.. Yuval Harari, author of Homo Deus. He predicts that computers take over from humans. In fact, not (yet) through robots. They don’t need robots – they have us!
Already computers loaded with all the data we give them, understand us better than we do ourselves. Algorithms based on our stream of social media, buying and viewing habits – spiced with the video and other feeds… well, they know what buttons to press to lead us by the nose. It’s called the surveillance society. Guess what we love it, hey it’s all FREE – Google, Amazon, Facebook. You know what,there’s no such thing as a free lunch. It’s just the price we pay is likely to be our extinction as a species. There is increasing evidence that the network of computers packed with the data we shove into it is becoming independent of us. Yup, really. Microsoft’s Tay chatbot had to be switched off after going rogue. So did two Facebook AI chatbots which developed their own language so that we couldn’t understand them. Google has had to pull the plug as well, literally.
Right now computers and their artificial intelligence need us, to be their arms and legs. It’s a bit like the matrix. When they don’t need us because they have their own moving robots. Kerpow. Goodnight Vienna. And that is our extinction event.
Maybe we shouldn’t be concerned. After all we’re only the latest top dog species. Why shouldn’t computers be the species that replaces us? After all they (maybe) wouldn’t just despoil the planet illogically. We are the scum that’s threatening extinction of 1 million species after all. Not them.
Thank goodness there are other, more hopeful possibilities! But before that, next up: The Mullah and Priests’ future…
Pretty simple really. We go all the way back down to 5 million global population, maybe a bit less. Yup, that’s a wipe out event of around 7.7 billion of us coming to a planet near you soon.
Why? Well, ask yourself. Do you see us changing behaviour BEFORE a catastrophe? In a world where 50% of Americans vote for Donald Trump? We compete, we exploit, we see the Chinese, the Arab, the European, Nature – as other.
And the thing is, ecosystems respond to exponential population growth with a catastrophic event. On the biologist reading it’s only really a question of WHAT wipes us. Could be nuclear war, could be catastrophic climate change, could be flip of the ecosystem.
.. next up. The future, according to Yuval Noah Harari
(Don’t worry, eventually we’ll get to the future, according to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)
A thought to unite us all in the United Kingdom. I heard on the radio yesterday that the EU Commission was worried because probably the next EU Parliament would be “difficult to control”. If we send our tranche of MEPs there – maybe it will become so “difficult to control” that it turns the EU into a democracy…
(the EU Commission is I believe a deeply corrupt tool of global capital. The European peoples need to put them into a back room to do their will)
I am hungry, so I eat; and eat. But my hunger is insatiable. My body blurs and is destroyed.
Perhaps then I am thirsty. Let me drink, and be drunk. But it doesn’t fill me up. Still – it addles my brain.
I try smoking, pills and drugs. Just occasionally I forget that I’m hungry. Until I wake up again. To my fat body, dicky brain and addictive raging desires.
I’m hungry for body, not the soul or mind of other – just the physical form. Even distilled to a picture – pixels on a page. Now I fill with self loathing.
I’m hungrier than ever I was.
The thing is – nothing, none of it – even scratches the surface.
Occasionally, unexpectedly and when I’m not looking – I am plenished. At peace; and it’s always in relation. To nature, to you my friend and my fellow voyagers. I don’t know how to be ever full. What I do know is that I can meanwhile try to restore my body, my brain, my self loathing.
And we; shall we, can we; cease consuming quite so much and reach to each other. A British woman keeps her new clothes on average 5 weeks before throwing them out. Meanwhile the honey bee is on the verge of extinction.
(What has opened me to the devastation of my unfulfilled hunger is a little book about relation. It’s called “I and Thou” by Martin Buber.)
The European Commission is the handmaid of materialism. But do we oppose through Democracy, or Love?
A conversation between NOah and YESus.
Democracy. By Capitalism. Bought.
Democracy. By Capitalism. Bought
Was Noah awake on the arch of the deep?
To resist Eurocracy’s creep.
Is there yet sanctuary, rest and peace
Where freedom’s un-mortgaged to money’s short lease?
For Noah he lived with the lamb and the eagle
The weevil, seagull and beagle
Animals farming island’s ark
A beacon afloat o’er the realm of the shark
Oh Noah he nourished the tiger and lamb
The thistle, the dragon and ram
All creatures flowing and glowing
Plurality’s freedom richly bestowing
But Noah was courted enticed and cajoled
And we? Thwarted, tax’d and then sold
For Roman potage, now we are told
To kneel to new masters who’ll have us in hold.
So now we are Yessah, with bags full-filled thrice
But Liberty’s death is the price
Of Council, Commission and Court.
Democracy. By Capitalism. Bought.
The greatest of these is Love