Some thoughts about 737 Max grounding

These are just thoughts that occur to me, a person who has no knowledge about the current realities of the engineering and data collection within the airline industry, but a person who recognize the value of comprehensive data collection, storage, and retrieval from actual operation of advanced designed systems, especially those designs that rely heavily on computer automation and simulation.

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Automation failures requires burst-mode human labor

An economy of automated engineering and automated operation presents a new burst requirement on human labor.    We need a labor model that can rapidly dedicate people to solve emergency problems caused by automation and yet that automation is essential for continued operation of the economy or for avoiding some future disaster.

Post employment economy

In the presumed post-scarcity world, we get the lifestyle without working, without any income.   In the extreme, the only possibility for compensation for residual jobs is in some form of an investment.   From our modern perspective where income is tied to consumption, income will not be a benefit from working.   The future will be a post-income world.

The world of Alita

Assuming a post-scarcity world, the big challenge will be how to satisfy the human need for justice.   At the very least, there will be two systems of justice: one for the wealthy celebrities and another for the rest.   The masses will have very little opportunity to seek justice from the wealthy, especially once democracy is replaced or rendered lame from politics of division of ever smaller identity groups.   Over time (especially over generations), we will learn to satisfy our needs for justice though non-governmental means.

Democracy: the best a government can be?

At some point, we should free ourselves to ask whether we can make a more modern form of government that better accommodates the modern challenges of the diverse populations and global influences and consequences.  It is highly unlikely that a democratic (or democratic republic) can ever have the authority to make these optimal decisions that will inevitably result in condemnation by the majority.

Laws: government coercion, domination, and control

Contrary to President Trump’s declaration, we have an inescapable need to have laws that coerce, dominate, and control our lives.   There may be some people who think they can live without those laws, but I suspect that will only work when they are on an island isolated from any dissenting peers.   There is something deep within us that recognizes that the rule of law is essential to our being humans.