[discuss] Fwd: Re: [governance] Humans Need Not Apply: The Robots are Coming (Actually they are already here

parminder parminder at itforchange.net
Sat Aug 16 07:22:17 UTC 2014

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Subject: 	Re: [governance] Humans Need Not Apply: The Robots are Coming 
(Actually they are already here
Date: 	Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:23:29 +0530
From: 	parminder <parminder at itforchange.net>
Reply-To: 	governance at lists.igcaucus.org,parminder 
<parminder at itforchange.net>
To: 	governance at lists.igcaucus.org

Tom/ All

A much bigger problem than of allocating technology provided gains 
between work (along with over consumption) and leisure (with more 
controlled consumption) is of the allocation between different groups 
and classes of people, and between different geo-regions. It is a 
completely inexcusable crime of all those who participate in the 
management of our societies today that even with such stupendous 
technology/ productivity gains, about 13 percent of the world's 
population still goes to bed hungry, and more than 30 percent of the 
children in developing countries are stunted due to malnourishment (In 
India, close to 40 percent). Nearly half the world's population lives on 
less that 2.5 dollars a day.

"The world produces enough food to feed everyone...... the principal 
underlying cause of poverty and hunger is the ordinary operation of the 
economic and political systems in the world. Essentially control over 
resources and income is based on military, political and economic power 
that typically ends up in the hands of a minority, who live well, while 
those at the bottom barely survive, if they do." 

Meanwhile, wealth disparities are rising globally, at most places very 
rapidly. A recent report says that "the lower half of the global 
population possesses barely 1% of global wealth, while the richest 10% 
of adults own 86% of all wealth, and the top 1% account for 46% of the 
total. " And the concentration of wealth is worsening almost everywhere.

Nice time one would say to attempt to move the locus of global Internet 
governance to the World Economic Forum <http://t.co/xUxOf0AvLl>, that 
Mecca of the 1 percent, where 'they' develop blue prints for where the 
world should go from here. We certainly need their advice and leadership 
for shaping and governing the global Internet. Power on the Internet 
isnt already concentrated enough!

One can only congratulate all those involved with the initiative, and 
those contributing to it!

Poor those who have been trying to occupy places that signified wealth 
concentration - the occupy movement. It appears that it is the civil 
society that is getting occupied in reverse. And it is running into the 
trap gleefully, with open arms.


On Saturday 16 August 2014 09:11 AM, Thomas Lowenhaupt wrote:
> Mike,
> Long ago I thought this problem could be solved by reallocating 
> resources: The availability of farm machinery has created more food 
> than we know what to do with; and half of New York seems to be filled 
> with storage bins filled with the abundance of manufactured goods. And 
> I thought that people be happy to retire at 30.
> But assuming an abundance of energy and no environmental limitations, 
> would I like a 50 year retirement? These days I seem to live for my 
> work. If some machine takes it away, I'd be left with a diminished life.
> How important is work to most peoples lives?
> Yes, I agree with the video, and the clock seems to be ticking.
> By posting on the governance list are you suggesting that Internet 
> governance and "technology management" be combined?
> Tom Lowenhaupt
> On 8/15/2014 6:42 PM, michael gurstein wrote:
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU
>> So what do we do?
>> M

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