Securing your Data: Backups
Jan 05 2024 Gabriel
Backups can feel like a chore, but they’re actually very empowering. Beyond the peace of mind knowing that you’re much less likely to lose data, you’re also in a better position to make changes. Many tasks, like moving from Windows to a Free and Open Source operating system, are much easier if you’ve already got your own backups. Keeping your data safe can be as simple as making copies and distributing them, all the way up to running your own cloud.
Conceptualizing Information Control
Apr 23 2023 Gabriel
Knowledge is power. Control over knowledge is immense power. This power isn’t merely used to advance sciences and create new technologies, instead it’s often used to take control of other people. Almost everyone these days seems to believe they’re surrounded by brainwashed masses. What if there really is something to that? Who, or what, is actually doing the brainwashing? It is a mistake to assume that someone who is acting differently than you is always making those decisions from incorrect information.
Tools of the Technocracy: #11 Social Credit
Mar 04 2023 Gabriel
Tools of the Technocracy: #11 Social Credit I will remind you of the opening for this series: In the past, tyrants and dictators have had a hard limit on how far they could push people. From either logistical difficulties, fear of resistance, or liberation from other nations; these hard limits have been getting softer and softer as technology advances. Recent history has shown an ever-increasing centralization of power into a smaller and smaller set of control structures.
Feb 07 2023 Gabriel
What is backcasting? Backcasting is when you imagine a scenario for an ideal future and try to trace a path to there from today. Instead of simply being comforted by a future world as we would like it to be, the goal is to identify opportunities to take action immediately. Backcasting is about discovering a blueprint for that better future and investigating how it can be made into reality. I will be using the scenario from the Solari Report:
The Rise of a SkyNet Workforce
Nov 16 2022 Gabriel
Machine learning is starting to take over the economy the very way the Internet already has. A variety of newly available tools have caused a great deal of controversy in art circles and free software communities.. These advancements in AI-powered tools are effectively game-changers in the domains they disrupt. Hailed by techno-utopians of all stripes, these advancements are huge part of driving the so-called 4th Industrial revolution. If we are not careful, we will run straight into the trap of allowing these tools to be weaponized against everyone.
The False Awakening
Oct 31 2022 Gabriel
The changing of the guard is not the same as defeat of the guard. Twitter is under new management. There is all kinds of excitement and despair over what this means for the future of free speech on that particular information control system. Odds are, we can expect some noticeable changes on what is and is no longer allowed within the new paradigm. This should not be mistaken for an expansion of the people’s right to voice dissent.
Tools of the Technocracy: #10 Central Bank Digital Currencies
Oct 14 2022 Gabriel
Tools of the Technocracy: #10 Central Bank Digital Currencies What is money? This is a really humorous video that really gets at the core of this discussion. Money is something we made up. 1x 1.5x 2x 2.5x 3x Source Her tiktok attracted a lot of people lecturing her on inflation, about how raising the money supply devalues the money. What those responses are missing is the key statement in the video.
Tools of the Technocracy: #9 Internet Shutdowns
Sep 03 2022 Gabriel
Tools of the Technocracy: #9 Internet Shutdowns The free and open web is an idea. It’s the idea that humanity can share a distributed (or entirely decentralized) information repository for free expression and open dialogue. So many great things would be outright impossible without the world’s information superhighway. The threats to a free and open web are legion, governments, corporations, and other malevolent entities are eager to control your access to information.
Tools of the Technocracy: #8 Transhumanism
Aug 29 2022 Gabriel
Tools of the Technocracy: #8 Transhumanism None of the tools of the technocracy are better marketed than the concept of transhumanism. To some it brings to mind techno-utopian ideas like advanced cybernetics and augmented reality, to outright hubris like defeating death. That’s not really where the dark side even begins. It gets ghoulish fast when one realizes the potential impacts to healthcare, propaganda, and human health as we know it.
Tools of the Technocracy: #7 Smart Cities
Aug 18 2022 Gabriel
Tools of the Technocracy: #7 Smart Cities What is a smart city? Just like the ‘smart’ in smart devices is really just code for surveillance. A ‘smart’ city is really just a surveillance & control city. In essence, the smart city is the ultimate application of all the tools of the technocracy against it’s captives. Even the tone of their marketing gives off how much disdain they have for human beings.
Tools of the Technocracy: #6 Virtual Reality
Apr 30 2022 Gabriel
Tools of the Technocracy: #6 Virtual Reality What is reality? Is it what you can touch? What you can feel? What you see? How much do your thoughts and past experiences shape those things? Psyops As of 2020, Most forms of mind control were constructed through incentive structures: Social media algorithms incentivize specific kinds of engagement to maximize people’s reprogramming of each other. Strong financial incentives are used to shape interactions and transform entire sectors of society in various ways.
Tools of the Technocracy: #5 Networks
Apr 27 2022 Gabriel
Tools of the Technocracy: #5 Networks Networks are the infrastructure used to bridge the physical world and online systems. They can enable people from all over the world to communicate with each other, which sadly has the downside of technocrats having the capability of monitoring and controlling people’s communications. Networks have precious resources that enable their utility: Latency How quickly can a signal reach it’s destination Range How far can a signal go
Tools of the Technocracy: #4 Online Identity
Mar 22 2022 Gabriel
Tools of the Technocracy: #4 Online Identity There are some good reasons to attach your identity to online interactions, there are just as many (if not more) good reasons not to. It is important to understand how your actions ripple across the Internet and wider data-landscape. One of the greatest challenges in keeping your data secure is the fact that the Internet almost never forgets. It’s so difficult to be aware of all the data-points that have built over time.
Tools of the Technocracy: #3 Robots, IoT, Automation, Oh my!
Mar 07 2022 Gabriel
Tools of the Technocracy: #3 Robots, IoT, Automation, Oh my! With big data as the brains, robots act as the eyes, ears, and fists of the technocracy. Ubiquitous 5G (and above) connectivity gives autonomous systems a massive advantage over human beings. Understand that there is more to these systems than meets the eye. There is an entire orchestra of coordinated systems and services that harmonize into incredibly powerful tools. These tools are only beginning to be weaponized against the public.
Tools of the Technocracy: #1 Digital Currency
Feb 01 2022 Gabriel
Tools of the Technocracy: #1 Digital Currency Digital currency is what makes online commerce work so well. The trouble is that as the Internet has invaded our lives, it has given the digital financial complex more and more power. This is the foundation of a “social credit system” that aims to control every aspect of your life. Having the “right” social attitudes or behavior will not be enough to endure this.
Tools of the Technocracy
Jan 08 2022 Gabriel
Our Darkest Hour We are currently in a time like none other in all of human history. In the past, tyrants and dictators have had a hard limit on how far they could push people. From either logistical difficulties, fear of resistance, or liberation from other nations; these hard limits have been getting softer and softer as technology advances. Recent history has shown an ever-increasing centralization of power into a smaller and smaller set of control structures.