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Technology evolves and humanity regresses


Albert Einstein said once 'I fear the day when technology will replace human interactions. We will then have created a generation of IDIOTS. Also there is a growing perception that technology for the man of our era is becoming a dangerous toy in the hands of unconscious children. It is not only science that would be unconscious as François Rabelais thought in the Middle Ages, but it would make unconscious as of today . More than ever, whole sections of human society. Far from evolving concurrently with technology, human beings Conversely tend to regress, including from the social point of view.

Technology has always profoundly influenced society, creating clashes in the process. Also the luddites these English weavers, who between 1811 and 1816 engaged in a movement of protest against the growing reign of machines, manifestations which were repressed in the blood, were perhaps not all wrong, and far from being satisfied with a Selfish preservation of their craftsmanship as some accused them, it is no longer quite illusory to say that, if they firmly believed that machinism would negatively influence human relations in the long term, they were visionaries, because current facts Seem to agree with them.

Human empathy, which diminishes in proportion to technological progress, raises many questions. So, more and more, philosophers and sociologists are talking about post humanism, a paradigm that deals with the impact of technologies in human evolution, an evolution that seems to become a devolution.

Jean-Michel Besnier Professor of Philosophy at the Paris-Sorbonne University in his book "L'homme simplifié" (the simplified man), considers that for the modern human being to be in harmony with machines it should reduce, to the simplest expression his behavior to “Harmonize” with machines. A simplification of the individual, which is not without risk because ultimately it will eventually take the best on what makes human beings, humans. When you trust the memory of your phone to keep even the most important numbers, somewhere you end up losing the memorial potential as a human being. The habit being a second nature, the post human term sums up the idea that humans will no longer be humans with the continuous influence of technology. The virtual dialogue, on the other hand, would create an outgrowth of the human being, an avatar that would be created to respond to certain fantasies. Sincerity in this scheme takes an irreversible blow, in the interaction between individuals.

However, it is important to note that if the common members of the consumer mass will be reduced more and more to their simplest expression; A caste of new gods creating technology to fulfill the prayers of the masses or more sincerely, generating needs to the masses to exploit them by the solution of their technology, to become the super rich. This caste, which has arrogated itself the right to think for others, would use technology to maintain its power over the masses. The takeover of Internet and computerization of everyday life will inevitably lead to the loss of fundamental freedoms, and the right to privacy will certainly suffer.

On February 3, 2011 IPV4 (Internet Protocol Version 4 a process allowing a machine to connect and browse the Internet), was officially saturated. This internet protocol allowed computers or any other electronic devices to access Internet, through Internet service providers. These providers with the IPv4 allocated to their consumers, a connection time over the Internet, using units of measurement such as the megabyte, while assigning them an IP address that allowed computers or mobile phones to identify themselves and Exchange the information with the rest of the Web. An address that was different with every new session on the web. It was the era of dynamic address. Since the IPV4 protocol didn’t have enough addresses to assign a permanent identifier, to each machine connected to the Internet, the interchangeability of addresses was the norm and this gave Internet users surfing the web, a certain anonymity.

If IPV4 is still used from time to time, it is no less important to remember that IPV6, which is gradually replacing it, allows to assign to each machine connected on Internet, a unique identifier with almost perfect traceability. The fundamental principles of confidentiality and freedom will now be part of another era. With the IPV6 now used by companies such as Facebook, Microsoft or Google, when they ask their customers to register their device to secure their account it is the digital fingerprint of the device which is thus kept in their data bank. The IPV6 lets you know which device connected to the network at what time and for how long, and better you can trace back the device user, by geolocation.

The information collected by tracking computers and other mobile objects can allow those who master the technology, to know your life in great detail. And the transitivity of the information collected is even more dangerous from your telephone number for example it is possible to know your social security number, the bank to which you are affiliated, your bank account number, as well as your Academic or medical history, to the list of foods you consume.

1984, the prescient novel by George Orwell published in 1949, has seen its realization now, when digitization is breaking all records. Also, the telecran, a kind of screen installed in every home, that in 1984, serves for the continuous dissemination of government propaganda and help to see and hear what happens in household, exist already in a range of products such as TV screens, watching and listening to you, interpreting your behavior to offer you programs related to the behavioral profile that they realize on you.

The totalitarianism of the infamous Big Brother, is revealed today by the practices of state intelligence agencies such as the CIA, which according to the latest WikiLeaks revelations, would be able to spy with its plethora of spy programs all those who use Goods and services produced by firms such as Apple, Microsoft, Google or Samsung. These programs are able to open, cameras and microphones, of your computer and mobile phone even when the latter are turned off.

However, the question Is how the CIA, which despite the 25 thousands agents working for the US government in the cyber field, does not have a budget or an efficient staff that would allow it to surpass the technological advances of the giants like Google or Apple, can succeed in tweaking the most sophisticated systems built by these companies unbeknownst to the latter.

Governments have means to offer market facilities and tax flexibility, to companies that would collaborate in some of their programs. Until there is evidence to the contrary, given the importance of the flaws, there is nothing to suggest that these giants of technology, never know what is happening in American intelligence organizations, against the freedom of peoples.

It’s been eon, since one knows that the laughing stock remains the public. generally, masses do not know what is going on between the members of the ruling class, and the great bosses of technology. As proof, the colossal contribution of Palantir Technologies, in the success of the new American President, Donald Trump. Political power and the oligarchy that controls technology are very well acquainted with one another, and vice versa, with complex designs of shadowy interests, that do not always serve the interests of the public.

Political power has since found the security screen as an excuse for totalitarianism, while the oligarchy that controls technology sells to the world populace the illusion of happiness in the easiness, it buys with its freedom. Ultimately, the greatest worry for humanity is this technology that evolves, not only faster than mankind, but also tends to reduce it, to its simplest expression. How men who no longer know how to be men would be able to use technology wisely? There lays the question.

Hubert Marlin

Journalist Writer.

Contribution Roland Abina


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