Ever since the Macair was released an blew the world away in January of 08′, Apple has enjoyed a huge technological lead on all of it’s competitors. It was unprecedented. In the ultra competitive world of electronics, a unique product to handily beat every competitor so badly that it embarrasses them; astonishing.
Compare a 2008 Dell with the same year Macair. Clunky piece of junk compared to a sleek piece of art! A Tesla vs a Fiat 500L. Let’s face it. It was downright embarrassing to walk into a presentation with anything else. At times it even seemed like an intelligence test. Why on God’s Green Earth would you burden yourself with an unreliable, ugly, heavy, laptop that crashed often, would break by dropping ever so slightly and had a battery with a shorter life span than a Japanese Prime Minister??
My how times have changed. Xiaomi just announced what I believe to be if not a Macbook killer, a true competitor at half the price. Tough as nails. Solid aluminum case. Intel i5 processor (superior to the $1,299 Macbook’s mobile processor), more memory and did I mention half the price. And a discrete video card so you can actually play games on it! USB-C charger and many other goodies yet to come out with an Apple logo on them. And Apple is still the leader….?
And to make things worse, the Xiaomi Laptop is cool. Xiami knows it and has a million ready to sell. They have Hugo Barra from Google on their team and they know they have a winner on their hands. Not a copycat. Also ran. A fast, tough, cool workhorse for half price.
I think this loss of market leadership can be traced to Tim Cook endless proclamations that the iPad will replace laptops. I know he’s right. Eventually. But in today’s world, with software and iPad limitations as they are (no USB for storage, no workhorse editing software, minuscule internal storage) and the statement is laughable. Really someones gotta put a gag on Tim. No more “iPads are going to replace laptops” and a lot more “I’m sorry we neglected our key users.:The graphic designers: The video editors.
He needs to get on his hands and knees and find Jesus right quick if he doesn’t want a full scale shift away from Mac. Mac OS is still great. But iTunes sucks eggs. Photos are hard to work with. Why can’t you just open the iPhone like a folder, take photos off, drag and drop photo’s on like… well like Windows.
Apple has ignored their users real needs for too long and the world has caught up. And now the things that we lived with. Gritted our teeth but eventually forgave are coming back to haunt Apple. Let’s face it. There are still a hell of a lot of things that are inconvenient on Apple Laptops and devices. And Apple better start listening. And responding.
Or maybe this is how it’s supposed to play out. Maybe the walled garden model that Apple has was bound to fail like so many people have said. Like Open Source Software. The wisdom of crowds. Maybe the days of geniuses like Steve Jobs ended with the Great One. And now Apple needs a Renaissance. An opening to developers. To the world. Maybe just maybe if Apple opens up, the pieces inside will be so valuable that developers and collaborators around the world will take them and create the next generation.
But I have my doubts. I remember walking around the Macworld Expo in Japan in 1996 when Apple was at it’s lowest point. Everyone was talking about the inevitable Apple bankruptcy. Japanese were all asking me, “why don’t Americans believe in Apple?” “Why would they let it die?” And I couldn’t say anything. In front of me I saw the true believers. Graphic designers galore ready to give it all for Apple. Even at their lowest point.
I believe these are the same users Apple has been taking for granted. Ignoring. Telling a hardcore graphics designer that he can work on an iPad? Like he’s some kind of idiot who hasn’t tried one? WTF was Tim thinking? Why didn’t someone stop him?
So the issue is multi-faceted. Competitors have caught up. Loyal users like me are fed up. And we are ready to bolt if something better comes along. And I think, for the money, this Xiaomi Laptop is just that thing. I’m buying one on August 2nd and having it shipped from China. And I haven’t had a Windows computer since the days of steam engines.
As of today, July 6th, 2016, Microsoft quietly conceded that you can make Skype calls on Google Chrome OS. This is a huge development as running software like Skype has long been Google Chrome OS’s main limitation. In fact, it was the reason Chrome OS has been derided as non-starter in competing with Windows and Apple.
This was the very reason, that when Google released the Chrome Operating System in 2008, tech analysts collectively shrugged their slumped shoulders. It was a non event. ‘Google just released ‘a ridiculous beta browser that they call an operating system. And it can’t even run Skype!’ was the reaction in tech blogs. Not one blog I read had anything good to say about it. ‘Why would anyone want an Android operating system on a laptop??’ was another common reaction. No one predicted it’s demise because no one thought it would actually even make it through childbirth.
Fast forward to 2013, when Business Insider announced that ‘two of the three best selling laptops on Amazon were Google’s Chromebooks’. At that point people started to pay attention or at least to look into it. ‘How on God’s Green Earth could Chrome OS pass Windows and Mac when no one I know has one?’ was the reaction of my friends. ‘This must be a mistake’ another friend said. But the reason they missed the trend was because they were old. Or at least they were over 18. All the action was happening in primary, jr high and high school and under the radar of tech journalists and self appointed experts.
By 2015 Google’s Chromebooks make up half of US classroom devices including both laptops and iPads. The key market, youth, the education market has already fallen. See tobacco company data for the value of this market. How could Google have stolen the education market from a loved and entrenched company, ie Apple?
4 things changed.
1. The rise in the power of apps. Apps are doing what software used to do. Photo editing, filters, video editing are not only possible but have more intuitive interfaces and thus require less training. Click, swipe, save.
2. Consumer needs have changed. Just like few predicted the rise of ‘fast fashion’ and fall of French designers (classics) few saw the rise of Chrome OS. It’s a new breed of consumer with different habits and needs. Just like many will stick with high quality classics, and there is certainly a benefit to that, most go with cheap clothes worn for the moment. Good enough. Fashionable enough. Easy to update and change. Bang for the buck, they deliver.
3. Rise of mobile and the subsequent shift of programming talent to apps. Mobile = apps. Desktop and laptop = software. Until now. Now we have a laptop that is all apps and the market is pumping out endless awesome apps that make our lives easier to manage.
4. Security. It’s simply not possible to install key-loggers, malware, roofkits, viruses because you simply can’t install software. It’s physically impossible. So Chrome computer don’t need a lot of things other computers need. I’d go so far as to say that it’s the best computer for on-line banking or Bitcoin.
5. Internet speed and hardware advances. It’s a perfect storm. The modern iPhone is estimated to be 120,000,000 times faster than the onboard computer on the Apollo space mission. Times have changed. Mobile flies.
Although I have to say I called it early, if you scroll way way back on my Facebook, I predicted the Chrome OS would be the future. You have to scroll way back because it was about 8 years ago. I remember, Dave Lore, my friend in Hong Kong commented that he was going to keep an eye on my prediction.
But this is not my ‘I was right proclamation’ but it still kind of is lol. I’ll save the main one for 15 years from now. FYI, I don’t have a Chrome OS laptop and am not planning on buying one. (I want the new redesigned Macbook or possibly the Mi Laptop -to be unveiled next month… But I can see the train coming and when the technology is ready for the vision, I’ll jump on board.
As a final thought, I want to amend my previous pronouncement. It is possible that Chrome OS won’t run the vast majority of devices in 15 years. Google could mess it up somehow (I doubt they would blow a lead this solid) but, even if that were to happen, someone running their model will.
It could be a competitor no one sees coming. An app itself like WeChat. WeChat already functions very much like an operating system for users. Remember those pesky apps edging out software… They could possibly edge out operating systems themselves.
Today turned out to be quite the treat. My friend Beven stopped by with his bike and asked if I wanted to take a tour of Old Bangkok. Even though I had plans to work on some stuff, this offer was too good to refuse. And off we went flying down the highway towards one of Bangkok’s last remaining ghetto, old school areas in the central downtown area.
Not one to miss a moment, I whipped out my iPhone and tried to hold on with one hand as we careemed through the narrow lanes, barely missing garbage, trucks, a cement truck, babies, carts laden with massive piles of construction materials and plenty more. If you have time, it’s worth watching through to the end as the scenery changes several times throughout our journey.
Driving a motorcycle in Asia is one of my favorite hobbies and one I’ve faithfully practiced for the last 29 years. Everything from crazy street racing NSR’s in Japan around the Imperial Palace to riding all the way up and down India on an old 350 Bullet over a 4 month period in 1999 to a full tour of Vietnam complete with a tour of the DMZ. I’ve seen it all and can tell you, it’s damn good. Bikes are the only way to see Asia. Forget bullet trains, planes, buses are boring and only take you to places everyone else has been.
Even if you live in Asia for years, a bike ride to a new area always will get you excited. There is so much to see and run into. Literally sometimes. Like when I hit a 4 foot tall wall of rice in Southern India and crashed off the side of the road. I found out later that the villagers used traffic to separate rice from chaff and meant us to drive over it. They simply couldn’t afford to buy the threashing machines and did it old school. I picked up my bike, had a laugh with them and headed on my way. It wasn’t easy getting rice out of my chain though. That stuff really sticks in there good.
Anyway, most of my biking journeys pictures have been lost over the years so I’m very happy to have today’s video. Thanks Bevan!
Stress management is a funny thing. You learn all these great techniques for managing stress when you are feeling good and you never remember them when you need them. Or at least if you’re like me you don’t. Even for those of us who are relatively stress free, there are times when it’s essential.
To make it worse, I travel light. And I travel a lot. And I hate carrying things. So usually it’s just me and my brain. So I never have that handy yoga mat. Or relaxation mp3. Luckily I came across this effective technique years ago and it’s really served me well.
It’s simple as heck and really works for relaxing in the heat of battle. So here it is:
Close your eyes
Slowly breathe in through your nose
Let the air fill your belly and let it rise up like a pregnant woman (avoid upper chest)
Breathe out of your mouth and an make a sound as it goes out
Get totally lost in focus on the air going in your nose, filling your belly, feeling it rise up, the awesome slow pause at the top and making a cool sound like in some refreshing gum commercial as the air exits your rounded mouth.
That’s it. That’s all their is to it. Try that for 1 to 5 minutes. If you’re like me, you’ll feel amazing.
The 911 REDUX team has a co-work creative space to gather, plan and raise funds in Bangkok.
I looked long and hard for the right combination of location, internet speed, and accessibility for the various people volunteering time to make this project a reality. There is still a long way to go. Banks have rejected this project and we are working on solutions to take donations. At this point, there are only two ways. Offline and online. Offline, contact me directly for potential solutions and online please send Bitcoin to this address:
I spent a pretty lengthy day yesterday at Thai immigration, which is way out in the sticks at the old international airport in Bangkok. To get there and not blow all your dinner money on taxis, you have to take a subway, then a beat-up old bus, then ride on the back of a scooter till you’re finally there.
This time I had all the right paperwork and the staff were helpful. Awesome luck. Visa paperwork submitted, check. Everyone smiling and the right stamps in my passport, check.
Getting back again is a bit easier. Once you jump off the scooter there are more comfortable mini-buses that will take you back to the subway station with all the office workers.
With the sun still blazing down we managed to score the last two seats on a mini-bus that was just leaving. Awesome luck again.
Guess I’d used up all my luck by then, because I got out of the bus, walked over the overpass to the other side of the highway, got all ready to chill out in a park, and… realized I’d left my brand new iPhone 6s Plus in the back seat of the minibus.
That kinda unwound all the good experiences I’d had that day – leave your iPhone in a bus in any city in the world (except Tokyo maybe) and that phone has left your world forever. I ran back to the road. My bus was long gone, of course, but there were others from the same company. I tried to get one of the other drivers to help and he tried, but with about a hundred similar mini-buses buzzing past it was looking pretty hopeless.
Damn. That was more than just a phone, that was 90% of my work. I make instructional videos for a living and the iPhone is such a complete package that I use it and almost nothing else to make them.
Everything I’d made so far, everything I would’ve made in future, was now taking a free ride through Bangkok to an uncertain future. My best hope was that its new owner would get as much use out of it as me, instead of wasting that beauty on Facebook or WeChat.
Tried calling it, no answer. Not really surprised.
A really helpful Thai guy (the kind you can always find in Bangkok if you’re in need) was translating for the bus drivers for me, and he suggested we ask some tough-looking cops and soldiers that were sitting at a table under the underpass. I was pretty sure they had better things to do than help me and my stupid phone, but we tried anyway.
They didn’t speak much English but we got the message across somehow. Then the younger of the two cops whipped out an iPhone, fired up Find My iPhone and pointed at the login screen for me to try.
I punched in my Apple ID. Awesome luck again! Almost straight away I had a map showing me exactly where my 6s was having its adventure. Still one problem though – this is Bangkok, rush hour is starting, and… well, if you’ve ever experienced Bangkok traffic in rush hour you’ll know what I mean, and my mission was to find a moving target somewhere in that mess.
Did I mention that Thai cops are nothing to be afraid of, despite their badass uniforms? Here’s where they decided to go the extra mile (literally) to help out. The young cop put on his helmet, jumped on his police bike and motioned for me to jump on the back. Alrighty.
And off we rode into eight-lane hell, armed with the cop’s iPhone showing the target on its GPS. Dodging between the cars and trucks (plus a few wrong turns and side-streets) it took us about 10 minutes to find another row of those mini-buses, one of them with my iPhone inside. One of them. GPS is great, but couldn’t show me exactly which bus had my phone on its seat.
We worked that row of mini-buses, up and down, waking up drivers, asking questions, finding no English, no phones, till suddenly I saw a driver that looked ever-so-slightly familiar. Maybe. He was trying to avoid me but I had a 6’5” Thai cop with me and we broke him down. He opened his sliding door and made it clear that he didn’t have any iPhones. I did my best monkey climb in and under the seat until voila! My iPhone!
The policeman seemed very happy with the situation and I threw some money the driver’s way, which he pretended to be happy about but I could see his iPhone 6s Plus dreams of glory evaporating, moment by moment.
And so it happened that I recovered my phone in a city notorious for finders-keepers rule of the jungle. The young policeman, full of confidence and vigor, jumped on his bike and I jumped on the back and he deftly whisked me back to his boss, the old guy with the huge ‘Police’ reflective sticker on his chest.
Everyone seemed overjoyed for some reason and the cops took turns looking at my phone, and they did the international hand motion for selfies and all the cops lined up to get in the shot.
Obviously this picture was going to be used back at the station for ‘we did something today’ evidence and I got plenty of handshakes and smiles from the crew of cops. It was a surreal experience and I was quite taken aback as I had been warned many times that “nothing happens in Thailand unless baht changes hands first”. But I found that to be totally untrue. These cops listened well despite language challenges, were tech savvy (quickly whipping out ‘Find my iPhone’) and were meticulous as we went back and forth down the street, grilling the same drivers time and time again until we stumbled on the right one.
As I use my iPhone for everything from shooting videos to editing videos to recording podcasts, shooting and editing photos with those annoying positive self-help-type quotes, without my trusty phone that would come to a halt.
Essentially my phone is the key tool keeping me working as I cruise through the world looking like I’m not working. So I have iPhone’s awesome ‘Find my iPhone’ to thank in addition to the Thai police, who I’ve found to be both polite and capable. Did I mention that I got my retirement visa (basically a green card for Thailand) today too! It’s been a very good day indeed.
The Model 3’s record sales were just a harbinger for the coming bloody turf war in the auto industry. China’s mysterious Faraday Futures just poached a key BMW team. And when I say key. I mean it.
The BMW i3 was the only team working on something that will make Elon Musk’s blood run cold. An innovative manufacturing model that could put them years ahead of the competition. Lighter, more flexible, the list goes on.
To get perspective, let’s take a quick look at what Tesla’s doing first. Tesla moved into a Toyota factory. Why? Because, like all current cars except for the i3, their production process is very similar (100 years old).
Large investments, huge machines, plenty of chemical baths, robots that are so large they look menacing. In a nutshell, sheet metal, stamped, welded, painted, Think huge investment. Very little flexibility. Thousands of cars a day from one production line. Very little ability to alter the basic structure.
Basic carbon fiber process: injection of resin, under heat creates immense strength and rigidity. Aluminum frame with the beams connected by a cross beam. Separation of chassis and coach.
Think of the i3 as the car version of the Boeing 787. Modular. 3D printable. This isn’t a perfect analogy but think of the Boeing 787 as a lego airplane. Easy to clip together. Easy to change parts, standardized. Light. And the 787 is already changing the whole aviation industry. It was a huge risk. It threatened to take Boeing down. It caught on fire or the batteries did. But they fixed that. And now we have a more flexible, more efficient, lighter, stronger, easier to maintain airplane that put the US ahead of the industry again. It was a huge risk. I followed it closely. It’s the kind of bet I like.
Black and white. Win or lose. And Boeing won. Now Faraday is trying the same thing with cars. And they got the best team in the world to help them.
BMW Team Did Not Move for Money but Love
I owned and operated a recruiting company in Tokyo Japan for several years and have a very good feel for why executives switch companies. The first thing you learn as a new recruiter is that it isn’t about the money as everyone assumes. Even though candidates will tell you it is. If you believe it, you’ll fail.
It’s about intangible things. Technology, leadership, dreams. Recruiters only deal with the top talent as they charge (or we charged up to 35% of annual salary) for a successful introduction. For us it kind of was about the money.
But I can smell a rat here. if they whole team left. Top guy, all the team. It tells us something very important. A high performing director with a crack team of designers using advanced technology are generally happy. They get paid to play around with stuff they like. Remember we’re all kids at some level. And engineers love to monkey with stuff.
So we have a real mystery on our hands. Why would a team. Who likes each other (they moved together), is working with the coolest stuff out there (new production processes and new materials likely to upset the apple cart globally) at a top manufacturer (BMW), working on a car that was by all measures cool, leave?
The essentially means kicking the teeth in of their former colleagues if you don’t realize. It’s a big deal. People get violent when their whole team leaves like this. I’ve been in a meeting with a world famous CEO talked (joked of course…ha …ha..voice gets deeper and drops off menacingly) about getting an aluminum bat and going to a competitor to cap a few guys.
Luckily he was just blowing off steam and we were old friends. But I’m telling you, this is an emotional thing. And you throw in the nationality thing too. A top German team going to a Chinese startup? And you have hot stuff man. Human emotions boiling over.
I wasn’t there. I’m just assuming. But I will bet my Model 3 downpayment that BMW was not letting them use the technology to the best of it’s ability. That they saw a future that BMW did not. And Faraday shared that future. And, lucky for us, we will soon find out what that was.
Pop quiz: What do the breaking Mitsubishi Automotive Scandal and the VW Scandal have in common? Why can we guarantee there will be more?
Fossil fuel powered cars are already at their limit of efficiency
There is no where to go from here folks. It we keep demanding the impossible, we will keep seeing these scandals. One after the other.
It got so bad that we had a previously reliable, proud German icon, Volkswagen, go into panic mode and actually make up a category to meet new emission standards. Think about that for a moment. .Volkswagen was backed so far into a corner that they had to literally made up the “Clean Diesel” category.
I can only imagine that they reasoned, “we simply cannot make the numbers. We need to buy time until the technology catches up. For now, as a stopgap measure, lets make up a fake clean category and own it. In the meantime, lets try to get something real going. Come’on boys!”
I hope that sinks in to your noggin. How unrealistic and untenable this situation is. Governments are demanding fossil fuel cars to do what they cannot do. Simple as that. It’s like when Kim Jung Un stops by your factory and asks for monthly sales figures. You make it up. And you make it just a little better than the last one.
“So Kim, just for sheets and giggles, what were the last prefectures numbers? And a nervous weak laugh….KIM: “One trillion dollars a day!”. Smiles all around, “Those slackers! We passed that figure on the 28th!”. Ha ha ha…ha.
We are trying to get gas cars to do what they cannot do. Be clean, cheap, reliable. It ain’t gonna happen. But if we keep asking, they will keep trying to make us happy somehow.
Don’t bring up the story of how Ford demanded his engineers make an 8 cylinder car despite it being “impossible”. Ok maybe that was true that time but it’s not true every time. Sometimes it’s too much. And you get to the point where you force people to cheat.
Which brings me to the latest scandal. Bloomberg broke the news today that “Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has admitted to manipulating test data in order to improve fuel-economy claims” on over 600,000 cars. They were making cars for Nissan and Sheriff Carlos Ghosn busted them. So once again, we have a scandal. And governments didn’t catch it. Some random event happened and it became public.
So how about this some common sense for once: “instead of making laws that defy the other laws (of physics) why don’t we start asking manufacturers to start producing electric cars as a certain percentage of their total volume?” If we are going to regulate the industry why don’t we listen to them? If we keep demanding stuff they can’t do, we will continue getting scandals like Mitsubishi Motors and Volkswagen back.
So basically, gas cars have gotten about as clean and efficient as they can get given our current level of technology: Can’t get blood from a stone.
Reminds me of my trusty NSR back when I was living in Tokyo. For those who don’t know the NSR but love motors, you would have loved the NSR. 250cc, two stroke and I think the finest bike ever produced. It was perfect in every way. They called it the “Suicide Bike” in Japan…and in Italy. It was so fast and engineered so well, that, if you loved racing, there was nothing else. NSR owners are psycho about their bike.
The only problem was that it was a 2 stroke. And 2 stroke meant that if you rode it hard, you basically painted 4 lanes of road behind you black. I road raced at night in Japan. It was upstanding citizen (Clark Kent) in daytime until my alter ego evil clown appeared on the streets of Tokyo and Chiba. And Japanese guys loved it. A foreigner racing around the Imperial Palace at 180+ km got their blood racing too. And much fun was had. One high speed accident where the Japanese God Amamatsu was looking out for me but besides that good luck all around.
But back to that nasty 2 stroke technology…. All around the world the 2 stroke was being phased out. Japan was one of the last to do it. Mainly because Japan made all the bikes then. Japanese bike makers tried in vain to make a 2 stroke that didn’t raise earths temperature 5 degrees for every mile driven: but in vain. New 2 strokes were finally outlawed. Then after the bell, Honda announced their 2 stroke that almost met the new standards. We all held our breath. Surely the government could fudge the numbers a tiny bit to keep the funnest engine ever made running? With all the money stake. But, alas, the decision was final and 2 strokes would no longer be made.
I often think back to that time and wonder if Honda would have announced their invention just a bit earlier (before Japan’s bureaucracy was set in motion) would they have let them make it. I’m sure they would have. And to me, literally it was the worst case of homesickness for a technology that I ever had and likely ever will have. The 2 stroke Honda NSR was like a wife to me. Seriously. Man I loved that thing. But when I had to let her go, it changed me.
In contrast, letting go of gasoline engines is easy. Electric is fast, powerful, instant. Letting go of gas is not a problem. But that’s where we are folks. It’s time to let go of gas. I doubt it will be as painful for you as losing the ‘NSR was for me, but if it is, you have my full sympathies. Really. You do. Email me at [email protected] if you have a story about that. Would love to hear it.
So that’s where we are. Electric cars are already faster than gas cars and battery technology is moving along nicely. They have zero exhaust so we no longer need emission checkups so we win there too. The more we get behind electric and constructively guide the automotive industry the faster it’s going to adjust. If we keep being morons we will force their hand. And make no mistake a proud Japanese company like Mitsubishi fudging numbers, means they are at the wall. Let’s help them to the right thing and eliminate auto exhaust totally. No more checking. No more cheating. Less BS and cleaner air. How bout it?
PS: Companies that make things we need are not our enemies. If we work with them, great things can be accomplished. If we try to make pigs fly, then all bets are off.
Imagine beneath life on earth a labyrinth of dripping, smoking from fires here and there, rusty pipes, massive diesel engines chug along billowing smoke. As you glide along the size of an electron, capable to going through walls, you see the utter illogical nature of this massive beast. . Logistics are absolute rubbish. Stairwells blocks. Locks with keys long lost. Parasites who figured out a loophole living in stairwells. like some future more. It’s so massive that it reaches to every house, every company and indeed every individual on the surface of the earth.
You’re amazed to see that this crazy system, created over centuries, a hodgepodge of technology and values from long ago. Many are so old that no one alive knows what it was used in the first place. But it’s duct taped to another pipe, another generators another room.
There are numerous, old plastic statues in each room. Something like you would see in front of KFC or McDonalds. These are icons of the system. And you see some being moved in or out of the rooms. They are usually stored to be ready to be reused again. But out for the time being. But this confuses you so you let it. Go. Later you will understand their purpose.
Suddenly you are gifted with the ability to see money move. Your eyes can track billions of transactions a second like light beams. And you realize that the people on the planet are paying somewhere in the range of 50% of all their income to this incredibly outdated, insanely complex monstrosity.
It takes somewhere in the range of 50%+ of every dollar we earn. Like the movie The Matrix, it’s all around us but we hardly realize it. Imagine a dark basement below all we know. Below the sunny streets is a huge industrial system with rusting pipes, dripping water, leaks, corruption, violence. A massive array of pipes, duct taped hoses, wires dangling. And it reaches to every business in the country. And every house. To each and every individual person living. It’s hopelessly out of date. Utterly beyond repair. So complex that there is no one person who can explain it. No one who truly understands how pressure in one area affects another.
If enough water accumulates in one area, they can use it for this war or that. But it’s really just random. No one really understands it. But we all pay between 50-60% of all our money into this insane, decrepit system.
Meanwhile up on the surface of the earth. things are moving rapidly. Old industries are being dismantled as they lose relevancy. Gasoline cars being replaced by electric, mail long ago replaced by email, phone replaced by Skype. Too many changes to list. Human creativity is eating away at and collapsing industries that no longer serve us.
And you can’t blame the people running the system. It’s something they inherited from generations before them. They can only think about how they can benefit now. How they can use this rickety system to their advantage. They might understand one small part and succeed in manipulating it to their areas advantages. But that it’ People at the top can talk about “Hope and Change” but anyone who has every had a glimpse of this knows better.
It’s our government folks: Our tax system, police, immigration, fire and emergency services.
Would you have trusted the post office to invent the internet and replace it? Would you entrust an oil company to make electric cars? Would you trust a trading company to cut himself out in a Costco warehouse model? How about trusting an analog camera company to reimagine itself and create the technology that decimates the value of its patents and renders its’ own staff useless? No you would not.
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
Government needs to change. And I don’t mean change like we knew till now. I mean reimagined for our technological era. We should know where every dollar of tax goes. In real time. On an app. And there should be a “cumulative” feature. Something like a cell phone shows you were your juice is going. So you can manage background apps eating up your battery life. Every single tax should be there. And, another click away, should be where it goes.
Of course, it’ll be complex. It might not be exactly what I envisioned here. But you get the idea. It’s gonna rock. And people will move to the country that does this. And they will invest. And they will create jobs. And the efficiency of this new system will cut out a huge percent of the taxes. And give control to the person paying.
One thing that struck me in the presidential debates was how every time a candidate would accuse another of supporting a bill that did XYZ bad thing, they would retort that they supported the bill because of XYZ good thing. So “bills” will have to go. The way bills are written is exactly the way Comcast or fucks you on a monthly package. It’s so complex. Should you get the monthly of this or that with this or that included? How much data do I use?
You the consumer are being asked to compete in an ever more competitive and cutthroat marketplace. There is not question that robots will take many jobs in the near future. This will affect us all. New models of government will be necessary. The old debates of welfare and laziness will have to go. They used to work but they won’t work in an era of disappearing jobs for hard working, educated folk.
No things are going to speed up folks. Change is coming fast and furious. The country that correctly evaluates modern society, uses its’ be brains to lay it all out. Very smart people from companies like Boston Consulting and the like area necessary. But the country that bites the bullet and rethinks government, lays off it’s own people, eats the extremely bitter pill, reimagines not only all the sources of revenue, costs but the real affect based on big data, not assumptions. will win big time.
I can see a country where young smart people all over the world want to move to. It’s efficient, it’s reliable, it’s integrated, it transparent. They don’t force you to choose a slap dash mix of shit and call it a bill. Each item can be voted upon. Or declined.
I also see a new era without people as symbols. Like we are voting on now. We hope that Bernie, Hillary, Trump will not change after they get in office. We hope they have enough in common with us to be “good enough” to represent our needs. This is patently ridiculous folks.
Even McDonalds stopped using a real Ronald McDonald because he might molest a kid or have some fatal flaw. They choose a plastic model. And he’s good enough. He can’t mess it up. Which gets me thinking about the Catholic Churches main problem. A human Pope and human priests. Better to have a long dead founder who can’t mess stuff up now. Do you really want to continue being forced to choose one single, fallible human to represent your needs? What if you could vote on the issues separately? So your individual, unique thinking could be incorporated into the system that affect you so much.
Do you trust people to hold your money? Or do you put it in a bank that is insured? I cannot for the life or me understand why I have to keep choosing between this Ronald McDonald or that in politics: Why I have to pick the closest person to me, a living breathing human and then just simply accept the good with the bad.If I’m unhappy, I can choose another Ronald McDonald who encapsulates all my needs, wants desires again. This is a ridiculous systems folks! Remember the pipes underground? There are some guys running around with clown suits on who you voted for.
Try this on for size. You can no longer choose a major in university. You must choose a person, man or woman who will be in charge of what you learn for the next 4 years. They might die, change their minds, be bribed but you need to stick with them. You can’t choose the things you want. You must choose one single person who represents you. Honestly WTF does that even mean anymore!
But that’s not how it should be in my mind. We no longer need to elect a person. We no longer need these old icons of “what we believe in”. We can vote on issues. Not people. People are a mixed bag. A mix you don’t want. You want faster immigration procedures. You want transparent taxes. You want to know how much will go to the defence industry. You damn well sure want to know about hidden taxes in thing like gasoline and ticky tacky crap like parking and speeding tickets that, let’s face it, are mainly revenue sources. Not about safety.
But the dawn of self driving and parking cars will make this more and more evident to you. You will see, through the changes how much you are bending over, sans lube. And how it was sold to you as something else. But past deception and frustration aside, a new ear will lead to very good things for your life. A new freedom.
So we don’t need huge “Trade Bills” full of things that 4 years from now two politicians will debate about how they supported the “good part” of the bill. And the other supported the bad part. With technology, surely we can vote on individual issues. And we probably don’t need, or soon won’t need, some clown to represent us. All we care about are the issues. Not Donald Trumps hair. Or Bernie’s religion. Do you worry about the religious beliefs of Google Maps app? Or do you just use it to get somewhere? Subsidies are fine to incubate new technologies like the internet, cell phones, electric cars but they can’t be run like this are now. Just a feeding trough for the scumbags who are savvy enough to get in. We need simple, easy to alter or repeal, single issue bills in my opinion. You just vote on the ones you understand and care about. Gone are the “all you can eat buffet” casserole era of trade bills and laws.
I would support someone like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk to lead the initial project. And when old government tries to step in, we need something to stop them. We need some way to alert the public that this is hindering the project. Another parasite of the old system is trying to thwart change. And to promote those who proactively work on solutions.
It’s a huge project. Maybe the biggest in history. We will need traitors from the IRS who understand much of the current system. Military people who are tired of an inefficient, ridiculous system that effectively just is a revenue source for local governments and companies.
It won’t be easy but it will happen. Might not be in our lifetime but if it is, we are going to win big. It might not even be here. Might be Estonia, might be the US. But this will greatly increase the competitiveness of the country and have immeasurable benefits to it’s citizens. Someone will have the guts to break down our current situation and modernise it for our needs today. And whoever does it will win so big. Not only in a rush of investment, employment but also in citizen happiness and confidence in the future. Confidence that they do live in the smartest country in the world. And their future is brighter because of it. And you can’t put a price on that.
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This goes in my “We didn’t ask for it. We prefer not to. We can’t stop it and if we don’t do it, they will call the shots” category. And if they do it, we will pay out the nose for patents for the foreseeable future. And, most importantly, if this is so touchy and morally complex, why would we want another country with a less than stellar human rights record, control it?
And make no mistake, the companies that patent drugs and processes do control them. And they call the shots. That’s why the Chinese gov sees this as a key inroad to pharmaceuticals and the health industry. As difficult as this is, we need to be doing this research. To get the edge so we can dictate the terms and do our best to keep it as close to right or good or God’s will or whatever you want to call it.
Turning a blind eye and ceding control is not the moral choice. This is going on, we know it. And it will continue to go on and will affect our lives intimately. Does anyone seriously think they wont come up with a genetic process that the mass of Canadians, Americans and Europeans will want?? Once it’s “safe”. Of course we will. But we’ll be buying it from China. Watching the incredible drama unfold, in China. Paying patent fees to China. Watching researchers move to China.
I doubt most people realise how many crazy experiments by early medical pioneers happened. Like this man who stabbed his own eye back to the eye socket to see what would happen. Nothing, it healed up. He was an early pioneer in eye surgery but his name escapes me at the moment.
Or the evil experiments that happened in history but were then used to bolster research. This is on the utter evil side but did you know that the American occupation force gave light sentences to Japan’s infamous and evil by any definition Unit 731 medical staff? The reasoning at the time was, the research happened, the evil occurred, the data exists that will never be recreated, (rogue experiments on living people, giving terrible diseases),but the data exists. Unit 731 took meticulous notes. So the occupying forces decided to give the data to American pharmaceutical companies. So they could use it to make drugs to help people.
The reason why Western medicine leads the way is the result of many events and experiments that will never be recreated. It wasn’t pretty. Some was the worst things man ever did to fellow man. I’m not saying we should ever recreate these experiments or that this is similar. Just that it’s good to think about where that new miracle drug came from and where the future ones will. Either way, we don’t want to leave it to others to decide. We really don’t have a choice about humanity going forward with this. It’s already on its way to a theatre near you.
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