Presentation DADD (under construction)

Posted: 5th October 2017 by Khannea Suntzu in Uncategorized
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I may hold a presentation for DAD (Delen Achter De Duinen, Sharing behind the Dunes) a left social safety net centered organisation in the Hague, about the topic of robotization.

I am Khannea S. Dirven, an active member of the Hague chapter of the Basic Income society. My philosophical home team right now is the IEET, or Institute of Emerging Technologies in the US and I have spoken and written about this topic for some time now, sadly not in a formal academic context or with such credentials. SoI encourage you all to take what I state here at face value.
I believe we as a society are evolving quite fast in to a society where a thing like a Basic Income is the sole remaining solution to a whole range of problems with societal disparity and degradation of existing democracy and state services. I have been debating this problem online and offline for the better part of 25 years now, and I feel secure in asserting that Basic Income is the least violent available solution to almost insurmountable as well as practically certain problems. I do not believe technology will create many new jobs, and I believe the few jobs it will create will be of unacceptably low income generating potential. Yes I believe “this time is different“. The problem remains that most people are in staunch denial, are evidently incapable of understanding underlying processes, vote against their self interest because of racism or other prejudices and tend to become angry when you present them with bad news. And as you may conclude from this presentation, there is a great deal of bad news.

Sources, Links
* Technological Unemployment — Is This Time Different?
* Institute of Emerging Technologies

Problem statement 1 – human evolution and the genetic mix of psychopathy and altruism.

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* Monkey Cooperation and Fairness

Problem statement 2 – the systemic ruthlessness exhibited by neoliberalism, capitalism, free markets. Disparity is extreme anc completely unsustainable world-wide.

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* Peter Joseph Educates Stefan Molyneux on Market Violence
* Report: Income Inequality In Oregon Reaches Record High

Problem statement 3 – most humans are predisposed towards docile complacency. Or they roll around in “fake news” and “conspiracies”.

Sources, Links
* Japanese woman ‘dies from overwork’ after logging 159 hours of overtime in a month
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Problem statement 4 – the period from WW2 to 1990 was a neoliberal PR campaign against the threat of “communist” state appropriation enabled by almost free petrochemical energy. This era has functionally ended.

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Problem statement 5 – Industrialization is the first in a set of ever more finely granular and detailed feedback mechanisms starting with machination, industrialization, automation, robotization and finally artificial intelligence.

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* In the world of AI no one’s job is that safe
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Problem statement 6 – We are now in “peak bullshit jobs”.

Sources, Links
* Why Capitalism Creates Pointless Jobs
* Cognitive Surplus
* Report: Nearly 60% of all business processes could be automated by 2022

Problem statement 7 – Democratic entitlements and “laws”, or “racial elitism” is absolutely no guarantee that people in the Netherlands do not find themselves just as poor as other pigmented people are right now in developing countries.

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Problem statement 8 – With machine learning the process has become mostly irreversible.

Sources, Links
* Prof. Max Tegmark – Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
* Tyler Cowen & Anton Korinek: What Will Artificial Intelligence do to Workers & the Economy?
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Problem statement 9 – with sufficiently advanced automated police forces any act of civil unrest, protest, revolt or regime change becomes progressively more bloody and brutal, both ways.

Sources, Links
* Movie scene from the movie Elysium
* The elites “have no credibility left:” An interview with journalist Chris Hedges

Problem statement 10 – Our only opportunity to protest is right now. Protest may be pointless – or very dangerous – 30 years from now. But nobody who has insight in to these processes protests because everyone assumes they will all be old or dead in 30 years. Hence I conclude a worst case dystopian scenario is pretty much inescapable.

Sources, Links
* Illustrative movie scene from the movie DREDD
* No, High Workers Aren’t What’s Wrong with America’s Economy
* Peter Joseph: Eviscerating Capitalism & Building New Alternatives

Problem statement 11 – However – why exactly did people vote for Trump and Brexit?

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* Trump, Brexit and ISIS are the symptoms, and technology is the problem
* TRUMP REVOLUTION ROOTED IN RESENTMENT OF TECHNOLOGY
* Trump and the Battle of Atoms vs Bits
* Cognitive Surplus
* The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats

Problem statement 11 – There is no ceiling to this process. “The Singularity”. We have some 15-30 years left.

Sources, Links
* Prof. Max Tegmark – Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
* Androids

Problem statement 12 – Basic Income is the first of a series of statements where voters make two statements
(1) – everyone in society (or in the world) is responsible for everyone else. We do not abandon people, and you are co-obliged to not abandon people.
(2) The state exists to recruit people and resources to guarantee a minimum standard of living for everyone, by as minimal force as required.

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Problem statement 13 – We could have a de facto paradise on most of this planet in 50 or so years, and in 100 all of humanity. Why don’t we?

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