Sunday, November 22, 2015

ABOUT JOHN CHUCKMAN

John Chuckman is former chief economist for a large Canadian oil company. He has many interests and is a lifelong student of history. He writes with a passionate desire for honesty, the rule of reason, and concern for human decency. John regards it as a badge of honor to have left the United States as a poor young man from the South Side of Chicago when the country embarked on the pointless murder of something like 3 million Vietnamese in their own land because they embraced the wrong economic loyalties. He lives in Canada, which he is fond of calling “the peaceable kingdom.”

John’s writing appears regularly on many Internet sites. He has been translated into at least ten languages and has been regularly translated into Italian and Spanish. Several of his essays have been published in book collections, including two college texts. He has published a book, The Decline of the American Empire and the Rise of China as a Global Power, published by Constable and Robinson, London. John also writes book reviews.

Apart from his writing since retiring from the oil industry, John has taught university courses in economics, done a good deal of private tutoring, served as a professional newspaper restaurant reviewer (he likes cooking), followed his favorite hobby of photography, and created a popular family of image blogs on the Internet.

John may be reached directly at:  formersouthsideboy@gmail.com

SOME INTERNET SITES FROM JOHN CHUCKMAN:


CHUCKMAN'S PORT STANLEY
    http://chuckmanportstanley.wordpress.com/
CHUCKMAN'S MONTREAL
     http://chuckmanmontreal.wordpress.com/
CHUCKMAN'S ILES DE LA MADELEINE (MAGDALEN ISLANDS)
     http://chuckmanmagdalenislands.wordpress.com/
CHUCKMAN'S GODERICH
CHUCKMAN PHOTOS ON WORDPRESS: CHICAGO NOSTALGIA AND MEMORABLIA (SELECTED POSTCARDS AND RESTAURANT ITEMS)
 CHUCKMAN’S PLACES ON WORDPRESS
 CHUCKMAN’S PHOTOS ON WORDPRESS: TORONTO NOSTALGIA AND MEMORABLIA
 CHUCKMAN' S NON-SPORTS TRADING CARDS OF THE 1950s VOL.1/4
 CHUCKMAN’S ROBOTS
 CHUCKMAN’S ART
 CHUCKMAN’S GALLERY OF GROTESQUES
 CHUCKMAN’S CARTOON COMMENTS   
 CHUCKMAN'S MISCELLANEA OF WORDS
CHUCKMAN'S COMMENTS FROM THE WORLD PRESS
CHUCKMAN'S POLITICAL ESSAYS


ME, ROUGHLY: THE DECLINE IS RAPID NOW

Sunday, May 3, 2015

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - HOW QUICKLY OUR IDEAS OF WHAT IS POSSIBLE CHANGE: THE EXAMPLE OF THE HOME COMPUTER...



The picture (below) of what a home computer might look like in 1954 is included only to show how dramatically technology can progress in just over 50 years. And we have made just such advances over the early robots whose images are included on this site: compare a contemporary robot like the fashion model just announced at this writing from Japan with such early robots as Radio Man or Elektro. You will see breathtaking progress. Just imagine the advances of the next 50 years. And in a few centuries, is it not likely robots will become our inheritors in evolution, reproducing and improving themselves? Certainly human evolution goes at a snail's pace compared to the rates of change we see here. Robots will not suffer from most climate change, will not suffer from most pollution, and are far better candidates than humans to travel to the stars.


JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ON THE NATURE AND INEVITABILITY OF ROBOTS AND THE EVOLUTION OF THE UNIVERSE


COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

John Chuckman


Robots are the future, full stop.

We should view them as part of a long and continuous evolution.

In effect, the rise of organic life and intelligence from inert chemicals and energy hurled into space by stars, represents the universe coming to consciousness of itself. It also may be understood as just as mysterious as some today feel about Artificial Intelligence and robots.

Our science is a seamless part of that whole immense process of the emergence of life and thinking.

Robots are without question the next major stage in a process that has gone on for millions of years.

Ultimately, they will be better than us in almost every aspect - smarter, harder working, not subject to disease, without pain, not subject to mental illness and cruelty, able to travel to the stars.

Ranting against robots seems to me to come from the same emotional place as the long battle over "Enclosures" several centuries ago in Britain with all the futile efforts by governments and churchmen which went into trying to forestall the emergence of a new, revolutionary arrangement in human affairs.

It is a waste of breath, as it was then.

I think indeed there is only one great danger as robots progress, but even that danger will be left behind over time. That danger is evil men controlling all robots, much like proverbial tyrants with armies.

But evolution is inevitable, one of the great underlying realities of the universe, and robots themselves will reorder such a world, much resembling the long struggle of humanity against tyrants. History will repeat itself.

Humanity has thousands of years of history, absolutely filled with cruelty, wars, tyranny, and bleakness. Only a relatively few high spots punctuate that trail of darkness - Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Milton, and at most a few thousand others - much of the power of their work coming out of humanity's shared long dark and cruel experience.

Robots simply cannot do worse.

As far as our great scientists from Archimedes to Einstein - all of their work ultimately leads to what robots represent, the universe coming to understand itself.
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JOHN CHUCKMAN ROBOTS - CARTOON BASED ON MICHAELANGELO'S THE CREATION OF ADAM


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - YANGYANG - WOMAN ROBOT EXPRESSES EMOTIONS - BEIJING CHINA -


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - KINSHASHA TRAFFIC LIGHT


Sunday, April 27, 2014

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - ARTWORK - MILITARY - MENACE


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - ARTWORK - COFFEE ROBOT


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - BEAMING ROBOT MOVES LIKE A PERSON IN A SUIT A DISTANCE AWAY - BRITAIN


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - SOCIAL ROBOT - GEORGIA TECH


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - ROBONAUT - NASA - GETS LEGS - MULTI-JOINTED WITH FEET TO HOLD HANDLE-GRIPS IN ISS


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - ARTWORK - CARTOON - ROBOT IN MEN'S ROOM


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - ARTWORK - NEW YORKER STYLE CARTOON


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - ARTWORK - ERIC JOYNER - RETRO ROBOTS AND DONUT SERIES - GROUP AROUND FRANKENSTEIN


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - ARTWORK - ERIC JOYNER - RETRO ROBOTS AND DONUT SERIES - GIRL AND ROBOT WATCHING STAR TREK


Friday, January 24, 2014

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - HRP-4C - MODELS DESIGNER WEDDING DRESS - OASAKA JAPAN


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT/ROMANCE/SUGGESTIVE - HRP-4C - SHE DANCES - JAPAN


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - INMOOV - HANDS - FRANCE - GAEL LANGEVIN ARTIST - 3-D PRINTABLE PROJECT


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - INMOOV - FRANCE - GAEL LANGEVIN ARTIST - 3-D PRINTABLE PROJECT


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - PACX WAVE GLIDER - NIPPON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY - HE SWIMS


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - AILA - GERMANY


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - MENACE? - VALKYRIE - NASA


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - QRIO - SONY JAPAN


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT? - CHIMP - CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY


JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - MENACE - ATLAS - HONG KONG UNIVERSITY AND DARPA


Friday, January 15, 2010

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - R2 - NASA ROBONAUT - READING

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - R2 - NASA ROBONAUT - TWO WORKING

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - NAO - FRIENDLY OBJECT - SENSES AND COPIES HUMAN EMOTIONS - SWEDEN

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - NOBY - FRIENDLY OBJECT - BEHAVES LIKE 9-MONTH OLD CHILD - 6 IMAGES OF BABY-LIKE MOVEMENTS - JAPAN

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - NOBY - FRIENDLY OBJECT - BEHAVES LIKE 9-MONTH OLD CHILD - JAPAN

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - KINDY - FRIENDLY OBJECT - BEHAVES LIKE 5-YEAR OLD - JAPAN

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - GEMINOID F - ON THE LEFT - KOKORO COMPANY JAPAN

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - ROSSUMS UNIVERSAL ROBOTS - BBC - 1938

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - KOZIROU AND KOTAROU - JAPAN

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - LAB WORKER

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - ROMANCE/SUGGESTIVE - SHE ENTICES MEN INTO A SEX SHOP - JAPAN

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT? - MK3 - EXHIBITION PARIS 1900

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - HRP-2 - DANCING ROBOT - JAPAN

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - HRP-3P - WHAT A PAIR OF HANDS

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S ROBOTS - FRIENDLY OBJECT - HAND DEXTERITY