I have to start this post thinking of a moment in the Monty Python movie called the life of Brian, where groups prisoners we being led into two lines. One to be crucified, the other for mere torture. The characters play a joke with the jailer when he asks, “crucifixion or torture?”
One of the prisoners jokes to the jailer, “The judge said torture for me!" The two characters look at each other, the convicted then says, "just kidding. (Joking) crucifixion for me.” And a hearty chuckle ensues on screen.
Yes, I have to take humor to look at the worst of man, I just read snippets on the CIA report on Guantanamo and the global interrogation program, post 9-11.
People wonder why I am not making technology for weapons and security? Perhaps it is because I know that technology is a double edged sword and man has the ability to choose how to use it. One of the things you learn with doing research on the human senses and testing yourself, is how good and how bad things can go within the context of being human.
In 30-40 years, advanced artificial intelligence will be here and machines will be teaching other machines. I wouldn’t worry if man himself had evolved with the capability of actually loving each other, but when you look at the global weapons and technology sectors – massive amounts are not spent on training people to be better – rather, they use fear as the premise for the need. Such will be the base code for the future, "self preservation" vs. "globalization of humanity."
I just read what my government did during the post 9-11 interrogations. It isn't a surprise, but rather, more of the sorrid details of how the world works in the shadow wars. My one friend visited Guantanamo and expressed it was the most horrific place they had been. "The prisoners look at you with complete hatred." If you ever go see a US prison, it is bad. When you go to most of the prison son the planet, it is horrific. I can't imagine how bizarre or what really happened inside the global shadow prison system.
My mind tries to imagine the brainstorm session for how to glean information...but i simply can't compute how twisted the discussions must have gotten.
Going to a prison that used torture to gain information has been used through history has my mind think of the” conversion” machines used during the Spanish inquisitions era in some of the grand castles in Spain. I think the choice there was convert or be stretched to confess and right before your body snapped apart a priest might say a prayer that went, “We saved his soul!”
That lunacy applies today, just with a different flavor of rationale.
I think I am just typing to avoid thinking about what the CIA report says, and then the construction of “how” the program worked with Guantanamo and the globe. While I understand the need to gather intelligence and information about ones enemy, it all simply makes one ill in the stomach while the mind digests the words.
What I worry about is that we have all sorts of technology and know the special points where we can really screw up the human mind.
If we already don’t have them, the interrogation tools of the future will be horrific machines that never sleep and suck the life (literally) out of a human.
I always said the weapons of the future will not be better bullets, but rather weapons that literally take and destroy a part of a human, their senses, or their ability and will.
That is my fear for the future with technology. The reason is man continues to demonstrate he will stop at nothing to get an edge over his fellow man.
He seems to end up doing the same things as the people he is fighting against. He just has a better P/R or propaganda campaign to paint a different color on his pot, while he calls his foes kettle black, while himself a righteous defender of good. a regular all american, ivory snow type of person.
When you scrape off the paint or make up, take away all the filters and digital modifications– we find underneath – both sides are in some ways, very similar.
Now I think of the definition for insanity - trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
We are simply heading into an age where someone is going to apply spiffy new toys to the same problem, yet, in terms of torture – nothing will change except we will create human vegetables and wonder why people can exist yet have no life inside them anymore.
unless...yes, unless, someone programs the machines with some sort of actual logic that can have the machine realize the insanity of man, and help change that behavior.
icky subject indeed.