Is “Science” totally thoughtless? Or just very stupid? From the ongoing mass of research which might be used to oppress humanity, it seems so. Very little thought appears to go in to handing the means of oppression to anyone prepared to pay for it.
In China, the Surveillance Society already exists, in a particularly pernicious form which drags in friends, family and associates in to culpability for an individual’s behaviour. This tech didn’t exist a decade ago, nor did the processing power, but now it does, and it’s being used against a nation of over 1.5 billion people.
That hideous spectacle may be just a taste of what’s possible. The new “wonder”, decoding thought, could be a lot worse. This technology is being given to governments, corporations, and other life-destroying, unaccountable, imbecile groups. Imagine cults, nutcase religions and terrorists with mind reading technology. They could literally be able to oppress people simply for thinking.
Speaking of thinking – Did anyone ever wonder why this great interest in decoding thought? Let’s consider the usual wrong answers:
- Psychological/psychiatric benefits – For whom? Not for the patients, obviously. You don’t stop having a psych problem simply because some machine can decode your thoughts.
- Understanding the human mind – Since when has that ever made a difference? Understanding what? To do what with that understanding? It’s a bit like inventing a gun to see what happens. No good can come of it, because the method can never be good for whoever’s on the receiving end of it.
There is no way this technology can ever “benefit mankind”, when it’s simply intruding, doing nothing much of value of itself, and making thoughts accessible to third parties. Would you voluntarily tell just anyone what you’re thinking, at any given moment, let alone invent a technology to help people know what you’re thinking? Nor is there any clear limit to how much intrusion is possible. It’s the ultimate invasion of privacy, and it shouldn’t be allowed to exist at all. Yet “Science” is trundling along on its tricycle, happily handing this tech over to anyone who wants it. People who couldn’t find a sunny day or be trusted with the contents of a urinal are supposed to be trusted with something so fundamental? If you do trust them, you’re morons, and not the good sort.
You, Science, are going to be responsible for what may well be the worst oppression in human history. The fact that most of the idiots who weaponized the technology will also be oppressed by it is small beer compared to the responsibility for creating these technologies.
Does “Big Science” ever think about these things? Not noticeably. Consider the vast range of current risks and threats to privacy and personal freedoms “Science” has unleashed, unwittingly or otherwise:
Genetics: The issues of genetic disease as a risk factor, accessible to employers, and basically anyone who knows how to set up business to find this information. Who knows what sort of other genetic information can be used to disadvantage individuals? I could guess, and you should be able to, too. Let’s also not forget GMOs, crank stem cell science, etc., etc.
Surveillance: A truly maniacal type of relatively new science, now much more efficient, where tiny minds use advanced tech to monitor employees in bathrooms, but can’t stop massive amounts of data being lifted from governments and the military.
Automation: A type of science whereby the entire life model of humanity and global economics will be irrevocably altered. The theory is that automation releases people from drudgery. If there’s no way of earning a living however, it also throws perhaps billions of people in to poverty and probably more crime. Careers, education and personal wealth by default, may well become things of the past through this single line of research. What’s the point of getting an education if you can’t have a life?
Hacking: I don’t have much time for hackers since I managed to get in to some firewall-making company’s email using four characters through a search engine. To me, that’s way too easy. No mental challenge at all. How much easier could it get than that? The fact is, however, that hacking, which is also highly preventable, is also highly profitable. It’s an industry. Internet security, that contradiction in terms, isn’t doing the obvious A-B things to stop it. Corrupt, like all other security? Bet your plastic petunias. The working practice is that someone creates a problem, you build an entire industry about NOT solving it.
Pharmaceuticals: You could hardly leave out the world’s least responsible area of science, creating iffy quality drugs for sick people at incredible prices. Suicidal thoughts as a side effect? Whoever thought that up should be shot, and so should anyone who tolerates it. Yet, it’s “Science”, in its modern clown suit of mistakes and idiotic ramifications. This, you trust? Why?
Science is naïve? Maybe not, but… About managing spin
Arguably, Science is totally naïve in one way. Modern science isn’t necessarily a pretty environment. The bitching, the backbiting, the bullying, you name it; it’s like an office environment, and no better ethically in many ways. Any rat race is still a contest of rats, and if the rats have PhDs, it’s a very complex marathon.
Being naïve in this environment isn’t a good move. You can have your work stolen, and maybe your money, too, if you’ve got skin in the game. More likely, in fact almost certain, is that your work will be subverted to some whacko mindset of the more or less totally criminal culture in all areas of management now able to abuse technologies.
OK, so how do you be a scientist and be sure you’re not naïve? It’s tricky. You need to manage the spin on any science you’re doing. That’s a true qualitative issue, but you have an advantage. You’re dealing with criminals, sycophants, and often the usual corporate psychopaths. Any form of information can be stolen or otherwise accessed by these vermin if it exists in an accessible form. The easier to interpret the information is, the less secure it can be. The “cat sat on the mat” form of science, spelling out everything, is particularly vulnerable. Any fool can interpret it accurately.
The more secure form is “puzzle” form, where only the real experts can put together all the elements in any research scenario and extrapolate correctly. Expertise is a strange thing. The only truly consistent thing about it is that experts on the higher levels are much more risk aware, and more able to withhold potentially dangerous information from the global nutcase environment.
Anything can be broken up in to hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of components. Think of it as SSL2000, any number of elements. Destructive practices can be derailed in the process. A very simple example – The new antidepressant, for instance, can be delivered without the unforgivable “suicidal thoughts” side effects, even if some moron wants to include a very dumb, dangerous psychoactive compound. The dangerous elements can be written out of the research very easily simply by quoting the usual performance of garbage of this kind. Nobody needs to know why, just dollar values, and that sort of crap doesn’t stack up too well on that basis, either.
Put it this way – Research and its effects are the responsibility of REAL science. What idiots can’t see, can’t interpret, and can’t act upon can’t be used against humanity. Just bear that in mind before you give yet another weapon to some herd of imbeciles.