[ExI] What would you do if you won the billion dollar plus MegaMillions Lottery, and are lotteries a bad thing?

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 23 18:46:28 UTC 2018

A followup to my 'get a speech recorder' comment.

Once there were machines in public places where you could get therapy.
They were based on Carl Rogers' ideas of how the therapist should act,
which was mostly to repeat what the client said.  So you put your money in
the machine and say:

"I am having a lot of trouble with my depression and need some help."

machine - "Depressed, eh?  Please tell me how you feel about that."

Rather than thinking this is a really dumb way to go about therapy, it
actually works, if by work you mean getting the client to keep talking and
giving you information about feelings etc  You never did get anything out
of the machine as far as diagnoses, what to do now, or anything.

One of my profs pulled this on me and I just kept on talking and getting
nothing out of him but 'yeah', 'good', 'umhumm'.

Now write a program for Siri or some such.  Program it to do exactly that -
say unhuh, go on, tell me more, etc.  It could be video or just audio.

With your relatives, it might make tons of difference to have a voice
egging you on rather than just staring at a little machine.

I would not be surprised to find that there are already programs like this
out there.

bill w

On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 12:45 PM <spike at rainier66.com> wrote:

> *From:* spike at rainier66.com <spike at rainier66.com>
> >…Call em, talk, listen, write down what they tell you.  If you are not
> interested now, or are busy, call, talk, listen, write it down, file it
> away where you can find it 30 yrs from now.  I did.  The stuff I found out
> in my 20s is priceless and irreplaceable…spike
> Fun aside on that: I have a relative back in the old family seat, lived
> his whole life there.  He isn’t old: 70  (ain’t it cool how we don’t
> consider 70 a bit old anymore? (As recently as 30 yrs ago, they made such a
> big deal about Reagan being in his 70s (but now most politicians are that
> old or older (that’s progress!))))
> This relative lived right there the whole time, became a history teacher
> for high school, did that for over 40 yrs, retired at 65 and continues as a
> substitute.  This guy, who knew so much… had no computer.  Didn’t know how
> to use one.  I talked to him on the phone and we could text each other, but
> I kept getting on him, telling him it is too hard to communicate using that
> silly texting on a phone.  We have ten digits.  It just seems so wrong to
> use eight of them, really the best ones, to support the keyboard.  So wrong
> is this!
> I didn’t even resort to the shaming part: this guy was teaching history…
> without an internet connection.  How the hell does one keep up without the
> internet?  Reading books?  Paper ones?  I think not!
> So I kept on him thru voice phone calls, I kept up the old: Pal ya just
> gotta get at least email, you really do.  I can’t send you photos without
> it, you have no access to the family archives I set up, you can’t keep up
> with advances in your own field because people don’t write for paper
> magazines much, your grandchildren may not use email but your children
> probably do and we email users aren’t going to text you photos because you
> can’t see anything on a damn phone!  You need a computer and youuuuu
> neeeeed iiiinterneeeet, etc and so on and on I nagged my own beleaguered
> cousin for three years or more.
> He offered this flimsy excuse he didn’t know how, so I convinced him to
> get his grandchildren to teach him, and he’s a smart guy, so last month he
> did it.  Got a computer and a minimal internet connection, I coached him
> into a free gmail account.
> Well now.  Remember when the internet was coming alive in the early 90s
> and that heady feeling of gaining 20 IQ points?  Imagine coming into that
> world now, when it is sooooo much more advanced with waaaaay more bods to
> ogle and the other stuff that is available now, and that guy who was until
> last month TEACHING HISTORY WITHOUT INTERNET is now realizing how much he
> passed up in the last 25 years.  Now I can imagine what he is doing right
> now: the National Geographic magazines went into the trash (even that
> sizzling Sept 1957 issue) and now I can’t get his attention at all.
> spike
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