Code Babies: Give your Kid The Skills They’ll need for the Future

The job market is cut throat, and every parent want to give their kid whatever edge they can to get ahead in it. What better way to do this than to start them off learning HTML and CSS before they can even talk? The above HTML for Babies and the below CSS for Babies are both available from Code Babies¬†for just $8.99 they are also available at Amazon in the US but not in the UK ūüôĀ

Via Code Babies

Books For Geeky Babies…

While I object to the use of the word “nerd” I love the concept of this Nerd Baby Colouring ¬†in Book¬†(Yes I spelt ¬†“colouring”¬†¬†correctly). If/when I have kids they will be getting a copy of this book by Tiffan Yard¬†it seems to me that there is a whole industry based on selling stuff like this to relatively geeky parents as a couple of days ago I spotted another book entitled Introductory Calculus For Infants by Omi M. Inouye¬†which is available at ThinkGeek:

calculus

I¬†reckon¬†there is a huge market for this and I’m going to start work on “The Very Hungry¬†Paramecium” and the¬†“Amoeba Who Was Wfraid Of The Dark” immediately…

Nerd Baby Coloring in book via Boing Boing Introductory Calculus For Infants via Laughing Squid.

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Story Idea: Outsource your people

I had a quick idea for a story, set in a dystopian future. The entire world is in disarray, there has been a population explosion and the world’s resources can’t cope with it. There is one country that has managed to thrive in the midst of the chaos. In order to combat over population, they have mandated that all citizens are¬†sterilized.

With over population no longer an issue they have thrived, the one problem they have is replacing the people that die/retire from work. For this problem they have come up with a novel solution, they outsource their population. When an opening for a child becomes available families can apply to become parents, the application process is long but comes with financial benefits, as the government pays you money to raise children.

Where do the children come from if everyone is sterilized? From other poorer countries, the government pays people in other countries for their babies. In doing so the family of the baby not only gets the money for the baby, but they can also rest assured that their child will live a better life in the utopian country.

I’m of two minds of the adoption bit, as part of me also sees Brave New World like nurseries being developed where the children spend their entire lives being prepared to do certain jobs, in this version of the idea the families pay for their child to have a better life and how much they pay gives them different social status. Perhaps particularly good genetic stock could receive the equivalent of a scholarship?

Anyway that idea is incubating who knows it might come to something.