One of the biggest trends coming out of the ‘AI phenomenon’ is a pattern of domesday fearmongering and hysteria describing advanced technology that ‘threatens the very survival of mankind’.
But is the threat of an advanced race of intelligent robots really as soon around the corner as we think? Or is this all designed to push another agenda behind the scenes?
A technocratic dream of advanced devices that let humans read thoughts and communicate with each other through brainwaves is moving closer towards reality.
Leading technology companies from across the world, including Facebook and Elon Musk’s Neuralink, are funding new research that “aims to merge the human brain with a computer”.
Australians have long moved past worrying about whether digital technology has a place in education, with schools, colleges and universities now replete with a catalogue of digital devices, systems and applications.
Because of this ubiquity, educational uses of technology tend to escape critical scrutiny and questioning, and most remain unaware of major privacy concerns raised when exploring how your children’s personal information is collected, stored and used at school.
In the book Nineteen Eighty-Four, humanity lives inside of a dystopia wherein a person or persona called ‘Big Brother’ watches everything they do, and a centralised platform pushes party agendas continuously through propaganda, spying, monitoring, and thought controls.
As we approach the 70th anniversary of the book, the threat we face today doesn’t exist from some direct ultra-fascist government or political party.
It exists in stealth – from an oligarchy of social media giants focused on the continued suppression and manipulation of public information, and the mass collection of personal information for ‘ministry’ databases across the world.