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The Dark Side of Ray Kurzweil’s Transhumanist Utopia
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The elite’s obsessive pursuit of immortality is a new tool of class enslavement
Paul Joseph Watson
June 20, 2013
Futurist Ray Kurzweil’s prediction that humans will be uploading their minds to computers by 2045 and that bodies will be replaced by machines before the end of the century, currently receiving a new wave of media attention, overlooks the fact that such technology will likely be monopolized by the elite as a way of enslaving the rest of humanity on an industrial scale.
Kurzweil, recently hired by Google, repeated his forecast at the Global Futures 2045 International Congress in New York this past weekend but newspaper reports concerning the issue were absent a key disclaimer which Kurzweil admits in his book – such technology will not be available to the general public and instead will be controlled by a technocratic elite who will attempt to become super beings by merging with machines.
“We’re going to become increasingly non-biological to the point where the non-biological part dominates and the biological part is not important any more,” said Kurzweil. “In fact the non-biological part – the machine part – will be so powerful it can completely model and understand the biological part. So even if that biological part went away it wouldn’t make any difference.”
“We’ll also have non-biological bodies – we can create bodies with nano technology, we can create virtual bodies and virtual reality in which the virtual reality will be as realistic as the actual reality. The virtual bodies will be as detailed and convincing as real bodies,” he added.
However, when Kurzweil says “we” he isn’t referring to you or I, he’s referring to the 1 per cent – the monied elite who will have privileged access to technology that will allow them to eliminate all forms of disease, dispense with the need for a human body and eventually achieve immortality by existing as a computer program on the world wide web.
It is important to emphasize the extreme likelihood that Kurzweil’s transhumanist utopia will not be available to the entirety of humanity but instead will be the domain of a wealthy aristocracy, creating yet another class system. Kurzweil admits this in his 1999 book The Age of Spiritual Machines, labeling those who refuse or are incapable of cybernetically augmenting themselves as MOSHs – Mostly Original Substrate Humans.
This will create a future that more closely resembles the upcoming dystopic Matt Damon movie Elysium than a true technological nirvana for all mankind, with the mass of humanity trapped in their limited organic bodies while the elite become vastly more intelligent thanks to cybernetic brain-interface upgrades.
People involved in unskilled labor will become superfluous when their jobs are replaced by machines and, “There is almost no human employment in production, agriculture, and transportation,” writes Kurzweil.
Humans who resist the pressure to alter their bodies by becoming part-cyborg or are unable to afford such procedures will be ostracized from society. “Humans who do not utilize such implants are unable to meaningfully participate in dialogues with those who do,” writes Kurzweil.
As Kurzweil entertains in his book, this will inevitably lead to the very situation described by none other than Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski – widely quoted by Kurzweil and fellow futurist Bill Joy - where the elite will see the mass of humanity as worthless parasites and either prevent them from reproducing via mass sterilization programs or simply slaughter them outright.
“Due to improved techniques the elite will have greater control over the masses; and because human work will no longer be necessary the masses will be superfluous, a useless burden on the system. If the elite is ruthless they may simply decide to exterminate the mass of humanity. If they are humane they may use propaganda or other psychological or biological techniques to reduce the birth rate until the mass of humanity becomes extinct, leaving the world to the elite,” wrote Kaczynski in his manifesto, a key passage quoted in Kurzweil’s book.
Another aspect that Kurzweil has not touched upon in his public appearances is the downright creepy ending to his 2099 prediction which features in chapter 12 of his book. Throughout the book, Kurzweil communicates with a fictional character called Molly who is living through all the different time periods Kurzweil anticipates, from 2009 to 2099.
By 2029 Mollly has dumped her loving but pathetically human husband Ben and chosen instead to pursue an intimate relationship – including virtual reality fornication – with her artificially intelligent lover George – a computer program.
By 2099, Molly has uploaded her own brain into a computer program and merged with George to create a hive mind – one that now has sex with itself.
When Kurzweil questions ‘Molly’ about whether or not the new creation truly represents the original Molly – whose human body has long since perished and been replaced by a virtual reality projection, the Molly/George hive computer mind gets defensive and swears that it really is the original Molly.
The dialogue ends with Kurzweil basically insinuating that he too would like to have sex with the Molly/George assimilation, leaving the reader with the impression that Kurzweil’s obsessive pursuit of singularity is not merely a desperate attempt to hide from the fear of death, but also a weird kind of sexual fetish.
While everyone would welcome some of the technological advancements predicted by Kurzweil, most notably the virtual elimination of all diseases, his fixation with cheating death by achieving technological singularity has several dark spiritual and practical overtones that have not been properly debated.
Moral considerations are once again being cast aside in the feverish pursuit of technological progress at all costs.
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