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Tech Culture And Madness

22 August 2019 @ 15:48

Have you ever lived in a cage
Where you live to be whipped and be tamed?
For I’ve never loved in a cage
Or talked to a friend or just waved

—Bernie Taupin

This post and the linked article will require some time to read and think about.

I offer it and my thoughts here to, hopefully, spur some contemplation on the implications of what Big Tech is planning in the long-term.  We’re not talking about the Dangers they pose that occupy a place in our discussions everyday; this one is much Worse, but is fairly-well hidden from the Public right now.

Over at PJMedia, at The Belmont Club, Richard Fernandez has posted a very interesting column on the plans of some Tech Masterminds [/sarc] and his insightful analysis of the implications for all of us if they get implemented.  This may sound like Sci-Fi stuff, but I can assure you [as a former Tech Guy and as a Philosopher] that this kind of stuff is being worked-on — it’s been dreamed of for decades, but we now are actively developing the tools to realize their Twisted Dreams.

From RF:

The notion that the world might not be real may seem like madness, but it is a serious proposition, at least in academic circles….

Experiments showing that “reality does not exist until it is measured” have added weight to the notion that if the world is so weird, maybe it really is not real.

Godless Scientists and Philosophers have always questioned Reality.  Out Modern versions of these types are detached from God and approach the question now detached from The Transcendent, without the Guiding Hand of The Divine.  This is like attempting to row a boat without any paddles: you end-up drifting into Destructive hazards

Do I think the Tech Masterminds will attempt any of this?  They are already testing it.

From Mr. Fernandez [emphasis mine]:

…Yet there’s another direction in this simulation take: not from God (or space aliens) to man but from man over man. Humans strive to create fictions for other people, even whole populations, so they can control them.

Simulated reality is the hypothesis that reality could be simulated—for example by quantum computer simulation—to a degree indistinguishable from “true” reality. It could contain conscious minds which may or may not be fully aware that they are living inside a simulation. This is quite different from the current, technologically achievable concept of virtual reality. Virtual reality is easily distinguished from the experience of actuality; participants are never in doubt about the nature of what they experience. Simulated reality, by contrast, would be hard or impossible to separate from “true” reality.

Bernie Madoff knew how to do this and politicians try to create rudimentary artificial worlds using the now-familiar mechanism of the Narrative.  But while these blocky, pixelated universes work on the level of culture, not even the most powerful human agencies have been able to alter individual sense experience. One could always see the flaws close up. That may now change and the first steps in that direction have already taken place.

Elon Musk wants to insert Bluetooth-enabled implants into your brain, claiming the devices could enable telepathy and repair motor function in people with injuries. … The devices will be installed by a robot built by the startup. Musk said the robot, when operated by a surgeon, will drill 2 millimeter holes in a person’s skull. The chip part of the device will plug the hole in the patient’s skull. … He has invested some $100 million in San Francisco-based Neuralink, according to the New York Times. Musk’s plan to develop human computer implants comes on the heels of similar efforts by Google and Facebook. But critics aren’t so sure customers should trust tech companies with data ported directly from the brain.

How long until memories, desires, thoughts are implanted through exactly the same neural chips that sucked them out? If they work, observer-created reality and a world-as-simulation can be implemented within an individual mind….

In this Amoral and Immoral Age, there is nothing to prevent this from being Horrifically abused.  Do you trust people like Musk, Zuckerberg, and their fellow Tech Masterminds to restrict the use of this Technology to actual things that are truly Good for Society?  They are all Morally-Starved individuals.

More from RF:

There are already plans afoot for a human brain/Cloud interface. Through it, we can be turned into the Borg, sharing each other’s thoughts and sensory data. That’s even better than video games.

A neuralnanorobotically enabled human B/CI might serve as a personalized conduit, allowing persons to obtain direct, instantaneous access to virtually any facet of cumulative human knowledge. Other anticipated applications include myriad opportunities to improve education, intelligence, entertainment, traveling, and other interactive experiences. A specialized application might be the capacity to engage in fully immersive experiential/sensory experiences, including what is referred to here as “transparent shadowing” (TS). Through TS, individuals might experience episodic segments of the lives of other willing participants (locally or remote) to, hopefully, encourage and inspire improved understanding and tolerance among all members of the human family.

Will it be “understanding and tolerance” or the ultimate form of slavery, where human knowledge is harvested from unwitting captives?…

Sounds like High Tech Slavery to me.

I intend to keep my eyes on these ‘Masterminds’.  We need to guard against the would-be Doctor Morbius’s of this World.

  1. Adobe_Walls permalink
    24 August 2019 @ 19:24 19:24

    They can’t be trusted with the technology they have now.

    • 25 August 2019 @ 16:54 16:54

      Quite. I wrote this as a further warning, but not many care – I had to try.

  2. 29 October 2019 @ 01:33 01:33

    Texas Tech’s run to the Final Four, and its very real potential to win the national championship, is fueled by a defense-first culture instilled by third-year coach Chris Beard and his staff, which includes Adams as the de facto defensive coordinator. On so many opponents’ possessions, the ball seems to get pulled into a swirling vortex, only to emerge somehow – steal, rebound after a forced shot, whatever – in the hands of a Red Raider. Or maybe it’s more like a meat grinder. Whatever, but four times so far during the NCAA tournament, Texas Tech has clamped down, then applied continuous pressure until, inevitably, an offense is suffocated.

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