People have always assumed that their latest technology would create a better world for them – and a better future. That is why they always made new ones. And then made a new life for themselves – that included the latest one.
We have always merged with any successful technology – this is what made it successful. To look at this another way – we acted as reproductive organs for our technologies.
However, this had always been balanced by a religious passion that also claimed a better life for its followers. And this had always been stronger than the technological one. Until Science introduced us to the Real World – which made religion seem obsolete and quaint.
The Enlightenment was the result – which aimed to liberate man from oppressors of all kinds – including religious ones.
Until the late in 18th Century, when religion and technology merged in the Industrial Revolution – and created the passion to get rich. This was certainly not a new passion – it had been the passion of all empires – and their downfall. But this time around innovation continued to produce technology after technology – creating a belief in infinite progress and unlimited riches.
I must spend more time talking about religion. We like to think of ourselves as thinking beings – but this is hardly the case. We are much more believing beings. And as I just said - we believed in infinite progress and unlimited riches. And underneath all this – unlimited power. We were beginning to think of ourselves as gods – a strange kind of gods, perhaps, but gods nevertheless.
This included, in the background, our belief in heroic science. One not devoted to the discovery of truth (whatever that might be) but one devoted to making us richer. It might also help us learn about ourselves – but that was a side-issue.
We now consider innovation to be nothing but good – but this was (and is) nothing but a naive innocence we should have given up long ago. Our innovations have always bit us in the ass – one way or the other. And more and more all the time.
The 19th Century was when the Modern world matured – and then collapsed into what we call the Post-modern world (for lack of a better term). The definitive event here was WWI. And this was closely followed by the Great Depression and then WWII.
The amazing thing about all this was that nobody noticed what was going on! That one world had ended and another (if you could call it that) was beginning.
There is only one explanation for this, in my opinion – people (or at least the people who were aware) had been eliminated. And the people who were left were something less than people – the masses. A whole book could easily be written about this – and should be. But it has not been. Why, I leave for you to decide.
In any case, I want to discuss the latest development – the Computer. The device I am using to write this blog. This has taken over – and we have not the slightest idea what it is.
But I think we can say one thing for sure – it is the end of the Human Race. The Final Technology – the parallel to the Final Solution is intentional.
Only a few years ago, I believed Computer skills could transfer somehow into more general human skills. And I have a whole stack of books about learning these programming skills. But I have news for you – they do not.
The Computer world is a subset of the larger world, and skill in any of these smaller worlds (with some exceptions) does not translate back into skills in the larger world. This is perfectly obvious – a good automobile mechanic, for example – may not have any other skills at all – especially human skills.
But somehow we thought the Computer was different! Probably because we thought that the Computer was human. Or because we had developed a clever user-interface for it, and it has become so well-integrated into our lives. With things like the ubiquitous smart-phone with its touch interface.
We assumed – and plenty of people continue to tell us, over and over – that it will lead to better and better things. But anyone can see that the world is not getting better and better – but getting worse and worse – because of the misuse of the Computer (enhanced by the Internet). Largely by the Financial Industry.
Democracy has become a hollow word – and there is nothing we can do about that. Power now rests in other hands – and they are not the best of hands.