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The Aesthetics' Point of View

 
 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

My name is Dr. Mortimer Granville and I am a doctor renowned for the medically treatment of hysteria, a diagnosis of women displaying an array of symptoms including nervousness, insomnia, exhaustion, depression, cramps, and sexual frustration. The only known method of treatment is to elicit paroxysmal convulsions.

The usual manual method is extremely strenuous. So in about 1883 I invented Granville's Hammer, which was a huge relief for the doctors who found themselves suffering from fatigued wrists and hands. However, I did not apply my invention solely in the treatment of hysteria; rather, I use it also to treat muscular disorders. This makes the Hammer the fourth domestic appliance to be automated, after the sewing machine, the fan and the tea kettle.

My values as a doctor, a gentleman and as an Aesthetics are based on the belief that advances in science and technology will eventually bring about an utopia, or will at least help to fulfill one or another utopian ideal. The utopia we Aesthetics dream of is an ideal society, in which laws, government, and social conditions are solely operating for the benefit and well-being of all its citizens, when advanced science and technology will allow these ideal living standards to exist; for example, post scarcity, transformations in human nature, the abolition of suffering and even the end of death.

We believe that science and technology are the right and left hands of what we call the move from the realm of necessity to the realm of freedom. In this regard all real socialists and feminists must be generally advocates of reason and science, which are to be brought about as a painless corollary of clockwork development.

The advance of technology will lay the groundwork not only for the creation of a new society, with different property relations, but also for the emergence of new human beings reconnected to nature and themselves. At the top of our agenda for empowered proletarians is to increase the total productive forces as rapidly as possible. Yes, that means we are focused on industrialization, economic development and the promotion of reason, science and the idea of progress.

All great thinkers of the Enlightenment commonly equated scientific progress with social progress. It is our belief that technological change revolutionizes human affairs and will increase personal freedom by freeing the individual from the rigid embrace of bureaucratic big government. Our ideal of the self-empowered knowledge workers will render traditional hierarchies redundant.

For this endeavour we Aesthetics define the four principles of modern technological utopia:

1.We are presently undergoing a revolution in technology;

2. In the clockwork age, technological growth will be sustained (at least);

3. In the clockwork age, technological growth will lead to the end of economic scarcity;

4. The elimination of economic scarcity will lead to the elimination of every major social evil.

End of scarcity is a form of society in which goods, services and information are free, or practically free. This would require an abundance of fundamental resources (matter, energy and intelligence), in conjunction with sophisticated

automated systems like the clockwork. Scarcity is the fundamental economic problem of having seemingly unlimited human needs and wants, in a world of limited resources.

It states that society has insufficient productive resources to fulfill all human wants and needs. Alternatively, scarcity implies that not all of society's goals can be pursued at the same time; trade-offs are made of one good against others. However, in Marxist economics, scarcity is said to be peripheral. Human wants in practice are not assumed to be infinite, but variable and ultimately conditioned. Scarcity, instead, is secondary to the issue of differential distribution within a society due to class, primarily between a producing class (e.g. slaves, peasants, the proletariat) and a surplus-taking class (e.g. slave owners, lords, the bourgeoisie).

All visions of post-scarcity societies must assume the existence of new technologies which make it much easier for society to produce nearly all goods in great abundance, given raw materials and energy. Only advanced industrial automation might be able to produce most physical goods that people desire, with a minimal amount of human labour required.

God save Victoria!

Dr. Mortimer

 

Advancement of Sciences Have Lost "The Clock"

 
 

Department for the Advancement of Sciences has issued a statement about the disappearance of a secret Clockwork prototype.

"We can confirm that one of our devices is missing. It was moved from our offices in London, loaded on to a vehicle, taking it to be destroyed. The device is part of an unsuccessful experiment from the early days of the Clockwork Project, it poses no threat to the public, or security of the nation."

The department would not confirm whether the device was stolen or is just missing, and refused to reveal the location of its two lead scientists, who are rumoured to be out of the country.

Mystery surrounds the future of the Clockwork Project after the government bowed to trade union demands and stopped further research and development.

It still unknown whether the activities of the department have actually stopped, or have been moved to a new location away from the prying eyes of the public.

The public are being asked to keep an eye out for a large container labelled "Chamberlain BCV6 - Liverpool".

Information about the missing Clockwork device should be sent to  via electronic telegraph to: "informer - at - advancementofsciences - dot - com"

 

Top Secret Clockwork Device Missing

Lost Clock
 
 

A top secret Clockwork prototype is missing from a shipment of scientific devices cleared out of government offices, last week.

The device, one of two almost complete prototypes, is in a box labelled "Chamberlain BCV6 - Liverpool". Only last week a member of the Angel Corps prevented a similar theft from the same office.

It is not known whether the device has been stolen or just misplaced, but sources claim it's "a vital component, and that its whereabouts were currently unknown".

If stolen this will be highly embarrassing for the beleaguered science department, and it comes after trade union action forced the shut down of the whole Clockwork Project.

Officials have refused to confirm the report, but said a statement would be issued as soon as a complete audit had been taken, and this could take some time.

Government negotiators are still locked in talks with trade unionists over job security for workers, and the impact Clockwork Project will have on the workforce, once complete.

 

Angel Falls from Sky to
Thwart Department Robbery

 

Angel Corps recruit Sarah Bittern, 19, unmarried, leapt from a damaged airship last night in an heroic effort to capture a robber fleeing the former offices of the Department for the Advancement of Sciences.

Ms. Bittern, who was patrolling the area aboard the HMD Desiderata, continued to chase the man first via motor glider and then on foot, after the Desiderata ploughed into an unlicensed wireless tower.  The ship's captain, Ms. Hildebrandt Beam, 41, widowed, was injured in the resulting crash.  According to her shipmates, Ms. Bittern immediately picked up the chase in one of the ship's emergency exit craft.

The thief was identified as Linnaeus Kite, 34, a well-known distributor of pamphlets on the specious subject of aether sciences.  As of this writing, it is unclear as to the contents of the crate, which Kite snuck out of the research facility after impersonating a mover.  He has been detained, authorities say, indefinitely.

Hawk-eyed witnesses  noted the crate was designated 'Chamberlain BCV6 - Liverpool.'  This prompts us to ask - who is Chamberlain, and what is going on in Liverpool?

"We're all very proud of Bittern," said PVT Amanda Bloom, 22, unmarried, "She showed great initiative and quick thinking in her efforts to protect the property of the Queen - even if it was a stupid move."

She said the life preserving motor gliders on ships like Desiderata are not meant to be used in a high speed chase.

Gazette reporters were able to obtain an exclusive interview with Cpt. Beam as she recuperated in hospital.  She denied any knowledge of the new location of the Advancement of Sciences office, which was suddenly closed Wednesday and has been largely emptied.

"We aren't on that assignment - but I hope whoever is, they've got a Bittern or two on their team," said Beam, who is expected to recover speedily.  "Her Majesty's vital research has no place in the hands of thieves and quacks!"

The owner of the wireless tower was fined 20 pounds and ordered to remove the obstruction.