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It’s Musk against Москва, backed by the multitudes of corporate America, just a little pressure by the U.S. Government. However, in this war, the nation-state governments have nearly become irrelevant (an exaggeration of course). On the ground, weapons are ultimately supplied by Raytheon and Lockheed and other manufacturers in a MIC bartering game where Poland can’t quite swap out it’s old MiG-29 fleet. For the sanctions, Visa, Mastercard, and the multinationals took action, with major government-level regulatory bodies falling short of total blockade, with ICANN not blocking domains and EU banks cutting SWIFT for only select banks. Multinationals went all in (or out), despite governments holding back, and that is how they slip into irrelevancy. If anything has changed in the world order, it’s Thomas Friedman’s premise that “no two countries that both had McDonald’s had fought a war against each other since each got its McDonald’s”. That too is network signal where fast food chains go dark and it is immediately detectable.
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Of many comedians, quite a few observable end up speculating on dark futures correctly. Case in point with Zelensky who played President Goloborodko in Servant of the People. If this were Dark Forest of Intelligence, the comedian had signaled too loudly a satirical future in an irreversible past, and the predator has only now arrived. Only it was all a joke. Or was it? There are cases of comedians becoming statesmen. Perhaps few played presidents. For America, it’s not surprising how many actors turn politicians (Reagan, Trump, even Pence was a radio talk-show host). This brings us to a new level of Dark Forest Theory of Intelligence with two hypers: hypernormalisation and hyperstition.
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A Dark Forest Theory of Intelligence builds on the Dark Forest Theory of the Internet (DFTI) which developed further from the Three-Body Problem’s second book in the series, The Dark Forest. The premise is extremely simple, and serves as an Occam’s razor of martial and survival gaze in avoiding detection, while still increasing one’s network of communications. The original Dark Forest Theory was coined from the fiction work of Liu Cixin and suggests a reason the universe is so silent: the night forest is teeming with predators and to avoid detection as means of survival, predators and prey remain quiet. For the universe, this means that alien civilisations are either predatory or not, and to avoid being invaded, they do not needlessly send radio signals blasting across the galaxy (or Tesla’s for that matter). It is better to avoid contact at all costs, as the probability of an alien species being predatory is pretty high, or the cost-benefits risk not of high value. For DFTI, this ‘going dark’ highlights the growing balkanization of the internet into private networks and private communications, namely against aggressive, predatory marketing and social media: the digital artist’s bane. It can go much deeper than Yancy Strickler’s exploration, further explored as a sense of conflict in Bogna Konior’s work.
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As I run through each verse of Tolkien’s Dwarven Song of Old Wealth, popularized in Peter Jackson’s more recent film The Hobbit (2012), my mind is torn between prototypical myths of kings and mountain men. On the one hand, the Dwarven Song tells a tale of a mysterious King under the mountain who returns unto his hall. On the other, it’s the tale of an old powerful dwarf taken by madness after losing his mountain and his fathomless horde of gold. For me, the tale confounds and twists two popular mythical archetypes from very polar, yet both proto-Indo European cultures: the Old Man of the Mountain (or the Wildman, wodewose), and the King asleep in the Mountain who returns.
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