Transhumanism, wearable tech, and the Neo-Luddites

Walking through an airport last week, I caught a glimpse of the new issue of Time magazine. The eye-catching cover shows the bottom half of a man’s forearm and a clenched fist. Superimposed on the bare forearm is a multi-colored computer interface illuminating various graphs and charts showing pulse rate, calories consumed, time, temperature and other data. The title and subtitle of the article  reads: “Never offline- The Apple Watch is just the start. How wearable tech will change your life- like it or not.”

The editors and headline writers at Time have always had a penchant for headlines that subtly talk down to their readers, with phrases like ‘Here’s what you need to know’ and ‘why everything you thought you knew about (insert issue) is wrong’ and so on. This particular title is not even subtle about its message: transhumanism is here and resistance is futile. 

Wired magazine, the bible of tech zombies:

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The article itself discusses the launching last week of Apple’s newest trendy gadget, its wearable watch. I expected the author of the piece to be a gung-ho techie who was going to be breathlessly touting the wonders of the watch. So,  I was surprised that the author, to his credit, took a rather neutral,  even nervous,  tone regarding where this kind of gadget is taking us. The author claimed that ‘this is technology attempting to colonize our bodies.’

Overall, the article appears to neither wholly support nor condemn the watch; the writer simply accepts that this is the direction we are heading in and we will have to adapt.

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Apple’s introduction of its watch and the media campaign, with the likes of Time magazine, surrounding it, is yet another salvo in the transhumanism offensive to move us to ‘post-humanity’ , a term which the article’s author even mentions.

No doubt the young tech zombies will rush out to buy  whatever new product Apple introduces and the rest of the herd will soon follow. (The Iphone 6 was selling on the black market for 3x the retail price in China.) Will there be any resistance to the transhumanist agenda?  A year ago a small fracas erupted in a neighborhood in San Francisco as a number of bar patrons violently objected to a girl who was walking around the bar wearing google glass. The story  got airplay in the Bay Area press but wasn’t picked up by many other media outlets. At the time, I wondered whether a Neo-Luddite movement might be possible to finally give some push-back to the tech onslaught. (The Luddites were a group of English textile artisans who protested, sometimes violently, against the introduction of machines during the 19th century.)

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The chances of such a movement developing are slim to none, but I did read that article with great interest and a sense of hope. The ‘powers that be’ (TPTB) are in a rush to decimate most of humanity and microchip the survivors. Companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook, which after all are mostly owned by the same stockholders and work together,  are at the forefront of the agenda to modify us into something that is more machine than human. The iphone laid the groundwork and the watch is the next step. The implanted phone/computer has surely already been developed in a lab somewhere and will be foisted upon the public in another year or two. We can expect that the launching of the implanted computer will be accompanied by the same brand of media coverage as we have seen for the iphone and watch. That is, the writing will range for joyous acceptance to limp resignation.

Televisions and Wifi

A new restaurant opened last month in my neighborhood. I like what they have done  with the interior, especially the enormous wooden table which they placed in the center of the main room to use for shared dining. It has a nice, functional wraparound bar with recessed lighting and a selection of wines by the glass. The new manager was there last week when I stopped by and we chatted for a while. I thanked him for doing something different on Bui Vien Street and not filling the restaurant with televisions showing sports. However, a week later when I returned two enormous televisions were hanging from the ceiling. Disappointed,  I asked the manager, “How could you?” He lamely replied that ‘customers asked for it.’ I didn’t believe him, but nowadays all restaurant owners feel pressured to install televisions lest they lose customers to the loud bar next door. It’s all about catering to the herd  masses.

And god help you if you are a restaurant owner who hasn’t installed free wifi. Be prepared to be crucified on Yelp, tripadvisor, and other review sites. Recently I read a review of a restaurant on Yelp and a young man gave an otherwise good review to the restaurant in question, but was apoplectic that they didn’t offer Wifi. “How do they expect me to enjoy my meal if I can’t check my Facebook??? Waaaaaaahhhhhhh!”

To the few remaining restaurant owners out there who have not caved in and still offer a television- and wifi- free dining experience, GOD BLESS YOU. You are a dying breed.


 

 

One thought on “Transhumanism, wearable tech, and the Neo-Luddites”

  1. Cyborgs, drones, nano bots,
    “smart” phones, and yes even “smart” water are here. The only problem is the human users of such things are becoming more and more dull through their use. How did we ever get along without all this? Very well I would say. Much more healthy back then I would say. Less stressed and certainly less in this endless hurry to nowhere I see constantly but these views are not supportive of technology gone mad and the gone mad are in charge of the technology so, as usual, the herd follows the direction of it’s handlers and their endless worship of profit. Take away self esteem and self reliance and you have a midless consumer trying to fill their missing strength with gadgets inorder to fit in with the rest of the zombies. But, I guess when U2 shows up for the intro it must be cool. Bano still wears his old school tattered coat costume while acting as a paid whore for Apple. He’s probably still singing Sunday Bloody Sunday to the executive crowd. He and his buddy Edge will be sporting a new Apple watch along with their old school stage costumes. Bano probably has a custom set of Google sunglasses. On second thought probably not since Google is Apple’s competetitor. You can bet they’ll be wearing Beats head gear now. He probably shopped the band with both for the best money deal. All in the name of love.

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