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Silicon Valley’s Radical “Machine Cult” Is Having A Great Awakening

Slowly and all at once, I saw that these people were the evangelists of a new religion, true believers invoking the Promised Land with glowing eyes. In this version of paradise, cars will drive, factories will produce themselves, software and technology will find cures for everything, virtual reality will enable us to live our dreams instantly, and ubiquitous robots will serve us and understand us better than we understand ourselves. A land of milk and honey, where roasted, on-demand chicken flies directly into our mouths, is just around the corner. A new benevolent super-intelligence will solve all the problems we created over the last centuries, from climate change to global poverty, while we enjoy eternal leisure, softly hypnotized by screens, entertained and served by machine slaves. “The evangelical fervor is fascinating,” William Gibson said about Silicon Valley in an interview this year with Das Magazin. “These people are atheists, they don’t have a religion, but the mechanism is the same. God comes and saves us all. Just that in their case God is technology.” But I think Gibson was wrong. They do have a religion: Digitalism, or machine religion. Digitalists believe in transcending the human condition, ultimately overcoming death through machines. (READ MORE)


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