Economy is dead.
Not transitioning, not contracting, not morphing, not sharing, dead.
It started with Windows 95.
We are now in Year 22 of a 40-year (not 40 day) planet altering, life repurposing, technology infused deluge. A great flood of robotics, artificial intelligences, bio-coding, pharma-induced healing, the digitalization of perception, the merging of daily life into screens, competing abundances, collaborating algorithms, and the connecting of all people to all things will transform all life and living on this planet. The very idea of economy — of an economy — will similarly be transfigured.
My mission is to uncover this, including each step towards this glorious abyss, and in time to safeguard and enable as many as possible.
The following are the major topics covered at this site, as they are together leading inexorably to the death of economy.
1. THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED ONLY IT’S EVENLY DISTRIBUTED
What becomes of commerce — and power — when we all have as much as we need and are each only a screen swipe away from the leaders of nations and the guardians of conglomerates? When everyone has a tablet containing all the world’s knowledge and connecting each to all?
2. THE DEATH OF CONSUMPTION
God bless the child who’s got it all.
Even the fat ones.
We are fat, obese, sedentary not because of technology or industrialization or suburbanization or laziness but because capitalism is a fierce, never-tiring always-learning meta-system which discovered that money could be made in selling food and leisure and kept getting better at this, and better and better, touching everyone.
But having consumed our fill, puking it out, consuming all over again, retching, repeating this process, year after year, generation after generation, the vomit of consumption a toxic force upon our planet, we — the takers and makers of capitalism — have created another path.
We can live full and exciting and interesting and individual and communal lives — now — entirely without having to embrace consumption.
The economy, all of it, will never be the same.
3. VALUES EQUAL PROFITS
We can get anything from anyone, anywhere at anytime. Businesses, such as they are, will respond to this by differentiating themselves with the only thing remaining, their values. Their opposition to gay marriage, their warm embrace of sustainable food practices, their rejection of the profit motive, their deep, abiding faith in Jesus Christ, which they proselytize via their business. These will become more to you than convenience, which is now omnipresent, or price, which is always low.
When the playing field is leveled, values rule in importance. Better, we possess the tools to make sure no corporation can ever hide their true values. These relics of the past will quickly perish.
4. TRIBAL WANDERERS
The past is rapidly becoming unknowable, more unknowable even than the future. This will lead to a transformative break in human values. It will also create a wandering class.
No home, new modes of work, and the connection of all places and things to all people will lead millions, maybe billions, to forever wander the land, seeking fortune, seeking friendships, seeking answers.
We have erected an economy based on the local, local property, local markets, local politicians, local taxation, local schooling. These concepts will become alien.
5. OUTSOURCING THE RATIONAL
Just as we outsourced our labor to the machines, now we are outsourcing our thinking, our calculating, our rational tasks. We are becoming more spiritual, more creative, and yes, more irrational.
Economic rules cannot live in such a world.
Belief in magic, religion, in spirituality and God will accelerate — and deepen — because of, not despite of the rise of big data, machines, robotics, electronics, computing and artificial intelligences. We become what our machines cannot. We do what can’t be outsourced. Faith is our future. Spirituality is our delight. Atheists are on the wrong side of history. Creativity and indulgence are what’s next.
These will lead to another major shift in human development, further accelerating the death of economy: the insanely great awakening. Buying, selling, and consumption will be cast aside in the global embrace of God and spirit.
6. DIFFERENTLY ALIVE
Economy is rational, the future is not. Economy is productive, the future is not.
Everything we make from this moment forward is aware, sensing, responsive — alive. How are humans differently alive? Society will fashion itself around socially-nurtured creative impulses, if for no other reason than to keep ourselves differently alive than our creations.
7. HACKING MORTALITY
Hacking mortality is set to be the biggest ‘industry’ going forward. We will not live forever but will live for decades longer than today. All the systems, institutions, wealth, rules and culture which now exist, all of which are dependent upon most of the world dying by or before age 75, will themselves die off. What replaces it will be unlike anything that exists today.
Ours is a time of technology, change and the destruction of everything. As we alter our bodies, our minds, upend society, reconstruct awareness and deconstruct all that came before, including markets, capitalism, value, power, wealth, influence and experience, do not fear. I will guide you.
This is the new mission of my site.