Modern technology is astounding and improving daily. We double our technological ability every ten years. Imagine what our current technology will look like in ten years.
Cell phones will be a thing of the past, as will tablets, PC’s and almost every piece of technology we find to be “Cutting Edge” today. The new and most important technological break through is already in the pipeline, it’s human beings. We are on the threshold of a monumental change in the evolution of the human race. We are so very close to being obsolete as solely biological entities.
Right now we have the technology to replace parts of the human brain with computers that essentially act as part of the system to maintain biological functions of the human body such as breathing, nervous system functions, and more. Imagine how this will ultimately change us. Most experts agree that at our current technological pace, by 2030 we will have computers that eclipse the ability of the human brain for $1000.00 and by 2040 we will be able to acquire that same level of technology for $1.00.
This only leads to one place. The obsolescence of the human race as we know it. No more will humans be subject to the degradation of time and wear on our bodies. We will have nano technology that will enable nano-bots to be injected into our bodies and allow them to maintain the health of our bodies by seeking out errant cells and other maladies and fix them on a cellular level. Imagine micro bots that maintain the texture and virility of your skin at the age of 18 FOREVER. Gone would be the days of face lifts, organ transplants, death. They will all be relics of what will be considered an a barbaric age when we actually harvested other humans for our own benefit.
By 2050 we will take the final step into obsolescence. The human brain will be able to be completely mapped in a short amount of time. Every neuron, every cell, every connection, every part. leading to the ability to store that information in a digital format and the ability to be immortal. At this point quantum computers will enable robots to reproduce themselves and evolve better and better designs through constant design changes. We will e able to download ourselves into a machine, a perfect machine that is able to repair itself and continually evolve and improve to meet new conditions. Able to see in complete darkness. Able to detect every element by sight. Able to communicate with any other member of the human species instantly. Able to act without fear of harm to oneself.
It is then that we will truly become a universal species. Able to travel distances that as a biological form would be impossible. Able to walk on planets regardless of the atmosphere. Able to explore even the most distant star systems. Able to exist forever.
The American dream for millions of people has remained the same for hundreds of years. For the most part it involves family, friends, the home with a big yard and most importantly money. Money is central to every part of the dream. A family costs money. Homes cost money, and so on. For the most part many Americans stay within the boundaries of morality to make their way through the maze of life in order to achieve their dreams, however as with most things there are the few who go beyond that line and become consumed with greed.
You may be asking yourself what this is about and why this subject? Well Ill explain. Recently my wife and I have been searching for an addition to our family in the form of a furry puppy that our daughter Olivia has been requesting for some time now. Nothing says love and warm fuzzy like puppy breath from a portly short legged furry friend :). After watching what seems like hundreds of “cute” puppy videos on You Tube, we began searching in the usual places like ASPCA, B.A.R.C.S. (Baltimore Animal Rescue Care and Shelter), Last Chance Animal Adoptions, and so on.
We found a few dogs that we instantly wanted such as one named Pepita which was a female chihuahua mix from Last Chance Adoptions.
We also decided to look in other places like craigslist.com and others and we found out that although all of these dogs were either abandoned or abused and in real need of a good loving home where they will be well cared for, there is a price to be paid for puppy nirvana. Which leads me back to my initial statement. When did we become so consumed with greed that we are willing to stoop to the level of holding hostage the happiness on one child by way of “Re-Homing Fees” ?
I had never heard the term before and frankly I believe it is stupid and counter to the ideology of many animal lovers. You don’t take in animals that are abused or abandoned for the purpose of profit. You should be doing it for the sake of the animal because it is the right thing to do. Along the same lines, you don’t adopt an animal be they do got ferret or fowl with the intent to monetize the animal later should you tire of it or not be able to care for it. The investment you make in any animal is the same you would make your own children. Your not doing it for a return of costs or profit, you do it out of love for the child or in this case the animal and nothing more. So to expect that you will be able to make a profit from the wanting of another family to take in that animal and care for it takes a special kind of scumbag.
Yes I said scumbag and if your one of them SHAME ON YOU. Your heartless, cruel, and do not deserve to have animals…period. If you look on Craigslist or many other sites like Pennysaver.com you will see lots of ads for “Free to good home” which in my experience mostly end with your wallet being fleeced for upwards of $500.00 in “Re-homing Fees” which is flat out bullshit. It is just a sham cover for P R O F I T plain and simple. So beware to anyone who answers these ads. Gone are the days of taking your child to pick up a new puppy or kitten and seeing that look of sheer joy and love for another living creature without first breaking out Uncle Benjamin. Sad……..
If your looking for a dog or cat or any other companion of the animal type please use the reputable rescue agencies in your area to find one. They do it for the right reasons and not for Profit. Click on any of the links below to go to the sites.
Its amazing to witness the pace of innovation and technology at this time in human history. We are truly living in a platinum age. A thousand years from now, people will look back at our time and marvel at our accomplishments and attribute the success of the human species to this period in history.
When most of Generation X were children, there were no microwaves, no video games, no cell phones, and no computers other than the ones that the government used and they were the size of entire buildings and had less computing power than the cell phone you may be reading this on and certainly less than any modern Mac or PC.
The First Gen
At the time of the invention and development of the PC by Apple and IBM and a few other small companies, the first computers had memory banks measured in KILOBYTES. The first PC’s typically ranged from 500 to 2500 KB of actual physical memory . Today a cellular telephone typically has 8 GIGABYTES of memory which is 65,536 MEGABYTES which is 67,108,864 KILOBYTES of physical memory. The bottom line is that your cell phone has roughly twenty six thousand times as much memory as the first personal computers did and those got us to the moon!
The First PC
Innovation Takes Hold
In the span of 40 years we have progressed from no computers to modern day home computers and laptops which have been upgraded from a single processor running a single data thread (meaning only able to support one process at a time) at 250 MHZ to Oct-Core (8 processors) running 80 data threads each at 5 GHZ (1GHZ = 1000 MHZ). We have advanced so far so fast that we have hit a wall in the way of materials technology. Modern processors have become so fast that they require huge amounts of voltage to run and as such if we attempt to make them faster they will simply burn up from the heat generated.
Our next evolution in computing is upon us already and is being developed as you read this. Its called Quantum Processors which are based on a single atom. Quantum computers will be 1,000,000 times faster and will process 10,000,000 times more information in the same amount of time as a modern PC. We truly are in a platinum era. If you’d like to know more about it you can follow the link at the bottom.
We have all seen them around our home towns. You know what I’m talking about, your thinking about this person right now. Its the dirty bag lady that mutters to herself, the filthy hobo who screams profanity at nothing. The kids who is clearly disturbed walking by with headphones on screaming at the top of his lungs. We all have them.Kind of makes you wonder how it is that they got that way right ? Me to.
Our crazy is the last one I mentioned. He is about 20ish and he walks by our house every day. he always has headphones on although I never actually hear any music coming from them, and he screams loudly as though he is “Singing” along with a song.
Forgive me but I have never heard of a song that contains the lyrics ” AAAHHHA GROOOOOOOOAN AAAAAAAAAHHHAHAHAAAAHA”
Nope not ever, I don’t believe it exists. Which leads me to question his behavior. Why is he doing it ? He only seems to do it when he notices that your looking at him otherwise he remains silent. Is it some sort of defense mechanism? Does he WANT us to think he is mentally damaged in some way? We may never know. I think he may end up being a serial killer……
We have all seen the horrifying events in the news. A kid walks into a high school and shoots students and teachers because he or she was “Picked on”. A kid walks into a mall and shoots his ex girlfriend and her new boyfriend because he heard that they were engaged.
While tragic and horrible, these events were not entirely unforeseeable nor were they unpreventable in part by the parents and society in general. Where did they go wrong? Ill tell you where.
OUR FAILURE AS PARENTS AND SOCIETY
We have failed these kids because we did not teach them to endure rejection and or failure. These kids are part of the no child left behind generation and sadly we left them behind. When we start giving every kid in the kiddy baseball league a trophy for “Participation”, and not for “WINNING”; we let them down. We have engrained them with a sense of entitlement and a lack of social skills necessary to handle failure or rejection. Consequently when they get older and they are faced with adversity, they melt down and kill people.
Not everyone can be a winner. We need losers as much as winners. Not every child will grow up to be a doctor or a lawyer or the president of the United States. We need people to be mechanics, dish washers, waiters, cashiers, garbage collectors, sewer workers, carpenters, and other skilled trades. Not every child is SMART ENOUGH to be at the top of the pyramid yet we have brain washed these poor young men and women into believing that they can all be rich successful doctor or lawyers or politicians, and when they fail to achieve those goals and end up as a cashier at Wal-Mart we wonder why they go ape shit.
I can hear some people already groaning as they read this and muttering something about the fact that I left out violent video games and movies. Let me assure you I left them out for a reason. That reason is that the games and the movies and other media do NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT turn these kids into killers. WE DO. The fact that they can get on their PS4 or XBOX ONE and kill zombies by shooting them or go on a killing spree in a city park only means that they become desensitized to it but the root of the issue is not the desensitization of kids, it’s the emotions that drive them to pick up a gun and use it as a means of dealing with rejection or adversity.
We must stop this lie. We need to get back to basics and back to REALITY. We need to stop trying to fool ourselves into believing that our children are all geniuses and will all be millionaires. The truth is that only 1 in 25 will be a professional such as a doctor or lawyer. That leaves 24 kids who need to know the truth. It is OKAY to be average too. It is okay to be a cashier, a waiter, a mechanic, a carpenter, and so on. Until we do that we will continue to see an escalation in the number of incidents without fail.
I am 39 years old. I have seen a “Few” Olympics. (SADLY your correct. It’s way more than a few…thanks I feel old now.) In all my Olympics experiences, I don’t believe I have, nor will I ever again see such a giant screw up on the part of the host country.
Sochi is a DISGRACE and an EMBARRASSMENT to Russia, more so to it’s people. At least it should be, and yet sadly I get the feeling none of them give a damn. I’m left with the impression (having never been to Russia) that they are a lot of corrupt, inept, lazy, disdainful, and bigoted nation. I feel this way due to all of the reports coming from Sochi about the HORRIBLE and DANGEROUS conditions the Olympic athletes and guests must endure due to the neglect and inept demeanor of Russia regarding the state of Sochi and the Olympic Games Park.
Although they had 5 YEARS ADVANCE NOTICE, and they PETITIONED the Olympic Committee for the games in 2014; they FAILED and should hang their heads in SHAME but alas they will not as they are too busy screaming “Whats in it for ME?”
The Water…Enough Said. On the left is water from a brazilian waste canal. On the right is Sochi public water from the tap. Looks like Brazil donated some water to help out.
So much for FOOD OR DRINKS !!!!
The Hotel posted a sign in the rooms. “Dear Sucker..rrrr Guests, D not mid all the live bare wires hanging from the ceiling. Avoid Sparks”
In Sochi there is nothing to do so you will need very little light.
The Incomplete Road to Sochi… Can you say NEED A FRIGGIN ALIGNMENT!
Bathroom Rules…..1.) NO PEEING? 2.) WTF is the last one?
WTF? Why does Russia have such an aversion to USING TOILETS ?
New UPSCALE apartments for the Athletes … PFFFFF Yeah Right.