Category Archives: This is how I see it

Just asking… #6 – ROFL

I’m sure you’ve already read the expression ROFL: rolling on the floor laughing. You even might have used it yourself from time to time in social media posts or text messages when LOL was not strong enough. But suppose you take this literally, drop to the floor and start laughing while rolling. How long can you do this before people start wondering if there might be something wrong? How long before someone starts feeling uncomfortable? How long until that becomes uncomfortable enough to call the emergency service? How long before it’s been decided that you might be a threat to your environment or to society?

It is a specific example of my more general question: when do people consider you to be crazy instead of just silly? I have to admit – a fact readily confirmed by the people close to me, although most of the times there are no witnesses – I can act silly at times. And on occasion there is an urge to just go on and on, without any real reason (assuming there was a reason, or at least a trigger to start with).

So, how far exactly can you go, rolling on the floor laughing, before they lock you away? Just asking…

Just asking… #5 – Is your next boss a robot?

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Some people are worried that in some not so distant future robots will take their jobs away, and that in whatever jobs are still left, humans will be bossed around by algorithms and machines. Personally I think those people hugely underestimate human resourcefulness, but still I’d like to pass on a thought to those more worrying-natured: why on earth do you think this will only happen in the future? It is already happening right here, right now! Just look around: every day your smartphone sends you (with a unrelenting sequence of notifications and sounds) on a hunt for power to recharge it. When you have done that and then sit down to enjoy a movie, the dishwasher starts squeaking – until you get up and push a button to stop it. And when you have just settled down again and hit the play-button, there is the dryer informing you that you need to get up again and fold some laundry…

So, is your next boss a machine? Or is it your current one? Just asking…