Technology is evolving precisely at the speed of light. Debate and critical reflection are, in spite of the exceptional technological development, almost completely absent in the political spirit pond and elsewhere in Norwegian public debate. It's disturbing. We are talking about very advanced digital telepathic communication between humans and computers.
«The future of Facebook is Telepathy», Says Facebook founder Zuckerberg. Telepathy in obscure spiritualistic sessions is one thing, but in this context telepathy is concretely linked to neurotechnology.
Elon Musk's company Neuralink launched this technology as early as 2019, which enables digital communication between humans and PCs, cars and advanced robots. That is, thought transfer between brain and computer.
A techno-fascist technocracy
Author Ole Sverre Olsen illustrates and reflects on some of the most relevant issues related to this technology in his book essay Conversations with the Speed of Light. Olsen bases his discussion on history that goes far back in the history of civilization in Western culture when it comes to the vision of symbiosis between man and machine. He addresses moral and ethical dilemmas, not least in terms of personal integrity when it comes to being implemented by technology in a very concrete sense. Our personal substance could be dissolved in digital crystal dots in a horror vision of a techno-fascist technocracy that wants to create a fully digitalized world with total surveillance and commercial control in this neoliberal consumer culture we find ourselves quite helpless in. Control is synonymous with dominance.
Olsen refers to four new human rights: 1. The right to cognitive freedom. 2. The right to mental privacy. 3. The right to mental integrity. 4. The right to psychological continuity.
The last bastion
Historian Yuval Noah Harari, known for several books on the cognitive revolution, among others, warns against what can be called the transhumanist development of the 21st century (YouTube: Will the Future Be Human).
Our children and grandchildren will be exposed to a battle for the last bastion of commercial and technocratic speculation, not to mention occupation – the human brain. The commercial high-tech companies are prepared. Unfortunately, it is not us. Elon Musk's company Neurolink already produces hypersensitive receptors that can be implanted in the brain, or digitized nanowires, which will be able to pick up impulses in the brain and what we call consciousness with impulses for arousal, desire, joy and sorrow. Technology will be able to transfer this "brain electronics" to a computer. The guru and prophet of transhumanism is Ray Kurzweil, an American pioneer in computer technology.
Transhumanism is a controversial ideology that envisions evolving man as a species using technology, artificial intelligence, biotechnology (and medical miracles) and more. Kurzweil has long prophesied optimistically about merging man with machines. Musk is currently developing a self-driving car that will soon roll out on the highways by this decade and that can be started and controlled via digital telepathic communication. Of course, it depends on whether you yourself are willing to implant this technology in the brain, or in the blood vessels (nanowires), or under the skin on the back of the hand. A simpler method is to inject nanofibers, tiny machines or digital receptors into the carotid artery that follows the blood vessels and settles in the cerebral cortex. "Blood flow is the perfect transport system for all the brain's neurons," writes Musk according to Olsen. Associated with Musk's technology, we will be able to have telepathic communication with each other. Who realized real cyborgs. Via sensors in the brain, we will control and monitor our use of the hardware, and ultimately other people as well, a thought we shudder at, but which is actually implemented in research and will be industrialized and commercialized in the 21st century. It only takes a tiny chip (which is produced) before you can use your power of thought / impulse to get your garage door, vacuum cleaner and PC to interact and initially cover your practical needs, but why not also your emotional fantasies which is available in a highly advanced virtual reality. Ray Kurzweil believes the technology can be launched commercially as early as 2029.
Harari states in his lecture mentioned above: “We are probably one of the last generations of Homo Sapiens. Within a century or two, the earth will be dominated by creatures that are more different from us than we are from Neanderthals or chimpanzees. For in the coming generations we will learn to construct bodies and brains and minds. These will be the main products of the 21st century economy. "
The technology is referred to as BCI, the brain-computer interface that connects the human mind to the computer, the robot. An interconnection of people on a digital consciousness level will be possible, Olsen writes, and we will merge into a new species of people who communicate in a collective common consciousness. We already act and think very similarly on social digital networks (like Facebook) we are linked to via algorithms to more or less similar (mimetic) needs. Brain waves can be measured and analyzed via computer programs and apps. Are we willing to share thoughts (electrical impulses) through digital telepathy? These are questions we must address whether we want to or not. The technology is there and will creep soon here, soon, there presented in elegant design, and I wonder if it will make our everyday life and our work so much, much easier! The technology requires advanced infrastructure. The 5G network is perhaps the case, with incredible electronic speed and enormous digital capacity. Information technology is evolving at a pace that during 2022 will double every 18 months, Olsen writes, again according to Ray Kurzweil. As mentioned, there is little concern (but many conspiracies) regarding digital telepathy. In the Norwegian context, Olsen mentions Einar Flydal and Else Nordhagen's book 5G and our wireless reality, high game with health and environment (https://einarflydal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Prøvepå5Gboka-s-1-24.pdf.) And Dag Hareide has called for a thorough public conversation about what this technology can do with us Man and the techno-powers. The corona crisis has acted as a catalyst for technological development many of us were not prepared for, also because technology has so many invisible dimensions. Many conspiracy theories spin that the power elite (Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum) through the crisis have an impact on their technocratic and transhumanist agenda. Advanced surveillance technology, the vaccine regime (the obedient population), tracking technology and in general the consequences of what digitalized automated technology can entail are sensitive and difficult areas to deal with, and we can hardly see or grasp the scope of the technology's significance and changes ( which we can influence if we will). Ignorance is in the interest of the commercial companies. One can discuss something as simple as the right to be human. Klaus Schwab and Musk, too, we must add, have reservations, but given in the same breath as they trump technology as the fourth industrial revolution of capitalism and the necessity of economic growth. Kurzweil has published together with Thierry Malleret Covid-19: The Great Reset, where both warn against the lack of what they call global order. Olsen quotes from the book: «There is no time to lose. If we do not prepare the function and legitimacy of our global institutions, the world will soon become unmanageable and very dangerous. There can be no lasting improvement without a global, strategic framework for governance ”(p. 86 in the PDF edition). In other words, a world government, which will administer the fourth industrial revolution.
If man merges with the internet, we will have a connection between man, the power of machines and the worldwide network (iCloud). We will get what the Internet philosophy envisages in the expansion of the Internet: an Internet of Things (IoT), the Internet of Bodies (IoB) and the Internet of Minds (IoM).
Ole Sverre Olsen provides a straightforward, easy-to-read insight into the escalating high-tech development that includes all human activities in the near future. The essay could have been more tightly edited, and the esoteric considerations can either be skipped or taken over as an extra gain, depending on how. The book has generous references to websites and YouTube channels for further follow-up.