on November 27, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Could be.”

J          “Seems so.”

. . .

J          “The behavior seems less porcine and more saurian, although one’s saurian impulses are usually triggered defensively in response to a threat rather than engaged offensively to threaten another animal.”

. . .

K          “Society has been silent for far too long.  One or two of the accusations may be distended or exaggerated, yet far too much has gone on for far too long with far too little attention or action.  Most of the women did not speak up until now for the simple and true reason that no one listened and no one cared.”

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J          “So many uncelebrated perpetrators victimize and terrorize uncelebrated women in untold and unsung nightmares in unnamed communities.”

K          “And they remain unknown and unacknowledged and unresolved.”

J          “I reckon that we need a candid national reckoning akin to past truth and reconciliation undertakings.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The Endless War On Women By American Warriors (July 22, 2013)” and advice that remains timeless at “On Advice (May 11, 2009)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

“I am fond of pigs.  Dogs look up to us.  Cats look down on us.  Pigs treat us as equals.”  Winston Churchill