The ever increasing amount of data and the world of selfies, bad image manipulation, even soundtrack manipulation -I remember one Anderson cooper report from the Arab spring where background gunfire was looped over the to give the impression of the Arab wild west- I sat in amazement thinking, “How can they get away with this?”
At the same time I was asking my Arab friends, “what do the Egyptian people want?" beyond saying the word, “Revolution!”
Either they were scared to answer, or they actually never thought about the question?
Is all this digital doping really any different than an athlete doping? Is this societies version of doping where we make ourselves out to look like more than we really are? Is this part of the human condition? Just apply make-up, look right and pretty and everyone will think all is fine!
Do we learn to behave like this and tell little or big lies while somehow rationalizing the size of the lie is what matters, not that you are telling a lie?
It really doesn’t matter. Big lie, small lie. They are both lies.
Perhaps my interest in the truth only came after I stopped lying after i learned how to crate the virtual image and/or emotional pull for a product and service and thought. It looks cool on a stage, but when you take the wrapping off in real life shouldn't it still be a great? not a pretty illusion?
When this event happened, I saw the beauty in truth that I never understood before. Truth with yourself can cost a great deal when you hold onto the image and not the truth.
The world we are walking into in the future has never had the ability to alter, manipulate, change, modify, or actually make up anything you can imagine. But that is the world we are fast approaching. Reality as we know it, will be augmented or virtual. We will soon be implanting chips into the minds of people. My transhumanist friend wants to plant tranquilizer chips in the brains of violent criminals.
If you look at that idea, it isn’t a bad idea. But what about the construct for the overall world? Will politicians have truth serum implants, so that they are incapable of telling lies? Will athletes have “level playing field” implants the alter the hormone chemistry in all the athletes to the same level so that actual human talent can be highlighted? How about “productivity” chips that release drugs into the body to get it to work longer and harder than known human capacity by masking tired? What about “super sleep” injections to tell the population it is time to sleep?
Who is the group that plays god and tells the world what is right and wrong?
These implant might seem like some to be far fetched, yet, if you look at the way man has doped in the past with machines and his own body, you now see that digital doping has crept into every element of our audio and visual lives. Soon faux tactile response, decent smell and taste will all come together for the ability to manipulate some event.
The part this phenomenon that worries me, is this- it is easy to model anything non-human and not really have to be close to perfect with tricking the human mind that something that is made up, appears to be real. Human beings are the hardest to make and trick, because we are all human and when we see something we can tell what is real and what is fake.
As the networks to push information and amplify a message become more robust, i am stymied with why more creation of ideas is not happening. it appears people are simply looking out at others to borrow ideas. This is great for linear progression, but is it really creative? innovative?
RIpping each other off won't solve the issue of breakthrough ideas. Nor will simply inventing for money first and an actual problem solution, second. You have to go into your self, ask a lot of seemingly simple questions and work out the complicated answers that probably don't exist in our reality yet - be it for time, money, or technological reasons. it doesn't mean someone isnt' thinking about "how to?" But a dilemma in most business is that short term thinking has become the norm - people will do anything to keep their position of perks and power - it might not be digital doping, but more like "digital borrowing" and/or "stealing." All one has to do is look at the amount of patents filed in 25 years, and the companies that are patent trolls.
The problem is that soon…computer technology will be so good, that it can manipulate individuals and give them what they want and trick them into telling them it is what they need.
I call it digital doping, the artificial intelligence version.
I pray I am dead before technology reaches this place. Will people still think and create? or just sit there and watch, or borrow?