The Religious Worship Of Robotic Machines As Nature Perfected

The video manifesto of the Japanese art collective and new age cult AUJIK:

A guide named Nashi narrates the audience journey in an uncanny forest. What are the creatures that live there, living beings or robots? Nashi states that even the things we consider synthetic and artificial are as sacred as plants and stones.

AUJIK are a new age group that shares Shintos’ belief that everything of nature is animated. Just as with other forms of animism, AUJIK worships everything that comes out of nature, the main difference with AUJIK is that science and technology is considered as sacred as stones and trees.

The Shinto priest Hideaki spoke about similar things in the 18th century after he had seen a Karakuri doll(a clockwork robot made of wood) and claimed that in the future we will create mechanical characters that will become so superior to our own intelligence that we will subject [ourselves] as they were gods.

 

 

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  • WeAreAllOne

    Oh dear…I do fear…that this is the kind of cult I could see myself getting willingly sucked into! Sigh… 

  • WeAreAllOne

    Oh dear…I do fear…that this is the kind of cult I could see myself getting willingly sucked into! Sigh… 

  • IokSotot

    The whole singularity we’re-creating-our-superiors thing gives me the creeps. I struggle to see why people think its going to be all cyberlight and roses.

  • IokSotot

    The whole singularity we’re-creating-our-superiors thing gives me the creeps. I struggle to see why people think its going to be all cyberlight and roses.

  • Masanobu Fukuoka Understood

    Nature already is perfect. It cannot be improved upon. You are meant to die, and rot. It is part of the perfect optimal system. Your nutrients are recycled to give energy to other life forms. It is already the best ever bio-computer. Nature developed this perfect system by itself, with you included.  Just because you paint a robot green, doesn’t mean it will benefit that system at all.

  • Masanobu Fukuoka Understood

    Nature already is perfect. It cannot be improved upon. You are meant to die, and rot. It is part of the perfect optimal system. Your nutrients are recycled to give energy to other life forms. It is already the best ever bio-computer. Nature developed this perfect system by itself, with you included.  Just because you paint a robot green, doesn’t mean it will benefit that system at all.

    • Masanobu Fukuoka Understood

      To go deeper – to all trans-humanists who want to live forever… to want to live forever 1 life is like wanting to learn 1 lesson forever, it will get boring. You die to move onto your next lesson. There’s nothing to fear with death, it’s part of a perfect cycle. It is this [child like fear of death]* that ironically causes the most destruction and disharmony.    *obviously good things have come from it too.

      • ToBoldlyGo

        “to want to live forever 1 life is like wanting to learn 1 lesson forever” This statement is absurd, unbalanced, and utterly preposterous. The average human learns many lessons throughout their life. And if you could – in theory – extend that life, then one can only assume that you would also extend the number of lessons to be learned…the number of experiences to be had…the number of emotions to be felt…etc. 

        “it will get boring” Bored? When the entire cosmos would be your playground in which to romp and explore? Perhaps it would bore you, but please do not make that assumption for others. Transhumanism should be a choice for anyone and everyone. “There’s nothing to fear with death, it’s part of a perfect cycle” Perfect by whose definition? Yours? If you choose to finish out this cycle in your preordained meat-sack, then so be it. But there are countless others who would like to have options…to seek unique alternatives…to gain fresh perspectives. And please do not assume that the desire for these experiences comes from a “fear” of death. 

        I suggest you read Diaspora by Greg Egan. It is thought-provoking and fun to think about, if nothing else…

      • ToBoldlyGo

        “to want to live forever 1 life is like wanting to learn 1 lesson forever” This statement is absurd, unbalanced, and utterly preposterous. The average human learns many lessons throughout their life. And if you could – in theory – extend that life, then one can only assume that you would also extend the number of lessons to be learned…the number of experiences to be had…the number of emotions to be felt…etc. 

        “it will get boring” Bored? When the entire cosmos would be your playground in which to romp and explore? Perhaps it would bore you, but please do not make that assumption for others. Transhumanism should be a choice for anyone and everyone. “There’s nothing to fear with death, it’s part of a perfect cycle” Perfect by whose definition? Yours? If you choose to finish out this cycle in your preordained meat-sack, then so be it. But there are countless others who would like to have options…to seek unique alternatives…to gain fresh perspectives. And please do not assume that the desire for these experiences comes from a “fear” of death. 

        I suggest you read Diaspora by Greg Egan. It is thought-provoking and fun to think about, if nothing else…

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    true, everything that emerges from Nature is natural
    but machines need humans for reproduction and some kind of power source
    in order to be born and sustain life

    what’s really happening
    is humans are merging with machines in a Borg-like way
    or maybe machines are merging with humans in a Borg-like way
    either way
    the cyborg is now here
    check Grampa’s pacemaker
     

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    true, everything that emerges from Nature is natural
    but machines need humans for reproduction and some kind of power source
    in order to be born and sustain life

    what’s really happening
    is humans are merging with machines in a Borg-like way
    or maybe machines are merging with humans in a Borg-like way
    either way
    the cyborg is now here
    check Grampa’s pacemaker
     

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LCEHDEEDIHWNMBMIWVVGO76VXA Jakob

      “I wouldn’t put on an electric blanket for
      any reason. First, I’d be worried if I get electrocuted. No, I don’t
      trust technology. But I mean, the main thing, Wally, is that I think
      that kind of comfort just separates you from reality in a very direct
      way.”—my dinner with andre

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LCEHDEEDIHWNMBMIWVVGO76VXA Jakob

      “I wouldn’t put on an electric blanket for
      any reason. First, I’d be worried if I get electrocuted. No, I don’t
      trust technology. But I mean, the main thing, Wally, is that I think
      that kind of comfort just separates you from reality in a very direct
      way.”—my dinner with andre

  • Calypso_1

    “why doesn’t nature optimize itself?”…… 

    wow, somebody needs to read a book on ecology, biochemistry or evolutionary biology.

  • Calypso_1

    “why doesn’t nature optimize itself?”…… 

    wow, somebody needs to read a book on ecology, biochemistry or evolutionary biology.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    So that’s what my girlfriend is doing with her Rampant Rabbit.

    I thought it looked like a decent little piece of hardware, but the devotion she shows that thing seems to border on the religious.

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