Technology has its way of accelerating the growth of a civilisation, as well as its demise. We have now crossed the point where the technology we invented has been so embedded into the fabric of our daily lives, that it feels less of a fabric and more of a spider web weaving us into a cocoon mummy. We have become trapped in fake news, bullshit jobs, the money chase, all of which have been tremendously enabled and accelerated by technology and the internet. We’ve lost any sense of a moral compass or conscience not because we have become bad people, but because we have no time for it. Morality, compassion, big picture thinking is just pointless now. It is unable to penetrate the steel-strong spider fibre web of our glistening cocoon, which defines the limits of our myopic, ever-decreasing personal universe.
But most of all we’ve been turned into zombies, having lost contact with the one and only thing in this world that really ever mattered, and where we came from originally: the nature that still sustains everything that lives, breathes, dies and is reborn on this planet. Not out of appreciation and gratitude towards the nature that gave birth to us, but because nature is the REAL web we are born to be connected to: we need to feel connected to its life force in order to even feel alive. We automatically made ourselves dead once we pulled the plug from nature.
Robots, zombies, techno-humans? what shall we call ourselves? For a start, how about recognizing that we are not actually alive anymore. We are asleep, especially those of us living in a city and deeply embedded in busy careers with companies that damage people, places and the environment just so that they can turn a profit and pay our salaries. We are consciously unconscious, unconsciously going through the motions of a mechanical life where we have lots of purpose, but absolutely no meaning. This is because we are going through increasingly confined and restricted movements, as much as we have been made to believe that the number of our options and choices has become infinite.
I call Bullshit.
So what will these robots get up to? Well, you are witnessing it already. We will consume until we run out of stuff completely, and begin eating each other. Unless we disconnect ourselves from the hardware that is poisoning our minds, we won’t wake up. We will continue to live in the matrix, and die in the matrix. Have fun.
George is an author, researcher, podcast host, chemist, molecular biologist and food scientist. You can follow him on Twitter @99blackbaloons , listen to his Spotify podcast George reads George, sign up for blog alerts below, or enjoy his books