All the World’s Millions of Stages

Shakespeare maintained that all the world’s a stage – and that is perhaps a quaint world view which went over quite well with rising states of nationalistic colonialism that were so characteristic of early modern times. Pirates and armies alike set sail to play out a wide variety of romantic adventure stories in faraway places, roam across Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Oceans from east to west, north to south, reaching every corner of the globe.

Yet this old-fashioned world view is ridiculously antiquated. It may inspire Hollywood and political dreamers, but it has little to do with the real world that actually exists today. Let me tell you the way it is with the many new starts in the world as we know them.

Place was once important… – what mattered was: location, location, location. Strategy involved being in the right place at the right time. Fast forward several centuries, and in the world of abstract media the Gutenberg Galaxy is both a village and a universe at one and the same time. We can now just as easily communicate with anyone at all as we can visit our neighbors across the street. Location has been decimated, eradicated, if not completely annihilated. Pollution, global warming and nuclear waste are no longer limited to the perimeters of garbage heaps – their presence anywhere are now global issues everywhere.

Retard media wannabes aim to build connections from here to there and everywhere imaginable. They talk about billions and billions of peeps connected via their so-called technology platform. The suckers they lure into their funnels of tracking ads are less connected than they are targeted by mass production consumer-oriented brand name companies too illiterate to build meaningful connections with their own customers. As long as their consumers continue consuming mass quantities of whatever will raise short-term revenues, long-term planning is deemed superfluous, let alone any kind of connection.

Brands don’t want to be connected, they want to be profitable. They will sell gullible consumers thin air if they can make it turn a profit. Consumers will also buy into such schemes by taking stock in those companies which are the best at duping the naive masses, mobs of deluded illiterates ready to pay for progress and similar visions of a rosy future.

The more the merrier the front page stories. Growth breeds more growth. The biggest bubble is the most fantastic spectacle of all.

Lascivious fantasies of ever-growing profits feed an unfettered greed and fixation on monetary metrics commonly used to guage success.

Perhaps one of the greatest risks of artificial intelligence is the prospect of machines churning algorithms designed to focus on nothing other than a single bottom line. The intricate balances of symbiotic development in nature does not seem to be a setting conducive to market forces forcing pesticides, fertilizers, genetic modifications and many more manipulations on markets across the globe.

The unraveling of the singularity hoax will very probably involve a distributed model of development. The more fanatical investors invest in single super-sized „mass media“ strands of investment, the more fragile the structures they build. It seems inevitable that viruses will develop which will ultimately topple such top-heavy investments. The bigger they came, the harder they will fall. Massive monoliths will bring down plenty.

The main question is whether (and when – hopefully soon) scattered distributed networks will evolve in order to decrease the risk of complete monolithic annihilation. In this vein, one could perhaps argue that rather than betting on creative destruction, it might be wiser to bet on destructive creativity.

It might also make sense to investigate whether the transition from public markets to private investment which has happened in recent times is a sign of more distributed development or rather of concentration of wealth.

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