Sep 292016
 

By now, I’m sure you have all heard about the fiasco that happened to Palmer Luckey, inventor of the Oculus Rift, due to a single donation of his along with having a Trump & #GamerGate supporting girlfriend.  Many people are calling this Brendan Eich 2.0, refering to how Brendan Eich was forced out of Mozilla, due to his political beliefs.  While there are similarities between what is happening to Palmer Luckey and what happened to Brendan Eich, simply calling this Brendan Eich 2.0 ignores a major part of why Palmer Luckey is in this situation.

When Brendan Eich was forced out of Mozilla, it was just about him.  No one was interested in destroying Mozilla, just getting rid of him.  There was also no attempt to connect Brendan Eich to some larger group like 4Chan.  With Palmer Luckey, it’s different.  For example, VentureBeat is connecting Palmer Luckey to everything from the NRA to 4Chan just because he uses common abbreviations like LEO for law enforcement officer and the “>” symbol for quoting comments that he is responding to. VentureBeat says that using the “>” symbol is evidence of being connected to 4Chan because on 4Chan “>” turns text green.  In reality the “>” symbol has been used in email and on Usenet for quoting previous comments since before Palmer Luckey was born and before 4Chan existed.

While that may seem to be the most absurd thing anyone could say about Palmer Luckey, it gets worse.  The Atlantic is not only trying to connect Palmer Luckey to Trump & 4Chan, but to Elliot Rodger, (yes Elliot Roger), Peter Thiel, and Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker (which Peter Thiel funded).  The Atlantic article doesn’t make much sense.  It seems to be saying that Silicon Valley is festering with Trump supporting Elliot Rodger wannabes, yet, even by the article’s own admission, Silicon Valley is heavily anti-Trump.  It seems like the article is trying to imply some sort of conspiracy theory where Palmer Luckey, Peter Thiel, 4Chan & similar elements are secretly working together to use VR to turn geeks into Elliot Rodgers.

What The Atlantic & VentureBeat is absurd and lacks any connection to reality.  Brendan Eich didn’t have to deal with this level of craziness.  Wrapped up in all of this is the narrative that the media has been selling about this.  That narrative is that Palmer Luckey has managed to completely derail the progress of VR development.  The media is pushing that narrative hard because the media wants to derail the development of VR.  VR is a threat to traditional media like The Atlantic and even newer media like VentureBeat, Gawker, etc.  VR is a bigger threat to current media than Trump could ever be.  The media has declared war on Palmer Luckey in an attempt to stop VR.  That will not work.  Attacking Palmer Luckey is too little, too late to stop VR.  VR has been in development for decades, and VR development will not stop or be slowed down regardless of what happens to Palmer Luckey.  The worst case scenario is that developers use a different platform for VR than the Oculus Rift.  There is too much money involved and too many options available for a crash in VR development to happen.

  5 Responses to “Attacking Palmer Luckey Is Too Little, Too Late To Stop VR”

  1. I know you think VR is going to beat gynoids to the punch, but can you post more articles about it?

    Stuff like this -> https://www.engadget.com/2015/06/12/realdoll-robots-ai-realbotix/ should be interesting.

    Then there’s 3D printers that would make it all cheaper and better.

    And lastly, perhaps not realized anywhere, there are more men than women in the marriageable age bracket, but that’s eclipsed by many many more 80+ women, making people think that it’s the men that have the pickings, while in fact it should extremely obviously be seen as the other way around.
    It just mesmerises and frustrates me that almost no one sees it this way.

    Bioprinters will change all that.

    3D bioprinters would make everyone look young again, where even the 90 year olds could look like healthy twenty somethings as healthy skin is the easiest thing to bioprint.

    That’s going to happen in just a few years.

    In fact, it looks like it’s all going to happen at once in the next decade.
    It’s ‘adios feministas!’ once we enter the 2020’s.

    Tech is unstoppable.

    • Roger said:
      And lastly, perhaps not realized anywhere, there are more men than women in the marriageable age bracket,

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_sex_ratio puts the worldwide sex ratio at 1.01 to 1.00. That’s all age groups from infants to the elderly. The overall sex ratio in the 15-64 age group is .99. Overall, there’s not much evidence of a shortage of males, although some countries (like Russia or Latvia) really do have low sex ratios.

      It just mesmerises and frustrates me that almost no one sees it this way.

      Real shortages of men occur after wars. The worst I’m aware of is the Paraguayan war which supposedly left about 1 man for every 4 women.

      3D bioprinters would make everyone look young again, where even the 90 year olds could look like healthy twenty somethings as healthy skin is the easiest thing to bioprint.

      It may be touted as a way women can compete with sexual substitutes like sexbots or VR porn. Of course, a moment’s thought would show that it would only expand the supply of sex available to men.

      • You are completely misinterpreting the data and not realizing that even a 1% change in ratio is a big change.

        -1-

        Imagine playing musical chairs when there’s one chair more than there are people.

        That would change the whole game.

        -2-

        You must think MARRIAGEABLE AGE. Not just any age. You don’t want your first girlfriend at age 65 do you?

        2.1) 45-64 is not a marriageable age. 44 is the absolute max.
        2.2) Over 65, the numbers are HEAVILY skewed towards women.
        A ratio of 0.44 is around 2.72 inverted.
        2.3) The reason why it’s so skewed in the end is because people are dying at that age, which doesn’t start until the late 50’s
        2.4) This means that if you take twenty years off of 15-64, you get the same rates as that of 0-15.

        Thus the rate 1.04/5 vs 1 male female.
        So around 4% of all men are not going find a mate at any time.

        4% of let’s say… we take the adult male population of the United states, which would be… maybe 50 million? 4% of that would amount to 2 million adult men single at all times that adult women can choose from.

        • Roger said:
          You are completely misinterpreting the data

          And just how am I doing so? The balance of data shows a surplus of males born and before breeding age, a female majority among oldsters, and a close to 1-1 ratio in between. So all I’ve said is there’s no evidence of an overall shortage of males, although there may be shortages in some areas.

          2.4) This means that if you take twenty years off of 15-64, you get the same rates as that of 0-15.

          I’m pretty sure that you get a higher percentage of males dying off between ages 15 and 44. That would make the ratios somewhat lower. Still, we’re in substantial agreement about the ratios. As F. Roger Devlin stated, there’s a man for every woman (of breeding age), but most likely it doesn’t work the other way around.

          So around 4% of all men are not going find a mate at any time
          4% of let’s say… we take the adult male population of the United states,

          According to the data in the article, the US has an unusually high M/F ratio (1.07 for ages 15-64).

          which would be… maybe 50 million? 4% of that would amount to 2 million adult men single at all times that adult women can choose from.

          Are you going to match a white UMC woman with an illegal immigrant from Mexico? Or a homeless black guy iwith a young girl whose parents came from Korea? The perceived pool of men available to women of breeding age is made much smaller by factors such as class, wealth, and women’s own hypergamous nature.

  2. Somewhat off-topic :

    https://patriactionary.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/teledildonics-paves-way-for-new-means-of-sexual-assault-and-false-sexual-assault-claims/

    A whole new frontier in reigning in the male libido awaits. If teledildonic FRAs and sexual snooping via the Internet become common, I predict a shift towards AI-only sex substitutes.

Leave a Comment. (Remember the comment policy is in force.)

Translate »
%d bloggers like this: