Welcome to Saturday's Potluck
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Is there a singular truth? Or multiple truths? Does our own historical experience influence which truth to believe? Does it matter? Some of the questions floating through my mind this week.
Plus what is the most immediate danger. Those yellow jacket trying to protect their nest under the roof ridge line? I slowly moved off the roof, will bring peppermint spray next venture up there. The neighbor's bull trying to break through the fence or the slippery rocks underfoot crossing the ditch back and forth to move my uncooperative cows? Or the
unwashed masses unvaccinated amongst us trying to live their lives, earn money for food and shelter?
1958 Interview With Aldous Huxley Author Of Brave New World bu Mike Wallace was posted by CB yesterday. When he began discussing Soma an imaginary drug in the novel, it caught my attention. The drug and its various combination products to extend brand name pricing were part of a group a drugs I was continually trying to have doctors discontinue in patients. Inappropriate use was showing up as diminished mental capacity and falls in individuals contributing to placement in Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes. If we could successfully get them off many could go back to there own homes. Most had never been informed of potential for harm to make a risk benefit analysis for them. The drug carsiprodol, originally marketed in 1959 as Soma is a good example of how long action by regulatory agencies for benefit of the public can be delayed. By 1978 its addictive properties was in the professional literature. January 11, 2012 officially became a schedule IV drug Abusing the drug may lead to moderate mental or physical addiction).
transcript 8:37-12:57 of Aldous Huxley
I postulated a substance in this book that you mentioned of mine, Brave New World, a substance called Soma which was a very versatile drug. It would make people feel happy in small doses. It would make them see visions in medium doses and it would send them to sleep in large doses. Well I don't think such a drug exists now. Nor do I think it will ever exist. But, we do have drugs which will do some of these things and I think it's quite on the cards that we may have drugs which will profoundly change our mental states without doing us any harm, I mean this is the pharmacological revolution which has taken place that we now have powerful mind-changing drugs which are physiologically speaking are almost costly. I mean they are not like opium or like coca, cocaine, which do change the state of mind but to leave terrible results physiologically and morally.
If you want to preserve your power indefinitely you have to get the consent of the rule and this they will do partly by drugs. As I foresaw in Brave New World. Partly by these new techniques of propaganda. They will do it by bypassing the sort of rational side of man and appealing to his subconscious and his deeper emotions and his physiology even and so making him actually love his slavery. I mean I think this is the danger that can actually people may be in some ways happy under the new regime. But they will be happy in situations where they aughten be happy.
I think it could I mean that's why I feel it's so extremely important here and now to start thinking about these problems, not to let ourselves be taken by surprise by the new advances in technology. I mean, for example in the regard to the use of the drugs we know there's enough evidence now for us to be able on the basis of evidence and using a certain amount of creative imagination to foresee the kind of uses which could be made by people of bad will with these things. And to attempt to forestall this and in the same way I think with these other methods of propaganda we can foresee, We can do a good deal to forestall. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
History of carsiprodol. (first part of video on physiological actions and use as a recreational drug)
When searching for information on Soma at the top of the page had some interesting links. To know it was an old Brand name for a drug required previous knowledge , only the generic name appeared.
Soma was a fermented juice drink which was believed to have been consumed by the Hindu gods and their ancient priests, the brahmanas, during rituals.
The drink was personified as the god Soma who was considered primeval amongst the gods and a bringer of health and wealth; in many ways he is similar to the Greek and Roman gods of wine Dionysos and Bacchus while the drink is the equivalent of ambrosia in those traditions. In addition, Soma is regarded as the deity who supervises Hindu religious sacrifices and he represents the direction North-east.
A little on China and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
5G wireless technology is more than an evolutionary improvement over previous consumer networks. It will impact industry in ways previous networks did not and it should be treated as a national strategic asset – which it is not yet in the US.
Covid-19 launches the Fourth Industrial Revolution Oct,19, 2020 (behind paywall)
Some wars are won by attrition with roughly similar casualties on both sides. Others are unequal contests in which superiority in technology or organization leaves the losing side with most of the casualties.
Ancient battles with edged weapons, in which the side that turns and runs takes most of the damage, reflect superior organization.
Modern battles with unequal outcomes mostly reflect superior technology – Prussia’s breech-loading cannon in 1870, Japan’s long-range naval artillery in 1905 or Israel’s avionics advantage in 1982.
But the superior organization also achieved unequal outcomes in modern warfare, for example, Germany in 1940, Japan in Singapore in 1942 and Israel in 1967.
China has won what probably will be recorded as the decisive battle for hegemony with the United States over Covid-19, employing a combination of superior organization and technology. China, South Korea and Taiwan demonstrated the effectiveness of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies using artificial intelligence and big data.
Germany and Japan, which did not employ electronic contact tracing or apply AI to the analysis of patterns of contagion, did almost as well in controlling the disease with conventional public health methods.
Unlike China, Taiwan and South Korea, though, Germany and Japan have not succeeded in returning economic and civic life to normal.
No one expected, or planned for, this battle. Indeed, when it began neither side saw it as a battle. Nor is China the only winner: All of East Asia displayed more or less the same prowess in suppressing the pandemic, along with Germany, the sole winner among the major Western economies.
The United States and most of Western Europe continued to struggle. China seized the opportunity to conduct a vast national experiment in the application of artificial intelligence, and dozens of startup companies are developing the applicable technologies.
October 2020 - Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley made China very aware people in the Unites States government were contemplating attacking China. As a reassurance he offered to provide a warning before any action.
The general reached out to Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army several days before the November 2020 election and two days after the Capitol breach on Jan. 6 to reassure the Chinese army that an attack isn’t incoming, according to excerpts of a book that was published this week.
Like the central government, Cao understands that the more data collected, the better AI machines work and the greater are the chances of gaining a complete (or near-complete) picture of any given enterprise. Rather than relying on static growth measures such as financial reports, China’s financial sector has come to favor dynamic “surveillance” mechanisms that provide real-time data, such as satellites, smart cameras and sensors.
The introduction of such disruptive technologies into the financial sector has facilitated new understandings of an economy – centered no longer on consumers, but rather on “scenarios” such as events, consumption, specific industries and supply chains.
Instead of deploying a person to inspect farmland in rural areas that are often difficult to reach, agriculture risk can now be assessed using IOT censored data, agriculture machine sensors, and satellites. Algorithms will be used to tabulate agricultural loans, and maps beamed down from space will assist the government in surveying arable land.
China’s financial sector is preparing for a future in which people increasingly communicate with things, and things communicate with things – intelligent things. A world in which your car will take itself to be refueled or serviced, where your fridge will transact with an AI machine that will instruct robots to pack your food and drones to execute delivery.
The 14 five-year plan released in March of this year complicated Huawei’s efforts to fully comply with Beijing’s requirements. The new blueprint advocated that “data resource transaction security assurances must be achieved.” Zhang noted the contradiction, explaining that “on one hand data openness and sharing is a requirement; on the other hand data protection and privacy must be assured.”
What is on your mind today?