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Jul032016

Weekend update: Scarier than Nanotechnology? Episode # 532

ROBOMANDER!

He or she not only emulates the facial expression of a real salamander but also "slithers [locomotes] just like the real thing"!

So is it cute or scary?

Will it disgust those who fear guns or those who fear drones?!

Only time will tell ... & only time will tell whether it grows/morphs into . . .

ROBOFROG!

 

But for now, keep locomoting, little fellah!

 

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There's way more to this topic than disgustingly slithery robotic salamanders and this analysis from your previous link:

"That got me to thinking about the links between cultural styles, the role of technological objects in expressing and propagating them, and the way in which emotions figure both in the value (or disvalue) we attach to such objects and the risks (or benefits) we see those objects as posing (or conferring)...."

Take a look at the Tesla factory here, http://www.techspot.com/news/53267-teslas-model-s-factory-is-full-of-advanced-robotics.html. See the job openings for blue collar assembly line workers tightening bolts? Welders and other technicians? Managers for those humans? What jobs still exist are frequently off-shored, to lower wage areas, or, as with meatpacking in this country, downgraded from a well paid, safety conscious union position to a low wage one filled by recent immigrants (currently frequently Somali refugees) where running the line at extremely high speeds is paramount. Does this cause feelings of cultural displacement in rural communities? You betcha. http://www.cehd.umn.edu/trio/mcnair/Scholars/Posters/Ahmed2011FinalPoster.pdf

I don't usually quote from the Daily Beast but when I do: "An unconventional, sometimes incoherent, resistance arises to the elites who keep explaining why changes that hurt the middle class are actually for its own good." "Living standards are stagnating, vicious wars raging, poverty-stricken migrants pouring across borders and class chasms growing. Amidst this, the crony capitalists and their bureaucratic allies have only grown more arrogant and demanding." "The Great Rebellion draws on five disparate and sometimes contradictory causes that find common ground in frustration with the steady bureaucratic erosion of democratic self-governance: class resentment, racial concerns, geographic disparities, nationalism, cultural identity. Each of these strains appeals to different constituencies, but together they are creating a political Molotov cocktail." http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/03/brexit-and-beyond-the-great-unruly-rebellion-against-the-neo-liberal-crony-capitalists.html

Want to better yourself by getting a higher education? I listened to an excellent expose on Sallie Mae student loans and the enrichment of those associated with that corporation on public radio yesterday. Can't locate that link now, but this comes close: http://www.studentloanjustice.org/Albert%20Lord%20and%20Sallie%20Mae.htm

While speaking to the information era rather than robotics, futurist David Brin has some things to say highly relevant to communication here: http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/07/secret-bankers-be-warned-panama-papers.html " "Either the world will see a steady, secular trend toward ever-more light shining into formerly dark places – or else the world’s elites will find excuses to clamp down, as the mighty did in every past human society, plugging the era of leaks the only way that it can be, through fierce repression.

The choice is binary. Either Big Brother forever, or Big Brother never."

We don't get a pass because we are not assembly line workers. The robomander above will, over time, morph into a giant T-Rex with auxiliary servers and come to get us too.

Your friends at Cambridge University's Centre for Risk Studies, and related British colleagues elsewhere, didn't unravel this: http://www.newstatesman.com/2016/06/nigel-farage-s-anti-eu-poster-depicting-migrants-resembles-nazi-propaganda; into a rational conversation about real grievances in time for their vote.

What can we do here in the US between now and November?

July 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGaythia Weis

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