Imagine the level of mind that saw fit to ensure that "add me on Snapchat" was included in a bio.
The above was a quote from Étienne de La Boétie, but I pushed the character limit to the limit there, no room for quotation marks.
From all these indignities, such as the very beasts of the field would not endure, you can deliver yourselves if you try, not by taking action but merely by willing to be free. Resolve to serve no more and you are at once free. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall on his own weight and break into pieces
Travelling in autonomous vehicles will be free in fact. But you'll have to sit through advertisements and state propaganda for your entire journey's duration.
That won't bother the majority (who already choose to spend their lifetime consuming this kind of information) but it's already clear to me that this is not a technology I'll be able to avail myself of.
In other words, at the very least, and based on our current trajectory, thinking freely will cost money.
The wonderful thing about Facebook, its subsidiary applications, and some of the other powerful platforms, is that the kind of people who use it/them are precisely the kind of people whose narcissism (and stupidity) will keep them locked into continued usership.
The nature of social gaming (being gamed socially) is that time is continuously being invested. Being 'followed' and 'liked' matters - it therefore becomes a hard thing for one to give up.
And this is just the beginning.
"Aside from the alienation that takes place when the rational individual retreats into the irrational collective, there are other forms of alienation - for example, through the artificial satisfaction of real needs, or the real satisfaction of artificial needs." - Jacques Ellul.
Robot Solves a Rubik's Cube In 0.38 Seconds.
... this accomplishment was met with some rejection in the video's comments.
Note: It's the consciousness behind the gun that pulls the trigger. Who, or what, is pointing a gun at you presently?
"Culture is not our friend.. It's a mass hallucination of some sort." - Terence.
Re: The atrocity. Presume -
TMS & deep brain electromagnetic stimulation.
Drug induced hypersuggestibility.
Laser activated reflex.
... or a combination of these four techniques first.
"Retweets aren't endorsements"
Ah get over yourself man you plum.
Good episode of UKC yesterday.
Topics: Russia hysteria, Saud visit, don't like to use the word but 'leaked' documents, More countries going monetarily off-grid and leaving debt-based system (they say), varied array of world event details.
Alex Thompson contribution of course.
Hell is other people.
It seems we're on a train journey to a place where there's more people, all of them easy to program, with their twisted little egos, their tendencies to bicker over items of no consequence, and each accompanied by a steady outflux of plastic packaging materials.
That's the 'great' work for you.
Relentless isn't it.
I don't think I've ever been as embarrassed by human stupidity as I have since witnessing the effects the Internet has had on our societies. Virtue signalling is like the coal in the engine of the train to hell.
Clickedy-clack clickedy-clack, biddley-bong biddley-bong. Clickedy-clack clickedy-clack, biddley-bong biddley-bong.
At the 2nd #MastodonLDN meetup. From the intros, there are lots of interesting people here! @banjofox is also with us remotely, answering questions about Aardwolf, an in-development Facebook-like federated social engine https://aardwolf.social/ #Mastodon #Meetup https://toot.cafe/media/k37qAnBXpc27Z7BqjWk
Micius satellite dedicated to research around long range communications through quantum entanglement.
“... first ground-to-satellite up-link for ultra-long-distance quantum teleportation, a step toward global-scale quantum internet.”
Incidental: Existing data on comms delays - http://www.spaceacademy.net.au/spacelink/commdly.htm