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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Still Having Occasional Thoughts

Utopia and dystopia are futurological variations on satire and panegyric in which criticism is blunted by prediction for marketing purposes.

1 comment:

jimf said...

> . . .prediction for marketing purposes. . .
Tesla’s Market Surge Has Even Fans Looking for Feet of Clay
APRIL 11, 2017

. . .

[T]he market value of Tesla, which sold fewer than
80,000 cars last year and does not yet generate
steady profits, has grown to $50 billion — roughly
equal to that of General Motors, which sold
more than 9.8 million vehicles worldwide
and earned $9.4 billion. . .

That Tesla and G.M. are comparably valued is
“totally inexplicable,” Michael J. Jackson, the
chief executive of the dealership chain AutoNation,
said on Tuesday at an auto-industry conference
in New York. He added that Tesla
“is either one of the great Ponzi schemes of all time”
or will somehow work out for investors. . .

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. ;->

> . . .satire and panegyric. . .

After the Singularity, everybody will be this guy:

"From my personal experience, people who are better looking
are less likely to pursue advanced degrees, or play an
instrument or learn other languages,” says Benedict Beckeld,
a 37-year-old Brooklyn writer with a doctorate in philosophy
and the body of an Adonis. But he’s quick to note that he’s
not just a great set of abs — he also plays the violin and
speaks seven languages.

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