| The Glamour of New Technology
Previously I addressed this issue in Success for Society
and concluded that:-
- We need
to prioritise morality over technology. "We're
at the level of infants in moral
responsibility, but with the technological capability of adults." (Dr
Bostrom cited at BBC, posted
and accessed 24 April 2013)
- We need
to prioritise spirituality over technology. "Our
scientific power has outrun our
spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." (Martin
Luther King Jr.)
However, paraphrasing Henry Thoreau, we have become enslaved by our
We yearn the miracle drug or health tech. We are addicted to social
media. New technology is deified. Tech has become the Holy Grail.
Companies always are selling us something new, as it exploits an
important evolutionary instinct. This instinct seeks out new
things as they may bring a better adaptation to the environment.
An example of
this is Exoskeleton
that allows humans to work and play for longer (BBC,
posted and accessed 8 July 2018).
what no-one mentions is that most (Rich World)
humans do not play enough physically anyway. Why would they want to
when they already prefer not to do what is natural with their own body?
prefer or are addicted to video games, YouTube, TV, social media, etc.
can see the benefit to someone already disabled
(e.g. it allowed the article’s professor to climb with
artificial limbs), but
for most of us, we are not playing enough.
society is already overworking us.
Why have waiters on
their feet all day? Let the robots work longer hours, those that will not make mental errors.
would I want to run for a day without getting
tired. I can use a quicker and possibly safer vehicle to complete a
these exoskeletons be like 4x4s that rip up
beach environments, the exoskeletons similarly desecrating pristine forests?
human being is more about balance and working
with rhythm, in harmony with nature and spirit - rather than always
technology, like so many before, will bring novel experiences,
also experiences so different from what the human animal is used to
that human life will continue to be disrupted with dire consequences.
Read more here.
Soon, we will seek to build a Death Star
However, what we really need is a Culture
of Love, a Culture
of the Sun.
So, I advise us to explore deeper our ancient technology, that of the
animal, the soul and the spirit. Let us avoid the egoistic desires of
humans. Let us work with and respect Nature and Spirit to
the glory of God/Goddess/Spirit.
Do you want a mechanical planet like Cybertron? Tech vs. Nature, what's your choice?...
A new money system is advisable to accompany the prioritising of spirituality and morality over tech. We surely need: Degrowth; Private Sufficiency, Public Luxury.
All that glitters is not gold. Rather than getting glamorised by new
technology, let us become aware of the advantages of our inbuilt
ancient technology. Let us give birth to that magnificence. Then we
will have found spiritual gold.
"For most people, thinking of the future means
wondering what their life will be like in ten, twenty or maybe fifty years
time. Well, that is all pretty poor. These concerns are far too short-sighted
and of no great interest. The true future for humankind, and the only one worth
concerning ourselves with, is that one day we will shine like the sun, that the
universe will be fragrant with our presence, that the air will be filled with
the fragrance of our soul and that everywhere we go, music will be heard
because all our cells are singing.
Every day, for a few minutes at least,
imagine this distant future and all at once you will feel hope, courage and
life return. It is this faith in a magical future that will make a new being of
you. We hear the word ‘new’ used everywhere nowadays: a new philosophy, a new
science, a new century, a new era, new human beings, and so on. But how can we
imagine that humankind will one day be new if we do not work for this sublime
future?" (O.M. Aïvanhov)
Climate and Ecological Emergency
Humankind has fashioned technology to improve upon nature, but such change in a
natural system is... "likely to be detrimental to that
Commoner, 3rd Law of Ecology, The Closing Circle, 1971)
- Idk how I’m supposed to
believe that it’s easier to turn mars into earth than it is to turn earth back
into earth (Crazy Bat Lady, 5 October 2020 tweet)
- Carbon capture [tech to counter manmade climate change] sounds nice
and all, but if your bath is overflowing you don’t invest in magical
technologies to soak up the water from your floor. You turn off the tap (Dr
Charlie Gardner, 13 September 2020 tweet)
- If a company is “investing
in technologies to suck carbon out of the atmosphere” but is not calling for
ecocide law, reparations, and huge wealth redistribution now... then, no, they
are not serious about tackling climate change. (Sam Knights, 17 September 2020 tweet)
people in the global North see the ecological crisis as primarily a
question of technology, while social movements across the global South
recognize that it is primarily a question of justice. (Jason Hickel, 15 June 2021 tweet)
- We think technology will save us. Technology got us into this mess. (Joanna Macy cited here, dated 2021, accessed 29 August 2021)
search for life on other planets and in other regions of our galaxy.
Meanwhile we destroy and ignore the other life on this planet. (A.
D. Williams, Inside the Divine Pattern)
- We are in the grip of
a pandemic [Covid-19] like none other in living memory. While people are
pinning their hopes on a vaccine to wipe it out, the fact is most of the
infections faced by our ancestors are still with us. (BBC, posted 4 October 2020, accessed 5 October 2020)
- Technological change is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal. (Albert Einstein)
- The masculine, western, capitalist dream of spaceflight is driven by an unacknowledged fear of mortality. (Alice Gorman, 26 January 2021 tweet)
- The notion that humans
could survive for long on another planet is the epitome of how utterly
detached from nature the modern industrial worldview has become. All my
life I have been disgusted and saddened by how pervasive this is. Our
technology has wrought a mass psychosis. (Lisa B, 20 July 2021 tweet)
- Artificial Wombs & Laboratory Breastmilk (PWP).
- Cybertron & Elysium (PWP).
- The Conflict
between Evolutionary Skills & Modern Life (PWP).
- Timecrowave (Saturday Night Live, 2013) [Funny skit with a deeper message].
- 'Kangaroo care' key for
premature babies (BBC, 2013).
- Be Wary of Silicon Valley’s Guilty Conscience - on The Center for Humane Technology (Z.M.L., LibrarianShipwreck, 2018)
[The Center for Humane Technology claims to want a shift to humane tech
that supports our well-being, democracy, etc. But here it is criticised
for offering lifestyle tweaks and not systemic critiques, for
distilling or softening the tech poison rather than actually presenting
- How Bitcoin made right-wing conspiracy theories mainstream (Salon, 2018)
[Cryptocurrency is right wing, anti-democracy, anti-equality, and will not
fix our social problems. It is also environmentally destructive.].
- How tech's richest plan to save themselves after the apocalypse (Douglas Rushkoff, The Guardian, 2018).
- Living bridges and supper from sewage: can ancient fixes save our crisis-torn world? (The Guardian, 2020)
[From underground aqueducts to tree-bridges and fish that love sewage,
indigenous customs could save the planet – but are under threat.
Landscape architect Julia Watson shares her ‘lo-TEK’ vision
in her book Lo—TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism.
“We are obsessed with technocratic solutions to mitigating the
effects of climate change, but a lot of the answers are already there,
and have been for generations. We just have to look. We need to
transform our relationship with nature from superior to
symbiotic.” TEK = Traditional Ecological Knowledge.].
- The Myth of Progress, the Human Problem, and the Virtual Frontier (Jared Yates Sexton, 2021; also see here).
- Toronto swaps Google-backed, not-so-smart city plans for people-centred vision (The Guardian, 2021).
- Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities (The Conversation, 2021) ["Active travel" also includes walking].
- The rush to ‘go electric’ comes with a hidden cost: destructive lithium mining (Thea Riofrancos, The Guardian, 2021) [As the world moves towards electric cars and renewable grids, demand for lithium is wreaking havoc in northern Chile].
- Constant craving: how digital media turned us all into dopamine addicts (Jamie Waters, The Guardian, 2021) [Effective tech fasting].
- Honest Government Ad - Carbon Capture and Storage (Juice Media, 2021) [4m44s video].
- ‘Like slave and master’: DRC miners toil for 30p an hour to fuel electric cars (The Guardian, 2021)
[Congolese workers describe a system of abuse, precarious employment
and paltry wages – all to power the green vehicle revolution].
- How the rise of copper reveals clean energy’s dark side (The Guardian, 2021).
- ‘What if we just gave up cars?’... (The Guardian, 2021) [New agreement would phase out fossil fuel vehicles but activists want focus on public transport, walking, cycling].
- Your attention didn’t collapse. It was stolen (Johann Hari, The Guardian, 2022)
[Social media and many other facets of modern life are destroying our
ability to concentrate. We must rebel to reclaim our minds while we
still can. This is a systemic issue!].
- Climate crisis and the dangers of tech-obsessed ‘long-termism’ (Rupert Read, The Conversation, 2022) [Big Tech has corrupted the wise care of future generations into business-as-usual criminality].
- NFT scams, toxic ‘mines’ and lost life savings: the cryptocurrency dream is fading fast (David A Banks, The Guardian, 2022) [It was supposed to be a financial revolution. Instead, crypto has become an environmentally disastrous gift to con artists.].
- We need optimism – but Disneyfied climate predictions are just dangerous (George Monbiot, The Guardian, 2022)
[Techno-utopianism is popular as it doesn’t challenge the status
quo, and lets polluters off the hook. Monbiot dismantles the political
denial of Oded Galor, Bill Gates, Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley. System
- Hi-tech fixes aren’t the only way to save our soil (Alan Mitcham, The Guardian, 2022).
- No miracle tech needed: How to switch to renewables now and lower costs doing it (Mark Z. Jacobson, The Hill, 2022) [Total global cost $62 trillion, repaid due to energy savings within six years].