- MindTech Sweden
John Markoff in the NY Times recently took up the theme of a global emergence of Artificial Intelligence in his article the Coming Superbrain. Many futurologists have dreamed of a utopian movement toward collective intelligence. Such social prophets as Jeremy Rifkin have been proselytizing for a new "empathic civilization", one that presents a counter-narrative that allows humanity to see itself as an extended family living in a shared and interconnected world, one opposed to the dominate ideology of neoliberal and neoconservative globalist visions (see this...) Others such as Pierre Levy formed a teleological view of this movement of technological progress toward collective intelligence - a conscious biobrainsphere ... a cosmic brain that will bloom like an infinite flower made of love." He even went so far as prophesying that collective intelligence would form the nucleous of a 'religion of the future', one that would fulfill humanities mission of growing a 'global brain' aware of itself. Such measures of fantasy spark other new age prophets like Raymond Kurzweil into visions of a posthuman transcension through the fusion of genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics wherein humans will merge with their machines and become something else... homo futuras?
With all these grand visions of a posthuman future around us one wonders what will happen to those poor souls who will be left behind to work the soil, plant the seeds, grow the crops, and live out their lives in a wasteland of urban and social decay. It seems the new global elite plan on transcending the limits not only of Capital, but of the very truth of embodied existence as well. Yet, will they do this in a benign fashion, or will they as all elites in times past use their new found power to enslave the rest of humanity in an even more dystopic nightmare of control and power?
In Sweden a new group is investigating the abuse of power by both corporate and government in experimentation on the populace.Mind Control Of course such conspiracy based theories have been brought forward many times, but none has begun to legitimize the critical process as much as these mavericks. Their study of the new brain technologies in alliance with surveillance in the new military-industrial complex should be on the forefront of any worthwhile oppositional critics agenda.