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The Lure of Technocracy’s Chessboard

ArzoumanSep 5, 2020, 9:42:10 PM
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In 1997, IBM’s super computer, Deep Blue, defeated chess champion Gary Kasparov. Whatever disappointment Kasparov might have felt having lost the match for Team Human, and no matter how much self-congratulatory significance the tech side may have associated with this event, certain facts remained. Kasparov was no less brilliant than he was before the match. His body was still animated with a mysterious life force. He still possessed—actualized or in degrees of potential—the capacity for creative insight, feeling, will, desire, imagination, love, wisdom, empathy, conscience, intuition and consciousness.

Deep Blue remained a machine, an amazingly fast calculating machine, but still a machine, with an “on,” an “off” and a plug in a socket somewhere. It won one for Team Technocrat and its rising stars, Gates, Musk, Kuzweil, anticipating the inevitable superiority of technology. And that’s the fraud….

The fraud works by not acknowledging the realities of mind and being where technology can never be superior, or even functioning. Instead, they offer not life, not consciousness, but the small subset of human faculties within the limited reach of algorithmic simulation. These become the allowable, legitimate arenas of human effort, and our implied blueprint, a sub-human “trans-humanism.” That cookie-cutter definition of mankind is the straw man the technocrats can best and control; therefore, much schooling and propaganda goes into crafting that definition and getting us to conform to it.

We do so at a terrible cost. Increasingly, we play on Technocracy’s chessboard, a stimulus/response level controllable through fear and appetites. That checkered domain is ruled by small tyrants fearful we may discover our innate greatness. That discovery is concisely formulated in the Delphic injunction, “Know Thyself,” not narcissism, but awareness and identity on higher ground, those wondrous “birthright” levels technology cannot reach. That’s no game; it’s Real Freedom.

David Arzouman