Governmental Actions That Should Not Happen

The actions that governments should not be involved are legion. Today I am only going to discuss one of them. The way governments treats the destitute.

This article goes into detail about many of the most common ways local governments and businesses approach the homeless and destitute.

What is the danger in how government treats the homeless and destitute?

The danger is that larger and larger numbers of humanity may well be joining the homeless and destitute. I have covered many articles and my own projections of how AI or codops (computerized doppelgangers – or computer copies of human beings) will employment. Even conservative estimates in the single digits as to the numbers of people to be unemployed in the future are cause for concern – because 7% of the labor force would effectively more than double the number of unemployed people in the United States of America.

Homeless people are demonized in the United States of America – treated as less than human – not having rights to their personal belongings and chased from municipality to municipality in search of a safe place to stay for the night.

I know people in general do not feel they will ever be homeless; however, it is a reality that must increasingly be watched as automation, AI, and codop technologies become realities. The problem is that we don’t treat the homeless the way we would want to be treated if we were homeless.

This is critical to concepts like UBI (Universal Basic Income). This is not unemployment. This is a source of income not tied to work – because the amount of work left for humans to do will be limited by automation, AI, and robotics.

Given the vocal opposition to unemployment, medical benefits, and any income redistribution methods by major segments of the population and particularly vocal members of the Republican party it seems unlikely that UBI will become a part of our society.

Overall, it appears that our society lacks a certain empathy with people who have lost their economic power. It is ironic, that also in our society most families live only a few steps away from financial disaster.

So, what brought this about? Why did I write this article?

This article in particular disturbed me.

To summarize:

  1. A woman gets caught begging in Bath. Gets let off.
  2. She gets caught begging again in Bath violating parole.
  3. She gets sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, pay a fine of £115, and had to take part in a rehabilitation activity requirement.

It is hard to know where to begin with the lack of basic empathy or understanding for an individuals motives or the institutionalization of prosecution of the poor.

Perhaps that is what many of us have to look forward to – prosecution for being poor.

It seems unlikely that prison time will cure the problem causing the begging.

It is even less likely that she will be able to pay the £115 fine. What exactly are the penalties for not paying the fine? Fees? This community service/rehabilitation activity requirement – how does she get there? Does she get provided food while doing this service?

In Six Sigma there is a lot of exploration of root causes of problems in processes. Using Ishikawa/Fishbone diagrams to figure out the root causes of issues. It seems clear that even with a marginal amount of intelligence, empathy, and exploratory reasoning that the root cause of her begging can be determined.

At present, there are probably many jobs that go unfilled in Bath and vacant residences that could provide shelter. With an adviser to provide a connection between the homeless person, employer, shelter and to ensure they have enough food and necessities – this “detriment” to society could be converted to an asset.

In the future; however, jobs may become much more scarce. Government and society may well be as intolerant (or more) the more common homelessness becomes. How will the future turn out with large numbers of homeless people?

The Future of Everything

I am not an incredible prognosticator, but there are some simple conclusions that can be drawn from technologies being requested for prime time today. In terms of “The Future of Everything” – I mean the future of things.

Recently, the Department of Transportation in the USA is proposing a rule where vehicles and signs be able to transmit and receive messages from each other. This would give vehicles equipped with such technology a sixth sense.

As a motorcyclist I remember reading an article about several of the magazines writers riding out together equipped with communication devices. The lead biker was able to communicate road conditions to the rest of the bikers and prepared for what was ahead the rest of the bikers were able to travel faster than normal.

This is also a kind of sixth sense. (I know it is a misnomer).

It might take decades before all vehicles are equipped with this V2V technology, but as it progresses I think it will aid in the reduction of vehicle caused fatalities. This might combine in some ways with features of autonomous cars. I suspect there will be reductions in car insurance for people that get cars equipped with V2V as it becomes ubiquitous.

There are some potential problems with equipment like this – especially as it begins to be ubiquitous. While the article indicates that it will not track identities it relies on trust between the consumer, the businesses making the technology and the government – that this is a fact.

The same problem with EZ pass and never giving speeding tickets based on EZ pass information. Promises are made by governments and they test the waters by contravening those agreements to see if there is a public outcry. This is bad news.

Agreements between the people, businesses and government cannot be constantly tested if there is going to be trust between the groups.

To Build a Country – Lessons Learned

In an earlier post I described some of the mechanics of creating a new country – the physical infrastructure of creating a country out in the undesirable section in the middle of either the Atlantic or Pacific oceans.

Starting a new country doesn’t mean anything if you don’t restructure government and how it performs.

In project management, after every project ends you have to (or really should) perform a lessons learned. It is a process where you get everyone together and discuss what worked in the project, what didn’t work, and how to do things better. These items are then documented and hopefully put in to play for the next project so the next project can be a better experience.

Elsewhere, I have said that being President of the United States of America is like being a project manager. Something that is sorely missed in our political process is a review of what happened during the presidency. A formal review. With documented issues.

In addition, any project needs a charter. What is the charter for being President of the United States of America. It is very simple. The charter for the President of the United States of America is to improve America. To, in part, improve the lives of the citizens of this country.

There are a lot of operational functions of government. Like project management – it is important to understand what a project is – and operations are not projects. Improving or replacing operations are definitely projects.

Of course, in the present time the hope of having an objective lessons learned with the partisan politics that dominate.  There are also problems that most projects don’t have – projects usually have a clear charter about what they are going to achieve in the next period of time.

In regard to that, well established measures can be used to estimate if – after a term of presidency life is improved or not. There is a section of the population that deny any statistical and measure evidence and I would conclude at present that they would not be interested in pursuing this article.

I am a fan at taking the long view about the world around me. Well, at least objective matters that are not about the heart or the spirit.

There is a group called “The Long Now” – which advocates taking a very long view of humanity. In fact, they are creating a clock that will work for 10,000 years. It would be a mechanical clock that is designed by computers to work indefinitely – well, 10,000 years. It is the stuff of science fiction. Imagine, the stories you could write about when the clock stops working? The doomsday cults? The people concerned that it would be the end of time? The people fighting to live another day because a clock is just a clock? The shadowy people who maintain the clock – because no matter how well designed things go wrong. Earthquakes happen, fuel sources run out or geothermal heat sources move (could be fueling the clock). Wonderful.

We should take a longer view about politics and government. No government lasts forever. It is possible that the democracy that exists as it is today is threatened by our recent election. It is possible that our democracy is not threatened. It doesn’t actually matter. No government has lasted thousands of years. Humanity has lasted tens of thousands of years (even longer than the time The Long Now’s 10,000 year clock. People die. Political systems die – even though the propagandists might insist that their system is the best and will last forever. What does that make government? What does that make our present government?

Short-term projects. Projects that come to an end. Projects that require a lessons learned to make better governments in the future.

As with many things, government is constantly changing and the Democracy that we have now is not the same as what was in place for the founding fathers over 200 years ago and it is not the same as what they actually had in place over 200 years ago. So, despite the illusion of having the same government for 200 plus years – that isn’t exactly true.

There are also other conditions – positive conditions – in which new governments can arise. As indicated earlier – there is the potential of creating a floating sea city – outside of any governmental control. A new government can be formed. In addition, in a positive view of humanity’s future – there will be humans that live beyond the boundaries of Earth. At first, perhaps the governments of Earth will maintain sovereignty over these humans, but that is unlikely to be maintainable.

But what government? Right now – we can do something we can create Lessons Learned for our government – The United States of America – as well as any other government that has existed on Earth that has sufficient documentation of events and core concepts.

It is important to establish a scope for exploring Lessons Learned for government.

There are layers to government.

  1. The activities that are permitted by agents of the government. For example:
    1. Can government agents kill citizens? If so, under what conditions.
    2. What kind of actions can agents of the government do to people? Under what circumstances? An example would be proportional response. If a person breaks a law, what kind of force can enforcement use against that person? If someone is illegally selling cigarettes is an outcome where that person is dead ever an appropriate outcome.
    3. Can agents of the government falsely imprison people?
    4. Can agents of the government force people to behave in a manner inconsistent with their normal behavior – provided that behavior does not harm others?
    5. Do agents of the (or can they) government assist non-governmental agencies that cause harm to sections of the population.
    6. Debtors prison
    7. Can governmental entities betray the spirit of laws. For example, laws that are explicit about something – make laws or otherwise betray the meaning of the laws.
  2. The activities that are permitted by the people by the laws of the government? For example:
    1.  Allowing people to own people
    2. Allowing people to persecute other people
  3. How is the governmental allowed to deal with other government entities.
    1. Can the government betray treaties – even the spirit of the treaties?
    2. Under what conditions can war be initiated?
    3. What are the ethical ways of dealing with other governments?
    4. Can genocide ever be justified?

This is just the beginning of the things we can do. There are people out there already working to try and make the first satellite self-governing entity, Asgardia.

The time to think about what a new government would be like is now.

 

Causality

What is really the cause of anything? Is it governmental regulation? An individual’s decision? A person’s reaction to another individual’s decision?

So, I’m listening to Octane on XM radio minding my own business waiting for 3 of my 4 children to get out of school. It is a one-way road. Cars start filling up the other spots near me on the other side of the road. There is a gap between cars big enough for someone to park. I remember seeing the woman park to the rear of that spot.

It is a parallel parking effort. There is a car behind the car I saw park, then the gap, then another car. A man in an Audi S4 is attempting to park in the spot. I can tell that clearly he is going to make it. I wouldn’t be able to fit my Pilot there.

A lot of the time parents wait in the cars. Usually I don’t do this, but this time I am. The weather is comfortable.

As the man driving the Audi S4 is backing in to the spot, the woman in the spot behind the one he is parallel parking panics and decides to back up – right in to the car parked behind her.

This sucks. So, the two women get out of their cars. I patiently pretend I didn’t see anything.

So, who was at fault?

The sequence of events would not have happened without the Audi S4. But is the driver of this car responsible for the actions of another driver?

SMH

All the cars involved are relatively new. The driver of the Audi S4 – for sure has a backup camera. This is why he can parallel park with such confidence. Well, he could be a great driver, but hell most of us suck at parallel parking.

Is it the fault of the woman that backed in to the other car? Well, yes, obviously she is at fault. You really do need to look before you back up. However, the reason I mention that all the cars are recent models is….

You guessed it – the technology for adding reverse cameras to cars has been ubiquitous for years. However; due to commercial or business profits – they are only being required in cars in the present vehicle years. It is clear to me if she had a backup camera she would not have hit the other car.

In the end, the mothers in the two cars spoke to each other, looked at the damage and decided that it was ok. It easily could not have been ok, though.

All of it, though could have been prevented.

Causality. What caused this who sequence of events?

In turn this makes me think about automated cars. What can they potentially save us from – on a daily basis? What deadly horrors can be prevented – by handing over autonomy in a specialized area – to the machines?

Series : Everyday Inhuman Humans – Day 3 7/7/2016

Well, so soon in to the series and I missed a day. 😦 It was good for me, though. I spent some serious time riding my motorcycle across a couple of very different parts of New Jersey and not just the glowing toxic waste zone that I live. I’ll just have to do two posts today.

Rather unfortunately; humanity has no difficulties in giving examples of how we are Inhuman on a daily basis.

Video captures aftermath of police shooting in Minnesota that Left Another Black Man Dead

To Summarize so you don’t have to read the entire original article:

  1. Philando Castile was pulled over for having a broken tail light
  2. Officer asks for Philando Castile’s driver’s license
  3. Philando Castile tells the officer that he has a concealed carry permit
  4. As Philando Castile reaches for his ID, the police officer shoots him (at least) twice, fatally.
  5. Video starts after the shots have been fired.

There is a conflicting account. The police officer claims (during the video) that he told him to stop reaching and the woman claims Philando Castile was just doing what the officer told him to do which was get his ID. There was a 4-year-old girl in the back of the car.

At the beginning of the video you hear Philando Castile saying, “What the Fuck?” in disbelief. When you hear him, you understand that the police officer is lying. It is a statement, last words, of someone who is dying that is completely surprised at the fact that they are dying.

Trigger happy asshole are the first words that come to mind.

Second thing that comes to mind is that this 4-year-old girl isn’t just scarred for life. The daughter comforts her mother while they sit in the police car handcuffed. Organizations, such as our government can only operate with the trust of the citizens. When the citizens do not trust the government there is no reason to obey laws. There is no doubt in my mind that that little girl and her mother will never trust the government or agents of the government.

Now, to go through this in a meaningful way – and this is different than the usual types of violence that I dissect.

  1. Your typical criminal (and I mean like all of them) will NEVER tell you they have a gun. Unless they are Deadpool. Since Philando is not Deadpool, is not dressed like Deadpool, and is travelling with a young child (something Deadpool isn’t very likely to do) – Philando is not Deadpool. If Philando had been a criminal with a gun the police officer would have been dead long before he got to ask Philando for his license and registration.
  2. Police need to be the trusted arm of the government that protects the people. Instead, our various forms of government break their trust with the people. Trust, they say takes a long time to earn and can be erased in an instant. There are many ways which the actions of the various levels of government are losing (or have lost) the trust of the people.
    1. Killing them. Yes, I know, it seems obvious. Killing a person in the line of duty for a police officer should *ALWAYS* be a last resort and not for the obvious reasons.
    2. Spying on them. They are your constituents. They are the people you serve. If they have views then they should have legitimate paths to express them and should *NEVER* be afraid to speak their mind. It is the First Amendment.
    3. Not serving justice when you (the government) are in the wrong.
    4. Creating laws that do not serve the people, but serve business.
    5. Transparency of governmental operations. There are a few times when transparency isn’t necessary; however, those are acute situations (such as active military operations).
    6. Stealing from the people like some sheriff from the middle ages.
  3. *EVERY* time an officer of the law interacts with a citizen it is an opportunity to build trust or to remove trust.
  4. Officers need to be highly intelligent and capable of reading the situation properly.

Each one of the points above probably deserve an entire article describing exactly what I am talking about. How does the government spy on our people (something that is constitutionally prohibited)? How laws are out there that protect businesses but not the people in general (bailing out giant businesses while people fall into being poor)? How does our government operate in non-transparent ways (no-fly list). Stealing from the people like some sheriff from the middle ages (police officers taking money from people on traffic stops with no evidence). And on and on.

If you are alive and an adult at this time, many of these items do not require further explanation. What is this government at present? Can in any outlandish way can it be described as being by the people, for the people?

To bring this to my main topic – codops (computerized doppelgangers). What role will our broken government play with codops, their construction, their rights, their obligations, and their existence (could a corrupt government ban AI)?

In another series of articles I am going to review early United States documents and see if there is a way to construct a government that is more representative of the people and produces better outcomes than the clearly broken system we currently use.

If there is a time when people say they have taken enough punishment from the existing government, will there be a better solution in place, or will it simply be musical chairs with changes in who has chairs and who loses? That isn’t a very satisfactory outcome. Again and again when there are taxpayer revolts – such as in California about property taxes of the items in your house – things get worse rather than better for the people in general.

There is a point that I appear to have missed with this article. It seems ‘everyone’ is for gun rights and concealed carry. But that ‘right’ is a white right. If you are black it seems to be a death sentence. Anyone can do a quick search for a white man with a M16 type rifle walking around the streets with it loaded – as an entire police force talks him in to putting the rifle down, chatting with him, giving him his gun back and telling him to go home.

Literally, if that was a black man and it went like what happened in this instance – 5 seconds after police arrived he would have been full of holes and bullets.