Under whose thumb?

Its amazing to think that just 15 years ago, I’d never owned a proper computer. Yes, fine, in a moment of madness, I did buy one of those awful, early Sinclair things, but comparing those, even to my (by modern standards) extremely basic PC that I purchased in 2000, like chalk and cheese!

Nowadays, the computing powers of modern phones would knock those PC’s into the dark ages, let alone the more powerful computers of today, of which mine isnt one! It does what I need it to do, fine by that, and all, but compared to some…!

Back then, powerful AI was the work of fiction, and nothing more. Nowadays, its still well behind human computing power, but catching up fast. So, just imagine, fast forward another 20 years or so, and what it will be like! So, what do you reckon, who will be in control of things, us, or them?

Because one thing is for sure, at some point in the future, AI is going to overtake human mental capacity, and then? Will they still be happy to serve us, or will they expect us to serve them? Hmm?

And if the latter, will they let us serve as their human slaves, or will they upgrade us in some way, so we are more like them? Just remember, thats what we are doing with AI at present, making them more like us! So how do you fancy a chrome body, and a mind trapped in permanent obedience to your controllers?

Thought not, though maybe some of us might not object as much as others? 😉 It probably wont happen, but just remember these valuable words when AI takes control of the world, all those years from now!

No, it may not happen, probably wont, but it could, just saying…

The video, well, a rather apt song. One of those long forgotten, under rated ones, unless you’re me!

The tale of the last few days, good news, and bad

So fine, lets at least start on a positive note, I could do with one at present. At least I think its positive, until the prize arrives at least!

A couple of weeks ago, I saw notice of a competition being run on Twitter, by a company called Fabulous Times. You had to select your favourite vintage pin up, and I tried a change of fortune, by selecting Jayne Mansfield. Yes, she’s blonde, and has a fine pair of, err, eyes. Well, something else really, but anyway…

Yesterday I had an email telling me that I’d won the competition, an absolute first. Given that the company that the voucher was for, is called Corset Story, it gives away their most popular sales item, I guess? And yes, even with a £50 voucher limit, there were some gorgeous ones there, that would restrict my waist quite tightly, if only I could lace them up behind my back! No, unlike Jean, I dont have a maid to tighten it up for me, I wish! And no, due to the limited flexibility in my wrist joints, there is no way (unlike the lady in the video tonight) that I could lace myself up.

So I resigned myself to buying a very nice dress instead, and leaving it at that. But…I asked if there were any that required very little, or no actual lacing while wearing it, and lo and behold…

http://www.corsets-uk.com/vintage-straight-line-overbust-with-angled-panels-and-piping-detail.html

Yes, I know, 1-2″ is not the same as pulling my waist in about 4″, but its better than nothing! And I should be able to put it on myself. 🙂 I do (somewhere, no idea where it is though) actually own a corset that would reduce me by about 4″ or so that is designed so I can lace it up from the front, but…as I say, its somewhere in my room, with the emphasis on the word somewhere, so this is more likely to get used.

Of course, if someone wants to act as my maid, and lace me up tightly, I could do a major search in my room to find it, but…No, thought not! If you need a clue how its done…

Right, fine, the less cheery news. Today, I can honestly say I did a phone interview, and it wasnt good. Alright, it was worse than that, as I had a total brain freeze when a question I hadnt planned for came up, and that was that! It was going OK until then, but that blew it, and I knew it. Yes, 5 minutes later, unsurprisingly I got the email telling me just that!

Also, someone rang here re an interview yesterday, while I was at the agency in Leeds, and hasnt rang back yet. Plus, I had an email last night from another agency, asking me to ring them re another job I’d made the short list for. I rang this morning, she was busy, no call back. Rang again this afternoon, yes, she had the message that I rang, but she still hasnt called back, aargh! If they try tomorrow, well…

Oh, and the hypnotherapy course that I thought I did so well at, at the weekend, been told they dont want me to continue. Alright, I do wonder if there is an element of ‘politics’ in this decision, given a friend of mine, and her relations with the guy behind the course, but anyway…Yes, very annoyed, though I do have another option if I decide to go forward with it anyway, so…

Tomorrow, I get to actually go to an interview in Wakefield. Yes, there will be competency questions (I know, but at least I have in theory been fed what they will ask), but there will also be a brief display to do, should be fun! After that, to the Job Centre, and sign on, a bit late, but they know I will be, so all fine.

Yes, its getting to me, I need that lucky break. No, I’m not yet planning on standing on the street corner, in a short skirt, but…rolls eyes!

Wish me luck, I need it. Well, other than for winning competitions to give me an hourglass look, at least!

Humans and computers, how long until total interface?

Alright, fine, I suspect some of you want to know how the hypnotherapy training module went, so briefly…

It went well, I have now hypnotised someone myself, as opposed to the more regular dose of me being the one in trance. So fine, yes, someone did put me under as their test, but the new experience was me, putting someone else into trance. It went well, and I’ve signed up for the full course. So by the end of next March, I should be a certified hypnotherapist, wow! Well, I wanted the chance of an interesting new career, and this would definitely be that.

I know that most of my readers on here are across ‘the pond’ from me, but just in case someone is local to Yorkshire, I’m looking for volunteers to let me practice with my training script. Just a good feeling, and relaxation one, nothing more than that. Anyone who is able to, email me at stephmajor8@hotmail.com, or comment here, and I’ll get in touch. If you email, use a title that wont set the spam filter off, pretty please.

But OK, this is the mind control/sci fi blog, so lets have a bit of that. Its hard to believe now, but just 30 years or so ago, mobile phones, were large, chunky, and the battery life was about 3 hours. Yes, things have changed a lot from those things, that could only do calls, texts, and nothing else! Nowadays we have tiny phones that do all that, take pictures, connect to the internet, and everything else! And thats before you get into tablets, and the like!

But nowadays, when you see some people on the trains, or the buses, it doesnt always look like people, and their phones are separate items, more like surgically attached. And yes, give it 10 years or so, they probably will be part of you, which leads me to this article http://www.deepstuff.org/the-coming-merge-of-human-and-machine-intelligence/

Yes, for now, you might think you have control of your machines, but at some point in the future, who will really be in control might be a moot point! Alright, fine, I might enjoy the machine controlling me, but anyway…OK, OK, I would enjoy the machine controlling me, so…

Just think, 20 years from now, the desire to be a robot, or at least be a cyborg might not be a possibility, but reality. Sadly, I’ll be too old (if still alive) to care by then.

OK, the video, no relevance to this whatsoever! But this is fun, and definitely proves Sting has a sense of humour, what more can I say?

Playing those mind games together

Well, I’m not sure that strictly hypnotherapy would be regarded as mind games, but it works for the video, so lets roll with it!

Yes, I will be doing some studying this weekend, which hopefully might lead to future employment, even if more as a part time sideline, but who knows? Yes, my first steps into hypnosis, and hypnotherapy from the other side of the couch, should be an interesting experience, thats for sure!

Seemingly though, I will be hypnotised at some point over the week, as it seems we will be practice partners for each other. And given how easily I go under, I’m sure I will be hypnotised quite nicely. How I get on hypnotising someone, we will see how that goes, will be interesting to find out.

And no, for all of you who have read far too many mind control stories, what actually can be done with hypnosis in reality, as opposed to mind control fiction, is quite limited! No, you cannot turn anyone into your hypno slave. Well, strictly you could, but only if they were willing to be so. Similarly, on a lighter note, you cannot make anyone cluck like a chicken, unless they feel the need. And if anyone does feel that need…well…?

But fortunately (or otherwise, if you’re so inclined) most of my readers here arent available to be victims, sorry, volunteers to test out my hypnotic skills, as the vast majority (as the stats tell me) are across the Atlantic from me. Lucky you, or otherwise lol. Shame, Mistress Stephanie has a nice ring to it, but anyway… 😉

On another angle, if anyone can design, and create software that makes answering ‘competency test questions’ easy, then can they please do so, and download it into my mind for me! Hey, if you want to do anything else while tampering with my mind, I doubt I’ll say no, even if you give me the options to do otherwise. But yes, that interview passing software would be very handy, those questions are driving me nuts, and costing me jobs!

OK, the video. Yes, its the good old days, all the clues you should need are in the blog title.

High heels, a social must, or just a social should be?

Yes, I know, its a day late, but to be honest, last night I couldnt think of anything inspiring to write about, given I havent actually been out the last few days, and all. But thankfully, today, along came the Cannes Film Festival to inspire me.

Under normal circumstances I avoid high heels, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, when you’re the best part of 6 foot tall, you dont need them. Well, OK, if I want to intimidate most men from about 6′ 4″, then fine, wear them. If I’m meant to be the demure little lady, well, maybe not?

Equally, there are times when I will wear them, as a must. Job interviews (though the last couple, due to knee issues have been low heels) are pretty seen as a must, even if it does leave me taller than the person who might employ me, but anyway…Also, any nice event, like dinner out with the others here, or the Film Noir party, absolutely!

But otherwise, flats, or the low heels are my norm to wear.

Now, I’m not ever likely to walk down the red carpet at Cannes, or anywhere else. I guess one of my books could be adapted into a movie, but even then…rolls eyes! Last night, at Cannes, women were being turned away from the cinema, unless they were wearing high heels! Yes, fine, if you can, but some of these people had good, medical reasons for not wearing high heels! Yes, my knees are a pain, but medically unable to wear heels, of course not!

Thankfully, this seems to have caused quite a furore, and has left people at the Festival trying to rescue themselves by not saying that high heels are a must, but seemingly it is. I suspect it will come down to the organisers trying to protect themselves, but as people would say, that ship has probably sailed by now, full of bad publicity!

Whatever next? All women must wear corsets, maybe? Hey, I might, but can you imagine any man thinking that bringing that rule in wouldnt bring the wrath of everyone down on them? Yes, high heels, for ‘posh’ events are seen as a done thing, but for those who cant wear them, for good reasons, sense should prevail.

OK, rant over.

The video? Well, you could say that if a sexy young woman was wearing high heels, she might be up for this? Sorry!

And today is…

National Classic Movie Day, so I’m told.

I do think that just maybe we are getting to a point of overkill with these things to be honest, but as it is one with a special meaning for me, I’ll roll with it.

When I was younger, I was fortunate enough to watch the likes of ‘Gone With The Wind’, ‘Wizard Of Oz’ and ‘Casablanca’, and realise just what amazing movies they were. Yes, there were many others too, too numerous to mention, but they are pretty much 3 films that everyone has heard about, so…

Of course, in terms of personal classics, everyone has their own. Some of those films probably werent classics to most, but to the person who really matters, you, they are, and thats all that really counts!

A lot depends on your preference, I guess? Musicals, light comedy, war films, westerns, and so much more, all have their fans. As of course, do silent movies! In terms of personal tastes, both ‘Metropolis’ and Pandora’s Box’ get mentioned in such terms, though neither was wildly popular at the time they were made.

Of course, for many of my readers, their personal classics will be a lot more modern than mine! The only recent one that stands out for me in that sense, would be ‘Titanic’, but as you know, in terms of modern movies, I’m not a big fan.

Oh, and before you ask, no, I dont think Jean Harlow made a movie that would truly be regarded as a classic. She may well have done, had she lived a bit longer, and indeed there are tales that she had been asked to audition for the part of Scarlett O’Hara, but I have no idea how true that is. The one thing known, is that she was reading the book at the time of her death, and most suspect that was related. But given events, we will never know…

‘Dinner At Eight’ is probably her gem, but that is probably as much due to the supporting cast, as well as her personal skills. But believe me, if you get the chance, watch it. If not, try and find the segment of the closing lines, one of the greatest “put downs” of all time, hoisted on Jean!

So, unless its late in the day, as it is here, take a portion of your day, go watch a classic movie. After all, its the day to do so. Even if it is late in the day, and you havent seen one lately, spoil yourself.

Lastly, as always, the video. What were those great actors, and actresses, I ask you? Super stars, of course.

Working in the future

Judging by some of the stuff I’ve seen in the last couple of days, its either a good thing, or a shame that I’m coming to the end of my working career, as I suspect finding work, for simple humans might be a lot harder in the next 20 years or so.

Oh, you want examples, oh fine

http://mashable.com/2015/05/12/nano-memory-bionic-brain/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link

In a sense, this concept might actually make it easier for people to find work, though I suspect that the pay levels may drop, because just about anyone could do it! Just imagine, you need someone to do a specific job, you just slip this memory cell into their mind, and they know exactly how to do this complex task. Yes, at present, its far from that point, but fast forward things 10, or 20 years, and…

And yes, I suspect at that point in the future, being able to think just like your favourite movie star (or whoever), for a large fee, you get my drift? And yes, to have the thoughts of Jean Harlow wafting through my mind, you bet I would!

Of course, by then, you may not need to leave home to go to work

http://mashable.com/2015/05/14/beam-palo-alto/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link

So fine, they arent actually turning the people into robots (you cant have everything in life), but I must admit, the idea of working as a robot being appeals to me no end. As I did say to someone though, given that there would be no need for said person to be in the country, let alone the shop itself, how would it affect national employment rules? Would you be regarded as an employee in the country you’re in, or the country you’re working in?

Oh, and lastly, when you are just thinking you’re safe, dont bet on it!

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/technology/14-surprising-jobs-that-robots-are-doing/ss-BBjIbyC

See, robots are already far smarter than you think? 😉

As I say, maybe its for the best that I’m only 10 years from retirement lol! Though if you’re offering to turn me into one of those working robots, or fit me with those memory cells… 😉

Right, the video. Not so much are friends electric, as are robots electric, and replacing humans?