The perfect Technocrat dream is to build robots with other robots, automating the entire process. This will result in the maximum displacement of human workers in the shortest time possible. China, of course, is happy to receive more robots for its factories
4th Industrial Revolution
Without calling it Technocracy, the author correctly sees the future of “a shell democracy run by smart machines, and a new elite of progressive but authoritarian technocrats.”
Facebook faces an existential threat as users lose confidence. In addition, the company is losing top execs in the same way as Tesla, indicating an internal lack of confidence as well. The Technocrats that run Facebook do not yet see the danger.
Technocrat scientists in China are extending their science of social engineering to creating an artificial moon that potentially will replace street lights in one large city. The proposed stationary moon will reflect light from the sun to a 50-mile wide swath on earth.
Japan suffers a population problem as its older citizens age, and the answer is robots: big ones, little ones, ugly ones, sexy ones, functional ones, etc. Robots are showing up in just about every industry and application imaginable.
“Populist revolts will be staged not against an economic elite that exploits people but against an economic elite that does not need them anymore. This may well be a losing battle. It is much harder to struggle against irrelevance than against exploitation.”
The higher the employee labor cost, the higher the incentive to replace him with a robot. The Technocrat mind describes the challenge: “We have to solve the problem of getting rid of people and replacing them with machines.”
Technocrats invent because they must, not because there is a rational reason to do so. The functional movement of robots is approaching that of humans. Equipped with specialty AI, they will be able to perform most jobs now done by humans.
Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda, Smart Growth, Sustainable Development, etc., all tell people what to do, what to consume and how to live. Are Technocrats gods that they know better how everyone should behave? Any why is it always our fault when their Utopian dreamscapes don’t work out? This is good food for thought.
Technocrats at Big Tech giants realize that AI is too big to go it alone, especially when consortiums can produce useful tools and breakthroughs for everyone involved. However, given the hundreds of billions being spent on AI development, will the results end up in hands that society can trust?