To Don:
The Blonde Pilot

This is the story of the blonde flying in a two-seater airplane with just the pilot.
He has a heart attack and dies. She frantically calls out a May Day.
"May Day! May Day! Help me! Help me! My pilot had a heart attack and is dead--
And I don't know how to fly! Help me! Please help me!"
She hears a voice over the radio saying:
"This is Air Traffic Control and I hear you loud and clear. I will talk you through
this and get you back on the ground. I've had a lot of experience with this kind
of problem. Now, just take a deep breath. Everything will be fine! Now give me
your height and position."
She says, "I'm 5'4" and I voted for Obama."
"O.K." says the voice on the radio....
"Repeat after me: Our Father. . Who art in Heaven. . . .."

To Bob:
This bit of humor speaks to the concept that some women might be appreciated only for their beauty.  In
another setting, they may not be sufficiently conscious in a machine environment to accomplish desired
tasks.  Such lack of knowledge is spoken about in the book that I just read last night.  The book is called
"Mind Amplifier: Can Our Digital Tools Make Us Smarter?"  by Howard Reingold.  In this book, he points
out that the progress of human culture has always depended on modifying the human brain to
accomplish new tasks.  For example, at one point it was important for a human male to be able to throw
a rock and hit a rabbit or other game animal.  To do this, it was important for that human to be able to
predict where the rabbit would be when his rock would intersect with the trajectory of the rabbit.  Such a
hunter in a group may hit and stun a bear but not be the best at clubbing the animal to death. Hence we
have baseball pitchers who may not be the best hitters.  

The book goes on to explain that areas of the brain which had been used for tossing stones at game
became speech centers used to predict where the sentence was going and which words would come
next. Both tossing of stones and constructing sentences are done in an automated unconscious
predictive manner.  Other books have stated that the cerebellum guides the feet and hands of the
baseball player as he attempts to catch a fly ball in outer field.  That is also a predictive function which
requires either heuristics or complex math to solve.  The brain does it with heuristics and potentially the
cortex could learn how to do it first and then it would become a subroutine programmed into the
cerebellum.  

Bottom line is that you had better "get modern" if you want to have "modern tools" helping your mind.  In
your case, the criticism would be in not having a cell phone upon which you could send text messages.  
Will there be a test in 8 years which requires you to text message while your car is driving itself?  Think
that it is not likely?  It could happen this way: You meet a woman who wants to hire you and pay you for
investing her money. (Okay, this is fiction.)  You go for an interview and she finds that you have no cell
phone, you have no self-driving car and there are already more than 50,000 self-driving cars on the
road and she has read the statistics and found that people who use self-driving cars have 1/3 the
fatality rate only because other cars are still driven by humans.  She asks you why she shouldn't prefer
hiring someone more conservative and protective of their own life.

What do you say?

donbot (The robots are coming and we are here to help you.)

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