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The creator of the also excellent Century of the Self film series released his latest film in October, 2016. Dubbed HyperNormalisation, it offers both a history lesson of the complicated relationship between the West, the Middle East, and Russia, as well as an unflinching look at the roles played by technology, surveillance, and the media on our modern condition of general confusion, destabilization, and surrealism.
It's part of a broader misconception on the part of the techno-utopian set that the purpose of tech innovation is to replace human beings instead of augment us. We are being replaced now at a rate greater than ever before, as a result of the rise of machine learning. Underlying that assumption is the dark, Orwellian belief that at its core, humanity is fundamentally hopeless, irrational, and must be controlled by some force: typically a small cadre of wise (and very rich!) men (...usually white) who are irrevocably convinced they know more about humanity than other people. Or perhaps a single, highly-authoritarian entity... not like anyone we know who is currently running for el presidente... To wit: another presidential candidate you probably haven't heard about: Zoltan Istvan of the Transhumanist Party. I'mma let him speak for himself: But the Anti-Enlightment period was the greatest philosophical era OF ALL TIME!: This has been a fantasy since the Enlightenment, but despite...
Turns out Silicon Valley is both figuratively and literally a coven of pale male vampires who feed on the fresh blood of the young. Watch this appearance at the RNC and convince me Peter Thiel is not a vampire. Body cams don't lie, people. Believe your eyes. p.s. the way you know this is true is because the Republican National Convention happened at night, and you read about it on the internet. In any case, the libertarian dream of escaping death and politics and replacing one's humanity with machine learning is certainly alive and well.
Upon some additional furrowed-brow rumination over this well-written and thought-provoking read about "Why we can’t rely on technology for a better future" (I did some other ranting as responses within the post), some additional insight: The reality is, old rich dudes don't want to die (and at some point they've realized their days are numbered, despite the best efforts of whatever Calico is liable to come up with in our lifetimes) -- and they certainly don't want to leave a terrible legacy of apocalyptic doom behind them and be made liable for it in the unforgiving (yet malleable, via power) annals of history. They want to leave behind a glittering, unassailably awesome planet full of unbelievable wonders, and they see emerging technologies as their pyramids -- as opportunities to be remembered, and to in some small way escape the infinite darkness of death by living on in the minds of the human beings left behind in the world of the Still Living. They want to be glorified, not v...
by doctor paradox · February 24, 2009 Douglas Adams’ “rules that describe our reactions to technologies": “Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works." “Anything that’s invented between when you’re 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it." “Anything invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of things." via Luddite by Degrees | Futility Closet.