The Infantilization Economy
umair haque

Congratulations. You triggered my dystopia.

“Not just by making 80 percent of us neoservants. But also by making 20 twenty percent of us overgrown babies.”

“And then the robots came. They came faster than anyone had imagined, with capabilities far beyond the humans they replaced. At first the tasks were mundane, but their relentless adaptation created new complex modalities of efficiency humans hadn’t imagined.

With increased data integration they soon had replaced humans in positions considered irreplaceable, leveraging machine learning and interaction to demonstrate that many human disciplines, divested of their various artificial qualifications and status, were simply matters of calculated risk. And the machines were far better at calculating risk with fact and acting, without distraction or social inhibition.

That group, more educated and affluent, found themselves in a stunned and disoriented state, with far more time to observe their replacements than they’d ever invested in anticipating them. If there had been any discussion of new social agreements to mediate their impact, it hadn’t effected any action beyond filling the pages of bloggers.

They found themselves seeking to alleviate their displacement with the endless distractions technology had wrought. More than organize against the forces of an oligarchy with almost absolute control over resources, production and price, they utilized their diminished economic power to divert their anger into virtual worlds of revolt, where dopamine flowed freely and time passed in distorted, drugged comfort.

The voices and efforts of those who did attempt to address the inequities echoed among their various choirs and faded away. All were ineffective in altering the new paradigm, observed like the wisps ocean foam above the waves which crashed below the mansions of their rulers, incessant and inconsequential. Rulers with access everything anyone did and increasingly able to intercede proactively, utilizing data which for the most part, was voluntarily given to them, in return for access to participation in the herd.”

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