New Age Slavery

With respect to the current state of economic inequality in the USA, if you can relate to any of these synonyms for the word OUTRAGE , either as a noun or as a verb, then you are in the correct forum:

Indignation, Fury, Anger, Rage, Disapproval, Wrath, Resentment, Scandal, Offense, Insult, Injustice, Disgrace, Atrocity, Crime, Wrong, Barbarism, Enrage, Infuriate, Incense, Anger, Scandalize, Offend, Affront, Shock, Horrify, Disgust, Appall, Evil, Violation, and the list goes on...

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Posted on: » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:16 am #51

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Can it be that the first real "thought" from a computer was that of an image of a cat? If so, I love it. This is reality and not a myth. But dog lovers may not be entirely enthralled with this first thought. Maybe they are worried about being trapped in a cat centered future world. Here is the story.
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Post by Jessica » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:16 am

Another blast from the past explaining how the first internet was developed. Although I was just a hippy girl in those days, it sure is interesting to watch the progression of the internet from then until now with new quantum features clearly within reach. If the first thought by a computer was that of a cat then someone needs to create a world in which these felines can frolic and play.

Quanta Magazine
To Invent a Quantum Internet
The physicist and computer scientist Stephanie Wehner is planning and designing the next internet—a quantum one
By Natalie Wolchover, on September 28, 2019 https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... -internet/

The first data ever transmitted over Arpanet, the precursor of the internet, blipped from a computer at the University of California, Los Angeles to one at the Stanford Research Institute in Palo Alto on Oct. 29, 1969.

That evening, the team at UCLA got on the phone with the SRI team and began typing “LOGIN.” “We typed the L and we asked, ‘Did you get the L?’” the UCLA computer scientist Leonard Kleinrock recently recalled. “‘Yep’ came the reply from SRI. We typed the O and asked, ‘Did you get the O?’ ‘Yep.’ We typed the G and asked, ‘Did you get the G?’ Crash! The SRI host had crashed. Thus was the first message that launched the revolution we now call the internet.”
And now comes the designs for a quantum internet.
Wehner is now one of the intellectual leaders of the effort to create a new kind of internet from scratch. She is working to design the “quantum internet,” a network that would transmit — instead of classical bits with values of either 0 or 1—quantum bits in which both possibilities, 0 and 1, coexist. These “qubits” might be made of photons that are in a combination of two different polarizations. The ability to send qubits from one place to another over fiber-optic cables might not transform society as thoroughly as the classical internet, but it would once again revolutionize many aspects of science and culture, from security to computing to astronomy.
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Posted on: » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:34 pm #52

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Another blast from the past explaining how the first internet was developed. Although I was just a hippy girl in those days, it sure is interesting to watch the progression of the internet from then until now with new quantum features clear...
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Post by Jessica » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:34 pm

Still another flashback from the past. The term Robot is intimately tied to the original master and slave relationship. However, the new age slavery will probably have the relationship flipped around from how it was first conceived in the 1920s.

World Economic Forum
Are we expecting automation to give us modern day slaves?
25 May 2018, by Beth Singler [urlhttps://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/05/ai-slave ... -progress/][/url]
A variety of narratives underpin popular conceptions of AI, but one in particular – that of the dynamic between the master and the slave – dominates accounts of AI at the moment. This is so pervasive that it arguably shapes our relationship with this technology.

This narrative has long appeared in science fiction accounts of AI. In 1921, “R.U.R.” (“Rossum’s Universal Robots”), a play by Karel Čapek, introduced us to the “robot” – humanoid androids made of synthetic organic matter – and helped shaped this idea for modern audiences. From the Czech word “robota”, meaning “forced labour” or “serf”, these first robots were consciously stylised as slaves pitted against their human masters.
A scene from R.U.R.
Image: Wikimedia Commons

And so the uprising of the robots in R.U.R. was obviously influential on our repeating fears of “roboapocalypses”, as seen in other more recent science fiction accounts such as the films of the Terminator franchise, the Matrix, the film Singularity, the novel “Roboapocalyse”, and so on.
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Posted on: » Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:11 pm #53

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A revolution is speeding towards us with the possibility the USA will soon becoming a collapsed state; the collapse is brewing in plain sight. Historically, just like the collapse of the Roman empire, this is what we would expect. High leve...
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Post by Jessica » Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:11 pm

How is the United States government doing when it comes to fighting economic inequality? The United States achieves a mediocre score and ranks 23rd in the world and last among G7 countries. This means the likelihood of America becoming a collapsed state is high.

We should be exceedingly concerned because as Sterling notes in his previous post, there is a strong link between rising economic inequality and the collapse of societies historically.
Historically, Kohler says in his statement, there’s only so much inequality a society can sustain before it reaches a tipping point. Among the many known effects of inequality on a society are social unrest, a decrease in health, increased violence, and decreased solidarity. Unfortunately, Kohler points out, humans have never been especially good at decreasing inequality peacefully — historically, the only effective methods for doing so are plague, massive warfare, or revolution.
There’s a common thread tying together the most disruptive revolutions of human history, and it has some scientists worried about the United States. In those revolutions, conflict largely boiled down to pervasive economic inequality. On Wednesday, a study in Nature, showing how and when those first divisions between rich and poor began, suggests not only that history has always repeated itself but also that it’s bound to do so again — and perhaps sooner than we think.
Oxfam, The Politica Of Poverty
How are governments doing in their efforts to fight inequality?
October 12, 2018 Posted by Didier Jacobs https://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica. ... nequality/
Oxfam and Development Finance International launched the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index this week at the annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. This index ranks 157 countries according to how well their governments fight inequality through public spending on health, education and social protection, tax policy, and protection of labor rights.

Like Transparency International’s perception of corruption index, we hope the index will encourage a race to the top among governments. The index shows that all countries have room to improve their policies against inequality—even Denmark, which ranks first and trades on past glories, but is now backsliding. While rich countries tend to do better, not all do, like
The United States achieves a mediocre score and ranks 23rd in the world and last among G7 countries. The United States ranks at the top for public spending on health care as a proportion of total government spending, but millions of people lack health insurance and experience poor health outcomes. Spending on education is also relatively high, but unevenly distributed. Spending on social protection is low relative to other rich countries. The US labor rights score is very inadequate for a rich country, with a minimum wage below what is needed to keep working families above the poverty line and unchanged since 2009. The United States is one of only five countries in the world lacking mandatory paid parental leave. We expect the US score to fall in next year’s index as a result of the tax reform that came into force this year.
The fundamental reason for this is summarized in Doctor A's seven basic points in his "Guide For Saving Humanity," under points #2 and #3, as he voices the common denominator advancing our decline is due to conservative brain structure.
2) This dismal future is being caused by an inherent difference in brain structure between liberals and conservatives. Scientific research clearly shows that conservatives have a larger amygdala—a brain structure grouping of neurons shown to play a key role in the processing of emotions—that is more prominent in conservatives than in those of a liberal persuasion. In conservatives the larger amygdala incorporates an evolutionary survival mechanism that is more fear based. This excessive fear mechanism manifests itself in the thoughts and actions of conservative individuals causing them to act in ways that promote economic inequality. In other words, it is this fear-based aspect of the conservative brain structure that causes them to advance increased economic inequality in our society.

3) Since the 1970s—spurred on by conservative fear-based policies—economic inequality has dramatically increased. Most of the social and health ills of the world are directly caused by this inequality. Historically economic inequality has been the basis for the collapse of many past civilizations. The United States, with an ever-increasing rate of economic inequality, is well on this same path to self-destruction.
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Post by Doctor A » Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:05 pm

FIGHT INCOME AND ECONOMIC INEQUALITY: Oxfam author Nick Glasso offers a near excellent article regarding Extreme Inequality And Oligarchy. I use the term "near excellent" because it is an excellent piece when explaining how inequality is produced and maintained in the USA and is presented in its entirety below. However, it falls short of the mark when he tries to explain how the problem can be solved. Like a weakish brewed cup of coffee, his solution is unsatisfying. For this reason, I will add at the bottom of this post the missing ingredient needed to restore the full flavor to his cup of Joe.

Oxfam: The Politics Of Poverty
Extreme Inequality and Oligarchy
April 30, 2015 Posted by Nick Galasso
https://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica. ... oligarchy/
Is the U.S. an oligarchy?

I want to throw out an interesting concept, and discuss how it relates to extreme inequality: Oligarchy. According to Jeffrey Winters, author of this fascinating book that I am reading, oligarchy refers to the politics of wealth defense by a minority who possess incredibly large fortunes. Oligarchs are actors controlling massive concentrations of material power they can use to defend or enhance their personal wealth. Oligarchs may pursue other political ends, but defending their wealth is their fundamental existential interest.

Winters claims the U.S. is both a democracy and an oligarchy. How can that be?

Oligarchs are distinct from elites, who Winters identifies as a broader category of people occupying powerful positions in government, corporations, the military, or other organizations. Elites are powerful because of their positions; oligarchs because of their personal wealth. Of course, oligarchs sometimes occupy such positions, but their identity as oligarchs doesn’t depend on it.

Oligarchy and democracy can co-exist

Countries can have free and competitive elections, formal political equality across groups, strong and enforced political rights, and high participation levels in government. Yet, none of these things preclude massive accumulations of wealth to form. Nor does democracy impede those possessing it from using their wealth to keep and enhance it.

What does this have to do with inequality? A lot, actually.

The U.S.’s inequality problem boils down to two trends. Since the end of the 1970s, the upper-most sliver of the ultra-rich has seen incredible gains in their share of national wealth. Conversely, the rest of the country has stagnated or become poorer.

The threat facing oligarchs in a society like the U.S. is the potential for the government to redistribute their wealth through taxes in order to reduce high inequality. In the U.S., American oligarchs have successfully prevented this from happening. Their success is a big reason why inequality has become extreme in recent decades.

Defending their wealth from taxation means passing the burden of financing a functioning state onto poorer people. In particular, the burden now falls heavily on middle and upper-middle wage earners, and on the poor who a pay significantly larger share of their income in sales and consumption taxes than the super wealthy. The political triumph of oligarchs is therefore an important source of America’s inequality problem.

How do oligarchs exercise political power?

Oligarchs keep their riches out of state coffers through what Winters calls the ‘Wealth Defense Industry.’ This is the cadre of professionals hired to lobby government and advise ways of hiding wealth, often through keeping it in tax havens. The Wealth Defense Industry represents an army of lawyers, accounting firms, and high paid lobbyists.

Here’s what Americans should be worried about: Extreme wealth is a more powerful political tool than those available to average citizens. For instance, ordinary Americans can voice their opinion and engage in the extremely hard work of trying to mobilize other citizens. However, even if citizens are successful in mobilizing their neighbors and other like-minded allies, they can only sustain their pressure and intensity for so long. Eventually, the rallies end and we all have to go back to work. Oligarchs, on the other hand, can pay a technocratic army to work in their interests every day of the week all year long, and for decades.

How can citizens combat oligarchy to reduce inequality?

For those of us interested in combating oligarchy, Winters paints a bleak picture. In ‘normal’ periods, oligarchs are generally successful in defending their wealth. It’s only when some sort of crisis, or the rare emergence of a mass mobilization, that significant change seems to happen. However, such inflection points unfortunately have little to do with the regular practices of democracy.

We saw such a response in the aftermath of the Great Depression. Franklin Roosevelt eschewed democratic levers and instead deployed the power of the presidency to curtail oligarchy.

More inspiring, there’s appetite among Americans today to turn the political system against oligarchy. Part of this is reflected in the larger conversation we’re having about extreme inequality. What’s exciting is that much of this conversation now revolves around recognizing that the political system is rigged in favor of the ultra-wealthy, and that our inequality problem stems from this.

The inflection point of the recent financial crisis may be slipping into history. But, I think the upcoming presidential election presents an opportunity to talk about strengthening political equality between the mega wealthy and average citizens. Doing so, it seems, may be the only surefire way to counter the runaway inequality America has been besieged by since the late 1970s.

Here’s what we need to do.

First, citizens need to hold their legislators’ feet to the fire on reducing the power of money to distort our politics. Wall Street spent obscene amounts of money on lobbying to deregulate financial markets in the run up to the crisis. Huge returns accrued to the richest Americans while wages stayed stagnant and our economy became extremely volatile. Likewise, the Citizens United ruling opened the flood gates for oligarchs to curry huge political influence over candidates.

Second, we need to recognize that we’re doing a poor job ensuring equal opportunities for all kids. A good state makes sure kids have a chance to escape poverty and live a decent life. Sadly, the U.S. really has two kinds of institutions – one for the poor and one for the privileged.

Third, we need a tax system that invests in creating widespread prosperity and growth; not one characterized by corporate welfare and holidays for the super rich. Today, our tax system places a greater burden on middle class wage earners than rich people who earn their living by collecting interest on stocks. Even small children find it easy to recognize when something is unfair. A tax structure that works great for the wealthiest by putting the burden on those with less political power is unfair, and a telltale sign that the richest really drive important political choices in the U.S. today.
The author's solutions, "what we need to do," to solve inequality are regrettably inadequate. We in the 99% do not have the power to accomplish these items for our own good. The website's "A Guide To Saving Humanity" clearly points out why these solutions will not work. It reminds me of someone saying the poor should just pick themselves up by their boot straps when they cannot even afford boots. By my accounting, if I had a dollar for every time I have read these same worn out solutions in the literature, I could have retired a long time ago. The point is, these so called solutions will not work in today's environment.

If you have been following my postings then you may have already guessed that the secret ingredient to solve economic inequality in today's world is to implement the Economic Inequality Rating App (EIRA). A near excellent cup of coffee is not what I want. I seek full flavor. So go ahead and have another cup of Joe but remember, the EIRA will need to be implemented before the trans-humanists redesign out bodies without a mouth or palate to enjoy it.
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