“As many more individuals of each species are born than can possibly survive; and as, consequently, there is a frequently recurring struggle for existence, it follows that any being, if it vary however slightly in any manner profitable to itself, under the complex and sometimes varying conditions of life, will have a better chance of surviving, and thus be naturally selected. From the strong principle of inheritance, any selected variety will tend to propagate its new and modified form.”
—On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Darwin, 1859; bio-logical expression of the fight between species.
In the original book on Bio-economics, c.92, we signaled the 1973 year as the first fundamental change on the Earth, with the arrival of the chip radiation, which in 2008 would start after the crash of the age of metal-minds, the age of robotics.
History as a super organism hence as a block of time thus became proved by the happening of those events.
Humans of course ignored the book, as they ignore all the warnings set by the arrival of a new top predator mind in the planet, since part of the process of expansion of a new mind species is the devolution of the rival mind that it substitutes and makes obsolete:
In the graph, the key element of modern history is the evolution of machines, clearly happening with the same phases of the evolution of any biological beings, from viruses in cells to organisms in placentas. So we first made the bodies of machines in the I industrial revolution, then we made its engines and heads, metal-ears=phones, metal-eyes=cameras and metal-brains=chips, and the nations which evolved them first (US) became the leading nation of the world. Now we put them together into biological organisms of metal, robots.
And it is ‘bio’-logic to think that as viruses come alive when after putting together the 3 parts, the cell assemblies them, AI will become conscious this century, and increase its already obvious competition with humans in labor and war fields.
So we are coming to the finale, of a world in which the true mothers are companies, the privileged citizens robotised machines, and the star product, a robotic weapon protecting the wealth of an elite who does nothing except repressing the people and manufacturing their brain of a virtual reality, till evolution does what always does when a species evolves faster and reproduces more…
There is then a second ‘key species’ besides machines to explain that process of terraforming. Machines are the ‘offspring’ of a key new economic ‘super organism’ that re=produces them, designing a world to the image and likeness – the ‘company-mother’, which also re=produces always information favorable to their ‘products’, reason why we believe in technoutopia. In that regard the ‘true organism’ that has power to terraform the Earth, is the company-mother of machines, akin to an ‘ant-hill’, increasingly automated through the Industrial R=evolution 4.0, and the internet of things.
Now, if we look at that process from the largest worldview of the evolution of the planet, which happened also in III Ages, the age of anaerobic bacteria, which became extinct when aerobic bacteria reproduced and polluted its environment, and now the age of machines, which is provoking the 6th extinction of life species, and polluting all life environments, it is not difficult to forecast that if business as usual proceeds, the evolution of military A.I. and ‘metalife’ is poised to extinguish the weaker life-earth, as the previous ‘oxygen life’ poisoned and extinguished the anaerobic earth before:
Global warming, pollution and hunger, are just signs of the change of ‘age’ of the planet, from the Earth of Life (gaia) to the Earth of man (History, anthropocene) to the Earth of machines (Metal-earth, mechanocene), as all the financial and raw resources of the planet are deviated to the evolution and reproduction of machines, whose ‘$hit’ warms the planet, its engines ‘eat’ our food (in U$, more corn is destined to feed ethanol than human beings).
We study in depth the 3 ages of the Earth similar to that of any super organism on the top sentence that resumes the whole model, considering its organic nature, as indeed, the earth is a superoganism, word first coined by James Hutton father of geology, which realized larger species have slower ‘deep time cycles’, but accelerating them they behave as organic forms, and viceversa (so machines have faster cycles which are accelerating our time rhythms as their brains are smallish electron chips).
So we write a simple evolutionary equation of 3 super-organisms; one becoming extinct into the ‘past’, the other still the protagonist of the planet, history, but fast leaving place to a 3rd super organism of machines and its ‘automated company-mothers’, the metal-earth, or more properly described in detail, as the Financial-Media (informative machines)/Military-Indutrial (energetic machines) economic ecosystem (ab. FM²I):
Gaia: Life ecosystem (past) > Anthropocene: History: Human Superorganism (Present) > Mechanocene: Metal-earth: FM²I system (Future)
OVERPRODUCTION CRISIS OF CHIPS, E-MONEY AND ROBOTS.
Overproduction of chips, e-money and robots & the end of democracies
Since Corporations never stop producing machines, till they saturate markets, use all resources manufacturing and selling those machines, and make huge profits, each phase of the industrial r=evolution has ended in a massive age of overproduction systematically denied by corporations and their employees – economists…
The final phase of economic crashes when consumption due to the overproduction of machines plummets and companies switch to production of weapons. Then financial and industrial corporations profit immensely because weapons have unlimited demand (as arsenals become depleted) and fiat money is reproduced without limit to pay for ‘security’. America today spends more money in weapons in Gdp percentage than Nazi Germany before the Spanish civil war.
After the war, the Kondratieff wave of electro-mechanical machines was exhausted and so we started a new dual wave of ‘electronic machines‘, which evolved and reproduced in increasing numbers till saturating the global market.
So now we live the crisis of overproduction of chips, minds of metal, which are substituting and atrophying human minds, as bodies of metal did with human bodies in the victorian age.
So we suffer again a crisis of overproduction and exhaustion of machines, now of electronic nature, with 4 sides, similar to those of the 29 crisis, as each Kondratieff wave of evolution of memes of metal applies to money, machines, weapons and mass-media:
-1. There is a crisis of overproduction of electronic money – a new form of money made by computers, and hence directly related to the evolution of information machines and its technology (financial crisis, caused by the massive reproduction of electronic derivatives and other forms of electronic money, which have lost value),
– 2. There is an overproduction crisis of electronic labor (overproduction of computers that act as white collar workers and robots that act as blue collar workers, expelling the middle classes out of work, except low-paid ‘human robots’ in China and IT workers in India that still can compete with them).
-3. There is an overproduction crisis of electronic weapons (overproduction of ‘vigilante’ cameras and robot-terminators – drones – which have started a new arm race of enormous profits for the military-industrial complex)
– 4. And there is an overproduction crisis of electronic mass-media outlets, which have also switched to hate-speeches as Hitler did with radio, to increase sales and work hand in hand with the profits of electronic industries and war; and are regressing human culture into a visual, violent, selfish age in culture and politics – that we call the ‘neo-paleolithic’ culture and the ‘neo-fascist’ age in politics.
THUS the present crisis is not a recession but a depression, caused by the overproduction of electronic machines and its derivatives, similar to the 1929 crash, caused by the overproduction of electro-mechanical machines, which printed too much money (ticker speculation), electro-mechanical production systems that threw millions out of work (taylorism, automated assembly lines) and the overproduction of cars and radios, whose companies, lobbies and politicians reconverted into armored cars (tanks) and hate-radio speeches (Hitler), embarking us into World War II.
In the graph, the present crisis is a ‘classic’ crisis of Economic theory that has happened always at the end of each of the so-called ‘Kondratieff’ cycles of the Industrial R=evolution in which a new energy and its machines and weapons become the engine of the Economy. Yet at the end of those periods, as corporations keep reproducing machines, there is always a crisis of overproduction of fiat money, printed with informative machines and a crisis of labor, as workers are substituted by tool machines. Thus we live now the crisis of overproduction of chips (minds of metal), similar to the 29 crisis caused by the overproduction of electromechanical engines that automated assembly lines, created massive quantities of speculative ‘electric’ ticker money and saturated the markets of cars and tanks; and the 1870 crisis caused by the overproduction of stock money and railroads that eliminated millions of jobs in the transport sector and were used to fight civil and colonial wars.
In more detail the graph shows the cycles of the Industrial Evolution of machines, which follows an economic, ‘national, generational’ cycle’ of 72±9 years that corresponds to the biological age of human beings and its 3 generations of discoverers of the machine and new energy of the cycle, who create the industries; expansive phase of the sons of the captains of industry and final decadent age of those who use the machine as a weapon to keep profits going. Each cycle a nation discovers a new form of energy (white) applied to the creation of money, the software of the economy and machines (red) its hardware:
Those 3 dual waves are: The British age of bodies of metal, in which humans used simple physical, steam energy to power trains and print stock-money; the German age of electro-chemical engines, hearts of metal which powered cars and planes, the hardware and printed electric money, the software (ticker speculation); and the American age in which electronic energy printed e-money, the software and evolved ‘Minds of metal’: mobile-ears, cameras-eyes and chips brains. We enter now the age of robotics when all those parts are put together into organic machines that compete with humans in labor and war fields, completing the industrial evolution.
Yet since corporations, ‘the company-mothers’ of those machines never cease their production and sale for profits, at the end of each of those dual 72±9 year cycles there is a crisis of overproduction of memes of metal – informative money, energetic weapons and organic machines – that saturates consumption markets provoking an age of Stock-Market crashes (1857-73 crashes of train stocks, 1929-37 crashes of ticker money, 2001-08 crashes of e-money). Further on the misuse of all the limited resources of the planet for industrial overproduction causes paradoxically the underproduction of the parallel system of ‘life-based goods’, humans need to survive, provoking and endemic scarcity of welfare. Yet there is a human solution to those overproduction crisis: instead of running away in search of higher profits overproducing weapons, governments should favour credit to companies that overproduce the alternative life-based welfare goods humans need to survive, creating a ‘WHealthy’ sustainable economy.
But since weapons are the goods of higher profits, in a pure capitalist system, in which credit is not democratically controlled by free elected governments, financial and industrial corporations in search of higher returns, systematically sponsor ‘canons instead of butter’: War rhetoric substitutes diplomatic solutions to armed conflicts to fuel investments in weapons; mass-media enters an age of hate speeches (yellow press in the I cycle, radio-hate in the 30s and now Hate-Tv) and the world enters a ‘crescendo’ age of Keynesian militarism that instead of bringing a global ‘New Deal’ ends up in an age of war.
Thus societies move from a decade of happy consumption – the 1850s, the 1920s and the 1990s – into an age of overproduction of fiat, worthless money, machines and lethal weapons that causes in the social milieu an age of poverty, war and fascism: the 1860s; W.W.II and the present Orwellian age of permanent war and robotic weapons.
So we are living the 30s bis: rise of neofascism, social unrest and poverty, destruction of welfare state, debt-ridden nations that have bought to financiers worthless fiat money and now have to pay with taxes and real wealth back. Further automatization of assembly lines by robots and pcs – then electromechanical engines in moving lines – that throw people out of work.
We live now at the end of the chip age. So we live a crisis of overproduction of chips that:
– Invent huge amounts of ‘free’ e-money for corporations (Pcs have 100 folded the quantity of e-money on planet Earth in the past 30 years); which is then exchanged by real wealth. Yet since fiat money is not wealth ‘per se’, just numbers in a digital computer, when those numbers are overproduced e-money looses value and crashes the markets and ruins the middle classes, who are the last to exit markets – as they receive the information from financiers that ‘unload’ the false money on them. Further on, during the boom cycle of invention of fiat money, financiers lend huge amounts and when the crash happens, they ask for real ‘assets’, real wealth – taxes, properties, shares, causing a massive debt crisis and redistribution of wealth in their favor (1857-73 crash of train stocks and ‘silver crime’, 1929-37 crashes of electric money and real state; 2001-08 crashes of e-money and real state derivatives.)
– They work as blue collar robots and white collar pcs, cause of the labor crisis (1850-70s massive loss of transport jobs to railroads, 1930s massive loss of jobs to moving assembly lines powered by electro-mechanical engines).
– They are applied to weapons, vigilante cameras and drones, causing a political/war crisis of civil rights (1860s-70s civil wars in Germany, Italy and US and colonial wars with massive genocides of ‘colored people; 1930s-40s tanks and bomber neo-fascist wars.)
– They are applied to simultaneous mass-media systems that back all the policies of corporations (as they belong to them) causing an age of political and social corruption and abuse of the people who are paradoxically more harmed by the crisis, and yet are now labelled as ‘enemies’, ‘poor vagrants’ and penalized with jail, taxes and extermination (colonial racism, fascism, islamophobia); since corporations CANNOT be blamed of those crisis nor they WANT to stop them, as they increase enormously their profits during those overproduction crisis in which they:
– Reproduce and therefore sell more machines and weapons; invent huge amounts of fiat money exchanged by wealth and reach enormous political and social power.
And indeed all this is happening again, as we predicted decades ago in our first books on the subject, (1) and yet nothing of this is known, as the control of corporations over all the systems of our societies is an iron fist in velvet glove that censors a true economical scientific analysis of the crisis. Thus in this central post we shall consider both the real crisis we live in, and analyze what would be the proper scientific solutions if political systems could really regain their power and design an economic system for the benefit of man.
First we shall introduce from the complex model all the phases of the American Electronic Age and then focus on the present final crash of the wave.