Fear for the machine

10 Jul

With the upcoming of factories at the beginning of the “Industrial Revolution”, England was the first country that started to assembly products by having its factory workers creating separate parts in central factories. In previous times the manufacturing of products was carried out in homes. Apart from the work at home a lot of the manufacturing had taken place in factory workshops. All workers were now forced to work in the central factories. These new factories were largely responsible for the modern cities that formed throughout the world. With these modern cities the demand for workers increased and people from outside these cities migrated into the modern cities. Already back then people feared the uprising of the factory machines and they saw their jobs being threatened by the machine.

In the sixties people migrated from countries with less work to the richer countries where the demand for factory work was still increasing. The consumeristic demand for products kept rising and in the seventies fast factory machines were installed in many factories. Which still allowed a lot of people to work within the factories. None of them worked there out of free choice, but merely to earn a living and sustain their basic needs. Industrialisation was still in full motion and the owners of factories invested a lot of money in the research of machines, which could do the work many times faster than the human workers. Here the fear of the machine came in full play. People feared losing their jobs for not being as efficient as the machines. They blamed the machines for taking in their places. Hand labor more and more disappeared and the demand for unskilled factory workers decreased and a large part of the workers was replaced by IT-personnel with the upcoming of the computer in the nineties. White-collar workers grew at the expense of the factory workers.

Television shows and cartoons were feeding on the fear of the human for the machine. Science-fiction showed how robots and machines could do almost everything and make our life’s easier. Though the general public saw this kind of entertainment as fiction and was merely scared for what the machine might do. The more effective the machines became the more fear existed. With the upcoming of the computer for the masses, people saw the advances of it and feared it at the same time. The fear for the unknown and by feeling oneself less than the computer simply because people didn’t understand the machine, made it a dangerous and competitive device for man. After the computer and simultaneously a lot of other digital machines or devices were released on the market for the masses, this fear of the machine was again fed. These more advanced devises divided man into roughly 3 groups, those that understood technology, those that didn’t understand it but nevertheless used the devices and the group of illiterates that still only feared the machine.

The fear for the machine and the blame on the machine was and is basically a primal instinct. Man perceives himself as competing against the machine when it comes to basic needs and money. Isn’t that a form of separation, claiming that the machine can take over one day? Isn’t it us that invented and built machines and isn’t it us that allow and accept the machine to have this magical position within society? Shouldn’t a machine just be “a machine” that assist us to be more effective?

All those fantasies about machines becoming smarter than we are and humans becoming more of a machine themselves when medical devices are implanted, are simply unreal fears. Does nobody see that we are robots, organic robots? The only difference with the machine is our capability of having emotions, feelings and reactions. The machine can become more effective than us due to the lack of emotional noise.

If the fear of the machine has its origin within money and for a small part ignorance, how could we take away that fear? The machine and the more advanced machines have been developed to gain more money for a small group of people. In order to make more money the machine was labeled as more reliable than the human worker. Jobs disappear which make people mad and develop a fear for the machine, instead of seeing in what kind of a system they are participating. A system where we are glad to do jobs that we, if we had the choice, never would have chosen. So we become mad about losing a job that is taken away from us by the machine that we didn’t want to do in the first place. Therefore it’s all about money, we fear to lose our money to pay us a decent life. This sounds like the world in reverse. Shouldn’t it be of importance to develop machines that can assist the human in being more accurate and faster without having to think about jobs disappearing that nobody wants to do, when honest?

The fear of the machine goes hand in hand with the fear of not being able to sustain oneself. When people their basic needs would be met through a basic income the fear of the machine would disappear right away. People would gladly help to develop more advanced machines in order to no longer having to do these kind of time consuming jobs. The few that still would fear the machine from the point of ignorance should become educated and getting assistance with the release of the polarisation, less versus more.

The biggest fear we humans have to work on is indeed the fear of the machine, but the machine in this context is us. The fight against ourselves. Knowing how automated we are when we look at our behaviors and patterns. We like to be more than machines and for instance the animal kingdom. We like to think that our ratio is making us more and doesn’t make us act in a pre-programmed way. But we seriously need to get real and look in self-honsety at ourselves. Look at our behaviors while shopping or when gathering in large groups such as festivals and beaches. Look at our urge when it comes to procreation and sex and look at how equal we are in our behaviors as organic robots. We are not fighting and fearing the machine, we are blaming it so we do not have to investigate ourselves for not being able to change our world and create a place that’s best for all.

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