Wooed by the tech, and the magnificence of its build, we worshipped it, encouraged its use, passed it to others. But all along, we’re now finding out, this was destructive-grade silicon opium.
In labs furnished by social media platforms, the next generation debilitating acts masquerading as beneficial to human kind are being manufactured. Nature’s own cortisol, dopamine, and norepinephrine, will have been manufactured out. We have mined their source, their flows, their molecular trigger points.
Laughably now, our array of addictive tech-actions e.g. “mobile swipe-share story-like-and invite friend that flew under any radar” ruining people’s lives will then be seen for the mendacity cloaked as “we’re connecting everyone” it is.
How could this be? Much like the US’ sordid past of agencies importing cocaine into neighbourhoods, this now seems like a crime in dazzling broad daylight, and nothing, absolutely nothing will be done about it.
No, the jokes now on anyone who won’t get rich and that’s the bottom line. How best to have sex with your clothes on, to indulge in any normal human behaviour repackaged as irrelevant and passe.
In years to come in a world where the insidiousness of tech that violates human standards is appreciated, and proper regulation exists, just as the drug-addled past now will be viewed criminally, we may well express similar sentiments, given that generations will have morphed into uncaring, celebrity-yearning, uncompromising OCD- device suffering, less tolerant people.
Then a new slew of agencies built to combat our deep-zone addiction will flourish. Pharmacists will prescribe new smart addictive-beta blockers. We’ll invent new names that masticate the likes of ADHD.
We’ll talk to machines instead of people. We’ll come to believe that nothing should be left to chance. Words like serendipity, flaneurism, by chance, will cease to have any meaning, or like the word “nice” do a 360 in meaning.
Slowly and methodically we’re heading for this dystopia marketed as a bright utopia
It’s genius, only that it’s deeply troubling as much