Sean Hannity is a cyborg September 17, 2010Posted by Summerspeaker in Technocracy, Technology, The Singularity, Transhumanism.
Echoing Dale Carrico in content, American Studies professor David Correia has just published a worthwhile critique of the Singularity movement. Correia argues that leftists should actively oppose Singularitarians because of they present a dangerously pro-corporate, pro-military ideology with disturbing parallels to the eugenics movement. While Correia downplays the odds of transformative technological change and overgeneralizes about the community, that’s not terribly important. His focus on the military and corporate foundation for Singularitarianism should catch our attention. The response from R.U. Sirius accurately points out the diverse political views found within the movement and asks Correia to enter the internal debate rather than attacking from the outside. I support the suggested course forward, but Correia’s criticism can’t be waved away merely by pointing out the presence of leftists in the movement. Anyone concerned with social justice should grasp the implausibility of tycoons like Bill Gates, Peter Thiel, and Ray Kurzweil undermining the very hierarchies they benefit from. If radical and progressive Singularitarians want a future that’s not controlled by money and guns for the pleasure of the bosses, we’re going to have to struggle.