NHK DOC – Technological Unemployment

NHK World’s Documentary code-named “4001-331”, was my choice of programme for the last day of June 2019. It is about Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and robots, and their effects in society as a whole, although more focused on employment. This high quality content puts nearly everything else on other networks to shame. It will probably teach you something. More importantly, it will make you think and spark a hunger to research and discuss some questions.

It is hard to pick “highlights” of the documentary; such is its constant high level.
It was great to see John Keynes’ “Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren” depicted (actual images of that academic paper), where the economist writes about “technological unemployment”, something that many argue we are about to see in bigger relative terms than ever before.
I also recall two images of New York, taken 10 years part, to illustrate how fast horses disappeared from the workforce. In 1903, horses were everywhere on the roads; 10 years later, only cars were to be seen.
Despite these two strong representations of thinking and technological change, the main merit of the video is how full of good examples it is. The viewer is given short, but intensely rich segments that show A.I. and robots at work at strawberry picking, design fabrication, automatic convenience stores, replacing bank tellers, replacing couriers, etc.

Finally, NHK reports on one experiment of “universal income” which was running at Hamilton, Canada. That experiment does not end well, being suspend earlier than its intended original length. “Universal income” is a must, that society is only delaying. There will not be employment for all, at least with a decent wage. Unhappy people are sick people, much limited on their potential contributions. Just imagine everyone being given a minimum, regardless of other income streams. I believe that, on time, criminality would be lower, health problems (including metal health) would decline, and from these two factors alone, an enormous amount of expenses would disappear. Moreover, with people becoming more available to pursue higher, unique, even creative, activities, more and innovations would become available, eventually releasing civilization from the rat race that traps most.



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        Did you know? You can NOT retrieve an input type file true path

        Did you know? You can NOT retrieve an input type file true path

        Did you know? In modern HTML/JS code, you can NOT retrieve the true full path of a selected file, via the "value" attribute of an input of type "file".

        So, if you wrote this EXAMPLE.HTML text file, saved it, loaded it on a browser, the output would be "c:\fakepath\your file" upon click, after any file selection.

        <input type="file" id="idFile">
        <input type="button" id="idButton" value="what is the selected path?">
        <script>
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        Team AM League since Austria

        I started a Formula 1 “Fantasy League” named “Team AM League since Austria.” I am quite late to this F1 fantasy thing, and I am not quite sure I understand it or its purpose. For example, I built my team ahead of today’s Austria GP, and my picks scored big (including the top 3: Verstappen, Leclerc, Bottas), but last time I checked I had no points. Maybe that is because the results aren’t yet official, I don’t know.
        https://fantasy.formula1.com/leaderboards/league?league_id=158202

        I will not be sending emails, but anyone is welcome to join with the code 0ac53ce019. If you prefer, here is a direct link to subscribe:
        https://fantasy.formula1.com/join?league_code=0ac53ce019

        URLs "p1" 20190626 – 47 resources (sci papers, videos, space exploration, racing, etc.)

        I am an avid WWW surfer, with hundreds of websites visited each month, sometimes daily. I bookmark them all, at least for logging purposes. These posts having the "urls" category, capture what was on my browser on a specific date. I hope you enjoy some of these shared resources.


        URLs "p1" 20190624 – 71 resources on poverty, investing, economy, learning, alt videos, etc.

        I am an avid WWW surfer, with hundreds of websites visited each month, sometimes daily. I bookmark them all, at least for logging purposes. These posts having the "urls" category, capture what was on my browser on a specific date. I hope you enjoy some of these shared resources.


        Input random numbers and discover great Netflix content!

        As the world of video content matures for the masses and easy viewing, more and more “not great” content is being distributed via “premium” platforms.
        The single video content delivery network I pay to subscribe to is Netflix. Netflix has enough quantity of choice for fiction but, for me, it is poor on its documentaries portfolio, both in quantity and quality. Documentaries is the genre which got me to pay for the subscription. I started paying for Netflix because of “Our Planet”: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9253866

        Unfortunately, docs of “Our Planet” good quality are rare. In fact, much of “Our Planet” content, one way or another, was already available in alternative BBC productions, so while I adore “Our Planet”, even there I expected better.
        My main sources for quality docs are a couple of FREE (and legal) websites: arte.tv and “NHK World”. Both are superb sites to watch quality productions. Yes, my Netflix subscription in under threat.

        What is really happening is that video producers now have decades-mature formulas for “reasonable” movies and series, fiction or not. They follow the formulas and achieve distributable, even profitable, results. I suppose their “results” work for the majority of viewers, but most of the time they rarely work me. It is getting harder and harder for me to find a movie or a TV series that I won’t perceive as vulgar or even ridiculous.

        These days, at the absolute top of my list of RUN-AWAY-FROM content are movies/series centered on superheroes or with any form of gun violence. They are just plain ridiculous. Do you really want to see the horror of gun violence and become traumatized for life? Youtube has it for you (for example, never watch rvE56R2Vowg). Don’t be stupid and don’t even search for it. Go watch flowers, clouds, the sea, etc., anything but guns.

        And for superheroes, the real “super heroes” are probably me and you, who endure everyday life without super powers. Hard to top the ridiculousness in wearing a superhero costume!

        Not only Netflix’s video content quality is decreasing, the platform’s search tool is also inadequate. So inadequate that the best thing I found this month on Netflix, I found by randomly typing numbers into the URL. This is the short story I really wanted to share in this post, but somehow I extended myself above.
        Hours ago, frustrated with Netflix’s search system, I started guessing numbers for programs (programs have a numerical id), and I found the superb documentary series “Tales by Light” : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5350276/

        The URL for the first episode is:
        https://www.netflix.com/watch/80168237

        Long story short, this is a note to self: eventually better than searching at Netflix, try to discover content by randomly entering program IDs into the URL 🙂

        What to do when your new HDD drive arrives?

        When in need of HDD space for content archival, I usually purchase internal SATA HDDs with 4+ TBs of capacity. The “Western Digital RED” series has been working OK for me, although I had one 6 TB volume complete failure (suddenly unrecognizable, unrecoverable, and all that on very light use), months ago.

        When one buys these HDDs, they should arrive “uninitialized” and, with zero starts/stops and zero minutes of use, inside a sealed anti-static bag, ideally inside a retail or OEM card package. You can check the SMART data using software like “HDD Sentinel”.

        Here is what I do next, on Microsoft Windows, using the “computer management” tool (“compmgmt.msc”):
        1) Initialize the disk using “GPT” and not “MBR” (for better support of large volumes);
        2) Quick format the HDD (for a speedy format);
        3) Disable content indexing (for speedier usage and because for searching I do not use Windows Explorer or other Microsoft tools).

        Then, using the command prompt (“cmd.exe”), I use fsutil to disable 8.3 names creation. For example, if the volume was assigned to drive M:

        fsutil 8dot3name query M:
        fsutil 8dot3name set M: 1

        The first line will probably tell you that 8.3 names (for retro compatibility with Windows XP, DOS, etc.) is enabled;
        The second line disables 8.3 names creation, speeding up the file system operations on the drive. This makes a big performance difference when working with thousands of files, which is my case.

        Listening to Okada – "Life Is but an Empty Dream"

        A bit dark, or even too dark, but slow and with enough silence to allow you to think. Oddly relaxing for an album with tracks titled “killing myself” and “the right to destroy myself”.
        I think reverse psychology might be playing its role in the perception of this music, which can be so gloomy that it actually induces a contrary, uplifting response!