Any belief that technological progress will lead to the triumph of human capital over financial or real estate capital, of expertise over nepotism, is largely illusory. Technology is in fact a driver of inequality on several fronts. The relentless automation agenda increasingly threatens human employment prospects.
Words of Thomas Piketty extracted from his book Capital in the 21st Centuryprediction as real as it needs a messianic event to avoid it. It would take a miracle, one might say. Even though, at the current state of technocratic biometric societyHow would we describe a miracle, one wonders? In the technocratic age, we're afraid it wouldn't be a stretch to define it: "A phenomenon characterized by the coming together of technologies that will merge the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres".
The quotation is not extrapolated from an encyclopedia, nor even less from a dictionary. Unfortunately, they are words stolen from the mouth of Klaus Schwab in the context of an interview on the advent of the Singularity and the change that it will impose on the society of the future. A Schwab who in the interview addresses his interlocutor with a sarcastic tone, wondering if the human race is "actually ready to face such a change".
The fourth industrial revolution, digital and transhuman
A change that needs the Singularity as much as the Metaverse, the upcoming Internet Of Things and the Superfast Internet (goal: tenfold the current speed in a few years), as much as the former needed coal and the devastation of the social customs of humanity at the time. Devastation increasingly foreshadowed in the immediate future as well. "Just as early industrial capitalism shifted the focus of existence from being to having, post-industrialism has shifted it from having to appearing", argued Frenchman Guy Debord in the 1950s referring to the "Society of the Spectacle."
On the wings of the interminable variants of COVID, in fact, the spectre of biometric technocracy is becoming increasingly threatening. A phenomenon whose contemporary prodromes are already transforming society, shifting the focus of being from appearing... to surviving.
Patrick Wood and Technocracy
A few days before his latest arrest, Steve Bannon had guested on "War Room" Patrick Wood, an American economist, analyst and constitutionalist who has dedicated his life to the study of technocracy and author, among others, of Technocracy: The Hard Road to World Order and Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation.
"The idea", Wood summarized, "is basically to turn the world and all of society and population into a mechanistic model where everything is driven by what they call the scientific model. There's no other source of truth that's accepted or considered... That was the idea when they created the economic system called technocracy in the 1930s and that we're seeing now mutating into transhumanism."
As Dr. Joseph Mercola also reports, echoing an interview with Wood by British journalist James Delingpole, Wood's vision of the Great Reset is that of a sort of portal to a new economic system, not based on common price mechanisms such as supply and demand or free trade. A theme that Soshana Zuboff also discusses extensively in her book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism.
"The economics of technocracy fundamentally pivots on energy resources dictating the kinds of products to be made, bought, sold and consumed" - Wood reminds us. It is an economic regime where energy replaces the concept of money as a commodity and a social regime where scientific dogma replaces the concept of physical society as life. "The scientific regime is the worst possible scenario," Wood says, "because getting rid of it will be virtually impossible". Virtually impossible, when opens what baby boomers would call the "Hell's door" and Gen Z would call the "Metaverse".
Alvin Toffler: the future schock
In his talk at "War Room", Wood quotes an excerpt from Alvin Toffler's Future Shock, one of the fathers of American futurism and a source of inspiration for the musical movement born in Belleville, Detroit, in the early 1980s and known as "Techno Music". To the uninitiated, it may sound bizarre, but the Techno aesthetic portends much of the society of the future: "digital, obsessive and bare", as the Treccani tells us.
Toffler warns us that in the future (he wrote at the end of the '60s, the book came out in 1970) "machines will have such an advantage over us that they will be able to do things that seem like magic to us humans". One is reminded of the most recent developments in nanotechnology in the military field, which have given rise to bulletproof armor capable of absorbing the energy of bullets instead of repelling it.
But let's turn the narrative helm back over to New Right ideologue Steve Bannon:
There are 4/5 new technologies in development. Advanced chip design, the next level of artificial intelligences, regenerative robots (robots that create other robots, atom-sized nanobots to be precise), and bio-technologies that are not just about DNA but also about enzymes. All of this will converge in the Singularity, essentially creating two completely different societies.
As Bannon testifies, the situation is constantly evolving, behind the blankets of the pandemic cloud; blankets that are struggling more and more to rarefy, devastating and desertifying the hitherto known economy and society.
He debuted as a reporter in 2000 for the group "Il Gazzettino" and collaborates over the years with various newspapers and magazines. Talent scout and agent in the electronic music sector, he cultivates a deep passion for history, philosophy, languages and technology. Author of the blog "Rethinking Intelligence" on Substack.