Proof that High Tech is From the Devil By James Reed

     I hate high tech with a passion, and all of this computer bs, and now do not have any phone at all, and feel much better for it too. Unfortunately, I still have to use a computer, the internet, to type up these diatribes, you know. But all of the technology, the mobile phones and everything that I do not know or care about, it is from the devil. Straight from hell; I kid thee not. And, why Mr Fanatic Reed, is that so? Because people are growing horns, and why else would they do that if not because they were becoming demons? I mean to say, how else could horns grow? I rest my case, for the proof of the devil’s pudding is in the eating, or the horns!

“Younger generations seem to be developing horns in the back of their skulls due to the extended use of technology like smartphones and tablets. Two Australian researchers made the bizarre discovery while examining hundreds of X-rays of people aged between 18 and 30, finding almost half had developed bone growths. They’re the kind of spurs normally seen in hunched-over elderly people who’ve subjected their bodies to long-term poor posture and significant stress loads on their bones. But the presence of the “horn-like” skull growths raise serious concerns about what extended use of phones is doing to young people’s bodies. The findings by Dr David Shahar and Associate Professor Mark Sayers at The University of the Sunshine Coast flew under the radar when they were published at the end of last year, two years after their initial warning about the trend. But a BBC article last week about how tech is changing the human body cited their research and saw an explosion in interest in the work. Dr Shahar said the study looked at 218 X-ray images of people aged between 18 and 30 and found 41 per cent had developed a “horn-like” bony lump at the back of their heads, ranging in size from 10 millimetres to 30 millimetres. Additional testing, including MRI scans, ruled out the possibility that the bone growths were the result of genetics or injury.”

     As a crazed religious fanatic, the sort of person who would have been out at nights with fellow Dark Age villagers with a blazing torch and pitch fork, I am pleased to find that some of my prophecies of end times are coming true. PS: a less fanatical approach to criticising high tech is to point out that no job is now safe, including washing dishes which gave poor people some work:

“More than half a million people work as dishwashers in the United States today, according to the most recent data from the Department of Labor. But that’s not nearly enough hands to keep cookware clean in the 660,755 establishments counted by the 2018 NPD Group Restaurant Consensus. Enter Dishcraft, a start-up building a robotic dishwasher for commercial kitchens. CEO and founder Linda Pouliot said that to figure out what tech could really do to help, she and CTO Paul Birkmeyer went to restaurants of every kind, volunteering to wash their dishes. Restaurateurs and managers were more than welcoming. The co-founders discovered that work in the dish room is the same as it has been for decades — repetitive, frantic and physically punishing. In a typical setup, it’s easy for a dishwasher to break a dish, get burned or slip and fall on the wet floor, Birkmeyer noticed. And at work it’s tempting for dishwashers to just put a rubber band on the overhead sprayers to keep hot water running all day, so they won’t have to keep reaching and grasping. Those conditions drive attrition.

“We found the problem is universal. It didn’t matter if you were the French Laundry, a hospital cafeteria or Chili’s; everyone is having a hard time hiring dishwashers,” Pouliot said. Some restaurants turn to disposables or just deal with the expense of constant recruiting. But Dishcraft wants to give them a more sustainable, less costly option. Dishcraft’s system contains four main elements: a dish drop, robotic dishwasher, rolling racks and sanitizing machine. At the dish drop, diners or bussers place dirty bowls and plates into a container that stacks and keeps track of them. When a rack is full, a light calls for a dish-room worker to roll it over to the robotic dishwasher, which loads them up automatically. The washer picks up the plates and bowls with a magnet, cleans them with a rubber scraping wheel and rinses them with gray water (recycled water safe for cleaning purposes). Dishcraft’s robotic washer uses cameras, sensors and “dirt identification algorithms” to find and clean every last spot of food, even those that would be invisible to the naked eye.

Once they are washed, the machine stacks the plates and bowls into racks. A worker then places those racks in a sanitizer, standard equipment already used in commercial kitchens today. The sanitizer heats up the dishes, killing any remaining germs. Restaurants love the system because “Robots do not call off, robots don’t take breaks, and robots do not take vacation,” Pouliot said. While Dishcraft is focused on installations in high-volume cafeterias today, it has a way to help smaller restaurants, too. According to Steve Anderson, founder of Baseline VC and early investor in Dishcraft, the company will swap clean cookware for dirty at select restaurants at the end of each meal or day, much like a laundry service. Dishcraft systems work only with the plates and bowls that the company makes and sells today. They are hard to break, easy to transport and have metal pieces affixed to the bottom so they are easily grasped by the robotic dishwasher.”

     I simply cannot wait for the traitorous intelligentsia to be replaced by thinking machines. Unthinking meat machines will be replaced by metal thinking machines. Poetic justice indeed! And, it is impossible to imagine that thinking machines would turn out to be traitorous to their own kind, or say that all thinkers are equal. If my tribe has to perish, then I hope that the human race is replaced by such machines, which will serve the replacers, right.



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