5 Things You Don’t Know About The Devices That Control Your Brain

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Here at ROK, we’ve spent significant time talking about the evils of the smartphone on society. Its effect on atomizing people, making women dependent on external validation, and ruining our ability to deeply concentrate on the problems that are facing the modern world is well-known.

But did you ever wonder how the invention came to be and the motivations of those behind it? The Smart Device may be the first book of its kind that chronicles the inception of the smartphone’s technological backbone from start to finish. It is the autobiographical story of Johannes Väänänen, and engineer-turned-entrepreneur with a couple of ideas that changed the world, and tells the complete story of how what started as a fun invention ended up in the hands (and brains) of hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

If you’ve ever wondered about the process by which our entire world has become enslaved to the almighty cell phone, you need to read this book. Here are five things you may not have known about the smartphone’s humble origins:

1. The Mainstream Device Was Started As A Rogue Engineering Movement


The original engineers of what would become the technology necessary for smartphone world-domination began from a desire to rebel against the set-in-stone ideas of their predecessors. The author of this book, and a small team of engineers, rejected the hegemony of mobile giants like Nokia for a vision of a better, more user-friendly product they thought would benefit society and make them a lot of money. They were right on at least one of those accounts.

2. It was done for not other reason than “inventor’s delight”


The author writes frequently about the agony and ecstasy underlining the creative process. While most would expect that the smart phone technology was put together simply for the love of money and girls, and there was much of both, the author cites his main motivation simply as the feeling that we get when we create something from nothing.

What can it be then? Why bother inventing at all in this ready-made world? Wouldn’t it be easier just to be a ‘normal’ businessman, selling ecologically grown potatoes by the ton?

It’s that lovin’ feeling. The deep self-awareness of having successfully done something nobody did before, ever. I call it Inventor’s delight.

3. People knew it was a big idea – and were willing to break the law for it


Like any other major project, the invention of the smartphone was not without its attempts at industrial espionage and all-out extortion.

Driving our company’s flagship Citroen C5 V6 to the airport parking lane, I saw three men running towards our car. There was a bloated shorty at the front, waving a stack of bint papers in his hand, followed by a couple of mammoth sized guys who looked like Chechen security goons. Harri shouted: “Drive on, they are about to do for us!” After a second of confusion I picked up on the situ and accelerated. Sonera’s security chief actually jumped in front of the car and I had to do a sudden swerve to avoid hitting him.

I thought… waaatta hell was this. Something like this never happened in civilized Finland – or did it? And after thinking about the episode a bit – how could they know we would be arriving at the airport at that time? Illegal mobile phone surveillance, tracking where we were, or even listening to our phone calls? Accessing airlines’ databases illegally to follow Harri? Oh shit, what had I gotten into with him?

4. Apple originally had no interest in it


The author describes a lackluster, run-of-the-mill pitch meeting at Apple’s offices in Cuptertino, where the room was dominated by the apathy of “not invented here” (NIH) and the technology barely turned any heads.

Steve Jobs appeared to the room at the end of the meeting. I didn’t really get to introduce myself to him, he just took one of the myDevice in his hand and started flicking myBook’s pages forwards and backwards, again and again, commenting shortly that sometimes the swipe recognition did not work correctly – which was true, it was still a prototype […] My answer went uncommented upon…

We all know that Apple went on to use the author’s technology and their internal design principles to create perhaps the most influential invention of the 21st century. You’ll have to read the book to find out why they initially didn’t see the potential in such an invention.

5. The creator now understands the effect of this Frankenstein’s monster on society


It’s hard for any reasonable person to look at the advent of smartphones and their complete domination of our cultural landscape without lamenting something that we have lost in personal relationships and attention span. The man who was at the central of this cultural force reflects:

Did MyOrigo and Apple open Pandora’s box, bringing usability and instant connectivity to everybody’s pocket, enabling 24/7 social networking? There is some comfort in the notion that it would have happened anyway, maybe later, maybe in a slightly different form. But it is done now, that’s for sure. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Always looking for that next endorphin dose; next comment or thumb up to a recent selfie.


It seems nobody can boil an egg, or write a one-page document, without checking their Instagram account in the middle.

What have we done?

This book is an absolute goldmine for a techie who is looking to develop the next big hardware or software revolution, but there is more than enough information and analysis of the personal relationships and struggles about starting a business that the pop culture enthusiast will enjoy it as well. The Smart Device can also be used as a manual for the budding entrepreneur, since it lays out in detail the dos and don’ts of starting a new business in the tech industry. In the course of the novel, you’ll also learn why patenting is basically a scam, how quickly the people involved can destroy even the most solid company, and how the money, girls, and fame can come and vanish in a flash.

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  1. ever notice how the monolith in stanley kubricks 2001s a space odyssey kinda resembles an iphone

    1. Funny you mention that.
      Those monoliths were originally going to be tetrahedrons.
      In fact the space warp sequence at the end of the film shows some of them briefly (apparently much of the visual fx were done before the script changes).
      Kubrik changed them to monoliths because too many folks on set were goin’ “Duh….. it’s uh pir ah me id!”
      Too bad.
      A tetrahedral iPhone would have been too uncomfortable to carry in pockets to catch on.

  2. Perhaps the solution is yet another invention.
    The personal, portable electromagnetic pulse (EMP) generator.
    Annoyed by drivers/co-workers talking/fiddling with their phones?
    Just whip out your personal EMP generator, press the handy red
    button on the unit, and their attention is once again yours!

    1. Be careful what you wish for. The government is already working on this. How will you feel when you can’t contact your family during the next disaster?

      1. I’d feel like I need to pick up the phone in my home and call them.
        When disasters hit, I generally don’t find this overwhelming urge to reach out to every member in my family over social media anyway. Strange, right?

      2. During the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, cellphones didn’t work. Too much traffic on a purposefully under-built infrastructure, dead backup batteries at some towers, and many towers knocked over or otherwise disabled.
        In the teelcom biz it’s called over-subscription: the idea being that only about 10% – 20% of users will ever be on their device at one time. That works most of the time. But during a disaster all networks get overloaded. That is why.
        Back to Louisiana in the immediate aftermath of Katrina — the only cellphone that worked reliably were analog. The then ‘new’ digital phones were bricked for about a week IIRC.
        I worked in telecom and collaborated closely with FBI, FEMA, USCG, and LANG in the aftermath. What a clusterfuck. If I had any faith in USGOV competency before 2005, I had ZERO after that.
        My point is don’t rely too heavily on that iPhag. Landline phone systems are much more robust and over-built compared to the paper thin cellphone infrastructure — the difference is a product of the mindsets prevalent when each was built.
        Remember, you smartphone can be bricked simply by too many people calling at once.
        By design, and for maximum profit of course.

  3. It’s a double edged sword to me.
    Smartphones have really did a lot of good, but socially it has done a lot of bad. But in the end, I can’t be mad at having all the world’s knowledge literally in the palm of my hand.

        1. Its not splitting hairs mate. You are the type of person who is incapable of taking responsible for himself. Instead you would rather blame “things”. “The phone made me do it”.
          That’s pathetic.

        2. no, only you are taking it that way. anybody with a brain understands that a person has to use a phone. you’re one of those “smart dumb” ppl who are always online looking for petty arguments. but I’m not gonna engage in this silliness with you.

        3. Just admit you made a mistake mate. You only look sillier trying to worm your way out of it.

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  5. The problem is women more than anything else.
    While it may be too simplistic of a look, smartphones are a female thing due to their desire to be connected to social media 24/7. And their desire to take photos of every goddamn thing.
    We once went to a place with my friend, during the tour I took maybe 20 photos. The girls who have been with us have taken more than 900, yes i’m serious. Women often go to the club and spend more time taking selfies than anything else.
    Men don’t use smartphones as much, hipster faggots excluded. I use my phone strictly for calls and music. Back in the day I maybe played some games on it too.
    I never checked facebook off the phone, I just don’t care.
    The only thing that probably affected things most in the dating market was Tinder, that truly was Pandora’s box if you ask me. Women checking other guys during the date with you. And game becoming more and more looks based for men.
    Being the misogynistic prick I am, if I ruled as a god king, smartphones would be the number 1 thing I would ban for women, seriously, even before twerking.
    Women should be cut from social media for their own good. Especially if it fits in their pocket. Guys have no idea how obsessed women are with their image.
    And there should never be a photo device that fits in the pocket, women will abuse this shit to a ridicolous degree and post pictures of their breakfast to instagram.
    Many spend hours in front of the mirror at home. The last thing we need is for them to check for facebook statuses outside of it as well. It just feeds into narcisism and superficiality.

    1. “While it may be too simplistic of a look, smartphones are a female thing due to their desire to be connected to social media 24/7. And their desire to take photos of every goddamn thing”
      This, and everything else you stated. Years ago when I first heard that smartphones were coming, I thought they would be a limited appeal. Much like the calculator watches waay back in the late 1970’s, I assumed smartphone devices would be more for techno-nerds. I had no clue that females would eventually prefer them over male companionship. I’m not sure if the elites, whose goal to reduce population by getting females uninterested in marriage and family, were aware of just how effective smartphones / devices would be in their agenda. But it certainly plays a major role today in fragmenting people and society.

      1. No dude it’s a represenation of other problems if you had this technology 100 years ago would the same problems persist?

        1. I Once read a comment by a famous scientist, “Technology is not inherently good. Technology is not inherently evil, but nor is it neutral.”

      1. True, it’s just a piece of technology that facilitates innate narcissism. That’s why it’s bad, it allows them to act on their own impulses, which is to check social media every 5 minutes and take 500 selfies a day.

        1. If it didn’t exist would it change anything(remember the rest of the social issues are intact in this situation)

    2. Men don’t use computers as much, hipster faggots excluded. I use my computer strictly for emails and music. Back in the day I maybe played some
      games on it too.

      A smartphone is a computer. Do you see how ignorant you sound now?
      Anyway, why would you ban smartphones for women. It keeps them quiet. Something men have wanted for millennia.

      1. They are different due to usage. A computer is used from home. A smartphone fits in the pocket, and women are tempted to check it every 5 minutes which is disruptive as hell and causes them to have the attention span of a fish.
        While computers fullfil the same purpose, they don’t sit in your pocket for you to check it every 5 minutes.

        1. What you are saying is that a smartphone causes a woman to have a poor attention span? That doesn’t sound absurd to you?
          Btw, a smartphone is a computer, ergo, computers can be used anywhere.
          What about tablets? Or laptops? These devices can also be used anywhere.
          And what’s wrong with checking your device every five minutes? Maybe I have important things going on that I need to be on top of.

        2. Young women don’t understand that this tech, that they are addicted to, can be used VERY effectively, to further their indentured servitude. Most female Millennial’s and the generation of young men and women after them, falsely believe tech will save and unite them, when in reality it was designed by “corporate committee” to do just the opposite. The only way to prevent that shift, is for Millennial’s to immediately STOP buying such tech, opposing the development of said tech and discouraging others from buying and using it, even if it means using physical force.
          But, they will NEVER do this because they have “drank the Kool-Aid” and are to a certain extent addicted to technology. Think about it, I’m seeing commercials for ordering pizza on a smartphone app, but whats the point, really? Simply to appease Millennial’s? Perhaps. But, did this consuming cohort of fools take the time to think about whether it is really more convenient to type a FOOD order in on a smartphone app, as opposed to calling the order in on the phone? No they didn’t AND by using the smartphone app to place a FOOD ORDER instead of a phone, the pizza seller can then become a data broker making MORE money by selling customer info, instead of focusing on making money by providing a quality food product.

        3. Mate people used to say the same thing about TV, cassette tape recorders, video games, etc. etc.
          Women never understand “tech”. Trust me, ordering food through an app is waaaaaay better than calling it in on the phone. I have done that and it is a nightmare. You have to deal with human being and human beings can be fucking stupid.

    3. Yeah. Way back when cell phones became widely available, women causing car crashes dramatically increased. And yeah, they reported that they had been arguing with someone on the other end. But I was in a store recently and counted the people in line. Of twenty two people, eighteen were on their smartphones, and all of them women. Most had even come in the store with each other. Yesterday I talked to a group of three people; one guy and two girls. The girls were fucking texting each other instead of talking face to face. The whole thing’s a mental illness. Oh, and one of them had made the guy buy her feminine hygiene products.

  6. See that woman in the first picture hugging a phone? Give her some Kratom and she will be hugging your dick instead.

  7. Now is the prime time to unleash the SmartDick. The technology is already proven in Smartphones with womens addition levels to them being arguably more so than a heroin addict. We must hurry before the attention whoring feminism fad dies out. All we need to do is feed the air supply of a smartphone company with some kratom.

  8. There has been a lot of inventions that has made the woman’s life easier. All the way back from the 50’s. Automatic coffeemaker, self-cleaning oven, electronic sewing machines, washer and dryers, etc. The smartphone is simply another in a long line of inventions that’s changed their lives dramatically.

    1. What’s ironic is that the inventions that “freed” women from housework chores and made their lives easier, also gave them lots of spare time to dream up nonsense like how “oppressed they were and how they would get more ‘respect’ from men if they had a career like a man did, which led to feminism and how women believe that they don’t need marriage or families (at least, they believe that until they’re thirty).
      But those same inventions that freed women from the drudgery of housework ALSO freed men from that same drudgery, too. After all, a man can operate a washing machine, vacuum cleaner, microwave oven, etc. just as easily as a woman can, so we men are also now realizing that we don’t really need a ‘housewife’ (after all, what man wants to marry a ‘man with boobs’ who takes great pride in being defiant about ‘not wanting’ or ‘refusing’ to know how to maintain a household — clean, cook, etc.?) who can divorce-rob us with ease.

      1. The more free time they have on hand, the more bullshit they come up with.
        Back in the day, they did household work and were happy with it. Now lifting 2 fingers is too much work and opressive patriarchy.
        And life is now easier than ever. Only proves one thing, the more lenient you are with them, the more they demand. Why do you think Eastern European women are sweethearts while living around men who don’t give them a free pass on their bullshit and have less of “men should be white knights” mentality ?
        Russia (Notice women in the background saying “she deserved it”)

        Notice the difference, now ask yourself why do all indian women you come across act like progressive cunts ? White knights and easy life, that’s the answer.

  9. The first smart phone was developed in the mid-late 1990s. Take a look at the motorola accompli internet phone from 2001 vintage. There were predecessors to that. There was also the PDA attachment for startac phones. There were of course others from the other big names, texting pagers, and more. The thing that some little start up came up with the idea this century is nonsense. Sure perhaps they came up with some the features that are in them today, but the concept of a smart phone is very old now.

  10. Smartphones are a tool, like a hammer. The power lies in the education to use it effectively, and the discipline not to use it like an idiot. You can use a hammer to build something to make your life better, or hit yourself in the head with it for attention.

    1. This is quite true. It would be better to frame this as women’s compulsive slavishness to the devices, as opposed to belittling the devices themselves, that is clear.

    2. Yes, and there is also the problem solving nature of a hammer where every problem looks like a nail.

  11. This article is a disgrace and poorly disguised Ludditism. The subject headings are not supported by the paragraphs beneath and it even mixes up terms. “Smartphone” and “cellphone” are not the same thing.
    You can check Instagram on a PC – it doesn’t require a smartphone. A smartphone cannot make anyone do anything anymore than a gun makes you kill people.
    Today on my smartphone, I communicated with friends, booked a physio appointment, ordered groceries, got some new exercise equipment, read a book and studied some educational materials. Stop me when the fabric of society starts unraveling.
    If you have a problem with smartphones the problem is you, not the smartphone.

    1. It’s not blaming the tool, it’s noting that people are starting to act and react quite poorly since they became omnipresent in our lives. To deny the very clear social problems that are arising because of women’s addiction to smartphones seems rather absurd.
      Your post reminds me of how an addict sounds when somebody suggests that he may need help, actually. Found it humorous in its own way, heh.

      1. So what you are saying is that people acted nicely before smartphones? Don’t know about you but I saw plenty of awful behavior way before smartphones.
        Unlike “drug addicts” my “addiction” has immensely improved my life. I don’t imagine you will find any addicts who can say that about drugs.
        Trust me, it is blaming the tool. You and a lot of other guys bitch about women using smartphones. Except men use them too. Except the fact that an individual woman who may be rudely using her phone when you want to talk to her might just be a rude woman. Or maybe she just doesn’t want to talk to you. That is a possibility you know.
        Fact is, there is no “female addiction to smartphones”, no social problems as a result, and no problem with smartphones. The problem exists with the person who needs to find an excuse for his own failings.

        1. So what you are saying is that people acted nicely before smartphones?
          No. Strawman attempt: fail.
          Unlike “drug addicts” my “addiction” has immensely improved my life. I don’t imagine you will find any addicts who can say that about drugs.
          I know plenty of people who do or did drugs at one time who found them immensely enjoyable. Some of the top artists from the 1960’s forward, including many highly regarded musical groups, swear by the effects of some drugs with regard to improving their art.
          This does not mean that many people don’t get addicted to drugs. The problem is addictive behavior and what can trigger it, not the specific tool (or drug). Clearly women’s psyche has been drastically altered by smartphones and social media. Denying it is to deny the reality before our very eyes. This doesn’t mean smartphones are bad however.
          Trust me, it is blaming the tool.
          False. Again.
          But I know…I know…you can quit *any time you want*. Heh.

        2. We are confusing 2 things here. Potential and reality.
          Computers and smartphones have the POTENTIAL to enchance or ruin one’s life.
          We don’t blame smartphones, we blame humans for using to ruin themselves rather than improve themselves.
          If you can use technology to improve yourself and your life, good for you. But most women abuse it, with negative effects on their character, that’s what we are complaining about.

        3. Bob, no attempt at disparaging you in the least, BUT how exactly has a smartphone immensely improved your life? I’m curious about this as I have been a software engineer for twenty five plus years and I find what people think valuable about tech interesting.
          And when you do, give me clear improvements unlike the list of things you did with your smartphone that you could do anywhere else, if you would? I think you’ll find that it will be difficult other than to say that you did so on one device and that is not necessarily an immense improvement in my book.

        4. Your argument is a bit like saying a washing machine doesn’t improve your life because you could wash your clothes somewhere else (like on rocks by the river). Its not that I couldn’t perform these activities elsewhere it is that I can perform them whenever and wherever I like and get them done quicker!
          What is the true gain from technology? It is increased productivity. Or in other words, more products for less resources expended. The most important resource, is time.
          A guy at work told me I was lazy for studying one on one with a professor via video conferencing. My retort? So I should travel one hour to a class which costs twice as much, with 10 other people in the class, spend an hour there and then travel one hour home again? This guy quickly realized his stupidity. And what is he studying at home? The news and soap operas.
          So in short, instead of wasting my time on the train staring into space, I am being productive, getting things done and saving time. I could not do this without a smartphone.

        5. So what you are saying is that people acted nicely before smartphones?

          . Strawman attempt: fail.

          Hardly, it follows directly from what you said.
          Look lets drop the drug addiction bullshit. There is no parallel between me studying educational materials on my way to work and some guy shooting up in a drug den.

          Clearly women’s psyche has been drastically altered by smartphones and social media. Denying it is to deny the reality before our very eyes.

          You have asserted, now prove. You think it is a reality but unfortunately this reality exists only in your head.
          I am afraid you have contradicted yourself. Your argument is this: smartphones negatively alter women’s psyche but I am not blaming the tool. So A did X to B but A isn’t responsible? Illogical.

  12. I have written about this topic previously on ROK…
    The “Owners of Capital Class” are betting on the Singularity, Cell
    Regeneration, Mind-clones and AI to provide their creature comforts in the future. “Smartphone Addiction” is just a small piece of the overall strategy that will eventually give them total control over the masses, through the mandatory use of evasive tech. Most tech being developed today is bad for regular people whom are not part of the true “Owners of Capital Class” and its really unfortunate that regular people do not see the scientists that are creating this tech and the financiers supporting their R&D, as TRUE economic adversaries.
    Tech can be used VERY effectively, to further the indentured servitude of the remaining middle and lower classes.
    But, how is that possible, a regular person may ask?
    Remember when cell phones were actually fun?
    I do, the phone was a huge and needed to be carried in a bag, BUT my boss NEVER called me on it, after what was considered typical work hours and certainly never to ask me to do more work while I was at home. Compare that to today, when a cell phone in your pocket can spontaneously generate more work to be done outside of the office, simply because someone higher up than you had a random thought at midnight.
    Here is a second example, when my parents were in school in the 1950’s and 60’s they were told: no one would have to work in the future, that everything would be done by robots and they would, in turn, have increased free time used for creating, making art, learning and helping others…
    We all know how that turned out, mass layoffs, outsourcing due to cheaper communication tech and increased workload for those domestic laborers that remained gainfully employed within USA based corporations.
    The Singularity, Cell regeneration, Mind-Clones Cyborg Implants and Artificial Intelligence are essentially the same lie, that was told to our parents, just rehashed for a 21st century audience.
    I think its funny when regular people get excited about future tech like the Singularity, AI, Robotics, etc. Do people really think when these things finally become real, functioning, working designs, applicable to industry, that we the “peons”, will somehow ALL get a Data from Start Trek or a C-3PO from Star Wars, to help us at home, at the job site or in the office, etc?
    In reality, we are going to get a David 8 as depicted in the Prometheus/Aliens films or the Robot Probation officer seen in the Elysium movie. These automatons are going to take away jobs and make unethical policing and policy enforcement, both easier and cheaper, for the true “Owners of Capital”. Since they won’t be paying a salary to the robot worker, the savings will instead be pumped into legal fees and political lobbying, resulting in an overall good ROI for the corporations/governments and a full blown, loss of liberty, for everyone else.
    Whom goes to jail when an AI Robot or Mind Clone pulls your arm out of the socket? Will it be considered “negligence by the human that lost the arm”, a matter for a “civil suit” only, perhaps “not a criminal act”, to be adjudicated in a arbitration setting?
    I personally at this point are willing to live with 1980’s +/- era tech, if it means, I am more free and can continue to earn money to live off.
    Elysium Probation Officer photo:
    Introducing David 8 webpage:
    In the words of David 8: “I can do almost anything that could possibly be asked of me, including things that my human counterparts might find distressing or unethical”
    We are approaching an era where the “Owners of Capital Class” will not need laborers of any kind to live a life of comfort. But, our civilization is not quite there yet, technology-wise, so the “Owners of capital” need to “keep people calm and unsuspecting” until the trigger can be pulled decisively without consequence.
    So, what are the possible scenarios that regular folks will experience, during this “interim period”, while the technology needed to create the Singularity, Cell Regeneration, Mind-clones and AI, is maturing?
    The “Owners of Capital Class” will simply extract the little remaining labor wages from the lower classes, by decree, through the implementation of a cashless system. Consumers will not have choices in the future because purchases will be mandatory in some way. Policies structured like Obamacare should have taught us ALL how these kinds of scenarios will play out. Obamacare is merely the test run of how to implement future legislated purchases on a large scale. “Click-Wrap Agreements” coupled with a “cashless society” will make that transition easier for the “Owners of Capital Class” to force on the general populace.
    What do I mean exactly?
    Many forget that we now live in what “could” be considered a fascist country, with oligopolies running it behind the scenes. What usually results, is a situation where the “owners of capital”, can and will “legislate” mandatory purchases in the future, if revenue does not match their expectations or projections (for the good of the nation of course, i.e., Too-Big-to-Fail).
    So for example, if someone chooses not to buy unneeded goods or services, they will simply pay a “penalty” at tax time or some scheme involving a “negative interest rate”. The “owners of capital” have, at this point, run out of consumer goods that they can “strongly coerce” people to buy, in order to go to work, such as, gasoline, internet connection, car insurance, bus/subway fare, cell phones, suits/uniforms, soap, deodorant, razors, etc. We are approaching a day when they will simply make it law that you have to buy goods, in certain quantities before tax season (again, just like the current Obamacare that can be coupled Flexible Spending Accounts), except one day we will have an FSA to be used for ALL goods and services, and you can bet those accounts will be “use-it or lose-it”. Also, since you won’t be able to own things like the new “digital cars”, that are currently being developed, nor will you own the current “digital media” being rented on Hulu, Netflix, etc., means that likely, in the future, you could be billed for “damage to the vehicle or product” from the “real owners” of that vehicle or product at any time.
    Regular People will not be allowed to be frugal in the future because the”Owners of Capital Class” can choose, AT ANY TIME to, take close to the same amount of lost revenue back, when a person tries to save money by reducing purchases, in the form of “tax penalties” or other method (cashless, digital currency, negative interest rate, instant credit to cover shortfalls and deductions from bank accounts, ALL DONE whenever the “Owners of Capital Class” see fit). A cashless society, dominated by “click-wrap agreements” is the easiest way to structure “forced purchases” into the larger economy. Another scenario that regular people will face in the future, is when someone chooses “not to buy” and then doesn’t have the proper “proof of purchase” coupon, etc, to prove they bought these items, in the required quantities, when tax fillings come due. I can guarantee that the IRS or some other agency will have some way to calculate the amount “you should have purchased” (kinda sounds like college FASFA aid forms, in reverse, doesn’t it?). People will also have to pay a monthly fee to keep their digital money in the bank and there won’t be any alternative way to store it, without paying the monthly fee. This process will result in an instant, predictable, revenue generator for public companies, that the stock market will then feed off.
    Note, bartering used as a circumvention method has been suggested before, but the IRS already has a plan and system in place to deal with it somewhat. They will tax bartering, by an estimate, the same way they do for restaurant servers receiving tips. There will likely be HUGE penalties for barter and I will bet EVERYONE will automatically be assumed to have “bartered” some amount over the year at tax time (perhaps an estimated $500 in barter per year, that is taxed whether the person in question did any actual bartering or not). The most likely outcome though, is that one day, bartering will simply be deemed an illegal activity (likely a Felony). I don’t recall “bartering” being a named constitutional right anywhere.
    Look at solar roof panels, as another example, many local governments are taxing people for installing them because they reduce dependence on local utilities, which in turn, drives down privatized revenue being collected by the contract companies hired to run the utilities.
    Young people don’t understand that this tech, that they are addicted to, can be used VERY effectively, to further their indentured servitude. Millennial’s and the generation after them, falsely believe tech will save and unite them, when in reality it was designed by “corporate committee” to do just the opposite. The only way to prevent that shift, is for Millennial’s to immediately STOP buying such tech, opposing the development of said tech and discouraging others from buying and using it, even if it means using physical force. But, they will NEVER do this because they have “drank the Kool-aid” and are to a certain extent addicted to technology. Think about it, I’m seeing commercials for ordering pizza on a smartphone app, but whats the point, really? To appease Millennial’s? Perhaps. But, did this consuming cohort of fools take the time to think about whether it is really more convenient to type an order in on an app, as opposed to calling the order in on a phone? No they didn’t AND by using the smartphone app to place a FOOD ORDER instead of a phone, the pizza seller can then become a data broker making money by selling customer info, instead of making money by providing a quality food product.
    Then there is the issue of behavioral “data simulations” being conducted on citizens by corporations and government, eventually, to be used for revenue projections. I can guarantee that some people will not be able to be “simulated”, due to high levels of inaccuracy in the data that exists on file and is collected on them regularly. Some simple examples would be homeless people, old people that don’t use credit or the internet, and low wage earners functioning solely on cash, whom use cell phones or have utility bill etc on a relatives account, which their name is not on (I have a relative that does all of the above and couch surfs, there’s no way a simulation would know anything about him because he has virtually no digital footprint).
    Th rub is when these “behavioral simulations” becomes a real part of business revenue projections, directly influencing tax revenue projections and collection methods. These people that “cannot be simulated” will be labeled criminals and put on some kind of supervised probation and forced to adapt habits that can be tracked digitally. I can GUARANTEE this will happen. As I stated above, Millennial’s are likely the easiest to simulate already because they have already given away the keys to the castle and have no intention of taking those keys back.
    Right now most Americans are expected to and are coerced by employment requirements to buy/finance a car, buy/finance education, buy/finance healthcare, buy/finance insurance and eventually buy/finance a home of some kind.
    What do you think the “Owners of Capital Class” will do when “life-extension tech”, “self-driving cars”, “robot AI home workers”, “AI networked appliances” or “cyborg implants” become viable commercial products?
    They will simply coerce people to buy it, even if the recipient doesn’t want to have the procedure done and the methods used to coerce the general populace in the United States, will not require any additional lobbying or law changes on the behalf of the “Owners of Capital”.
    Imagine a world where life-extension tech is sold and financed to regular people, over long repayment periods, to people that don’t have the ability to pay for it, in cash, up front, similar to a cars, higher education or home mortgages.
    Want to opt-out? Sure you have the “choice” to do anything you want, we are a “free country” after all.
    Imagine the unfolding of the following fictional scenarios, resulting from a person “choosing” to NOT have the life-extension procedure:
    Do you want health insurance? Sorry, but we don’t insure people whom have not had the “life-extension” procedure. However, there is another provider which we can refer you to that will, but that company has both a high deductible and high premium, so as to reduce the coverage risk of your shorter life span, to the provider.
    Want to get a job? Sorry, but we don’t hire people whom do not have “cyborg-implants”, they cost more to insure and are un-insurable in some cases. We don’t consider this discrimination, however, because its no different than requiring you to have a car or a driver license for employment with our firm. Especially with the Supreme Court declaring that those refusing the “cyborg-implants” procedure are not considered disabled, nor are a protected class.
    Do you need a credit card or a business loan? Sorry, but we have to charge you a higher interest rate because our actuaries have found that people whom have not had the “life-extension” procedure are a higher risk, have higher unemployment rates and have lower profit margins, due to a shorter life expectancy.
    Do you need a bank account or cell/internet/communication service plan? Sorry, but we don’t open accounts to people whom have not had the “cyborg-implant” procedure, they cost significantly more to service, due to not being plugged directly into the system.
    Again, as I said above, this mandatory purchase strategy will not be limited to ” life-extension tech”. Just replace the word “life-extension procedure”, in my above example, with the word “self-driving car”, “robot AI home worker”, “AI networked appliances”, “Cell Regeneration” or “cyborg implant” and the result is the same for the regular person.
    Last, “Private Cities” owned by corporations, will be exempt from labor and civil laws. The rally to create these cities will be done in order to lower human labor costs before the Singularity, Mind-clone and AI tech fully take over, rendering regular people back to the old indenture servant system that used to exist in the USA.
    Want to get a job in a “Private City”? Sorry, but we don’t hire people whom have not financed the life-extension procedure and/or do not have an AI car or Robot home worker”.
    In a “Private City” the “Owners of Capital Class” can make ANY RULES THEY WANT, without “due process” or pesky “labor laws” getting in the way.
    All of the above also does not include fact that employers will require people working for them to hold bank accounts with negative interest rates and it won’t matter if the person is paid by on 1099 or has a W-2.
    Do you want to get paid in a cashless society? If so, you will need to have an open and active “negative interest” bank account.
    In the USA the government has the power to simply make certain actions illegal on a whim because unlike Europe, we have no real consumer, civil or labor protections. This also doesn’t account for the private banks just outright refusing to give you your money, on bank run day, requiring you to attempt to press charges against them or suing, in hopes of successfully gaining access to your funds in the far future.
    If, bank runs become a possible reality, the private banks will know well in advance and will have taken all the physical cash out of the local bank locations, before the public becomes aware. The government will also make carrying cash over a certain amount illegal, say something like, no more than $100 physical cash on your person, inside residences, private storage, vehicles or business locations.
    In summary, I suspect that the “Owners of Capital Class” in the USA will “legislate purchases”, little by little, then do a surprise unloading of the negative interest polices on existing accounts. Regular people won’t see it coming and this situation will hit them like a ton of bricks, with no alternatives to fall back on.
    All sounds swell, don’t it!
    First, AI is going to make regular people jobless
    Second, it is going to steal what few liberties and freedoms they have left
    Third, it will make human life valueless to the true “Owners of Capital”, many of whom are Closeted Fascists

    1. You can politely tell your boss you will not integrate your personal devices into the work environment and, if they would like you to perform work functions from home, they can provide devices for this purpose. Cite security concerns, if you must provide a reason.
      There is nothing they can do about it, except provide the devices.
      When coworkers ask me why I don’t link my employer Outlook and Skype accounts to my devices, I explain this to them. They do it voluntarily and work, pretty much, all the time. They take calls at midnight, from their bosses. Shit like that. I do not. I put in a straight 40 and go home. My boss tried calling my personal cell a few times late at night, and when I didn’t answer, they stopped trying.
      They can wait, just like you do for everything else.
      I check email (while at work) 3 times per day — morning, noon, evening. I utilizes the Rules function in Outlook, to filter and significantly reduce the volume of email I receive. I only actually read about 1/3 of my email and respond to even less. I take calls (while at work) promptly and answer respectfully.
      We get the same results, except they are constantly stressed out.
      Boundaries are incredible things. Set them. Hold to them. If your employer does not respect your boundaries, then it is time to leave. The job won’t work long-term, anyway.

  13. This was a very informative and useful article. Given that it’s from the running joke of the “sponsored article” it’s definitely appreciated.

  14. We live in the tinder era, as a man you must assume that all females are tinder hos until proven otherwise. Women order cock from their phone like ordering pizza delivery. Somebody needs to invent a pocket size smart phone jammer with 25 ft radius. Switch that bitch on whenever you’re with your girlfriend. She will be constantly changing smart phones wondering if she’s just stupid and can’t work her phone. lol

    1. Jammers exist and were made illegal a long time ago. I always thought that every automobile should have a cell-jammer that activates whenever the vehicle is running and in gear. But, auto makers are now building wireless into vehicles. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.
      Here in the midwest, there are now folks riding buses with the job of reporting the license plates of folks using smart phones while driving. Like I said above…

      1. You can buy jammers on the net. Some schools use them to keep their kids from getting distracted. I’m guessing its the mobile jammer that’s legally questionable? But it seems like that kind of legal restriction could be skirted by marketing a smaller battery powered jammer for home use, that the owner could then carry with him.

      2. People (especially women) get so angry if you are driving and don’t respond to their text/call right away. I just tell them, “I was driving. Get over it.” I’m not going to risk life and limb for something that can wait until I’m stationary.

        1. My response is to not respond and not explain. Let ’em be pissed off, it’s THEIR blood pressure, not mine. Once she calms down and wants to be a grown up girl, we talk.

  15. At school, it’s not uncommon to see rows of students waiting for class to start, yet they are more content to tap and scroll away on their smartphones instead of talking to the person right next to them.

  16. Smartphones are most certainly a boon to the human race, stifling creativity and whittling away time in our lives. Luckily for me, I live in an area where cell service reception is basically non-existent. Nobody in my neighborhood is ever seen with these devices strapped to their ear. I must read this book.

    1. It’s a boon, alright… Turning us into ba-boons. On the bright side, it lessens the amount of competition for creative people, who can use their time wisely.

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