Kingsley Dennis and Greg Moffitt discuss the trajectory of technological advancement in an age of disenchantment and despair.
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The expansion of virtual reality technology along with the increasing complexity and reach of the World Wide Web is driving the development of the Metaverse – a still largely-hypothetical upgrade of the Internet to a single, universal, and immersive virtual world. However, despite enormous technical challenges, to say nothing of the colossal investment involved, the most ardent exponents of the Metaverse maintain that their vision of a virtual world indistinguishable from the real thing will soon become reality. A reality in which the limitations of our three-dimensional, five-sense existence can be left behind, where we can live out our fantasies, and ultimately, transcend our physical form altogether.
But beyond very real concerns about the so-called ‘Internet of Things’ and this mooted Metaverse as a totalitarian tool of technocracy and The Great Reset, what if the possible dangers run much, much deeper? What if the agenda is to cut humanity off from the higher realities which consciousness mediates, which some call spiritual, the loss of which might end our evolution once and for all?
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This subject and the rise of A.I. is worrying me since political parties are not even flirting with the idea of addressing the issue. The so called left is not even aware of the fact that jobs are being taken over by machines. (AI can do illustrations now, which will make my craft obsolete very soon.) This is an issue that needs to be taken seriously but I’m afraid most of us will just accept it. And, unfortunately, the idea that people will blindly walk into a fake reality without second thoughts makes me full of schadenfreude…