Sunday, 24 August 2014

The Robot Future

Here this month of August....the Pew Research Center....a respected research group....came out with a report that projects within the next decade that a lusty hot robot gal will be available for guys, for a price.

Yeah, it kinda means that a guy with ample income.....could put down the cash and buy himself a bedroom gal, strictly for physical needs, and forget the need of a regular wife/girlfriend.

It invites various discussion about where this is going.  All you need is five guys out of a hundred to go to the robot gal for all their physical needs, and mankind is in some type of trouble.  Added to this way of thinking....it also means that a guy could pick up on a robot guy if he wanted lusty male activity and avoid a relationship entirely.

It's a bold new world ahead in the next couple of decades.  The question of ethics will arise and demand some attention by the public and government authorities.  Might we go and make human to robot relationships legal?  Somewhere by 2040....I'll bet that several states have approved such marriages, and you start to notice a handful of such relationships.

Negative concepts among society over this development?  I'm betting that political figures from both parties will attach themselves to the idea and try to get folks to twist this into a political debate.

All of this will lead companies to think over models and develop models to fit the general public requirements: the Woman Woman model, the Thai model, the blonde-bombshell type, and the seven-foot tall model that waddles around with seven-inch high heels.

I can't say if this is positive or negative.  Society is on a constant change mentality.  Eventually, everything is acceptable.  And this robot thing is only a temporary moment of the changes ahead.

Curfew

The Air Force gently introduced me to the concept of curfew back in 1977.  Up until that point, I was young and naive, and the Air Force figured that establishing a curfew.....would ensure be the practical solution to ensure safety and limit property damage.  We were told to be basically back in the tech school dorm by 11PM on school nights. Generally, I'd say that the curfew accomplished little to nothing....mostly because they didn't take names or do roll-call each evening to make it effective.

After that brief period in 1977.....other than a brief period in Panama where I saw curfew done (with no positive effect), and another during a TDY period to Incirlik, Turkey (also no positive effect).....I can generally say that curfews are a wasted effort.

Watching TV over the past two weeks from Missouri and this Ferguson episode....I'd generally say that no one really pays much attention to curfew rules.  It doesn't matter if it's coming from the cops, the mayor, the city council, the governor, some military general, or from the President himself.

Years ago, I got into a discussion with someone who'd spent time in Detroit back in the early 70's when the riots occurred there.  As a kid, they tended to notice three simple facts about riots, curfews and damages.

First, timing means everything.   Folks like to riot between the late afternoon to around midnight.  No one ever riots at 6AM or 9AM in the morning.  Riots rarely ever occur in winter, but are extremely evident in summer.  In Panama, I tended to notice protests to always occur after lunch, and usually ended by 4PM in the afternoon so everyone could get on the regular routine buses, and get home before the last bus run of the day.  No one ever gets stirred up in morning hours....burning down business operations or breaking into stores to loot.

Second, somewhere in this mix of rioting....is booze or drugs.  You don't usually hang out at a riot unless you've had a beer or two, or done a hit or two on weed.

Third, whatever the original intent of the riot or protest was about......it's usually forgotten as folks progress into a riot or looting episode.  It's more about looting or getting your piece of the redistribution.....and no one remembers much of what got them upset in the first place.

Cops will tell you that in every community.....there is authority to establish a curfew.  I generally challenge that attitude or law.  A military commander does have such authority over his troops or his post.  Beyond that.....it's hard to say that curfew is legal in any state or city.  Arrested breaking curfew?  I'd challenge anyone who says you could end up with jail-time.  Basically, the cops just arrest you.....drag you to some downtown jail, and as the sun rises....release you.  There might be a later court date.....but they lack any firm law that would really work and sustain itself in a legal setting.

I kinda noticed that various news journalists were out and about, during the curfew setting.....acting as though they were exempt from such rulings or orders.  That kinda says something about how people interpret curfews.

A wasted effort?  Well....if folks were really peppy about their subject.....they riot and loot from sun-up to sun-down.  They rarely ever do that.  So, it's mostly an effort to party, drink heavily, smoke some weed, and hangout with the crowd.....oh, and loot of course.

My Ferguson Predictions

For a number of days, I've been watching the Ferguson, Missouri situation.  This is my script on how this will all play out.

1.  The cop will be charged and brought into court.  The Grand Jury really can't avoid doing this....mostly because of the pressure from the public.  The trial period?  Oh, that will be at least May of 2015 at the earliest.  Anyone thinking of swift or immediate effects....is smoking dope.

2.  By the end of 2014, I anticipate at least a dozen members of the police force will have moved on.  There's only around fifty cops in town.....anticipate a new crowd hired....mostly black officers to appease the public.  By May of 2015 (my expected date of the trial)?  Figure another six to ten will have found new jobs and moved on.

3.  An odd thing will occur in the first week of this trial.  The autopsy will reveal that the shots came from only inches away from the body, and went in from a downward position....meaning the cop shot upward as the guy likely launched himself at the cop.  Remember....the victim is taller than the cop.  The first witness with be the victim's buddy who was with him.....describing him and the victim on their knees as the shooting occurs, and the cop standing six to ten feet away.  The defense attorney will ask if he really saw the situation....because the shots went in a upward slant....meaning the cop would have to be almost laying down on the ground, to meet the factual evidence presented.

4.  At this point, the judge will quietly ask the prosecutor and defense attorney to meet with him.....the case is screwed up because the witness testimony just won't work with the evidence.  Go to lesser charges or expect at best a hung jury or a acquittal of all charges by the jury.  Nothing much happens to change the prosecutors stance.

5.  The case ends as an acquittal or hung jury.

6.  Riots start immediately that night in Ferguson, with the new police force doing mostly nothing but driving around, picking up donuts, and avoiding any contact with the public.  At least twenty business operations are looted to a significant degree and ten businesses are set on fire.  Owners were smart in buying insurance to cover the situation.....collecting on the pay-out.....and at least a dozen business operations will shut down completely.  Lack of trust in the cops protecting the public and business operations will lead to around twenty-five total business fronts shutting down by the end of 2015.

7.  The cops?  Well....with less business fronts....come less tax revenue.  The city decreases its budgets and lays out five cops by spring of 2016....mostly the new black cops who came in on the force.  They pursue handing out more traffic tickets, to increase cash revenue for the city.....infuriating the public even more.

8.  Lack of confidence with the mayor and city council....end up with a total change in leadership by 2018.  By 2022.....between corruption, drugs, and a lack of trust in the cops.....Ferguson will be considered one of the worst places in Missouri to live.

9.  The toxicology tests from the guy shot?  Oh, that will reveal "weed" in his system to a significant degree, and I humbly suggest that PCP will be found in some quantity.  The rest of the autopsy will suggest that the victim had to be standing and within inches of the cop.....when he received the various shots fired.  It will never fit within the description given by the victim's buddy.  No one will be able to explain with a decent story how the two conflicting stories fit together.

Yeah, it's a screwed up mess.  And if you live in Ferguson.....it's probably best to start thinking about moving or leaving town.  Staying just isn't a long term positive.