It’s time we face facts. Geopolitical borders are artificial constructs meant to change throughout our species’ history.
Syria, Iraq, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Ukraine, Georgia (and …?) cartographic representations are up for grabs right now.
There’s room for profitable wargaming, too! Who’s up for thinning a few populations while we send our tired, our hungry, our poor to battle foes we need new propaganda campaigns to deface?
To arms, patriots! I have an investment portfolio to inflate while keeping the P/E ratio within nonspeculative limits.
My billionaire friends are currently sorting out a win-win solution that will lead us to create, strengthen and enforce new international laws while leaving room for our military-industrial complex to grow.
We need a state-sized terrorist group to conquer (an instantly-creatable enemy with no borders) and we now have sufficient evidence that you or your children are aiding and abetting the enemy. That means war on the homefront? We need more hidden internment camps? So be it.
Hahahahaha…..this new mental chess game is maniacally addictive.
Makes Mars exploration and settlement seem so far away…
“The Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies is the broadest aggregate Gartner Hype Cycle, featuring technologies that are the focus of attention because of particularly high levels of hype, or those that Gartner believes have the potential for significant impact,” said Jackie Fenn, vice president and Gartner fellow. “Enterprises should use this Hype Cycle to identify which technologies are emerging and use the concept of digital business transformation to identify which business trends may result.”
“The central theme for this year’s Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle is Digital Business (see Figure [above]). As enterprises embark on the journey to becoming digital businesses, they will leverage technologies that today are considered to be “emerging,” said Hung LeHong, vice president and Gartner fellow. “Understanding where your enterprise is on this journey and where you need to go will not only determine the amount of change expected for your enterprise, but also map out which combination of technologies support your progression.”
At a private gathering with leading international business figures, the question was asked: “How do we increase the fear of job/subculture security to reduce mass protesting against inequality without inadvertently causing a different kind of protest, rise of the passive-aggressive productivity-resistant worker?”
In other words, concerns about human workers in industries which aren’t ready for automation or replacement by robots…
We congratulated ourselves on the smooth implementation of job description standardisation practices like the ISO 9000 series — getting humans to define and align with rote job performance flowcharts was much easier than we thought — humans will make themselves obsolete faster than they thought possible when faced with job loss due to nonconformance with detailed productivity increases they themselves handed to us.
We thanked our European colleagues for coming up with that idea.
On a day our investment portfolio showed an increase of $100k, I found myself driving 20 minutes (one way), or ten miles, to a Walmart in order to service a SuperFridge unit for a subcontracted amount of $11…
…all for the sake of a future science fiction story (tentatively titled, “The Robot Who Befriended Me On The Job: the Last Human To Work Retail”).