In a previous post, “Synergistic Social Agent Network Cloud” I argued for more proactive apps. I was just reading something that is related to that topic: “Ford Hybrid’s EV+ Feature Learns and Automatically Adjusts Powertrain to Deliver More Electric-Only Driving” Also see “Proactive Agents.”
In a previous post, “Synergistic Social Agent Network Cloud“, I discussed how a web of ‘agents’ could optimize ‘apps’ to be more responsive, proactive, and multipliers of our intents. I was just reading “Should we fear mind-reading future tech?” by Andrew Keen, and was thinking of the possible negative aspects. Still reading the article, so it may cover this. (finished reading it, was not mentioned).
Privacy is the usual concern about this high-tech stuff. This is very important. But, can “faster than realtime” computing, prediction, massive complex-event-processing and correlation also enable the powers that be to also control? We already know that advertising in all it’s forms can control, else why, for example, is the American presidential election a feeding fest of political money contributions?
Could that same advertising and fake news reporting via social media and apps that employ predictive quasi-AI morph into controlling media, an Orwellian manifestation of new-speak? In a scenario that would make a great sci-fi novel, Big Interests like political parties, business groups, and political organizations use social media, not only to advertise, but to gently guide one toward having programmed epiphanies.
Can it even be more “physical” and intrusive? For example, by prediction, these groups can arrange that one will meet a certain someone at the right time. Your a bleeding heart influential liberal? No problem, the future Fox News will arrange that you meet this gorgeous strong willed conservative that will change your mind.
Silly example, but you get the point, when you know, you can make nano-adjustments: unnoticeable, personalized, massive lobbying. Ads are old school, here come the psych-bots.
An image and story is going around on the web “The Illusion of Choice”, how a few companies control everything you buy. I read it just to see the tie in to mind map technology.
Who doesn’t know that a few companies are at the root of a particular industry? Interesting use of mind maps.
About the concentration of suppliers. Probably hyperbole, but if true what does it mean? And if true, is it something new? After all, some years back there were only three large car companies in the United States. About four companies make all the laptop motherboards, etc. What would be interesting is seeing how many share the same board of directors and other tie ins, like political action committees and lobbyists.
Some possible negative effects
- Price manipulation
- Manipulation of regulations
- Advertising collusion
- Political influence
Yet, what industry has many prime suppliers. In Economics 101 I remember reading that formation of monopolies is one of the side effects of our economic system.
Great presentation on “Mindmapping for Medical Students.”
Your at a store and are presented with a choice among two competing products. Lets say its a bottle of juice or some dish soap. How do you decide what to buy?
One way is to see the relative cost per measure. That calculation is already done for you in that little price tag on the shelf, can’t recall the name of that standard. So, price comparison is easy. You could even look at its ingredients; they are usually listed in size order, etc. There are even mobile apps to help you make that decision.
However, that decision is bogus since you don’t really know how much of that product is just filler. Which juice has the most water, for example? Some products will state what that is, like 2% real juice. Is that enough? What do they mean by that? Do they dry out the real juice measure it, then reconstitute it back into liquid form? I think its like that “cheese food” label, all a scam. Boy, am I being negative this week.
Now companies have a right to trade secrets and all that. But, as consumers we would like to know when we are just buying colored water. Or maybe we don’t. After all, we twaddle around with our fat asses in the big box stores searching for deals on junk food to keep the billion dollar soft sweet drink industry going.
Anyway, there must be some better ways to make our devalued earnings buy a little more.
There are many projects that provide a valuable resource. Funds are required to continue operations, grow, and improve. Perhaps if commercial entities are using these projects they should contribute using a form of micropayment, somewhat in the same manner advertising is supported.
Lets use Wikimedia as an example. If a corporate hosted web site refers users to a WikiMedia article, and someone triggers that link, then that would trigger a micropayment to Wikimedia. Wikimedia gains an audience and if it also “advertises” its sponsors, just as public radio and TV does, the micropayment contribution is worth the good word.
Just thinking out loud….
Sorry Wikimedia. No micropayment on above link to your article. WordPress doesn’t pay me for drawing clicks to their site.
Terje Rypdal – Avskjed
Was just reading an article about one person’s experiences working at a Walmart. The article gave a few examples of the rampant welfare cheating going on. How food stamps and other means for “temporary” assistance are squandered on junk and the corresponding Entitled nature of the users. Good article.
This is not new, of course. Just another example of how human societies are probably based on various forms of symbiosis, parasitism, and other relationships on a continuum of bad thru good. Listen to any “conservative” talk radio show or read resources that cater to this, and you will find many other examples. Yes, there is definitely a problem. No denying that.
However, do any of these resources also bemoan the “getting over” that is practiced by the non-poor and educated? Nope. In fact, at the other end, getting over, inside info, loop holes, arbitrage, usury, cheating the system, and other techniques are what you do with what you can get. At any costs. You can even buy professional help in getting over.
From tax write-offs for gambling losses, vacation homes, and luxury yachts to subsidies for their ranches and estates, the government is subsidizing the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Multimillionaires are even receiving government checks for not working. This welfare for the well-off – costing billions of dollars a year – is being paid for with the taxes of the less fortunate, many who are working two jobs just to make ends meet, and IOUs to be paid off by future
generations. — link
This getting over is encouraged by business, society, and government. It must be, it fuels commerce. Happy people don’t need big screen TVs.
Perhaps, the wealthy are really predators, and the best food is what can come from what the middle class pays in taxes. Ant Milking Aphids comes to mind.
The poor have the poverty pimps and liberal political machines that cater and partake of this feeding frenzy, so called help of the unwashed stinky masses. At the other extreme we have the wealth pimps, the fake conservatives, those that promote the rich gospel and in the guise of spreading the wealth, merely sustain the ever widening gap between the haves and have not.
But genuine welfare for the poor, like TANF and food stamps, barely amounts to a CBO rounding error. Adding up the so-called “defense” budget, two unfunded wars, “national security” spending on DHS, CIA, DOE and NASA, and interest on debt from past wars, the bulk of the federal government’s budget goes to welfare for the Military-Industrial Complex.
Indeed, the dominant feature of the American polity is welfare for big business and the rich. This welfare consists of a wide array of government interventions into the market to enforce artificial scarcities and artificial property rights. — Welfare State for the Rich
What astounds me is that many consider America to be founded upon and led by Christian moral values. But, I see nothing today that pays back the suffering of Jesus on that cross. In fact, even in the religious realm there is a Getting Over: We pray and attend church so that in the Coming we too will be saved to that welfare state in the sky.
Wow, where did this rant come from?
While browsing the web on this subject I found a whole bunch of weird stuff. What a wide range of political-economic “thought”. From anarchists to libertarians, liberals, conservative, blah, blah.
Is it really so hard to understand and see facts without the bullshit? What ever happened to good ole logic and math? The world is gray! All the little fancy colors, the red and the blues, the leftish and rightish are just figments of the social delusion, a trick of the light. No wonder dogs are great animals, they see the world as it is.
- My Time at Walmart: Why We Need Serious Welfare Reform
- Michigan cuts off food aid for $1-million lottery winner
- Subsidies of the Rich and Famous
- Crony capitalism
- Corporate welfare
- Socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor
- Cheat, lie, break the law? Chances are, you’re rich via another WordPress blog
- A Banker’s Thankgiving
- Wealthy Staten Island Couples Accused of Medicaid Fraud
- welfare for the rich system
- The Power of Nightmares
- Money. What it is. How it works.
- The Real Housewives of Wall Street
- Welfare fraud
- FACT CHECK: Are rich taxed less than secretaries?
Just got the Note. The AT&T model differs from the prior European model, I believe. Previously I had an iPhone, probably could even be the original one. I think my iPhone was using cogs and gears, so slow. If I opened the map and started entering an address, by the time the screen would respond to the first character, I would stumble upon my destination or get there by stopping at every gas station along the way. Well, anyway.
Most reviews of the new Note carry on about the size. Yes, it is larger but not by that much. In fact, like monitors and flat screen TVs, its the trim (bevel) that makes them look larger. The Samsung Note’s screen size is just about right. If Apple came out with a five and a half inch smart phone all the pundits would be drooling and everyone buying; let’s see how cool this would look in the cafe!
If I put the phone in my shirt pocket only about half an inch sticks out at the top, and that part is the trim where the camera and AT&T logo are located. Highly nerdy looking, btw. It is not very pocketable. They could have made the Note even better by minimizing the top and bottom bevels.
So, since it is a cross between a phone and a pad, where and how do you carry the dam thing? Is it squinting into tiny little screens or “hey baby, I’m happy to see you in a square kind of way!”.
As to the phone’s worth? [After using it a few days? Great!]
Of course, the screen is great. A Netflix movie looks awesome. But, what noob would really watch many movies on a phone; what about cinematography, sound, and all that? Better for shorter stuff like Youtube videos. At least, currently, for my tastes.
Meah. I tried it once, it did not keep up with my strokes. Perhaps, there is a setting for it. I will probably use it if I can adjust that. I think the old Palm Pilot’s pen kept up with the strokes, so a dual-core 1.5GHz system should do better. [update: Tried it a few times. I selected the eraser. If you stroke too fast, the eraser circle disappears. Come on, really?]. I read somewhere that this lag is due to the Note’s processor having to do it all; until Android 4.0 the graphics chip is not really used to its fullest. Don’t know if that is true.
Apps and OS:
It works and looks pretty much like a Galaxy SII Skyrocket. I think they changed a few things and the Skyrocket seems a little smoother and less error prone. Like the soft keys, volume rocker, and sleep switch are just too sensitive on the Note. Maybe it will take getting used to the new form factor so that the hands don’t trigger unwanted actions.
Active Apps app
I was testing the Navigator GPS app that has voice prompting and all that. Then I had to leave on an errand to a different location. The app just kept telling me “turn here, turn here you idiot; your going the wrong way!” Very annoying. I couldn’t stop it.
So, I clicked on the app for active apps, the navigator did not show in the list, huh? Its speaking, knows where I should be going, not where I want to go. So I just dragged the top of the home screen down (nice Android feature) to list the app, opened it, got to its menu, and exited it. In the meantime I almost went off the highway. Yea, don’t drink or mobile while driving, especially with a Note that needs two hands, and a Padma Mayurasana to manipulate. Maybe these things should except an overriding voice input: “shut up!”. Not you honey, this thing that is always so happy to see you.
Feb 21, 2012:
Headphone does not mute speaker volume?
Was using the Note at work today. Had the headphones on. People looked at me like I’m a nut. Turns out the Note was ringing all over the place. I thought my tinkering with the ringtones was just in my earphones. What is up with that? I don’t remember if the iPhone automatically muted the speaker when the headphone was connected. In both, of course, the music, like Pandora was still going through the headphone. Someone told me I first have to reduce the volume so that the ringer is off, then plug in the headphone. Seems convoluted. [that did not work. If you mute the ringer, then only the media volume is working.]
When I Receive A Call, The Ringtone Is Not Heard Through The Hands Free Headset. Is There A Setting To Turn It On?
There are no configurable options or settings available to turn on the ability to hear the ringtones through the headset, they are heard through the handset itself, only. This is a matter of safety, as the decibel level for a normal call is much lower than that of a ringtone. Due to the decibel level of a ringtone being much louder than the human voice, the ringtones are not audible through the headset to protect against possible hearing loss.
That sounds like a lame excuse. If the handset can detect that a headphone plug was inserted or removed it can reduce the ringer volume to a subset of the media volume. Or should, but what do I know?
Blanking of the screen:
The “normal” settings for blanking don’t stop the screen from blanking so quickly. Turns out that is a setting in the custom power saving mode. Maybe it is elsewhere and I missed it.
Interesting patent issued to Microsoft, “Pedestrian route production“.
This could be seen as application of the general ‘agent’ concepts I wrote about in one of my prior blog posts on Software Agents, “Synergistic Social Agent Network Cloud“.
Just saw this on a TV news show. Boy is this needed! You’d be surprised what people take for real news today.
The News Literacy Project (NLP) is an innovative national educational program that mobilizes seasoned journalists to help middle school and high school students sort fact from fiction in the digital age.
The project teaches students critical-thinking skills that will enable them to be smarter and …
The only negative I can see is that if people really start questioning the “news” and scrutinizing the bombardment of political-social-economic morass being spewed, there may be a revolution. Minimally we wouldn’t even vote in elections; after all what criteria distinguishes one bozo from another, the shiny nose quotient? (Just lame attempt at humor, maybe).
News Literacy Project
Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) from “Empire Jazz”