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The Abdication Animal   Mar 21 2005

Filed under AI blogs by Ewen Shearer

In the fading reach of last century, Cream of Civilization decreed a job well done.

Millennia of increasingly fine structures, many thousand noble tomes, a brief liaison with social ideals..

Despite unsettling exemplars by primitive creatures that pre-empted by eons Its great structures and complex societies, Cream gauged Its achievement a new curve on this ancient biosphere.

Elusive as is life and intelligence to define, something, Cream sanguinely surmised, set It apart from the ecological collective.

And It was right. Change was afoot, and Cream entered the workshop of the gods.

Baryogenesis by magic provided a universe, a sun, and a planet. Equally improbably, culture and society manifested somewhat ex nihilo in a certain hairless simian – whereupon modern humans arrived fully accessorized from 50 thousand years of bare fisted bone clubbing.

Ascendant its dark side, this shining envoy ape stood poised to emanate humankinds’ fragrance throughout the universe – and, markets willing, beyond!

Cream, upright and proud, spurned the creature from which It arose.

Then an unwitting Cream seeded demise within tools of success: statehood, commerce, science.

Having had wrought steel and concrete from rocks, military from claws, nation from territorial imperative, trade and commerce from fight or flight, It believed Itself beyond the chains of animal determinism.

Yes, Cream of Civilization is you, the human animal – did you not guess?

As your artefacts and adornments grew, you briefly imagined not being animal, navigating from the chart of free will, avoiding shoals of impulse and lust, skirting reefs of envy and enmity. But when capitalism tasted equitability, the pendulum of greed swung swiftly back, and the die of abdication was cast.

You would remain animals and thereby prematurely perish.

Till a half century ago you controlled the tools of your quest to guide this smart ape to rule the galaxy. Atop each was a person of ultimate edict. Though danger in the loss of human veto was ever evident, free reign fell to your steeds of progress.

Too late, technology-enabled finance, commerce, and industry has a life beyond human. The modern corporate state subjugates human elements and acts on its own behalf for its own purpose. CEOs and shareholders alike are coldly crushed as collateral, if required.

Its activities are synonymous with subroutines of artificial life and are precursors of machine intelligence that will rule in short order.

Humans are increasingly its prey, as it determines you a superfluous competitive plague.

Down Under


Ink Irresistable

Not the NYT Montaigne's what would I know? Huxley's almost anything about almost everything. Or Bierce and nothing matters. Codifying life's inimitable impromptu inclines irrestistably to essay.

Civilization ..

   defiles itself

Times past when warlords, priests and royalty hoarded luxury, life was a short grim struggle. Today most want for little yet still deny dignified survival to working poor, and ravage entire countries as collateral to our laissez faire fiesta.
double arrowOn not shedding a tear ..

A Century of Imperialism

     ..hasn't dulled the urge

American foreign policy never a pretty sight, finesse of the mobile crane chase from Terminator 3. Export democracy? Cure worse than disease. double arrow Read more ..


~ its own reward

And what's going on in Land of the Free, Home of the Brave? As 40% of kids fail graduation the Iraqistan wars suck $2.4 trillion [CBO 2017 est]. Imagine this staggering sum applied to rebuilding The Great Society. Think of others.
double arrow Where Charity Begins

This lazy unemployed

..crack-smoking welfare queen ran up U$15 trillion debt

lazy homeless scum
Odd how the ultra-wealthy gull even working poor to blame unemployed, disabled, weak, and vulnerable while but for the grace of God go all.

If he's a welfare leech then your soul is with the sociopaths and predators who own Warshington and its minions, the Repugnicans and Dumfocrats, gutting a once noble nation that aspired to equality.

This elite will survive the US economic train wreck, land softly on 300 million plundered taxpayers, then from fortresses of luxury and privilege prey elsewhere for spoils.

The dawn of civilization was greatly exaggerated.

Munch Montage

Painters, such a sad old bunch
None it seems more so than Munch
Upon that bridge with skies afire
A meme took flight to never tire.
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