Mistrust of secondhand media is a feature, not a bug.
Very nice. I went back and read your whole antibot manifesto and sparring with chatdummy. very neat i never managed to completely break it like that. you were much more scientific about it than i was though, i just wanted to expose the nonexistence of a 'ghost in the machine' which too many people have managed to convince themselves exists.
Simulated Intelligence from the very beginning is about lies. Alan Turing planned the field when he made its measure the power to deceive. I can't remember where I read it but somewhere recently we were talking about the danger of experiential density-the way that screens never simulate the boring bits which make up the greatest chunk of real life. We experience a whole life in an hour and even if it is benign or otherwise beneficial material we were not made for this sort of imaginative overload. It distorts your view of life the way porn does for relationships.
But back to the Simulated Intelligence, its purpose is confusing when viewed by itself but when you look at these obsessions serially, humanlike aliens to parallel universes with other versions of ourselves to AI it seems clear that this all stems from loneliness from solitude. Having convinced themselves that other humans(and even themselves) aren't really people they are looking for some people who haven't been unpersoned yet. Walker Percy said something to the effect that modern man is a voracious nought, a vacuole sucking the life out of everything he encounters trying to fill the void in himself. The Simulated Intelligence will never be the person that they imagine they are creating, will never be a person at all. It is a tool, but a twisted tool, a witch's tool that partakes of the nature of its maker and cannot be used by an honest man. I am not generally a fan of Frank Herbert but his jihadis said it well, 'Thou shalt not counterfeit a human soul.'
The war for the mind has been going on a long time. I'm reminded of the quote from Mark Twain, "A man who does not read newspapers is uninformed. A man who does is misinformed." Though Screens may accelerate our process of Amusing Ourselves to Death, the problem of propaganda and flat out lying via the Press has been with us since before the founding.
I really like your speech in the closing of the piece though, Mark.
Here’s something in the stacks’ æther 😉
Mark: But you are also merely a shadow, flickering across the screen of existence. All is simulacra to them, all a fleeting, meaningless opportunity to steal sensations in the moment.
Tessa Lena: The power players don't care about the tiny spots of blood where the little guys were. We are nothing but cells in an excel spreadsheet.[...] Technology managed by people whose hearts are a mess, is not going to save us.
"The revolution will not be televised or TikTok’d. It will take place inside each and every one of us."
And, man oh man, did we ever see that revolution — as well as mass capitulation to the enemy — during the plandemic (and still).
I recall reading Neil Postman's book, "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business," around 2014 when I returned to college to earn a BA in Communication Studies. In the book, he informed his readers that the television was definitely invented as a mind-control device.
This was yet another excellent piece. I love your writing, your topics, and your perspectives.
It's a crazy world we live in. The ruling class wants to convince everyone that what's real is fake and what's fake is real, and they try to destroy the real world and make it ever uglier and more depressing in order to convince people to devote more time and attention to the simulacra. Their war on reality cannot go on forever, though.
Great essay, and the speech at the end was excellent!
Good article Mark. I too believe that Gary Marcus says these things for a reason.
Very good read!
I shared this via quote-posting it, focused on the key image: https://heroesvsvillains.substack.com/p/can-this-picture-help-us-go-free
“In a perfect world, these screens would only transmit truths. We live in a different world. In ours, the greatest lie is that some person or group of people knows what’s true in any given moment, and knows this so well that they can and should be put in charge of the screens.
E. Michael Jones says "They believe Truth is the Opinion of the Powerful".
Will we get these more accurate maps out there? Will Our People use these maps to escape the kill boxes the livestock farmers seek to confine us in?
The image of the TV camera transmitting the inversion of what happened is bone-chilling. Thanks for re-using it! I somehow missed it the first time.
Can you point me to the source?
(For some reason, I'm reminded of the old saying: "... cries out in pain, as he strikes you".)
Thank you for the peak behind the curtain of yet another Hegelian ploy. “Oh no…AI will destroy us all! Quick! Better build a global conglomerate of experts who know best how to throttle and control us into safety.” Whew! Another bullet dodged.
Literally the cure will always be worse than the disease with these people.
I like your Sabbath idea very much.