Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Geronimo's Cadillac

Modern mythology springs from the best and worst of us. It evolves.

The Web amplifies  and accelerates the evolution of this mythology.
Modern mythology illustrates the best and worst of the human condition. 

Mythological stories last longest when they show that good behavior will be rewarded and foolish, evil, or stupid behavior will be punished. 

Modern mythology reveal people's fear of rapid change in technology.

Michael Martin Murphey's song "Geronimo's Cadillac" was inspired by Walter Ferguson's photo of Geronimo sitting in a luxury Locomobile.
 Contrary to what you might think, the person in the feathered war bonnet is not Geronimo. Geronimo is the man in the top hat sitting at the wheel.
The song was also recorded by Hoyt Axton and by Cher, whos real name is  Cherilyn Sarkisian, who is not an indian, but of Armenian / Irish decent.

On March 4th in 1905 Geranimo rode in the president Theodore Roosevelt's Inaugural parade. Of the six indians who were invited to march, he was the only one who was not an Indian chief.
Geronimo is second from right. Many people thought he was a cowboy.
His real name was Goyathlay (The cunning one), The mexicans called him Geronimo, (One who yawns)

Had Goyathlay owned a cadillac it would have looked like this. However, he never owned a car, or learned to drive, He simply sat in a Locomobile for a photograph.

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    When A.I. Escapes

    A photo I took at Fort Pickens in Pensacola Florida, Edited.
    Every technology either reaches escape velocity, or  dies.
    If at some point, a new technology becomes viable, it explodes into the human experience like gangbusters.
    It happened with automobiles. I saw that with the personal computer. We are seeing it now with artificially intelligent robotics.

    Some questions arise. We weren't prepared for them when the automobile, TV, and PC arrived. Will we be prepared for the A.I. Robot?
    Will Robots have rights.
    Should Robots that replace human workers pay income tax?
    Are Robots slaves?
    What do we do with a dead Robot?
    Once a Robot reaches general intelligence, can they vote?

    Why did I capitalize "Robot"? Well... we capitalize God, don't we?