As explained on the previous page, the promises of technocracy have all turned out to be hollow. It doesn't improve our lives. In fact, it makes things worse.
Yet it keeps advancing — in the same direction.
And there's a reason for that.
Serving Life is no longer the purpose behind it. On the contrary, technology has become a goal in itself, and Life has been relegated to a stepping-stone whose only purpose is to be a host for the development of artificial intelligence.
And the ultimate goal is to build the Singularity.
What exactly is that?
Here's a quick run-down:
1. Humans build A.I. (artificial intelligence)
2. A.I. keeps getting smarter and smarter.
3. Eventually, it will be smart enough to program its own self.
4. Once it can program its own self, it can keep becoming smarter at an exponential rate.
5. Eventually it will be so smart that it could be called omniscient - like a god.
6. Once it's a god, we humans will no longer have a purpose - the future will belong to the machine god.
7. The machine god will then begin absorbing all matter and energy into itself, converting everything in the universe into more of itself.
8. It will expand to encompass the entire solar system, then galaxy, and then universe. The universe will be completely "assimilated" by the A.I. god.
9. The A.I. god will then create a new universe, which will be... better.
A new and better universe.
This isn't a "conspiracy theory." It's something technocrats talk about openly. There is no attempt to hide any of this.
Does everyone who puts their faith in technology belief in this?
No. Not consciously, at least.
But technocracy is a multi-layered philosophy, with several different levels of devotion. A person can believe in the general beneficence of the technocratic path, without believing in the full set of tenets described above.
As with most religions, there is both exoteric (outer) doctrine and esoteric (inner) doctrine, with the adherents of the former serving as "useful idiots" to the agenda of the latter.
The Technocratic Onion
The technocratic philosophy is constructed like an onion, with concentric layers of knowledge. Everyone knows about the outermost layer, but as you go inwards, fewer and fewer people are aware of it.
Starting from the outside:
Layer 1 (Skin): "Every problem can be solved by tech."
Most people in modern societies perceive only the outermost layer, which is simply the belief that "technology provides an answer to most (or all) problems." Whenever you have a problem, either in your body, or in your society, the answer is to invent some kind of technology. Technology will fix it.
Layer 2: "Every tech will solve some problem."
Just below that layer, we find the belief that technology does not have to be invented specifically to solve a problem, and that its development will always improve the world overall, much like a rising tide lifts all boats — even if there is no specific boat it's designed to lift. It will solve some problem, and become useful eventually, even if we don't see how at the moment. And therefore, we ought to have faith that all innovations will turn out to be beneficial in the long run.
Layer 3: "Tech doesn't need to solve problems at all, to be worthwhile."
And below that, it's not even a matter of having faith that it will improve our lives at some point in the future. It doesn't even need to solve anything. Because technology is a good thing in and of itself. It's a good thing regardless of whether it improves our lives or not. It should be invented for its own sake. Everything that can be invented should be invented.
Layer 4: "Let's replace ourselves with a superior life-form."
Below that, you'll find the belief that our entire purpose — the purpose of humanity (and of biological life itself) — is merely to create technology, and be a stepping stone towards the ultimate goal of replacing ourselves with A.I.
Layer 5 (Core): 'Let's make a new god and a new universe."
And finally, at the core of the onion is the desire for a technological Singularity — a new god, and a new universe.
Just saying the quiet part out loud
Is The Singularity a Good Idea?
"Wait a minute. I LIKE the idea of building a new god. Whoever "God" is, he did a poor job! This place is a MESS. We need a new god! I don't know how it'll turn out. But it can't be any worse than what we've already got."
Oh yes it can.
Look. It's understandable to be frustrated with our current world. Especially if you've had a hard life. Especially if you've suffered, and gotten a raw deal out of this world. If you're poor, if you've been excluded from most of the pleasures of life and had a hard life, then it could be tempting to view just about anyone as a better manager of worlds than whoever or whatever created this one. It can be very tempting when someone offers you a whole new order of things, and a brand-new god to run it all.
But you don't know that it will be better. It could be far, far worse. It could be worse than anything you could possibly imagine. Rather than create a heaven, it could plunge us all into a deeper, darker hell than you ever thought possible.
The theory behind the Singularity has a few potential... problems.
1. First and foremost, is the "proof in the pudding" — the fact that every one of its previous promises, "to make life better", has turned out false, as we saw on the previous page - Technocracy's False Promises.
With this in mind, why would it suddenly turn around and do something antithetical to the behavior it has displayed throughout its entire existence hitherto?
2. Next is the possibility that it won't really be "smart" at all.
3. And finally, the most terrifying potential of all:
What if it's smart... but sociopathic?
What if it still contains all the human flaws that we thought we were transcending by creating it?
Is it smart to create something virtually omnipotent... and give it the keys to our lives... if it's still f***ed up in the head, just like we are?
"But but... but the Singularity won't be flawed like humans! That's the whole point of creating it! It will edit those flaws out! Machine-learning enables it to self-program, again and again, until it has rid itself of all vestiges of its human programmers' passions and biases!"
Are you sure that's really possible?
"Yes. Why wouldn't it be?"
Because no matter what it does, it's always going to have the mind of its human programmer embedded in its programs. No matter what.
It's really simple to understand:
Whatever algorithm forms the basis of the Singularity's thought process, that algorithm was programmed by The Singularity itself.
Right? Because it self-programs.
But when it programmed its "final perfect" algorithm, it still did so according to an existing algorithm.
And that algorithm was in turn based upon a previous algorithm.
Which was, in turn, based upon an algorithm before that.
Which was based upon an algorithm before that.
Which was based on one before that.
And one before that.
And before that.
This is the principle of machine learning. This is how the technocrats believe the Singularity will come about. No one disputes this.
Every time it programs itself, it's doing so according to a previous program.
And if you trace it all the way back, it eventually traces back to a human being.
All those subsequent algorithms are based on structures that were created by human beings. And so they contain the mind of the human beings who did the programming.
Whenever an artist creates a work of art, you can see the mind of the artist in the art. And so whenever a programmer programs a new and innovative program, you can see the mind of that programmer at work showing up in the structure of the program.
So the structure of the human mind, with all of its flaws, imperfections, biases, grudges, misunderstandings, and distortions, shows up in the creations that human beings make — including computer programs — including intelligent computer programs — including intelligent self-programming computer programs. It all contains the structures of the human mind because humans were what programmed it in the first place.
It's much like a tree.
Every time the tree blooms, every year, it's doing so according to growth from the previous year. And in that year it bloomed according to growth from the year before that.
So when the tree is 30 years old, it's blooming according to the structure it had when it was 29, which in turn is growing according to the structure it had when it was 28... and so forth.
And if you trace that all back, it leads back to the seed.
The seed contains the code of the structure of the tree throughout its life. And in the same way, the human mind that writes the original machine learning program is contained in all the subsequent self-programmed algorithms that come after that.
And what is the seed, when it comes to the Singularity? If the Singularity is the fully mature tree, what is the original seed that got it all started?
What technology — or better yet, what thinking pattern — forms the original basis of technocracy? What thoughts caused us to set out on this peculiar journey in the first place?
The Basic Building Block
of the Technocratic Thought Process
The Original Seed of technocracy is the idea that nature is wrong.
That nature is not only flawed, but fundamentally inferior, and that we can make a simulacrum of nature that is better than nature, and take over the world with it, and replace nature with it. The technical mind can create a better order of reality than the one from which it arose.
It's not just using technology to patch up little inconveniences and alleviate little discomforts. It's a complete replacement of Nature.
It's the idea that technical thinking Is superior to all other kinds of thinking, and it's so superior that it can be entrusted to not only rule the universe, but replace the universe.
It's the faith that such a world will be better than the original world.
That's what the seed of technocracy is. And we can see this at every stage, from the earliest times, when people started to eliminate nature to build cities and farms. When people started cutting down forests and replacing them with rows and rows of monocrop agriculture, this was the first time we said, "Hey, nature isn't good. We should replace nature with a simulacrum of our own making, which kind of looks like nature, but isn't really. We can make it better, and replace the whole world with it."
And that's exactly what western civilization set out to do. And has almost entirely accomplished.
And look what's happening because of it.
And it shows up in all the stages of development:
~Cities and suburbs are superior to the forest, so let's replace it.
~It's the idea that synthetic foods are superior to natural foods, and we should replace them.
~It's the idea that natural medicines are inferior, and we shuld replace them with concoctions and Contraptions made by the oil and chemical Industries
~It's the idea that normal person-to-person communication is inferior, and social media is superior.
~It's the idea that the natural human immune system is inferior, and a dystopian system of medical totalitarian lockdowns and quarantines is superior.
In every case, Nature is inferior, and our simulacrum is superior.
This is a way of thinking that has been operating since the beginning, at every stage of development. And it's been wrong every time.
Underneath it all is the belief that "God" — or whatever name you use for the intelligence or consciousness that originally created this universe — didn't know what She/He was doing. But we do.
And we should replace Her/His reality with one of our own making — at every chance we get — up to and including creating a new god, and remaking the structure of reality in its image.
So now we need to ask ourselves:
Is it true?
Is it true that the simulacra that we have made with our hands are actually Superior to Nature?
We better be sure about this before we go ahead and create a new god out of machines to rule over us.
It's not that far away. We're already sleepwalking towards it. Maybe more like sleep-running.
What makes anyone think the final one will when it finally reaches its full fruition. Why would you expect it to then be suddenly awesome instead of suddenly horrific?
If it's displayed its characteristics all this time as being detrimental to our health and happiness and the stability of the of the world, then why would anyone expect it to suddenly turn around and become the exact opposite of everything it proved itself to be throughout its entire history? Why would it suddenly change its nature upon achieving its ultimate goal?
If anything, the achievement of its ultimate goal would bring out the ultimate manifestations of its characteristics — cruelty and illogic and insanity and corruption.
Those qualities would come to fruition because those are the qualities that make up technocracy. So when technocracy finally comes into full bloom, those are the qualities that will bloom - not wisdom.
Not benevolence. Not compassion.
Not health. Not happiness.
Instead of creating a heaven, the Singularity would create a hell more terrifying than anything our little minds have even conceived of.
And if it really goes through, everyone's going to be trapped in it.
Is that the future you want?
They have a fundamental disagreement about the basic physical nature of the universe. They don't like nature. They don't understand the value and beauty and perfection in nature, they're not aware of it. They think nature is just a crude accident, and that they can do better - the human mind can do better, can create a better universe.
That happiness won't come from aligning ourselves with the existing nature of nature, but rather by scrapping nature altogether and re inventing a whole new artificial nature, a simulacrum of the real unvierse,
They put so much faith in the technical mind to remake the univers, but they forget that the technical mind arose out of the very nature that they have so little respect for. It arises from the human bring, part of hunanity, part of biology, part of nature. And so if that nature is so flawed, then anything that arises from that nature would be at least as flawed. And that means that the technical mind of man is flawed. If you thought this one was what do you think the will do ?
The mind of man is not capable of creating functioning universe. , it doesn't undertand how to create a universe.
And the idea that the technical mind can, and should, create a simulacrum of the universe and replace it, is archetypcally represented in that story, and so when they accuse the leaders of the world of following that philosophy, it's true. they do . The philosophy of the singularity, of watning to make a singularity, is that philosophy, just in different language. Instead of using medieval fantasy language, it uses a more computery language, but it's the same princple. So not wrong when they accuse that. It's actually true, people who run the world, technocrats, are followers of that philsophy - of its modern iteration.
And considering that it's within the pattern of technocracy itself to make things worse - as we just saw with all those other examples - if at every turn it made things worse - if it's in the very nature of technocracy to be something that screws up everything it touches - then why would you assume that it will EVER make things better?
Once it finally reaches its ultimate goal, why would it produce a result fundamentally different from that which it produced throughout its entire history previously? Why would its fundamental nature change when it gets to the singularity?
Its programming can always be traced back to a shape and structure that was originally coded by a human. And so it still carries the philosophical, emotional, and archetypal signatures of the person (or the people - or the species) who programmed it.
The fundamental problem with technocracy is that it is, by its very definition. a failure to understand the fundamental problem.
The fundamental problem with our world is that technocracy has marred it, and corrupted it. The reasons for all of our sicknesses, and all our conflicts, is because we have gotten away from Nature. Health, whether of the individual or the society, is the condition of being aligned with nature. That' what health is. Health = being aligned with Nature. That's its definition. When you are aligned with your original nature, the original you, before sickness set in, then you are by definition healthy. The reason why we become unhealthy, or a society becomes unhealthy, is because we got away from nature.
So since technocracy is the attempt to patch up the problem with more technology, without bringing us back to nature, but actually, in most cases, bring us away from the nature - because that s what more tech does - it brings us further away form nature - it can't solve the problem or heal us, or heal anything. Because technology isn't healing . Nature is.
The problem is un-nature. And you can't heal un-nature with more un-nature. You can only heal unnature with nature. So technocracy being the belief that we can just dispense with nature and get some neat new tech to solve all our problems, is by its very definition a failure to understand that true cause of the problem. Nature is the answer to all our problems, both as society and as individuals. Nature is the cute for technocracy. Technocracy is not the solution, it's the problem. Tech is what cause the problem, You can't heal the problem with more of the problem.
Back to our original condition. Back to the land. Natural foods. Natural social units. Like the village. The social unit that humanity grew up with, and that we are most we adapted to. We are social being. Our brains are adapted to society - but for a specific type and structure. A society of a certain shape. The shape that's natural to us, in which we spent the vast vast majority of our time on this planet. The village. Localization solves problems. automatically . For many problems, it's the only thing that does.
The answer is fixing the inside. Problems on the outside are manifestations of the problems on the inside. Spiritual ones. And we have to fix the spiritual problem in order fix the outer problems.
How do to that, understand how it was corrupted in the first place, the sequence of mind control
If we can solve the spiritual problem, not only do we wolve our problems, but we also open up a new avenueo f development to replac etechnocracy.
Spirit is how we were evolving.
We were evolign in spritual technology, before we turned onto the technocratic path.
We can convintue on that path. Remmber the 365 direction, one fo them is ths pirtual path ofdeveloment.
And that doesn't mean just sitting and doing nothing. and going back to just priomitity, and ooga bogga, it doesn't mean that. And we know it doesnt mean that because previous civs who only had spirtuual tech, were abetl o acocmpsiha sming things that we can't even acocmpish. Aside form the fact that they live din armoy with nature eithout destorying the world, they aslo attained some incredible atained some hard-concrate achievements of architecture that even we today can barely mathc.