Baby Bone Soup and Clean Underwear
By JC Collins
The world is maybe a year away from having its first trillionaire. Such wealth accumulation will come from blockchain enterprises, or the forthcoming sudden explosion of artificial intelligence mixed with robotics and organic printing. Sudden because few are considering the speed in which technologies will come together and give shape to the future.
We all know about blockchain, robotics, quantum computers, artificial intelligence, 3D printers, both organic and non-organic, and the impact which each of these could potentially have on human existence. But imagine all of those technologies consolidating and creating whole new industries and economic opportunities.
Where would the average humans even begin to understand the complex evolution of the world around them?
While traveling last week to a mine site I had an interesting conversation with Lisa, the resident engineer on our forward facing and world class mining team. We are building up our team to support the autonomous operation of 400 ton mining trucks. This spurs conversation around all sorts of fascinating topics.
With me being me, I always tend to push the boundaries and force conversations which wouldn’t normally be had in the day-to-day rush of deadlines and accountabilities. It started with us talking about the regulation and governmental approvals under the Mines Act to operate autonomous trucks in Canada, but soon led to me asking her the following question:
“What sort of regulation do you think would be required to manage a technology like teleportation?”
“Well, hmmm, teleportation is a dream,” she answered.
“Not true,” I interjected. “Small molecules have been successfully teleported in labs. It may be a long way off, but eventually we will figure out how to teleport larger and more complex matter.”
“Maybe. But the amount of power which would be required to teleport large and complex matter would be out of this world. We would also need new and alternative ways of generating the massive amount of energy which teleportation would need to function.”
I agreed and stated it was a valid point, but added maybe those new energy sources aren’t that far in the future. I followed this with “Can you imagine the property rights disaster teleportation would cause? I mean, if someone wanted something in your yard or in your house, they could possibly just teleport it right off your property. Hmmm. And think of mining. No more big mining shovels which dig up the earth, and no more autonomous trucks even. Companies could just teleport the desired molecules right out of the ground and reconstitute them on the surface.”
This got her imagination humming. “Even cancer and other diseases.”
“Yes, yes, teleport the cancer right out of our bodies. Why haven’t they ever done that on Star Trek?”
“Fake Star Trek!”
We went through a whole list of industries and services which would be forever changed or wiped out with teleportation. At the end of it, we agreed that their would have to be different levels of access to the technology and different penetrations of regulation into our use of that technology.
But what would teleportation mean for war?
That’s a loaded question for sure. Where does our need for war come from? Scarcity? Greed? Fear? Maybe a combination of all human emotions.
Speaking of war, there sure has been a lot of noise lately around China, Russia, and the Middle East. This is usually standard, but it feels different this time. It feels like the surface of the Earth is about to be peeled back, exposing the rot and carcass of our shared past.
Donald Trump is changing the demographic of his administration to include those who support war and open human conflict in various fashions. It may just be that he needs to bring on those with the experience to help traverse the winding and weaving path towards a multilateral monetary framework. We on POM have always anticipated elevated risks associated with war the closer the world got to the primary shift in the system.
Maybe that’s all it is. Maybe.
Engineer Lisa is from South Korea. Her parents and extended family are all still there, just south of Seoul. I always joke that Kim Jong Un is her uncle and she is a North Korean spy. She just laughs and says “Oh boss, you crazy.” Marianne and I have the fortune of meeting her parents, who are down to earth, humble, and are very proud of their daughter. Knowing that they are living in the danger zone of North Korean artillery doesn’t make me feel very comfortable.
Lisa has heard awful stories which trickle in from the North. Pyongyang is a metropolitan city which serves as the centre of the power base. The further you go from the centre, the poorer things get for the people of the North. On the furthest outer edges there are stories of those who eat their babies because they have nothing else. Once devoured, the bones of the baby are buried for a period of time before being dug up and used to make soup. It’s something from our worst nightmares.
Those in the South are scared of reconciling with the North and unifying into one nation. It would take generations for those in the North to normalize to peace and prosperity, while those in the South would have to carry the cost, both financial and emotional, as millions of their fellow Koreans crawl out from the gruesome shadows of a savage existence.
Here’s something interesting to consider. Wouldn’t it be a wild flipping of the script if all of a sudden North Korea sided with America against China. What? Could that even be possible? I think so, if not for any other reason than Uncle Kim would need to stay in the orbit of his once Anglo-American handlers. China would bury him once protection was pulled. This may sound like conspiracy, but don’t doubt it for a second. History has shown us that the strangest events can, and will happen.
The initial phase of the new trade war could take the world in many different directions. It could fizzle out just as quick as it started. Or it could escalate and turn into a hot military war in strategic regions. NATO is still creeping in on Russia. The US navy is doing drive-by diplomacy next to the islands which China has claimed and developed as a buffer to Anglo-American expansion.
Just today a ballistic missile was shot down over Saudi Arabia, with rumours of another hitting somewhere in the country. It’s everywhere all of a sudden. But that doesn’t mean war is imminent. Just like Bitcoin hitting a million, no one knows if, or when it will happen. Those claiming to know something, know nothing.
It’s weird. Here we are on the verge of a technological revolution and the birth of the worlds first trillioniares, and the dark clouds of war linger just over the horizon. Will one have an affect on the other? Or will both impact one another and bring us back from the edge of war at the same moment we are flung into the future world?
Damn, 2018, what a year so far. First quarter is just about over and everything is about to change. Literally. Pull up your socks and put on some clean underwear. Boom! – JC
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