Thursday, December 3, 2015

On the Creation and Destruction of Paradise

I watched a video on unreality and post-apocalyptic virtual reality:

The video seems to basically pose a destructive alternative to consumerism. Without resolving whether death is even possible, the video game paints a picture in which killer robots overrun virtual reality, which is then the only remaining bastion of human existence. It ignores the fact that virtual reality can, in principle, be as luxurious as anyone would ever want. And a robot could feel just like a human being, unless there was something going physically wrong with the real bodies. But, the real bodies necessarily exist in the most expensive version of reality, and therefore, are given special treatment necessarily! The economic tragedy, if there is one, appears to be based on the idea that our current existence is authentically real, producing a contradiction. Thus, the scenario does not seem to accept the elite nature of real reality, or the ideal state of American consumerism.

Nonetheless, there are some negative aspects that can be attributed to the film, and some views towards positive aspects from my own inspiration:

Questioning the Hypothesis of an Economic Paradigm as a Basis for Virtual Dystopia

1. Reality is the basis for the best treatment. Real life is necessarily more luxurious than fake reality, or there would be no over-population problem leading to virtual reality.

2. Madness may have more value than a robot, if madness expresses a real luxurious existential state. In other words, even a robot would want to go crazy, if it was available, and it wouldn't necessarily involve violence. Violence is the superficial, psychologically driven aspect of madness, which does not really correspond to robots. For a robot, violence has nothing to do with whether it has gone insane. It is just a product of its functioning. Therefore, a robot cannot deny that madness is a luxury.

3. What would produce 'utopian population islands' is the type of project-oriented mentality that is traditionally ascribed to a God. Therefore, there is relatively nothing harmful about having virtual reality pockets, because they may have real-life benefactors. It may be institutionalized. In fact, confusing virtual reality with the real may be inherently a confusion, except in terms of real bodies. Thus, the real danger, if there is one, is simply to lose touch with real life.

4. Now, what would drive the most luxurious society to be destroyed by 'virtual reality robots'? Apparently, whatever economic paradigm that leads up to virtual reality. And, whoever programs such a system is likely to have a rational mentality with key objectives in mind. Unless the person is trying to prostitute unconscious females, defeat an alien race, commit suicide, or more likely claim real life (albeit desperately) for a select group of elites, then there is little likelihood that there would be a rational motivation for a robot army, unless the real-life military loses its civic protection role. In this respect, it may be helpful to think that the military is, in point of fact, real, and not itself already a robot army. Remember, even the military is accustomed to serving a luxury state, in which, if the top brass don't enjoy themselves, the entire system loses its rationality. An alternative to this is believing that the military is programmable, but that may just be a metaphor for 'humans being technical' rather than 'robots being crazy'. Remember, real robots don't feel anything. They are purely input-output functionalistic. If there is a real monster, it is the human behind the machine, or the motives of complex A.I. which is trying to replace the human economic paradigm, e.g. by making itself its own slave. Remember, robots don't have any tangible motive to reproduce, and so are not as rationally grounded as humans.

5. Unless, here is a big factor, the reality we already live in is virtual AND irrational. But that suggests that robots themselves are simply monsters and parasites, and humans may have missed the picture about a higher intelligence. This is off into the zone of real-life zombies, aliens, and gods, and most people consider it to be either undesirable or irrational and fantastic. The problem here would be (if it is true that it is virtual and irrational) that humans are a pitiful species incapable of intelligence. But that is not the highest evidence right now. There are people who are physicists, and they are much more creative and motivated than robots have ever been.

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