The Synthetic Evolution
I hear all these stories about how wonderful it’s going to be, how we can all live to a 1000 years old and banish disease to the dustbin of history. We may very well be able to cure some diseases, equally by connecting ourselves to the web how long will it be before computer viruses are either manipulated to or indeed evolve to jump between the cyber and physical realm? With a modicum of imagination the concept of untraceable downloaded assassinations becomes a frightening possibility. For every payoff there is a price to be paid because that is life, that’s the way it works! Certainly not all the people that are leading the transhumanist charge have a nefarious intent in mind; but whilst they are incredibly intelligent they are also compartmentalised, caught up in their own hubris and often lack the street wisdom to see both sides of the coin.
People can give me all the assurances and promises they like, but the thing is I’ve lived a long enough and a colourful enough life to have heard it all before. Equally it should never be forgotten that the funding for much of this new technology is coming from military contractors such as Darpa, do you trust these people? Do you trust them with dominion over your minds and bodies? Do you trust them with A.I? What is A.I? You see there is a big difference between freewill and intelligence and so intelligence without freewill is directed intelligence, but who is directing it?
Before the advent of mobile phones I could remember the phone numbers of scores of friends, now it’s less than a handful. An entire generation are now losing the ability to read a map .. what happens if the Sat Nav system goes down? In the future people may very well be using their brain chips to answer questions, to do their thinking for them. But will this aid or stunt the growth of their brains? Indeed, what happens if the chip is removed or corrupted? Will we have a populace that is unable to think coherantly without the use of their technological crutch? Even now where is the first place we go when we have a question? How many of us spend time using our brains trying to remember that illusive answer that is on the tip of our tongues?
It's my profound belief that we're being deliberately held back from realising our full potential and that with the correct dietary advice, education and indeed technological aids we're capable of acheiving far more than we ever thought possible. The agenda to connect ourselves and every facet of our lives to an increasingly intelligent internet is not about making us superhuman but subhuman, ushering a feudal technocracy from which there will be no escape. My message is simple and it's not a call to stop using technology, indeed embrace it's potential with both hands but also be aware of it's inherant dangers. Understand that for every advance there is a price to be paid and as such with each stride forward, it would be wise to pause and ponder if the price is worth it? Equally be aware of who is behind the fast approaching 4th industrial revolution .. in short tread carefully and keep your eyes wide open.
Thank you for reading, until next time I will leave you to ponder who has the perceptualflaws.
Written by perceptualflaws
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