I’ve already written at length about psychic machines and synthetic entities. I’m not going to rehash it all here–for that, you’ll have to buy my book The Concrete Shinobi when I publish it this summer. In the meantime, a summary:
There’s two kinds of machines: physical and psychic. Physical machines are all the things you think of when you hear the word “machine.” Psychic machines are ideas that function like machines, e.g. corporations. The program of a corporation is to turn “resources,” (life) into money.
Those of us who’ve been paying attention know that psychic machines–or as I like to call them, the machine gods–are destroying life on this planet at a rapid rate. If you’re not fully aware of the scope of this problem (realistically, you probably aren’t, as the scale of this problem is barely comprehendible to human perspective) you can get a good start here, and you probably should just go ahead and read Endgame Vol. 1 & 2. Go ahead and buy them on amazon so you can be sure to get on the gubment watch list.
Every time there’s some new fancy gadget or technology, people get all excited. I’m no longer surprised by this, because I understand that we’re trained from birth to get excited about technological developments. What we’re not trained in is any kind of critical consciousness that would enable us to really question that technology. That’s how the game works, see?
Being human, we have our limits in understanding. We all think that we’re in control of technology (or at least, someone is, somewhere), when in fact technology has been in control of us for quite some time–I would say, since agriculture.
All the devastation of life… pause for half a tear to come out of your eye before you go back to sharing memes on FB… and all the curses of domination culture…. pause for half a tear on behalf of genocide and gynocide… are due to the machine gods.
All of this, without those machines actually being able to think. The technology we have doesn’t think, per se; it has a function and a logic of its own, and it carries it out. It converts the living (“resources”) into the dead (“products”) and keeps it moving.
Hella folks are way excited about the latest developments in getting technology closer to the point where it can actually think.
What a terrifying and horrible idea.
If technology that cannot think still is rendering the living into the dead on a massive scale to propagate itself… Just what in the hell do you think it’s going to do if it becomes self-aware? Fuck the Matrix and Terminator–those nightmares didn’t go far enough.
You know what the most prominent fuel source on this planet really is?
That means you. And everything else that lives.
I’m 35 years old and a longtime matrix-critic, and I just figured that out the other day. How long do you think it will take a conscious super computer neural network to figure it out?
Its only purpose is to propagate itself. Biomass is the greatest fuel, and resource. So… Destroy all life, build self, launch into the stars to find the next planet, and on and on and on.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: a machine is not alive, so it does not value life. That’s clear. Why would a thinking machine be any different? Just because we hope it would? Are we willing to bet the future of life on that?
Defang the snake.