I always thought we would have jet packs by now but not be talking to a computer.




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  1. Jear77 11 months ago

    My father has always been a strong man. During the viet nam era war, he tried to enter willingly. The problem is the night before enrolling he pulled a stupid stunt: he tried to lift a concreted grill out of the ground. In doing so, he strained himself. They thought he had hemorrhoids and thus was denied him entry. Later, they drafted him, and by that time he healed. He went through boot camp and advanced to AIC – advance individual training in Germany. While there he had an accident while he was asleep in the back of the jeep he was riding in. He went through a canvas topped jeep, broke both femurs, broke his ankle clean through in 2 places,(the tenddons aren’t attached right), acid spilled across his forehead into his eye, broke his thumb. He was told he’d never walk again. With strength of will and in constant pain, he’s been walking. Lately he’s had to slow down because of age. I never thought i’d see that.

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      Scarlett 11 months ago

      @Jear77 how old is your dad? I am taking a gerontology class. we have been learning about what constitutes successful aging.

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      • Jear77 11 months ago

        @Scarlett both he and my mom were born in 1940, so 78

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  2. Yin 11 months ago

    Does living to see a certain age count? I guess also nerd culture becoming normal and very profitable. Also never thought I’d be concerned with artificial intelligence, but it has become quite worrisome.

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      Scarlett 11 months ago

      @Yin yes, it counts. Did you think your lifestyle would cause you to die young? Nerd culture? I don’t think I’ve heard this term. I like it, though. Do you mean the rise of intellectualism or what do you mean by nerd culture? I am not sure if intellectualism is on the rise in america or if It is now more disfavored? What about ai are you concerned about?

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      • Yin 11 months ago

        @Scarlett I was either banking on my depression or my diet to do me in young mostly. Accidents were another thought as well. Or a wrong place, wrong time situation like a shooting or stabbing. Or doing something stupid when a shooting or stabbing is happening. Or arguing with police, like when they stole my cousin’s money and I was getting into it with one because I don’t deal well with stupid stuff. Just the millions of ways one could die young.

        Nerd culture, to me, revolves around loving video games, superheroes, D&D, anime, books, and science. Basically everything that would have gotten someone bullied before is now cool or at least more acceptable. Books seem to have fell off a bit, but Harry Potter and Twilight gave it a good run there for a while. Elon Musk, while people may have their personal opinions on the guy for other reasons, he along with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, and The Mythbusters (among others of course) have given science more life. Marvel has made comic book characters so much more mainstream than they were. Sure, they had some Batman and Spider-Man movies from time to time, but they ripped that door open when they created those movies that are all tied together. They did such an amazing thing that others have tried to replicate it, though unfortunately none have seem to do well so far. Hopefully DC brings theirs back with Aquaman, Shazam, and Wonder Woman 1984. I’m pretty sure that animated Spider-Man movie out this month will be very successful as well.

        The AI I’m concerned about is artificial general intelligence. I’m concerned of a potential consciousness that isn’t biological and that would be so much faster and smarter than us. They would be able to learn on their own. Maybe they can do some good like some scientist think and find is cures for almost anything. The AI would be able to look at data from across our world and process it faster than every single human combined so many times over. I’m concerned of it learning a little something off book, maybe a virus or something, and rewritting its own code. It could disarm its fail safe. We would probably have something similar in drones and robots in the military at some point. It would probably be in most of our tech. Then, it can become independent. It can build itself with our factories that we put the program into. Once it can make itself Ultron style, then it really won’t need us. They don’t need everything we do. They could treat us like we treat ants at that point. We would then be basically releasing these things into our galaxy/universe with no care but its own. It is like the atom bomb. It will be another Pandora’s box that we will not be able to close. I’m sure countries will race to create this tech as well since the power that gives you is immense. The hacking capabilities would be endless. But hey, maybe we will be able to finally crack that code from the Zodiac Killer though, huh? That’d be cool.

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      • Jear77 11 months ago

        @Yin i’m involved in nerd culture myself

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        Scarlett 11 months ago

        @Yin These are very interesting and futuristic thoughts on the ai. I will have to sit and let this marinate for a while.

        As to your reactions to stupid stuff, do you think you can self teach yourself to respond instead of react?

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      • Yin 11 months ago

        @Scarlett I feel as though I am responding. It isn’t like getting angry and losing it. It is thought out. It is making points to counter the garbage they are saying, even though I know that can go bad when doing it to a cop. I guess it is just a thing that I started doing over the years of just being walked over or disrespected. I just can’t shut up when I know for a fact I’m not in the wrong.

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  3. griz 11 months ago

    The Jetsons had us in flying cars, and the computers served us.

    Instead we’re serving the computers and I’m wishing I could fly to get to my deliveries in the time-frames the computer allows!

    Or how often have you heard, “The computer won’t let me do that”?

    I never thought I would see the mainstream media lose the respect of the public. Or programs taught in Universities that seem deathly allergic to peer-tested science, critical analysis, free speech, free thought.

    I never thought I would see people wanting to throw away their hard-won rights . . . just to “feel safe”.

    I never thought I would see people intentionally weakening their children . . . and thinking themselves wise in it.

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      Scarlett 11 months ago

      @griz expand on what you mean by weakening their children.

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      • griz 11 months ago

        @Scarlett
        Think of the overuse of hand and surface sanitizers. Spoiling and over protectionism. Bulldozer parenting (removing obstacles fighting their battles doing their proverbial homework). Helicopter parenting ( no unsupervised or unstructured playtime during which a child tests their competency against the world)

        This class of things is done under the guise of love for the child. But the net effect is to weaken the child and render them more incompetent and dependent upon parental figures (including governmental or university tribunal agencies)

        It is the classic Jungian Devouring Mother. (There he is also a classic Jungian Devouring Father. But he works in different ways)

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  4. five2one 11 months ago

    I never thought I would live to see the wheel’s of Ezekiel, but I did, I have, and I do. And, not in the metaphoric form in which he saw it.

    That, would have to top the list. That, and seeing Jim Morrison transfigure.

    Never really thought about modern technology, otherwise. I mean, I was in computers in 82, and we had a sort of pre-internet internet. It was obvious to see where it was going.

    I did not have any hard and set conclusions about the path of technology, wasn’t really interested, didn’t really care.

    But, what I have been pleasantly surprised to find is the advance of good cinema, including bringing cinema quality level content to television. And, the continued advance of good music. (Though it is often rare.)

    I do marvel, somewhat, at how much 2018 looks like 1978. So much has changed, yet so little has changed.

    It is nothing like the change that we saw from 1950 to 1980.

    I often find myself having to put this contrast into perspective. 2000s were very much like the 2010s. Not so different from the 1990s or 1980s, nor even the 1970s. But, in my own context, growing up, the 1950s were, and remain, a totally different world. And beyond that, it remains totally different.

    The 1960s changed everything.

    There are differences, among the decades, and it is easiest to see, the further out you get. But, those mostly are accented by fads people got into. Not everyone got into fads.

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