Silicon Valleys Quest To Build God And Control Humanity

Silicon Valleys Quest To Build God And Control Humanity

It's a common pastime in Silicon Valley to sit and wonder what kind of world the elite should create. Shift your thinking from a utilitarian philosophy concerned with maximizing charity through efficient greed and long-term philanthropy to a moral framework of benefiting as many people as possible. . That shift, championed by Oxford professor William McCaskill and embodied by disgraced FTX founder and CEO Sam-Banksman Freed, is having a positive impact on the tech industry because its products are not only valuable to society, but They are the most important ever created. .

Critics of techno-optimism and artificial intelligence Timnit Gebru and Emil Torres have attempted to formulate this kind of thinking in a collection of ideas called TSCERAL; And for a long time. At their core, these philosophies hold that the future is filled with exciting and unimaginable wonder, but only if we believe that powerful people face no obstacles in making the world their way. .

No wonder he insists that the glorious end, whether it be the birth of an artificial intelligence god or the eternal happiness of billions of people, is Silicon Valley's hallmark of its evil ways. Not content with controlling the progress of technology and who will benefit, they now want to create an artificial intelligence that can regulate human life at all levels. At the same time, they seek to build institutions and systems that strengthen them as they shape and guide how people experience politics, social life, the economy, and culture.

I am interested in two directions. transhumanists waiting for the next technological craze, amply represented by Google engineering director Ray Kurzweil; And the branch represented by Marc Andreessen and other venture capitalists who burn capital to develop and buy infrastructure, markets and regulations that may limit their innovation.

For Kurzweil and his team, the time comes when computing power eludes our ability to predict or control what they call the "singularity." Kurzweil believes that by 2045, our world will change dramatically as our bodies and souls transcend human borders. We will become immortal, bring back our loved ones, cure the physical and social ills that plague our bodies and communities, colonize the stars, and essentially merge with or replace the machine. We are about to enter the age of intelligent machines.

Some of the most interesting analyzes of this utopian, techno-enlightened mindset come from Megan O'Gibbin, a transhumanist-turned-Christian tech critic like myself. In his essay "The Ghost in the Cloud," Ogiblin connects Christian theology with the transcendental humanism of Kurzweil and influential Silicon Valley investors and entrepreneurs.

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