Brother Can You Spare Me a Hundred Bucks for a Robotic Prostitute?

The April 2015 issue of Reason magazine has several fascinating articles on the rise of robots in various forms from robotic driverless cars to robotic maids and sex toys. One futurist believes in two or three decades that 40% of current jobs will be taken over by robots.

Japan (of course) is the leader in a new family of robotic sex toys. One manufacturer products robots that promise skin that feels real as well as well as sensors on the robot’s anal, oral, and vaginal areas. Some futurists even foresee child sex robots for pedophiles, even though they already are illegal in Canada.

This country is turning into a service industry. Kids coming out of college are finding jobs when they are lucky doing such tasks as serving as waitresses and waiters, customer support, retail salespeople, etc. Some if not most of these jobs will be filled in the near future by robots that don’t demand a minimum wage and never call in sick.

Even pimps and prostitutes are doomed to longterm unemployment. Robotic  sluts simply won’t say no or worry about being arrested. They will be able to wear the skimpiest of dresses without feeling cold and a larger breast size is a mere equipment change. Think of most jobs today and ask yourself which ones will be safe in the future. Doctors? A robotic doctor with built in artificial intelligence might be capable of asking you several questions, studying your body, and then writing a prescription. Professional athlete? Why deal with greedy guys who never grew up when a sports owner can buy specialized robots that never will embarrass him by being caught at two in the morning in the wrong place with the wrong people.

Of course as Americans we will have to get over our preoccupation with labeling anyone or anything different from us as bad; otherwise, robots will have to take up residence in ghettos in the less desirable parts of town and face discrimination. Imagine some customer refusing to do business with a dark hued robotic prostitute or demanding that his robot produce citizenship papers before any lovemaking could take place.

What’s the solution besides insisting your children earn advanced degrees to put them in a position to design and program the robots? One answer is for our country’s leaders to realize that without careful planning we very well could ultimately face an uprising against robots that could prove very bloody. A possible solution longterm is to determine what a livable wage is for being a citizen of this country and then providing it to everyone. People will have free time to develop hobbies and vocations. Imagine having enough money so that someone in their forties could spend their time learning to play the piano well for personal enjoyment. Imagine another Grandma Moses having the time to worry about getting just the right colors on a canvass rather than worrying how she would pay for her medicine and food.

Star Trek offers a glimpse of a future world where money is not important and everyone is well-fed and clothed, a post-capitalist society. In such a world people will be judged in what they do with their free time rather than the work they do or did. Instead of asking someone what he or she did for a living, the question will be more like what does that person do to enjoy life to its fullest.

So, when you start to see more and more different types of robots for sale, don’t see them as competitors but as emancipators that will free us from work. Of course the 1% that run everything will have to go along with providing comfortable stipends for citizens; otherwise, the bloody revolt against robots will include a class revolt against that same 1%.

Extraterrestrials, the X-Files, and the GOP

Remember the heyday of the X-Files? While nerds dreamed of Scully, the general public became fascinated over the possibilities that our government was hiding its partnership with extraterrestrials. The man with the cigarette would appear and then disappear while Mulder would almost have the proof, the smoking gun, that the wanted more than anything else.

The show is coming back soon for six new episodes. It’s good timing. Over the past several years the country’s mood has changed. Remember how skeptics laughed about Mulder’s beliefs in UFOs and aliens and government conspiracies? There are far fewer people laughing anymore.

Why? One reason has been the erosion in people’s faith in government. Each time a reporter reveals that the government has found a new way to spy on us, people begin to see it as “them” rather than “us.” Very few people would be surprised if some intrepid reporter suddenly published absolute proof in the form of a “smoking gun” that the government has been working with extraterrestrials.

How does the GOP figure in all this? The last several years the Republican Party has preached and railed against the federal government. It claims that the government is incapable of performing most tasks, and that the states should assume more and more duties. One goal of the GOP strategists has been to erode people’s faith in government since the government’s lifeline support systems traditionally have been associated with the Democratic Party. If the GOP can eliminate federal payouts like social security and medicare, then people won’t remember that it was the Democrats who gave people those federal benefits. Once they know longer receive these benefits, they will have one less excuse to vote for the Democrats.

So, the result is a loss of confidence in government and a subsequent growing suspicion in government conspiracies. The more people don’t trust their government, the more they will assume the worse and believe any conspiracy theory that comes along. The new X-Files will find a very receptive audience. Watch the public’s reaction if one of the new episodes shows aliens conspiring with the government to put chemicals in routine vaccines. Watch what happens if Scully and Mulder discover that GMO products are part of the government’s conspiracy with extraterrestrials.

Sometimes I long for the days when the public liked Ike and had faith in government. The worst thing critics could accuse Eisenhower of was playing too much golf and playing badly. Of course, in those days we didn’t have cable news reporters and social media “reporters.” They would have unearthed his affair with his driver during WW2 and asked Mamie what she thought of the whole sordid affair. Maybe they would have insisted the President and his wife appear on the “Sex Box” TV show and see if they could work out their differences.

Two Days Answering Questions

I spent a couple of days recently sitting in the “Ask Me Anything” chair for the website. It was a fascinating experience. I wound up answering around 125 questions, plus answering some replies to my replies. It kind of reminded me of the Client Forums that Giga Information Group used to hold for its customers where I’d give a talk and then spend the bulk of the time addressing questions from a very knowledgeable audience.

The rationale for accepting this challenge was to alert the thousands of people who visit that website regularly to my new non-fiction book about the possibilities of first contact with extraterrestrial life (Extraterrestrial First Contact: Past, Present, and Future). I was astounded by the breath of knowledge exhibited by the audience. Many were scientists by profession or amateurs with extensive knowledge of the physics behind space travel. Most were huge science fiction fans who preferred science fiction that included hard science.

The audience had real concerns about issues threatening this world such as pollution, collisions with asteroids, war, plague, etc. I couldn’t help thinking about one of Kurt Vonnegut’s novels, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. In that novel, Rosewater tells a group of science fiction fans how much he admires and loves them because: ” You’re the only ones who’ll talk all about the really terrific changes going on, the only ones crazy enough to know that life is a space voyage, and not a short one, either, but one that’ll last for billions of years. You’re the only ones with guts enough to really care about the future, who really notice what machines do to us, what wars do to us, what cities do to us, what big, simple ideas do to us, what tremendous misunderstanding, mistakes, accidents, catastrophes do to us.”

You could what Vonnegut said to include people who read science fiction regularly and think about the future.



An Analyst’s View of The Final Frontier

For more than two decades I made my living as a technology analyst. The closest parallel I’ve found are the mentats in Frank Herbert’s Dune. In other words, my job was to “drink” a torrent of information on a particular topic, analyze the data, and figure out what it all meant. In particular, I was looking for patterns that might be lost in the jumble of seemingly irrelevant data. Who wanted this type of analysis? We sold the analysis to Fortune 500 companies, stock brokerage firms, and government agencies.

Now that I have time to analyze what I want to focus on and not what my clients care about, I’ve turned my attention toward the skies. There’s a fascinating space race taking place beneath the surface. Did you know that the Indian government is planning a mission to Mars that will cost less than the cost of producing the movie Gravity? The Chinese are doing likewise, while we have a robot on Mars already.

Why all this attention to Mars and not to the Moon that is much closer? There have been persistent rumors as well as statements by some former astronauts that the Moon already is occupied by extraterrestrials who have made it clear we’re not welcome there. If this sounds silly to you, then you need to read some of the astronauts’ own words. There is enough discrepancies in NASA’s reporting as well as missing photos that it makes any intelligent person start to wonder what that agencies knows but doesn’t want to reveal.

What’s so special about Mars? There was a report a few years back of a meteor that crash landed here on Earth that appeared to have some fossils in it. The implication was that life as we know it might have started on Mars and then spread to Earth. Why is there a space race to Mars now?

I think what we see as a space race is really a modern version of the old gold rush that helped build California. Instead of gold, though, there’s a search for any alien technology that might give a country an advantage economically and militarily. Supposedly during the height of the Cold War, US and Soviet forces rushed to wherever UFOs were reportedly to have crashed. Once again, the motivation was to find technology well in advance of our own.

Today we have strange lights on Ceres that never have been seen before. Scientists are scrambling to come up with logical explanations, but so far they appear to be grasping at straws.

Besides a rush to find alien technology, there are other reasons why humanity views space as the final frontier and looks to the stars. We live on a very small planet revolving around a minor star.  One large asteroid on a collision course could wipe out humanity. So, there is an implicit understanding among some scientists that humanity will have to expand and colonize other planets in order to ensure humanity’s long-term survival as well as relieve the pressure on Earth’s environment. If alien races exist as I believe they do, there will be a space race of sorts to put Occupied signs on habitable planets. If we’re late to the party, we might find ourselves alone in a hostile universe. Think of the old Star Trek series. Even though the Federation’s mission was to explore new worlds and go where Man has never gone before, there was a race of sorts to develop friendships with new races and planets before the Federation’s enemies could do likewise. In political terms, you could think of this as a battle to enlarge spheres of influence.

Americans by their very nature are individualists with little faith in Government. Our ancestors fled here to live without the constraints they found in the old world. The streak of libertarianism that you now see to extremes in some politicians has very deep roots in this country. With that streak comes suspicion. So, when rumors start to fly about the Roswell incident, a possible treaty with an alien race, NASA’s private conversations with astronauts on private channels, etc., we find ourselves inclined to believe them.

From my perspective as a former analyst and “futurist” who was pretty damned good at his job, I think there simply is too many data points on the side of evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence. Like a house of cards, all the official government denials will eventually crumble and we’ll have a public disclosure.

I’m sure you could tell that this topic fascinates me. My new non-fiction book, Extraterrestrial Intelligence, looks at the facts and comes to some conclusions as to what will happen when a public disclosure finally comes. I also have written a science fiction novel, Alien Love, that Booktrope will publish later this year. That particular novel includes one character, an old astronaut dying of cancer, who spills the beans on all the lies our government has spread over the years. What the novel reveals is that Earth is very much like Casablanca just before World War II with several alien agents (rather than Nazi agents as found in the movie) with their own agendas.

So, while we’re waiting for the official disclosures, let’s focus our attention on news stories about what is happening on Ceres, independent analyses of photos from the Mars rover, any unusual meetings with scientists and President Obama, and even UFO reports. By the way, have you noticed how UFO reports have increased over the past year?