If Covid-19 has been a boon for anyone, that would be [Billionaires,] Big Business, [Big Pharma,] and Big Tech – overblowing fears, widening the wealth gap and facilitating global control through all-powerful technology the world now depends on.
What happens when systems cross the threshold of peak complexity and can no longer be improved in their current forms?
Decision-makers can commission competing models in order to pick a winner.
This however calls for patience, prudence and sound oversight.
Alternately, they can pounce on a fantastical blueprint that will supposedly gel via Artificial Intelligence and get to play monopoly at the same time.
An all-in-one solution!
Such thinking was precisely what beleaguered the F-35 combat aircraft program with its estimated $1.7 trillion in lifetime costs.
After 20 years of troubled development, the stealth fighter’s problems have become so insurmountable that there is talk in the US Air Force of considering a clean slate fighter jet program to replace its ageing F-16s.
The F-35 illustrates the other barely-analysed pandemic infecting our world – that of ‘technological voodooism’ (coined by the author for want of a better term).
Returns on investments these days are no longer measured by healthy profits generated by proven products.
The devotees of techno-voodooism are essentially totalitarians who believe that not just markets, but the world itself, must be reorganized and monopolized by an enlightened few in a smart era called the Great Reset.
The prime agency promoting this technopia is the World Economic Forum (WEF) which has promised a wonderful world where we will “own nothing” and yet “be happy.”
The outcome thus far has been societal meltdowns, malfunctioning jets in the skies and iRobot Roomba vacuums that meander aimlessly on the floor.
The modern adage ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ may have been lost on iRobot’s C-Suite executives.
Roomba machines use “artificial intelligence to scan room size, identify obstacles and remember the most efficient routes for cleaning.”
But the quest for greater efficiency and profits at lesser costs – a process which Buckminster Fuller called ‘ephemeralization’ more than 80 years ago – has resulted in smart updates and berserk gadgets.