Several years into my education research I came across Arizona State University’s Center for the Future of War, which was largely funded by New America and Eric Schmidt of Google Alphabet. When I first found out about the program, they had three areas of focus: drones, autonomous weapons, and weaponized narrative. That last one is information warfare. We are living through total information warfare. As James Giordano asserts, the mind is the battlespace, though to my way of thinking the heart comes a close second.
Those in power have conceived a grand plan to enact a post-human holographic “reality” and harness life on the planet into a bio-electrical control grid. They’ve plotted it over decades, and it feels like we’re running the final laps in this race. As the noose of cyborg avatar capitalism tightens, their imperative is to keep us distracted, anxious, and angry with one another. Treats are tossed out to reward compliance and maintain the pecking order both digital and material.
Social media skirmishes contain us in THEIR game, keeping us reactive and depriving us of time for introspection. Only once we detach from the military-intel hivemind, can we come to know our OWN hearts and minds outside their subtle AI nudge systems. It takes a strong will to pull away and listen to that inner voice, the one in tune with the creative force of the universe.
There is too much noise, noise, noise.
When our child was attending a Philadelphia magnet public high school, we opted out of Google classroom. We may have been the only family in the district to do this. I’m not sure, but it was certainly not the norm. At the time I was only aware of issues around surveillance, intellectual property, and digital child labor. I had not yet learned of digital twinning and blockchain hivemind consciousness, Google’s Selfish Ledger, or Sophia DAO. Even so, I wasn’t going to sign on to an educational model that would mine my child’s intellect to create value for multinational corporations or store their digital footprint at the NSA Data Center in Bluffdale Utah.
It was hard on our high schooler. It’s kind of wild how quickly educators and administrators fell into Google’s embrace. Most certainly had no idea that the end game is to replace in-person teaching with a Pokemon-go style device-based learning ecosystem consisting of online classes and a smattering of community-based “projects” where social behaviors can be scored. No one was thinking about “education reimagined” as my child sat on the sofa waiting for a friend to text homework assignments that were sometimes posted to google classroom only after dinner. The days of writing on the chalk board or the whiteboard at the end of class were gone – poof. At the time we made this decision to opt out of Google, I thought I was doing my small part to save teaching as a human profession. This was four years ago. How much has changed.
This all came rushing back to me yesterday when I saw a tweet circulating that the Chicago Teacher’s Union was in a skirmish with Mayor Lori Lightfoot over the return to in-person teaching and learning. The teachers voted not to return to school, and the mayor shut down their access to Google classroom. Uh-oh. What now? The upshot is Chicago children are on their second day without instruction.
There were thousands of retweets of CTU’s tweet with the hashtag #LockoutLori. It was a scene practically tailor-made for this era of weaponized digital narratives. I ended up going through and posting hundreds of messages on the pages of people who had quote tweeted the original by CTU. In the message I shared two of my blog posts. The first was “Dear Teachers Using Google Classroom” dated September 2017. The second was “A Letter To Chicago Teachers on the Perils of Pay for Success Finance & Wrap Around Services” dated October 2019.
The latter was a piece I wrote when CTU was negotiating a new contract, which including a push for wrap around services under the banner “Sustainable Community Schools” and “Affordable Housing,” details here. While I don’t dispute that the need exists, with Pay For Success provisions baked into the Every Student Succeeds Act, the community school model is a Trojan Horse for social impact deals that will manage vulnerable families as a profit center rather than solving their problems.
About halfway through pasting in my replies I paused and wondered how many of these people were likely to respond? It could be a lot. These folks were really steamed. It was an emotionally charged situation, and I wasn’t sure how they would react to my feeble but determined attempt to broaden the perspective beyond the immediate crisis of what to do with the children. Fortunately, the number of replies was manageable.
Being in Philadelphia and having a child who has already navigated the public education (programming) system I have the distance to see this skirmish for what it really is. This is a dramatic spectacle meant to harden the resolve of people on either side of the “in-person” education debate, which at this point is inextricably linked to biosurveillance.
How many of the thousands of adults who liked or retweeted CTU’s post know ANYTHING about plans to phase out bricks and mortar schools in favor of blended learning models managed by community-based partners that have been groomed for a decade as trusted out-of-school time resources? I would say if we’re lucky, maybe 1-2% tops.
How many know about OTUS and plans to create interoperable data systems that track all sorts of things, including their estimation of your child’s neuroticism? Only they aren’t going to tell you that because the folks in the oak paneled rooms at the University of Chicago, like James Heckman who has set up the human capital finance equations, don’t want to fill the school board meetings. It’s really better that parents, and even educators, not know the amount of data these devices are capable of capturing, and how they plan to use that data to make predictions about everyone’s futures – children and educators alike.
We are only a few variants away from “public education” being transformed under austerity into one massive global United-Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4-aligned public-private partnership. The Gattaca grooming of coming generations will happen at the behest of the Impact Management Project. Key Performance Indicators, digital blockchain vouchers, smart city sensors collecting data with fidelity, tracking the long-range economic outputs of Metaverse-ready human capital. Children as livestock wrangled by algorithms, chatbots, and robots. Anytime, anywhere learning fueled by Skinnerian good-behavior scrip is right around the bend. Few can see it, because they’ve been trained to stay in Google’s boxes, in Twitter’s boxes. Push the button, get the programmed reaction – right on cue – and to think it all happened so quickly.
#LockoutLori is part of the Skinner control system. CTU knows this. Lori Lightfoot knows this. They are playing their assigned roles, victim versus bully. Pavlovian response kicks in. We know how to do this. The Internet trained us how to do this. So we do it over and over and over with the right hashtags to feed the simulation. Open Source Intelligence on tap 24/7.
For a bit of some background on behaviorism and Skinner and an interesting connection to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, see this video I made during a site visit to Susquehanna, PA last summer. Don’t worry, it’s relevant. Remember, I cast a WIDE net, but in the end it all hangs together.
Skinner logged the data from his experiements on a new-fangled machine called the cumulative recorder. The Smithsonian has one in its collections. It was a roll of paper that was marked to show documentation of animal behavior over a period of time. I believe today’s equivalent will be the blockchain identity system and the amount of data it will gather on each of us through external and internal sensor networks will soon be beyond what we can even fathom. Remember Bettina “vending machine blockchain government” Warburg from my previous post on the Nam Shub of Enki and Sumerian tablets? Well she’s one of the key people advancing the blockchain spatial web and related supply and value chains. Her current job is managing partner at ANIMAL VENTURES.
I believe the Mormon Transhumanist Association is aware of this as people like Lincoln Cannon speak about the possibilities of making copies of human lives and the possibility of laws guiding how to manage identity through eternal life as expressed by Brigham Young. I know you might be thinking this seems rather tangential, but Ben Blair, a Columbia University graduate, is the current president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. Early in his career Blair was employed by K12.com. It turns out when I was doing the information picket of the Texas Blockchain Summit one of the people I met knew him. He, too, shared concerns aroud blockchain consciousness and post-humanism. Ben went on to be a co-founder of Teachur.co, which was later renamed Newlane University, a low-cost online competency-based learning program with a monthly fee-based structure.
I sense this is the type of “lifelong learning” infrastructure that may be on the way linked to a Universal Basic Income, a Learning Economy where the online learning management system learns how to be human by interacting with you. Of course social impact investment deals would be layered in as well to help global capital flows. It should be noted that Evernym and Instructure are both based in Salt Lake City and have ties to Brigham Young University. Brigham Young University affiliates are also advising Learning Economy and Michael Crow’s blockchain education efforts towards a universal education. No one is supposed to grasp the part about the machine learning us.
Learning Economy is how global impact investors will track us through the Metaverse – by our digital wallets full of micro-credentials that testify to our worthiness as human capital for remote robotic and platform gig labor in Richard Baldwin’s Globalization 4.0.
Today I was listening to a wonderful compilation of interviews and a biographical sketch of John Trudell, a leader of the American Indian Movement. Trudell spoke of the ways in which we are being raised by technology, of the ways those in power use our spirit energy to power their tech-no-logic system. He says we need to remember who we are; that we are human beings and part of the earth. We need to take responsibility; we need to remember the power we have. Stories of spirit and power were once taught to children, but those stories have been lost to civilization and educational programming. Power is not something outside of us, money or access to systems of domination, it is inside of us. Once we know that, our real power can never be controlled.
Trudell also said the good guys are fighting the bad guys, and the bad guys are fighting the good guys. Both sides, however, are riding the same train. If we choose to stay in Google’s train, the train of state intelligence and war and debt-finance, our precious children, will be taking a one-way trip to the land of cyborg avatar capitalism. The destination for distance learning is an inhumane data warehouse where machines suck up spirit energy and siphon it into the human digital twins described by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone. One day, if not already, these twins – optimized by Artificial Intelligence – will run us. When the day arrives, I fear we may not even know it’s happened. We need parents who are willing to grow a backbone and say no to their proposed cyborg future. Break the Skinnerian conditioning, know your spirit, take responsibility, and their power over you will not hold. See below a video of my friend in Tokyo paying a visit to the office of the Japan Science and Technology Agency’s Moonshot Project and refusing this future.
Weaponized Narrative 101
Recognize weaponized narrative exists.
Before responding to a provocation, their programming, pause and consider if there are nudges in play?
Are you being pressured directly or indirectly to choose a side?
Is the “game” you’re in one that YOU created?
Or is it one into which you were placed?
Is it perhaps Google’s selfish ledger?
They want your children to want to stay in there, to live in a world of code.
That is what compulsory education is about now – hastening the creation of substrate independent minds.
Remote learning fills out the ledgers – quickly.
Maybe it’s time to step outside the game, get some fresh air and a new perspective.
Maybe it’s time to get off the damn train because it goes to digital twin land.
Maybe it’s time to to wander, put your hands in the dirt, and deprogram.