Thursday, November 24, 2011

Technology: Doing What It Should Do

Sometimes it comes to pass that someone says something so utterly absurd, that I can't help but to a double take and question how moronic people can be. A case in point is when someone says something to the effect of, "I'm sick of all this technology. It's taking away jobs. Whatever happened to a hard days work for a good days pay?"

Well, besides the economic fallacy loaded in those kinds of statements, I just want to address the 'taking away jobs' aspect. To do this, I will give but one simple recent advent, Cyborg Insects.

What's that? Well, details can be found here. In short, it's a lot safer, smarter and more humane to let technology do the dirty work in cases where it's simply too dangerous or risky to send people. Would you want your son or daughter to be sent into a hell pit if you knew there was viable technology available that can do the job? Doubtful.

And this is but one recent example of technology displacing people doing dangerous work. Technology (robots) can do mining. Technology can and does manage heavy manufacturing. In fact, were it not for the advent of some key technologies, we'd still basically be dependent on slave labor to accomplish some of the major construction tasks we do today.

Yes, technical advancement displaces human labor. GOOD! It's about time people wake up to the fact that we invent these tools to help us, and part of that process is developing tools that FREE us from the drudgery of monotonous and dangerous work, liberating us to pursue our personal passions, and more intellectual avenues.

Technology is more efficient, faster, doesn't need breaks, yadda, yadda. I'm sure you've heard all that before. Well, maybe you've heard that because it's true.

Now maybe it's time to reflect on what it means to work, what work is supposed to accomplish, and how mankind is supposed to live within a paradigm that renders human labor more and more obsolete.

Here's a hint: analyzing human labor for income is a start.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Long Absence

Hello everyone,

It has been a long time since I posted anything here. Sorry for that. A lot has been going on, most significantly being my pursuit to start my own company. Between that, being a teacher to my home schooled daughter, and my other various activities, I have neglected this blog. I hope to rectify that.

My goal is to post an article a week, and it might not ALWAYS be about space exploration. I am going to broaden a bit into all the sciences, but I can't really change the name of my blog.

Sadly, from my point of view, there isn't a lot going on in the space industry that has caused me to really want to blog about it. Everyone has their own likes and such...and as of now...everything has been rather "ho hum" to me as far as space news goes.

I mean yeah, we have asteroids flying by us...but we always do. And we have 2012 coming up, which according to some, will bring about some wild astronomical catastrophe. Whatever. The universe experiences catastrophes every second, so what makes us any less vulnerable to those things? If a giant rock is destined to smack us, then it's destined to smack us. Until we move past broken economic systems that restrict us and actually start becoming a space faring species, we're stuck on this island.

Anyway, future articles to come...thanks for your patience.