I wake up this morning and find everything on this computer changed. Microsoft has officially ceased to support Windows 7. It took me ten years to learn what little I know on Windows 7.
So here I am on WordPress and the whole appearance of it, every page of it, has been changed to this ugly, stripped-down look and I don’t know what to do about it. Probably they’ve arranged it so you can never, ever, get it back the way it was. Sort of the way Democrats tear down and pave over woodlands, so that after a while the places you grew up with seem like you only dreamed them.
Well, let me see if I can find a hymn for you…
Beware the eye behind the eye!
When they’re not busy trying to overturn the 2016 election, the FBI occasionally likes to try its hand at protecting us from other criminals.
So the FBI is warning consumers that the shiny new “smart TV” they buy will very likely wind up spying on them (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF5heG1pi90). Well, we’ve told you to steer clear of anything that’s pitched to you as “smart,” haven’t we?
According to the FBI, TV manufacturers and app developers can use built-in cameras to spy on consumers. Why would they want to do that? Probably so they can sell information about you to advertisers. Hackers can also get into the system and use your TV to spy on you. And they’ll do worse than sell you to advertisers.
Says the FBI,. “At the low end of the risk spectrum, they can change channels, play with the volume, and show your kids inappropriate videos. In a worst-case scenario, they can turn on your bedroom’s TV camera and microphone and silently cyberstalk you.”
Among suggested means of protecting yourself is to stick a piece of black tape over the camera eye. I do like those low-tech solutions to hi-tech problems.
Ultimately, just because it’s the kind of thing that always happens, this technology will be used by power-hungry sharks in government to find out whether you’ve been naughty or nice. It’ll be very helpful to them in carrying out a “fundamental transformation” of America.
A small price to pay for Entertainment, though…
It’s starting to look like some weird cult
Since I wrote this in 2015, and re-posted it two years ago, I seem to be seeing even more people with cellphones pressed to their heads, or peering intently at other hand-held electronic devices (https://leeduigon.com/2015/06/02/so-what-are-you-doing-with-your-life/).
The main question is: If you’re going to bury yourself in media for 12 hours a day, what about the content? How much filth and weirdness can anyone consume without it affecting his soul? I mean, if somebody tried to get you to listen to sermons for 12 hours, you’d never stand for it…
I don’t have any of those doodads so I don’t know what people are looking at or listening to.
It sure stops the conversation, though. I’m convinced there are people out there who are so deeply immersed in media, they never talk at all.
Glitch or ghost? Who knows?
Think you’ve got troubles? How would you like to have a haunted baby monitor?
Two cases are reported, one in Los Angeles, one in New York. Which is not to say they’re the only two cases: just the two discussed in a Wall Street Journal article (https://www.wsj.com/articles/my-baby-monitor-is-haunted-tales-of-parental-fright-11565688602).
In Los Angeles the baby’s mother and father saw “humanlike figures” floating around their baby’s room–or rather, saw them on the monitor’s screen. In New York the parents saw the closet door in the baby’s room slowly open for no apparent reason.
“Experts” toss it off as parental jitters over their new babies’ health and safety. The father in Los Angeles has a screen shot of the humanlike figures. And the New York video clearly shows the closet door opening.
What are we to make of this story? Do we have more technology than we can handle? Is it just glitches that non-techies can’t understand?
Of course, you could have the baby in a crib in the same room with Mommy and Daddy. Then you wouldn’t need a baby monitor. Or you could get out of bed when you hear the baby cry at night, and rock and sing him back to sleep: that was my father’s job, and one of my very earliest memories.
But what’s going on here?
I wonder if modern life is getting just a bit too complicated.
Yesterday in the crowded doctor’s waiting room, I looked around and discovered that Patty and I were the only people there not peering into a hand-held electronic device. Literally everybody else was.
Worse, I had brought along a legal pad and ballpoint pen so I could work on my Newswithviews column. I could hardly be more out of step if I’d showed up in doublet and hose with a line of Shakespearean puns.
No one was talking. No one was reading any printed matter. Just all peering intently at these tiny screens.
Made me feel kind of funny, I must admit.
But not funny enough to join in.
This reminds me of one of those mysteries in which the victim seems to be going far out of his way to get himself murdered. Suspects? The line forms at the right.
But this is about stupid people creating really smart computers.
Some things just never change. Is this anything but idol worship? Not only insulting and ungrateful to God, but shameful and ridiculous as well.
Little children, keep yourselves from idols (1 John 5:21).
Followed by a fashion show for the Emperor’s new clothes…
How long are we going to make like we believed in the Artificial Intelligence scam? I think we have to stop when the computer starts lecturing to us on morality.
In a “debate”–I mean a simulated debate–between an international debating champion and the “AI-powered IBM Debater,” addressing the question of whether the government should subsidize pre-schools, the computer “said”–that is, it delivered a programmed response–that “Giving opportunities to the less fortunate should be a moral obligation for any human being” (https://www.cnet.com/news/ibms-ai-loses-to-human-debater-but-remains-persuasive-technology/).
Is this a satire? ‘Fraid not: we’re supposed to take it seriously. A computer’s moral compass. Of course, had it been programmed by someone else with a very different set of “values,” it might have said, “The kindest thing we can do for the less fortunate is to kill them and use them as fertilizer.” It would be just as meaningful as the other: a robot saying what it has been programmed to say. There is no intelligence involved, artificial or otherwise. It is only a machine mindlessly repeating what it has been programmed to say.
One of the reviewers said the computer was “surprisingly charming and human-sounding.” They could have just as easily programmed it to sound like Dracula.
Why are so many people willing to swallow this–hook, line, and sinker? Why can’t they grasp the fact that the machine is not “thinking,” it is only performing simulations of things that humans say and do. It is not alive. It is not a person. It’s a machine, like your toaster-oven–only more expensive. And more pretentious. At least they haven’t yet invented a toaster-oven that harangues you about Climbit Change every time you want to toast an English muffin.
“Yeah, but it’s Artificial Intelligence!”
Just can’t get through to people, can we?
Not for me, thank you
Most of you will understand this better than I can, but suffice it to say an “Apple FaceTime bug lets others spy on you” and “lets users secretly listen in through someone else’s iPhone when a call is placed–even though the recipient hasn’t picked up the call” (https://www.ajc.com/business/personal-finance/apple-facetime-bug-lets-others-spy-you/UVNEMRdFH8i7hTjqVEEp1K/).
My phone hangs on the wall and only handles phone calls.
Apple had to disable GroupFaceTime on Monday night and is working to fix the problem. Until it does, “the best defense” is to turn it off–a complicated procedure which I couldn’t do to save my life.
I wouldn’t have a job without our high technology, but really–is there no such thing as too much technology? I think there is. Do we truly have to have all these gadgets spying on us? Is that really where we want to be?
There are people out there who want to set up a global government with themselves in charge of it. They will use our technology to advance their enterprise. These are not nice people, these are not angels or saints or sages. We need to defend ourselves from them.
Psalm 2 springs to mind: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure.”
I wonder if He’s going to stop laughing soon.
Three guesses as to what happened to this poor guy…
Don’t you hate it when your phone explodes–especially if it does that while you’re using it?
A couple years ago Samsung had a bit of a difficulty on the exploding phone front. Give them credit for not trying to pretend there was nothing wrong.
We had exploding hoverboards, too.
Somehow our ancestors did not have to worry about exploding butter churns, milking stools, wagons, or those funny old telephones with dials on them. Nothing in our house ever blew up, when I was a boy.
But never mind the technology. Our culture is in much worse shape than our phones.