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The Internet of Things Part 2 with Bob Grahame

Bob Grahame is writing an upcoming book on ‘Being Human in the Technojungle.’ You are invited to check out his Coffee Shop reflections on the Internet of Things Part 2.

About Bob Grahame, author of the upcoming book “The Future Never Arrives”

The future never arrives… at least not as expected… it brings baggage. Living in a jungle of technology—the Technojungle—can be stressful and dehumanizing. This blog and the books I am working towards are about reclaiming our humanity in a technology dominated world.

 

I have been writing a blog for some years as just casual writing about my life and topics of interest or observations about the world I live in. Some months ago, I was encouraged to focus more on technological change and dehumanization. As I wrote a few more articles, the idea of writing a book emerged.

It is one thing to write a few article now and then about something. It seems to be another thing to write a more lengthy work. One must become more of an expert. Maybe the task of working toward the more lengthy work, results in a journey to becoming more of an expert.

Either way, the task mushrooms and one reason is the velocity of technological change. As I devote more attention to what is happening, it seems that I hear of something new on the horizon and suddenly, it is here. It makes things a bit more difficult to aim at, since the it is a moving target.

When I decided to take on this endeavour, I realized that there was quite a bit already being written about what is developing and quite a bit about what we will be able to do in the future. It dawned on me that I was still hearing those idilic promises I began to hear as a kid about what technology was going to do for humans.

This gave me a good idea for a starting point. I, a boomer, grew up hearing about the future. I was always looking for that which was futuristic. Then I realized something. This is supposed to be the future—now, today. But where was it? This isn’t the future I have been envisioning for so many years from the promises made by scientists and futurists.

So, that became the focus of the book. In a eureka moment, I realized that the future never arrives. At least not as expected. And, it seems to come with unpredicted baggage.

By the time that sank in, I was already on my way to writing and planning a pretty daunting book for my first effort. I decided to break it up and get a smaller book done to sort of test the waters. It is still a slow process for me, however, I am hoping that, since it was writing a blog that got me going on the book, perhaps doing a dedicated blog as I work on the book will help keep me on track.

One more thing about my approach to this. I want to sort of zoom out and take a more general view of what is happening with technological change. I figure I might make something that would have a longer shelf-life that way.

Thus, this blog come website is my way of generating momentum for my writings about the adopted topic(s). Perhaps others out there may chime-in from time to time and that might help with my direction and focus. I think the books will emerge from just regularly writing and remaining emerged in the stream of technological change.

 

Robert Grahame


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Dr Louis Pasteur: Sacrificial Servant of All

By the Rev. Dr. Ed HirdDr Louis Pasteur

My family and I watched an Academy Award-winning movie which reminded me that every one of us owes an enormous debt to Dr. Louis Pasteur.

Just think of pasteurized milk and honey, making food safe for our families to eat and drink, thanks to Louis Pasteur.

Think of our children whose lives are safe from rabies transmitted by ‘mad dogs’, thanks to Louis Pasteur.  Think of our wives and mothers who need not fear death from infection during childbirth, thanks to Louis Pasteur.  Think of the sheep, cattle and chickens that we can safely rely on for our food supply, thanks to Louis Pasteur.  No wonder that Pasteur’s name is better known than any other scientist who has ever lived.

Louis Pasteur is a living reminder that anyone who wants to make a difference in life is bound to face bigotry and opposition.  The most narrow-minded usually turn out to be those who pretend to be the most open-minded and inclusive.  Pasteur was maligned as a murderer and a menace to science.  He was even challenged to a duel by an angry physician.

Dr Louis Pasteur1His ‘criminal’ behaviour was none other than publishing a pamphlet urging doctors to wash their hands before surgery and to sterilize their instruments.  Thirty percent of pregnant women in Paris were needlessly dying from infection during childbirth.  One grief-struck husband, whose wife had just died from childbirth fever, went on a rampage and shot his doctor dead.  Medical doctors rallied against Dr. Pasteur, blaming his pamphlet for the murder and claiming that Pasteur was making the practice of medicine unsafe for physicians and surgeons.  “Who did Pasteur think that he was?” They said. “He isn’t even a medical doctor…just a lowly chemist”.

The Emperor’s wife invited Pasteur to the French Court to explain his radical ideas.  Pasteur had the nerve to tell the Emperor that the hospitals of Paris were death houses, and that there was hardly a doctor who didn’t carry death on his hands.  After accurately predicting the death of the Emperor’s sister-in-law from childbirth infection, Pasteur was condemned as a fraud and banned by the Emperor from ever speaking out publicly again about medicine.

Having been banished into obscurity in the Dr Louis Pasteur2countryside of Arbois, Pasteur spent the next decade researching the causes of anthrax, the black plague ravaging the sheep across France.  Miraculously Pasteur invented an anthrax vaccine, which he gave freely to all farmers’ sheep in Arbois.

When the French government needed more sheep to pay the 5 million francs War indemnity to Germany, they came to Arbois to find out why Pasteur’s sheep were healthy.  Telling them of his vaccine, Pasteur was again mocked as a fool and charlatan by the Academy of Medicine.  Only after a rigorous test where infected Anthrax Blood was injected in 50 sheep, was Pasteur finally vindicated.  To everyone’s amazement, the only sheep that survived were the 25 sheep which Pasteur had injected with his vaccine.

Was Pasteur then accepted by the medical establishment?  Not on your life!  When Pasteur had the nerve to look for a rabies cure, again he was vilified and humiliated without mercy.  Pasteur was such a servant of all humanity that he even risked facing prison or guillotine to save the life of a rabies-infected ten-year old boy, Joseph Meister.  Joseph Meister was later made the caretaker of Pasteur’s tomb at the world-famous Pasteur Institute in Paris.  When the Nazis tried to force him to open Pasteur’s tomb in 1940, Joseph tragically committed suicide rather than defile the grave of his hero.

Dr Louis Pasteur3The ‘great physician’ Jesus once said that if anyone wants to be first, he must become the very last, and the servant of all.  Louis Pasteur was indeed the servant of all, who sacrificed his time, energy, and health so that others might live.  Pasteur selflessly taught that the benefits of science are not for the scientist, but for all of humanity.

Though he has saved millions of lives through his discoveries, Pasteur was unable to save the three out of his four daughters who died from typhoid fever.  In his unceasing striving to cure rabies, he suffered a crippling stroke at age 46.  Yet even that setback did not stop him from successfully finding a rabies cure.

Near the end of his life, Pasteur was finally honoured by the French Academy of Medicine.  He graciously said to them: ‘Doctors and scientists of the future, do not Dr Louis Pasteur4let yourselves be tainted by a barren skepticism nor discouraged by sadness of certain hours that creep over every nation.  Do not become angry at your opponents for no scientific theory has ever been accepted without opposition.’

In so many ways, Pasteur embodied the true meaning of Christ-likeness.  My prayer for those reading this article is that we may never let opposition embitter us as we seek to be the servants of all.

 

The Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, BSW, MDiv, DMin

-author of the award-winning book Battle for the Soul of Canada

-previously published in the Deep Cove Crier

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