Flintstone or Jetson?

When I was a kid, I used to watch The Flintstones and The Jetsons. At the time I wanted to be Jetson. The flying car got me.

Which one would I’d rather be today?

After retiring from my former employer and during the process of setting up a consulting practice, a good amount of time has been spent dealing with internet providers, cable companies, and cellular companies.

I used to say that I would rather have root canal without anesthesia than play golf (no offense to those who play golf). 

Now I think I would rather play golf than deal with cable, internet, and cellular companies. If there is a hell, part of it must include being forced to deal with these companies to get something done…for eternity. The frustration, anger, and tears are geometrically magnified by the constant retort, “Mr. Junfola I apologize for the inconvenience,” while the inconvenience continues.

On July 28, 2019, the following article appeared on CNN Business:

 “Elon Musk is making implants to link the brain with a smartphone” Michael Scaturro, CNN Business, July 28, 2019

“…Musk wants to insert Bluetooth-enabled implants into your brain, claiming the devices could enable telepathy and repair motor function in people with injuries.” (repairing motor functions sounds wonderful; you can keep the telepathy).

His, “Neuralink devices will consist of a tiny chip connected to 1,000 wires measuring one-tenth the width of a human hair. The chip features a USB-C port…and connects via Bluetooth to a small computer worn over the ear and to a smartphone…”

“…the devices can be used by those seeking a memory boost or by stroke victims, cancer patients, quadriplegics or others with congenital defects.”

But given the problem with data breaches in general the article goes on to explain the concern over the real possibility of manipulation and exploitation of human beings. 

“While the technology could help those with some type of brain injury or trauma, ‘Gathering data from raw brain activity could put people in great risk, and could be used to influence, manipulate and exploit them,’ Frederike Kaltheuner of Privacy International told CNN Business.”

 So, do I want to be Fred or George?

 Well it depends on my mood but I’m not in the mood to answer today.

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