December 16, 2009 @ 1:37 pm by sean
A more intellectual discussion on leaving facebook than I expected to exist. Great vocabulary, that guy. The first half anticipates the virtual-reality singularity of Ray Kurzweil (which scares the heck out of me), and the second is a bit more immediately relevant in the capitalist effects of digital social media on our lives that most of us probably don’t realize. And why I won’t allow facebook to have more meaning to me than I have.
Selfmindead had a song called Progress (in 1998 maybe?) with the line – we’re killing our future with our progress/ we’re becoming machines in the process. It’s a doomsday anthem and so it seems far-fetched. Perhaps more so because they were a Swiss hardcore band already on the fringe of society, with the rest of the doomsday-sayers, non-comformists, skeptics, and conspiracy-theorists. But reading about what Ray Kurzweil is expecting in the progression of technology in the next century, it’s more relevant than ever. Technological developments the last century have had this golden ticket that we assume is progress, unquestioned, and with the notion that if we question it, we hamper it, and so we must accept everything regardless of the damage we later realize it caused. There are serious implications on humanity with a singularity of man and machine and Kurzweil clearly lays out evidence to expect it. It’s beyond what most Hollywood movies show of the future – in those movies we at least maintain our humanity in a world of sentient/AI robots. With all the technology that fills and consumes our lives, Selfmindead questioned over ten years ago “is this progress?” but do enough of the rest of us question it to matter? That Kurzweil link is long, but worth the read.