Thursday, October 12, 2006

Rebuilding the Tower of Babel

No Arabic translators? Let's use computers!

Considered short-term:

This news item is a wonderfully hopeful development in technology application for making progress in the war against terrorism in the Middle East. Hard to win hearts and minds of people who fear you and with whom you cannot communicate. Kudos to the technologists working on this project.

Considered long-term:

If this works, how long will it be before everyone can communicate with each other? 10 years? Even if its 20, consider...it returns the world to a pre-Tower of Babel condition. What are the implications of that?

Sir Chuck (Senor Carlos, Messeur Charles, Herr Schuck, Fragen Chuckko, #4d Ckkri*i^%, etc.)

3 comments:

  1. Actually, yes. I think the world is headed toward the end times with the whole one world government bit. This would be part of it, as would electronic money and more “new world order” things, like joint action against N. Korea.

    Most of these things are actually good, in themselves. Its just that at some point the antichrist will take control of it all and then the count down begins. When will that happen? I hope I am not stupid enough to set some kind of date.

    Sir John, watching and waiting

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  2. Glad to get your confirmation, Sir John. Sometimes I get that weird feeling I'm going off the deep end, when everything I see and hear about relates in some way to the End.

    Sir C

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  3. Actually, yes. I think the world is headed toward the end times with the whole one world government bit. This would be part of it, as would electronic money and more “new world order” things, like joint action against N. Korea.
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    Sir John gave one possible interpretation. Another is this. The most dangerous state is attracting enemies which is fairly traditional at least in Europe. As Balance of Power sounds "Godfatherish", there was a need for the spin which most fits with the public mood-like "new world order" things. This is actually not incompatible with Sir John's interpretation, but puts it in a different light.
    Sir Chuck is partly right. Everything does relate in some way to the end-that is necessary as time marches on. However it's relation is not always direct. Just as every step a hiker takes brings him closer to the end of the journey. But in the meantime it is just a step.
    As a side note even in "hearts and minds" we do want the Iraqis to be somewhat afraid of us-"hearts and minds" is about quelling disorder not courting girls. However that is a minor quibble. There are different ways to be afraid, and we certainly don't want them to be shy of talking to us.

    Sir Jason

    Sir Jason

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