Corporations don’t care about you. That’s not their fault. They don’t have feelings because they aren’t people. They’re machines designed to generate income, and even their creators aren’t immune to expulsion should they interfere with this directive or otherwise become a liability. As a consumer, you’re a vital component of these machines. They want you as a lifelong dependent. Drug companies want you enslaved to … Continue reading Future Visions: Surveillance
A.I. is here, and it’s here to stay. If you express the slightest of misgivings about its negative potential, you’re a caveman afraid of fire. You’re a moviegoer in the early days of cinema cowering before a moving imagine of an oncoming train. “Relax,” they tell us, “A.I. is a misunderstood miracle and all of your reservations about it are rooted in ignorance. Here is … Continue reading Nothing to Fear?
I’ve been into science fiction since I was a kid, but more often than not I find myself wishing it was a little less stuffy and pretentious, and a little more human and real. I’m far less interested in the nuts and bolts of sci-fi than I am the idea of everyday people reacting to and adapting to extraordinary circumstances. Douglas Adams made science fiction … Continue reading Exitium has arrived.
Recently I came across some old ads from the early-to-mid 21st Century. What a primitive era that was. Just take a look at these: We’ve come so far in so little time. What does the future hold? Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about that anymore, because all of our worrying is done for us. Alexa, what kind of cranial connector oil should I use? Continue reading Vintage Ads: windows to the past
If there’s one thing the vast majority of metalheads share a common distrust for, besides authority, it’s technology. Warnings against human integration with machines are so common in metal that I often don’t notice them. This morning, though, while listening to Black Sabbath’s Computer God, from their 1992 masterpiece Dehumanizer, the lyrics were so relevant to what’s going on now that I was taken aback. … Continue reading Robot ramblings