2.1 Digitization and Bio-engineering

Consequent to the growing centrality of industrial production, mathematics had come to acquire unprecedented primacy within science – the transfer between science and technology is via measurement. The outcome was the birth of computer science. The creation of this new subject was critical. While there is no desire to reintegrate science and philosophy, physics, mathematics and technology were amalgamated into one because of the demands of technology. This synthesis has certainly proved constructive, but it was shaped in the above context. It has therefore worsened the ill effects of television. Faced with fragmentation into disjoint short pieces of information, with being “distracted from distraction by distraction” to quote T.S. Eliot,[1] attention span, the capacity to analyse and understand to any depth, have all but disappeared. Even at best, clicking and scrolling are not congenial for reading. A critical absorption of a book’s content relies not just on vision but on touching the pages, turning them. The internet adversely affects our brain as numerous neurological studies have shown, and it affects it by changing not only our entire way of perceiving reality, but our capacity to perceive it. This has been further weakened by the development of smartphones. Not only are people connected all the time, but interactions have slowly been transferred to the medium of the internet.[2]

All this has been encouraged. Discounts on books try to make us buy ebooks, while more and more activities are being slowly digitized, to begin with banking, forcing everyone to use the internet, leaving no choice.

In particular, digitization has enabled the virtualization of finance and its takeover of the economy, and the severance of the economy not just from production, but from a natural reality no longer able to sustain this course, as well as the control of money by a small coterie. Present fortunes increasingly rest not on constructive productivity, but on the generation of millions of replication of one-time written software programs, or merely on applications of already existing programs.

The problem is virtual wealth, being insubstantial, must be converted into real wealth. Regular conversions cause worsening crises since there is no longer sufficient material goods to sustain wealth, thereby worsening the pauperisation of civil society, which in turn increases social discontent, and thus the even greater necessity to control populations.

This too the digitized world eases. It has drowned anything worthwhile in an ocean of trivia, equating knowledge, and even more so wisdom, with bits of data consisting of binary digits. This is far more efficient than censorship and could be done in the name of democracy. When this proves insufficient, there is always tracing and tracking. An official 2018 document of the French ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, co-signed by a former associate of Bain and Company, one of the top consulting firms founded in 1973, admits and recommends the use of mass surveillance on the internet.[3] Indeed, it has been shaped so that networks can be centrally controlled. Indeed, patent laws were used in such a way as to accelerated monopolistic ventures. For instance Microsoft was transformed from a start-up to a tentacular giant by Bain.[4]

Now, increasingly extensive use of the internet requires increasing energy. Speculation with bitcoin alone consumes more power than a country like Morocco. Hence more and more resources are needed. Yet these are depleting, further worsening the geopolitical situation.

It also requires a highly efficient internet. This has been built by incorrectly generalizing quantum mechanics. Natural electromagnetic radiation (EMR) is known to be both quantized and non-polarized. These properties were extended to manmade ones without any experimentation. This has come to be accepted as dogma over the decades, giving the pretence that we could with impunity live immersed in artificial EMR. After all natural ones are pervasive and inescapable and have not harmed us. This provided the alibi for moving from cable connections to wireless ones, and thereby enabling a growing virtualization, greater militarization as well as pervasive surveillance. Only in 2015 was it experimentally realised that manmade EMR is not quantized. Because of this and because they are polarized, they harm us at cellular level, and thus are a serious threat to human health.[5] [6] But by then it was too late, 4G had become widespread and 5G was on its way. It is easier to prevent than reverse course.

Information technologies were also shaped to enable the next critical step: the development of bio-engineering, which could not have happened without huge genetic databanks. Until recently, manpower continued to be needed, and hence population growth remained congenial. This raised the question of how to feed it. As external inputs could no longer increase yield, especially due to the toxicity of pesticides and herbicides, the solution adopted to enable the continuation of soaring profits was to modify living organisms internally to increase yield. Monsanto was transformed into a giant bio-technology agrochemical symbolic of the sector by Bain and Company.[7] Thus Bio-engineering has given the illusion that a machine-made virtual world could actually be developed and our natural reality brought in harmony with it. In effect, it has not just substantially increased pesticide use, but has generated multiple other problems harmful to humans and other living organisms.[8]

This process has now reached another stage with the development of artificial intelligence, finally making manpower redundant, and completing the reduction of humans to machines by entrenching the debate as to whether man is the same as an AI device.

  1. Eliot, T.S. Four Quartet.
  2. Carr, N. 2010. The Shallows: What the internet is doing to our brains. New York: W.W. Norton.
  3. https://www.gouvernement.fr/sites/default/files/locale/piece-jointe/2019/10/11_against_information_manipulation.pdf
  4. https://principia-scientific.com/how-a-private-corporation-controls-our-public-health/
  5. https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/107282190822431/Panagopoulos-Man-Made%20EMR%20is%20Not%20Quantized-Nova%202018-chapter.pdf
  6. https://www.nature.com/articles/srep14914.pdf
  7. https://principia-scientific.com/how-a-private-corporation-controls-our-public-health/
  8. Ray, Urmie. De la démocratie et de la survie de l’Homme. Paris: Archives Contemporaines. 2014.