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Turns out Silicon Valley is both figuratively and literally a coven of pale male vampires who feed on the fresh blood of the young. Watch this appearance at the RNC and convince me Peter Thiel is not a vampire. Body cams don't lie, people. Believe your eyes. p.s. the way you know this is true is because the Republican National Convention happened at night, and you read about it on the internet. In any case, the libertarian dream of escaping death and politics and replacing one's humanity with machine learning is certainly alive and well.
Upon some additional furrowed-brow rumination over this well-written and thought-provoking read about "Why we canโ€™t rely on technology for a better future" (I did some other ranting as responses within the post), some additional insight: The reality is, old rich dudes don't want to die (and at some point they've realized their days are numbered, despite the best efforts of whatever Calico is liable to come up with in our lifetimes) -- and they certainly don't want to leave a terrible legacy of apocalyptic doom behind them and be made liable for it in the unforgiving (yet malleable, via power) annals of history. They want to leave behind a glittering, unassailably awesome planet full of unbelievable wonders, and they see emerging technologies as their pyramids -- as opportunities to be remembered, and to in some small way escape the infinite darkness of death by living on in the minds of the human beings left behind in the world of the Still Living. They want to be glorified, not v...
such is our fear of death that we cannot even bear to admit to ourselves how many of our fellow humans make decisions about death every day. Auto executives. Actuaries. Engineers. Airlines. Most industries with safety concerns. The military, and defense contractors. Health care providers, and insurers. Pharmaceutical manufacturers. Product manufacturers. Families of the terminally ill. World leaders. Insurgent groups around the globe. Despots. Fascists. Psychopaths. Murderers. Pro-lifers. Soon, your car (or at least, apparently, your neighbor's). Everywhere, collateral damage. Calculated risk. Eye for an eye. End justifies means. To whatever end. The right to end our *own* lives is still hotly contentious... such is our distaste for admitting and adjudicating The End. We can't face it.
โ€œHis death may have stunned the world of music, but those who knew Michael Jackson say the warning signs of his fading health were clear. They claim his long-term addiction to painkillers is the obvious underlying health issue which โ€“ combined with the considerable pressure of attempting a showbusiness comeback โ€“ may just have claimed his life. Only last month, the Daily Mail reported that Jackson was struggling to make even a handful of the rehearsals for the comeback tour which was due to start in July at the O2 in London. He had been to just two out of more than 45 rehearsals." (via Did painkiller addiction and pressure of re-building sullied reputation kill Michael Jackson? | Mail Online) Heโ€™s steeped in my memory from childhood but I lost total interest during the creepy years (which, sadly, were the majority of the past 2 decades). Why is it then that his death finds me suddenly fascinated by such a strange personality and bizarre larger-than-life life โ€” a sad, twisted pro...