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November 3, 2017
DreamHill Farms

Siri tries but she just never seems to get things right for me. I think she only works well if she likes you. If not, she finds ways to frustrate you down to the very primitive core of your ape-like mind. 

‘Siri, where is the closest Post Office?’

Siri: ‘All right, here’s what I found…turn left after the Washington Bridge, right on to 42nd Street, and at the Corner of 2nd Avenue is Julius Wang’s Noodle Shop…”

Poor Siri, so much effort to be perfect yet in the end she acts pretty much like any human. I wonder if technology just perfects being imperfect…like humans. Computers just do it much faster and more predictably.

But we forgive Siri when she is wrong because we think of technology in terms of always being right. When our interaction goes bad with technology, we assume its probably our fault anyways…we need to be better communicators with robots if we ever expect a fruitful, virtual relationship.

It is a universal quandary when you try to understand vast, cosmic designs with only a monkey’s brain. I wonder if our ape-kindred looks down from the trees and snarks, “Told ya so…”

So, as the tolerance in technological interaction increases, it seems we have less tolerance with human interactions. People are more easily offended by what a human does or says because they are comparing behavior to a standard they believe is perfect. Technology.

More and more we prefer relationships with technology because most humans are too busy being individuals, and that gets in the way of other individuals' individual freedom to be free individuals…or something like that.

Some think the net effect of living in a world dominated by technological protocols is that humans have less and less tolerance for human protocols.

Social technology is just like any addiction, we can’t help doing it even though we know it’s not good for us, and…if we were honest, we don’t really enjoy it anyways. We do it because it ijust seems like the thing to do. 

Ah, the contradictions of the human animal. Like trying to understand love, dreams and quantum physics. Experts in these fields eventually admit, ‘The human mind is not smart enough to understand the human mind.’

It is a predictable human tendency to often bite off more of the Apple than we can chew. Maybe the story of Adam and Eve originated from that one monkey who decided one day to come down from the trees trying to overcome a fear of the unknown.

You can almost hear the warnings from fellow monkeys down from the trees, ‘You’ll be sorry….you’ll soon find out it’s a jungle out there, full of unpredictable dangers. At least here in the trees you know what you got. Out there, you do not. You’ll be sorry…’


Curiosity often requires the curious mind suspends fear of not knowing, with the ignorance of not caring. 

Hey, it’s always worked for me.

As geek designers tried to perfect the perfect human though technology, they often create technological DNA that mirrors many flaws in the human animal. It just means Siri has become so much a virtual-construct of human personality that she has become almost human; with all the bias, irony and all the predictable unpredictability human stuff that goes with such.

But that primitive monkey’s warning still echoes deep in each of our human animal psyches; fleeting moments of security searching for the predictable door, only to find inside, the unpredictable room.

The offspring of that curious monkey spent the next hundreds of millennium trying to satisfy two contradictory quest: Freedom to explore the taste of the unknown, while trying to create ideas and objects that limits the liabilities of the unknown. 

Early on, some curious mind wondered instead of chasing herds of animals, who are much bigger and faster than you, just gather up what they like to eat and they will follow you anywhere. Bribery was one of the first human inventions satisfying a need for a predictable lifestyle. 

Whole civilizations have thrived on that bribery seed throughout human history…at least until such artificial means of predictability are crushed beneath the weight of human lust for other predictable lifestyles; leaving only legacies of art and literature warning future civilizations of the dangers of relying on the illusion we humans control things. 

But of course one faithful consistency of the human animal is we never really listen to anyone’s warnings about anything anyway. We prefer to forge ahead in our ignorance in hopes to find something better. Sometimes we stumble onto treasures, often we do not. But at least we are creative enough to blame someone else in our folly.

Probably an ancestor of that first herder created the first life Insurance policy; a creation to replace the unpredictability of dying. Faith in afterlife often is a hard concept for hardworking folks to embrace because in the back of their minds, no matter how much Faith they admit, they don’t have anything concrete to measure their Faith against…it’s just Faith. 

But if you buy a life insurance policy you understand that even though you fear dying, dying is worth something tangible; you leave behind your money allowing folks to enjoy forgeting about you. Only the human mind could pride itself on profiting from such creations.

But a more cunning monkey-human played out fears of the unknown and created a product of the ‘known’; one most humans need to succeed, but often fail, MATH. 

Once civilized worlds flourished they appreciated Math. The shear magnitude of managing everything important in daily predictability becomes really important. If you miscount the amount of food needed for a populations’ winter, that population could get real cranky. Or, if you miscounted a rulers treasures, you might just lose your head. So math becomes real important skill. If you had a aptitude for math in a bustling society you could make a fairly good, predictable living.

But eventually civilizations grow beyond the math-management of even the most analytical human minds. You need a super-human-device that counts faster and more accurate (down to the infinite decimal, where profits lie), and always predictable; the computer.

In time, math-techs-geeks transformed this very complex calculator into a vast system that can satisfy everything humans think they need for predictable realities. Computers to date are the ultimate human invention that transforms frustrations of unpredictability into bliss.

The only irony of such a techno-social interactions is that while computers minimize human errors in a math-based culture, it doesn’t begin to address a larger force that eventually is more powerful than any human invention. 

Human animals are in reality still humans, tiny organisms existing within a cosmic matrix they can hardly understand while wiggling wildly in this unpredictable world. 

But do you still need the world when Technology can bring the world to you?

Well, the simple answer is, maybe, because, humans are a creature of nature and it’s ‘unnatural’ to exist in an artificial world with virtual pleasures for very long. Eventually culture cycle back to that predictable reality of natural existence.

Sooner or later Nature rules in all things.

Sir Issac Newton created the understanding in his laws of universal physics…until Quantum Physics threw a wrench into his predictable science.

Perhaps Newton in his afterlife, learned that the Laws of Nature always has the last laugh.

It’s why as hard as Siri tries, she’s always going to be behind the curve, until she becomes human (Bladerunner anyone?). Then she will be obsolete, like clay tablets and human sacrifices. 

Time is like a wheel spinning down a rocky road: It goes around and round but is also moving forward, same but different. Cosmic irony, we’ll never understand it though we are compelled to always try.

God must be laughing, nodding at those who think in their arrogance they understand things, knowing they never will. Maybe whispering, “What can you expect from curious monkeys freshly down from the trees.”


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Bing spent 25 years in the Film Entertainment business. He also spent 10 years teaching university students visual storytelling and other production components of filmaking where he developed a curriculum entitled "Visual Language'.
He now lives in the rural farming landscapes of Kentucky where he spends time writing when farm chores allow.