Technology is not the enemy. Greed is the enemy.
“Television” is not turning our children’s brains to mush. It’s the cheap formulaic fodder and faux-news pushed onto television by corporations trying to sell ad slots that’s turning our children’s brains to mush.
“Video games” are not devoid of moral message. It’s sequel upon sequel of bland FPSes rolled out by companies that only care about pacifying their white male poser demographic that are devoid of moral message.
“The internet” is not stifling creativity and communication. With access to the internet, people are communicating and sharing their creations more easily than ever. But allowing those in power to choose what we see and say on the internet will turn it into one more mouthpiece for the approved media message.
“Transhumanism” is not a tool for making the rich richer and the poor obsolete. Transhumanism, if abused, could be that tool. But it doesn’t have to be. It can be a tool for empowerment.
Stop blaming “technology” as if getting rid of wires and gadgets will miraculously fix the flaws of humankind. The flaw isn’t in tech. The flaw is in thinking. If that can be fixed, everything we create might end up serving a higher purpose. If it can’t, we’ll eventually use it to destroy ourselves.
Simple as that.
“The digital revolution is a lie. Cyberspace isn't a spirit realm. It belches coal smoke. It is accessed on landfill-destined toxic devices made by wretched wage slaves. It abetted financial fraud and theft at every level of society around the world. Its "openness" and its "freedom" turned out to be targeted marketing harassment, panoptic surveillance, and zero comments. Rather than grasp this catastrophic fraud, you embrace it more ferociously, you hyperbolize cyberspatial deceptions into a more delusive fantasy still, fancying it will be home to a history shattering perfectly parental God-AI delivering you into the digital garden where your "spirit self" can live forever and "be" anything and "have" everything and "know" it all forever. Your Robot Cult -- whether in its eugenicist transhumanoid sects, or in its dead-ender AI (artificial imbecillence) Singularitarian nerd-rapture sects, or in its vitamin supplement replacement parts shiny robot body soul-migration techno-immortalist sects, or in its nano-santa nano-genies-in-a-bottle nano-cornucopiast sects, or in its greenwashing hyper-denialist "geo-engineering" sects -- your Robot Cult, I say, takes all the lies of crass commercialism -- it takes all its infomercial boner pills and anti-aging kremes and endless promises of consumer ecstasy -- and then sets the volume dial on eleven, turning what was just ugly stupid embarrassing commonplace circus-barker deception and crack-pottery into full on fulminating faith.”—AN OPEN LETTER TO ROBOT CULTISTS»