This is just straight up one of the most disquieting articles I’ve read in a while. I mean, I knew this was the case but you don’t actually want to spend a ton of your time contemplating the fact that the people who control the lion’s share of the resources on this planet have zero interest in saving it. Nope, they’re trying to escape, whether it be into space or into some sort of cyrogenic transhuman wormhole or whatever.
I’d personally love to get a gig like this because my response would basically be: oh, you think you can run from this shit? The more you hole yourself up in a bunker or try and flee from your own death into a computer, the more you’re damning yourself to an increasingly expansive karma hell. Better be careful about wanting to be the king of the insects, because your nest might just get smoked out, you know what I mean? It’s a big universe out there. We are talking about spirituality here, this is my area of expertise after all. All your computer religions are destined to fail. The future belongs to the limitless potentiality of the human imagination. When the environment tanks, we’ll evolve into psychedelic geneticists. Gods. This has been prophesized in our visionary states ever since we’ve been people. Look into it. I’d say put your money there, that’s the future. (Anyway, rant over, great article by Douglas here, chilling):
“Last year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I assumed would be a hundred or so investment bankers. It was by far the largest fee I had ever been offered for a talk — about half my annual professor’s salary — all to deliver some insight on the subject of “the future of technology.”
I’ve never liked talking about the future. The Q&A sessions always end up more like parlor games, where I’m asked to opine on the latest technology buzzwords as if they were ticker symbols for potential investments: blockchain, 3D printing, CRISPR. The audiences are rarely interested in learning about these technologies or their potential impacts beyond the binary choice of whether or not to invest in them. But money talks, so I took the gig.
After I arrived, I was ushered into what I thought was the green room. But instead of being wired with a microphone or taken to a stage, I just sat there at a plain round table as my audience was brought to me: five super-wealthy guys — yes, all men — from the upper echelon of the hedge fund world. After a bit of small talk, I realized they had no interest in the information I had prepared about the future of technology. They had come with questions of their own.
They started out innocuously enough. Ethereum or bitcoin? Is quantum computing a real thing? Slowly but surely, however, they edged into their real topics of concern.
Which region will be less impacted by the coming climate crisis: New Zealand or Alaska? Is Google really building Ray Kurzweil a home for his brain, and will his consciousness live through the transition, or will it die and be reborn as a whole new one? Finally, the CEO of a brokerage house explained that he had nearly completed building his own underground bunker system and asked, “How do I maintain authority over my security force after the event?””
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