Nationalism Vs. Globalism, Where Does This Lead? Probably to a Nowhere!

Globalism seems to be getting a bad rap lately, because locally people are suffering from global competition.  Jobs from a global market either had already been moved to another part of the world in the name of efficiency in cost and whatnot or will be replaced by market elsewhere that is more competitive.  So, locally, people are not feeling good at all about global aspects.

We’re seeing many people try to promote local brand, local ideas, local culture, and local anything over anything global.  Of course, it’s not a bad thing to promote local culture, ideas and whatnot, because these things are essential for a local life-force.  Nonetheless, when we become too extreme in promoting local over global agenda, we may create an atmosphere that would lead to a road of violences and not of solutions.

Imagine how the Nazi or similar groups came about or will be created because of such extremism.  Basically, I believe that the Nazis were not only Hitler’s henchmen, but many of them were believing in a movement of a pure race mentality which believes in purity and superiority over other identities.  So, in Hitler’s time, if you’re a Jew, you would be considered the lowest scum of all scums on earth, thus Hitler did try to wipe out the entire Jewish identity from the planet earth.

The Nazi mentality would seem making sense for the Nazis, but on the outside most people would not agree, because such a movement promotes senseless killing and senseless violence.  Thus I think anything that is taking too extreme may do more harm than good.  So, in these days, many people are promoting local brands over global brands, and it’s not really a bad thing.  Nonetheless, I think we should do this on a scale that makes sense — by not overdoing it.  If not, we may promote a form of extremism that will only incite a bigger conflict eventually.

Imagine a scenario in which we would close off our border, stop trading with everyone else globally, and try to create a self-sustain nation in which we believe that would stop global competition and bring better economic prosperity for people within our nation — this looks a lot like North Korea now.  But we all know that North Korea isn’t doing very well economically for a very long time.  Actually, North Korea had been poor since the conception of its whole political body.

Just right next door, China, once was as poor as North Korea, but now this neighbor known as China has become the largest economy on earth in term of Purchasing Power Parity measure and many people suggest that China will become the largest economy on earth in nominal GDP term sooner than later.  The neighbors cannot be any differ in term of size and economic prowess, because the gap between the North Koreans and the Chinese seems to be the size of a galaxy — an exaggeration of course but relevant nonetheless.

China achieved all of their success not by closing down borders, stop trading, and try to be self-sustained like North Korea, but China opened and continues to open up just the right amount of space for foreign trades, investments, cooperations, and whatnot.  So, I think China did think about how to face the challenge of global competition before they opened up their economy just right which had allowed them to be where they are today.

For countries like the United States, we’re facing a challenge of cost efficiency, and so our products are more expensive to export.  Perhaps we should think about closing our door with just a right amount of space but leave the door open just wide enough to stem the outflow of jobs — creating enough breathing space for people within the country to survive and thrive and compete.

Nonetheless, such a solution is only for short term treatment, because in the future our technologies may be so disruptive that the technologies we will employ will take away all of our jobs.  When such thing occurs, no matter how many borders you close down, how many trades you stop from occurring will not be able to keep jobs at home.  So, the solution won’t be available in the basket of creating jobs for the people, but the solution would be in the basket of how to support a society in which people will no longer work for a living, on a global scale.

What is the solution?  At the moment, I don’t think any single solution would be satisfactory in answering the AI taking away jobs question, because we’re not actually suffering from a total domination from a machine overlord just yet.  Instead, we’re seeing machines slowly take away jobs from various people in various sectors.  Eventually though, the Artificial Intelligence would get so smart that it would take away most jobs from the people.

If AI is inevitably going to take away most of our jobs, we should steer the course of such a trend to benefit the humanity.  After all, we’re the humanity!  So, I suggest that we should employ smart machines to create the abundances that we need to free us all from basic necessaries, and this would allow us to focus on living better.  We then would probably question ourselves what would we do if the smart machines do all the jobs.

Will we become so bored and mindless that we rather die young than live too long?  Nonetheless, in the future we may have technologies that would extend our lifespan.  But there is a possibility in which we as the humanity as a whole would try to explore the next frontier which is the universe itself.  Maybe the smart machines would get us to be so free that we would venture out into the farthest space within the universe to explore and question not only our origin, but the universe itself — and have a better chance at doing this than ever before.

Anyway, after watching “Nationalism vs. globalism: the new political divide | Yuval Noah Harari” TED Talks video on YouTube, my brain starts to question a lot more about our future.  This brief essay is the result of my watching of this video.  The video is right after the break.  Enjoy!

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Replacing Office With AR… Be Nice To See Combination of AR and VR in One Device

Although Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are too different animals at the moment, I think they should be combined in the future.  As of now, VR is already ahead of AR, because many VR devices are being sold in the market.  AR is still a concept pretty much, but luckily this concept actually got working devices in the work.  So, AR isn’t a concept on paper, but it could be released to the market when it’s done being just a concept but a true working technology.

Both VR and AR require people to flap their hands as if they’re doing exercise or Tai Chi.  Some people think this is tiring.  Maybe using VR and AR won’t get you into shape, but it does require you to make your blood flows more than just typing quietly.

AR got the capability of visualizing real objects with enhanced fictional objects to create better understanding of a situation, event, and whatnot.  I think surgeons could use AR to operate on patients better, because AR can employ AI to navigate the surgeon through a patient’s body and organs with smart information and visualization without having the surgeon to be cutoff from reality.

I would like to see a possibility of one small, slim device that could combine VR and AR together, and by doing so I think VR could serve as a platform for entertainment and AR for work.  After all, VR could take you to a whole new place and block you off from the whole reality altogether.  Anyhow, check out the video right after the break to see how people from a company known as Meta talk about their AR project.  Enjoy!

China’s President, Xi Jinping, Is Telling The World Why His BRI Could Make The World A Better Place!

In our time, there are small wars break out around the world.  Although these wars seem insignificant, but you never know enough of them will eventually turn into an avalanche of World War III.  People of WWI could not have known how much worse a war could be, but WWII proved them wrong.  I think the people who experienced both WWI and WWII would definitely agree that WWII was way worse than WWI.  Both WWI and WWII encouraged humankind to go on killing each other in deranged way, but these last two insane wars got nothing on WWIII if indeed there will be one.  After all, the next war could encourage modern nuclear weapons to be unleashed on multiple bustling places of this earthly world.  I imagine modern nuclear weapons are way way more powerful than the ones that got dropped on Japan in WWII.  According to PopularMechanics.com’s article “Today’s Nukes Are Thousands of Times More Powerful Than WWII A-Bombs,” a modern nuclear bomb is like 3000 more times powerful than the atomic bomb that got dropped onto Hiroshima, Japan in WWII.  If I’m not wrong, such weapons could end humanity, because hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people will die in such a nightmare.

Unlike our historical pasts where an ocean could be a big barrier for people to get to know each other, today our world is very much connected.  From the oceans to the sky and beyond, nothing can actually be a big barrier anymore.  Our technological advances have allowed humans to communicate in seconds across vast earthly distances.  Even the space in the heaven (i.e., outer space) cannot stop us from sending robots to uncharted domains such as Mars, and we communicate with our robots from such a distance just fine.  So, there isn’t anything stopping us from trying to understand each other even though different parts of earth were civilized in different ways.  Countries from West and East, North and South, and even neighboring countries do have their own historical memories and pasts, because each country was grown and civilized in different way.  Thus, instead of dividing us and them, sowing more hatreds to sow more seeds of murderous, deranged human-made catastrophes such as WWI and WWII, we should think about how much more cooperations today humans should make so humankind can move forward without worrying about earth-kind extinction through the usage of nuclear weapons.

The 14th and 15th of this month, China is opening up a Belt and Road initiative forum, and many countries’ heads of state and delegates are going to descend upon Beijing for this meeting.  No doubts, some countries are still having doubts about China’s BRI objectives.  Furthermore, some countries even doubt that BRI could be achieved since there are so many unknown moving pieces within the agenda.  For an example, along the countries that are the path for BRI, there are terrorism activities that may hamper BRI projects.  Such doubts are logical, but other doubts are more of psychology.  For an example, U.S. may not trust China’s global ambition, because U.S. could view China’s BRI as a way to undermine U.S. global influences.  Nonetheless, China BRI is moving forward as we speak.  Some BRI projects are already either finished or in the work across the world, and many more are in the planning stages.  As BRI forum takes shape, I haven’t heard of anything in relation to U.S. meeting up with China in this forum.  It seems either China isn’t inviting or U.S. is isolating herself from this forum on purpose.  With or without U.S., delegates and heads of state of various countries are descending upon Beijing for BRI forum meeting.

Nobody would know China’s true global ambition, but China seems to be very happy in forming relationships with countries all over the world to promote globalization and world connectivity.  These cooperations among countries in the world leading by China’s BRI would promote higher trade volumes and people to people connections.  Will there be good outcomes from BRI?  I guess time will tell, but China is leading the way to more globalization.  In ancient time, when China was prosperous, ancient Silk Road was one of the ways that kept ancient China prosperous.  Today, as China is getting stronger in economic and military terms, China is striving to revive the idea of ancient Silk Road but with modern utilities to create modern Silk Road so China can keep on being prosperous.  It’s obvious, just like any other country, China is China’s first, because she has 1.4 billion plus of people to worry about.  Nonetheless, cooperation is still better than dividing in hatreds.

China’s president, Xi Jinping, has got a short film in which he narrates and promotes the idea of BRI.  In the short film he tells the world why he proposed and is backing the BRI.

If China is indeed imagining, hoping, and willing to promote and work toward a world where global community would be evermore prosperous and peaceful, I think it’s admirable and noble.  In fact, I think U.S. should have joined BRI in a big way.  After all, U.S. could also bring her huge expertise and wisdom to BRI and ensure the initiative to be even more successful.  With China and U.S. leading BRI, I don’t see how the world would see this initiative failing.  I think a successful BRI could bring the world into a more prosperous time.  Of course, I don’t have a crystal ball, and so anything into the future is very uncertain.  As of now though, my instinct says that BRI is going to gain evermore supports and attractions from countries that want to improve their infrastructures, businesses, and cultural connections.  Here is a million dollar question, can BRI help turns back the minute arm of the Doomsday Clock?  Here is another, can BRI help the world to be even more prosperous through strong infrastructure projects and business connections?  Of course, there are tons of questions in regarding to how BRI would change the world, but I guess we have to wait and see how everything would turn out in the near future for projects and parts of the world that subscribe to China’s BRI.

What Chaos Theory And Determinism Have To Do With Infinite And The Scale Of A Universe?

I don’t pretend to know much about Chaos Theory, and what I’ve learned more of it is from the documentary “The Secret Life of Chaos” (2017) directed by Nic Stacey.  From this documentary I learned of the people like Alan Turing whose lifeworks had big impact on how we perceive of Chaos Theory today.  Before I even knew about Chaos Theory and the definition of deterministic system of a philosophical doctrine, I have had thoughts of my own in regarding to things that can be counted within both observable and unobservable universes.  By reading a bit into Chaos Theory and the definition of deterministic system, I’ve come to a realization that Chaos Theory and deterministic system together as a unit which resembles a perfect marriage.

When you think of Chaos Theory, you think of simple elements that can be counted yet these elements have the potential of creating unpredictable combination in nature and elsewhere.  For an example, if you take a look at a huge tree with many branches, the whole tree does look like a complex pattern, but if you take a closer look at the tree the elements can be break down into very simple similar patterns.  Nonetheless, the branches on the tree are unpredictably formed in countless simple patterns that together they make the tree to be a more complex feature.  The predictability in the picture of a tree which forms by unpredictable patterns of branches is the tree and branches themselves.  This is the side of deterministic system.

Without a brain like a human being, yet the branches on the tree know how to self-organized into similar branches with different patterns to form a predictable outcome as a tree.  Chaos Theory suggests that most things in nature can be simple and unpredictable yet self-organized to form predictable features, thus nature isn’t like a clockwork machine in which the gears would always be turned in the same directions.  Hint this is why I realized Chaos Theory and deterministic system together as a perfect marriage.  For your information, people are using Chaos Theory to study human’s heart, animal skins’ patterns, weathers, and whatnot.

My own thoughts now come into the mix in regarding to all of this.  I have always thought of both observable and unobservable universes can be broken down into elements that can be counted and summed it all up.  What do I mean by this?  If we can think of 1 + 1 equal 2, then we can think of every element in the universe can be thrown onto a scale for weighing and summation.  Nonetheless, I also do think these elements in each of themselves have behaviors and features that create potential for probable outcomes.  Thus I think we can count up all elements within the universe if we can be sure of all the potentials and probabilities there are within a universe.  We must also remember that each element can combine with another and many others to form new elements, thus the potentials and probabilities like these must be accounted for within the equation too.

I may have misunderstood in one aspect of Chaos Theory is that I think Chaos Theory suggests that the unpredictability side of things cannot be accounted for in any math, but the potentials and probabilities are there for the unpredictability to become predictability once the whole picture is formed.  For me, I think it’s absurd that the potentials and the probabilities within the universe are endless and infinite.  I think if the universe is truly endless and infinite, then why not earth in the first place be just it and the sun, stars, and everything else shouldn’t be existed in the first place.  I think we can agree on that if we have a powerful enough machine we could sum up all elements within planet earth to eventually have them weigh on a single scale to come up with an exact number of how much earth is made of right?  I think the universe is in this manner too.

If what I’ve been stated thus far are all true, should infinite be a number which we can weigh?

Thus, I think the potentials and probabilities of what exist cannot be endless and limitless, and here is where I determine that if we have a powerful enough machine we can too put a universe on a scale for weighing.  Furthermore, since the potentials and probabilities are not infinite, so there must be other universes out there.  Since the potentials and probabilities are capable to form within our imagination — I think Chaos Theory should agree with me that human conscious is the byproduct of the potentials and the probabilities of the system we’re in — I think our imagination of limited universe is too within the potentials and probabilities of the system.  Otherwise, our imagination wouldn’t allow us to imagine the universe is limited.  Here is what I think next, there shouldn’t be a law that limits the shape and size of a universe unless the potentials and probabilities of such are not existed.  Who say earth is round and the universe cannot be square?  Perhaps, another universe is square and ours is in a very weird shape which we have no word to describe such a shape.

Amazing Bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix Concept Smartphone

Brand new Xiaomi Mi Mix concept phone promotes a design of nearly complete glass surface smart phone, because the screen is 91.3% screen to body.  2 versions might be available are 4 GB RAM slash 128 GB storage and 6 GB RAM slash 256 GB storage.  Processor is 2.35 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821 SoC.  It has 16 megapixel rear camera.  Front camera is only 5 megapixel.  Dual sim cards and other prominent features such as USB Type-C port are also featuring by Xiaomi Mi Mix.  The 4 GB RAM slash 128 GB storage is probably going to be around $516.05, and the pricier one is around $589.79.  It seems that the phone is going to be released in China on November 4th of 2016.  Check the design of Xiaomi Mi Mix out in the video right after the break.  Enjoy!

Do You Like Hyper Reality?

Check out an awesome video on how hyper reality could become something in which we all will hook into in the near future.  Of course, it’s possible for us to not hook into such augmented reality at all, because we have a choice of not wearing such accessories that allow hyper reality activities.  All bets are off if they come up with implants that would allow you to easily install and remove from your body.  It would be funny that even in your sleep they bombard you with annoying ads.  Anyhow, check out the hyper reality in the video right after the break.