Interview 1238 - New World Next Year: 2017

12/22/201638 Comments

Welcome to New World Next Week - the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This year:

Media Monarchy’s 2016 Story: Mass Movements and the Madness of Crowds
The CIA’s ‘Pokémon Go’ App is Doing What the Patriot Act Can’t
Wikipedia: ‘Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds’
Note how quickly the Clowns disappeared post-Election?
How to change your Facebook profile picture to a German flag
Is 2016 the Worst Year in History?

Corbett Report’s 2016 Story: The Panama Papers
What I Learned From the Panama Papers
The One Sentence Summary of the Panama Papers
Panama Joins International Efforts Against Tax Evasion, Avoidance
PDF: The Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

Media Monarchy’s 2017 Trend: Cut the Cord and Cancel the Plan
A.I. Awakenings, Smart Meters and Sex Spies
The "#STFU and deal" mentality of today's tech companies will fuel the impending Luddite backlash
Search: “Neo Luddite”
Apple’s new MacBook Pro kills off most of the ports you probably need
These 3 charts show the collapse of for-profit education

Corbett Report’s 2017 Trend: Rise of the Robots
Killer Cop Robot Kills Cop Killer
Meet Betty The Robot, The Perfect Office Manager
Davos Robot Eclipses Davos Man as Gloom Descends on Elite
The Great A.I. Awakening
The White House’s report on AI and the economy warns of increasing inequality

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  1. mkey says:

    I believe that much prosperity for humanity lies in the wake of automation, but we need to develop socially before that becomes possible.

    Automation could lead to final and true abolition of slavery which is, regardless of mainstream narrative, still rampant today.

  2. Shubus says:

    Evernote has backed down on their privacy intent saying: “no employees will be reading note content as part of this process unless users opt in. “

  3. Mark says:

    Just a nod to what is leftist thinking on James last downer point there – if workers own the means of production, own their jobs, then it’s not much of a stretch to see them owning the robots or automation that replace their labor. Then humanity is truly freed up from the “burden” of labor and not made expendable, no longer viable. But as long as we’re wage slaves for an ownership class we run this increasingly great risk. And you can’t count on that ownership class to be smart enough to recognize when they are actually in the process of killing off their own market.

  4. NES says:

    Thanks for 2015 Jameses. It’s been great. You’ve done a fabulous job of reviewing, analyzing and reporting the REAL NEWS. Is it Brock? Whatever. Keep it up. You’re doing a wonderful job on the videos. I certainly appreciate your work, especially in the assistance you provide to the guys. O.K. hang-on, one more swing around the sun.

  5. nosoapradio says:

    Mr Corbett’s macro-perspective on what the Panama papers phenomenon reveals about the establishment of the global tax grid is precisely the kind of reporting that keeps me coming back.

    I’ll personally need time to investigate and assimilate that info but his work gives me a framework from which to work from.

    In another way, the Indian demonetisation project in November was also ostensibly to fight black market corruption, tax evaders…

    I think it was actually a social experiment… to anticipate how western populations might react to similar measures…

    I remember interpreting other events as large-scale social experiments as well…

    but I’m too tired to remember what they were…. have to get back to y’all on that…later…

    All this talk about Russian meddling in the American elections makes me think that some investigation into the Institute for Policy Studies might be pertinent and timely these days… perhaps even connectable to CIA Panetta, Soetoro etc…In other words, ironically and gratifyingly to the chomskian, clintonian democrats rather than to trump. I’ll try, in my micro breaks, to look into this myself…

    not because I’m Russophobic but because I’m curious as to what kind of socio-economic system appeals to such families as the Warburgs (who funded the allegedly marxist Washington DC think tank known as the IPS)…

    I’m really looking forward to more of Mr Corbett’s well-researched geo-political insights.

    Be well Corbetteers. Looking forward to reading your diverse perspectives as well

    as this crazy world stumbles forward…backwards? sideways?

  6. archives2001 says:

    Thnx guys for another stunner!
    On the AI and robotics issue, James, you left the most important point unanswered and perhaps this should be a primary discussion for 2017.
    What are all the unemployed and unemployable going to do and how will
    they survive and prosper?
    I can’t recall if either of you has ever brought up the subject of UBI,
    Universal Basic Income but here’s a 2 yr old TEDx Talk on the subject:

  7. whateverittakes2 says:

    Shut down the Fed and shakedown the elites who’ve stolen all the money… Actually while listening to this, James’s push for anarchy swirled through my head. Guess I’m an eternal optimist, but I think the people have shown incredible ingenuity over the decades and suspect that more than a few will come up with solutions to fill free time once they’ve handed their hated jobs over to the robots.

    I’ve become entangled in the Pizzagate story — horror story — and as a result just finished Cathy O’Brien’s autobiography of most of her first 30 years spent as an MK Ultra sex slave. (Trance-Formation of America). She names the bestial predators who molested her and her young daughter over the years; it’s a searing story that will hopefully not end up as just another piece forgotten two or three weeks/days down the line. In fact, I’ve been doing what little I can to fan the flames so that more and more people will go to the internet site and listen to her speak, maybe buy her book where you can read about the vile human beings (she names them and tells us exactly what they did to her and what they’re capable of) who operate this program; you will also find out that they are largely the same people who are behind the NWO plan. George HW Bush, along with Dick Cheney and assorted others, stars in this horror show. And Hillary also has a role to play…

    So what do I hope for? I hope that this story will take hold of the internet and show that the National Security blind is no more than a sham to hide the worst kinds of predators, people who should be rounded up and jailed in perpetuity–if they’re so lucky. Let’s see the MSM try to come up with enough excuses to hide all this filth behind their fake news meme.

    I’ll stop here, as more visceral descriptions of what I’d like to see done to these creeps, have begun to crowd into my head.

  8. Aron says:

    As always appreciate James and James thoughts on what’s going on in the world. We all have our perspectives and from my armchair the Syrian conflict is the biggest event of 2016. A nation brutally attacked for years by so-called rebel forces is starting to come out the other side of this invasion remarkably with a strong spirit for life and from what I have seen from scattered tweets and reports, continued hope to exercise their right to self-determination. One can only hope the conflict will end in 2017 so Syrians can begin to rebuild their nation and society under very strained conditions. And, may all of humanity be turning a corner to a brighter future (this is my hopeful prediction).

  9. Rovak says:

    The Internet license is my prediction.

    • nosoapradio says:

      You mean like a driver’s licence? The web surfer’s licence? If so, it seems pretty challenging to set up. And maybe even self-defeating. I mean, you gotta know what the enemy is thinking. Especially when it’s so easy to stigmatize and neutralize him.

      Or am I completely off-topic?

  10. VoiceOfArabi says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.. I wish you a better 2017…

    I fear however, after the defeat of ISIS / Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters (NATO, Saudi, Qatar) in Aleppo this week, i expect a very bloody period over the next 2 – 3 weeks in Belgium France and Germany…. and that makes me very sad.

    Stay safe everyone….

  11. HomeRemedySupply says:

    For 2017 in the United States, I am guessing that there will be this perception (confidence factor) of better economic times (whether based on reality or not). Unfortunately, I also think that the military-industrial complex will gain more funding. By the end of 2017, we may see the housing real estate bubble start to crumble. There will start to be shifts in the Healthcare economic strata (for example: Over the past few years we have seen a proliferation in the building of many health clinics and private hospitals, but this trend will decline). The U.S. oil and gas industry and jobs will start up again during 2017, along with a rise in the price of some commodities like steel, etc.

    In 2017, I think Facebook’s appeal will start seeing a decline. Aspects of Amazon will lose its luster, while we may see different networks appear in which independent companies can deal more directly with consumers. We will see more innovations and connectivity on a local level, such as delivery of goods, services and people. The MainStreamMedia will have less influence on “what is popular or the latest fad / product”.

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        Yea, spot-on nosoapradio. I have been reading about that “big brother is watching shopping experience”. Amazon reinvests tremendous funds into R&D. Years ago, Walmart was considering doing this type of shopping with RFID chips. I bet the cashier-less trend will continue.
        ha! The hackers are gonna love this.

        I am so old school. I even hate the self checkout lanes.

        I miss the days before the big box stores, when downtowns were crowded with independent merchants and grown men supported the wife & family while working there.
        I even remember the spring loaded overhead tubes which the clerk sent to the cashier at the independent department store in Mineral Wells, TX.

        Things were less regulated in those days. As a kid, you could go in the “5 & Dime” and they would have a small pool filled with baby alligators (actually caiman) for sale. During Easter, a small area had baby chicks for sale.
        It is a wonder that I am not sterile. The shoe store had a machine which X-rayed your foot. Being small, I had my little brother put his foot in there while I boosted myself up the machine to look at his bones. The “buzz” of the X-ray was so loud, our Mother finally got us off.

        Adventure and exploration during this era are on a different grid.

  12. Saskia says:

    I don’t share your pessimism about AI and robots ‘taking over our jobs’. Yes, they will take over a lot of jobs we do now, but they also create many other jobs. Lots and lots of computer programmers, engineers, researchers, data scientists, server maintenance people etc. will be needed to develop, maintain and improve all these AI applications. Human labor will not become dispensable, the type of work we do will simply change. Changes like this have been happening since the beginning of the industrial revolution and have brought more prosperity to most people.

    Of course, there are groups of people who lose their jobs and can’t easily change their profession. Of course, growing income inequality is a big concern. But these are issues that we should be able to deal with in various ways and they are not necessary consequences of increasing use of technology.

  13. tgmolitor says:

    I submit the story of the year and trend next year is “The Singularity is Nearer.” In “The Singularity is Near” Ray Kurzweil describes his law of accelerating returns which predicts an exponential increase in technologies like computers, genetics, nanotechnology, robotics and artificial intelligence. He says this will lead to a technological singularity in the year 2045, a point where progress is so rapid it outstrips human ability to comprehend it.

    Kurzweil predicts the technological advances will irreversibly transform people as they augment their minds and bodies with genetic alterations, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence. Once the Singularity has been reached, Kurzweil says that machine intelligence will be infinitely more powerful than all human intelligence combined. Afterwards he predicts intelligence will radiate outward from the planet until it saturates the universe.

    Didn’t we all “augment our minds and bodies with genetic alterations, nanotechnology, and AI” just a little bit more in 2016?

    • nosoapradio says:

      When I heard about this whole “The Singularity” thing… (which evokes that movie Her in my mind…) it fascinated me…still does … but I can’t seem to encounter a single computer person (only know one person actually working on AI) who seems to believe in it…

      So what d’ya think about Man’s hypothetical ability to create a being that so quickly and completely outstrips his ability to comprehend its progress…? And does Man have the responsability to ensure sustainable intelligence or even consciousness for the time following his own complete self destruction?

      I wonder how anarchy fits into a world where the wealthy are endowing themselves with super powers…?

    • seuadam says:

      This idea of being able to measure the speed of technological progress seems extremely pretentious to me. There is no common denominator, no “unit” in which we could compare and add up all those diverse technological improvements. So, I believe, nobody can put “speed of progress” in a chart and demonstrate that it is “growing exponentially”, or whatever else. Same as adding apples with oranges and washing machines.

      Hearing somebody predicting that X will certainly happen in 40 years or so should raise a red flag to anybody. And when this is based on computer models it should raise another one. For myself I am an optimist on this.

  14. nosoapradio says:

    For you all, for 2017:

    a little music…

  15. panzerleader says:

    Story of the year I would think is the obvious geo-engineering, the democratic pedophile story since buried, exposure of nasas forgeries, and the president continuously trying to character assassinate anyone asking questions about flat earth. In my humble one dollar a month perspective.

  16. The “Fear Of Technology” should be considered “Fake News”. It is a false belief in events that are untrue. No matter how much my faction of Transhumanism come out and tell people how false it is, other hacks come out to push more fear on the population.

    Here are some articles to read to learn more, if you have questions reach out to me.

    Do Not Fear The AI –

    The Fear Of Technological Unemployment –

    Imbecilic Dog-God-AI-Delusion – Singularity Utopia –

    Steadfast AI Scaremongering – Singularity Utopia –

    The real issue is the New World Order Economy not reaching everyone. Another article to help.

    • mkey says:

      I find you’re barking at the wrong tree, friend.

      “What annoys me about this, is that no one to date can list what the issue is with the AI. You have no fact’s to back up the fear”

      There are several facets of technology today which are on the brink of rendering humans (and thus sense of righteousness and morality) obsolete and therefore be placed even more at the will of psychopaths in power. I’ll give one example: assault drones. Those things could GREATLY “benefit” from an AI.

      As is now, they still need human pilots to guide them around, not that this is doing much to prevent slaughter but still there are boundaries to what these pilots will be ready to do, at least I hope so. With a competent AI, drones could be used to “patrol” the revered “homeland” and could easily act as the police, jury, judge and executioner.

      Another thing I’d like to mention would be various DARPA robots. Like that mechanical “hound” which can run 60 mph over a difficult terrain. Give that robot a less then benevolent AI and you have crated a monster.

      • Sadly Mkey you are a bit off.

        You should try reading the articles listed again. Your problem is that you are believing the #MSM hype of technology that does not exist. AI, that you think exists, simply does not. That is not conjecture, it is a fact, because they cannot make it work.

        What they are working on is “Narrow AI” which has nothing to do with real AI. I am not asking you to believe me, believe IBM, because I reached out to them months ago when I was working on my AI Series from my YouTube channel. Now Life got in the why of me finishing that series but the folks at IBM in Zurich sent me the links to the tech they are working on and the specification.

        Also do not view Technology in a vacuum. Just because you see a DARPA Robot working, does not mean it is working all of the time. Robots and Technology in the field does not always behave well in the real elements of weather. Again, stay away from the #MSM Hype.

        • mkey says:

          “AI, that you think exists, simply does not”

          Where have I said or implied that? What kind of AI do I think exists?
          Nowhere have I stated that Darpa robots work anywhere, everywhere or at all times. Service and maintenance schedules are not what’s worrying me about them.
          If you can make it run only 6 hours per day, all that means is they’re gonna need 4 times as many to cover the ground 24/7. If they’re gonna have problems with rain, then I guess I’ll have to move to an area where monsoons are common; not exactly what I would call reassuring.

          I’m not expecting nor wishing for a gloom and doom scenario, but several decades ago who’d believe you if you told them drones would be flying around, carrying out extrajudicial assassinations. That’s happening as we speak, it’s become the norm. An A.I. or anything resembling it is the only component missing for an effective game over scenario. Your words notwithstanding, I’ll stay cautious of this issue.

          Technology has this certain feature, how shall I call it, thanks to which with further development it becomes better. So if something may be a bit iffy today, throw some trillions at it and in a while it’s going to become a lot better. This is such basic stuff I won’t even bother backing it up with examples.

          • If you are having a conversation about technology and technological unemployment then by default you are discussing some form of AI.

            So you simply cannot fall back from the issue and deny everything. It is a nice idea, nice ploy, but does not work.

            Either way, I would read the articles I listed and most likely this one I posted a while ago.


            This way you can avoid #MSM propaganda and be more informed.

            Be well, have fun, enjoy the new year.

  17. thoth52 says:

    I’ve lost 3 jobs to technology already in my life.
    1. Draftsman to CAD/CAM software.
    2. Building Estimator to better CAD/CAM software.
    3. ESL Teacher in Brazil to translation software & phone apps.
    Fortunately, I read “the writing on the wall” and got out early each time. I now have several part-time jobs, two of which require manual labour & repairs.
    I’ll probably be long dead before robots that do the jobs I currently do become affordable.
    “Be afraid, be very afraid!” LOL
    A Happy & Prosperous 2017 to you James & your “Newsbud” colleagues.

  18. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Free for a week – Film on GMO’s by Jeffrey Smith –

    Go to


  19. nosoapradio says:

    – Talks about the future of Syria held in Kazakhstan… Kazakhstan…

    – The price of oil to rise slightly supposedly due to a common agreement on reduced production…

    – The US electoral college to disappear?

    – Repeated tragédies involving Russian airplanes… just terrible tragédies…

    – Future of Crimea bright thanks to Russian-Crimean gas pipeline

    etc etc etc….

    Newsbud cited by another commenter…

    • nosoapradio says:

      also from link above:

      “…Now a few words about Aleppo. Indeed, the President of Turkey and the President and all leaders of Iran in general played a very large role in resolving the situation around Aleppo. This involved exchanges and unblocking several areas with a Shiite majority.

      Perhaps this will sound immodest but this would have been simply impossible without our participation, without Russia’s participation.

      So, all this cooperation in the trilateral format definitely played a very important role in resolving problems around Aleppo…

      …This is the biggest – and I want to emphasise this for all to hear – the biggest international humanitarian action in the modern world.

      …Needless to say, this would not have been achieved without the goodwill and efforts of Mr Assad, the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, and his staff. So, experience shows that there is a need for this format and we will, of course, develop it.

      I would not disregard the interests and the involvement of other countries in the region, such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and, of course, Egypt. Undoubtedly, it would also be wrong to approach issues of this kind without a global player such as the United States, so we are willing to work with everyone…”

    • mkey says:

      Fun stuff.

      The famous lights of the Eiffel Tower were switched off on Wednesday in a show of solidarity with the under-siege Syrian city of Aleppo.

      Obama’s frustrations began several years ago. Remember back in 2013, when the US government started a propaganda campaign about Syrian chemical weapons and warned of «red lines» that could not be crossed? Apparently, the US government came within an ace or two of launching massive air attacks on Syria. Putin intervened and the Syrian government gave up its chemical weapons, removing the US pretext for intervention. The print media had a field day showing Putin helping Obama out of a corner of his own making. All the while, Putin kept urging Russian-US cooperation against the jihadists in Syria, trying to draw the United States away from its ruinous policies. To no avail. Who then acted with greater statesmanship, Putin or Obama?

  20. seuadam says:

    James C, Very good insight there on “Panama Papers” story and its real significance.

    And you can’t find any positivity about robotisation? I think there is a good reason to be optimistic. Just look back at the history of the mass-unemployment-prediction “industry”. It’s very similar to the environmentalist doom-and-gloom, except that its history is longer. Since at least 19th century, there has been a never-ending stream of self-confident predictions that the jobs lost, because of then-recent technological changes, are “gone forever” and growing share of population will belong to dispensable residuum.

    And each has turned embarrassingly wrong. But, each time a new, slightly modified, claim is made. Ok, new jobs have arisen in the past but surely, THIS time, with the LATEST round of technological devices, there is really, really, really no hope.


    • mkey says:

      Do you realize how many fake jobs are provided to people today, just to keep the status quo?

      When I say “fake” I mean various job sharing deals and a bunch of low quality, human unworthy jobs in services.

      • seuadam says:

        Oh, so what are you saying here mkay? The pompous predictions of growing share of superfluous, unemployable population that have come generation after generation only SEEM to be incorrect. And in reality they are correct, but the problem has been clouded by some giant conspiracy in which “they” have capriciously “provided” some kind of jobs that are actually no jobs at all. Is that what you are saying?

        And by whom exactly have those supposedly fake jobs been “provided” for so many generations?

      • mkey says:

        “And by whom exactly have those supposedly fake jobs been “provided” for so many generations?”

        The state through its “measures” (a.k.a. insane politicized socialized brainfart) creates jobs which first and foremost have a statistical significance. I can’t be the first person bringing you this information. Just as an example, there’s a plethora of part time jobs created for the sole purpose to prop up statistics, instead of making it possible for people to earn and honest living. Yesterday you had, say, 100 buss drivers working full time for crappy pay. Today you have 200 buss drivers, sharing their jobs and earning half of the same crappy pay.

        Don’t tell me you believe the story of 6% unemployment rate in US lol

        I’ll leave some room for interpretation and allow that in your part of the globe this stuff you’re stating may have some merit. For the part of the world as I know it, it does not.

  21. seuadam says:

    edit: response to mkay, above

    Well, I don’t take the reported unemployment statistics seriously indeed. They are distorted in many ways. And that is surely true for Europe as well as America. But it seems to me discussing that further we would be losing sight of the main topic of this debate, which is this:

    Does automation lead to net loss of employment and so making ever growing share of population unemployable (and/or “superfluous”) or does it not? Because if that automation-causes-unemployment thesis is true than with all the labour-saving devices introduced since the industrial revolution the unemployment would be well over 90% by now (if not by the end of the 19th century). Clearly, this hasn’t happened as there are always new jobs created (mostly not by the state!). I may agree with you that “propping up of statistics” you are referring to takes place but to claim that this explains away the conspicuous and enormous mismatch of the data with the automation-causes-unemployment thesis is ridiculous. Don’t you think?

    • mkey says:

      Technology takes away jobs, usually those that can be easily automated, those that I wouldn’t deem fit for humans anyway. Such jobs would include much of the automated production facilities, mining, warehouse operation, but also many of the jobs in services. Like people still sitting in various booths selling tickets. Those jobs are among the obvious ones that are set to completely become obsolete. How many jobs have been “lost” on high tech farms, for instance? Or in construction? Or even the financial sector, thanks to software? Not so long ago, young adults or students could have gotten a job by shoveling data around, which today would be completely superfluous. Once you digitize everything, it becomes much more efficient to let programs automate many such processes. Thanks to global warming, even the snow shoveling jobs are gone.

      I have not said nor implied 90% unemployment, but we’re slowly getting there. And I do think these statistics are a pivotal point of this discussion. It’s rather difficult to give a precise number, but I’m fully aware that the state is propping these figures immensely to fit their narrative. I will offer a local example:

      – the official unemployed count for 2016 on the national level is 242.337

      – the official number of people ages 19 to 65 is 2.629.651 (for 2011)

      – during the past decade, there’s been quite a dramatic movement of out this country in form of emigration. I’m not aware of any official numbers which makes sense because it doesn’t behoove the state to get emigration in proper context. The figure should be around 150.000 to 250.000, mostly entire families

      – according to official statistics, there are 1.617.280 (June 2016) people who are part of the “active workforce” that is people whom are either working or seeking to get work (according to their special criteria.) Unemployment rate would be 13.6% in the middle of summer, thanks to tourism

      One question begs to be asked: what happened with that one million difference? Granted, there’s a lot falling into that category, but still all those people are not calculated into these skewed statistics. From this standpoint, employment rate stands at about 61.5%.

      Lets account for over 70% of those jobs:

      Manufacturing: 205502
      Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles: 189042
      Education: 108993
      Public administration and defense; compulsory social security: 106523
      Human health and social work activities: 85958
      Construction: 69420
      Accommodation and food service activities: 65233

      Without more detailed looking into this, it’s hard to tell which jobs among these are “safe” to last. I’d deem those in education and social services to be quite secure in that regard, but look at how many of these cater to the failed social state and general consumerism.

      I’ll close with some anecdotal evidence: a friend of mine has been working now for years at the state run employment office. It may be called “employment” but their job is not to employ people. This branch hires about 20 people, most politically appointed and a few actual employees who make the entire place run. My friend is one of these few and his entire workload is consisted of deleting people from the record, that’s all he does. While he should be trying to help people find actual work, all he ever manages to do is delete those who aren’t “active” enough.

  22. fourthway says:

    James or anyone:

    I’m hoping to find more background/perspective on the psychopath who owns DJ Trump, Robert Mercer. Here’s a good article that introduced me to this shadowy demon:

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