From Leni Riefenstahl’s Aryan Superman to Zuckerberg’s Metaverse
A Lois Oreiro (Zas, 1966) you can see him on TVG, but you won’t find him on any of the “misnamed social networks” (as he adds). He has neither opened profiles nor needed it. And much less now that, he says, “they have reached the ceiling.” The next screen is metaverse of Mark Zuckerberg, the boss of Facebook, which wants to cover us with sensors under the promise of entering “an unreal world that pretends to be more real than real”; “a flight forward”, “colored lights” that hide their legal problems, dissects. That critical tone that he maintains in his talk with ABC is the same that permeates his latest book, ‘The worlds of now’ (Editorial Galaxia, 2021), where throughout more than 300 pages it opens the reader’s eyes to the risks involved in governments saying “yes to everything” in the face of the new “paradigm” fostered by technological advances.
Talk in 2022 that implants will be placed to control our cholesterol or to be able to work It sounds like science fiction, but in reality, he says, it’s just around the corner. Mobile phones, for example, will no longer be as we conceive them now: a device with a screen that we look at “like zombies”. In ten years at the most, he estimates, it will be disassembled and distributed throughout our body. There’s a “low profile transhumanism» that «it is not discussed because neither labor nor health matters are discussed». But, be warned, it threatens to become a Trojan horse for companies that are only looking to make a profit. The “masters of that new capitalism” which, he warns, “could be as cruel as those of the industrial revolution of the 19th century”, and feed on “a new proletariat, without any labor rights”, who click patterns and data “without stop”, improving algorithms that fatten income statements.
The problem, he remarks, is that this health-work transhumanism can be the springboard towards other types of constructs under the umbrella of a philosophical framework that advocates the improvement of the body through implants, the creation of new meanings and the enhancement of intellectual capacities. “If there is something similar to the parades of the Nazis in interwar Germany, with the superman, is this», warns Oreiro. “You’re going toward a human race of enhanced beings, some even immortal, they say—if they can afford it, that is.” And where does he leave the others? Do I really want for my children a world where they are unable to see the world with their own eyes?
In her case, she leads by example at home, in a precarious balance between safeguarding her children and not turning them into ‘social sufferers’, working with them so that they do not fall into the spiral of a ‘prescriptive system’, of ‘basic emotions’ and primitive, in which any complex thought is dismissed and even ridiculed. Another of his teachings: «You can be in the world without constantly streaming everything you do». And he knows how to broadcast.
“You have to talk about it”
What Oreiro asks for is open a ‘conversation’, but “at the level of civil society”, without leaving it in the hands of the so-called ‘experts’ (“they can’t be trusted, they always work for someone”). Even with the relative peace of mind that he knows he is on the “good side of the world”, in the European Union, the journalist and writer asks to speak and detect that “severe limits” are necessary before it is too late. Before seeing ourselves in a ‘Far West’ of very invasive technologies, both physically and psychologically. “If you cannot distinguish your own thoughts from those that are induced, if they are going to tell you who you are, what you like, in a latency period faster than you think, we are going wrong.”
But what comes, who can control it? In his case, between Silicon Valley, the Chinese Communist Party and the Kremlin, he says, he stays with the European liberal democracies, which he calls to legislate rights such as one’s own personality or privacy of thought. Apocalyptic? A matter of time, he replies. “Towards that world we go.” The risk: “neglect of functions” of governments. “The judges are not going to act in something that has no law, neither the Police nor the Civil Guard,” he warns. And as a conclusion? “Perhaps utopia is simply reduced (…) to remain as we are, to be who we are,” he suspects in the coda of his book.