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The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled

Remember, Keyser Söze in The Usual Suspects says, ‘The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. And like that, he’s gone.’ In the same way, the best way to get something you value from someone else is to convince the person who owns it that it has no value. We have seen this reign supreme in the information sector, calling our information “data exhaust” while that same data is mined, repackaged, sold and used to dangle carrots in our face to keep us on a consumer treadmill. Just when it seems this was the extent of our self-endorsed exploitation, the cloven hooves on the doorstep announce yet deeper exploitation of our data and us. No, while the entire idea of capitalism is based on the exploitation of resources, these were considered natural resources- coal, wood, steel, etc. Now with the advent of the new media, a new fertile ground has been found to be exploited. Not just our so-called, data exhaust, which is mined like a precious metal to create a feedback loop to feed us exactly what we expect to see and what it is decided that we need. Not to be content with this level of exploitation, it now seems that when we take a DNA test even that data is being siphoned off to curate our curiosity and life experiences. Deep in the language of the agreement can be buried your tacit approval for your information to be used, shared and exploited in any way. This would allow insurance companies, give you a preferred status due to a perceived “pure” genetic background is pure enough to warrant can drop you because of what is in your genetic background promote you to a preferred status or even convict you of a crime.
Perhaps, while ignorance will not bring bliss but divorce may be our only hope, not in some Luddite revolution but in a conscious choice a conscious digital uncoupling where our privacy and digital dignity is more important than sharing what we had for lunch.

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Do you matter?

It was with a slightly raised eyebrow that I read the definition of privacy as a human right. As we stumble blindly forward into a world of artificial intelligence and robotics all raising questions of rights and responsibilities of (and to) electronic beings, perhaps, we should also re-examine what rights a human should have. For those who have missed the discussion here, there is an ongoing debate in Europe as to the legal and “human” rights that we should extend to the silicon-based forms that we seem to be creating (to call them life forms seems to step into a quagmire we still are unable to admit exists, let alone being a venue for discussion). It seems that one can not turn around without seeing a slogan or sign that Black Lives Matter or Blue Lives matter or that any number of people matter and yet this seems mere lip service. How willing we are to turn a blind eye to the idea that schoolchildren matter and perhaps turning schools into shooting rangers might not be the best way to express that value. We seem to be working to keep drugs out of our country yet can’t seem to react to the fact that our doctors and drug companies are creating prescription addicts to enhance their bottom line.
The only rights we seem to be respecting are, the governments right to act in whatever way it wishes, the right for large businesses to act in whatever way they deem appropriate to make the largest profit with the least responsibility to anyone other than themselves or their shareholders. We allow credit card purchases to be made online, even allow our personal information to be held online but we couldn’t allow voting to occur via computer even though we can not verify the sanctity of those records.
We seem to be falling over ourselves to trample over the cloth of purple that we claim to esteem, all but blind to our hubris as we are lulled in another warm bath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“To a new world of gods and monsters!”

It has been interesting watching the Janus faced march of the internet; on one hand offering us a new world of information and entertainment as well as the possible downfall of our democracy our social order and our idea of privacy. It seems that we have forgotten that each new innovation has both positive and negative aspects. And in the case of the internet, we seem to be shocked at each new turn- how can our wonderful new technology allow our elections to be hacked, our private information made public, our companies brought to their knees by cyber attacks. While computers work in a world of 1’s and 0’s we seem to have clung to that worldview also, being stuck in a worldview where things are either all good or all bad. We can’t seem to tolerate any variation on our singular thinking. You are either all for us or all of us- there is no common ground. Any deviation from the zero or one is not acceptable and must either be ridiculed or shunned. Recently, the term non-binary (NB), is a catch-all category for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine—‌identities which are thus outside of the gender binary and cisnormativity. Hopefully, this is a step in the right direction and we can begin to see colour where now we only see black and white not only in our future but in our relations with each other. Perhaps we are bound to live in a world of gods and monsters forever be chasing innovation in technology and as human beings with torches and farm implements until we discover the diversity between the zeros and ones.

In James Whales, Bride of Frankenstein, a character toasts the idea of Dr. Frankensteins creations saying, “To a new world of gods and monsters!”

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