Tuesday, August 09, 2016


Let's dream a world without dirty money to launder in some XXX banks


As a thriller it is rather simple and we know from the start it will end up alright, and it does. As a “detective” story it is also simple since it is all a question of firing power and we know where superiority at that level is, so there is no surprise either.

It is more interesting to know who and what is doing what is happening to a simple mailman, who does not always ring only twice, or postman if you prefer, who is not Pat. We know there is one person behind and one person who is paying some debt to that ex-marine with a golden star medal or something like that under his post office uniform. But how is it done and what kind of machinery is behind it all? In fact the answer at the end of the book is rather sketchy.

But most of all this book is science fiction, not political science fiction, but social and financial science fiction. Imagine all the money that is being laundered by banks totally seized and channeled to good actions and people in need. Simple you may say, but why isn’t it done if it is that simple? Robin Hood not dead, for sure, but why not have a few of these Robin Hoods in today’s world? No answer in the galleries, of course not, because there is no answer because money is no longer paper money or metal money. Money today is purely electronic money, virtual money. It has no color, no smell and no taste. It only exists in computers and in the cloud, the famous cloud. So why not funnel all the dirty money into worthy causes and to worthy people? Just a few clicks and there you are. There must be higher reasons to prevent that kind of robbery. The book has its answer but it might be slightly more complex.

And yet that’s the idea of this author, a very vicious, sadistic and perverse idea indeed. Let’s program some computers so that a virtual redistributing machine is invented and works all by itself on its own mechanical artificial intelligence and manages to take dirty money wherever it is and to distribute it to the people who need it according to the big data processing this virtual machine is able to do on the Internet to know who needs what and how much. It all starts with a hamster, though it could have been a parakeet,  and ends with a puppy, so charming and so sweet, and in-between hundreds of people were killed and trillions of dollars were re-ventilated into millions of bank accounts. That’s absolute mental ecology, perfect and pure ecology of the mind.

This science fiction does not hurt too much after all except that imagining a machine that can on its own intelligence manage humanity is a myth that could come from the rather deficient mind of Ray Kurzweil, but it forgets fundamental elements.

1-                           The human factor: no machine can replace that human factor, the hugging with love and friendship, the crying and weeping with sadness and unhappiness and distress, the howling and screaming and shouting with suffering and trauma and pain and agony. No machine can even imagine such emotions and sensations, let alone experience them, and they cannot be programmed because they are absolutely unique to each person and each moment.

2-                           The cultural factor, and in particular the religious or philosophical side of things, that can lead to both cooperation and hostility because culture is an identifying element for every single individual who is necessarily identifying themselves with one particular group rather than another. And language is part of that culture and no machine will never be able to use articulated language the way we do in conversation, in poetry, in literature, in research, and even in dreams, first of all because that was an invention of humanity as an animal species.

3-                           The need for competition among human beings to have anything looking like progress or development. No human being does anything without the simple motivation of getting better results, improving one’s own life and the life of one’s close associates, or getting rewarded in a way or another with fame, money or authority also called power. Take that off and we do not have a human society any more: we can imagine a society entirely controlled, organized and managed by machines, but then it no longer is a human society.

So the story is nicely romantic but it is a bed time story for mid-teenagers with just enough female innuendo to satisfy the impulses of males in that age bracket. They might get some dreams out of it, but rather wet dreams than nightmares, though you should not forget mares are female horses after all and the readers are potential.stallions.


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