Stay at home

This is the message we are ingrained with when considering what to do these days to avoid spreading or contracting some deadly virus.

In the old days we might go for a walk, enjoy nature, play games in a park, or have a picnic etc.

Walking in nature

Now we have easy and cheap internet connectivity for education, communication, chat, entertainment, shopping, and news via our smartphones and computers. There is no longer many reasons to leave home.

We are told to work from home, re-educate ourselves for the new ways of working with digital information, and media. Robots are being rapidly developed to work safely in our places where physical presence is required. Already, robots assemble products such as cars in factories. A human may perform an action once such as spray- painting a car to teach the robot, then the team of robots takes over from there.

Decision-making by humans is inefficient involving debate, emotions, and opinions. The AI program operates at a rapid pace utilizing powerful computers acting on vast amounts of data; able to predict the weather days in advance and beat top chess players. Cameras are everywhere watching us humans and gathering data along with our GPS tracking mobile devices and online activity.

We humans, for now have some advantages over machines such as our intelligence, and creativity. But, it is more profitable to focus on optimizing for profit with machines and data. The singularity is the point at which technology reaches a tipping point when it starts to take over from humans. How close are we away from that point in time?

We used to shop at small mom-and-pop stores which were gradually replaced by supermarkets. Then came malls to mop up the small stores into one large sanitized building containing chain stores. New stores tend to be duplicates of existing optimized models from restaurants, gas stations, home centers, fast food outlet’s, clothes shops, banks, almost everything.

Manufacturing has been moved to cheaper production countries. Products are designed to wear out quickly and not be repairable, but recyclable, or disposable.

Everyone from kids to the elderly are wired in via an Android or an iPhone looking down at their screens, playing games, responding to alerts, anxious about their social score. Information overload, and distractions at every swipe of the screen. Sleeping next to the device during the evening.

Smartphones

So stay at home, you can get what you want online, no need to go outside. Work from home, chat online, shop online.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can resist the move to centralization of everything and embrace Decentralization such as is offered by a peer to peer network such as Cardano. We could investigate the globalist agenda of one world government. Perhaps be more creative, make stuff, and publish to diverse platforms, and retain ownership of what we publish.

Or go outside into nature rather than shopping at the mall wearing a mask and staring at a screen.