My father knew Issac Asimov and I grew up reading his books as they were published. A prolific author with an amazing imagination, he dared to go where no one has gone before him. Namely, he figured out many things both good and bad, about technology and human psychology. He grew more and more pessimistic as our computer revolution proceeded. This foresight he had was based on his ability to ‘live’ in the future which I greatly admire. It is a skill akin to Time Lord Tardis travel. Funny, I also dated one of the Masters and knew one of the Time Lords in real life, isn’t that odd? Coincidences are common when one lives in the odd world of the Planetary Overlords, aka, the Bilderberg gang.
In my misspent youth, I often wondered about why I met so many odd, famous people. It wasn’t because I was seeking them all out, we just…ran into each other over and over again and this was because I was inside this weird bubble created during WWII which was in the process of running the planet unsuccessfully.
I didn’t meet the world’s biggest first computer complex accidentally, my father took me there. This is because he would only work with my mother next to him so she was always with him no matter where he went and she took us kids along for the ride all the time so we were where he was and he was where nuclear bombs, rockets, computer technology and WWIII plans were and I grew up inside the WWIII system it is ‘in my blood’ and part of my earliest memories.
When I first wrote to Issac because I wanted him to know he was writing a book about my life, so to speak, we got to know each other and he wanted to know my father and they became friendly. When Issac wrote about the final fate of Solaria (extinction of humans there) he and I were very depressed by this. He wanted the robots to be good. Then he began to see them as superior, even god-like and then saw what would happen next. And this storyline so disturbed people that people like Lucas, when making his Star Wars universe, wanted to defy Asimov’s predictions and he made robots…good again. In his first movie, that is.
Only Darth Vader is half robot and thus, heartless. As Lucas got more and more money to make more Star Wars movies, it became darker and darker when he made movies about the pre-Star Wars worlds. They were more advanced in robot power than the first three movies.
The robots were many and the humans were turned into insane monsters and it drove Darth Vader insane and when he became half robot, he became utterly heartless and power hungry. Sigh. As these movies progressed, Lucas went crazier and crazier and retreated more and more and finally sold his franchise because he couldn’t take it all anymore. All he could see was Darkness, not Hope.
A review about what Solaria is and why it made Asimov very depressed:
Solaria was the last of fifty Spacer worlds colonized by humans in the first wave of interstellar settlement, occupied from approximately 4627 AD by inhabitants of the neighboring world Nexon originally for summer homes. It was ruled by a Regent after it became independent around roughly 4727 AD. The Solarians specialized in the construction of robots, which they exported to the other Spacer Worlds. Solarian robots were noted for their variety and excellence. They also exported their grain, which was used to make a pastry known as the pachinka.
Ultimately, Solaria became totally dependent on robot labor; roughly 10,000 robots existed for every human. The world was extremely sparsely inhabited, with only 20,000 humans (and 200 million robots) inhabiting 30 million miles² (78 million km²) of fertile land, divided into over 10,000 huge estates (the exact number is unknown, since some of the estates were inhabited by couples). The population was kept stable through strict birth and immigration controls. In the era of Robots and Empire, no more than five thousand Solarians were known to remain. 20,000 years later, the population was 1200—one human per estate.
All tools change human evolution and thinking processes. This has been true since the first humanoid picked up a rock and then altered it so that it was shaped differently, via hitting one rock with another rock. Ditto, fire. Once it was learned that rocks can create fire which was an amazing discovery by the first human that did this trick…evolution of humans changed radically.
We lost most of our fur, for example. All technological changes has an impact on the human evolution and this definitely is continuing today.
The EU/North American/Japan tech systems is the longest running computer driven cultures and all are literally dying off (no children) and being invaded by non-computer driven people who have a lower IQ and little interest in keeping this culture running, they want to destroy it (think: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and how alien barbarians destroyed it).
These systems created in Europe, Japan and the US are taking over all systems and the computer systems operators can see this coming and want to stop it only they can’t because the humans serving the computers are suicidal, it appears. The system owners get filthy rich doing this and more and more socially isolated so they don’t see the downside…so far! Delusional about the downside, they are sitting ducks for destruction from within.
Computers vs. Children – Geek.com published this story in 2000:
As children use computers more and more both in school and at home, there is renewed concern that playing video games and using computers too often will hurt them both mentally and physically.
Video games are still criticized (though still without real proof from studies) for promoting aggressive behavior in children, but now the concern has also shifted to the fact that they can be addictive. that addiction then leads to “compulsive behaviour, loss of interest in other activities, association mainly with other addicts, and unusual symptoms when addicts are denied their favourite pastime.” some experts also say that the more sophisticated games of today that require complex skills, dexterity, and thought/strategy are psychologically rewarding, which leads to further addiction. this dependency could lead to more traditional problems, like skipping school, stealing money (to buy games and equipment), and blowing off homework.
Recent studies show that children start playing video games around 7-years-old, and a uk study of early teens showed that almost 33% played games daily, with 7% playing at least 30 hours a week. that kind of time (and less) can lead to posture problems and repetitive strain injury (rsi) in the neck, back, and elsewhere, especially in children, whose bodies are still growing. youngsters nowadays are part of the first generation using computers from early childhood, and using them in schools with non-adjustable chairs and single-size mouses and keyboards and then sitting at computers adjusted for parents at home are causing an increasing number of kids to complain about computer-related injuries. there are already employment lawyers and human rights folks who say that schools might be sued if non-ergonomic computer facilities continue to cause rsi problems in children.
I had two children and one was born with some issues we see in geek children. Loved video games and was in special ed but is extremely intelligent, high IQ. Back in the 1980’s this child of mine was the computer expert in her first grade school, she dealt with the problems the adults had, interfacing with computers.
She was raised on the internet because I have been online since it was created. Unlike me, being born into the System, she swam around it like a duck on a lake. I had to use a paddle and a boat to get around. It was most odd, actually. At the same time, this child was socially inept. To keep her socialized, I had two computers and did my work next to her and watched her and talked about what the computers were doing, etc. Socialized, that is, was highly important.
Guess what? She works with computers as a living today. Better still, she knows she has to work at socializing and does rather well with this, thank goodness. But it is a serious problem as tech people marry tech people.
My family was ‘tech people’ in the 19th century, my grandmother was one of the very first women on earth to go to a men’s university and got a degree in the sciences, too. Married a scientist. Then my scientist father married my scientist mother and had 7 children and we are all various degrees insane on the scale of ‘scary genius insane’.
I am lucky. I was doing the most insane stuff on earth and running riot across several continents and was a known ‘child genius’ of the worst, most annoying sort until I hit this brick wall and had a 105+ fever for three days and nights and lost my mind and had to learn to read and write all over again and didn’t even know who I was or anything…and my IQ dropped to a sane level and I shudder to think what would have happened if I didn’t have this event.
High IQs are very dangerous. My grandfather knew Einstein and Hubble. They hung out together. All of them were nutty. I thought this was normal, when young. The maladjustments of super smart people is invisible to themselves, they think this is normal. But it isn’t normal at all. And it is highly dangerous to humanity and themselves. Think: who created nuclear bombs!
From 2001: The Geek Syndrome | WIRED
Nick is building a universe on his computer. He’s already mapped out his first planet: an anvil-shaped world called Denthaim that is home to gnomes and gods, along with a three-gendered race known as kiman. As he tells me about his universe, Nick looks up at the ceiling, humming fragments of a melody over and over. “I’m thinking of making magic a form of quantum physics, but I haven’t decided yet, actually,” he explains. The music of his speech is pitched high, alternately poetic and pedantic – as if the soul of an Oxford don has been awkwardly reincarnated in the body of a chubby, rosy-cheeked boy from Silicon Valley. Nick is 11 years old.
When I was 11, I discovered I would spy on the world via short wave radio and then began doing really dangerous stuff because of what I found out this way. I have some nervous ticks, I rock, for example. I can’t sit in a chair without wanting to rock. My parents bought half a dozen rocking chairs for us kids. I assigned one to myself and used it when doing nearly anything. My office chair to this day, rocks.
See how crazy we are? I had to be taught how to talk. Had my first lessons when only 2 1/2 years old. One of my teachers was a young student whose name was Carl Sagan who was a student of my father at Yerkes Observatory. He was delightfully nutty and we got along great.
He, too, had to figure out how to talk in human language and my father figured he could enlighten me, too, which is why he was my ‘teacher’. I would hang out at the observatory with him. My father even said, when the faculty met to discuss what to do with Carl (some didn’t want to give him his degree!) my father said, ‘He is the only one of us who can explain physics to the rest of humanity, he can do what we can’t do…communicate’ and so they voted to give him his degree and he and my dad were close all the way until death parted them both.
Carl was a friendly messed up brainiac. That is, he loved being friends. I remember him like a puppy dog would remember a very kind dog trainer. I just told my husband one of the words Carl taught me was ‘Pegasus’ and I couldn’t say it. He had me work and work on saying that word and it is one of the deeper words impressed on my mind aside from ‘flip’ which is another ‘p’ word he made me learn to speak properly.
In the past decade, there has been a significant surge in the number of kids diagnosed with autism throughout California. In August 1993, there were 4,911 cases of so-called level-one autism logged in the state’s Department of Developmental Services client-management system. This figure doesn’t include kids with Asperger’s syndrome, like Nick, but only those who have received a diagnosis of classic autism. In the mid-’90s, this caseload started spiraling up. In 1999, the number of clients was more than double what it had been six years earlier. Then the curve started spiking. By July 2001, there were 15,441 clients in the DDS database. Now there are more than seven new cases of level-one autism – 85 percent of them children – entering the system every day.
Inside my own family, the range of messed up brains covered the entire spectrum. One brother who ended up inside the DC brain systems, was the least malfunctioning one. Another who worked on space program stuff was further out on the dysfunctional scale. One sister of mine who is in and out of hospitals and has an extremely high IQ ended up an alien on Star Trek until she tried to smash Gene Roddenberry’s face. Ended up in the mental ward again.
All this sounds like name dropping but listen: all the creative psychpaths/brainiacs in our society KNOW EACH OTHER and interact heavily in oddball ways. This is a ‘society of weirdoes’ that goes way back in time, it began 80 years ago or so. These people created our present culture in many ways. We knew each other growing up and some are successful and some are not and some are hidden. Ahem.
This situation is particularly bleak in Santa Clara County. Here in Silicon Valley, family support services provided by the DDS are brokered by the San Andreas Regional Center, one of 21 such centers in the state. SARC dispenses desperately needed resources (such as in-home behavioral training, educational aides, and respite care) to families in four counties. While the autistic caseload is rising in all four, the percentage of cases of classic autism among the total client population in Santa Clara County is higher enough to be worrisome, says SARC’s director, Santi Rogers.
This is where the computer brainiacs live. They marry each other like in my own family for several generations. They go crazy the same way so they think this is normal because they surround themselves with people who are the same level of craziness.
Even children who make significant progress require levels of day-to-day attention from their families that can best be described as heroic. Marnin Kligfeld is the founder of a software mergers-and-acquisitions firm. His wife, Margo Estrin, a doctor of internal medicine, is the daughter of Gerald Estrin, who was a mentor to many of the original architects of the Internet (see “Meet the Bellbusters,” Wired 9.11, page 164).
See how this works? Like in my own family, this couple comes from tech royalty, been surrounded by this culture, are deep inside it, are extremely bright and parents were geniuses, too. And their children are nuttier than squirrels. Hello! That is my family! Imagine that….yes, this is something we have to understand. Super smart marrying super smart leads to brain damaged children.
When their daughter, Leah, was 3, a pediatrician at Oakland Children’s Hospital looked at her on the examining table and declared, “There is very little difference between your daughter and an animal. We have no idea what she will be able to do in the future.” After eight years of interventions – behavioral training, occupational therapy, speech therapy – Leah is a happy, upbeat 11-year-old who downloads her favorite songs by the hundreds. And she is still deeply autistic.
I love animals and can tame any wild creature and my entire life has been a long association with wild and domestic animals. My 4 H project when I was a child was to breed Killer Rabbit to prove that genetics can do anything including changing a creature’s basic nature, forget fur color or size.
This was insane, of course, and successful, too. Killer Rabbit made the news and became a movie icon in the Monty Python Holy Grail movie. Killer Rabbit was quite real. And dangerous.
Our government, the systems running our society, has been built by some of the craziest people on earth. The entire computer revolution is a mountain of insanity built by crazy kids who grew up to be the strangest people on earth and now…they are freaking out because they built WWIII and know this.
THIS is why they all own distant islands and other sites that will supposedly survive WWIII. This is why I bought my property and built it. It is safe from nuclear war. I am different from the others in that like Asimov, I spend a great deal of time warning everyone about WWIII but also about the problems with technology.
One of the strangest things I did in my life was live on this mountain here…in a TENT for ten years with zero modern tech, not even a toilet or running water. ‘Carrying a pail very fast’ was my running water back then. We had kerosene lamps for light at night. Our refrigerator turned on around October and off around April (our joke).
We went hunting, raised livestock and tanned furs. It was 100% pre-twentieth century life until my husband was brain damaged at work. Then this all ended. We need high tech to help him survive. So we returned to the 21st century. Computers keep my husband alive!
I have very mixed feelings about technology. This is obvious. There are things to fear about having elites marry each other. Royalty produced some of the most brain damaged people on earth and still does due to marrying only each other. The tech royals are doing this in spades. It doesn’t matter if a smart person of one type marries another: after three generations of this, the children will be born with many mental problems due to being ‘too smart’ for their own good.
I remember my childhood: I could hear crickets breathing. I could hear the tiniest sounds. It drove me NUTS. I would get out of bed and seek out the noise and try to stop it. When I read Poe’s poem about ‘Bells’ I laughed hysterically. The BELLS!!!! ARRRGH. Then, I told my mother, that poem freaked me out.
She said, ‘Of course it would, it was written by one of my mother’s cousin’s child, Edgar.’ YIKES. As I said, in the past, the US was much smaller and many of us are interrelated in weird ways if one’s family past is people who came over here over 300 years ago. It is scary how interrelated we all are. All heavily interrelated people develop mental issues.
This leads to a scary thought: we know now that there was this great catastrophe during the last Ice Age. Suddenly, all the humans on earth except for a few in Africa, were killed. This event was like several previous Ice Age events that killed off most humanoids who had spread all the way to China and Europe as well as Africa and even Australia and then boom! Most die and the survivors are greatly changed (evolve yet again!).
Each cycle of elimination, the survivors had bigger brains, over and over again. Small brains died, big brains survived. Chimpanzee and Gorilla brains barely changed. Our brains did. Why is that? I would suggest this fact: we lost our fur. We were naked apes and sudden cold cycles that lasted very long, ruthlessly eliminated the less clever naked apes!
Our very first ‘technology’ was fire. And many myths are told about the fire business, all of these assume that the Gods are mad at humans for creating fire and that fire made us kind of like gods and all that…all the way back to two Ice Ages ago, we began to walk towards bigger brains/more inventions and this was due to trying to survive Ice Ages.