Tuesday, 15 October 2013


A Marxist condemned the Singularity. H+ Magazine responded. Below is my comment responding to H+.

The Singularity is NOT mind-uploading, but people could be forgiven for thinking it is. A big problem with Singularity debate is the domination of these issues by millionaire entrepreneurs, for example Ray Kurzweil, Jaan Tallinn, Peter Thiel, and Keith Kleiner.

Immortality will be available for everyone via stem cell regenerative medicine. Already average people have underdone regeneration and transplantation of their own body parts created via their own stem cells. I am very sure mind-uploading will prove to be nonsensical, it is a misunderstanding of "biology" and "machines."

Despite the Singularity dominance by rich aristocratic types, who frankly don't really grasp the meaning of technology, the Singularity is not about their one-sided narrow viewpoint.

Oppression is based wholly on scarcity. Technology liberates us from scarcity. The way technology increases freedom or democracy is not an "accidental outcome simply from creating ever more efficient and smaller machines." It is no accident for liberty to increase in synchronization with decreasing scarcity, a decrease created via machine progress. Increased liberty is a logical and inevitable outcome of decreased scarcity (technological advancement).

Oppression (lack of liberty) is only needed to ensure compliance with low wages and high prices, thus via decreased scarcity due to technology we see how the need to enforce austerity to benefit the rich is less pronounced (we've come a long way since the extremely austere days of serfdom), which dovetails perfectly with the abundance of technological tools for liberation. The interrelationship, regarding technology to erode scarcity and technology for liberation, is actually closer than a dovetail join, we are in essence considering the same thing.

Leaders may try to repress increased liberty, liberty which has been created via erosion of scarcity, but their attempts will ultimately be ineffectual because the erosion of scarcity will reach a point where resistance is futile.

In the future there will be no governments, no money, no work, total freedom.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

#RBE Errors - Scarcity Post-Scarcity Viewpoints

As you may know, or not, I disagree with the term RBE because I think the way the system is currently set-up is a reasonably correct representation based on scarcity. The point is, despite greater abundance, scarcity does persist, although there is the fallacy, committed by some people, which states we are now living in a Post-Scarcity age.

The world is incredibly horrific if you are poor, which I am. This horror of poverty means people in positions of power are unwilling to sacrifice their position where they control the largest amount of sacrce resources. It's a realization that 99% percent of people, if they were in the position of the 1%, would behave in the exact same manner as the current 1%.

The solution is therefore to end scarcity instead of idealistically appealing to the better nature of leaders. Appeals to leaders are delusional, or at best misguided, it is contrary to the reality of scarcity. The leaders are merely victims of scarcity, fighting to survive they are controlled by the fear, the fear of suffering greater scarcity, although they don't suffer in the way poor people do. To end scarcity technology needs to significantly improve thus massive investment in sci-tech is needed, which is doable because leaders can usually see how science and technology are profitable.

There is a possibility #BasicIncome could be implemented now, but there is a lot of fear regarding scarcity within the minds of leaders thus they are unlikely to implement basic income for a few years at least; they are afraid of scarcity thus they cling to wealth. Awareness of how technology is progressing, of how it will progress, this could help people accept Basic Income is doable now as a valid Post-Scarcity precursor, but the confusion of stating Post-Scarcity already exists, when it clearly doesn't, this means people fear any sociological progress towards a Post-Scarcity society is a scam by anarchistic usurpers of power.

There is an event on G+ to discuss RBE on 31st October 2013. Outreach: Strategies to share R.B.E. concepts.

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