One hundred years have passed since powerful stakeholders began a race to conquer the next frontier: the human mind. During this century, the conquerors have failed, but they have not given up.
As technology takes the human race to places never before predicted, the barons who control the most significant advances in technology are working with universities and foundations to get some hit right to conquer that slippery goal: to control the human mind, to change it forever. .
In our recent article entitled “What is a Metaverse and why Facebook wants to create one” we explained how the barons of the technology industry and educational entities agree that accessing and changing the human mind, and by doing this, changing our nature, is a goal. which they have never given up, and which they feel they are closer than ever to reaching.
The Facebook Metaverse is an example of a model architecture that is in mind to build the new prison that humans will be subjected to if these barons of technology achieve their goal.
And what do they intend to do?
If we go from the desktop computer to the laptop and from the laptop to the mobile, a widely accepted idea is that the next technological leap will be from the pocket to the head, devices that will connect us directly from the mind to the Internet”, says Rafael Yuste, neurobiologist and professor at Columbia University.
“We have been studying the brain for 100 years and we still do not have a general theory of how it works,” Yuste says. “Humans are mental creatures and if we register mental activity and identify it, it gives us the possibility to change it.”
The pandemic has accelerated many changes in our society, but probably the most relevant of them all has been the awareness that, in certain aspects, we have reached the future that technocrats want to have.
“Now, as human beings that we are, we need a new future in which to put our hopes,” say the agitators in the traditional media, as they try to sell us the idea that transhumanism is the noble goal to be achieved.
They have de-humanized us
Do not forget the mask when leaving home. Hydroalcoholic gel in each corner. Video calls with the grandmother who barely knew how to use her mobile before.
The pandemic has disrupted the normal and in many aspects what it means to BE HUMAN. Some are very visible changes – masks, video calls – but a statistical analysis of different sectors in 2020 shows other habits that we do not usually think about so much: we have abandoned physical money, we buy 40% less clothes – why buy a new dress to be at home? It is the perfect way to reduce consumption, which is one the goals of the technocrats.
Those who have jobs save more and buy fewer flats for fear of the future. We study and work remotely; We go to the gym less, we smoke and drink more, we feel more anxiety and we enter a general psychosis that is the basis of the mental control to which we have been exposed with the COVID pandemic.
Restaurants have been replaced by food delivery. We travel much less, of course. And it is likely that when the restrictions are lifted, many daily habits will not return to the way they were before. There will be less mobility because we are already used to being locked up.
Social distance has been imposed in work centers, where it is now very common to find alternate empty seats, to keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters. Group meals have also disappeared — replaced by individual lunches at the table itself.
Visits to relatives – many residences have limited or prohibited visits due to the pandemic – and friends have been replaced by videoconferencing. Zoom has gone from 10 million users to 300 worldwide in a year.
The Internet of Things is already very present in our lives and of which we are not aware. In wristbands, in robotic vacuum cleaners, in cars, in garbage containers, we are surrounded by connected objects. And, unlike other sectors, which seek increasingly colorful technologies and objects, the long-term goal of the Internet of Things is to go more and more unnoticed.
As Yuste said, nothing is more unnoticed than connectivity lives inside our own heads. “If we go from the desktop computer to the laptop and from the laptop to the mobile, a widely assumed idea is that the next technological leap will be from the pocket to the head, devices that will connect us directly from the mind to the Internet”.
According to Virginia Eubanks, associate professor of Political Science at the University of Albany, automation has brought the greatest of inequalities.
But we must always remember that technology is a tool that responds to the use we give it. “The algorithm is neither good, nor bad, nor is it neutral,” says Lorena Jaume-Palasí, researcher in ethics and technology and founder of the Ethical Tech Society.
“It is a mathematical formulation of the prejudices and perspectives of society: a reflection of our thinking. Efficiency and savings are important, but so are equality, justice and law ”, Eubanks considers. “It is our moral responsibility to design computer systems in that sense.”