LINK: Rise of the Machines

“Perilous to us all are the devices of an art deeper than we possess ourselves.”
~Gandalf

“This is truly terrifying. This technology, these machines, and the minds behind them are not benign. They are the result of–at best–a misguided will. Far from encouraging human flourishing, they will destroy it. We are seeing the re-emergence of human sacrifice–this time upon the altar of technological and economic power. “

Source: The Distributist Review

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2 Replies to “LINK: Rise of the Machines”

  1. I do so wish people would finally wake up and become aware of what’s going on here. C.G. Jung said in his “Memories, Dreams and Reflections” that “We refuse to recognize that everything better is purchased at the price of something worse; for example (…) the terrible perils to which the most brilliant discoveries of science expose us.” Like Jung, many of Tolkien’s contemporaries saw the problems unrestrained technological “progress” poses. Today, we have forgotten how to question these things, it seems, and bow to the apparently almighty god of science/ materialism.

    Gandalf was talking about the Palantíri in the above quote, and do they not seem harmless enough to us who are so used to television, telephones, internet chat and the like. And yet, and yet. How long ago was it that you were last annoyed when someone you were talking to face to face interrupted the conversation to read a message he or she received on her phone?

    Besides: When being shown the Palantír Saurman was using, Gandalf warned: “They are not all accounted for, the lost seeing stones. We do not know who else may be watching.” Do you know who is watching on the other end of the device you are using? When you talk to someone face to face in a quiet outdoor setting, you probably have a pretty good idea who is listening/ watching. Can you say the same about your email/skype/What’sApp account?

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