THE BEADY EYE SAY’S: THE NEW TYPE OF NON- CONSCIOUS INTELLIGENCE DRIVEN BY NON-CONSCIOUS ALGORITHMS IS GOING TO DESTROY WHAT IS LEFT OF DECENCY IN THE WORLD. (Guest post an unknown source.)

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The idea that humans will always have a unique ability beyond the reach of non-conscious algorithms is just wishful thinking.

The fact is, as time goes by it will be easier and easier to replace humans with computer algorithms, not because they are getting smarter and smarter but because humans are professionalising.

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The answer so far appears to be yes. We are going to become militarily and economically useless.

Technical difficulties or political objections might slow down the algorithmic invasion of the job market but while the systems might need humans, it will not need individuals.

These systems will make most of the important decisions depriving individuals of their authority and freedom.

They are already assembling humans into dividuals ie. humans are becoming an assemblage of many different algorithms lacking a single inner voice or a single self.

Its time we realized that if we continue down this path allowing large corporations platforms to introduce algorithms willy nilly with no overall vetting as to whether they comply with our values we will be replacing the voter, the consumer, and the beholder.

The Al algorithm will know best, will always be right, and beauty will be in the calculation of the algorithm. Individualism will collapse and authority will shift from individual humans to autonomous networks.

People will not see themselves as individuals but as collections of biochemical mechanisms that are constantly monitored and guided by a network of electronic algorithms.

We are already crossing the line. Most of us use Apps without any thought whatsoever.

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You might say that every age has its organizing principles.

The nineteenth century had the novel, and the twentieth had TV; in our more modern times, they come and go more quickly than ever—on Web 1.0 it was the website, for example, and a few years later, for 2.0, it was the app.

And now, another shift is underway:

Today’s organizing principle is the algorithm. (Though you could productively argue that our new lingua franca will either be artificial intelligence or virtual reality.)

Algorithms rule the modern world, silent workhorses aligning data sets and systematizing the world. They’re everywhere, in everything, and you wouldn’t know unless you looked. For some of the most powerful companies in the world—Google, Facebook, etc.—they’re also closely held secrets, the most valuable intellectual property a company owns. 

Perhaps it is naïve to believe algorithms should be neutral? but it’s also deceptive to advance the illusion that Facebook and the algorithms that power it are bias-free.

They are not neutral.

Facebook is intended to be the home of what the world is talking about. Their business model depends on it, even if that’s an impossible goal. As such, with now well over a billion users, and still growing, it’s worth asking:

What role should Facebook play in shaping public discourse? And just how transparent should it be?

After all, Facebook is mind-boggling massive.

It accounts for a huge portion of traffic directed to news sites; small tweaks in its own feed algorithm can have serious consequences for media companies’ bottom lines.

What can be done? ( See previous posts)

Evolution will continue and will need to do so if we humans are to exist.

We therefore should welcome all technology that enhances our chances of this existence in as far that it equates to human values.

All Algorithms that violate these values for the sake of profit or power should be destroyed.

After all if humans have no soul and if thoughts, emotions, and sensations are just biochemical algorithms why can’t biology account for all the vagaries of human societies.?

If Donald Trump is the best that twitter Algorithms can produce it appears to me that there is a long way to go and it’s not too late to change course.

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CAPITALISM CONTINUES TO PRIVATIZE THE PLANET.

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This is the first post to this blog .

 The purpose of this blog is to start a world mobile phone movement to effect change by Uniting the combined Communication Powers of us all into one world voice that will have to be listened to by World Organizations  and World Corporations.

These days we are  served up doom and gloom daily with the last decade leading us down the path to disillusionment. 

DEMOCRACY ERODED, LIVELIHOODS DESTROYED.  WITH GOVERNMENTS EVERYWHERE BETRAYING THE MANDATES THAT BROUGHT THEM INTO POWER.

September 11 tragedy now turned into a convenient Excuse for any anti-people legislation denying civil liberties worldwide. The Arab Spring is a quagmire>The Euro a nightmare >The Afghan War a needless lost of life>The Israel Palestine Question a dark cul-de-sac>NATO a war machine>The United Nations a gum shield between the west and the rest>China a supermarket>Climate change a trading commodity>Football a religion>Austerity a goal>Economic Growth an aspiration that no one seems to know how to achieve.

IF WE ARE ALL HONEST WITH OURSELVES THE WORLD IS GOING WRONG:

By the year 2030 there will be 50% more of us-6 million a month.

Humanity will have to put aside the deep divisions it has maintained for thousands of years.

Find a new spirit of human co- operation. Stop spending trillions on arms. One-fifth of the world’s present days population live in the “rich world” consuming 86% of the world’s goods. While over half the people on Earth live on 2$ a day with the absolute  poor on a !$ making up billions. Where is the justice that the gross domestic product of the poorest 48 Nations is less than the wealth of the World’s three riches people.

You don’t have to look far to see why we have Terrorism. Poverty and lack of Education spawns it.

While we turn back the evolutionary clock pumping 8 billion tons of Carbon into the Atmosphere each year wiping out 50,000 species a year in collective denial.

There can be no trade-off between economic development and the protection of the Environment Even if it is possible looking back from the Moon and see no trace of human activities that show up.

Our Democracies seem unable to achieve any progress such as mitigating climate change, better managing ecosystems, creating a fair global trading system. However we have the knowledge, the data and the technologies to do all of these things.

The question is not so much ” How could we have learned so little in all these years after two World Wars? But ” How could we have learned so much and done so little?

So it’s time to stop supporting large World Corporations and the like that don’t show a corporate social responsibility and use the power of getting Smart with our smart phones.

Any comments, suggestions, are welcome.  My next blog posting will out line a plan to create a World Aid Tax to be applied on all World stock Exchanges.

THE BEADY EYE’S: OPEN LETTER TO THE LABOUR PARTY IN ENGLAND.

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I am sure that after the recent local election in England combined with the pandemic and the aftermath of Brexit that the Labour Party is getting advice from all quarters. 

The Labour party is in need of new visions for the country so here are a few things it c could and should do to regain power. 

What matters is what they stand for. Rebranding is futile.

Progressive politics rarely ever win at the polls.  These days with social media you have to be seen to be doing something by giving something.   

Realizing that making the rich poorer will not make the poor richer.

Raising taxes is no longer the answer to everything.

Britain is a nation of immigrants proven by the Covid pandemic. 

The idea that public services and job creation is out of date.  

It must put forward attractive policies that the whole nation can see will make the whole nation better off. 

The living wage doesn’t fool anyone in a food bank queue. 

To be the party of the working class founded almost 120 years ago will require a few big symbolic policy changes. 

Free Education for all including University.

In the economy of the future where knowledge is the most valuable commodity, a person or a country will have to offer more than just money.

The Pandemic has left us with our whole system of living that requires radical structural change away from profit to beneficial sustainability. 

This change requires giving the means to Humans to live their lives with dignity while protecting what is left of our planet.

There are other, more ethical ways to provide social services.

At the moment we have sales taxes, gasoline taxes, poll taxes, food taxes (yes, they tax what you need to survive), sin taxes (cigarettes, alcohol, gambling), “fat taxes” (taxes on unhealthy foods), housing taxes, Social Security taxes, payroll taxes, and income taxes…taxes galore!  All harm the poor more than they do the rich. And of course, we have the income tax, which is a progressive tax, a tax that affects the rich more than the poor.  

What if we had a cutoff point where at a certain income you pay no taxes, and those below that income get money back from the government.  A Universal Income. 

This alone would be revolutionary for the poor and working-class! Coupled with the removal of all regressive taxes, it would be even better.

Instead of using hundreds of billions to fund programs like Social Security and free medical care, food banks, those who would require those programs would probably just be able to afford most of what they need anyway!

The demands for all goods would skyrocket as people now have free money to put into the market.

Continue support of a Federal Solution to Scottish Independence. 

If we want humans to protect, the ecosystem we have to make it more profitable to protect than destroy. Pay them to protect it. 

Lastly, transparency is what makes a party powerful.   

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THE BEADY ASKS: THESE DAYS WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN.

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Answering this question is not as straightforward as it might appear.

We can ask, what am I? What is this place? And how am I related to it?

We have a record of history, moral behavior, economics, political and social institutions.

Is it to be human is to be one of us?

This begs the question of the class of creatures to which “us” refers.

In deciding that all and only Homo sapiens are humans, one is expressing a preference about where the boundary separating humans from non-humans should be drawn, rather than discovering where such a boundary lays.

We’re probably unique in our ability to investigate the future, imagine outcomes, and display images in our minds.

In fact, one could know everything there is to know biologically about a human, but still not know what is unique to humanity now, what will be unique about humanity in the future, and what is important about humanity.

Why? 

Because the steady growth of computing power and sheer reality-describing data will eventually give scientists an unprecedented understanding of biological systems, including the human body, and the ability to hack it in ways that may ultimately defy death.

All of this will lead to a point at which our tools are so proficient at making themselves that more-human-intelligences emerge, and this change is now so accelerated that we can barely make sense of it. 

Cells might be persuaded to develop new collective goals and assume shapes totally unlike those that normally develop from an embryo.

A new type of creature—one “defined by what it does rather than to what it belongs to developmentally and evolutionarily.

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What will the future mean for us, for our relationships with other people, for our hopes and strivings?

When we look at how ordinary people have used the term “human” and its equivalents across cultures and throughout the span of history, we discover that often (maybe even typically) members of other species are explicitly excluded from the category of the human.

For example, Nazis considered Jews to be non-human creatures.

Generally, in wars, soldiers give nicknames to the enemy to dehumanize them.  

And another example is provided by the seemingly interminable debate about the moral permissibility of abortion, which almost always turns on the question of whether the embryo is a human being.

But if we think of the human as an indexical expression – a term that gets its content from the context in which it is uttered – a very different picture emerges.

When we describe others as human, we are saying that they are members of our own kind or, more precisely, members of our own natural kind. ie natural kinds are to contrast them with artificial kinds.

If  ‘human’ means ‘my own natural kind,’ then referring to a being as human boils down to the assertion that the other is a member of the natural kind that the speaker believes herself to be.

However, when it comes down to it, human beings have nothing special but our highly evolved brains that do something that other species can’t:

We remember, but so do elephants. 

So our inquisitive, reflective, pondering minds are forced to wrestle with some big questions in one way or another.

We have cultures and ways of transmitting information, and I guess we may come to realize that it is just us in the future.

Rest assured humans will need humans to be human and the planet we presently call Earth will remain the only place that this is achievable.   

You may be certain that AI will want to use satellites to look inside other cultures and will eventually create a human geography information system that uses satellite imagery as the baseline and overlays the satellite maps with datasets and other detailed information covering history, culture, education, economy, religion, weather, and political landscapes. 

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Who gave EARTH its name? No one knows.

Earth is the only one in our solar system that does not come from Greco-Roman mythology. All of the other planets were named after Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. 

Also, there is no particular Homo sapiens individual that researchers recognize as the specimen that gave Homo sapiens its name.

Self-awareness is in its infancy with Artificial intelligence, and the identity and authenticity of an individual in this melted world ahead will be daunting as we don’t yet understand who we are. 

Undoubtedly, in the case of humans, we are more creative than any other animals currently alive or pre-human descendants with the same genes, but the problem with evaluating creativity in extinct species is that you can’t talk to them. 

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We don’t know everything about our own species—but we keep learning more as we are rendering a new world with new opportunities and perspectives that will either go in two directions. 

Either we harness technology to human values or technology is turning us into products for exploration.

Presently to live a human life which in essence is determined by an accident of birth is becoming more and more expensive so that ordinary people simply cannot afford to be born.

Moreover, we can scarcely go a day without using inventions and innovations that were once the stuff of science fiction. Cell phones, flat-screen TVs, airbags and antilock brakes, CT scans, digital video players, portable computers, and, of course, the World Wide Web were completely unavailable a few decades ago.

But of course, in a future world where accidents of birth and the fortunes of good genes are even more critical determinants of success than they are now, inequalities that persist will be especially galling.

Because social and positional inequalities already distort existing measures of income and wealth, many seemingly clean-cut economic debates are more intractable than one would imagine. And of course, social anxieties over the unavoidable differences will become even more troubling, the less we can constructively address these issues.

Even if biology could somehow be conquered to the point that genetic good fortune could be parceled out equally to all, the minor differences that remained would loom ever larger.

Whether you view such an eventuality as desirable or irrelevant, more of our intellectual effort should be devoted to this future scenario. Not simply because we are heading there, but in many ways, because parts of that world are already here.

Even today, we routinely exaggerate the extent of material inequality and make foolish comparisons between different time periods and between countries at different levels of development. This does not mean that inequality has disappeared, or that it is unimportant

And as COVID-19 pulls the rug out from under economic growth, money will have so much power that it with AI will control society.

As the need for money grows, so does the greed of it. 

Ever since money was introduced as a value to exchange goods, every action that we take exacts a cost and produces consequences and none will be bigger than climate change.

In the economy of the future where knowledge is the most valuable commodity, a person or a country will have to offer more than just money.  

Money should never be the master of anyone it is a tool to be used to accomplish the things you want in life.

Even if money does not buy happiness, raising as many people as possible to a middling level of prosperity (an important first step to endure day-to-day economic agony of inequality we are still creating a recipe, not just for disaster but exiting this world. 

People are waking up to a story that was already there.

This Recipe for the human stew we are in.

Viruses have been on the planet for millions of years, much longer than Homo sapiens. After a year COVID has infected more than 115 million people and caused over 2.5 million deaths, with over half a million in the US alone.

The world population of 8 billion is doubling every 61 years with 55 percent of us living in urban areas or cities, which is set to rise to 68 percent over the coming decades. Currently, Cities house more than half of the world’s population and are expected to see another 2.5 billion new residents by 2050.

Cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions. China’s co2 emission exceeded those of all developing countries. 14 gigatons, 25% of global emissions. 

Producing enough food to feed the world includes raising large numbers of animals in close quarters, and they represent breeding grounds for viruses and infectious agents that can jump to humans. The spillover from animals to humans is closely linked to environmental change such as Climate change.

60% of all Mammals are livestock.  Unsustainable.

80 % of all birds are Poultry. Unsustainable.  

83% of wild animals are exterminated along with 50% of plants.

Because of selective breeding, future generations of selectively bred plants and animals will all share very similar genes which will reduce variation perfect for future Pandemics. 

Mix all of this with Profit for Profit sake and we got a recipe for the future that will rise quicker than you can say I am all right Jack. 

And I’m not saying we should go back and live like nomads. But when you put it all together — population pressure, urbanization, agricultural practices, deforestation, high mobility . . . and then climate change is going to make all these things worse.

Whatever the next event will be — and we know there’ll be another event — it’s already out there. A wake-up call is an understatement. 

The Dominant role that humanity now plays on Earth – is unsustainable and we must have pandemic memory, even if we want to forget the past year.

What if anything can be done to reverse centuries of mismanagement? 

The future of automation is only possible with the Internet of Things (IoT), the hub of collected data where devices interconnect. To get the most from automation, it’s essential to look beyond convenience toward efficiency.

416.2 terawatt-hours of electricity are used by data centers equaling 1% of world energy.  

There is now a great urgency for the world to convert to green energy but solar panels and wind farm electrical cars are not the solutions unless they all operate on Hydrofusion. Yet commercial electricity generation from fusion still remains a goal rather than a reality and it’s a solid bet that it will not arrive on the grid before the 2030s and it will be expensive. 

We are left with our whole system of living that requires radical structural change away from profit to beneficial sustainability. 

This change requires giving the means to Humans to live their lives with dignity while protecting what is left of our planet.

There are other, more ethical ways to provide social services.

At the moment we have sales taxes, gasoline taxes, poll taxes, food taxes (yes, they tax what you need to survive), sin taxes (cigarettes, alcohol, gambling), “fat taxes” (taxes on unhealthy foods), housing taxes, Social Security taxes, payroll taxes, and income taxes…taxes galore!  All harm the poor more than they do the rich. And of course, we have the income tax, which is a progressive tax, a tax that affects the rich more than the poor.  

What if we had a cutoff point where at a certain income you pay no taxes, and those below that income get money back from the government.  A Universal income. 

This alone would be revolutionary for the poor and working-class! Coupled with the removal of all regressive taxes, it would be even better.

Instead of using hundreds of billions to fund programs like Social Security and free medical care, food banks, those who would require those programs would probably just be able to afford most of what they need anyway!

The demands for all goods would skyrocket as people now have free money to put into the market.

On top of this, all education including University should be made free. 

If we want humans to protect, the ecosystem we have to make it more profitable to protect than destroy. Pay them to protect it. 

To do this see previous posts – A 00.05% World Aid commission.    

   Deforestation in the Central African Republic: scientists agree that destruction of the natural world makes spillovers of new viruses into the human population more likely

 

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THE BEADY EYE ASKS FOR HELP.

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Here is another project that any School could implement.

Ready-made Specs which you no longer use, how can you dispose of them?



Here are some of the places where you can donate your unwanted spectacles for charity.

Vision Aid Overseas.: info@visionaidoverseas.org 

The glasses you donate will be stripped into their component parts. The plastic materials are recycled and the metal parts melted down to save precious metals and recycle standard elements like nickel. The recycling process allows Vision Aid Overseas to fund sustainable eye care services in a number of countries. Donating your unwanted eyeglasses is a sustainable way to fund eye care abroad.

You can donate them at many branches of Vision Express, Specsavers, and Boots Opticians as well as many independent opticians.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially declared that 1.3 billion

people are estimated to be living with some form of distance or near vision

impairment.

Of these, the WHO considers about 80% of cases to be avoidable.

However, approximately 517 million people in developing countries are visually impaired because they do not have sufficient access to corrective treatment. 

Visual impairment in developing countries is far more than just a health problem and it is exacerbated by the fact that many of these countries cannot offer state benefits to ease the daily challenges.

A simple pair of Glasses which most of us take for granted in the first world could drastically improve the lives of those less advantaged.

We as privileged individuals have a role to play in assisting the distribution of eyeglasses across the developing world. On average, the typical eyeglasses wearer buys a new pair of glasses every three years. Many of us rarely take a moment to consider where our old frames and lenses end up.

There are a few ways to recycle your old eyeglasses that will ultimately benefit those who need them most in poorer countries.

But there is a better way. Get your school to collect them and post a box directly to Vision Aid Overseas
12 The Bell Centre
Newton Road
Crawley
West Sussex
RH10 9FZ. 

Approximately 1% of Africans are blind of which around 300 000 are children.

 

 

THE BEADY EYE SAYS HERE ARE THE REAL TIPPING POINTS WHEN IT COMES TO CLIMATE CHANGE.

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I don’t think people realize how little time we have left.

We are in a state of planetary emergency in more ways than one but climate change is the one we should all be addressing if we want to live our lives.

It is obvious why.

It is not an abstract threat already causing wars, mass migration, the extinction of species, plants, scarcity of fresh water, quality air,  you name it and it will be affected by a raft of new diseases. 

A groundswell of demand for green energy can push a behavior, product, or technology from the fringe and into the mainstream but at what cost to the health of the earth.

While the term “tipping point” is applied quite loosely regarding the political and societal change, it is clear that a number of them will need to be crossed – and quickly – to avoid toppling those in the Earth system. 

These social tipping interventions comprise removing fossil-fuel subsidies and incentivizing decentralized energy generation, building carbon-neutral cities, divesting from assets linked to fossil fuels, revealing the moral implications of fossil fuels, strengthening climate education and engagement, and disclosing greenhouse gas emissions information. 

Earth’s climate will not respond to forcing in a smooth and gradual way.

It will respond in sharp jumps which involve large-scale reorganization of Earth’s system.

Along with the climate, I think we also need to be looking at tipping points in human, social and technological systems.

There are, for example, many different views on how the term should be defined and used.

Here is my definition.  A transition to a new state at a rate determined by the climate system itself and faster than the cause.

And then there’s another definition that actually says there needs to be a positive feedback mechanism associated with the element. So that means there is something that’s self-reinforcing and then that could lead to irreversible changes as well.

Both definitions point to a system that would not revert to its original state even if the forcing lessens or reverses. In other words, it stays in its changed state for some considerable time, or possibly even permanently. It is subsequently difficult, if not impossible, for the system to revert to its previous state.

A glance at the news media on any given week will likely highlight all sorts of climate change impacts. We are on the precipice of climate system tipping points beyond which there is no redemption.

Ecological systems are deeply intertwined.

The interactions among the elements of our global climate system mean a substantial change in one will affect others.

Powered by heat energy from the sun, the atmosphere, oceans, ice sheets, living organisms like forests, and the soils all affect, to a greater or lesser extent, the movement of that heat around the Earth’s surface.

Tipping points we thought might happen well into the future are already underway.

Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment.

For example, the slow collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet is in progress.

Arctic warming and melting of Greenland’s ice sheet are driving freshwater into the North Atlantic, which is contributed to a recent 15 percent slowdown of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) in the Atlantic Ocean.

Aerial view over Pine Island Bay, West Antarctica. Credit: Universal Images Group North America LLC / Alamy Stock Photo. E4DW38

Extensive thawing of permafrost is already happing with the potential to realize billions of tons of methane gas.

There is more heat-absorbing open water and 40 percent less reflective ice so we’ll reach 1.5 C in one or two decades. 

Even if countries act on their Paris climate agreement pledges to reduce emissions, warming will still rise more than 3 degrees C (5.4 degrees F).

It’s important to know that global temperatures aren’t driven by human emissions of carbon alone.

The risk of those cascading into an irreversible global tipping point with tremendous impacts on human civilization warrants a declaration of a planetary climate emergency.

To err on the side of danger is not a responsible option. It is significantly cheaper to prevent additional global warming than it is to face its impacts. 

We need to change our approach to the climate problem because our efforts to reach global targets have been “utterly inadequate”

No amount of economic cost-benefit analysis is going to help us now that we face an existential threat to civilization. The reality is that the cumulative impact of these changes will cause fundamental parts of the Earth system to change dramatically and irreversibly.

While climate records are being routinely broken, tipping points are not part of any economic analysis of climate policies it is widely assumed to mean that we are now committed to suffering these tipping events.

The time for talking is over and no matter what we do there has to be a radical change to our behavior.

Climate change will not be stoped by technology unless we distribute both the cost and benefits by allocating 0.05% of profit for profit’s sake in order to distribute wealth by way of nonrepayable grants to all activities that will mitigate its effects. ( See previous posts ) 

Only a fraction of articles and papers in economics journals discuss climate change.

 

 

THE BEADY EYE. ASKS YOU TO HELP.

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Every day of our lives we are bombarded with appeals for money for help – from saving the environment to saving people, children, and donkeys.

The purpose of this new Flipboard Magazine ” #SILENT WITNESS TO SCREAMS OF HELP” is to afford a platform for projects that do not get much attention. 

The second reason is to enable you the individual to act without donating money directly.

So if you are like me here is a giving that you or your children could do tomorrow.

I recently watched a documentary about a school for deaf children.

This school is in Kabul Afaganstian run by a few individuals on fresh air.

The words here are silent, but the classrooms are full of life. And for these children just coming here during a war has not been easy.

In Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries in the world, people with disabilities are stigmatized. 10,000 children in Afghanistan have no communication with the world. They are left to lead lives of solitude, without the opportunity for education, or often, work. These children have committed no crime, they have nothing to be ashamed of — they are deaf.

If (deaf children) don’t go to this school, they literally have no way of learning how to communicate with anyone else. 

The operational needs of the school are big.

There is a lack of teaching material and books and no money to buy them.

 You could lend a helping hand.

They need children’s books. Old laptops, Paint bruises & paint, coloring pencils, or any other items.

All that is necessary is to put a box together and post it to them. 

The School for Deaf Children. Kabul Afaganstian.

To send a box from the UK/ Europe – 15cm X15cm weighing 5 kilos would roughly cost £60. which is quite expensive. 

Here is the solution. 

For instance, there is a total of 8.82 million pupils in 25000 schools in England.

As a school project to send a box, the cost would be minable plus the benefits of educating surrounding such a project would totally outweigh any costs.  

THE BEADY ASK’S. WHERE NOW IN DEMOCRACY DOES REAL POWER EXIST?

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It is well known that the word ‘democracy’ originates from Ancient Greece and means ‘power of the people.

In its literal sense, democracy as an idea encompassing economic, political, the vote and not a flag however if democratic governments do not assume more power in technology governance as authoritarian governments grow more powerful, the digital world—which is a part of our everyday lives—will not be democratic.

Because capitalism, on the one hand, and genuine democracy, on the other, are completely incompatible with one another social democracy does not exist anywhere in the world.

The reason for this is that under capitalism, wealth is concentrated in the hands of a very small minority of the population.

A recent study by the World Institute for Development Economics Research at the United Nations University reports that the richest 1 percent of adults owned 40 percent of global assets in the year 2000, and that the richest 10 percent of adults accounted for 85 percent of the world’s assets. In contrast to this, the bottom half of the world adult population owned barely 1 percent of global wealth.

This is the basic reason why the working class majority feel powerless and not really ‘free.

Why?

Because they do not own any significant amount of the means for producing and distributing wealth, which people need in order to live. It means that the vast majority of us are forced by circumstances, to become economic slaves to the rich minority that are now with technology domineering the free market in all its forms.

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So Democracy is not a society where everyone can have an equal say in the issues that concern them.

Capitalism’s leaders having little or no interest in public involvement in politics, outside of election time. This meant that the capitalists had no economic interest in maintaining those, who worked for them. After all, these workers could always be replaced by others in the queue, looking for work.

This was the thinking of the employers in the earlier period of capitalism and, still is today in the less developed parts of the planet. Such is the sophistication of modern wage slavery.

The key element has been private ownership of resources, by a small minority, right from slave owning societies through to feudalism and then, to capitalism. 

Even now, many people realise that there is something seriously wrong with the present system (wars, poverty, pollution, inequality, covid-19 etc.).

However, it is the awareness of an alternative to this which is missing.

It is quite obvious now that we are rapidly become indifferent to democracy because of social media populisms, artificial machine learning, all reducing our world organisations and governing parliaments into talking shop.

With AI knowledge becoming the driving power that is going to shape the future any new systems will require free education, and a universal basic wage in order to share wealth we need in order to live. 

It is time to imagine what real democracy would look like and to create institutions and mechanisms that could be the building blocks of genuinely democratic societies.

What is lacking is a more radical agenda, an international grassroots-based network promoting and struggling for participatory democracy as an alternative and ultimately a replacement to the existing system.

Through such a network, social movements, activists and ordinary citizens across the world could exchange ideas and experiences, learn from each other, and develop common campaigns and struggles.

Citizens acting collectively to express their demands and the political system has begun to adjust according.

In short, all protests reflect precisely the way democracy should work:

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One could ask how has capitalism got such a grip on Democracy.

The prime reason is the planet’s resources. They do not belong to the people as a whole. Instead, they are in the hands of a small, privileged, rich minority. As a result capitalism’s ideology and indoctrination dominate the thinking of the vast majority of participants.

Up to now those who administer capitalism want the electorate to vote for the main parties but power within Democratic society is now shifting with Technology companies taking many aspects of tech governance from democratically elected leaders.

Increasingly, companies are taking over state roles or develop products that affect fundamental rights.

Systematically scoop up private data, often without consent.

Since technologies evolve faster than laws, discrepancies between private agency and public oversight are growing and this disparity between the public and private sectors is spiralling out of control.

There’s an information gap, a talent gap, and a compute gap. Together, these add up to a power and accountability gap. An entire layer of control of our daily lives thus exists without democratic legitimacy and with little oversight.

Why?

Because decisions that companies make about digital systems may not adhere to essential democratic principles such as freedom of choice, fair competition, nondiscrimination, justice, and accountability. Unintended consequences of technological processes, wrong decisions, or business-driven designs could create serious risks for public safety and national security. And power that is not subject to systematic checks and balances is at odds with the founding principles of most democracies.

With Artificial Intelligence the outcome of elections are not going to make any real difference to their way of doing business or our way of life.

Employment is accurately described as being exploitation since the value of what the workers produce in the form of goods and services is much greater than the value of the wages/salaries which they receive. The surplus value is pocketed by the capitalist class and is a very important source of the wealth of the ruling class.

Without a system of clear legitimacy for those who govern—without checks, balances, and mechanisms for independent oversight—it’s impossible to hold technology companies accountable. 

Only by building a global coalition for technology governance can democratic governments once again put democracy first.

Right now, though, there are no international criteria that define when a cyberattack counts as an act of war. 

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THE BEADY SAYS: UNLESS WE REFRAME THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLOUTIONS CLIMATE SUMMITS ARE USELESS.

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There have been trillions and trillions of words spoken, written , and not heard about climate change. I don’t know about you but I am tired of hearing that there is going to be another summit on climate change. There have been proposed changes in absolute emissions that for all intensive purposes are a joke. We all know that the capitalist world has little interest in reversing or addressing climate change as any action to do so is also politically tarnished by national self interested.  The whole business of a climate crises is much larger conversation than reducing CO2 emissions on HP of country by country. The whole problem must be reframed. Words matter. Climate change is not the problem. It is not the threat to Earth. Take note: I didn’t say it was a threat to Earth. Because it’s not. It is only a threat to the things that live here — and that’s how we need to frame it Climate change prevention must become the effort to “Save The Humans.” The idea of saving humans isn’t tough to grasp. We also all know that Climate change is in fact the result of an world economic system that has been built for a few to extract every precious value out of this planet for the sake of profit – from natural resources to the fruits of human labour. It is this system that has created climate change and if not changed it not pandemics that will create massive global migration and wars. ————— To survive the fourth industrial technical revolution which is the next phase of our human existence we will need to restructure our social and economical systems and repair the earth. Environmentalists should appeal to people’s enlightened self interests because we don’t think we need saving. This is where we start. So as I have said words matter. For example there is little point in John Kerry going to China to talk about climate while accusing Chinees of genocide. Because the Chinees will say so what you the USA exterminate the Indians. When in fact they should be talking about the world climate as a reality and our cities and communities are not prepared only to make profit off people who will have to migrate. We must all have the courage to admit we’ve taken too much. To open our eyes to the fact that the entire world is paying a price for the privilege and the comfort of just a few people on the planet. It’s time for us to make society – wide changes to a system that incentivise consumption to the point of global imbalance. Our social, political and economic systems of extraction must be transformed into a systems that regenerate the earth and advance human liberty globally. It is arrogance to think that technology will save us and it is ego to think that we can continue this unjust and extractive approach to living on the planet and survive. We must establish a new social attitude with technology by passing laws that make it and its use transparent and tax all profit seeking algorithms before all income disappears into the cloud.
—————– Earth you might like to think belongs to all of us, but the assertion that climate activists are ” Saving the Planet,” or even “saving life on Earth ” is scientifically baseless. The majority of humans will only see a small amount of Earth in their lifetime, and only a fortunate few will ever look through the window of a spacecraft at Earth’s true vastness As much as we may think otherwise, we are profoundly, astronomically insignificant. Earth is a big concept to grasp but it not difficult to grasp that most of the CO2 emissions come from CHINA, USA, INDIA, RUSSIA, AND JAPAN. It’s difficult for humans to find the motivation to save something that they don’t truly comprehend but the threat of climate change is looming. It is a threat to all species. When world leaders sit round the table to try and tackle what has become possibly the greatest moral crisis of my generation they are powerless to make any solution’s work without financial support – no country wants to carry the can or implement tax rises – levies etc. Instead they introduced carbon credits that turned CO2 emission into a product to trade on the stock market. The underlying theory OF CARBON CREDITS is simple. If one party can’t stop emitting CO2, it can ask another to emit less so that, even as the first carries on producing CO2, the total amount of carbon in the atmosphere is reduced. But climate change is not just an environmental problem, it is a human rights issue. We are already calling people refugees when they are displaced by climate disaster even when they don’t cross international borders. Despite this, the idea of ensuring justice between those generations responsible for the effects of climate change and those who will have to pay the heaviest price for it is not mentioned. So we must stop borrowing from the future and act now —————- Climate change or whatever it is called next year is something we all better get used to adapting to. Instead of taking action on this problem what are we doing? We are fighting wars all over the world, planning the next Olympic games, carbon-trading, bailing-out the bankers, worshiping consumerism, developing more weapons, flying, planning the next election. In other words: business as usual.  There is no doubt whatever that the world is warming up – the evidence is there for all to see – a  BIG problem that is not going away, which has no respect for empty promises, targets and resolutions. It is, with the greatest respect, totally useless to produce such stupid arguments as “the rich western countries have had their turn at exploiting the world’s resources and now it is our turn”.  Let us remember that global warming is not the only serious problem. In the long term depletion of minerals of food, oil, freshwater and other essentials is equally critical. The fact is that you cannot blame the past. Unfortunately Politicians have hijacked “Global Warming” which is now a massive revenue generator for Governments. Greed rules our modern world so it must be the solution. There is no reason with the technology we have not to place a world aid commission of 0.05% on all activities that are Profit for profit sake. This would spread the cost fairly across the world, create a preputial fund out of which nonrepayable grants could be given to all projects to reverse climate change. ( See previous posts)
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THE BEADY EYE ASKS; WHY DO WE THINK WE ARE HUMAN AND NOT ANIMAL?

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( Three minute read.)

One way humans gain self-esteem, importance, and significance, and hence assuage mortality concerns, is by raising themselves above other animals’ status.

We attribute fewer thoughts and emotions to animals and this is only true when people are primed to think about human-animal similarities – death.

All human beings begin life by being born – and all human beings die.

In these two ways, we are finite: our lives are not endless, but they begin and they come to an end. We thereby come into the world with a specific body, and in a given place, set of relationships and situation in society, culture, and history.

We share a common ancestor with Apes but unlike an animal that has instinct we begin life utterly dependent on the people who care for us physically and emotionally. 

First and foremost, we are inheritors and receivers of culture and history. We may develop capacities to question, criticise and change what we have received, but this happens on the prior basis of reception.

So being born is a fundamental, not a trivial or accidental, feature of human life – and human existence overall has the shape it does because we are born.

However an animal is also conceived and born.

But, as far as I know, no species except mankind can think about thought itself, can reason, can form alliances and coordinate wars to destroy other thinking people, can create a global interdependent society, can allow millions to starve in third world countries (“We’ve got to think of our own economies…”), can pollute the environment to dangerous levels, and can mess with the very stuff of life itself in their search to challenge God. 

What future lies ahead for humans in space?

None.

We can manipulate the human genome as we like, we could manufacture a new set of beings designed for space travel but there will never be any humans colonizing any other plant.

If we can’t solve humanity’s problem on our home planet, we seem highly unlikely to be able to do so by establishing ourselves in space.

Any lunar or planetary colonists will bring the same human attributes that have caused problems on Earth.

Maybe if we got excited enough to treat Earth as though it were Mars, some of the energy currently pointed towards the stars could be repurposed to doing something even more audacious—ensure that the space station we already have can take us into the next millennium.

Wherever we land, we inevitably leave behind traces of our own forms of life. 

We won’t survive here on this planet unless we learn to live in a resource neutral way. We are in the process of destroying this planet with nowhere to go.

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THE BEADY EYE WISHES TO REMIND YOU THAT THIS EASTER WE LIVE IN A WORLD WITH TEN CURRENT WARS.

 

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Here in this part of the world, we have just celebrated Easter.

If we remove its religious consequences in the end the Roman authorities and the Jewish council wanted Jesus dead.

He was a political and social trouble-maker.

He was killed – like so many people before and after him – because of the kind of life he lived, because of what he said and what he did. To Jesus, the whole institution fundamentally misrepresented God. The system was wrong.

Since our arrival on earth, we have excelled in one thing killing each other and all most everything around us.

On May 8, 2021, we will be marking 76 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe.Security Council members often use their veto power in high-stakes conflicts.

 Understanding world history would be impossible without understanding the conflicts that have shaped it.

Although there are many inventions and technological developments that were created by militaries throughout history, we can fairly say that most people would prefer to avoid military service. 

Worldwide in 2020, there are 30,277,850 million people serving in the armed forces, not including paramilitary units, according to Wikipedia.

The problem today is that our traditional definition of “war” is outdated, and so is our imagination of what war means.

Wars and conflicts may decide political boundaries, move populations, and generally shape just about everything but future wars will be driven by a multiplicity of different drivers such as climate change, artificial intelligence, lack of freshwater,  ( Already a factor in many of the below-listed wars) mass migration all coming together to create a major open conflict.

As a result war as the term’s very definition will not only become subject to debate, both politically and philosophically but difficult to catalog.

The world is a battlefield and we are at war for all the wrong reasons. 

The easy answer might just be too many and this is a 21st reality.

According to the International Crisis Group at the end of January 2021, there were at least 70 worldwide outbreaks of crisis/wars.

The Syrian Civil War. (15,898 deaths.) Afghanistan war. (143,958 deaths) The Iraq war. ( 25,223 deaths) The Yemeni War. ( 3,473 deaths) The Somali War. ( 26,418 deaths) The South Sudan war. (50,859 deaths) The Darfur war. The Ethiopian war.

With the arrival of Covid-19, these wars have all but disappeared from our TV screens.

FOR EXAMPLE THE CURRENT Genocide Emergency TAKING PLACE IN MYANMAR.

Today’s with Social Media local difficulties have a habit of becoming to morrow’s international crises/wars.

The Middle East makes it the most war-torn region in the world.

In the last 3,400 years, people have been in peace for only 268 years, and the total number of casualties from wars since the dawn of history is estimated between 150 million and 1 billion. Worldwide in 2020, there are 30,277,850 million people serving in the armed forces, not including paramilitary units, according to Wikipedia. One of the 41 female members serving with Ghanbat 10 with UNMIL in Buchana on patrol about the Liberian Port City of Buchanan

With almost half of the world war-torn.

What Then Must We Do?

The intent of the United Nations’ is not questioned, but in principle, it has been unable to achieve peace and in fact, things are only worsening.

The war in Afghanistan has been ongoing for 17 years. The Syrian war has been active since 2011. Since 2015 Saudi Arabia and its allies have attacked Yemen. God only knows how long the Palestinians in Gaza will have to endure to achieve peace.  

The 15-member Council of the Un has been unable to end these conflicts.

Why? 

Because the UN can never take an initiative without the approval of 5 countries including Russia, the USA, England, France, and China. An interesting fact is that these countries confront each other in the Syrian war.

As of 31 August 2020, the United nations has13 peacekeeping operations involving around 125 thousand personal, but even though it has over 125 nations contributing it remains fairly unrepresentative and ineffective due to the power of veto. 

Despite its imperfections, it would be unfair to suggest that the UN is irreformable.

Its time that the veto was removed and that all states should have the same influence. There should be no veto power in cases of mass atrocities.

The UN is now outdated and obsolete because it lacks openness, and therefore a vital component of a liberal democratic body. There should be at least one representative from each continent

 The illusion that countries can intervene in conflicts or that a few UN blue helmets are enough to sustain peace is shattered by Syria, Yemen, Iraq, the present global marketplace of death. 

With drones, we have isolated war’s physical and emotional costs. War crimes and human rights abuse are prevalent everywhere.

Do we need a UN which fails to address all of these?

We must create a moral movement against mass murder, even when the mass murder is accompanied by flags or music or assertions of authority and promotion of irrational fear.  We must make war abolition the sort of cause that slavery abolition was. We must oppose wars for rational, fact-based reasons, as opposed to fictions and misperceptions.

War-profiteering could be banned or rendered impractical.

Spreading subservience under the banner of “democracy” won’t save us while countries sell arms.  Imposing peace through armed “peace-keepers” prepared to kill won’t work. Disarming only so much, while continuing to suppose that a “good war” might be needed, won’t get us far when foreign Aid is a political football. 

How the world would look like after the Covid 19 outbreak subsides.

Therefore, if and when this present crisis abates, humanity will have to reckon with differing and extreme positions shaped by both the Utopian fantasies as well as baser emotions.

In other words, it is up to us to choose the path that is amenable to future generations instead of giving in to the hate and the vitriol that is passing around.

Having said that, there are some things that would remain the same even in the New Normal – Killing.  

We must use the present crisis to transition and transformation from killing to protection of everything that gives life. 

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THE BEADY EYE SAYS. WE ARE NOT TAKING THE DEVELOPMENT OF AI SERIOUSLY ENOUGHT.

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Artificial Intelligence might be a term for collecting concepts that allow computer systems to vaguely work like a brain. However, the use of numbers to represent complex social reality is flawed.

AI might seem factual and precise when it isn’t as the results that AI produces depend on how it is designed and what data it uses. 

At the moment in our everyday world, AI performs narrow tasks such as facial recognition, natural language processing, or internet searches but the pace of its progress is exponential and regardless of its benefits.

The impact it is having is hard to ignore with more and more of the world’s commerce becoming automated and trading going online.

It’s transforming our world and will impact all facets of society, economy, living, working, healthcare, and technology in the not-so-distant future. It’s poised to have a major effect on sustainability, climate change, and environmental issues. 

Anybody making assumptions about the capabilities of intelligent software is capping out at some point is mistaken.

The applications of AI is now in, industry, healthcare, and medical diagnostics, transport, agriculture, education, and economics, machine and deep learning, data analytics, knowledge reasoning, and discovery, natural language processing, computer vision, robotics, as well as social sciences, ethics, legal issues, and regulation all have implementations in modern society.

And that is only a drop in the ocean.

It’s in automated reasoning and inference, autonomous agents and multi-agent systems, artificial consciousness, case-based reasoning, representation, neuro-inspired computing, process improvement and planning, robotic process automation, symbolic reasoning. 

AI-augmented immersive (VR, AR, MR & XR) reality, AI-enabled customized manufacturing, AI-enabled data-driven techniques, AI in cyber-physical systems, AI in image analysis and video processing, AI in perception and multimedia sensing, AI-supported sensors, IoT and smart cities, AI in education, autonomous vehicles, business and legal applications of AI, cognitive automation, hyper-automation, digital twins, healthcare, medical diagnosis and rehabilitation, robotics and robot learning, human-robot/machine interaction, industrial AI and optimization, symbiotic autonomous systems, as well as many others relating to AI.

Unless you have direct exposure to groups like Deepmind most of us have no idea where it is leading us and the possibility of something, seriously dangerous happening is in the five-year timeframe. 10 years at most.

The time is now to determine what dangers artificial intelligence poses.

Already the legal, political, societal, financial, and regulatory issues are so complex and wide-reaching that it’s necessary to take a look at them no not tomorrow.

AI’s role is now so widely accepted that most people are completely unaware of it.

If we don’t its usage will lead to separation and polarisation in the public sphere and manipulate elections.


It has permeated the key sectors of most developed economies with profit-seeking Algorithms that are promoted as if they are flawlessly but they are built on human bias.

It is removing the ability to make judgments and our sense of responsibility.

It cannot explain or justify reaching a decision or action in the first place.

It is creating impersonal bureaucracies and leaders.

It feeds on historical data.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said: “Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.”

Apart from autonomous weapons gaining  “minds of their own, AI’s power for social manipulation has already proven itself – Brexit – the 2016 U.S. presidential election – the Arab spring – China’s social credit system – the invasion of privacy which is quickly turning to social oppression.

At the present, we are not designing accident-free artificial intelligence, or are we aligning current systems’ behavior with our goals or core values.

Mitigating risk and achieving the global benefits of AI will present unique governance challenges, and will require global cooperation and representation.

More advanced and powerful AI systems will be developed and deployed in the coming years, these systems could be transformative with negative as well as positive consequences.

As AI systems become more powerful and more general they may become superior to human performance in many domains. If this occurs, it could be a transition as transformative economically, socially, and politically as not the Fourth Industrial Revolution but the Revolution of Monopolies.  

It’s now possible to track and analyze an individual’s every move online, and if a covid-19 passport comes into existence it will be issued by AI. 

It’s capable of generating misinformation at a massive scale and if not already we won’t be able to tell what’s true or real online and what’s fake including Covid passports. 

If we aren’t clear with the goals we set for AI machines, it could be dangerous if a machine isn’t armed with the same goals we have.

It’s not hard to imagine an insurance company telling you you’re not insurable based on the number of times you were caught on camera talking on your phone. 

While there are many uncertainties, we should dedicate serious effort to laying the foundations for future systems’ safety and better understanding the implications of such advances.

The international governance of artificial intelligence (AI) is at a crossroads: should it remain fragmented or be centralized?

Fragmentation will likely persist for now.

Society’s collective governance efforts may need to be put on a different footing.

An important challenge is to determine who is responsible for damage caused by an AI-operated device or service:

It is undesirable from a human rights perspective that there are powerful
publicly-relevant algorithmic systems that lack a meaningful form of public scrutiny. 

Without proper regulations and self-imposed limitations, critics argue, the situation will get even worse. It is gobbling up everything it can learn about you and trying to monetize it.

There is a real risk that commercial and state use has a detrimental impact on human rights.

Our situation with technology is complicated, but the big picture is rather simple. 

All AI should be under law required to have a transparency switch.

 

The human brain is a magnificent thing that is capable of enjoying the simple pleasures of being alive. Ironically, it’s also capable of creating machines that, for better or worse, become smarter and more and more lifelike every day.

AI will affect what it means to be human, be productive, and exercise

free will. People will become even more dependent on networked artificial

intelligence (AI) in complex digital systems.

Every time we program our environments, we end up programming ourselves

and our interactions. AI have massive short-term benefits, along with long-

term negatives that can take decades to be recognizable. AI is a tool that will

be used by humans for all sorts of purposes, including in the pursuit of

power. At stake is nothing less than what sort of society we want to live in

and how we experience our humanity. We already face an ungranted

assumption when we are asked to imagine human-machine ‘collaboration.

We cannot expect our AI systems to be ethical on our behalf – they won’t be,

as they will be designed to kill efficiently, not thoughtfully.

For now, AI will continue to concentrate power and wealth in the hands of a

few big monopolies based on the U.S. and China. Most people – and parts of

the world – will be worse off.

Unfortunately, we are still unripe for the unity of humanity.

We require further development until we develop a sincere desire for

humanity’s unity, as well as the realization that it is impossible to achieve

that goal on our own. If we just bumble into this world of AI unprepared, it

will probably be the biggest mistake in human history.

The COVID-19 virus will one day be all but forgotten, but the dystopian

systems that the New World Order is right now putting in place will not.

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