Don't Fence Me In

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic

It sounds like fiction BUT IT'S NOT . . .

"The weary-o'-the-world put it up, and not the best, and everything too easy and everything too fast: from thence hath resulted in their ruined stomach."


- Thus Spake Zarathustra




You may've noticed more and more CONTENT is being controlled. There's definitely a Strategies of Grey Literature informing . . . the information superhighway. It's all got a bit creepy. Some of the trade Blocs of the Far East - ones with an ethnocentric view of themselves - use the White paper-treatment so's to, you know, keep the personality cult . . . home-grown. And now, I fear, this same instrument-of-leverage is being adopted by corporate phalanxes of the Net.


As the electorate, we always tend to see the homeopathic side to everything. A little exposure to fallout, we assume, is going to boost our immune system. But this is where profit vultures seize on opportunity: AT&T Inc. copies internet traffic by tapping into fibre optics. Then there's the downstream equivalent for government databases - when the intelligence community asks Google for all your online/browsing history. We are . . . ever-accessible. Such inappropriate emphasis on profit-and-plunder isn't just the reserve of the digi-realm . . .


Government ministers & health czars; now there's an opportunity for "profiteering". Then comes the commentariat whose job is to take the unrectified distillation and . . . bottle it for human consumption. The journalese people're exposed to is a complete counter-factual when, for instance, compared to PDF literature. This "revised" material is sourced from the local area networks of the "intranet" - an in-house exchange of peer-reviewed research between organizations. My point is, academic papers don't use the ideolect of one-eyed mainstream news channels. I also think it pertinent to cite, at this point, the strong bias towards a series of "premisses" and "conclusions" - with the intention of causing panic. This reasoning-by-transitivity is more viral in its multimedia rationale and, what's more, is being used to exploit global brinkmanship.


It's interesting to note how diligent software engineers view materia medica and this area of corporate-driven science. One software developer in Steven M. Druker's Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, expressed disdain for tinkering with life's information systems ". . . that's like taking a snippet of code from the program in a toaster oven and splicing it into an airplane [sic] guidance system - and assuming nothing will be disturbed." Druker's book stressed that "there's a tension between the conception and molecular realities [of playing God]."


The intelligence-industrial complex is part of the burgeoning National Security State. Ofcom is a government body regulating the telecommunications industries in the UK. Suffice it to say, all computer networks are under the watchful eye of the Office of Communications. It regulates electrical engineering; right down to household wiring and circuitry in kitchen appliances.


Some staunch compatriots would maintain that the in-depth analysis of our business is strictly "in the name of national security" - that the need-to-know protects the commonweal. Most folk're too absorbed in their own lives, I feel, to even care. The apps on smartphones, for instance, allow a highly centralized and subjective world-view. So's the preoccupation, it seems, with multimedia on the Web. And our information society is, you'd agree, going to welcome the Next Phase of social networking with even more . . . ego-dystonic relish.


Technocracy is leading us inchmeal to the hyperreality crossroads. Certainly in the case of Craig Venter's early research: indentifying mRNA and those messengers in the human brain. Venter is a businessman, biotechnologist, and co-founder of Human Longevity Inc. He worked on the Human Genome Project and has his own institute dedicated to "bolder innovation". This covers the bio-nanotechnology world and its "internal applications". Nano is comparable [in size] to the diameter of a strand of DNA. It can be microelectrochemical and radio-controlled. Nanosensors can interface with supercomputers and data centres providing on-demand availability to millions of people. This calls into question the ethics, you'd imagine . . . of merging human beings with nanoenergetic software. Furthermore, this excerpt from the International Journal of Radiation Biology, demonstrates just how pre-tuned our own genetic software has become: "DNA is a fractal antenna in electromagnetic fields." The spinal cord, the journal relates, is also a "natural receptor antenna". Moreover, an algorithm with a built-in bias could be genotoxic: causal, say, to somebody dying much sooner than they should. A human being, most people don't realize, is a marker beacon for an instantaneous STRIKE. Bypassing the 3-space world isn't the stuff of science fiction. It's all around you - electromagnetic radiation - all you have to do is upconcentrate the existential threat.


It's strange to think even music has a correlation with some emerging technologies: ETH Zurich's Functional Materials Laboratory has succeeded encoding nanometre-sized glass spheres with Massive Attack's Mezzanine album. The music file was "compressed to 15 megabytes using the Opus coding format." And the DNA-encoded audio has, the techies claim: an eternal [. . .] shelf life. It leaves me wondering what Alfred Korzybski said regarding "an abstraction derived from something is not the thing itself." Or in the words of Alan Watts: "The menu is not the meal." I'm not sure this holds true any more. Watts died in seventy-three. And Korzybski - nineteen fifty. Interesting - wouldn't you think - to see this pair's appraisal of volumetric printing and holography (incorporating DNA molecules and nano) . . . ?


The field of e-science is, without doubt, the prime mover in any sector wanting to advance its computational capacity. The multi-disciplined personnel are responsible for the evolution of vast data-sets. The Access Grid, for instance, relies on e-science for its symposium-sized videoconferencing. Billions're spent on the processing storage capacity of inventory management software and automated identification & data capture. With logistics automation being a highly-mechanized, warehouse-based automated storage and retrieval system. Nothing can evolve, in its entirety, without e-science.


When you stop to think about it, it's entirely possible, I suppose, for some contingencies to be future-proofed. However, one of the world's encroaching megatrends is "digitalization". It's a recalcitrant medium; full of wanderlust. And it's serving its apprenticeship - learning, assimilating in the abstract of wanting to realize its ideal self-image. Stop to realize also: that a sizeable chunk of the defence budget goes on GEOINT. In fact, both geospatial intelligence and cyberspace have, to a greater extent, shaped its future self - so's to suggest its interoperability. Such an intangible medium is compelled always to look beyond the limits of its own design. Perhaps someday the right infrastructure will accommodate automation/robotics "in the large". For the time being, the scope of its watching is on us and our online activity. It would also be nano-compatible: it could quite literally interface from the inside-out - being sub-micron in size.


In closing, I'd like to include an example of emerging tech. You'll spot, I'm sure, an interconnectedness with some of the themes I've covered . . .


[Japanese chemists announce report development of world's first DNA molecule made entirely of artificial parts. The DNA, they say, could be applied to future extracellular genetic systems with information storage and amplification abilities.]


Is this a glimpse of more non-regulatory practices? Considering the rise of techno- and medical-fascism, it isn't, I assure you, just a pipe-dream.

Submitted: May 23, 2021

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Since this is satire, I offer you the popular misconstrual of Derrida's "There is nothing beyond the text".

Mon, May 24th, 2021 7:12am

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