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!


Can Role Playing Help Create Jobs?

When it comes to video game, role playing is always an element that has to be considered in developing a video game.  How come?  Whether role playing is essential to the whole video game or not, it does serve a function of allowing a game developer to know what direction that he or she or an entity needs to take in order for a video game to be coherent.  Who could have thought though that role playing in video game is too does serve a purpose in reality.  What I mean by this will be expanded later on within this blog post, but for now let me doodle about the reality.

Within a family, everyone has got a role to play.  Dad and mom work to feed kids, and kids go to school so they can be well rounded so one day they can take over the roles of mom and dad.  The cycle spins on into the end of humanity’s time.  Right?  Well, it has been like this for thousands of years, but thousands of years past had never seen the planet earth that is so overpopulated as now.  Furthermore, technologies of today allow robotics to take over many functionalities that humans once played a central role in producing and servicing products and services.  Can the traditional role playing of the reality be sustainable?

As technologies become more productive, the job market has less needs for some human capitals and as the surplus of human capitals increases each day through lifestyle improvements made possible by advanced technologies and medicines, humanity is now facing the possibility of seeing less available roles for role playing by us humans.  On the top of everything, the world is evermore interconnected to the point that world companies can be shuffled around parts of the world to receive the benefits of having tax breaks and political favors and whatnot, and this will furthermore pushes parts of the world to experience job losses.  With less jobs to go around as modernity’s conditions have it, there will be less roles for role playing to go around!

The question is, what can we do about this?  The traditional thinking is that kids must learn the best of the best of whatever (e.g., get into the best school, get the best outside school experiences, etc…) in order for them to be ready to join the modernity work force.  Without the necessary experiences and backgrounds, we say that these kids will not be well rounded for life.  Nonetheless, we know that the future might not have enough roles for role playing to go around, how on earth by having the best of the best experiences of whatnot can help these kids compete in such environment?  Perhaps, role playing is the key to answer this very question?

I imagine that at such a point in the near future, we might have to settle with how well rounded kids and adults alike taking turn playing the same roles.  Not every teacher can teach the same subject!  Not every teacher can always be a teacher!  Nobody is omnipotence in knowledge and whatnot!  Each and every one of us humans on this planet does serve a purpose, and this purpose is to live as well as we can.  So when each and every one of us can switch roles from time to time accordingly, each and every one of us can learn new experiences.  Furthermore, switching role allows us humans to be able to either partly or fully resolve the unemployment problem, because there will be roles for role playing.

Of course, how do we carry out this role playing idea in reality is totally a different story.  After all, we have owners and workers, right?  Owners are the ones who actually spend their own money to keep their businesses humming.  In the corporation types of business, the owners will be more about shareholders and CEOs, because things are more decentralized.  Nonetheless, what if the true owners of whatever entities decide that except the first among equals, everyone else is a fair game for role playing.  By doing this, you never know a company can get lucky in developing a talent that is so competitive that would blow out one’s mind.  How?  By giving a person a chance of learning new experiences in a new role, one might never know that such a person might find such a role has shaped a person into a more capable person in whatever.  Furthermore, role playing ensures one from hoarding power and does stupid unchecked things that might harm an entity.  Why?  After all, he or she may assume that his or her next role might not be so glamorous, and so it would not be wise for such a person to be power tripping.  Of course, there are a lot of things that might be disadvantages for role playing.  Here I list few disadvantages:

  • Person who switches to new role might not like the experiences and perform poorly.
  • Without a permanent role, a role playing person might take a role less serious, thus such a person might perform lazily.
  • In a powerful role, a person might behave badly since he or she may assume that such a role might never be there for him or her to role playing again.
  • How do a company hire and fire an employee in role playing job market?
  • Do a company fire a person from a role only, or do a person has to be fired from the company entirely?
  • It’s hard for a company to determine the salary or wage for a role player in constant role playing changing environment.  This might make the company’s payroll a lot more complex.
  • Important and powerful roles might have the power to fire and hire.  With great power comes great responsibility, can these roles be safe to have them be switched by various role players?  Perhaps, such a firing and hiring responsibilities should only be in the hand of first among the equals?  This means, first among the equals has to get down and dirty when it comes down to hiring and firing.

Obviously, there are a lot of things that might be negative for switching roles in the reality, but there also might be a lot of things that are positives when role playing does perform.  One most noticeable positive I had mentioned earlier is all about there will be enough roles for role playing.  With less job losses and more jobs to go around, more roles to play, the world will see less poverty and foods will be on more tables.  Bring home the bacon will no longer be a problem as more bacons can be brought home by role players.  In my opinion, role playing is a possible solution for a future job market where there are less jobs to be found.  It’s just an idea and I’m not an expert on assessing the big picture of a future job market, and so I do think you read this blog post with a grain of salt.

Thought Of The Day (06 – 24 – 2014): Movies Of The Future

Should the movies of the future be like video games?  Imagine, a movie can have hundreds of endings, and each ending depends on the moviegoer’s choices.  Of course, if it’s a theater kind of thing, then this might require a moviegoer to wear a virtual reality glasses or something so each moviegoer has his or her own unique movie experience.  Just imagine the possibilities, because a movie like this will completely change how a moviegoer experiences the movie.  Of course, a movie like this can include all sorts of CGI and user interactions at appropriate time so to not prevent an immersive and smooth movie experience.  Nonetheless, a movie like this must allow a moviegoer to be able to execute choices at appropriate and designated time so the actors (real human actors) within the screen can then response with the right actions.  Perhaps, a movie like this can be watched over multiple times, and each time exults a different movie experience.  As if a person has an amnesia, and each time he or she watches this kind of movies, he or she experiences as if he or she watches a brand new movie.