In the meantime, there has been real undercounting of COVID deaths that nobody wants to notice. Cuomo has bent over backwards to avoid releasing the real number of the elderly who perished in New York’s nursing homes.
Young people who died in accidents or other mishaps are counted as COVID deaths while real COVID deaths among the most high-risk group are being purposefully concealed.
I’ll let everybody draw their own conclusions.
One of the more disturbing narratives in Kai-fu Lee’s book is the discussion of teaching.
“Students will get taught through on-screen lectures!” Kai-fu Lee gushes. “And while they learn, they will be spied on by machines that will analyze their gestures and facial expressions to see who’s paying attention and who isn’t!”
Of course, we already have these analyzing machines. They are called human teachers. But the whole point is to fire the human teachers and save on labor costs. Machines don’t need a paid maternity leave or a vacation! Plus, they are really objective, unlike those defective humans who have emotions, moods, and illnesses.
Kai-fu Lee is honest, so I don’t blame him. I blame the complacent fools who don’t see this as a problem. Kai-fu Lee’s children or grandchildren will get normal human teachers. It’s us, dumb natives, who will be robbed.
In Chapter 5, Kai-fu Lee explains what kind of future he and his fellow conquistadors of our right to be human are preparing for us. Obviously, he’s one of the people who are hoping to enrich themselves exploiting our simple-mindedness, so he’s only mentioning what he considers to be the nice sides of the AI colonization he and his buddies are planning. Even then, the picture he paints is so terrifying that I think we need to make fighting this our number one priority.
We are not China yet! We are not some beaten down pawns of a totalitarian regime. We have democratic institutions, and we need to use them to defend ourselves against this horror. We need to forget all of the inane and irrelevant spats about non-issues like abortion, SAT tests, racismsexism, UBI, guns, and all the rest of that crap. This is Christopher Columbus disembarking on our shores and waving red caps and pieces of broken mirror at us to entrap us.
Will we stand around, gawping stupidly while we get dispossessed or will we do something about it?
Friends, did you read Stacey Abrams’s profile in WashPo?
I hate how “Karen” is used as a slur but let me make a single exception and say that both she and the author of the article are such perfect, typical, exceptional Karens that they should be put in the dictionary to illustrate the concept.
Happy birthday, dear R!
You are my best friend ever and I love you!!!
P.S. Do look up Lady Mary in Downton Abbey because she looks identical to you.
Fortunately, we fixed the computer. Or, rather, N fixed it while I stayed on the sofa, looking inspiringly helpless.
He’s not a hardware person at all; he’s a mathematician but that’s what it means to have a powerful intellect. He took that thing apart completely and then put it back together.
I have the best husband.