Our New Technologies Are Worthless

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The hardest task of maturation is learning to resist the manipulation of others. With friends, this is persuasion about how cool something is or is not; we called it peer pressure once upon a time. It is no different with media. Whether the spreading of “fear, uncertainty, and doubt” (FUD) or relentless hype, the media distorts reality to all but the wary, cynical, realistic and reactionary person.

Its background hum for some time has been that our Silicon Valley STEM wizards are the geniuses who will save us and our economy. This has only one flaw: the products they are making are not remarkably complex, nor do they work well, and the audience they bring in — much like that of our immigration policy — is not high-end but low-end. The internet has been daytime television for about a decade now, belonging mostly to aimless children, retirees, people on disability and addicts of various substances.

Look at our vaunted inventions. Drones are remote-control helicopters upgraded with better batteries. Twitter is IRC. Google is Lexis/Nexis for the proles. iPads are flat computers. Computers now are simply faster versions of what we had in the 1980s. Operating systems are slightly fancier versions of the same. Everything works “better,” but it takes the same amount of time to do anything. All of our software types were invented in the 70s. As were the visions for things like tablets. If they could predict it in the past, it was because it was merely a shinier version of what they were shipping then.

The biggest inventions seem to be re-learning how to make old ones. We had electric cars in the 1890s and 1970s, too, but they never took off. Now, using our improved but not radically improved batteries, Tesla has sold the public on a new type of car. Or is it? Is Google’s self-driving car really anything more than 1970s military technology applied using our new, faster chips?

In fact, the main purpose of our new technology appears to be social control. Social media is an echo chamber for attention whores, which always produces virtue signaling and thus, is Leftist-dominated and incubates new Leftists. Drones let hobbyists feel edgy for buying a product and using it to do, well, no one is really sure what drones (or the web) are good for yet.

Like non-governmental organizations (NGOs), these dot-com wunderkind are political actors on the both the world stage and domestically. Amazon is a gatekeeper of “culture”; Google is a revolution-fostering political agency. This is in addition to the fact that by their size, these companies are gatekeepers of what is acceptable on the internet. Google’s changes to its search ranking have driven out of public consciousness the layer of sites that ten years ago were the go-to resources for most people, and replaced it with its own projects and allies.

At this point, the endgame emerges: the technology industry will be used as a way to instill norms in us all and to filter out deviant thought. It will provide the basis of our Potemkin economy so that the bennies and freebies get mailed out at the right time. And when it goes down, we all go down with it, and we have something to blame other than the failure of our system of government. We can blame the economy.

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16 Responses to “Our New Technologies Are Worthless”

  1. JPW says:

    This is what happens when your science no longer remains ahead of your engineering. The good stuff has already been designed. Diminishing Marginal Returns on engineering set in. You can improve good, but only at an increasingly higher cost per unit of better.

    • Carnivore says:

      Good article and good observation with this comment. The reason the science has fallen behind is due to the almost complete dismantling of corporate research labs. Giants such as Bell Labs and smaller research labs with companies such ITT, Motorola, etc. are hollowed out shells if they even exist anymore.

      The finacialization of the economy has narrowed corporate future vision to the next quarter. Research in the sciences can take years to bring to a product that generates revenue. Rehash of old ideas is cheaper, in the same way that Hollywood cannot come up with any new, original story.

      • JPW says:

        When politicians began funding science, the science stopped being based on pure reason and started being political in nature. Dwight D. Eisenhower predicted this brilliantly in his farewell address.

      • The reason the science has fallen behind is due to the almost complete dismantling of corporate research labs.

        Interesting. Would love to see more on this. The American anti-corporate mania seems to come from people confusing hateful corporate bloat making hateful corporate jobs, and the utility of concentrating resources for — among other things — research and development.

        • JPW says:

          Patent law isn’t helping either. Ideas get squatted on and then deliberately left undeveloped so that competitive ideas can’t be brought to market.

  2. cwhig says:

    The proliferation of drones will be good for shotgun sales.

  3. coyote says:

    ? internet blog wonders what the internet is good for. many alt-righters opine that the rise of Trump/ alt-right is due to the internet/ and twitter. the bloody jihadis seem to make good use of both to wage 4GW; let us hope apple wins its fight for privacy- else we will never be able to wage it here at home. yes, most techno gadgets are just toys. some toys turn out to be … handy for uses beyond those imagined for the kiddies.

    • internet blog wonders what the internet is good for

      You may have missed the distinction between new and old internet. Perhaps it was not clear in the article.

  4. Dualist says:

    Check out this sinister new advert for Paypal:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1dF9t_xQGks

    Any thoughts?

    • fodderwing says:

      I sold some small antique items on ebay and the payment went to my Paypal account. I bought some fine cigars online and paid for them with the “money” in the Paypal account. No money ever crossed my palm.

      Paypal is not new money; it’s just a way to keep records of transactions. Old money, which doubled as property, after a lifetime of accumulation served as a record of a lifetime of transactions.

      • Old money, which doubled as property, after a lifetime of accumulation served as a record of a lifetime of transactions.

        This is an important distinction: people were not anonymous in former times, and all was there to be known.

  5. spicychunks says:

    Everyone’s saying “there goes the neighborhood”, but no one wants to entertain the idea that their neighbors probably have something to do with it: if they do think that, then they don’t have the balls to say it. Why would they? That would be the first step towards not living in a miserable self-imposed credit debt vacuum associating (and identifying) with artless jerks stumbling through life on the edge of a shitshow fit for daytime TV. These yupsters give me the creeps.

  6. TroperA says:

    This entry you’ve made reminded me of “The Machine Stops” by E.M. Forster. Crazy to think that the rise of the internet, the creation of a fragile, technology-driven interdependent system and its eventual collapse were predicted by a short story written in 1909.

  7. Patrick Henry says:

    It should surprise no one that the Internet has been “daytime TV for a decade”. The same Hollywood/New York axis is behind every ISP.

    • As usual, I take the bottom-up analysis: the same people who watched daytime TV in the 90s got on the internet in the late 90s and promptly destroyed it. The audience is always the problem, and it creates the manipulative rent-seekers you identify.

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