Techno-Fascism

Internet slaves.

The advent of the technological age will bring great wonders to our world. With it will arrive a force so powerful it will fundamentally change human existence. It will be marked by one historical alternating paradigm shift: The destruction of human nature. The genetic code of the human species will be written, and the history of the mammal will forever be changed. A dark abyss will slowly take hold and envelop everything in its wake. There will be neither life nor death but instead culture and civilization will be driven by a single force: Techno-Fascism. An energy so powerful mankind will merely submit and obey. Obey like the animal he is. From the ashes of previous civilizations will rise something anew. A monster that will destroy everything you currently comprehend as art, philosophy, and nature. It is not a being or object but an entity. An entity that will be more powerful than the advent of Christianity, Egyptian pharaohs, and The Third Reich combined. Providing a precursor of this entity is my final gift to humanity. This goes beyond the realms of science-fiction, the singularity, and perhaps everything humanity has ever known. In a world devoid of meaning, choice, and love humanity must ask itself once again if this is the path it wishes to follow and what does it mean to be human if such a perspective can truly exist in the future.

CitizenFour

Recently I got around to watching the documentary CitizenFour. It’s about the first hours of Edward Snowden as he reached out to the press as well his first interactions with journalists of The Guardian. The movie evolves into recording his reactions to the initial release of classified information to the world and thus exposing the programs that exist to spy on the public. I believe people are captivated by not only what information he released to the public, but also him personally. What he did took courage. Many call him traitor now, and he is hated by many all over the world. People like to live in comfort and ease. For a man to forsake his life, wealth, lover, and family for his beliefs does take courage. Doesn’t matter if you think he is a traitor or not it takes conviction to do what you feel is necessary.

Yet I can’t help, but think he was bit naive when it come to trusting the press. As many already know the press has become a mouthpiece for the institution that is the state. You are fed the propaganda you want to believe, and proper facts and unbiased analysis are avoided. I am sure the intentions of The Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post, etc. were pure and some journalists still believe in proper reporting. It is the self-preserving nature of those who are in power of the welfare state who need to make sure that anything that can threaten them be contained.

Computer guys tend not to be the most social, or fluid speakers for that matter. I believe that Snowden stuck with an ideology that existed in his head of what justice and freedom are. He ran with it as someone who believed in the principles of western democracy. If you have been reading my blog you are well aware of the themes I try to convey in my writing. One of those themes is the idea that western principles are decaying fast.

What he failed to understand is that people are networked in. They aren’t going to give up the ease of unencrypted email, Facebook posts, Instagram photos, or Snapchat videos. People aren’t going to bother to create strong passwords or have 5-6 email accounts. Most people don’t even read the terms of service that all software companies force you to agree with. We live in a life of convenience, and luxury.

I once went to see a talk given by the legendary programmer, and activist Richard Stallman. I was hoping to get some technical insight of GNU, but instead became a political speech about promoting libertarianism and that the individual rights of citizens that are being corroded by modern software companies. He had a point, but he is mistaken on what the solution should be. He believes like many before in the need to get politically motivated. In my opinion, only economic collapses get most people motivated. He criticized that “we” tech people always look for a technical solution to the problem, but, in fact, we need to solve it as a political one. Well, I have to say I don’t see the change he keeps yearning for. I see more of the same. I bring up this point because I think Snowden indirectly did the same. He realized there was an issue, and pursued the traditional routes solving the problem. As you clearly see in a sense both have failed. They did have an impact and still do. Yet the sea hasn’t changed color, and we are still drowning in the decay that is the welfare state.
When I started learning about computers it started for the simple fact that I liked video games, and from there my world viewed kept expanding. I started to see the larger role that software and computers were partaking in society. Software is allowing people, and, more importantly, civilization rewrite the rules, and structure of the society. As I get older I realize that as a coder I don’t only have a responsibility to write programs that are technically correct, but that must also follow my morality, and ideology.

There is a battle between software that is closed, and those which are open. Only time will tell which one ends up winning the war. That battle may determine Snowden’s legacy ends up being.

 

When will the civilized age begin?

I believe that the civilized age begins,not when we reach solar energy, nor is it when we achieve artificial intelligence or even when humans gain the ability to teleport across oceans . In my humble opinion it begins when humanity can re-construction a society that has a better understanding of creation, destruction, and recreation.A culture that fosters knowledge without prejudice and accepts mistakes as it does success. A society that fosters the balance between individuality and collectivism along with people who have a better grasp that chaos and order mesh together.

A value system is in place that promotes knowledge, understanding, sustainability, reason, and freedom. Where discussions are listened to and openly accepted. Contrasting opinions are heard and are constructive. We can all agree to disagree. A world where there is no state and we recognize that we live as one humanity species and not separate parts. A world that fosters human creativity and ingenuity and a world that is filled with open minds. That is when we truly become an open-source society.Where knowledge is free, learning is free, and most importantly we are free to learn. Self-indulgence, ego, and possession are trivial. That the only continuity is information, where patterns of information is being passed down from generation to generation. Information is constantly flowing. In essence true civilization begins when we stop attacking each other.

In other words until we respect not only ourselves but the universe around us we will never be at a civilized species. Perhaps we will never reach that point or perhaps we will. Such an interesting dilemma is it not? The universe will exist long before and after us. Humanity takes the world for granted a truth which is indeed sad but none the less true. Universe is filled with remarkable beauty. It is literally everywhere from a flower, to a cell phone. Everything in quite remarkable if one just sits to take a moment watch, listen, and see.Yet humanity has decided to fill its own needs with celebrity, status, consumerism, possession, and ego. Yet we can do quite remarkable things. Create an artificial light, a phone, and music beyond imagination.When one hearts Mozart and Beethoven one can feel deep down the genius of humanity.

There is great potential, but it is merely potential. Every person has the potential to be intelligent and have their own unique stories and art. It is why it is my hope that with the internet that decentralization becomes a true reality. Perhaps for the first time in human history technology will empower people who share, teach, learn, and grow to understand each other. Perhaps it is been my greatest disappointment that the internet has become corrupt by “garbage” content of the artificial needs and endless stupidity but yet again it is merely my perspective and opinion. Somehow for the rest of it is filled with meaning and wonder. I respect that even though I may not necessarily agree with this type of value system.Yet is it status quo and even though it saddens me it is something I must learn to accept but, this is a challenge at the same time.

Changing the world may seem hard, but it is like developing the first airplane it takes one step at a time. One ripple leads to another and another. At the minimum I hope that my ideas and thoughts can open doors for others. I charge no cost. I am always willing to discuss with anyone I have no prejudice. If you listen to me I will listen to you. The civilized age man dream of will one day come of age, but one must remember that perfection can be subjective and that is the key to everything.

“Let tears flow of their own accord: their flowing is not inconsistent with inward peace and harmony.” Seneca (5 BC – 65 AD)