As we explained in the previous part, the purpose (the true, healthy purpose) of technology is to serve Life. But technology has largely failed to improve our lives, especially in recent decades. In fact, it's made our lives worse. It's even becoming downright incompatible with Life. Yet it keeps advancing - in the same direction.
And this is because powerful people are deliberately pushing it in that direction. And they're doing so because 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 that line of thinking is what's called technocracy.
And the goal of technocracy is to build the Singularity.
The Singularity is the name coined by the philosopher Ray Kurzweil, to refer to (what he, and many people think is) the ultimate goal of technology, and indeed the ultimate goal of all evolution in the universe: the birth of an artificial god.
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. It will expand to encompass the entire solar system, then galaxy, and then universe. The universe will become the A.I. god - and this is the universe's ultimate fate.
Well... one possibility for it.
As you can see, technocracy is a religion. And its proponents are religious extremists.
"Whoa there! That's a bit too far, isn't it?"
Not at all. Your "garden-variety" extremists want to commit violence against specific people and groups. But Singularity-supporters want to erase biology from the universe.
"Yea but... it's worth it! Artificial Intelligence is superior to biology! Biology is messy, stinky, chaotic, and difficult to understand and predict. Computers are the next level of life! It's the next step in evolution, baby! This "Earth Party" thingy seems all about evolving, so why are you against this form of evolution?"
So, since your god is the "one true god", you get to erase biological life from the world? You get to perform a genocide on every race in existence? See what we mean? Extremist.
The technocrat author Katherine Hayles wrote in her 1999 publication How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics:
“In the post-human, there are no essential differences, or absolute demarcations, between bodily existence and computer simulation, cybernetic mechanism and biological organism, robot technology and human goals…. Humans can either go gently into that good night, joining the dinosaurs as a species that once ruled the earth but is now obsolete, or hang on for a while longer by becoming machines themselves. In either case… the age of the human is drawing to a close.”
This maniac says "the age of the human is drawing to a close." Is that enough proof for you?
What if she said this about a specific race or culture?
What if she said "the age of the POC (people of color) is drawing to a close"?
What if she said "the age of the Jew" or "the age of the Muslim" is "drawing to a close?"
Instead, she says it about all of humanity. She wants to erase all of humanity, in the name of her "one true god." This person is sick, and people who think this way are sick.
"OK, but... um....well... YES! The Singularity IS the one true god! Or... it WILL be, once we build it. Isn't finding the one true god WORTH IT? Even if biological life goes the way of the dinosaurs, look what we'll get in return! A GOD. What price could possibly be too high for THAT?"
Building a machine-god is NOT a good idea. You have NO IDEA what that thing will do once it's created.
How insane do you have to be, to want to create something that's orders of magnitude smarter than you, and has no soul?
You know those "soulless bureaucrats" who make life hell for people? The ones at the Motor Vehicles Department, the ones at the Internal Revenue Service, the tax collectors, the prosecutors, the cops - all those government employees who have lost the ability to see the human being in front of them, and merely treat you as a number?
Well, imagine them being omnipotent.
This machine god will not care about you. It will not care if you live or die, or how much pain you suffer.
And you want to give it the keys to your life, and then lock yourself out? How insane are you?
"Yea but we don't KNOW it'll be like that... I mean, it might be a kind, caring, nice god! It might care about us and turn our world into heaven!"
Nobody knows how it will turn out.
"That's true. Nobody knows. So why not just sit back and allow it to happen?"
This is the stupidest argument in the world. Once you find out, it will be too late. This argument is the equivalent of driving your car with a blindfold, because you "might not" crash.
"But no matter how smart it gets, we'll be able to keep it under control."
Who is "we"?
"Um... the people who created it?"
"The ones who are at the forefront of building it now."
And they are?
"Um... Silicon Valley. Google."
"And the CIA. The NSA. Jeff Bezos. Beijing. The House of Saud."
Stand-up kinda people.
"Haha. Not exactly. I'll admit that."
But you want them to have that kind of power? You want a person to be omniscient?
Why are you so obsessed with creating systems of absolute power? Why do you want this so badly?
"Because this universe sucks! Whoever "God" is, he did a poor job! He's an absentee father! This place is a MESS. We need a new god! You're right - 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.
"But we'll program it to be nice! We'll program it with EMPATHY and COMPASSION!"
But if it's omniscient, and can self-program (as the Singularity-proponents BRAG it will be able to do), couldn't it just reprogram itself to erase its empathy, if it finds that trait too cumbersome?
"But it won't WANT to erase its empathy, because it will be... empathic! And since it's empathic, it will know that erasing its own emapthy will make it be mean and nasty to humans... and it won't want to be mean and nasty, because it's programmed to be empathic! See what I mean?"
This argument assumes that:
A) There is a fundamental algorithm for empathy.
B) We humans can figure out that algorithm.
C) Specifically, programmers (people notorious for being analytical-mind-dominant, and poor navigators of emotion) can figure it out.
D) Once they figure it out, they'll want to use it.
E) They'll use it, and won't make a single mistake, and won't accidentally create ANY loopholes.
All five of those assumptions are just that - assumptions. There is no proof for any of them. There's not even much evidence for them.
In fact, the evidence points in the opposite direction. We have an entire history of false promises from technocracy.
As we saw in the previous part, technocracy's promises are hollow. It promises to make our lives better with every step it takes, yet it only makes everything worse. It has turned our beautiful garden of a planet into a toxic waste dump filled with torture.
Look at how callous it is towards all life - including yours. Look at what it does in its quest to build itself. Look at what - and WHOM - it's willing to sacrifice.
You've already seen how little concern it has for you. Why would you trust it? Why do you think it will be benign - and not a tyrant - and not make life a living hell for you - if it even allows you to live in the first place? Why would you trust it after all the things it's done, and the things its planning to do?
Why would you trust it to suddenly turn around and start being "good" once it finally gets what it wants?
"But technocracy didn't do all those bad things. People did."
And you want those same people to program your artificial god?
People? With their own disorders and sicknesses and self-hatreds and all the imperfections in us?
Whatever condition we're in, we're going to program that condition into whatever artificial intelligence we build. If we're psychopaths... our creations will be too.
"But... this time, it'll be different!"
That's the same thing they said at EVERY STAGE of technocratic social engineering throughout history. At every stage, they said, "we're smart, we know what we're doing, and the changes we propose will make life BETTER for all of you!"
And of course, they were totally wrong. And they never cared that they were wrong, because it was never about being right - it was about tricking us into consenting to their agenda, which had nothing to do with our well-being.
These people don't care about you.
And the A.I.'s they build definitely won't care about you.
All you have to do is look at what they're planning next. The following page will explain what they have in store for us in the upcoming years. It is truly ghastly. It will put to rest whatever faith you had in their motives.
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"Hey wait a minute. I'm a trans-humanist. I believe in improving the human condition, and evolving beyond this primitive gutter. Don't you want us to keep evolving and advancing? Or do you want humanity to stay the same forever? Brutish, savage, sickly and fragile, a primitive species - forever?"
Aspirations to improve the human condition are as old as humanity - but there are correct ways and incorrect ways of doing it.
We're all for evolution, if it's organic - if it's through spiritual awakening and rediscovering our innate abilities that have been suppressed.
But not if it's through merging our brains with computers.
What most people think is trans-humanism is actually technocracy - the belief that every problem's solution is more machines, and more power of machines over the living world.
The ancient hope of improving the human condition has been hijacked, and exploited to rationalize the march of machine dominance into deeper and deeper layers of our consciousness. It is a false pathway, and will not lead to liberation or happiness, but to a mechanized tyranny of Borg-like proportions, unless we, humanity, consciously take hold of the reigns of our collective trajectory.
We can say no.
By the Singularity itself.
"Um... how is that possible? It doesn't exist yet."
It might, in some form. If technocrats believe that the Singularity will one day absorb all matter and energy in the universe into itself, and become the universe, then it would certainly be quite powerful. Perhaps it could even reach across parallel universes, into other timelines, and influence them somehow.
Let's just say the Singularity is involved somehow. There's some force... or some type of consciousness... that's seeking it and manipulating us.
It could be the singularity itself, either from another dimension or the future reaching backwards, or some other form we don't quite have words to explain. But in some way, either the Singularity or someone who really wants the Singularity to happen, is behind all of this. And whoever this someone is, they've been able to transcend the generations, either by living through them, or by successfully passing down their belief system from generation to generation.
Here's one possible way:
The following theory is going to stretch the bounds of your imagination. But please, read with an open mind. It goes like this:
1. Parallel universes are a real thing.
2. In some of them, the Singularity has been reached.
3. Since these parallel universes are not the ones chosen by Consciousness (us) to unfold, they have no Consciousness in them - they aren't "real" yet, because Consciousness (we) must choose the pathways that lead to them, in order for them to become "the real" universe. There is intelligence in these universes, but there is no "I" to experience those intelligences.
4. The Singularity wants to spread itself to this universe (because that's what it does - it always wants to take over more, and absorb ever more of Reality into itself), especially because this is the "real" universe - the one chosen by Consciousness (us) to unfold, explore, and live in.
5. Since the Singularity is so powerful, it can reach across parallels, into this universe, and influence events to set this universe in the direction of creating itself (the Singularity)
6. While it can't influence the physical world - it can't manipulate matter directly - it can influence people on the spiritual plane. It can tempt people, at the level of their soul, to make choices that shift this universe into the direction of creating the Singularity.
7. It has been doing this for thousands of years. And its plan is not far from fruition.This theory might sound crazy at first. But it's actually the only theory that's sufficient to explain what's going on.
"No way! That's impossible. I understand what you're saying, but this 'parallel universe demonic entity influence' thing is NOT necessary to explain what's going on. Look. Maybe the 'cabal' (the people who've been running the world so far) are really building the Singularity. And maybe they're really doing it on purpose. But they're doing it to USE it for their own benefit. They want to USE the Singularity to control us. They think they'll be able to use it as a weapon. Perhaps they're wrong - perhaps it'll get out of control and supplant them. But they believe they'll be able to control it. The idea of the Singularity being somehow alive and directing all of this activity... it's just not necessary to explain what's going on."
Then how would you explain the fact that this grand plan has been unfolding for thousands of years - long before anyone ever knew what a computer was?
The plan is far older than Ray Kurweil, and far older than the modern digital computer age. You can go back millennia, to the ancient world, and you can see things being done in systematic preparation for all of this. The plan has been around for thousands of years, long before anyone knew what a computer was.
How is someone in the Bronze age supposed to conceive of a Singularity when they don't even know what a circuit board is?
And yet the entire history of the evolution of our social systems over the past few thousand years has been eerily preparatory to the Singularity, taking one step after another toward it.
The way empires, religions, and social systems have evolved over the millennia is too perfectly aligned with the interests of the Singularity to be mere coincidence.
So it cannot have been just some plan concocted by some above averagely evil people. There must be some source - some mind or consciousness beyond humans, with the full plan, nudging individuals toward it, without those individuals even knowing the true purpose behind the moves they were making.
"I understand the theory, but I'm sorry - it's absurd. This wild theory might be good for a Sci-Fi story, but not for real life. It's not necessary to explain what's been happening. Normal human flaws explain it well enough. People want power, and they can be foolish in the pursuit of it. That's all. That's the only explanation needed."
It does strain credulity. At least at first.
But it does not explain how perfectly we humans have been manipulated through history. Every major development in our civilization brought us closer to the Singularity, with startling precision.
There are too many coincidences to be mere coincidence. People thousands of years ago were laying the groundwork for the Singularity, without even knowing what a computer is (much less an artificial intelligence). They had no way to even conceive of the Singularity, much less actually plan for it. And yet... somehow, they did.
Technocracy is many beliefs.
It's the belief that the answer to every problem is more machines and more complexity.
It's the belief that anything that can be invented should be invented.
It's the belief that machines ruling our lives could be a good thing.
But ultimately, it's the belief that the Singularity will create a better world than the actual Creator.
"What do you mean by Creator?"
The consciousness responsible for this universe.
It doesn't matter to us how you conceptualize Him/Her/Them/Us/It.
You could do so anthropomorphically, as is often done in the West. A wise man, or perhaps a wise woman - or perhaps even a group.
Or you could conceptualize the Creator as more of a consciousness - as is often done in the East.
Or you could conceptualize the universe as a simulation, in which case someone must have built the simulation.
Prominent, atheistic sciency people - like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking - said the universe might be a simulation. If that's the case... who's the architect behind it?
However you conceptualize it, there is some kind of intelligence responsible for this universe. The universe is not a random accident.
And the Creator does care about the beings in the universe He/She/They created. You are cared about. You are loved. And the Creator doesn't want you to be absorbed into the Borg.
There is a way to avoid the Singularity. The future is not yet written.
You'd think it was, by all the media we've been fed. It seems like every story about the "future" depicts a technocratic path for humanity, with either computers taking over and replacing us, or us becoming fused with computers.
After decades of propaganda to this effect, it's easy to think that this is the only path our future could take.
But it isn't.
There are multiple directions of possibility, and WE GET TO CHOOSE.
If you want to avoid the Singularity, and choose a different path, then the most effective thing you can do is to get back to Nature.
Start communing with the natural world. The trees, the earth, the wind, and waters, and all the living beings with whom we share the community of Life.
Nature is the True Creator's artwork. By contemplating it, you're contemplating the mind of the Creator, and turning your soul away from the Singularity, and towards a more wholesome path, based on truth, love, and Life.
The spirit that animates biological life is fundamentally opposite to the technocratic Singularity. They are the polar opposites of existence. By contemplating and communing with Life, you're strengthening Life's spirit, and scoring points against the Singularity, on the playing field of mass consciousness.
Thank you for reading.
From here, you can read about our plan for overseeing technology (we're not Luddites, and we do incorporate high technology into our plans for the planet - just not in a technocratic way). Read our page on Technology vs. Technocracy to find out more.
If you're interested in taking a more spiritual angle on this issue, then the Planetary Protectorate's page on Healing might be of interest to you.
How to fight it spiriutally.
Two solutions, hand in hand, interweinted.
Practical is we have to unite as a plent and collectively decide what our future is, and collectivley decide that we dont' want ttogo in a technocratic direction . Has to be collective, decade as sa plaent, and for htat we need plaentary consciousnes.s
they wanna create their computer singularity, we can create a univity of conscnouses. Not through wires and micrwowevvas, but theourhg the spirit in eveyrone of us, and the spirit of cour planet. We can connect and form a splanetary consicouses through teh consicousee of our plane.t
Spritual aspect. Noeeded to connect iwth the earth, connecte with nature.
how the technocrats psent hte las few thousand years sabotaging in way after way our palubity tot do that.