The finely-tuned global supply chain built by corporate Technocrats is being disrupted by the Black Swan event of the deadly Wuhan virus in China. The shock of economic standstill, lack of travel, missed deadlines, etc., could provide a “Lehman moment” and domino effect.
4th Industrial Revolution
Machine automation is driving down the value of human labor, and humans cannot possibly “compete” their way out of it. Lower skilled workers feel the pain first as their jobs are most easily automated.
Zume Pizza made headlines in 2016 when it became the first fully-automated-by-robots pizza delivery service; today, trucks are gone, robots are powered off and human employees are laid off. Other competitors continue to operate.
Percentage estimates of potential human job losses to robots are increasing as technologies advances. Two factors will exacerbate this: recession (devaluing human labor costs) and demographic decline.
The Technocrat and Transhuman holy grail is not to augment the human experience, but to replace it all together, with AI hosting the souls of would-be immortals. The Android race now has a myriad of startups working feverishly to be first.
This is the best article that I have yet seen that intentionally gets inside the head of Technocrat Jeff Bezos, head of Amazon and the richest man on planet earth. Bezos is building an empire that resembles Star Trek’s villainous Borg: swallowing entire societies by informing “You will be assimilated”.
By solving a complex problem in 200 seconds that would take 10,000 years on the largest super-computer, Google holds in its hand the ability to crack all private and military encrypted keys in the universe.
As a Technocracy, China must apply social engineering to everything, everyone, everywhere, and that includes corporations as well. Corporate punishment for perceived bad behavior could be devastating to western firms.
Smart City Technocrats don’t have problems that can’t be fixed by throwing more technology fixes at them. In this particular ludicrous extreme that seeks to fix broken lives, critics can only respond, “people are not potholes.’
Ride sharing was promised to be the “sustainable” way to get people out of their cars and decrease traffic congestion and hence, pollution. It has failed on all counts and now aggravates travelers even more.