We’re all going to be replaced by machines

Secureteam is one of those UFO YouTube channels which should be horrible, but it’s well presented and often has a Fortean outlook, so sceptical which is good. Sometimes it hasn’t which can be awful, but sometimes fun.

This video however isn’t about aliens or the like but about how A.I and tech from the likes of Google are effectively going to do not just simple jobs for us like booking a haircut, but will be able to alter how we see reality itself. Now I can see the benefits for sections of society but the ability to alter live video feed in real time worries me that  governments will abuse this technology to do whatever they like.

We need to have a discussion about this beyond obscure YouTUube channels as this potentially, could be hugely important for generations to come that this sort of tech is used wisely.

Have a look…

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A word of appreciation for Poppy’s ”3.36 (Music to Sleep To)”

Poppy is one of those internet pop sensations that happen seemingly daily. The big difference is that the fact she’s a construct of the music industry and media is etched into her entire persona creating what is a rather wonderful post-modern publicity stunt mixed with an art project that’s funded by a major label in the shape of Island Records. Aside from her music she’s best known for stuff like this…

Masterminded by Titanic Sinclair, Poppy is his latest project after the vastly underrated Mars Argo, but in among all the vaguely ironic videos and pop songs is a work of genius which is Poppy and Sinclair’s ambient album 3.36 (Music to Sleep By).

Poppy clearly shares some DNA with the KLF, and this album is reminiscent of Space, while at the same time being very much its own thing, and oh, it will help you get sleep, or even comedown nicely from whatever high you’re on. Which ultimately is the test for a good ambient album and this is very much a good ambient album so stick the headphones in, relax and enjoy.

Watching meteors hit the Earth is strangely relaxing

The website LiveMeteors.com is one of those things that is curiously addictive, especially if you’re still off work poorly as I am and don’t have the concentration to do anything more stressful but make a cup of tea. Essentially the site monitors objects entering the Earth’s atmosphere, be it meteor, space debris or anything else so when watching the live feed, you’ll get a near constant stream of small pings as objects enter the atmosphere with the occasional larger tone as something bigger than a teaspoon hits the Earth.

Of course such a site is open season for UFO hunters and even though on the front page of the site gives a scientific reason for the ridiculously long and heavy results you sometimes get, that isn’t stopping people from believing the truth is out there.

But this is fun to watch what is essentially something burning to a cinder. It’s somewhat relaxing…

What has Doctor Who in common with conspiracy theories, Russia and hats?

Ever since 2001 and 911, the conspiracy theory has entered political debate so with Russia strongly suspected of poisoning the Skripal’s in Sailisbury, tinfoil hats are being passed out left, right and centre.

On the subject of hats, we have #hatgate in which some of the more rabid supporters of Jeremy Corbyn are saying the BBC are making Corbyn seem ‘more Russian‘ by digitally altering the Lenin cap he wears which is so called thanks to Lenin adopting it as I assume he hung around with a load of Greek fishermen. Meanwhile, various Tory figures are avoiding discussing the rather large sums of money many of them have been given by various Russian oligarchs. Then there’s the frantic cry and rush to war from much of the UK media who seem to forget that a war between the UK and Russia wouldn’t even last as long as the career of an X Factor winner. We also have people on the left leaping instinctively to defend Russia even though Russia is now a hyper-capitalist tyranny, while some on the right leap to the defence of some on the left. All the time Putin and the Russians are simply taking the piss and watch this further destabilise the UK, while Putin gets to send a message to his dissidents that you can’t ever escape.

So it would be hilarious if it weren’t so serious but then wading into this quagmire of insanity comes former Doctor Who actor John Levene who played Sergeant Benton of UNIT during mainly the Jon Pertwee era who is on the case in Salisbury in this, well, quite unique video that touches international crime and feeding the ducks.

In this era of fake news and hats, who best to get to the root of the problem but a retired actor? It sort of sums up how we appear to be living in a world where nothing at all makes any sense and we’re so desperate for simple answers that we’ll throw our hat on anything that fits our own personal bias’s.

The genius of David Firth

Imagine Chris Morris’s Jam crossed with YouTube conspiracy channels crossed with the news and you have The News Hasn’t Happened Yet created by David Firth,

Firth is probably best known for the odd webseries Salad Fingers

Firth is one of those creators whose work stands head and shoulders above most others because of not just the originality on display, but because he manages to mix horror and comedy so successfully. This can be seen best of all for me in what his his masterwork, Cream.

So go to his channel and take in the full glory of his work…

Ghosts of the past on Google Streetview

I’m a bit of a Suede fan so YouTube often throws Suede videos at me like a bored petulant schoolchild throwing paper at his teacher. This morning it coughed up Electricity at me, one of their songs from 1999.

The video was film by the sadly departed Astoria club on Tottenham Court Road, and in Falconberg Court, one of those wonderful old London alleyways, which near places like the Astoria used to reek of the history of the place through the smell of sex, urine and kebabs.

I thought I’d see what it looked like on Street View and got this.

The image is from October 2008 when the Astoria was being (in my view, disgracefully) ripped down to make way for Crossrail. This is no longer what this part of London looks like, but Streetview contains this ghost of what was once there and through that it provides an idea of what was lost.

In fact Google has thousands of such images from around the world sitting there reminding us of our mortality, what we’ve lost and how things are changing sometimes for the worst to be recorded in every gory digital detail. We can be reminded of pouring out onto a bust London street at 3am working out whether to make one’s way back to wherever you were sleeping that night, or to stumble into Soho, Camden or somewhere outwith Zone One or Two to carry on drinking and not caring about running the risk of a lengthy treatment of anti-biotics.

These shadows of the past will linger reminding us of better days. Google may have it’s issues, but I for one welcome these reminders of memories that twinge like phantom limbs upon viewing them. In fact you could even write a song about it…