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« on: March 07, 2019, 02:55:03 PM »

"The riddle is that industrial civilization, having created to its unknown ends
a race of mechanical drudges, requires
nevertheless a contribution of human toil
more intense, more exacting, more irksome
than ever.

As toil it is more productive;
there is more to consume. Life has been
expanded. It is safer. Physically it is
inconceivably richer. Was that the goal?
What else is gained?

You would think that when man had
found a way to provide himself with artificial things
in unlimited plenty and a way
at the same time to spread the food supply
evenly over the face of the earth, the gift
of universal peace might follow.

Never was the peace more frail; and this, as we
shall see—the frailty of the peace—also is
a product of the machine.

What force is this by fumbling found
that man has put in motion?
Its pulsations he controls; its consequences so far
have controlled him, and modern life has
become so involved in a mechanical spiral
that we cannot say for sure whether it is
that we produce for the sake of consumption or consume for the sake of production."

The above passage was written by Garet Garret from a book he wrote in 1926 called "OUROBOROS : The Mechanical Extension of Mankind". 

It's free to download as a .pdf : https://mises-media.s3.amazonaws.com/Ouroboros%20or%20the%20Mechanical%20Extension%20of%20Mankind_2.pdf

It's an interesting read.  I like to read just how often writers in previous eras saw what was coming and wrote to warn of it.

I expect to read more of his stuff, while I am permitted.
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2019, 03:15:26 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2019, 03:18:13 PM »

I for one welcome our new robot over-lords!

You better become a whole lot more necessary.
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2019, 03:27:30 PM »

Reading this book makes me consider the following video a lot differently:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/Rrm8usaH0sM" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/v/Rrm8usaH0sM</a>

Mind you, "The Golem" was written in the Babylonian Talmud.  Think about that.
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2019, 05:48:43 AM »

Men are persistently in a race to make themselves obsolete, and they always will be until they either succeed or perish in the attempt.
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2019, 03:09:54 PM »

I love the Perry Bible Fellowship.
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2019, 06:32:58 PM »

I love the Perry Bible Fellowship.

Same.
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2019, 08:00:38 PM »

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