I made a piece about individuals controlling their own fate and not making their success contingent on the approval of others. It then gets adopted by a neo-feudal corporation like Walmart. A corporation whose employment practices have created a 2 million person underclass in this country. That’s where this becomes an issue of conviction. Walmart waves American Flags, kowtows to a hypocritical right wing Christian ideology but that’s merely a marketing strategy. If Walmart actually believed in any part of that ridiculous rhetoric they would certainly never put work by an artist like me in their stores.
First off, I’m a vandal, (although I prefer the term “graphic criminal”) and the piece they are selling encourages that kind of behavior wholeheartedly. Politically, I am anti-military, anti-gun, pro-choice, pro same-sex marriage, pro immigration reform. I could go on. So why would they sell work by someone who stands in opposition to their most strongly held values? The answer is simple, it’s all bullshit, a facade to appeal to a gullible consumer base. My favorite example of their hypocrisy is a Sheryl Crow CD that Walmart banned in their stores. The CD was banned not because of explicit language because of lyrics that made reference to Walmart’s sale of guns. The CDs were taken off shelves, the guns stayed. In the eyes of Walmart, the criticism was dangerous not the assault rifles they sell. In a corporate landscape void of ethics, values and steered by greed Walmart is right up there with the biggest douche bags in the game. Pick any problem our country faces. At some point it will intersect with Walmart. Whether it’s gun violence, a widening economic gap, environmental issues, outsourcing manufacturing, lack of health care access etc. Walmart is right there on the wrong side of history.
The question is: Can we all become robot overseers or are some of us just not up to it? If the robots really do seriously impinge on the labour market, in a way they’ve never quite done before but really seems to be happening now, it is possible to imagine a labour market where 80 per cent of the work force has no economic value at all. And that is a very different sort of world.
Historically we’ve always said that almost everybody with a few exceptions (those who are very ill or disabled, for instance) has an economic value. Everybody can just go out there and sell their labour. There will be inequalities but everyone has a value economically speaking. We may be in a situation in the future where you still have value as a human being – you still have social value, moral value – but you don’t have any economic value. We don’t have an economic system geared up to cope with that at all, not even close. I don’t even know what it would look like. We haven’t even begun to wrestle with this.
C-Thru is a helmet that is designed to help firefighter walk through dense smoke during smoke diving search and rescue missions. Time constrains of six minutes per mission, makes it imperative that the gear is optimal. C-thru gives them the edge thanks to the wire-frame vision of the interior geometry, surrounding the smoke diver. Using technological enhancements, the helmet provides a visual map of the interiors so that it becomes easy for the firefighter to locate the victims.
The offspring also had more M71 receptors in their brains than did mice born from parents who had not had the smell conditioning and were more sensitive to it. “There was more real estate devoted to this particular odorant receptor, suggesting that there’s something in the sperm that is informing or allowing that information to be inherited,” Dias says.
DNA sequencing of sperm from the grandfather mice and their sons also revealed epigenetic marks on the gene encoding M71 that weren’t seen in control mice.
Female mice conditioned to fear acetophenone also appeared to transmit this “memory” to the next generation, although epigenetic marks on their eggs have not yet been analysed.
Moshe Szyf at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, describes the results as unprecedented and startling. “It suggests that there is a very particular, specific and organised transgenerational transfer of information,” he says.
Marcus Pembrey at the University of Bristol, UK agrees. “It is high time public-health researchers took human transgenerational responses seriously,” he says. “I suspect we will not understand the rise in neuropsychiatric disorders or obesity, diabetes and metabolic disruptions generally, without taking a multigenerational approach.”