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Hamburger-making machine churns out custom burgers at industrial speeds

Hamburger-making machine churns out custom burgers at industrial speeds | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Momentum Machines is developing a hamburger-making machine that churns out made-to-order burgers at industrial speeds.
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There goes a lot of the jobs that were made in the recovery efforts, following the 2007-08 Financial Crash. Even top level investment and public sector jobs are likely to be taken over by machines in the coming decades and centuries, if nothing deviates from the present course that we're on (bearing in mind, that the slightest changes in deviation in the present second will likely lead to monumental changes in the future. McDonalds is already putting in kiosks to cashier at some of their restaurants in Europe. Don't know how the economy will react to that loss of jobs and income, however little it may be for the individuals earning it. My guess would be that profits will rise, while economic growth and well being stagnates and declines for the sake of a few people's profits. But anyway, the universe is essentially an algorithmic thing that runs on math. The best possible solutions in any category will likely be the same throughout this universe, especially when we think of things in terms of higher level social functions within our species. Welcome to the future of us, unless anything happens to change in the present along the way. Think about it.
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Network of Mayors and local elected officials provide policy recommendations for White House climate efforts

Network of Mayors and local elected officials provide policy recommendations for White House climate efforts | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
The report calls for modernizing federal emergency management and infrastructure programs to help communities better prepare for extreme weather and other

Via june holley
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Indeed, it would be more effective if these local communities spent time modernizing their own resiliency and response networks, rather than just relying on the Federal government to do everything.  The Feds, for their part, could help coordinate and oversee the locals' efforts.  However, true resiliency is when the little pieces are able to support themselves in their overlapping network clusters, rather than have a top-down command and control system that's inflexible and not aware of local conditions and needs.

 

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India opposition heads for landslide

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The opposition BJP's predicted landslide win in the Indian election is a "people's victory" that will "start a new era" the party's president says.
Eli Levine's insight:

And thus it happens.

 

You neglect the people in favor of corporations and elite interests, you eventually get thrown out.  Doesn't always matter what the other people are offering.  All that seems to matter to the public is that they're well known and different from your own side.

 

If I were Congress, I'd so some serious soul searching.  It was the party that nationalized the banks of India, and yet, it's become this money grubbing entity that favors the rich over its many millions of poor people.  A rising tide clearly does not raise all boats when there is no connection made between the growth that is realized and the compensation that workers receive.  That's just a law of economics that bleeds into the people's perception and willing to work with the present government.

 

Fortunately, the BJP might not govern effectively either on the national scale.  That would be Congress's opportunity to come into power.  But bear in mind, that there are other alternatives to these two parties in India and, indeed, in any society that has an apparent knack for democracy at its rawest form.  A billion people is a hard thing to counter, regardless of how many troops you may have.

 

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A Fool to Do Your Dirty Work?

Anytime complexity increases through evolution, one must ask how selection at the lower level of organization (i.e., the individual cell) doesn't disrupt the integration at higher levels of organization (i.e., a multicellular organism) by favoring selfishness. There are some general evolutionary hypotheses that have been offered to explain why and how multicellularity and the division of labor between somatic and germline cells evolved, as well as the conditions under which these developments would be expected. Clearly, organisms with differentiated cells can experience many fitness advantages, such as the ability to grow larger and exploit novel resources. And along with these advantages come costs, such as the energy and materials that must be allocated towards growth and maintenance, rather than reproduction. However, there are more subtle, but no less important, constraints on an organism's ability to acquire resources, grow, metabolize, and reproduce that might also influence the evolution of cellular differentiation. (...)

 

Chase JM (2014) A Fool to Do Your Dirty Work? PLoS Biol 12(5): e1001859. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1001859


Via Complexity Digest
Eli Levine's insight:

As an organism gets more complex, it seems that the cells become more simple, in and of themselves, and more interconnected to form the vibrant pattern of cells that form a multi-cellular organism.

 

Kind of like how, in a society where the division of labor took root, to eventually form the assembly line concept.  As society became more complex and diversified, it stands to reason that some larger, all guiding logic needs to pervade the social order, such that behavior is corrected according to thes social standards that are set within the given society (enter religion and/or government) to maintain the integrity of the overall whole that is the social organism.

 

Now, perhaps, it is time that all of these social superstructures: religion, government and business leaders, submit to the larger nature that is our natural world, such that we're actually living in harmony with the constantly evolving and dynamic nature, rather than next to or "over" it.  Survival is the name of the game and adaptability with an accurate sensor of reality is how you win it (bearing in mind, that we've all lost against the race against time and will only leave memory imprints behind when we're gone).  No sense in trying to achieve that which canont be achieved without killiing yourself and your population.

 

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Nigeria troops 'fire at commander'

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Soldiers open fire on their commander in the north-eastern Nigeria, witnesses say, as anger grows over failure to tackle Islamist insurgency.
Eli Levine's insight:

What the Hell is going on in the Nigerian Army?

Who do they hire for commanders?  How does their system of promotion actually work?

 

Seriously, this is going to rock the legitimacy of the State deeper than anything Boko Haram could have done.  A government who can't even protect its own citizens from violent extremists in its home territory who target civilians is not much of a government at all.

 

Should we invest in Nigeria?

I'm not sure.

 

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Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers

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The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday said.

Via Willy De Backer
Eli Levine's insight:

If you don't believe the hippies, believe your own people in the military industrial complex. 

 

Sorry conservatives, but, in the grand scheme of the universe, in spite of all the power and control you've managed to accumulate, you're still an inferior grade of organism for survival on this planet, and you all belong in mental institutions for diagnosis and treatment.

 

You're otherwise a danger to yourselves and a danger to others.

 

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, May 14, 2014 3:10 PM

This is not new - the military have been warning for years but who is listening, and more importantly what will be their recommendations? A change of lifestyle? Very unlikely; more likely, more military to secure the rich and powerful.

Larry Glover's curator insight, May 15, 2014 12:35 PM

Climate destabilization has been on the military's radar for years as a growing security threat...still political inaction remains. Question becomes, whose short term interests are served by supporting denial and inaction? 

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Low-wage workers are often trapped, unable to advance

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Low-wage workers know they have to enhance their skills to escape low-wage jobs, but long hours and multiple jobs make skill-building and education nearly impossible, according to a new policy brief released by the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis.
Eli Levine's insight:

Yep.

 

Such is the life of drudgery that conservative politicians and members of the elite "liberals" condemn people to live for the sake of ideology and ineptness.

 

Why do we listen to such people?  At all?  They've never served our interests, as the general public.  They've mistaken their own self interests as being linked to their personal "selves" at the expense of their larger "self" that includes the rest of human society and the environment.

 

What do these "people" know or care to know about the general public?  What do these people know or care about their actual selves relative to the public and the environment?  Just a bunch of clueless, inbred, upper crust monkeys, barely even aware of their own humanity relative to the rest of humanity.

 

This is nothing more than the Dixie logic of slavery, where you're actually giving less than what people need to survive, let alone, thrive.

 

And I defy ANY politician, supporter or activist to challenge that claim and to challenge the unethical and immoral nature of that slave-holding system.

 

Enjoy.

 

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Mckinsey CEO: Africa Needs $2.6tr Investment in Infrastructure

Mckinsey CEO: Africa Needs $2.6tr Investment in Infrastructure | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

Via homestrings, Jocelyn Stoller
Eli Levine's insight:

Imagine if a group of private, public and not for profit forces combined to raise this money for INVESTMENT (not aid) in the whole continent of Africa?

 

Imagine if the governments of Africa streamlined their regulations, stamped out the corruption within their systems and generally functioned to produce these infrastructure improvements?

 

Imagine if they hired local workers, compensated them decently by INTERNATIONAL standards and put them to work with training and educational opportunities for afterward?

Imagine what a home grown miracle could happen if this project were to go ahead, thanks to a combination of competant legislation and government function, the accumulation and investment of public and private funds and the training of tens or hundreds of millions of unemployed or underemployed people.

 

That would be helpful for the African economy, African autonomy, African well being and African quality of life.  No more aid, no more hand outs, no more struggling beyond what they ordinarily would have to deal with.

 

Heck, why not improve our own infrastructure here and make it into a 21st century infrastructure set with emphasis on mass transit?  It needs to be maintained and upgraded every once and awhile, after all.  No sense in letting it rot.

 

Yet goodness forbid the government do anything to encourage independent living and empower people, just for the sake of some people's ideological preferences.

 

Think about it.

Imagine if a group of private, public and not for profit forces combined to raise this money for INVESTMENT (not aid) for the whole continent of Africa?

Imagine if the governments of Africa streamlined their regulations, stamped out the corruption within their systems and generally functioned to produce these infrastructure improvements?

 

Imagine if they hired local workers, compensated them decently by INTERNATIONAL standards and put them to work with training and educational opportunities for afterward?

 

Imagine what a home grown miracle could happen if this project were to go ahead, thanks to a combination of competant legislation and government function, the accumulation and investment of public and private funds and the training of tens or hundreds of millions of unemployed or underemployed people.

 

That would be helpful for the African economy, African autonomy, African well being and African quality of life.  No more aid, no more hand outs, no more struggling beyond what they ordinarily would have to deal with.

 

Heck, why not improve our own infrastructure here and make it into a 21st century infrastructure set with emphasis on mass transit?  It needs to be maintained and upgraded every once and awhile, after all.  No sense in letting it rot.

 

Yet goodness forbid the government do anything to encourage independent living and empower people.

 

Think about it.

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homestrings's curator insight, May 14, 2014 10:09 AM

Global Chief Executive Officer, Mckinsey & Company, Dominic Barton, has disclosed that about $2.6 trillion investment was required to bridge Africa’s infrastructure gap, and noted that investors who needed to be relevant should be in Nigeria and other African countries.

Barton’s remarks came just as President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote said experience had proven that Nigeria’s business environment is conducive for investment, admonishing Nigerians who prefer investing outside to have a rethink.

Speaking on the theme “Unlocking Job Creating Growth” at the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA) in Abuja Thursday, Barton said Africa’s major challenge was infrastructure which would require about $2.6 trillion investment to address.

Barton said addressing the infrastructure problem was driver required for development and inclusive growth, noting that the continent’s resources were far beyond the abundant natural resources.

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Margaret J. Wheatley: Using Emergence to Take Social Innovations to Scale

Margaret J. Wheatley: Using Emergence to Take Social Innovations to Scale | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

Via june holley
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Very cool.

 

It's not how many you reach, but who you reach.

 

Very cool indeed.

 

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How the brain pays attention - ScienceBlog.com

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Neuroscientists identify a brain circuit that’s key to shifting our focus from one object to another.

Picking out a face in the crowd is a complicated task: Your brain has to retrieve the memory of the face you’re seeking, then hold it in place while scanning the crowd, paying special attention to finding a match.

A new study by MIT neuroscientists reveals how the brain achieves this type of focused attention on faces or other objects: A part of the prefrontal cortex known as the inferior frontal junction (IFJ) controls visual processing areas that are tuned to recognize a specific category of objects, the researchers report in the April 10 online edition of Science.

Scientists know much less about this type of attention, known as object-based attention, than spatial attention, which involves focusing on what’s happening in a particular location. However, the new findings suggest that these two types of attention have similar mechanisms involving related brain regions, says Robert Desimone, the Doris and Don Berkey Professor of Neuroscience, director of MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and senior author of the paper.


Read more at http://scienceblog.com/71642/how-the-brain-pays-attention/#38AhYq7XIJOwJkLV.99


Via Alessandro Cerboni
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And it, like most other parts of your brain, is manipulable by exterior or interior stimuli that can throw you off course from where reality actually is.

 

Still, this could be helpful in determining new treatments for diagnosing and treating ADD and ADHD.  Very cool.

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23 Photos Of People From All Over The World Next To How Much Food They Eat Per Day

23 Photos Of People From All Over The World Next To How Much Food They Eat Per Day | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
span style="font-size:16px;">Photographers Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, who also happen to be married, traveled around the world and met people from all walks of life.
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I love this stuff.

 

What do you eat?

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'Troops killed' in Ukraine ambush

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Seven Ukrainian soldiers and one pro-Russian insurgent have reportedly been killed in an ambush in the eastern Donetsk region, reports say.
Eli Levine's insight:

Honestly, this is deadly and childish nonsense.

 

It's going to take both Russia and the EU to help dig Ukraine out of its economic and social mess.  A shame that all sides aren't working together towards the common goal of seeing Ukraine do well, such that we're able to maintain a truly neutral Ukraine in between Russia and the EU/NATO.

 

Everyone seems to be picking over the marginal sides for their own small selves, without working for the overall whole that is the world.

 

Silly brains.

 

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IEA: Decarbonising the economy will save $71 trillion by 2050

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Economic growth can be decoupled from emissions, while natural gas could lose 'low carbon' status by 2025 as renewables boom. Replacing fossil fuels with renewables as the world’s primary source of energy will not only save the planet from dangerous levels of warming – it will also save the global economy US$ 71trillion by 2050.


This is the finding of a report, Energy Technology Perspectives 2014, released today by the International Energy Agency, which looks at the direction of the energy sector over the next 40 years.

 

The changes needed to keep the world within 2C of warming— a widely agreed target in efforts to tackle climate change – will benefit the global economy, confirms the report, although a “coordinated policy approach” will be required to unlock these savings.

 

“The USD 44 trillion additional investment needed to decarbonise the energy system in line with the 2DS [2C scenario] by 2050 is more than offset by over USD 115 trillion in fuel savings – resulting in net savings of USD 71 trillion,” its says.

 

The findings support those who say that it is possible to decouple economic growth from emissions—something the EU has strongly advocated as it has increased its wealth while at the same time remaining on track to reduce its emissions by 20% by 2020. In China, meanwhile, emissions have rocketed in order to sustain economic growth of around 10% a year.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
Eli Levine's insight:

Ah, but unfortunately, we discount the damages.

 

We'd rather save a penny now and get hit for 2 dollars later than save the dollar now and get hit by a penny later as a result of the difference.

 

So what?  It means we're in trouble and are going to get ourselves into deeper trouble.

 

Silly uncorrected species.  Silly uncorrected brains.

 

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Robobees: Harvard Project Funds The Engineering Of Robotic Bees Soon To Be In Flight

Robobees: Harvard Project Funds The Engineering Of Robotic Bees Soon To Be In Flight | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

With the alarming decline in the honey bee population sweeping our globe, fear of the multi-billion dollar crop industry collapsing has been on many people’s minds. To tackle this issue, Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has been working with staff from the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Northeastern University’s Department of Biology to develop robot bees. And according to a new video just released, these insectoid automatons have already taken flight.


The collaborators envision that the Nature-inspired research could lead to a greater understanding of how to artificially mimic the collective behavior and “intelligence” of a bee colony; foster novel methods for designing and building an electronic surrogate nervous system able to deftly sense and adapt to changing environments; and advance work on the construction of small-scale flying mechanical devices.

 

More broadly, the scientists anticipate the devices will open up a wide range of discoveries and practical innovations, advancing fields ranging from entomology and developmental biology to amorphous computing and electrical engineering.



Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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If we're able to figure out how to artificially mimic bee colonies, imagine what we could do with our human societies to improve effectiveness, efficiency and to clear away our delusions and non-self preservationist behavior (in terms of the larger social self that we're all apart of).

 

Imagine a world where we have coordination and cooperation, rather than competition and violence.  Imagine a world where we work to solve common problems that exist on the various scales of human society, from local to global. 

 

Imagine if we're able to eliminate the petty, chimpish aspects of our brains and psychology, to live happier, healthier lives as a more survivable and adaptable species.

 

Just think of the possibilities that we could then do, to advance both the universe and ourselves safely (because, if we're able to perceive dangers accurately, why should we advance in such dangerous fashions?)

 

I may not be down for the first generation of implants.  But I would be down for the fourth, fifth or sixth generation.

 

That's just me.

 

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Young people 'nothing to live for'

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As many as three quarters of a million young people in the UK may feel that they have nothing to live for, a study for the Prince's Trust charity claims.
Eli Levine's insight:

Yep.

 

Whoever called the unemployed life a "hammock" has never had to live in the "hammock" before.

 

It's not fun being disengaged with society.  It's not fun feeling like you're just mooching off of society to the tune of no money.  It's no fun having plans diverted, hopes dashed and dreams deferred.

 

Yet this is the model of growth that conservatives support.  It's nothing but deferential treatment for a handful of already rich and powerful people who can afford to have whatever life they choose while leaving everyone else behind to fight over the scraps.  It's antithetical to liberty, and a grave moral violation of human principles that is far worse than the surface stuff that conservatives complain so loudly about.

 

Yet we still listen to them, when this is what they consistently and constantly have produced?

 

Think about it.

 

Because we, the people, help produce the effects that we actually realize.  And it's insanely sad that we line up for this abuse at all, rather than seek alternatives when the progressives fail at what they should be doing.  Policy is nothing more than a technical field.  There are real consequences to real actions.  Why not marry the two into one?

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Why climb the greasy pole?

"MOST academics would view a post at an elite university like Oxford or Harvard as the crowning achievement of a career—bringing both accolades and access to better wine cellars. But scholars covet such places for reasons beyond glory and gastronomy. They believe perching on one of the topmost branches of the academic tree will also improve the quality of their work, by bringing them together with other geniuses with whom they can collaborate and who may help spark new ideas. This sounds plausible. Unfortunately, as Albert-Laszlo Barabasi of Northeastern University, in Boston (and also, it must be said, of Harvard), shows in a study published in Scientific Reports, it is not true."

 


Via Niklaus Grunwald
Eli Levine's insight:

Yep.

 

The "elites" are only elite because our society has named them as such.  if anything, it can be detrimental to reach an "elite" institution, because it may send you into a field of ego rather than substance.

 

As for myself, I just intend to do good work for other people and see where that takes me in life.  In all honesty, I'm not much of a people pleaser and am not highly motivated by the minor awards that people break themselves over to get (ie, the corner office or the preferred parking space, etc). 

 

Who knows how I'll work with the world of "professionals" when and if I get there.

 

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Oil 'knee-deep' after LA pipe spill

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Crude oil is knee-deep in a district of Los Angeles after 50,000 gallons spilled from a broken pipe, the fire department says.
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Hooray for deregulation and the pursuit of the cheapest costs!

Yay market Capitalism, and all of its wonders!

 

What good is survival, health and well being, when you could be rich instead?

 

Wouldn't money be the thing that makes everything better?

 

Seriously, enjoy your planet and ideology.

 

I wish I could be done here.

 

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Richest 1% Doing Best Out Of Osborne's Recovery

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The richest 1% have been the biggest winners out of the UK's economic recovery that has so far come about under George Osborne's chancellorship, according to official figures.

Via britishroses, Jocelyn Stoller
Eli Levine's insight:

Funny how that works.

 

Conservatives come into power, richest people do best, everyone else gets to screw off and pound sand.

 

Honestly, there's nothing mutually exclusive about growth for everyone and the satisfaction of greed.

 

Idiots.....

 

 

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Nonlinear Complexity Analysis of Brain fMRI Signals in Schizophrenia

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PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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It seems we are, slowly and surely, working out ways to identify actual mental health conditions based on neurological science and not opinion-based subjectivity or artificial tests.

 

This is probably could be one of the bigger medical breakthroughs of human history; to KNOW how the brain works and how it relates to our behavior, attitude, perceptions, beliefs and conceptions about ourselves and the universe around us.

 

This is where research money should go, in my own humble opinion, both for the sake of studying mental health issues, as well as to understand how we make higher level decisions (for example, with regards to how we make policy decisions or execute actions), such that we're able to improve upon our abilities to perceive and work with the world that is around us.

 

Imagine being liberated from our biological constraints, such that we're able to embrace a more empathetic, understanding, comprehensive and accurate understanding about ourselves and our world.  Without this mind towards reality, we are sure to be killed or get killed by our own actions, thoughts, beliefs and hallucinations.  An ideologue is just as potentially a danger to themselves and a danger to others as an untreated person with schizophrenia.

 

Such is how it is.  Doesn't really matter what you think or how you feel about it.  Test it if you'd like cause, I'm already willing to bet 85-90% of what I've got that I'm right on this front.

 

Have fun kids!

 

Think about it.

 

Have fun.

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Could decentralized networks help save democracy? - Phys.Org

Could decentralized networks help save democracy? - Phys.Org | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan disrupted communications between his opponents when he shut down Twitter during the run-up to the country's recent election. But in doing so, he provided yet more proof of how flawed social web activism can be. Whether the lessons in Turkey are heeded could have serious consequences for democracy.

 





Via jean lievens
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There's got to be a program to help this along.

 

Honestly, it's not like not having control over things is mutually exclusive to maintaining power, authority and influence within a society.  Yes, you can't just force things upon people like you once did.  Technically it's never been easy to force things on people that is not organic to what they're already willing to do, if it's not feasible in the first place.  That's possibly how Attaturk was able to force a whole new alphabet and style of dress on his people and America can't even get themselves on the metric system.

 

But this seems like an easily solvable problem, if some people with coding proficiency got together to come up with a new program or app that can exist on a device without having the central framework that can be shut down. 

 

Something that simply exists on a computer and can communicate with similar chat programs without having to deal with Turkey's centralized Internet or phone companies.

 

I'm sure it can be done.

 

And my willingness to abet in such a program, in spite of someone who has aspirations to be in political power and influence in the future, is just more evidence of how confident I am that it is possible to govern a population through kindness, respect, benevolence, effective action with the ability for the general public to be able to snuff you out in the night.  If you're governing well, then you have nothing really to worry about other than the odd crazy person or incident that will always be there.

 

When the government is more preoccupied with its own survival over the needs of its own people, then it is a sign as to how weak, incompetent and poorly prioritized the government's members are and how desperately they need to change for their own sakes at the very least.  If they cannot or will not change, then it would behoove them to step aside and let someone or something else govern, because that move would save them a lot of time, energy, effort and hassle, not to mention from the anger and wrath of the general public.

 

It's coming.

 

I'm shocked that no one seems to care or notice.

 

And, should one of the main powder kegs blow, the rest of the system will blow too, leaving the world to struggle again from the beginning, as a result of the stupidity and vanity of the current set of inbred elites.

 

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Factories burnt in Vietnam-China row

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Several factories are set on fire amid anti-China protests at an industrial park in southern Vietnam, amid tensions over the South China Sea.
Eli Levine's insight:

That's one way to fight a war.

 

I don't think China is going to do anything about this other than to press on with the construction of their rig (which may end up being moot, if the Vietnamese are going to keep harassing it and the Chinese factories in Vietnam.

 

Thus we see yet another instance of how a little country is able to successfully repel a significantly larger country, if it makes its priorities good and carries out effective action.  The most effective way to disrupt an occupying country is to hit it in the coin purse.  And, I think the Vietnamese know this very well, owing to their long history of playing cat and mouse with the Chinese (with Vietnam being the mouse and China being the cat).

 

Not the wisest of moves that the Chinese could have done.  Better to abide by international standards and not be excessively greedy.  It's not like they want for resources, and it's not like they can't get the resources they don't have through trade, like everyone else.

 

Foolish leadership.

 

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Democracy at Risk: How Voters in the 2014 Elections in India were Manipulated by Biased Search Rankings

Democracy at Risk: How Voters in the 2014 Elections in India were Manipulated by Biased Search Rankings | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

Below are data collected between April 2nd and May 12th, 2014, in an experiment conducted by a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute in Vista, California, USA (see http://AIBRT.org). In the experiment, researchers deliberately manipulated the voting preferences of undecided voters in the national Lok Sabha election in India, the largest democratic election in history, with over 800 million eligible voters.

They did this by randomly assigning undecided voters who had not yet voted (recruited through print advertisements, online advertisements, and online subject pools) to one of three groups in which search rankings favoured either Mr Gandhi, Mr Kejriwal, or Mr Modi. About 2,000 eligible voters from 26 of India's 28 states (age range 18 to 70, mean age 29.5) participated in the study - not enough to affect the election's outcome. People’s preferences were also pushed equally toward all three candidates, so there was no overall bias in the study.

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We don't really live in democracies, per se, but simply in oligarchies that may or may not be more or less accountable to the general will of the people.  This goes from dictatorial Russia to liberty "loving" America.

 

Yes, voting patterns can easily be manipulated towards negative ends.  That's not going to change within our species, nor is it likely to alter courses of action that politicians take to get elected to positions of power, consequence and authority.

 

This being said, a government's members cannot hide when they're doing a poorly intended and poorly executed job of governing.  It leaks out and, when there isn't change brought about through democratic (little "d") methods, the population is more likely to turn to violence to get what they need and want.  This is the repeated case thoroughout history, feel free to dbouble check.  Therefore, it is in the government members' interests to either abide by the laws and natural social sentiments o the general public and to forget or eliminate all private entities which may be medling or interfering with thaose democratic processes.  In the long run, it doesn't pay to be a parasitic politician (which means it doesn't pay in the short run as well).  The idea for them is to meld with the public and to learn about them and be actually working for their behalf (which means knowing when to step back and let the "noise" take over, so that you actually get more of the behavior and results that you want, rather then stymying development, growth and well being.)

 

Society, the economy and the environment are  all highly complex systems which we're just beginning to understand and work with.  Better to be humble relative to the other, listen for what's happening amongst all aspects of it and go for your (limited) goals as hard as you can for your own sake as an administrator or as a lowly Federal, State or local emplyee.

 

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Guided Self-Organization in a Dynamic Embodied System Based on Attractor Selection Mechanism

Guided self-organization can be regarded as a paradigm proposed to understand how to guide a self-organizing system towards desirable behaviors, while maintaining its non-deterministic dynamics with emergent features. It is, however, not a trivial problem to guide the self-organizing behavior of physically embodied systems like robots, as the behavioral dynamics are results of interactions among their controller, mechanical dynamics of the body, and the environment. This paper presents a guided self-organization approach for dynamic robots based on a coupling between the system mechanical dynamics with an internal control structure known as the attractor selection mechanism. The mechanism enables the robot to gracefully shift between random and deterministic behaviors, represented by a number of attractors, depending on internally generated stochastic perturbation and sensory input. The robot used in this paper is a simulated curved beam hopping robot: a system with a variety of mechanical dynamics which depends on its actuation frequencies. Despite the simplicity of the approach, it will be shown how the approach regulates the probability of the robot to reach a goal through the interplay among the sensory input, the level of inherent stochastic perturbation, i.e., noise, and the mechanical dynamics.

 

Guided Self-Organization in a Dynamic Embodied System Based on Attractor Selection Mechanism
Surya G. Nurzaman , Xiaoxiang Yu, Yongjae Kim and Fumiya Iida

Entropy 2014, 16(5), 2592-2610

http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/16/5/2592


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This ties in with the concept of changing the software that runs on society's particular hardware.  Government is the control mechanism in a given society and it must obey the natural laws of the society in order to get the responses and effects that its members wish to have on the society.  This is similar to an airplane, in that the only way to get an airplane safely, reliably and consistently off the ground is to obey the natural laws of physics in the world that the airplane is also apart of.

 

It should be noted here that only benevolence, care, honesty, cost effectiveness and genuine action for the sake of the general public, however those are done, are the only ways for a government and its members to stay in power.  Underhanded techniques or the imposition of brute force will not work, especially in the context of an American society.  Such is how things work in our world.  And it's unfortunate that so many people who actually are holding political power in our society are so apparently clueless and unwilling to accept these principles in their daily courses of action.

 

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Consumers: 'We don't need our stuff'

Consumers:  'We don't need our stuff' | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said society would be better off if people shared more and owned less.


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I wonder if this too is just a pendulum swinger.

 

Each generation is different, and we happen to live at a time when so few have so much compared to so many.

 

Why should we believe that this "n" of one is a real trend?

 

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Testing, One, Two, Three

Testing, One, Two, Three | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

This is a test to see how well the new set up works.  If this is successful, this should show up in Wordpress and post on Facebook via Wordpress while having Scoop.it go through Twitter. The purpose of this change is to streamline my content on Facebook and make it more managable for my readers on Facebook.  This is also to encourage visitors to check out my blog, "It Comes Undone", which is titled after an e-book that I wrote almost a year ago.  I hope this works, and that everyone finds the changes to be more agreeable.

 

Thank you!

 

And I look forward to delivering top quality content to you all through these new methods in the future.

 

-Eli

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Let's see how this works!

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