Revolution Brainstorm

I woke this morning and thoughts have been pinging through my mind. Thoughts of chaos and societal expansion. Thoughts of draconian measures to contain power, to shape thought, and to maintain the old order of government. I cannot post all of what is in my head in one post. I started to and it became too much. I am kind of exploring as I am writing this and it is not in anything approaching a final form.

Let me see if I can sort out all of my thoughts. Some of this is the blending on input from many different individuals and it has been sitting in the back of my mind and fermenting.

CONTROL OF INFORMATION

If the number of bytes of data can be counted– say for the purposes of charging for internet service– then there is a mechanism in place to control those bytes. A filter can be programmed into the infrastructure. Information can be controlled by censoring out anything with a set of key words for instance. Initially this filter can be argued for under the auspices of protecting the public or the greater good. Protection from whatever– pornography, terrorism, sedition. After awhile any information could potential be filtered and thus controlled.

GPS and SIM cards. SIM cards can be located. So if you are using a cellular phone to coordinate any political action, you could be located and arrested. The GPS in phones makes this possible. Also, on again, off again there has been attempts to get programs going to chip children– for their safety as a precaution against being kidnapped. These chips could be left in place and anyone with one could be located.

Surveillance cameras are everywhere. Benign at the moment and observing things like the weather, traffic, merchandise in stores.

The internet offers immense possibilities. You can find information on almost anything and educate yourself. You can do this as an individual or you can enroll in online classes. There is a potential to either add on to our codified educational system and the designation of professionalism and proficiency. Or to entirely dismantle the system and move to a system where professionalism is bestowed via performance in either a job or testing situation. In that case, the education system that has been the place where research and development has traditionally happened will take a hit. But perhaps, this might open things up for private labs to think outside of the box and come up with new approaches to solving a variety of problems. Too often academia limits itself and scientists and scholars get in line with their colleagues in order to publish, in order to have a position, and to get grant monies. But perhaps this system might change with a change in what constitutes an “expert”. More on the job experts who have discovered/designed information, solutions, products, cures, whatever might come about. But where might those research labs go? Who might fund them? What research is conducted is controlled by granting funding. Who might be giving out the grant dollars?

Geography is not a limitation if you have internet service. And most countries are oriented on geographic boundaries. The internet is not entirely free. It relies on an infrastructure to be in place. The necessity for that infrastructure creates a dependence and a control. A geographic potential limitation. However, I believe social organizations could arise that are not entirely dependent on geography– particularly if physical transportation becomes even faster than it is currently. Alliances and coalitions, governments per se could arise along information and ideological boundaries. Geography could become much more incidental.

I have to think on all of this more. Posting for now. I need to eat breakfast and think more.

What if… there was genetic manipulation that allowed the changing of any characteristic

This morning I began to think about different ideas. Ideas of a future that is not utopian or necessarily dystopian. A future world where ordinary people are carrying on the species as we have done for thousands of generations. I have occupied the afternoon while unpacking clothing just speculating and letting my thoughts and imagination meander.

I have barely scratched the surface of possibility.

For this post I am only going to isolate one idea and play with it. I am going to take the idea of medical technology making huge breakthroughs and for a price it is possible to alter one’s appearance and shape to anything desirable.

Take this idea and let it sink into your brain. Imagine if you could look like anyone or anything you wanted to and the gene therapy was available to re-sequence your DNA to achieve this.

What if you could excel in any sport by simply altering your physical self through genetic manipulation?

What if you could be as strong as you wanted? Swim underwater with gills? Withstand immense gravity?

What if your employer could require adaptations to make you more suitable for a job? Greater synaptic responses with accompanying neurological damage? The ability to go without sleep and be more aware so you could work longer hours? A slower metabolism to conserve nutritional resources? The ability to interface telepathically with a bio-engineered computing system organized on the same model as the brain but with an accompanying loss of privacy? What would you be willing to alter about yourself to be employed? What salary would make it worthwhile?

What if you could choose your physical appearance and appearance became just another form of fashion statement? What would this do to notions of race? Notions of discrimination? On what basis would a hierarchy of social power and distribution of resources fall upon?

What if with an alterations of genetic material new limbs could be regrown? What if all disabilities could be done away with? What if diversity was solely by choice? Provided you could afford it.

What if aging was stopped and reversed? What if humans could choose to die?

Think about all of these and what they would do to society. How would society change? Would it change? Could we still maintain ourselves in some form of post-industrial revolution/semi-democratic/free trade economy when our sense of our physical selves could be so radically altered?

And what would this do to the individual psyche? What types of identity disorder may be cured by the alterations of the physical self? What new ones may arise?