[ExI] for technomancers

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 2 23:41:30 UTC 2017

On Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 3:05 PM, Adrian Tymes <atymes at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Aug 2, 2017 12:02 PM, "William Flynn Wallace" <foozler83 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>  I find it nearly sickening that people, not just teens or
> never-to-be-grown-up adults, find real achievement in battling imaginary
> orcs and aliens and ghosts et alia.
> ​At least there is some athleticism in sports, as unnecessary as that will
> be to our future.  Are really quick thumbs going to be all that important?​
> Yes.  Consider the increasing amount of drone warfare, not to mention the
> increased emphasis on similar tool use instead of manual labor in
> manufacturing, agriculture, and other such industries.  Also, e-sports can
> provide the same spectacle and teamwork without ruining the players for
> subsequent employment (see football's current problems with brain trauma).
> And that's just scratching the surface.
> There is much beauty and glory - and, yes, achievement - to be had in
> video games.  There is much potential to waste time too...but consider: if
> a typical father and son go fishing all afternoon but return with nothing,
> versus if they do the same but their tools (and video-game-trained
> expertise on said tools) let them return with enough fish to feed their
> family for a week, which outcome is better for their family and their
> community?

​Ah, I see you are not a fisherman.  Going fishing with your son is not
about catching fish at all.  Sitting back and letting machines do the work?

fun is that?
​What cameraderie?  ​
Send your AI car to the lake,
​have your AI robot ​
get in the AI boat, and catch the fish while you sit home if what you want
is really fish​

Football may be dying, pun noted.  I won't miss it, any more than I would
miss boxing or any sport whose aim is to do physical damage to the other
team members.

I suppose the old professor came out in my post.  The idea of killing
aliens is fine, but what are you learning?  It doesn't take hundreds or
thousands of hours for your thumbs to learn, does it?

Glory in video games?  Some kind of oxymoron there, I think.  Still, if
that's all a person can succeed at, they will find some fans somewhere.
Can you imagine a hirer being impressed with video game expertise?  I
cannot.  It would be a big negative to me.  Could the person keep his hands
off the games while working for me?  Apparently many can not do so.  Which
is why they have the keystroke software, eh?

Also, the obsessive reader came out as well.  Many might say that I waste
most of my time with my head in a book, but I have learned mucho from them.​

I also suspect that the skills learned in one game do not transfer that
well to another one.  Data needed here.

Oh well, I've had my little crabby say on the topic.  Get your fun where
you will.​

bill w

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