From Nazi to Terminator​, Europe’s Media Target Merkel, But Why Only Germany and the Netherland​s boost a 5.4% and 5.2% Unemployme​nt in Europe with a Balanced Budget

From Nazi to Terminator, Europe’s Media Target Merkel!

But Why Only Germany and the Netherlands boost a 5.4% and 5.2% Unemployment rate, respectively, in Europe, with a Balanced Budget???

Maybe they made sure to read again the “Cicada/Grasshopper and the Ant” from Aesop/La Fontaine Fables to make sure people understand it thoroughly, i.e., personal or state bankruptcies should be left only for “unforeseeable accidents” and not for “repetitive un-corrected chronic irresponsibility and careless waste of funds and assets”..

Keeping an Export Economy with a positive export balance of payment allowing to absorb the vagaries of their national consumption economies;

No major outsourcing/offshoring of critical economic functions and jobs, like R & D, Design, Engineering, Manufacturing/Production/Logistics, keeping the aura of “product of the Netherlands” and “Made in Germany” intact, keeping up employment in Germany and the Netherlands;

Management 3 “Cs”: Commitment, Competence, Consistency, before anybody in the world, the Netherlands and Germany workforces and their labor unions accepted and enforced collective competitive belt-tightening compensation strategies, focussing on a national long-term nationally beneficial strategy instead of “everyone for him or herself” like in the other parts of the world, particularly the multinationals (MNCs);

Finance 3″Cs”: Capacity to Repay, Collateral, Character/Credit History, if you cannot buy it outright you should NOT hope for the “providence”, “the good luck”, “the casino roulette or poker” or the “national lottery” or the “state providence” (or the World Bank, IMF, IFC, for that matter, if you are a country government which made the global help funds disappear in your leaders pockets robbing your people)  to bail you out,……..repetitively! Planning instead of gambling should be the motto and hedge funds and flight to swiss bank accounts or fiscal paradises should be forbidden as they are just gambling/betting and/or stealing!……

Realistic View on the Failure of Multiculturalism as explained by  Angela Merkel: “”In October 2010 Merkel told a meeting of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party at Potsdam that attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany had “utterly failed”, stating: “The concept that we are now living side by side and are happy about it does not work” and that “we feel attached to the Christian concept of mankind, that is what defines us. Anyone who doesn’t accept that is in the wrong place here.”[ She continued to say that immigrants should integrate and adopt Germany’s culture and values. This has added to a growing debate within Germany on the levels of immigration, its effect on Germany and the degree to which Muslim immigrants have integrated into German society. She scored well on her handling of the recent euro crisis (69% rated her performance as good rather than poor), and her approval rating reached an all-time high of 77% in February 2012.”

Still Not Fanatical or “anti-Muslims”:

“Merkel has been criticized for being personally present and involved at the M100 Media Award handover to Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. This happened at a time of fierce emotional debate in Germany over disparaging remarks about Muslim immigrants made by the former Deutsche Bundesbank executive Thilo Sarrazin. The Zentralrat der Muslime and the left party (Die Linke) as well as the German Green Party criticized the action by the centre-right chancellor. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper wrote: “This will probably be the most explosive appointment of her chancellorship so far.” Others have praised Merkel and called it a brave and bold move for the cause of freedom of speech.

In September 2010, concerning a debate on integration, Merkel said to the Frankfurter Allgemeine that “Germans will see more mosques”. In October 2010, following a speech by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Christian Wulff during the German reunification day, she stated that “Islam is part of Germany”.

Members of her cabinet and Merkel herself also support the idea of, and are already introducing, Islamic education and classes in schools.”

“Remember the ant and the grasshopper:

OLD VERSION . . .

The ant works hard, in the withering heat, all summer long.

He builds his house and stores supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks that the ant is a fool.

He laughs, dances and plays the summer away, preparing nothing for the coming winter.

Winter comes, the ant is safe and warm.

The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

The moral to the story being: BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF!

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NEW VERSION . . . (sad but true)

The ant works hard, in the withering heat, all summer long.

He builds his house and stores supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks that the ant is a fool.

He laughs, dances and plays the summer away, preparing nothing for the coming winter.

Winter comes, the ant is safe and warm.

The shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and fed, while others are cold and starving!

CBS, NBC, ABC & CNN show up to provide pictures of shivering grasshoppers, next to a video of an ant

in his comfortable home, with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast! How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor

grasshopper is allowed to suffer this way?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah, with the grasshopper.

Everyone cries when they sing “It’s Not Easy Being Green”.

Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house, where the news stations film the group

singing “We Shall Overcome”.

Jesse then has the group pray for the grasshopper’s sake, and reminds the group to contribute to his group, so that he can “continue the fight” for grasshoppers, everywhere!

Ted Kennedy & John Kerry exclaim, in an interview with Tom Brokaw, that the ant has gotten rich, off

the back of the poor grasshopper!

Both call for an immediate tax hike, to make the ant pay “his fair share”!

Finally, the EEOC drafts the “Economic Equity For Grasshoppers Act”, retroactive to the beginning of the

summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire the proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to

pay his retroactive taxes, his house is confiscated by the government.

Hillary Clinton gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper, in a defamation suit against the ant.

The case is tried in federal court, with a jury comprised of unemployed welfare recipients.

Surprise! The ant loses the case!

The story ends, as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food, while the government house he lives in (which happens to be the ant’s old house) crumbles around him,

due to lack of maintenance!

The ant has disappeared in the snow.

The grasshopper is found, dead, in a drug-related incident.

The house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders, who terrorize this once-peaceful neighborhood.”……. :+)

 

Resources:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/47991017

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Merkel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ant_and_the_Grasshopper

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aesop%27s_Fables

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_de_La_Fontaine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bankruptcy

http://righttruth.typepad.com/right_truth/2006/10/the_ant_and_the.html

Craziness Emerging: When War Starts to Be Seen As a Good Idea for Employment — Written 06/21/2012

“There are thousands of civilian jobs related to the war effort, and cutbacks in defense spending have already led to reductions in these defense-related jobs, including direct government positions or those with defense contractors. The loss of these jobs isn’t good news for the still-dim employment picture.

“It will create a greater supply of workers and create more pain overall for the U.S. work force,” said Gautam Godhwani, CEO of jobs website SimplyHired.com.”

“National Guard and Reserve soldiers have faced numerous deployments and calls to duty during the years of war over the past decade, and many have returned to find they no longer had jobs they expected to return to. Some contend they have faced  discrimination on their return, or retaliation for their military service.

Such actions are illegal under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, or USERRA, which is supposed to help protect veterans when they return to the workforce.

Complaints brought under the law have escalated in recent years, mirroring the number of guard and reservists returning to their civilian lives.”

““We have tools in place to help managers fill temporary positions for whatever reason the position is open,” said Lisa Malloy, a spokeswoman for Intel, which employs 100,000, including about 3,000 who have been in the military.

Mark Miera, 43, a National Guard member in New Mexico who’s worked for Intel for 18 years, has had two deployments since 9/11, including a stint in Afghanistan that ended in December.

When he was overseas colleagues messaged him about a position as manager of construction at Intel, and before he came back to work he ended up with a promotion.

“Intel has always moved beyond the requirements of the law,” he said. “They don’t question protecting veterans returning from war and their positions.””

“Nearly half of the adults who moved into someone else’s house between 2007 and 2010 were 25 to 34 years old, the Census researchers found. About 10 million people in that age were living in someone else’s house in 2010, up from 8.5 million in 2007.

That’s an age when people are typically starting out in their adult life, finding a place of their own or getting married and starting a family. Instead, economists say many are hobbled by the tight job market and student loan debt. Sharing a house is a symptom of those problems.

“People are living at home because either they’re underemployed or they’re unemployed, and that’s because times are tough,” said Patrick Newport, U.S. economist with IHS Global Insight.”

Resources:

http://lifeinc.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/21/12321748-defense-cuts-could-further-dim-us-jobs-picture?lite

http://lifeinc.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/20/12241515-veterans-return-from-war-to-find-jobs-gone?lite

http://lifeinc.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/21/12323688-more-adults-moving-in-with-mom-dad-or-roommates

 

What’s Cooking? The Conceptual Era/Imagin​ation Age Dawning — Written 06/21/2012

The Follow Up Concept(s) to Daniel Pink “Conceptual Era” (2005)……….

“Conceptual thinking habits:

Strong opinion and belief about ideas.

Defending and going beyond the trouble to prove your ideas or thoughts as correct.

Is not easily swayed by society — chooses to do things out of will, not out of popularity.

Believes in the independent individual.

The average person does not have nearly the amount of questions and deep thoughts that appear in a conceptual thinker’s mind. The average person is bored with concepts, ideas, and philosophies while a conceptual thinker becomes fascinated.”

 

“If you consider yourself a perfectionist, entrepreneur, or philosopher, you are most likely a conceptual thinker.”

 

“The imagination age is a concept that states that the economy and culture of advanced economies is moving beyond the information age in to an age where creativity and imagination over analysis and thinking will become the primary creators of economic value. Imagination, over Information is seen as the new key activity of the economy and culture. The concept holds that technologies like virtual reality, user created content and YouTube will change the way humans interact with each other and how they create economic and social structures. A key concept is that the rise of the immersive virtual reality, the cyberspace or the metaverse will raise the value of imagination work of designers, artists, video makers and actors over rational thinking as a foundation of culture and economics.”

 

“The term imagination age was first introduced as a cultural and economic philosophy by artist, writer and cultural philosopher Rita J. King in her November 2007 essay for the British Council, “The Emergence of a New Global Culture in the Imagination Age” where she began using the phrase, “Toward a New Global Culture and Economy in the Imagination Age”. King further refined the development of her thinking in a 2008 Paris essay entitled, “Our Vision for Sustainable Culture in the Imagination Age” in which she states,

 

Active participants in the Imagination Age are becoming cultural ambassadors by introducing virtual strangers to unfamiliar customs, costumes, traditions, rituals and beliefs, which humanizes foreign cultures, contributes to a sense of belonging to one’s own culture and fosters an interdependent perspective on sharing the riches of all systems. Cultural transformation is a constant process, and the challenges of modernization can threaten identity, which leads to unrest and eventually, if left unchecked, to violent conflict. Under such conditions it is tempting to impose homogeneity, which undermines the highly specific systems that encompass the myriad luminosity of the human experience.

 

Rita J. King has expanded her interpretation of the Imagination Age concept through speeches at the O’Reilly Media, TED, Cusp, and Business Innovation Factory conferences. King also edits “The Imagination Age” blog.

The term imagination age was subsequently popularized in techno-cultural discourse by other writers, futurists and technologists, who attributed the term to Rita J. King, including Jason Silva and Tish Shute a technology entrepreneur and publisher of Augmented Reality and emerging technology blog “UgoTrade”.

Earlier, one-time, references to the imagination age can be found attributed to Carl W. Olson in his 2001 book “The Boss is Dead…: Leadership Breakthroughs for the Imagination Age” ISBN 0-7596-1576-4″ virtual worlds developer Howard Stearns in 2005 and Cathilea Robinett in 2007.”

 

“The imagination age would be a society and culture dominated by an imagination economy. The idea relies on a key Marxist concept that culture is a super-structure fully conditioned by the economic substructure. According to Marxist thinking certain kinds of culture and art were made possible by the adoption of farming technology. Then with the rise of industry new forms of political organization (democracy, militarism, fascism, communism) were made possible along with new forms of culture (mass media, news papers, films). These resulted in people changing. In the case of industrialization people were trained to become more literate, to follow time routines, to like in urban communities.

The concept of the imagination age extends this to a new order emerging presently.

An imagination economy is defined by some thinkers as an economy where intuitive and creative thinking create economic value, after logical and rational thinking has been outsourced to other economies.

Michael Cox Chief Economist at Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas argues that economic trends show a shift away from information sector employment and job growth towards creative jobs. Jobs in publishing, he has pointed out are declining while jobs for designers, architects, actors & directors, software engineers and photographers are all growing. This shift in job creation is a sign the beginning of the Imagination Age. The 21st century has seen a growth in games and interactive media jobs.

Cox argues that the skills can be viewed as a “hierarchy of human talents”, with raw physical effort as the lowest form of value creation, above this skilled labor and information entry to creative reasoning and emotional intelligence. Each layer provides more value creation than the skills below it, and the outcome of globalization and automation is that labor is made available for higher levels skills that create more value. Presently theses skills are tending to be around imagination, social and emotional intelligence, and imagination.”

 

“Key to the idea that imagination is becoming the key commodity of our time is a confidence that Virtual Reality technology, like Second Life will emerge to take much of the place of the current text and graphic dominated Internet. This will provide a 3-D Internet where imagination and creativity over information and search will be key talents to creating user experience and value.

The concept is not limited to just virtual reality. Charlie Magee states that the technology that will develop during the imagination age would include:

The best bet is on a hybrid breakthrough created by the meshing of nanotechnology, computer science (including artificial intelligence), biotechnology (including biochemistry, biopsychology, etc.), and virtual reality.In The Singularity is Near Raymond Kurzweil states that future combination of AI, nano-technology, and biotechnology will create a world where anything that can be imagined will be possible, raising the importance of imagination as the key mode of human thinking.”

 

“Imagination Age as a philosophical tenet heralding a new wave of cultural and economic innovation appears to have been first introduced by Rita J. King in a 2008 collection of essays for the British Council entitled, “The Emergence of a New Global Culture in the Imagination Age” Says King,

 

“Rather than exist as an unwitting victim of circumstance, all too often unaware of the impact of having been born in a certain place at a certain time, to parents firmly nestled within particular values and socioeconomic brackets, millions of people are creating new virtual identities and meaningful relationships with others who would have remained strangers, each isolated within their respective realities.”

 

 

“Second Life is an online virtual world developed by Linden Lab. It was launched on June 23, 2003. A number of free client programs, or Viewers, enable Second Life users, called Residents, to interact with each other through avatars. Residents can explore the world (known as the grid), meet other residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and create and trade virtual property and services with one another. Second Life is intended for people aged 16 and over. The game reached its top popularity in the mid-to-late 2000s,when major pop-rock acts (Duran Duran, Depeche Mode), politician and showbiz personalities made virtual appearances, concerts and public speeches on Second Life, but it has since declined, as other competing clients have appeared mimicking SL appearance and setup.

Built into the software is a three-dimensional modeling tool based on simple geometric shapes that allows residents to build virtual objects. There is also a procedural scripting language, Linden Scripting Language, which can be used to add interactivity to objects. Although sculpted prims (sculpties), mesh, textures for clothing or other objects, and animations and gestures can be created using external software and imported, all such options require extensive programming skills making Second Life a complex game, best experienced by people with beyond-average computer gaming knowledge. The Second Life Terms of Service provide that users retain copyright for any content they create, and the server and client provide simple digital rights management functions.”

 

“”The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology ” is a 2005 update of Raymond Kurzweil’s 1999 book, The Age of Spiritual Machines and his 1990 book The Age of Intelligent Machines. In it, as in the two previous versions, Kurzweil attempts to give a glimpse of what awaits us in the near future. He proposes a coming technological singularity, and how we would thus be able to augment our bodies and minds with technology. He describes the singularity as resulting from a combination of three important technologies of the 21st century: genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics (including artificial intelligence).

Four central postulates of the book are as follows:

A technological-evolutionary point known as “the singularity” exists as an achievable goal for humanity.

Through a law of accelerating returns, technology is progressing toward the singularity at an exponential rate.

The functionality of the human brain is quantifiable in terms of technology that we can build in the near future.

Medical advancements make it possible for a significant number of his generation (Baby Boomers) to live long enough for the exponential growth of technology to intersect and surpass the processing of the human brain.”

 

“Isaac Asimov  born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov, Russian c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His works have been published in all ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System (although his only work in the 100s—which covers philosophy and psychology—was a foreword for The Humanist Way).”

 

“Asimov is widely considered a master of hard science fiction and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he was considered one of the “Big Three” science fiction writers during his lifetime.Asimov’s most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series, both of which he later tied into the same fictional universe as the Foundation Series to create a unified “future history” for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson.”

 

“He wrote many short stories, among them “Nightfall”, which in 1964 was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.”

 

“The first screen adaptation of an Asimov robot stories was the third episode of the British television series Out of This World based on “Little Lost Robot” (1962). Dramatised by Leo Lehman and starring Maxine Audley as Susan Calvin, this is the only episode of the series known to have survived.

This was followed by a 1964 dramatision of The Caves of Steel for the BBC series Story Parade and then four episodes of the BBC television series Out of the Unknown, based on “Satisfaction Guaranteed” (1966), “Reason (in an episode titled “The Prophet”, 1967), “Liar!” (1969), and The Naked Sun (1969). In these adaptations, Elijah Baley was portrayed by Peter Cushing (The Caves of Steel) and Paul Maxwell (The Naked Sun), R. Daneel Olivaw by John Carson (The Caves of Steel) and David Collings (The Naked Sun), and Susan Calvin by Beatrix Lehmann (“The Prophet”) and Wendy Gifford (“Liar!”). In “Satisfaction Guaranteed”, the character of Susan Calvin was renamed Dr Inge Jensen and portrayed by Ann Firbank.

In the late 1970s, Harlan Ellison wrote a screenplay based on Asimov’s book I, Robot for Warner Bros.. This film project was ultimately abandoned, but Ellison’s script was later published in book form as I, Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay (1994).

Robots, a 1988 television film based on Asimov’s Robot Series, starred Stephen Rowe as Elijah Baley and Brent Barrett as R. Daneel Olivaw.

Bicentennial Man (1999) was the first theatrical movie adaptation of an Asimov story or novel, based on both Asimov’s original short story and its novel expansion The Positronic Man. The film starred Robin Williams as robot Andrew Martin.

The Twentieth Century Fox motion picture I, Robot (2004) presented an original story set in Asimov’s Robot universe featuring Dr Susan Calvin and other characters from Asimov’s I, Robot collection. The film originated from a spec screenplay entitled ‘Hardwired’ written in 1995 by Jeff Vintar. While this earlier script had no direct connections with Asimov, it was considered suitably ‘Asimovian’ in nature (being a ‘locked room’ murder mystery with robot suspects) to provide the basis for an I, Robot movie. Elements from several Asimov robot stories were woven into the overall storyline, including “Little Lost Robot”, “The Evitable Conflict” and “Robot Dreams”. The movie starred Will Smith as Del Spooner and Bridget Moynahan as Susan Calvin.”

 

“The Three Laws of Robotics (often shortened to The Three Laws or Three Laws) are a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov and later added to. The rules were introduced in his 1942 short story “Runaround”, although they had been foreshadowed in a few earlier stories. The Three Laws are:

A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

These form an organizing principle and unifying theme for Asimov’s robotic-based fiction, appearing in his Robot series, the stories linked to it, and his Lucky Starr series of young-adult fiction. The Laws are incorporated into almost all of the positronic robots appearing in his fiction, and cannot be bypassed, being intended as a safety feature. Many of Asimov’s robot-focused stories involve robots behaving in unusual and counter-intuitive ways as an unintended consequence of how the robot applies the Three Laws to the situation in which it finds itself. Other authors working in Asimov’s fictional universe have adopted them and references, often parodic, appear throughout science fiction as well as in other genres.

The original laws have been altered and elaborated on by Asimov and other authors. Asimov himself made slight modifications to the first three in various books and short stories to further develop how robots would interact with humans and each other; he also added a fourth, or zeroth law, to precede the others:

0. A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.”The Three Laws, and the zeroth, have pervaded science fiction and are referred to in many books, films, and other media.”

 

“Significant advances in artificial intelligence would be needed for robots to understand the Three Laws. However, as the complexity of robots has increased, so has interest in developing guidelines and safeguards for their operation.

In a 2007 guest editorial in the journal Science on the topic of “Robot Ethics,” SF author Robert J. Sawyer argues that since the military is a major source of funding for robotic research it is unlikely such laws would be built into their designs. In a separate essay, Sawyer generalizes this argument to cover other industries stating:

 

The development of AI is a business, and businesses are notoriously uninterested in fundamental safeguards — especially philosophic ones. (A few quick examples: the tobacco industry, the automotive industry, the nuclear industry. Not one of these has said from the outset that fundamental safeguards are necessary, every one of them has resisted externally imposed safeguards, and none has accepted an absolute edict against ever causing harm to humans.)

 

David Langford has suggested a tongue-in-cheek set of laws:

A robot will not harm authorized Government personnel but will terminate intruders with extreme prejudice.

A robot will obey the orders of authorized personnel except where such orders conflict with the Third Law.

A robot will guard its own existence with lethal antipersonnel weaponry, because a robot is bloody expensive.

Roger Clarke (aka Rodger Clarke) wrote a pair of papers analyzing the complications in implementing these laws in the event that systems were someday capable of employing them. He argued “Asimov’s Laws of Robotics have been a very successful literary device. Perhaps ironically, or perhaps because it was artistically appropriate, the sum of Asimov’s stories disprove the contention that he began with: It is not possible to reliably constrain the behaviour of robots by devising and applying a set of rules.” On the other hand Asimov’s later novels The Robots of Dawn, Robots and Empire and Foundation and Earth imply that the robots inflicted their worst long-term harm by obeying the Three Laws perfectly well, thereby depriving humanity of inventive or risk-taking behaviour.

In March 2007 the South Korean government announced that later in the year it would issue a “Robot Ethics Charter” setting standards for both users and manufacturers. According to Park Hye-Young of the Ministry of Information and Communication the Charter may reflect Asimov’s Three Laws, attempting to set ground rules for the future development of robotics.

The futurist Hans Moravec (a prominent figure in the transhumanist movement) proposed that the Laws of Robotics should be adapted to “corporate intelligences” — the corporations driven by AI and robotic manufacturing power which Moravec believes will arise in the near future. In contrast, the David Brin novel Foundation’s Triumph (1999) suggests that the Three Laws may decay into obsolescence: Robots use the Zeroth Law to rationalize away the First Law and robots hide themselves from human beings so that the Second Law never comes into play. Brin even portrays R. Daneel Olivaw worrying that, should robots continue to reproduce themselves, the Three Laws would become an evolutionary handicap and natural selection would sweep the Laws away — Asimov’s careful foundation undone by evolutionary computation. Although the robots would not be evolving through design instead of mutation because the robots would have to follow the Three Laws while designing and the prevalence of the laws would be ensured, design flaws or construction errors could functionally take the place of biological mutation.

In the July/August 2009 issue of IEEE Intelligent Systems, Robin Murphy (Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M) and David D. Woods (director of the Cognitive Systems Engineering Laboratory at Ohio State) proposed “The Three Laws of Responsible Robotics” as a way to stimulate discussion about the role of responsibility and authority when designing not only a single robotic platform but the larger system in which the platform operates. The laws are as follows:

A human may not deploy a robot without the human-robot work system meeting the highest legal and professional standards of safety and ethics.

A robot must respond to humans as appropriate for their roles.

A robot must be endowed with sufficient situated autonomy to protect its own existence as long as such protection provides smooth transfer of control which does not conflict with the First and Second Laws.

Woods said, “Our laws are little more realistic, and therefore a little more boring” and that “The philosophy has been, ‘sure, people make mistakes, but robots will be better – a perfect version of ourselves.’ We wanted to write three new laws to get people thinking about the human-robot relationship in more realistic, grounded ways.””

 

“Transhumanism, abbreviated as H+ or h+, is an international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as study the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies. They predict that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label “posthuman”.

The contemporary meaning of the term transhumanism was foreshadowed by one of the first professors of futurology, FM-2030, who taught “new concepts of the Human” at The New School of New York City in the 1960s, when he began to identify people who adopt technologies, lifestyles and world views transitional to “posthumanity” as “transhuman”. This hypothesis would lay the intellectual groundwork for the British philosopher Max More to begin articulating the principles of transhumanism as a futurist philosophy in 1990, and organizing in California an intelligentsia that has since grown into the worldwide transhumanist movement.

Influenced by seminal works of science fiction, the transhumanist vision of a transformed future humanity has attracted many supporters and detractors from a wide range of perspectives. Transhumanism has been condemned by one critic, Francis Fukuyama, as the world’s most dangerous idea, while one proponent, Ronald Bailey, counters that it is the “movement that epitomizes the most daring, courageous, imaginative, and idealistic aspirations of humanity”.”

 

“The very traits that make someone creative, passionate, and likely to achieve a high degree of success in their domain, are the same traits that define psychological disorders such as Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and ADHD. So what is the difference between creativity and psychopathology? Where do we draw the line between functional excess of extreme traits and the point at which they define a psychological disorder?”(H+ Magazine)”

 

“While many transhumanist theorists and advocates seek to apply reason, science and technology for the purposes of reducing poverty, disease, disability, and malnutrition around the globe, transhumanism is distinctive in its particular focus on the applications of technologies to the improvement of human bodies at the individual level. Many transhumanists actively assess the potential for future technologies and innovative social systems to improve the quality of all life, while seeking to make the material reality of the human condition fulfill the promise of legal and political equality by eliminating congenital mental and physical barriers.

Transhumanist philosophers argue that there not only exists a perfectionist ethical imperative for humans to strive for progress and improvement of the human condition but that it is possible and desirable for humanity to enter a transhuman phase of existence, in which humans are in control of their own evolution. In such a phase, natural evolution would be replaced with deliberate change.

Some theorists, such as Raymond Kurzweil, think that the pace of technological innovation is accelerating and that the next 50 years may yield not only radical technological advances but possibly a technological singularity, which may fundamentally change the nature of human beings.Transhumanists who foresee this massive technological change generally maintain that it is desirable. However, some are also concerned with the possible dangers of extremely rapid technological change and propose options for ensuring that advanced technology is used responsibly. For example, Bostrom has written extensively on existential risks to humanity’s future welfare, including risks that could be created by emerging technologies.”

 

“The technological singularity is the hypothetical future emergence of greater-than-human intelligence through technological means. Since the capabilities of such intelligence would be difficult for an unaided human mind to comprehend, the occurrence of a technological singularity is seen as an intellectual event horizon, beyond which events cannot be predicted or understood. Proponents of the singularity typically state that an “intelligence explosion” is a key factor of the Singularity where superintelligences design successive generations of increasingly powerful minds.

This hypothesized process of intelligent self-modification might occur very quickly, and might not stop until the agent’s cognitive abilities greatly surpass that of any human. The term “intelligence explosion” is therefore sometimes used to refer to this scenario.

The term was coined by science fiction writer Vernor Vinge, who argues that artificial intelligence, human biological enhancement or brain-computer interfaces could be possible causes of the singularity. The concept is popularized by futurists like Ray Kurzweil and it is expected by proponents to occur sometime in the 21st century, although estimates vary.”

 

“Transhumanists engage in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and evaluating possibilities for overcoming biological limitations. They draw on futurology and various fields of ethics such as bioethics, infoethics, nanoethics, neuroethics, roboethics, and technoethics mainly but not exclusively from a philosophically utilitarian, socially progressive, politically and economically liberal perspective. Unlike many philosophers, social critics, and activists who place a moral value on preservation of natural systems, transhumanists see the very concept of the specifically “natural” as problematically nebulous at best, and an obstacle to progress at worst. In keeping with this, many prominent transhumanist advocates refer to transhumanism’s critics on the political right and left jointly as “bioconservatives” or “bioluddites”, the latter term alluding to the 19th century anti-industrialisation social movement that opposed the replacement of human manual labourers by machines.”

 

“There is a variety of opinion within transhumanist thought. Many of the leading transhumanist thinkers hold views that are under constant revision and development. Some distinctive currents of transhumanism are identified and listed here in alphabetical order:

Abolitionism, an ethical ideology based upon a perceived obligation to use technology to eliminate involuntary suffering in all sentient life.

Democratic transhumanism, a political ideology synthesizing liberal democracy, social democracy, radical democracy and transhumanism.

Extropianism, an early school of transhumanist thought characterized by a set of principles advocating a proactive approach to human evolution.

Immortalism, a moral ideology based upon the belief that technological immortality is possible and desirable, and advocating research and development to ensure its realization.

Libertarian transhumanism, a political ideology synthesizing right-libertarianism and transhumanism.

Postgenderism, a social philosophy which seeks the voluntary elimination of gender in the human species through the application of advanced biotechnology and assisted reproductive technologies.

Singularitarianism, a moral ideology based upon the belief that a technological singularity is possible, and advocating deliberate action to effect it and ensure its safety.

Technogaianism, an ecological ideology based upon the belief that emerging technologies can help restore Earth’s environment, and that developing safe, clean, alternative technology should therefore be an important goal of environmentalists.”

 

” Although some transhumanists report having religious or spiritual views, they are for the most part atheists, agnostics or secular humanists. A vocal minority of transhumanists, however, follow liberal forms of Eastern philosophies such as Buddhism and Yoga or have merged their transhumanist ideas with established Western religions such as liberal Christianity or Mormonism. Despite the prevailing secular attitude, some transhumanists pursue hopes traditionally espoused by religions, such as “immortality”, while several controversial new religious movements,
originating in the late 20th century, have explicitly embraced transhumanist goals of transforming the human condition by applying technology to the alteration of the mind and body, such as Raëlism. However, most thinkers associated with the transhumanist movement focus on the practical goals of using technology to help achieve longer and healthier lives; while speculating that future understanding of neurotheology and the application of neurotechnology will enable humans to gain greater control of altered states of consciousness, which were commonly interpreted as “spiritual experiences”, and thus achieve more profound self-knowledge.”

 

“Many transhumanists believe in the compatibility of human minds with computer hardware, with the theoretical implication that human consciousness may someday be transferred to alternative media, a speculative technique commonly known as “mind uploading”. One extreme formulation of this idea, which some transhumanists are interested in, is the proposal of the “Omega Point” by Christian cosmologist Frank Tipler. Drawing upon ideas in digitalism, Tipler has advanced the notion that the collapse of the Universe billions of years hence could create the conditions for the perpetuation of humanity in a simulated reality within a megacomputer, and thus achieve a form of “posthuman godhood”. Tipler’s thought was inspired by the writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a paleontologist and Jesuit theologian who saw an evolutionary telos in the development of an encompassing noosphere, a global consciousness.”

 

“Transhumanists support the emergence and convergence of technologies such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science (NBIC), and hypothetical future technologies such as simulated reality, artificial intelligence, superintelligence, mind uploading, chemical brain preservation, and cryonics. They believe that humans can and should use these technologies to become more than human. They therefore support the recognition and/or protection of cognitive liberty, morphological freedom, and procreative liberty as civil liberties, so as to guarantee individuals the choice of using human enhancement technologies on themselves and their children. Some speculate that human enhancement techniques and other emerging technologies may facilitate more radical human enhancement no later than the midpoint of the 21st century.”

 

“Technogaianism (a portmanteau word combining “techno-” for technology and “gaian” for Gaia philosophy) is a bright green environmentalist stance of active support for the research, development and use of emerging and future technologies to help restore Earth’s environment. Technogaians argue that developing safe, clean, alternative technology should be an important goal of environmentalists.”

 

“Gaia philosophy (named after Gaia, Greek goddess of the Earth) is a broadly inclusive term for related concepts that living organisms on a planet will affect the nature of their environment in order to make the environment more suitable for life. This set of theories holds that all organisms on an extraterrestrial life-giving planet regulate the biosphere to the benefit of the whole. Gaia concept draws a connection between the survivability of a species (hence its evolutionary course) and its usefulness to the survival of other species.”

 

“The film Avatar depicts a world (Pandora) that functions like a single organism, in which various species of earth and sky cooperate with the humanoid population (the Na’vi) to defend the planet against a corporate-military invasion.

Gaia is depicted as a mysterious planet in Isaac Asimov’s science fiction ‘Foundation’s Edge’. It is described as a ‘superorganism’, where all things, both living and inanimate, participate in a larger, group consciousness, while still retaining any individual awareness they might have, such as among the Gaian humans. Gaians played an important role in shaping the future course of universe.”

Resources

http://tranquilheart.hubpages.com/hub/The-Conceptual-Era

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imagination_Age

http://www.britishcouncil.org/tn2020-research-findings-authors-king.htm

http://www.britishcouncil.org/tn2020-king.pdf

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Life

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Singularity_is_Near

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conceptual_economy

http://www.isconsultingco.com/images/Flyer,%20Leadership%20Communication%20Workshops,%202Q08.pdf

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Asimov

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Foundation_Series

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Asimov%27s_Galactic_Empire_Series

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Asimov%27s_Robot_Series

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_A._Heinlein

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_C._Clarke

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transhumanism

 

http://hplusmagazine.com/

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernor_Vinge

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Kurzweil

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_enhancement

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technogaian

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_philosophy

 

 

 

Unemployed​/underempl​oyed/stink​ing job/stinki​ng pay? How About a Class Action Suit Against “God” (or God’s Closest Representa​tives, the Feds) for False Advertising​? — Written 06/20/12

“Reread a favorite verse from Philippians: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ.” ”

“The Bible has a startlingly simple solution for anxiety: trust in God, and find your anxiety replaced by a spiritual peace beyond anything you’ve experienced.

http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%204:6-7&version=NIV

“These are anxious days for American workers. Many, like Ms. Woods, are underemployed. Others find pay that is simply not keeping up with their expenses: adjusted for inflation, the median hourly wage was lower in 2011 than it was a decade earlier, according to data from a forthcoming book by the Economic Policy Institute, “The State of Working America, 12th Edition.” Good benefits are harder to come by, and people are staying longer in jobs that they want to leave, afraid that they will not be able to find something better. Only 2.1 million people quit their jobs in March, down from the 2.9 million people who quit in December 2007, the first month of the recession.”

““Unfortunately, the wage problems brought on by the recession pile on top of a three-decade stagnation of wages for low- and middle-wage workers,” said Lawrence Mishel, the president of the Economic Policy Institute, a research group in Washington that studies the labor market. “In the aftermath of the financial crisis, there has been persistent high unemployment as households reduced debt and scaled back purchases. The consequence for wages has been substantially slower growth across the board, including white-collar and college-educated workers.” ”

““Everything’s gone up. Rent went up, gas went up, food went up, milk went up, cheeseburgers went up, even cigarettes went up,” said Mr. Chea, who had stopped at the barbershop to spiff up before his job interview. “I’m used to getting a haircut for $6 or $7, but they charged me $9. Even haircuts have gone up.””

Unemployed/underemployed/stinking job/stinking pay?

How about a Class Action Suit against “God” (or God’s closest reincarnation after the Christian Churches since they even advertise it “in God We Trust” as a collateral on their money/IOUs) The USA Federal Government, for letting USA MNCs outsource the quasi-entire USA Economy (even in US Federal Government contracts there are no “Made in USA” or “Made by US Citizens/GCs” clauses) while avoiding their responsibilities by setting their Headquarters in “fiscal paradises” (to avoid paying USA taxes and USA prosecutions since most of them have “no extradition” clauses) offshore and failing their, supposedly, since they are USA corporate citizens, “duty to rescue” their fellow US Citizens…….;+)

In the military (UCMJ Article 99- “Misbehavior Before the Enemy”), it would be seen as desertion in face of the enemy and punishable by the firing squad……..;+)

“A duty to rescue is a concept in tort law that arises in a number of cases, describing a circumstance in which a party can be held liable for failing to come to the rescue of another party in peril. In common law systems, it is rarely formalized in statutes which would bring the penalty of law down upon those who fail to rescue. This does not necessarily obviate a moral duty to rescue: though law is binding and carries government-authorized sanctions, there are also separate ethical arguments for a duty to rescue that may prevail even where law does not punish failure to rescue.”

“Employers have an obligation to rescue employees, under an implied contract theory.”

“Typically, federal courts are thought to be more favorable for defendants, and state courts more favorable for plaintiffs. Many class actions are filed initially in state court. The defendant will frequently try to remove the case to federal court. The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 increases defendants’ ability to remove state cases to federal court by giving federal courts original jurisdiction for all class actions with damages exceeding $5,000,000, exclusive of interest and costs. It should be noted, however, that the Class Action Fairness Act contains carve-outs for, ‘inter alia’, shareholder class actions covered by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and those concerning internal corporate governance issues (the latter typically being brought as shareholder derivative actions in the state courts of Delaware, the state of incorporation of most large corporations).”

“The procedure for filing a class action is to file suit with one or several named plaintiffs on behalf of a proposed class. The proposed class must consist of a group of individuals or business entities that have suffered a common injury or injuries. Typically these cases result from an action on the part of a business or a particular product defect or policy that applied to all proposed class members in a typical manner. After the complaint is filed, the plaintiff must file a motion to have the class certified. In some cases class certification may require discovery in order to determine its size and if the proposed class meets the standard for class certification.”

“In federal civil procedure law, which has also been accepted by approximately 35 states (through adoption of state civil procedure rules similar to the federal rules), the class action must have certain definite characteristics (often referred to by the acronym CANT):

Commonality—there must be one or more legal or factual claims common to the entire class (in some cases, it must be shown that the common issues will predominate the proceedings over individual issues, such as the amount of damages due to a particular class member),

Adequacy—the representative parties must adequately protect the interests of the class,

Numerosity—the class must be so large as to make individual suits impractical (in other words, that the class action is a superior vehicle for resolution than numerous individual suits), and

Typicality—the claims or defenses must be typical of the plaintiffs or defendants.”

“A very good case of “the pot calling the kettle black”…….;+)

“The Federal Reserve’s monetary easing has reached its limit and it is now time for the government to put fiscal policy to work, according to Robert Heller, former governor of the U.S. central bank.”

“”Monetary policy, the foot is on the gas pedal, has been there for a long time, three years now,”  “And I think the Fed has done what it can do. It’s now the time for fiscal policy to do its part.””

““The banks have plenty of liquidity, there’s a dearth of demand for good credit,” he said. “There are not enough credit-worthy borrowers around at the present time in the United States, so people got to continue to repair their balance sheet.””

“Besides the need for fiscal policies that boost economic growth, another issue that’s standing in the way of a stronger recovery in the U.S. is regulations and the difficulty of doing business. The government has to make it easier for the corporate sector to invest.”

““If after the elections in the United States (in November), we will get an easing of some of the regulatory policies that are holding back the U.S. economy at the present time…if those regulations are eased a bit, then the U.S. economy really has the potential to grow much faster, snap back, and that doesn’t only go for the federal level, that goes for the state and the local level.” ”

Resources

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47872983/ns/business-us_business/

http://economywatch.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/19/12299677-job-openings-drop-raising-further-concerns-about-labor-market?lite

http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/18/12285739-boomers-hep-c-tests-may-torpedo-insurance-chances-experts-say?lite

http://economywatch.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/18/12285504-funding-gap-for-state-retirement-benefits-rises-to-14-trillion

http://www.cnbc.com/id/47883391

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistle_to_the_Philippians

http://www.gospel.com/bookmarks/Anxiety-Bible-Philippians-4-6-7/8608

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Class_action

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duty_to_rescue

http://usmilitary.about.com/library/milinfo/mcm/bl99.htm

 

 

Did You Vote and Nominate Google Employees Banning Your Blog from their Searches? How the Internet’s Freedom is Already Dead — Written 06/19/12

“Every day, companies and governments around the world come to Google and ask it to remove content from its search results or its sites. Google receives these requests — some of which are court orders — and then it decides. Should this stay or should it go? In this process, Google has an incredible amount of power in shaping what the world can access online.

Google does not take this matter lightly. It has teams of people devoted to analyzing these requests, developing systems of evaluation, and creating its Transparency Report, the latest installment of which was just released.”

 

“In the transparency report are numbers — lots of numbers — and a few stories to fill out those details. There is the number of requests Google received from the United States (187 in the period from July to December of last year, up about 100 percent from the preceding six months). There is the percent of those that it complied with (42). There are the overall rates of compliance (65 percent of court orders and 47 percent for less formal requests). The stories Google tells to accompany the broad-brush numbers (found in the “annotations” section and its blog) paint a picture to accompany those numbers that Google calls “alarming” — noting, in particular, that some of the requests for removal of political speech come from “Western democracies not typically associated with censorship.””

 

“This is indeed alarming — though perhaps not surprising — and we should all be glad that Google has drawn this line. But there is more to the Transparency Report than a chance to see the efforts to censor citizens around the world; the Transparency Report also reveals to us the place of Google in our information economy, and the great power it has. Google is not a court, but it is playing the role of one, and the issues it must navigate are not easy, nor are they inconsequential. The company is dealing with thousands of requests from dozens of countries, all with different laws and attitudes about free speech. As Chou explained to me, “Laws are different around the world, and we try to balance respecting local law and limiting the amount of censorship that is happening at all times.” Should it comply with Germany’s laws that ban pro-Nazi speech? What about Thailand’s lèse-majesté law, which bans insults to the monarchy? How does it decide?”

 

“Google is trying to make these decisions responsibly, and the outcome, as detailed in the report, is reason to have confidence in Google as an arbiter of these things if, as is the case, Google is going to be the arbiter of these issues. But unlike a US Court, we don’t see the transcripts of oral arguments, or the detailed reasoning of a judge. (Google has additionally sketched out its “approach to free expression and controversial content” in a blog post, but that post was vague, noting the company’s general bias in favor of free expression and some exceptions, but not the basis on which it conceded to those exceptions.) The Transparency Report sheds more light on the governments Google deals with than with its own internal processes for making judgments about compliance.”

 

“Social networking services are increasingly being used in legal and criminal investigations. Information posted on sites such as MySpace and Facebook has been used by police (forensic profiling), probation, and university officials to prosecute users of said sites. In some situations, content posted on MySpace has been used in court.”

 

“Facebook is increasingly being used by school administrations and law enforcement agencies as a source of evidence against student users. This site being the number one online destination for college students, allows users to create profile pages with personal details. These pages can be viewed by other registered users from the same school, which often include resident assistants and campus police who have signed up for the service. One UK police force has sifted pictures from Facebook and arrested some people who had been photographed in a public place holding a weapon such as a knife (having a weapon in a public place is illegal).”

 

“As the increase in popularity of social networking is on a constant rise, new uses for the technology are constantly being observed.

At the forefront of emerging trends in social networking sites is the concept of “real-time web” and “location-based.” Real-time allows users to contribute content, which is then broadcast as it is being uploaded – the concept is analogous to live radio and television broadcasts. Twitter set the trend for “real-time” services, wherein users can broadcast to the world what they are doing, or what is on their minds within a 140-character limit. Facebook followed suit with their “Live Feed” where users’ activities are streamed as soon as it happens. While Twitter focuses on words, Clixtr, another real-time service, focuses on group photo sharing wherein users can update their photo streams with photos while at an event. Facebook, however, remains easily the largest photo sharing site – Facebook application and photo aggregator Pixable estimates that Facebook will have 100 billion photos by Summer 2011.

Companies have begun to merge business technologies and solutions, such as cloud computing, with social networking concepts. Instead of connecting individuals based on social interest, companies are developing interactive communities that connect individuals based on shared business needs or experiences. Many provide specialized networking tools and applications that can be accessed via their websites, such as LinkedIn. Others companies, such as Monster.com, have been steadily developing a more “socialized” feel to their career center sites to harness some of the power of social networking sites. These more business related sites have their own nomenclature for the most part but the most common naming conventions are “Vocational Networking Sites” or “Vocational Media Networks”, with the former more closely tied to individual networking relationships based on social networking principles.

Foursquare gained popularity as it allowed for users to “check-in” to places that they are frequenting at that moment. Gowalla is another such service that functions in much the same way that Foursquare does, leveraging the GPS in phones to create a location-based user experience. Clixtr, though in the real-time space, is also a location-based social networking site, since events created by users are automatically geotagged, and users can view events occurring nearby through the Clixtr iPhone app. Recently, Yelp announced its entrance into the location-based social networking space through check-ins with their mobile app; whether or not this becomes detrimental to Foursquare or Gowalla is yet to be seen, as it is still considered a new space in the Internet technology industry.

One popular use for this new technology is social networking between businesses. Companies have found that social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are great ways to build their brand image. According to Jody Nimetz, author of Marketing Jive, there are five major uses for businesses and social media: to create brand awareness, as an online reputation management tool, for recruiting, to learn about new technologies and competitors, and as a lead generation tool to intercept potential prospects. These companies are able to drive traffic to their own online sites while encouraging their consumers and clients to have discussions on how to improve or change products or services.”

 

Smile, after your Blog, your emails are next to be censored…….;+) And this is only Google! Think about MSN, Yahoo and all the others in addition, already, to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, MySpace and all the other social networking services……..;+)

 

The Post Office reduces its services with the equivalent of a Denial Of Service (DOS) on the Internet and eliminating the relative privacy of “snail mail” forcing you to the exposure of using an email, the phones are censored like the Internet, you have a “no fly” list for airlines so you can’t travel freely…….Is it me or are we already (with a 28 years (1984-2012) time lapse) in a global “Orwellian, 1984 type” dictatorial government? ;+)

 

“George Orwell “encapsulate[d] the thesis at the heart of his unforgiving novel” in 1944, and three years later wrote most of it on the Scottish island of Jura, during the 1947–48 period, despite being critically tubercular. On 4 December 1948, he sent the final manuscript to the Secker and Warburg editorial house who published Nineteen Eighty-Four on 8 June 1949. By 1989, it had been translated in to some 65 languages, the greatest number for any English-language novel at the time. The title of the novel, its terms, its Newspeak language, and the author’s surname are contemporary bywords for privacy lost to the State; while the adjective Orwellian connotes a totalitarian dystopia characterised by government control and subjugation of the people. As a language, Newspeak applies different meanings to things and actions by referring only to the end to be achieved, not the means of achieving it; hence, the Ministry of Peace (Minipax) deals with war, and the Ministry of Love (Miniluv) deals with brainwashing and torture. The Ministries do achieve their goals; peace through war, and love of Big Brother through mind control.”

Resources

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/06/how-google-decides-googles-transparency-report-and-what-it-reveals-about-the-companys-role-in-the-world/258633/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_network

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_networking_service

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Orwell

 

 

California​, USA Esalen Institute which ” “Jives shit for rich white folk” class and race issues are a Lost Opportunit​y to Improve the “System” from Inside — Written 06/18/12

For people searching for a “middle way” out of world crisis, unfortunately, one of the centers which brought a heavy “counter-culture” in the 1960’s is MIA (Missing In Action).

 

California, USA, Esalen Institute which  “Jives shit for rich white folk”, class and race issues,  are a  Lost Opportunity to Improve the “System” from Inside.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esalen_Institute

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Potential_Movement

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Century_of_the_Self

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestalt_therapy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestalt_Practice

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness_(psychology)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldous_Huxley

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Maslow

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow’s_hierarchy_of_needs

http://www.itp.edu/about/abraham_maslow.php

http://www.itp.edu/about/abraham_maslow.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Murphy_(author)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Price

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Watts

 

 

For Your Entertainment (FYE)

 

“The Esalen Institute, commonly just called Esalen, is a residential community and retreat center in Big Sur, California, which focuses upon humanistic alternative education. Esalen is a nonprofit organization devoted to activities such as meditation, massage, Gestalt, yoga, psychology, ecology, and spirituality. The institute offers more than 500 public workshops a year, in addition to conferences, research initiatives, residential work-study programs, and internships.

Esalen was founded by Michael Murphy and Dick Price in 1962. Their goal was to explore work in the humanities and sciences, in order to fully realize what Aldous Huxley had called the “human potentialities.” Esalen soon became known for its blend of Eastern and Western philosophies, examined in experiential and didactic workshops. Over the years Esalen hosted a notable influx of philosophers, physicists, psychologists, artists, and religious thinkers.

Esalen is situated on 120 acres of Big Sur coast, where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise sharply above the Pacific Ocean. The grounds were once home to a Native American tribe known as the Esselen, from which the institute got its name. This location also is a Monarch butterfly wintering site. A key feature of the site is its cliff-side natural hot spring baths. The property is divided by Hot Springs Canyon. Hot Springs Creek serves as a freshwater source, along with underground springs.

Esalen is located about 45 miles (72 km) south of Monterey and Carmel along scenic Highway 1, and nine miles (14 km) north of Lucia. It is about a three-hour drive south of San Francisco, or a five-hour drive north of Los Angeles.”

 

“Over the years, Esalen Institute has been the subject of criticism. Generally, the Human Potential Movement has been criticized for espousing an ethic that the inner-self should be freely expressed in order to reach one’s true potential. Some people have seen this ethic as an aspect of Esalen’s culture. The historian Christopher Lasch claimed that humanistic techniques encourage narcissistic or self-obsessive thoughts and behaviors. These criticisms were examined in a 2002 BBC television series, called The Century of the Self, which included video segments recorded at Esalen.

In 1990 a graffiti artist spray painted “Jive shit for rich white folk” on the entrance to Esalen, highlighting class and race issues.”

 

“In the early days, many of the seminars challenged the status quo – such as “The Value of Psychotic Experience”. There were even programs that questioned the movement of which Esalen was a part – for instance, “Spiritual and Therapeutic Tyranny: The Willingness To Submit”. And there was a series of encounter groups focused -on racial prejudice.

 

Early leaders included:

 

 

 

 

Richard Alpert

Ansel Adams

Price Cobbs

Gia-Fu Feng

Buckminster Fuller

 

Michael Harner

Timothy Leary

Robert Nadeau

Linus Pauling

J.B. Rhine

 

Carl Rogers

Virginia Satir

B.F Skinner

Paul Tillich

Arnold Toynbee

 

 

 

Rather than merely lecturing, many leaders began to experiment with what Huxley called the non-verbal humanities: the education of the body, the senses, and the emotions. The intention of this work was to suggest a new ethic – to develop awareness of one’s present flow of experience, to express this fully and accurately, and to listen to feedback. These “experiential” workshops were particularly well attended and did much to shape Esalen’s future course.

 

Past Teachers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ansel Adams

Joan Baez

James Baraz

Ellen Bass

Robert Bly

Gregory Bateson

Ray Bradbury

Joseph Campbell

Fritjof Capra

Carlos Castaneda

Deepak Chopra

Phil Cousineau

Harvey Cox

David Darling

Erik Davis

Warren Farrell

Moshe Feldenkrais

Richard Feynman

 

Matthew Fox

Fred Frith

Buckminster Fuller

Spalding Gray

Stanislav Grof

Michael Harner

Andrew Harvey

John Heider

Paul Horn

Chungliang Al Huang

James Hillman

Albert Hofmann

Aldous Huxley

Sam Keen

Ken Kesey

Paul Krassner

R. D. Laing

George Leonard

 

Dennis Lewis

John C. Lilly

C. Allen Lockwood

Amory Lovins

Abraham Maslow

Peter Matthiessen

Rollo May

Terence McKenna

Robert Nadeau

Claudio Naranjo

Sara Nelson

Babatunde Olatunji

Dean Ornish

Humphry Osmond

Linus Pauling

Fritz Perls

J. B. Rhine

Carl Rogers

 

Ida Rolf

Gabrielle Roth

Jerry Rubin

Douglas Rushkoff

Virginia Satir

Will Schutz

Charlotte Selver

B.F. Skinner

Huston Smith

Gary Snyder

Susan Sontag

David Steindl-Rast

Paul Tillich

Arnold J. Toynbee

Alan Watts

Robert Anton Wilson

Andrew Weil

Marion Woodman

 

 

 

Scholars in Residence

 

Esalen has sponsored long-term resident scholars, including:

 

 

 

 

 

Gregory Bateson

Joseph Campbell

Stanislav Grof

Sam Keen

 

George Leonard

John C. Lilly

Babatunde Olatunji

Fritz Perls

 

Ida Rolf

Virginia Satir

William Schutz

David Steindl-Rast

 

 

Alan Watts

 

 

Arts Events

 

In 1964, Joan Baez led a workshop entitled “The New Folk Music” which included a free performance. This was the first of seven “Big Sur Folk Festivals” featuring many of the era’s music legends. The 1969 concert included musicians who had just come from the Woodstock Festival. This event was featured in a documentary movie, Celebration at Big Sur, which was released in 1971.

 

Performers at Esalen have included:

 

 

 

 

 

Joan Baez

Ysaye Maria Barnwell

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Jackson Browne

The Chambers Brothers

Judy Collins

James Cotton

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bob Dylan

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

 

David Darling

John Densmore

Donovan

Fred Frith

Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Roy Hargrove

George Harrison

Paul Horn

Charlie Hunter

Henry Kaiser

 

Ali Akbar Khan

Bruce Langhorne

Kenny Loggins

Taj Mahal

The Mermen

Jim Messina

Joni Mitchell

Airto Moreira

Olatunji

Michel Petrucciani

 

Flora Purim

Bonnie Raitt

John Sebastian

Ravi Shankar

Simon and Garfunkel

Bruce Springsteen

Ringo Starr

Three Fish

John Trudell

Paul Winter

 

 

John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg performed together at Esalen. Robert Bly, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Kenneth Rexroth (who led one of the first workshops), Gary Snyder and others held poetry readings and workshops.”

 

“The Human Potential Movement (HPM) arose out of the milieu of the 1960s and formed around the concept of cultivating extraordinary potential that its advocates believed to lie largely untapped in all people. The movement took as its premise the belief that through the development of “human potential”, humans can experience an exceptional quality of life filled with happiness, creativity, and fulfillment. As a corollary, those who begin to unleash this assumed potential often find themselves directing their actions within society towards assisting others to release their potential. Adherents believe that the net effect of individuals cultivating their potential will bring about positive social change at large.”

 

“The movement has its conceptual roots in existentialism and humanism. Its emergence is linked to humanistic psychology, also known as the “3rd force” in psychology (after psychoanalysis and behaviorism, and before the “4th force” of transpersonal psychology—which emphasizes esoteric, psychic, mystical, and spiritual development). Some commentators consider the HPM synonymous with humanistic psychology. The movement is strongly influenced by Abraham Maslow’s theory of self-actualization as the supreme expression of a human’s life.

Some sources credit the name “Human Potential Movement” to George Leonard.”

 

“Michael Murphy and Dick Price founded the Esalen Institute in 1962, primarily as a center for the study and development of human potential, and some people continue to regard Esalen as the geographical center of the movement today. Aldous Huxley gave lectures on the “Human Potential” at Esalen in the early 1960s, and some people consider his ideas as also fundamental to the movement. Christopher Lasch notes the impact of the human potential movement via the therapeutic sector: “The new therapies spawned by the human potential movement, according to Peter Marin, teach that “the individual will is all powerful and totally determines one’s fate”; thus they intensify the “isolation of the self.”

George Leonard, a magazine writer and editor who conducted research for an article on human potential, became an important early influence on Esalen. Leonard claims that he coined the phrase “Human Potential Movement” during a brainstorming session with Murphy, and popularized it in his 1972 book “The Transformation: A Guide to the Inevitable Changes in Mankind”. Leonard worked closely with the Esalen Institute afterwards, and in 2005 served as its president.”

 

“Maslow added transpersonal psychology to the first three forces in Western psychology-behaviorism psychoanalysis, and humanistic psychology. For Maslow, behaviorism and psychoanalysis were too limited in scope to form the basis of a complete psychology of human nature. Psychoanalysis is derived largely from studies of psychopathology. Behaviorism has attempted to reduce the complexities of human nature to simpler principles but has failed to address fully such issues as values, consciousness, and love.”

 

“In the early 1960s humanistic psychology emerged from the work of Maslow, Rogers, and other theorists concerned with psychological health and effective functioning. Many humanistic psychologists have used Maslow’s theories, especially his work on self-actualization, as the framework for their writing and research.

In 1968 Maslow called attention to the limitations of the humanistic model. In exploring the farthest reaches of human nature, he found that there were possibilites beyond self-actualization When peak experiences are especially powerful, the sense of self dissolves into all awareness of a greater unity. The term self-actualization did not seem to fit these experiences.”

 

“Transpersonal psychology contributes to the more traditional concerns of the discipline an acknowledgement of the spiritual aspect of human experience. This level of experience has been described primarily in religious literature, in unscientific and often theologically biased language. A major task of transpersonal psychology is to provide a scientific language and a scientific framework for this material.”

 

“Esalen recently has focused upon issues of ecological sustainability.

Esalen continues to offer workshops to its visitors throughout the year, most of them focused upon the integration of humanistic psychology, physical wellness, and community-building. Workshops cover a wide range of subjects including: arts, health, Gestalt, integral thought, martial arts, massage, dance, mythology, philosophical inquiry, somatics, spiritual and religious studies, ecopsychology, wilderness experience, yoga, tai chi, mindfulness practice, meditation, permaculture and sustainability, all with the prospect that the mission of the institute will last well into the future.”

 

“Currently, Esalen Institute is managed by CEO Tricia McEntee, with Gordon Wheeler now serving as President, supervised by a Board of Trustees.

In 2011 a “Leadership Culture Survey” was commissioned by Esalen to measure its current and desired leadership culture. The survey’s measure of how well the leadership culture “builds quality relationships, fosters teamwork, collaborates, develops people, involves people in decision making and planning, and demonstrates a high level of interpersonal skill” returned a score of 18%, compared to a desired 88%. The survey also produced strongly dissonant scores in measures of community welfare, relating with interpersonal intelligence, clearly communicating vision, and building a sense of personal worth within its community. It ranked management as overly compliant and lacking authenticity. The survey found that Esalen closely matched its overall goal for customer focus.”

Views on Fatherhood — Written on 06/17/12

Please Enjoy My View on Fatherhood! ;+)   For Your Entertainment (FYE)

” Jon: What’s the difference between a high-hit baseball and a maggot’s father? Tom: What? Jon: One’s a pop fly. The other’s a fly pop. – Submitted by Jon W., Stroudsburg, Pa.

 

Teacher (on phone): You say Michael has a cold and can’t come to school today? To whom am I speaking? Voice: This is my father. – Submitted by Mike I., Midland, Mich.

 

Johnny’s father: Let me see your report card. Johnny: I don’t have it. Johnny’s father: Why not? Johnny: My friend just borrowed it. He wants to scare his parents. – Submitted by Tyler H., Blacklick, Ohio

 

“Dad, are bugs good to eat?” asked the boy. “Let’s not talk about such things at the dinner table, son,” his father replied. After dinner the father inquired, “Now, son, what did you want to ask me?” “Oh, nothing,” the boy said.  “There was a bug in your soup, but now it’s gone.” – Submitted by Mark Y., Glendora, Calif.

 

A small boy was at the zoo with his father.  They were looking at the tigers, and his father was telling him how ferocious they were. “Daddy, if the tigers got out and ate you up…” “Yes, son?” the father asked, ready to console him. “ …Which bus would I take home?” – Submitted by Gholson D. G., Gaithersburg, Md.

 

Science teacher: When is the boiling point reached? Science student: When my father sees my report card! – Submitted by Michael H., Canton, Ohio

 

Joe: What does your father do for a living? Jon: He’s a magician. He performs tricks, like sawing people in half. Joe: Do you have any brothers or sisters? Jon: Yep, four half-sisters and a half-brother.

– Submitted by Jonathan W., Stroudsburg, Pa.

 

Four men are in the hospital waiting room because their wives are having babies. A nurse goes up to the first guy and says, “Congratulations! You’re the father of twins.” “That’s odd,” answers the man. “I work for the Minnesota Twins!” A nurse says to the second guy, “Congratulations! You’re the father of triplets!” “That’s weird,” answers the second man. “I work for the 3M company!” A nurse tells the third man, “Congratulations! You’re the father of quadruplets!” “That’s strange,” he answers. “I work for the Four Seasons hotel!” The last man is groaning and banging his head against the wall. “What’s wrong?” the others ask. “I work for 7 Up!” – Submitted by Daniel C., Urbana, Ill.

 

A book never written: “Fatherly Advice” by Buck L. Upson. – Submitted by Aaron and Andrew M., Redondo Beach, Calif.

 

Son: For $20, I’ll be good. Dad: Oh, yeah?  When I was your age, I was good for nothing. – Submitted by Robby S., Putnam Valley, N.Y.

 

Pee Wee: What do you call your dad when he falls through the ice? Westy: Beats me. Pee Wee: A POPsicle! – Submitted by Philip K., Marshalltown, Iowa

 

Pee Wee: How is the baby bird like its dad? Westy: How? Pee Wee: It’s a chirp off the old block. – Submitted by David D., Guyton, Ga.

 

Dad: How do you like fourth grade? Son: It isn’t much fun. Dad: That’s too bad. It was the best three years of my life! – Submitted by Luke A., Tucson, Ariz.

 

Son: Dad, do you know the difference between a pack of cookies and a pack of elephants? Dad: No. Son: Then it’s a good thing Mom does the grocery shopping! – Submitted by Steven F. II, Naperville, Ill.

 

Jacob: I have a lot of my dad’s genes. Dave: Really? I bet they don’t fit. – Submitted by David B., North Muskegon, Mich.

 

Dad: You’ll never amount to anything because you procrastinate. Son: Oh yeah? Just you wait! – Submitted by Matt A., Bellevue, Neb.

 

Dan: I made a bad mistake today and gave my dad some soap flakes instead of corn flakes for breakfast. Jan: Was he mad? Dan: Yup. He was foaming at the mouth! – Submitted by Daniel R., Dickinson, Tex.

 

Manny: How do you like the drum set you got for your birthday? Theo: I love it! Manny: Why? Theo: Whenever I don’t play it, my dad gives me 10 bucks! – Submitted by Alvin F., Union City, Calif.

 

Dad: Son, if you keep pulling my hair, you will have to get off my shoulders. Tiger Cub: But, Dad, I’m just trying to get my gum back!

– Submitted by Ken R., Sparta, Mich.

 

Dear Dad, $chool i$ great. I’m making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying hard. I $imply can’t think of anything I need, $o ju$t $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear from you. Love, Your $on Dear Son, I kNOw astroNOmy, ecoNOmics and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOugh. Love, Dad – Submitted by Jacob P., Orem, Utah”   Who is the Winner? The father of five children had won a toy at a raffle. He called his kids together to ask which one should have the present. “Who is the most obedient?” he asked. “Who never talks back to mother? and “Who does everything mother says?” Five small voices replied in unison. “Okay daddy! You get the toy.”

The Joy Ride Bob was 16 and finally got hold of his driver’s license. In order to celebrate the special day, the whole family went out to the driveway and climbed into the car to enjoy his first official drive. However, dad went to the back seat, where he sat right behind his boy. When Bob saw his dad he said “Dad, you must be fed up of the front seat after teaching me how to drive all these days Right?” “Nope!”, came the quick reply from the dad. “I’m going to sit back here and kick the back of your seat while you drive, just like you’ve been doing to me for the last sixteen years!”

Magic Penny After putting their three-year-old child Brian in bed, his parents heard muffled sobs coming from his room one night. Rushing back in, they found that the child was crying hysterically when he saw them. He told his parents that he had accidentally swallowed a penny and was sure that he would die now. The father, in an attempt to sober him down, took out a penny from his pocket and pretended to pull it out from Brian’s ear. The child was really thrilled and stopped crying at once. In a flash, he snatched the penny from his dad’s hand, swallowed it, and then cheerfully demanded, “Do it again, Dad!”

Long-haired David After getting his driving license, David visited home during vacation and asked his dad for the family car. His dad agreed, but put forwarded three conditions – good grades in school, a neat room and a decent haircut. After several months, David came home again. He had followed the three things that he had promised his dad, except getting his hair cut. When the father saw that his son had disobeyed him, he asked for an explanation. David smartly said, “Hey dad, even Jesus had long hair.” His Father was not someone to be taken for a ride and smilingly replied, “Yes, son, you’re absolutely right. And Jesus also walked everywhere he went.”

Who’s the Boss? While having their evening dinner together, a little girl looked up at her father and asked, “Daddy, you’re the boss in our family, right?” The father was very pleased to hear it and confidently replied, “Yes my little princess.” The girl then continued, “That’s because mommy put you in charge, right?”

The Little Beach Bum A father was enjoying with his five-year-old son in the beach. Suddenly, the boy pointed to a dead bird and asked his father “Dad, what happened to this chap?” The dad coolly replied “Oh this? He just died and went to Heaven,” The little boy thought for a moment and then said, “Oh My, Did God throw him back down?”

Glass of Water A small boy came up to his dad and meekly said “Daddy, Daddy, can I have another glass of water please?” The dad replied “But I’ve given you 10 glasses of water already son!” The little boy then said, “Oh yes daddy, but the bedroom is still on fire!”

Final Touch What do you call two people who do not hesitate to embarrass you in front of your friends? Mum and Dad!!