At the end of every workweek I email the readers of my Gage on Prosperity newsletter. (If you’re not a subscriber and you’re not a godless Communist who drowns kittens, you can sign up about halfway down the home page at https://www.randygage.com/) The theme of these missives is “Friday Filosophy,” and I share something I’m thinking about – that I think my readers should also be thinking about. The messages themselves are pretty small, but the ideas to think about are often huge. Sometimes they might cause you to reflect on something enough to change a habit, sometimes enough to change the game, or even your life.
Since some of you reading this might actually be godless Communists who drown kittens, I thought perhaps it would be good to do a blog post here of the same format. But this time it’s a series of questions around one theme: technology. So if you’re ready to get the party started, you have both hands in the air, and you’re moving them like you just don’t care… let’s get after it. Here are some of the questions I’m thinking about – that I believe you should be thinking about...
- How many people who have brain tumors now were early adopters of cell phones?
- Who owns the Moon and Mars? How can they be populated without all of the territorial wars we did here on this planet?
- What would happen to your life and the world economy if you turned off your smart phone, wrapped it in a t-shirt, and left it in your dresser for 48 hours?
- If you have a car that is completely run by computer, how do you plan to survive when someone hacks it while you’re driving at a high speed in dangerous conditions?
- The paradigm of warfare has changed. It is not longer Rommel versus Montgomery with tank divisions, but using weapons like disinformation on social media, hacking the defense or financial grids, and perhaps electromagnetic pulse attacks. Do you really think it is wise to elect a leader who is 70 or 75 years old, doesn’t own a laptop, has never downloaded an app in their life, or in some cases, ever sent an email?
- When Sam Jones from Jones & Sons Hardware can simply clone more sons, what does that do for the employment market?
- Think about everything you said or did in front of your Google home, Alexa, Siri device, or home doorbell video system over the last week. Would it be dangerous for you if a criminal, enemy, or even your government were actually listening in?
- If you have wireless earbuds that you use to listen to your podcasts or music – what do you think the radio signals they send to each other do to the stuff, you know, your brain cells, that are in between?
- What are the ethical issues about being able to preorder designer babies with customized physical features, athletic skills, artistic abilities, and mental capabilities?
- How will it work with identical genetic clones at the driver’s license bureau and passport control?
- If you were a government, you probably wouldn’t buy weapons systems from Russia, Iraq, or North Korea. So why would you buy critical parts of your infrastructure from Huawei?
- Does it trouble you that Netflix and Amazon know more about what makes you tick than your soulmate does?
- During my remodeling, I installed Koehler Numi toilets in my condo. This model is billed as "Intelligent, " and comes with heated seat, integrated bidet, foot warmers, charcoal filters, and they play music. Yesterday (January 27, 2020 at 2:11 pm Eastern time), with no one in the room, the toilet in my guest bath opened its lid and started the music. Was this the moment artificial intelligence gained consciousness?
Anyway, that’s what I’m thinking about. What are you thinking about? Love to see your comments below.
P.S. If questions like these make your brain hurt, and you like that, there are two of my books that are “must reads” for you. Risky Is the New Safe (read first) and Mad Genius. I recommend you order them quickly, before my Numi launches Skynet…