Modern life is bollocks.

Loads of stuff around at the moment about robots and AI as mainstream tries to catch up with science fiction. I was alarmed by a radio programme this morning with Michael Sandel, the ‘public philosopher’, discussing work and robots. When folk were asked who they’d be more upset with, a robot or a person, if they took their jobs most said they’d be more upset with a person. Now Mr Sandel did preface the question with the qualifications that people taking jobs might be immigrants and/or doing the job for less money. I think this subjectivity immediately plays into the coarse current narrative about immigration which is increasingly racist and plays on people’s fear of ‘the other’. I felt Mr Sandel was using the old straw man ploy and needed to strip things back a little and look a little more closely at the kleptos and sociopathic multinationals who are simple bottom line feeders.

There is also the worrying possibility that people are empathising more with machines than real living people. Now AI and robot designers are rapidly getting cuter creating machines that mimic human behaviours such as facial expression, physical tics and vocal expression; playing on our predisposition to anthropomorphise.

And the simplistic, robotic behaviour of our politicians continues apace and feeds this coarsening. Young Hector told me yesterday of a classroom with a bunch of statements on it’s wall extolling ‘British Values’. I’m sure they included good old tolerance, respect and similar which are right now being claimed in Dutch, American, Nigerian, Singaporean and so many other classrooms around the world. Me being out of the educational world Hector tells me that this is another governmental edict, what a load of bollocks. As if these ideal humane values can be claimed to be exceptional for particular nations, if anything recent events such as brexit indicate the opposite.

And now with austerity about to bite deeper it’s trailed that tomorrow’s budget bollocks will include a big bribe to pay for ‘selective free schools’, otherwise known as grammar schools. As every sentient being with humane values and awareness of research knows such selective schools lower the overall educational attainment of all young folk. They also reinforce the underlying class bollocks. Which will soon be even further reinforced with changes in higher education such as ‘elite’ universities being allowed to charge students even more. Oh for a truly progressive politics rather than this inhumanely regressive bollocks.

The real ‘British ‘values are: devil take the hindmost, kick out and keep out foreigners, always be deferential to those of a higher class, grind the hobnails into the faces of the  disabled and poor, and so on. Good to see that my acupuncture session today that focussed on making me mellow has worked so well.

May is a robot.

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Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.

 

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