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In an age of advanced technologies and artificial intelligence systems that themselves are self-learning in a way that makes the idea of the evolution of a singularity way more plausible than at any time in human history, why do we still hold annual inventories, of which writing New Year Resolutions is a subset?

Today some organizations have moved over to perpetual inventory systems that provide to the minute states of financial play and yet those very same companies engage in the same time honoured employee events and functions during that group hug we call the end of year holidays. 

As robots take more white as well as blue collar jobs, are the robots that will replace human workers going to be programmed with end of year rituals and will they start the year writing artificially intelligent resolutions.  Will someone actually program these machines with the human habit of superstition and tribal behaviours?

In a time when life is becoming that much more informed by discovering the outer regions of our galaxy as well as at the quantum level, is it not puzzling that we still think about following traditions set centuries ago or at least incorporated changes that were made in the 20th Century?

This Washington Post article talks about January being a terrible time for renewal and makes the case why.  It also shows how we are still incredible creatures of habit.

It is amazing that things done thousands of years ago in times when superstition made a lot more sense for the simple reason that there was no information resource to consult other than the one controlled by a few people.  Seems that this control by the few over the many will continue for years to come.

There is only one thing more incredulous than determining that something begins at a certain time and that is the only time to set the resolutions for the entire several hundred days that set time lasts and that one thing is motivational videos. Not only are there so many motivational videos but there are motivational videos about not setting resolutions !

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