April 30, 2012
Does Technology Support The Rise A Totalitarian Elite
|For many thinkers associated with the Singularity, a one world government is viewed as necessary and inevitable. This is not a universally held concept however. For instance libertarianism is also a common political view for many considering the impacts of encroaching technology.|
...it is possible that human control over the machines may be retained. In that case the average man may have control over certain private machines of his own, such as his car of his personal computer, but control over large systems of machines will be in the hands of a tiny elite -- just as it is today, but with two difference. Due to improved techniques the elite will have greater control over the masses; and because human work will no longer be necessary the masses will be superfluous, a useless burden on the system. If the elite is ruthless the may simply decide to exterminate the mass of humanity. If they are humane they may use propaganda or other psychological or biological techniques to reduce the birth rate until the mass of humanity becomes extinct, leaving the world to the elite. Or, if the elite consist of soft-hearted liberals, they may decide to play the role of good shepherds to the rest of the human race. They will see to it that everyone's physical needs are satisfied, that all children are raised under psychologically hygienic conditions, that everyone has a wholesome hobby to keep him busy, and that anyone who may become dissatisfied undergoes "treatment" to cure his "problem." Of course, life will be so purposeless that people will have to be biologically or psychologically engineered either to remove their need for the power process or to make them "sublimate" their drive for power into some harmless hobby. These engineered human beings may be happy in such a society, but they most certainly will not be free. They will have been reduced to the status of domestic animals.Is Kurzweil to be viewed as a Straussian esoteric for such an inclusion? Strauss himself in On Tyranny feared people trying to force a world state to come into being in the future, thinking that it would inevitably become a tyranny.
Kurzweil essentially dismisses Kaczynski's view at the conclusion of his chapter on Neo-Luddites, saying that we are stuck with technology. However he does admit that the "Unabomber Manifesto," presented a "compelling case for the dangers and damages that have accompanied industrialization."
Some conspiracy theorists emphasize technology forecasting in their New World Order conspiracy theories. They speculate that the global power elite are reactionary modernists pursuing a transhumanist agenda to develop and use human enhancement technologies in order to become a "posthuman ruling caste", while change accelerates toward a technological singularity — a theorized future point of discontinuity when events will accelerate at such a pace that normal unenhanced humans will be unable to predict or even understand the rapid changes occurring in the world around them.
Conspiracy theorists fear the outcome will either be the emergence of a Brave New World-like dystopia — a "Brave New World Order" — or the extinction of the human species.
Most transhumanists and Singularitarians claim to only support developing and making publicly available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities for the common good; as well as taking deliberate action to ensure that the Singularity — the moment when technological progress starts being driven by superintelligence — occurs in a way that is beneficial to humankind, in the form of friendly AI(s).
In the video below, Alex Jones of Infowars presents a detailed talk covering the history of the New World Order philosophy and mindset, what makes it tick and how the plan to establish a technocratic totalitarian world order and a prison planet. According to Jones, it is crucial to consider the philosophy, background and history of this small cabal of elitist controllers who are now coming out in the open and announcing their plans for world domination in response to manufactured economic and social crises.
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