Buy a webcam to monitor your home. When you’re away, especially if at night, peer through that connected lens, it all alone, dutifully watching, house empty, your belongings all powered down, a plane of existence unfamiliar to those of us with consciousness.
The CEOs of Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Salesforce, Microsoft and numerous others all very quickly, very publicly took to our budding digital sphere, each declaring their support for a cleaner Earth, as if such a thing ever need be said, and admonishing President Trump for not signing onto the Paris Agreement, a almost-treaty agreed to by nearly every nation on the planet, with each promising to commit their homeworld, at some point in the future, to a cleaner, greener world.
Confession: Like you, and like our representatives, I’ve never read this agreement. I do know, however, and bear with me here, that the interests of very rich CEOs of very big, very rich for-profit corporations, such as Google, Facebook, Apple, and Salesforce, may not always, maybe not even ever, align with the interests of, say, the majority of Americans.
You are pleased that these powerful CEOs embrace your cause now, but do know that this won’t always be the case, and it’s just as likely that in 10 years Apple’s CEO then will be more like President Trump than, say, the childless leader of a once-mighty old European nation, with whom you currently agree with.
I believe that humanity will innovate itself out of the more dire predictions of global warming and climate change.
Yes, this is an act of faith.
I further believe that my act of faith is more likely to become true than yours. I do not believe China will ever deliberately act in any manner detrimental to its interests. I likewise believe that no matter what its prime minister says about global warming, that Canada will not stop making gas-powered cars, that it will not stop chopping down forests, that it will not stop selling fossil fuels to the US and other nations, not as long as it makes a buck from these. Nor will the several billion poor across Asia and Africa abandon cheaper, more accessible — more dirty — fuels to power their homes, their lights, their work.
Innovation, not multi-nation treaties, will lead us out of this quagmire.
“Wal-Mart Stores is testing a program that sends store employees to deliver online orders at the end of their shifts, a new push by the world’s biggest retailer to use its large physical footprint to match Amazon.com Inc.’s convenient options for web purchases.”
The future of humanity: always be working, never not be closing.
But, again, the future is ours to recreate.
“Here’s a first look at the most highly anticipated slide deck in Silicon Valley. This year’s (Mary Meeker) report includes 355 slides and tons of information, including a new section on healthcare.”
Oof. Aren’t we all just so precious-smart?
Scrolling through 355 slides to find the 6 that have useful and/or at least new information is a thing that badly needs disrupting.
Song stuck in your head? You’re not alone. So-called earworms are the subject of much study — mostly to encourage you to part with more of your money, time, creativity and attention. The part that interests me: “earworms could be remnants of how we learned before written language, when information was more often passed through song.”
In fact, there are still groups that speak in song and whistle:
If you are ever lucky enough to visit the foothills of the Himalayas, you may hear a remarkable duet ringing through the forest. To the untrained ear, it might sound like musicians warming up a strange instrument. In reality, the enchanting melody is the sound of two lovers talking in a secret, whistled language.
Joining just a handful of other communities, the Hmong people can speak in whistles. The sounds normally allow farmers to chat across their fields and hunters to call to each in their forest. But their language is perhaps most beautifully expressed during a now rarely-performed act of courtship, when boys wander through the nearby villages at nightfall, whistling their favourite poems between the houses. If a girl responds, the couple then start a flirty dialogue.
The amazingness of humaness.