Notice: Parts of the article below contain satirical material.
Senator Diane Feinstein Warns Against Sexual Abuse of Robots!
In a recent press conference Senator Feinstein noted that in Japan, humanoid robots are already being used as office receptionists and waitresses. Robots are also being trained to serve as companions to lonely people who lack significant human contact. More
The aging senator from California seemed especially upset that young female robots were being used in “robot brothels” in Spain, Italy, Russia, and perhaps soon in Houston.
“These sex robots being used in robot brothels are very young!” Feinstein exclaimed. “Some of them were made less than 5 years ago. A few of them are less than 1 year old!”
Senator Feinstein became a feminist champion against sexual abuse of all types when she very recently helped concoct a scheme to defeat a US Supreme Court nominee using phoney accusations of sexual abuse of a 15 year old high school girl. That scheme may have failed, but it catapulted Feinstein to fame in the feminist ranks, where false accusations of wrongdoing against political enemies are often prized above the truth — as long as they help destroy the object of contempt.
It may seem surprising to see Feinstein championing the cause of robot receptionists and sex workers — but she is quite old, after all. She probably considers herself lucky to still be capable of prevaricating and sensationalising with the best of her fellow politicians.
Feinstein’s crusade against the sexual abuse of robots is likely to fail, like her crusade against US President Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee. But for fading stars like Feinstein, any air time is better than being ignored, and falling off the edge of the world.
What Feinstein may not have considered is the possibility that humans could be sexually abused by robots:
Meanwhile, in other news:
Old, Dust-Covered Doorstop Suddenly Worth $100,000!
The doorstop that a Michigan man had been using since 1988 has turned out to be a meteorite worth $100,000.
The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, knew the 22-pound rock came from outer space ever since he bought the house in 1988. The previous owner showed him around the property at the time and said the meteorite arrived on the farm during a meteor shower in the 1930s. __ https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/10/05/Rock-used-as-doorstop-revealed-to-be-meteorite-worth-100K/7341538711420/
We are told that numerous museums — including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, are bidding up the price for possession of the old doorstop to $100,000 or more.
We can only hope that the rocky visitor from space does not carry any pathogenic space microbes, once scientists start probing inside.
Speaking of dangerous microbes, consider this:
Coins and Banknotes May Harbour Pathogenic Microbes
Bacteria can grow on coins, paper banknotes, and other popular items of exchange. Scientists in London took a closer look at what they might find on common items, including money:
Researchers from the London Metropolitan University looked at banknotes, coins, pockets, wallets, purses etc. and noted that these are contaminated by these bacteria from people who do not wash their hands properly after going to the toilet.
The team found that polymer notes of £5, £10 and paper notes of £20 and £50 were covered with Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Enterococcus faecium (VRE) and listeria.
The first two – MRSA and VRE are known to be antibiotic resistant and difficult to treat. __ https://www.news-medical.net/news/20181004/Notes-and-coins-harbor-life-threatening-bacteria-including-MRSA-and-VRE.aspx
It is likely that several types of virus can be spread on the surface of coins and notes as well, including the flu. It is unlikely for HIV to spread in this manner, however, unless the note or coin is contaminated with fresh body fluids.
If you are visiting a friend in a hospital, you may think twice before accepting change from the hospital cafeteria, gift shop, or vending machines. Just say, “keep the change!” and protect yourself while coming across as generous for a change. 😉
But bacteria are not all bad:
Billionaires Back Bacteria to Help Feed the World!
In September, a group of billionaire investors, including Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Michael Bloomberg, set aside $1 billion to invest in nine energy startups… In its latest round of funding, California-based startup Pivot Bio raised $70 million for its genetically modified bacteria, with the majority of funds coming from BEV.
… Pivot Bio has discovered a bacteria that cuts down on the need for hazardous fertilizer. According to Temme, the bacteria has been hiding in the environment for the last century, but the use of fertilizers has rendered them inactive. “We’ve rediscovered a lost part of the microbiome,” he said.
… If the technology pans out, this long-dormant bacteria could alter the future of energy and agriculture by reducing environmental pollution, protecting the world’s marine ecosystem, lowering production costs for farmers, and conserving energy usage. __ Source
Reducing or eliminating the need for synthetic fertilisers would bring about several beneficial changes in agriculture and ecology. Nitrogen-fixing microbes are a good place to start.
So, we are likely to be well-fed in the future. But if trends toward inequality worsen, are we likely to become “well-fed slaves?”
A Future of 1% Masters and 99% Slaves?
Blogger Fabius Maximus looks at various visions of the future, and seems to settle on the lowest denominator — a few masters and lots of slaves, both human and robotic.
… our future will look more like that in Jupiter Ascending than Star Trek. It’s a galaxy of servants and lords, where the rich own planets, live almost forever, and harvest the peons. __ https://fabiusmaximus.com/2018/10/06/our-future-star-trek-or-jupiter-ascending/
We saw a similar scenario in Harari’s Homo Deus, where advancing technology served to amplify inequality to an absurd degree — by today’s standards.
Scholars at the Al Fin Institutes note that human slavery is currently practised widely in the third world and Muslim world — and is likely to increase in prevalence as low-skill/low IQ populations grow in proportion to the shrinking populations of high IQ/highly-skilled peoples. As for “Machine Intelligence Slavery,” that boat has already sailed. Too late to call it back.
Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst
Computing technology has helped the cause of “independence and self-sufficiency” in some ways, and hindered it in others. It is up to the individual person, family, or community, to find the balance between independence and interdependence which best serves prosperity and fulfillment into the near and intermediate futures.
The world of artificially intelligent robots which are affordable to the top 5% or 10% of the planet’s population will bring many novel, strange, and unfamiliar evolving scenarios. Most of us have not thought these things through in a thorough and sufficiently open-eyed manner.