Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Democracy encourages more children, which is not what we need

One problem with the standard majority-voting system is this: It encourages factional populations to have more children, so as to win the vote in some number of future generations. Overall, it incites competitive population growth -- which is the very last thing we need, and potentially deadly to our society and the biosphere as a whole.

For example:  Demographics in Northern Ireland.

On the other hand, if we "lock in" voting power to certain existing-today sub-populations, then in a few generations as the numbers change (for whatever reason) we will have populations effectively imprisoned in fixed low-voting power blocs. Much like in the U.S. today we are hopelessly trapped by the Electoral College system, instituted to maintain leverage by slave-owning states, and is driving the popular vote more out-of-synch with our Presidential results over time.

I have no answer to this dilemma.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Geography and mapping now a crime in Israel

65-year-old Palestinian geographer Beit Hanina arrested in Jerusalem for making maps.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Netflix CEO sees "serious debate over humans"

“Over twenty to fifty years, you get into some serious debate over humans,” mused Hastings. “I don’t know if you can really talk about entertaining at that point. I’m not sure if in twenty to fifty years we are going to be entertaining you, or entertaining A.I.s.”