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http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/2057/2057.html?clik=www_wh_5

 

I was hoping to hare more exciting info from the TV station Website- but things aren't cooperating for me....

 

ANYWAY this looks like it could be a really interesting show and I wanted to give you all a heads up after I saw the commercial today.

 

So... what WILL life be like in fifty years?????


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I know I know!!!! We will all be flying cars!!!!! And living on the Moon!!!! Wait, that was The Jetsons, or was it the World Fair of 1906? hmmmm


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I guess what I am hoping for are major advances in energy and medicine.... Not huge CHANGES in things, though I guess that will happen, but just more effective ways of doing the same things we do now.

 

Flying cars may be part of it, who knows? 


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I guess what I am hoping for are major advances in energy and medicine.... Not huge CHANGES in things, though I guess that will happen, but just more effective ways of doing the same things we do now.

 

Flying cars may be part of it, who knows? 

 

I am not convinced that flying cars is such a great idea... unless it is at least as hard to get a drivers license for them as a pilots license is today. Even so, it is scary enough when some moron is heading straight for you when you are boxed in-between other traffic, or whatever, when you are on the ground. Having a major crash in the air with the prospects of a long fall to the ground would make an auto accident doubly deadly.

 

I suppose there will be technology to prevent collisions in the air that might help... but that isn't here yet or we would not have mid-air plain crashes as we still do from time to time.

 

Anyway, your forgot to mention this is a three part series NJ.  It starts with "The Body" then "The City" and finally, "The World."

 

Sounds like the ultimate plan for the complete domination of the human race to me. After the process is complete, only the masters will have an semblance of free will, privacy, and any choices in life at all.

 

It is coming... unless there is another revolution to stop these ultra-tyrants before it happens. But with so many sheep bred and programmed to conform today, I am not sure there are enough people left today with enough free will and guts to carry through with an effective revolution. All that would happens is that the last of the free thinkers would get utterly wiped-out… which would leave no one left to stop, or protest, the progression of the masses being turned into a simple minded workers… kind of like worker bees but without the stingers. We are almost there as it is… not that it hasn’t always been close to this anyway, but the powers that be are perfecting their control over the masses now with modern technology. Any chance of rebellion will be lost very soon… if it is not already too late.

 

I probably will not live long enough to see 2057... but if I do, I bet I will be one grumpy old man that has to be restrained, or heavily sedated, or brain washed, to keep me in line with the new world order. 

 

At least I will have a lot of cool toys to play with to help pacify me… which is part of the plan, of course.

 

 

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I didn't know that it was three parts.... sorry!  The commercials I saw just made it sound like a "special"

 

Yeah - that "City" one scared me a lot though the others were interesting, I thought.   The "Smart Cars" were the most interesting to me.... I HATE driving... the thought of getting in the back seat and telling the car where to go makes me VERY happy.  ESPECIALLY during snowy days.... like right now.

 

It was pretty good, I thought.... except for the Cheesy "Soap Opera Stories" that the segments were built around.  They could have a least gotten people that could ACT!  I also want to know if having a REALLY BAD wardrobe is a prerequisite for living in the year 2057.  I would have at least thought that the president would have had a fashion consultant.

 

Hmmm.... MAC as a Grumpy old man....  I kinda thought... oops... never mind

 

Hmmmmm 50 years.....yeah that would make me 96/97  THAT is enough to make ANYONE grumpy!!!  


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Okay, guilty. I guess I have a head start on the grumpy old man bit. 

 

Sure seems odd to me, I was such an easy going young man... what the heck happened?  :|

 

Anyway, the future holds so much promise of great advances in technology and convince that I would not want to stop that from happening... but how all that new, and very personally invasive, technology is used against us is a big threat to human individuality, freedom, privacy, and choice that it scares me to no end. Those who control those technologies will have too much power over the people who use those technologies. There needs to be safeguards, and limits, to just what they, the controllers, are allowed to do with the information they gather from their customers and what they are allowed to even know about their customers.

 

When an insurance company chooses who lives and who dies things have already gone too far. When they can chose who gets an ambulance ride to the hospital, they have transgresses into criminal negligence... at least if you ask me. The medical system, and the associated insurance industries should not be allowed to play god. If your goal in life is to save lives, then you should save all those you can and not just the rich ones or those who give up so much and still struggle to pay their premiums.

 

Just because someone is not well off enough financially to pay for outrageously priced insurance rates does not mean that person cannot contribute to society and have their work, and life, be of a value worth more than their economic situation would indicate. Some of us poor folk actually do contribute to society in our own ways that are not compensated for adequately by this current capitalistic system. Some of us do not live by a take more than they give philosophy but give more than they get back.

 

Choosing who lives and dies just by how much money an individual has may, in some cases, be a bigger tragedy than the cold hearted insurance industries/medical system could ever imagine. But who cares about anyone if their is no financial profit in it for them. Who cares about the artists and philosophers that help shape the world around us with colors and thoughts but live in poverty. It is only those artists and philosophers with money that count to and insurance based medical system.

 

Anyway, I suppose my biggest beef with the direction technology is going is in the medical and surveillance fields, but this rant was, obviously, focused on the medical/insurance establishments. I am sure to rant about the surveillance and security technologies (again) eventually. 

 

 

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Anyway, I suppose my biggest beef with the direction technology is going is in the medical and surveillance fields, but this rant was, obviously, focused on the medical/insurance establishments. I am sure to rant about the surveillance and security technologies (again) eventually.   

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The only GOOD thing about the loss of privacy was that England is WAY ahead of us with their distrust of people..... is that a good thing?

 

And as someone who just celebrated(?) my 23rd year here at the insurance company, I have ALWAYS said "Never trust insurance companies!!"  I know how they work!

 

I actually missed a good portion of the health one - I just came in as she was operating on the guy via a touch computer screen.... that was pretty cool.  I would guess that would make it easier to keep the operating room environment more steril and decrease the chance of any infections.  The part about operating over long distances was interesting, too.  Though they used the example about operating on the battlefield, it also would just be wonderful for very sick patiants that they "transport" to other hospitals to get them to the doctors specializing in whatever.    If they can get the same care without the trauma of being moved, it would have to be better for them.


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NJ, which insurance co do you work for? I have had several o'er the years and not a single one of them were very helpful with dealing with my MS costs In fact, I have BETTER coverage now with Medicare than ANY I had with Blue Cross/Shield (whichever it was) or this other 'fly by night' company that was eventually dropped by EVERYONE in my area, or Blue Cro. . . did I say them already? Well THAT'S how 'great' they were. Of course, the hospitals aren't much better, they charged my (back when I was insured through work) insurance company TWICE for the same event, they charge an OLD insurance company AND my current insurance company for the same thing (both paid and when I argued that they were charging ME for something TWO DIFFERENT COMPANIES HAD PAID FOR, they 'lost' my file so I didn't have to pay for it! Why didn't they just say, 'Oh, sorry about this, here let us do the ethical thing and be sure you pay the correct portion while we contact these other companies and admit to our duplicity. And while we are at it; here is a free MRI for your next visit! LOL, alright, that 'trick' only worked for me in a restaurant setting, but still; wouldn't something like that work?)

 

LOL see what YOU did NJ?!?! Now I gotta go take my meds!!!!


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I HAPPILY can plead ignorance of medical insurance, thank goodness!

 

I work in the property insurance area.... more specifically Boiler Machinery.   Scary, I know - had you asked me where I would end up in life it definitely would not have been talking about boilers, compressors and air conditioning systems.... but yet here I am at Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company.

 

I still lump ALL insurance companies together, though.


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