(Daniel Taylor) Cashless payment, virtual reality, internet censorship, telepresence, robotics, artificial intelligence; these technologies have received massive funding and development from Big Tech in the last decade.
As lockdowns progress, social isolation becomes the “new norm”, and face-to-face human interaction is restricted, the emergence of a pandemic virus will give Big Tech the chance to shine darkly on all of us.
There was already a trend toward social isolation enabled by advancing technology and social media before the virus emerged. Big Tech is more than willing to give the world another nudge into a digital Plato’s cave.
Trump recently announced that Google is already acting as an extension of the U.S. government’s response to coronavirus.
Big Tech is also “fighting misinformation” about the coronavirus by censoring online content.
All major Big Tech companies issued a joint statement Monday that said:
— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) March 17, 2020
After Facebook’s failed attempt to launch its digital currency Libra, Big Tech has another opportunity to push a new cashless system as calls to ban cash intensifies.
A recent article from Forbes said that virtual reality offers a solution to travel bans:
Virtual reality (VR) offers a solution to the travel bans companies all over the world are facing and the restrictions on large gatherings that are being imposed by governments.
The fight for a pro-human future is now more important than ever. At the very least, the seeds of a pro-human world need to be sown now so that when new systems emerge after a potential collapse, humanity has a chance.