I’m working through the stories I have so far for the Underdog Anthology. You folk are better writers than I expected, and probably better than you realised. I have some great ones here. Remember, this anthology closes on 31st May and while this one is a random collection, the next ones will be themed.
As for my own stuff, Panoptica is progressing. It does have all manner of chip implants in the characters but it does not have a hive mind. The people in the story are not ready for that – rather, those in control prefer that those under their control don’t know what they’re thinking.
As always, real life is overtaking me. There are people out there who seriously want everyone to be part of a hive mind.
The first ones will die. That’s inevitable with any radical new procedure. They’ll persevere and they’ll get there. Brain implants that link human minds will happen.
‘Eventually, this type of technology will allow us to be connected 24/7 to the internet and on social media,’ he told the DailyMail.com.
I can think of nothing more horrific. Every Facebook restaurant meal photo, every Twitter mention of a football match, every cat picture, every inane post on every crazy forum, all the time. No escape.
Worse, every thought in every head on the entire planet. It would be like trying to find a quiet spot at Glastonbury’s rock festival. While Motorhead are on one stage and Iron Maiden on another. All the time. A constant babble.
Until everyone gets in tune, and everyone thinks the same thoughts at the same time. All the cat pictures and food photos and birthday reminders will stop. It will happen because it will be the only way to stop the cacophony.
Then, as most humans do already, we will seek out those who are not in the hive mind and make them join us. Humans already do this, and have for many centuries, through religion and now even through atheism. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.
Drones won’t understand why some people don’t want to be assimilated. It is the perfect way to live. The only way to live.
‘The more connectivity we have, the more peaceful and prosperous our world will become,’ said Istvan.
There it is. Why would you not want to be assimilated? Peace and prosperity. Oh, many will queue all night to be first to have an iBrain. Once they are assimilated they will assimilate others and the ball starts to roll…
‘People will electively start taking out one eyeball and putting in a robotic eye. It will allow us to see germs on each other and poisonous gases.’
He is describing, in detail, the Borg.
The Borg are not aliens from another world. Neither are the Cybermen, the logical next step after half-human Borg. They are us. Our future, if we let it happen. There are people on this world, right now, who want it to happen.
Sir Martin Rees, in the inset to that story, does not name Cybermen or Borg. It might not do his credibility much good. Yet he can see it happening too. The Cybermen, the Borg, are the ambition of transhumanists and most of them will scoff and say it won’t be like that.
No forced assimilation? *cough* ISIS. They get involved in this sort of thing and you’ll have forced assimilation next day.
It doesn’t even have to be that radical. The Catholic Church would soon fall to the temptation of conversion by simply injecting nanobots. Or taking out the brain and putting it in a robot body. There are many groups who would delight in this technology and some, innocent now, who would be corrupted by it. The temptation to assimilate rather than persuade would be irresistible.
Zoltan Istvan is likely to be remembered – if any history is remembered at all – as the father of the Borg. The Borg lead naturally to the Cybermen. And although, in fiction, they are mortal enemies, the Cybermen lead ultimately to the purely utilitarian Daleks. Now beyond assimilation for the most part, the Daleks seek only to eradicate the impurities of the universe – that is, everyone who isn’t a Dalek. They have never said, and probably never considered, what they will do once their sole objective has been achieved. Probably travel back in time and do it again.
Isn’t that what radical Islam is trying to do, right now? Assimilate and eradicate? Can you honestly say that humanity could never become Dalek? We already have large groups who operate on Dalek, or at least Borg/Cyberman principles! All they need is access to Transhumanist technology and we are there.
Borg, Cybermen and Dalek are fiction, but they are fictions that came from human minds. Just as Brave New World and 1984 came from human minds. I don’t have religion myself but I think there might have been, and still are, prophets. I don’t mean any kind of supernatural power prophets. I mean people whose minds take cues and hints and put together a logical sequence that tells them what is most likely to happen next.
It might seem like magic because they might not even know they’re doing it. And maybe, just maybe, some of those with this ability are also story writers.
Orwell’s 1984 was a warning.
Perhaps Star Trek’s Borg were too.