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Jeff McFadden @homemadeguitars
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I'm writing this on a computer that I carry in my pocket. It is more powerful than the computers that helped humans land on the moon.
From where I'm sitting I can see 4 laptop computers in one room of my home.
I was an early and enthusiastic adopter of smartphone and other computer technology. I thought it was wonderful.
I now think I was stupid. Fooled. A sucker.
I was so thrilled with the glorious Internet, the World Wide Wonderful Web.
It is the worst thing that ever happened.
Now today, every day everywhere, somebody is stealing all my - and your - identity data.
Somebody is flooding the zone with shit, with bots and memes and trolls oh my.
Today, everywhere somewhere a person is being told they no longer will be needed to make things for their fellow humans, because computers can make things better cheaper.
But they can still have a job IF
they don't mind doing boring crap for half the money.
And can work computers
Today we give up the simple security of a hand marked X on a piece of paper to choose who will govern us, because computers can do it betterfaster although actually nobody can tell if your particular X goes in your chosen box but trust me.
Today moms and pops must close their shops because Jeff Bezos needs to make 150 billion dollars by selling everything money can buy, at a tenth of a cent per unit profit, over computers.
And if you *must* walk into a store, some Waltons can do the same.
Because computers.
Today we live in fear that some dictator somewhere
Or some villain James Bond never dreamed of
Might turn off our electricity from his computer in an office in Siberia
Or Kiev
Or Beijing
Or New York
Or his mother's basement.
It happens in Ukraine every few weeks.
I have friends on computers all over the world, and it is pleasant, but...
Every time I want to chat with them I have to wade through advertising hounding me to buy some thing I was mildly curious about for five minutes last week.
My wonderful car has computers that let it know if I doze off and cross a lane marker
But some hacker may yet drive it off a bridge into the Missouri River with me in it, who knows.
I'm just not convinced.
I used to write for small magazines and the editors would write me checks. Mail them to me.
Now if I want to get paid for my work I have to go to someone else's computer, and cook up some scheme to beg or badger my readers to send me money.
I can't express all the ways I no longer believe in the Holy Grail of Technology.
And Artificial Intelligence?
I am *so* glad I'm old.
I'm not advocating for any particular course of action here. I'm just telling you: I no longer believe.
--jeff out
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