Thursday, 14 March 2013


More snake oil

A Mr Joseph Emilio Pineda (probably a robot) offers an instructive Comment on Conductive World's recent posting on hemispherectomy –
Brain supplements like nootropics improved brain functions and help patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other related brain malfunctions.
Mr Pineda helpfully left a URL to his blog where he explains further – 
Nootropic supplements are smart drugs, memory enhancers, neuro enhancers, cognitive enhancers, and intelligence enhancers.
Within ten minutes of reading Mr Pineda's advice, another one (robotic fraudster, that is) has phoned me offering to help renew some insurance. All that she asked was for me to provide a few personal details. A quick Google search tells me that this call was from a well-known nuisance number.

Mr Pineda's blogsite informs that he is a business man, from Iligan City in the Philppines, and a sci-fi fan. I have no reason to expect either to be true but he may still understand what I mean when I say that it is surely time to incorporate Isaac Asimov's First Law of Robotics into the criminal law.

Now for something completely different

Incidentally, and altogether irrelevantly, it occurs to me that the Three Laws (and the one that later preceded them) might also be usefully applied to bureaucratised systems for providing health, education and welfare services.

What a thought  not so much science fiction as misty-eyed fantasy.  

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