As machines talk to other machines, they may uncover facts and relationships that are not apparent to people. That may enable factories to “learn” and find ways to become more efficient. They may enable the industrial work site to operate autonomously, without the service of human labor. Could these machines also perceive a deep flaw in human life through their work: the social alienation that is manifest in the drama of capitalism, for which the talking head in this video overlooks?
Science is steadily progressing, and new trends are always emerging. The transhumanist trend is fascinatingly overt with regard to pronouncements on the future of capitalism. It is a new capitalist mythology, a new system to plug-in and cement the ideas of material progress and upward mobility into. Pie in the sky. They say, and it is certainly true at this point, that what happens on the factory floor will make its way, in a different form, to office buildings and homes. And what happens to office buildings and homes will eventually make their way into the human body, until our bodies are not only functionally but also physically pieces of the capitalistic machinery. The spreading of exploitation, and the physical manipulation of the commodity spectacle — the forces of spectacular society — into the human brain itself.
We become the capital itself, and that is how — under the transhumanist narrative — we achieve social liberation. We are forced to love our own alienation, because happiness is irrelevant. We become batteries, and our bodies become a mist, a cloud of constant ecstasy. It is their latest and most scientifically fictitious answer to our calls for the destruction of capitalist system. They are sharpening their dialectics against ours. What are we doing?
It is the new “End of History.” They say this how we achieve emancipation from the alienation of work. But in our critique it can only be the ultimate conclusion of capital, because it is how we achieve annihilation into the spectacle of production. When this happens we possibly could no longer oppose the capitalist spectacle. We would be totally included as capital. Human capital? No, complete physical capital. Instead of becoming humanly autonomous, we become automatons of capital.
Transhumanism — and evenually the final stage which is “post-humanism” — should be essential to our new and developing critique of the increasing alienation of society.
With transhumanism we clearly have a materialist interpretation of what the spiritual analyses call “dukkha,” or “sin,” or separation. We can operate on common materialistic ground. But it is a scientific ideology, one in which we are building a society for capital, for its own accumulation, for its own autonomy. As machines talk more to each other, we are talking less and less to one another, we are uncovering fewer facts and relationships about ourselves. Finding ourselves, finding each other, finding our own bodies, less and less.
This is a sense of things to come! Are our solutions becoming any clearer as theirs becomes more demanding?
We observe the attacks made upon our bodies, and describe the shadows that attend disruptive phenomena but there is no critique as such to be made, no protest could be adequate to the continued diminution of personal life in the face of the perpetual throbbing of commodity spread. Power will do what it will, there is little (if we are consistent in our analysis) that we can do to oppose it. Nothing, that is, unless we are prepared to accept the legitimacy of our medium term political objectives and dedicate ourselves to treating symptoms, and it is sure we are not prepared to accept that.
– Monsieur Dupont, Nihilist Communism