The New Age of Information and the Collective Human Intellect

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By Carla White, Special to The New Nationalist

Globalism is dangerous to the American way of life and the ideals of Western liberty; but it marches on nonetheless, a product of certain aspects of greed, moral degradation and the elites’ lust for power. The need to consolidate power means that more organizational systems and ways to track people are necessary and, as such, borders are lowered. Transhumanists are rejoicing at the prospect.

The internet and the technology we use every day do not escape being put into the Crime Syndicate’s toolbox. Look at your smartphone. How many apps have access to it? By extension, how many corporations have access to it? And since we know for a fact some corporations and the government are working together for “national security” (read: spying on Americans), what do the government and the elites know about us already? Almost everything.

We all need to start learning about technology because technology is learning about us.

What’s on the Way

Before going further, it is important to take a look at the technologies involved in globalization that are sure to expand the power elites and organizations have over us. It comes down to a few things:

The G5 rollout (the fifth generation of mobile phone technology) will be coming upon us sooner than we think, with some of the first devices and features potentially coming out in 2017. This will mostly revolve around the internet of things (IoT), and we can expect more devices to become internet-enabled. What is in your fridge could become public knowledge. People might be able to hack into your heating system with a smartphone, or a company could remotely repossess a connected car by externally locking it.

Additionally, artificial intelligence (AI) technology is growing to the point in which it could very well run our lives in the near future, perhaps even as soon as the next decade. Would you want every corporate and government decision dictated by non-human intellect? What if the machine dictates that you aren’t worth the cost to society? What if it starts dictating market prices? As AIs become more self-aware, what happens when they decide they want more control (or more independence)? It is an extremely dangerous technology, and yet Amazon and Google (among other lesser-known companies) continue their research, without much oversight.

From this comes transhumanism and the fusion of the human mind with information technology. People will be able to view the internet as they would their own memories, and perhaps their own bodies will be augmented by technology connected to the internet. We already have implantable payment chips and similar technologies, but what is the end result of this? Will we have hackable humans? Hackable, controllable minds? This would be a dream for corrupt officials in power.

This will allow us to have access to more information and education than ever before, as well as a level of convenience never seen. Many service jobs will also become automated, taken over by AI or made obsolete by the virtue that internet connection speeds and processing power can overcome human achievement in some fields. While unemployment will spike due to this, the economy will be able to shift toward other fields.

Yet the benefits can come with other costs. Transhumanism has its own moral problems, and at what point will people be denying their humanity to become something else? The more collective-focused the mind becomes (as will happen when one is connected to the internet constantly), the more powerful those controlling information become. Look at the influence the media has currently. Would anyone want Disney, Rupert Murdoch or Mark Zuckerburg in control of the collective views of the nation? That’s a clear path to disaster.

What Defenses We Have

We aren’t stopping the progress of information and computing technology. We could try to stop the progression of firearms technology, but other countries would merely overtake us and prove to gain an advantage on us. The technology is necessary for American security, and attempts to stifle it will only damage America’s reputation and economic capability.

The key lies in regulation and the education of people. If people are going to be using AI, they need to be told (in a method better than fine-print terms and conditions) how they will be watched and what AI can do to them. If AI can control money, that is a strong infringement on personal freedom. Consumer rights involving technology will need to be expanded, as there is no way it can be construed as reasonable to know the details of how 5G, advanced app mechanics or AI will work or control your phone.

Additionally, people need to be careful of the data they’re sending now. While things might change in the future, apps and networks can currently be avoided; you don’t need to speed up the process. People can and will use proxies and VPNs to stay outside of the radar, and people can hope for (or invest in) similar technologies in the future to protect against over-globalization and information tracking.

Where do you feel this technology is going? Are you worried those in power, both in front of and behind the curtain, will use it against us? Is there any way to fight back, and is the convenience worth the cost of surveillance (I think not, but dissenting opinions are encouraged)? Please leave a comment below and tell us your thoughts.

About the Author: Carla White is a writer and blogger who regularly writes about technology and politics, as well as other topics regarding the future of humanity. She views the future of AI and information with increasing interest and knows people should at least prepare themselves with knowledge so that they can guide themselves into making wise technological decisions.

3 Comments on The New Age of Information and the Collective Human Intellect

  1. The need for 5G is questionable in the first place. 4G lets things communicate easily, and how much data should your microwave or fridge need to send/receive anyway? We already have people getting killed walking around with their phones in traffic. People are sitting in the same house and texting each other instead of talking. The first thing I do when giving a talk is to tell my audience to turn their phones off – you will be escorted out if one interrupts me – and I have had many ejected.

    5G will worsen the human condition – worrying about and securing all these IoT devices will be a cottage industry Adding more data to the reams we have (which even the NSA cannot parse effectively) is not going to improve anyone’s existence. I do not need or desire even more telemarketers pushing warranties, burglar alarms and insurance.

    AI isn’t ready for prime-time anyway – the data it requires to even begin to approach making a normal human decision are tremendous. The sunk costs of these systems are not inconsequential. The small number of data centers we have today use 2% of the electrical power in the US. Our grid is rickety and cobbled-together as it is. Tossing electric cars and tripling or quadrupling data centers isn’t going to happen without some additional investment in infrastructure – and we all know how sexy that is to congressoids.

    Two things need frank discussion with honest science and disclosure today – digital advances and genetic advances. Both have the potential for severe train wrecks and wasted money, and one has the potential to end human life. We are already hammering honey bees, the best pollinators on the planet, without genetic issues. Add those in, see the honeybee decline to poor levels, and watch the food picture change dramatically. Add in 5G and AI and the associated electrical use, where does that leave the grid?

    Those are my thoughts…

  2. The more we depend on technology for our basic functions and transactions in a society, the more vulnerable our society becomes. For example, food distribution networks are fine in that they can offer diverse selection and competitive pricing for consumers; however, we must not become dependent on them. Local food and energy production is critical to vitality and security of communities.

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