Planet of the Apps – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Planet of the Apps – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

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  • Cornelius: What did you find?
  • Lucius: The usual as in any wreckage.
  • Cornelius: Humans are the same. They destroy whatever they touch, unlike us simians.
  • Lucius: But, but I found something…
  • Cornelius: What is it?
  • Lucius: An iDevice of some sort. It’s in different sizes and shapes, with little square boxes on a screen.
  • Cornelius: (sniffs, menaces, turns up his nose). Oh wow, it plays music, sends messages, takes pictures, show movies, has maps, and you can text. How totally unsimian!
  • Lucius: There are millions of them and humans are addicted. They’re suffering from an ailment called iNeck!
  • Cornelius: Come let’s send a text to Dr. Maximus.
  • Lucius: What shall we say?
  • Cornelius: (smiling) We’re on the Planet of the Apps!

Cornelius and Lucius are characters from the 1968 hit movie ‘Planet of the Apes.’ In that movie the news would spread through the simian networks. It didn’t matter whether it was in the town or country. The word could be refashioned, reworked and reconfigured but the community was kept in the loop.  

These days things are different. The news travel with the speed of lightning. There are touch-tones, video links, laser displays, satellite conferencing, robotic doctors performing complicated surgeries and of course the most breath-taking of them all, the smart phone. The information is at our fingertips and it is driven by the ubiquitous and unpretentious applications or apps. There are several networks that install apps with remarkable finesse to keep us connected. We are overwhelmed and saturated by choices and whether we accept it or not we are living on the planet of the apps.

[Read more: Planet of the Apps – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine ]

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 04/02/2015 at 10:35 pm

    Where is the app to end climate disruption?

  • de castro  On 04/03/2015 at 3:32 am

    “In the post”….latest app… to programme zombies….main stream media.!😈

    Que sera

    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 04/03/2015 at 12:27 pm

      Kamtan, no kidding! There are techno-zombies everywhere. From my window, I just witnessed a young man cross the street without looking up from his smartphone. Another older man also walked by focused on his smartphone.

      • de castro  On 04/03/2015 at 1:41 pm

        Ha ha !
        Next time you see “aliens” inform the “anti economic migrants” establishment
        that patrol US/Mexico borders…..with 360m economic migrants USA can accommodate a few more millions…..China India and Russia cannot/won’t.

        The land of the free and brave …..god bless america !😈

        Most of my friends and family who have made it “home” are opportunist

        Some successfully others not so successful but happy with their resettlement
        from Guyana UK Canada NZ OZ ….mostly English speakers.

        Que sera

  • albert  On 04/03/2015 at 12:38 pm

    Dr Narine always produces some informative, thoughtful articles. Just a reminder of how Guyana has lost its best minds. It would be a great thing if Granger and Moses could find a way to tap in and use some of the Guyanese brain power abroad…….if they win.

  • de castro  On 04/03/2015 at 2:02 pm

    Win or loose ….. Educated Guyanese will revolt eventually….
    Am optimistic for the future.
    Social media is changing our world….hopefully for the better !😇

    Not sure how PR voting system works ….
    UK the majority party

    Labour or Conservative
    Can join with others to form a government.
    Over 300 MPs…..over 600

    We end up with a coalition government.

    Guyana has 65 MP s with 33 + elected forming the government.
    But with PR system the president needs 50+% of votes to be elected.

    Of course there is the “ethnic” divide that favours PPPC and Ramotar
    but with Jagdeo hitting headlines for wrong reason and El presidente
    miss use of “nuisance” word over an assassination
    the opposition must be in with a chance !

    My spin !

    Not long to go


  • ndtewarie  On 04/04/2015 at 10:33 am

    “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured ”  

    The TRAP of the INTERNET

    So we got tired Driving on the road We needed A hi-way And now we open A can of worms Or snakes and sickies We ask for this We get the system We selected We get what we sow Zap! Shazam! We get Caught in the Internet

    We were dumb To give kids freedom We copped out Some of us were wrong We’re not strong Enough weasels! To handle kids We took off the lids Bringing up kids Some of us Are afraid of Our little monsters They can dial 911 Some of our fathers Were baby boomers Spent lots of time Sniffing in sublime Yes ganja they snuffed Even the harder stuff

    They were too lazy To study Eke out a living So its not surprising When they got kids And behaved like a mouse No discipline in the house So many were glad To hand over the bad Burden to the Govt. As if the govt. Who is only bent On doing nothing Can’t do anything For the little man As if they can Do anything fruitful They’re so deceitful

    Look at the education system And the crime deterioration They have failed Because many flailed Out so called leaders Are products of Boomers Losers and misfits With no bleddy wits Me thinks the effect Of Woodstock wrecked The brains of their children Today’s’ men and women If you have To tell your kids To say “No” to drugs There’s something Wrong at home You didn’t Teach your kids The fundamentals About the criminals Living in the internet Then the parents Have failed Miserably You should’ve Planted the seed Teach them to read Which makes you think And will link You to develop Pure imagination Than spending your Life with Sega! And surfing through The traps of the Internet Where pedophiles lurk And the warped exits With hackers hatching At everything lucrative And everything else except Something educative

    Like the “Story of Sam” Not the “Son of Sam” That’s another sicky Another horror story If Sam was bad And a good wallop he had He would Have straightened But NO! This would stupidly Be condemned surely As Physical Abuse But its a good excuse For what Sam did Killing a young kid After sexually abusing With a good buggering

    As sayings go We get what we sow If we sow the wind We’ll reap the whirlwind Most rich parents Are in a predicament Think they can buy The love of their kids With expensive toys And computers They are turning out Lonely sick kids Using the computer To find love

    If every parent Take a good look Buy a good book For his kid Kids need a schedule Chores after school Homework or a hobby To keep them busy Parents should Find something To keep them at home

    Not to roam For Satan finds Some mischief still For idle hands to kill We would have less Violence and crime That’s why This pill popping Society is so sick Yet some women show More enthusiasm With their detergent And their mirror Than their kids North Americans Spend more time With their pets Than their kids They love animals Because they are Dumb or so they think

    Too many of us Have no one to trus’ Lost? Here’s your therapist, Ouch! Just lie on the shrink’s couch It’s scary To think our kids Are moronic That they can be caught Or be bought By a sexy voice They have a choice Don’t they know That when someone Ask, “Are you alone?” “What are you wearing?” This is alarming Are today’s kids So darn stupid That they Can’t comprehend When a statement Is suggestive Don’t little antennae Go up in those tiny heads That something is wrong

    Maybe our kids Think its treason To reason Or have no brains Maybe guidance Is the answer But charity Begins at home! eh?

    If kids spend Less time on The boob tube We’d turn out More thinker More scientists More intellectuals Than the idiots The morons and The lazy buggers We turn out Give me a kid Who can spell And read Than one whose Dexterity Is good only At Video games No wonder the kids Of recent immigrants Excel better than Most Canadians Because they Learnt discipline At an early age

    It makes us wonder To know how Some parents’ Minds work What are they thinking If they ask themselves “Why is my little pet Spending so much time On the Internet?” “Why is my kid not on a date But is out so late” “Is my kid actually At his friend’s home? “Is my kid really Sleeping over At sly Sally?”

    “Why is his door Always closed?” Any parent with An atom or an iota Of medulla oblongata Would wonder and ponder And would damn well Come hell And high waters Find the answers

    It boggles the mind To think of the Incompetent parents Who prefer to spend Time gossiping At fancy gatherings At nonsensical And lame socials To please the boys With computer toys Laughter echoing Until dawn arising Whilst their Own flesh and blood Crying out to the one above For love, just love Or some quality time Instead of big new toys Or trying to buy Them with fancy clothes Or green cold cash.

    For the kids cake Parents have to take Full control again Or all is in vain What a waste Of young minds Where are the Tide that binds? What a sin Can they ever win?

  • albert  On 04/04/2015 at 11:15 am

    The computer is here to stay. We have to change our thinking and learn how to use it. Guyana can benefit tremendously from this tool. It provides a means for quick access to information, recorded facts, read factual analysis by experts on many issues. In effect it is in one sense a tool which could be used for learning and business. One of my young relatives spent most of his free time on the computer. I introduced him to computerized chess and the idea of hacking ? to prevent it, along with other things. Now he has a more objective use of computers.

    What Guyana need is inexpensive expertise advice on how to organise its systems to attract from abroad, investments, contribution to various projects from Guyanese abroad, and unilateral transfer of funds in addition to the above…….hopefully through leaders who know how to get, and recognise good ideas.

  • jamesnarine22  On 04/05/2015 at 2:03 pm

    A beautiful article, keep up the good work Dr. N.

  • de castro  On 04/05/2015 at 2:53 pm

    Am certainly a “technocrat” today,…in our hi tech world.
    Am responding on my 7″ tablet…ordered on internet delivered to my door
    next day…cost ..$50usd.

    Most now have I phones sending/receiving e mails texts on the move.

    If anything people are in communicado nationally and internationally more today than yesterday. Some will argue it makes the world a more dangerous place… certainly makes it more informed.


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