Do people mind being eaten by the digital motherfuckers?

It is fascinating how all significant, serious things in society like business models and political regimes are really a reflection of human emotions. INDIVIDUAL human emotions that can be traced back to an individual person. In other words, completely subjective.

A lot of problems could be solved a lot faster if subjectivity of leaders and free will of followers weren’t played down.

How?

Let’s say, there is a status quo, and somebody with an alpha personality and a strong emotional longing. Depending on the person’s nature, the longing would compel him or her to either self-elevate in the existing environment or change the environment to better suit the most pleasant expression of that person’s individual truth. Also, depending on the person’s nature, the longing would compel him or her to either collaborate with non-predatory people, or abstract from people’s beauty and eat them. No good or bad. Just different emotions.

However, being eaten is not pleasant, and why would anybody agree to… I digress.

Because of how our Western culture is, leaders who want anything done need slogans. Each emotional spectrum comes with a set of slogans. Christians are this way, atheists are another way, democrats, republicans, techies, artists, pro-gun, anti-gun… many, many emotional boxes that are operated by slogans.

In each given moment of time, people who are born into the current state of affairs assume that the existing political / economic / cultural fabric of society is “how things are,” a rule. But in reality, each instance of “everybody knows that…” is just a slogan,  a quick slice of collective emotion.

When most people are relatively free and relaxed, it is harder to trick them into doing things that don’t make them happy. When most people are confused and stressed, they are game for being eaten by anybody who is ambitious and eloquent enough. Talkers with an agenda always have the biggest success with people who aren’t happy.

For example, there is a lot of talk in my circles about the new, shiny, Google-led digital arrangement of the world. How great it is, and how it’s going to set us free. Personally, I think that it’s bullshit and that’s fucking crazy, but more importantly, here’s how I think it started.

One day, young Sergey Brin and young Larry Page were sitting in a coffee house somewhere, and the conversation went something like,

Brin: I have this dream. I want to build perfect AI. But I would need SO MUCH DATA to model it correctly. HOW IN THE WORLD I AM GOING TO GET ALL THIS DATA?

Page: Hmmmm. How about we build something cool for the internet and give it to people for free? They will use it, and we’ll record their behavior. A search engine, maybe? And web analytics? Hey, we could even slap some ads on top of it and make a buck as we are collecting the data for you. What do you think?

Brin: OMG perfect. Let’s do it.

Time passes, and…

Today, all this in-your-face hoopla about digital freedoms and bright technological future is happening to a large degree because Brin’s dick gets hard from data collection. His dick getting hard over AI is the real reason for the cultural shift that is happening. The rest of it is imaginary. A presentation.  A spin.

A huge cultural shift impacting millions of people… economic trends, numerous conferences, all this disruption, because one man (and his friends) really, really, really like to collect your data.

As a concept, it’s mind-blowing!

Then on the other hand, I get off creating harmony and warmth. I like it. I like it tremendously. When I look around and there is love in the air, and people’s eyes are clear, it is an amazing feeling.

We’ll see.