While in a world about half liberal and half conservative, I choose to be peace-maker when claiming to be an anarcho-centrist or “mutualist”, there is a similar more fascinating rivalry between anarcho-primitivists and techno-anarchists. Money is the root of all evil, and even though I say good things about temporary leaderless anarcho-capitalism, with anarcho-communism with voluntaryism, money eventually goes away as with current software and hardware technology, you don’t need people anymore, cheaper and better with radar, color spectroscopy sensing, infrared and star-light amplification and sensing in the dark, and so on. But the poor cannot afford the robots until governments worldwide collapse, with the tax revolt, combined with insane numbers of ideas to employ people. The third industrial revolution will begin, and income gaps will close. To compete with machines, chips in the body, especially in the brain to potentially live forever, will be necessary. They already help quadrapalegics move things (retractable robot arms and fingers, with spongy fingers, better than human fingers), feeling things of different pressure, help you surf TV and soon the Internet, and so on. Even without the brain implants, RFID implants have been used for sometime in attempts to find missing people, house arrest for parolees, buy things more conveniently and securely because of many more levels of encryption than chips on debit/credit card information easily stolen from skimmers in hidden backpacks/purses from ten feet away, as they have larger microprocessors and your smart phone will sound when close to a thief, in many cases, with criminal records/online accusations. They read vital signs with bio-transducers, which insurance companies will gladly pay for, including the surgery, as they will save a lot of money when you don’t have to be in the hospital as often. They can lock/unlock, open/close doors, windows, turn lights on/off, control any remote device, like security camera/alarm systems, energy savings for sprinklers, central air, remote-controlled cars, and so on.
I have been called the “Unabomber” many times, as I am an anarchist like him, look like him, often lived in small, remote cabins, dubbed the “Unabomber cabin” by locals in the San Bernardino mountains, but unlike the real Unabomber (Ted Kaczynski), I don’t blow up people with mail bombs. Instead, I blow up human heads with challenging problems and overwhelming challenges for the human race, based on math (Ted taught mathematics at Berkeley), physics, current affairs, etc. And I might add cars (blow up the motors), toilets with too many chemicals, and, of course, computers. I know how to hack into them but never did, just send a lot of spam (e-mail, black hat spam, etc.), the little guy’s revenge as we cannot compete with big money advertisers, who buy in bulk with discounted per-unit prices. Ted argued in his “Unabomber Manifesto” that technology is the worst thing that ever happened to us. Even Dr. Hawking occasionally warns us about the slippery slope, where some technology can do terrible things, no better example than nuclear weapons. But the “dark angel” phenomenon is something else you have to worry about, where cyber-attacks, too much usage, etc. can shut-down most systems for a long time. Kaczynski as a teacher, and I was briefly a teacher, probably understood how Scan-tron was the death-nail for education in the late ’70’s, as it made the teachers and students lazy with all multiple choice exams where you don’t learn much. You can use something like a Google-based essay exam process, or better yet MyRatingSearch, with open computer exams, which discourages cheating, because you have to prepare in advance, as they will have to prepare to write fast, and students will try to solve problems with keyword density closest to unseen teacher’s solution pages. They can use a closed intranet to look at other students’ results, link to them and therefore vote, rate, comment on, and rate the comments, where you want to be high up a pyramid, but get credit for pointing to unique, original content, and of course be keyword relevant.
So as always, I try to take things in moderation, even as a tech-fanatic, anarcho-primitivism is a necessary “backup” for potential nuclear war, natural disasters, even paper vote backups to allegations of vote hacking that will lead to recounts, and must be taught and appreciated. The slippery slope needs a sword that must pick the ice right now to see where you are going, think, then react, otherwise it is a double-edge sword that can lead to Armageddon – the end of the world. Just as is there is no other more important rivalry than the decision to avenge or forgive. Jesus did say, because of the falure to appreciate the forgiveness of debt in His day, after He forgave all debt, and the slave killed his master, we are all hypocrites. So He said He would return to divide with the sword.
The choice is yours…