By Marica Micallef
In an interview with TED’s director Chris Anderson that was released on Tuesday 9th August, Yuval Noah Harari, the World Economic Forum (WEF) adviser, said:
“We just don’t need the vast majority of the population” in the early 21st century given modern technologies’ rendering human labour economically and militarily “redundant.”
In a nutshell, this means that artificial intelligence (AI) will create a new class of useless and irrelevant people.
He concluded that the “common people’s” pervasive dissatisfaction today, which, stems from a worry about being “left behind” in a world ruled by “smart people.” is legitimate, given his prediction that new technology will replace many types of existing job as a means of meeting economic needs:
“A lot of people sense that they are being left behind and left out of the story, even if their material conditions are still relatively good. In the 20th century, what was common to all the stories — the liberal, the fascist, the communist — is that the big heroes of the story were the common people, not necessarily all people, but if you lived, say, in the Soviet Union in the 1930s, life was very grim, but when you looked at the propaganda posters on the walls that depicted the glorious future, you were there. You looked at the posters which showed steel workers and farmers in heroic poses, and it was obvious that this is the future.
Now, when people look at the posters on the walls or listen to TED talks, they hear a lot of these big ideas and big words about machine learning and genetic engineering [via vaccines] and blockchain and globalization, [via their agenda] and they are not there. They are no longer part of the story of the future, and I think that — again, this is a hypothesis [surely he isn’t going to explicitly say it is where they are trying to drive humanity to]— if I try to understand and to connect to the deep resentment of people, in many places around the world, part of what might be going there is people realize — and they’re correct in thinking that — that, ‘The future doesn’t need me. You have all these smart people in California and in New York and in Beijing, and they are planning this amazing future with artificial intelligence [AI] and bio-engineering and in global connectivity and whatnot, and they don’t need me. Maybe if they are nice, they will throw some crumbs my way like universal basic income,’ but it’s much worse psychologically to feel that you are useless than to feel that you are exploited.”
In his comparison of the 20th and 21st centuries, Harari also made predictions on how the economies of the present and following centuries will gradually have less need for people. He stated:
“If you go back to the middle of the 20th century — and it doesn’t matter if you’re in the United States with Roosevelt, or if you’re in Germany with Hitler, or even in the USSR with Stalin — and you think about building the future, then your building materials are those millions of people who are working hard in the factories, in the farms, the soldiers. You need them. You don’t have any kind of future without them.”
“Now, fast forward to the early 21st century when we just don’t need the vast majority of the population,” he concluded, “because the future is about developing more and more sophisticated technology, like artificial intelligence [and] bioengineering, Most people don’t contribute anything to that, except perhaps for their data, and whatever people are still doing which is useful, these technologies increasingly will make redundant and will make it possible to replace the people.”
And then Malta Today published a stupid article in June 2022, stating how it hopes that the AI revolution would pick up speed.
If this New World Order system is set up, there are going to be major problems for nations because it is a system that moves ever closer to a state fully surveilled and controlled by AI.
The truth is, in such a system where AI would have replaced most of the workers, the workers are going to have no practical value, and should not expect to be treated well by an amoral, wholly utilitarian System that resents taking care of an entire class of people that produces nothing and has nothing to offer.
Humanity should not partake in anything that will make it become part of such a system but create its alternatives.
One thing I know:
“There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail. There is a tiny and brilliant light burning in the heart of man that will not go out no matter how dark the world becomes.” (Leo Tolstoy)