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2020 Is Cyberpunk

On New Year’s Day 2020, I noted that we are not living in a future with flying cars, much less floating cities patrolled by superheroes. As I said then, that’s the downside, but the upside is that we’re not living in this either…

Cyberpunk 2020 cover

How quickly reality likes to disabuse us of our quaint notions.

Ok, so it’s not exactly like the way the 80s envisioned 2020, but let’s look around us –

  • Computer and communications networks linking nearly the entire world
  • Global economy teetering on the brink of collapse
  • People being socially ostracized for thinking outside the Officially Approved Narrative
    Cyberpunk 2020 Diversity And Unity
    [from the sourcebook NeoTribes, 1995]
  • Corporations essentially ruling, or at least strongly influencing, the world
  • Worldwide pandemic, with people wearing facemasks outside to avoid breathing the “bad air”

I’m sure you can think of more. The Cyberpunk book even mentions something called “Storm Technologies” coming to prominence into 2019 and 2020, which might amuse any Qanon fans out there.

But not William Gibson, not Rudy Rucker, not “The Mighty Bruces” Bethke and Sterling, not even Mike Pondsmith and the crew at R. Talsorian predicted this.

A smart toilet could identify you by your ‘analprint’ and detect diseases

A prototype smart toilet that can identify you by your “analprint” and monitor your trip to the loo has been created by researchers at Stanford University. It’s equipped with cameras and sensors that collect information on your bodily waste, and it uses that data to look for any health issues you might have.

The “analprint” is the toilet’s primary way of identifying each user. Much to the authors’ dismay, it’s also the aspect of the toilet that’s gotten the most attention since the paper describing the proto-toilet was published in a press release and the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering on Monday.

“It’s a minor part of our system,” Seung-min Park, a senior research scientist at Stanford University and the paper’s lead author, told The Verge.

The article reports that the inspiration for “analprints” was Salvador Dali. Somehow not surprised.

It’s not a bad idea, in theory. It could help people discover health problems before they become serious. But of course, it can’t be that simple.

The article cites privacy concerns, which are well-founded in a bizarrely disturbing way – the government has always been up your ass, but this makes it literal. But the article also notes “due to the fixed camera angles of the GoPro, the smart toilet would film female genitalia in addition to the anal region, which is why the first study included an all-male participant pool.”

Imagine your toilet being hacked.* Not only are you at risk for identity-theft-by-ass-recognition, you might end up the star of the show on the internet somewhere. With your identity clearly known.

The forthcoming game Cyberpunk 2077, dark and oppressive as it is, might be looking a little too optimistic.
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H/T to this Redstate article I found while researching , and to Ace of Spades HQ, your go-to source in all toilet-related concerns.

*Now there’s a phrase I never envisioned writing.

Mr. Chair Man

“”I am”… I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair”

– Neil Diamond, “I Am… I Said”

Mr. Horrible is upset that someone keeps taking his chair. Someone who isn’t even there –

Happy New Year!

2020. Wow! It’s really here.

Back in 1980, Superman comics depicted the future world of 2020…

Superman 2020 comic

So no, we are not living in floating cities with flying cars and controlled weather. Much less having a superhero around.

That’s the downside. On the upside, we’re not living in this either…

Cyberpunk 2020 cover

…yet.

Ya know, if DC Comics had any smarts at all, they would be selling a Superman 2020 collection right now, maybe with a new story or two included. Not just to coincide with the arrival of the year 2020, but the concept was perfectly suited to our Current Year in its wokeness.

See for yourself…

Superman 2020 clip 1

It’s got nazis! And a sop to concerns about overpopulation as well.

The nazis even have their own cool salute…

Superman 2020 clip 2

…and predicted the soyboy epidemic.

Superman 2020 clip 3

And best of all…

Superman 2020 clip 4.jpg

…even though these “Purists” are totally racist, they’re also not racist at all. Now that’s a hell of a trick.

Seriously, DC could make sales from a high-concept series and score virtue-signaling points all at once. They accidentally stumbled across a form of wokeness that might actually make a profit.

Then again, they might get in trouble for this…

Superman 2020 clip 5

Even in the imaginary future, some things never change.

Happy New Year!

 

2019

2019 has been….. quite a year. To close out quite a decade!

Oreos Goeth Before A Fall

H/T Ace of Spades HQ

Oreo Pride Cookies

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Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a great time ringing in 2017! I did watch the ball drop in New York, but it really hasn’t had the same attraction without Dick Clark.

Enjoy this prime number of a year.

Prayer Request

Please keep my brother in your prayers and thoughts. Thank you.

Lessening Resistance

Lessening Resistance

ADDENDUM: Speaking of no easy path, it appears WordPress has screwed around with the POST settings again.

Merry Christmas!

Break

I may not be around much for a while.