Tencent technology news on November 9, Elon Musk publicly said that the probability of human living in the so-called real world is only one in a billion. In other words, he believes that human beings have a great probability of living in a simulated world. However, musk does not seem to be eager to break this bondage. Instead, he is building his own science fiction world with Mars, the moon and the meta universe as the core, and trapping all of us.
In the last week of October this year, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates celebrated his 66th birthday in a bay off the coast of Turkey. He used a private helicopter to send the guests on the rented yacht to a beach resort. These guests include Jeff Bezos, who flew back to his yacht after the party. Of course, this is not the “super yacht” that Bezos is building for $500 million.
As the world’s richest man, musk did not attend the event. He is most likely to stay in Texas, and his space company SpaceX is preparing for the rocket launch. Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of meta, was also absent, but the day after the gates party, he announced his plan for the universe. In the metauniverse, wearing helmets and equipment isolated from the real world, you can become a 3D avatar and do many things in the virtual world, such as going to a party on a remote Aegean island, or boarding a yacht or taking a rocket, just like other super rich people.
The meta universe is not only an example of a broader and more disturbing turning point in the history of capitalism, but also a distraction from this turning point. Technology billionaires around the world are building a new kind of Capitalism: muskism. Musk, who likes to attack his opponent, ridicules Zuckerberg’s vision of the meta universe, but from Mars, the moon to the meta universe, all this seems to be related to musk. In this extreme alien capitalism, what drives the stock price to rise is not so much income expectation as fantasy in science fiction.
The word yuancosmos comes from the best-selling author Neal Stephenson’s 1992 science fiction avalanche, but the idea is much older. In the Star Trek series, Bezos was infatuated with the so-called “holodeck” when he was a child. Last month, Bezos sent actor William Shatner, who played “Captain Kirk” in the film, into space. Billionaires read stories about creating the world as children. Now they are rich enough to create the world, and the rest of us are trapped in it.
Strangely enough, musketism is a luxury form of capitalism, inspired by the story of accusing capitalism. At Amazon studios, Bezos tried to adapt the Scottish writer Iain banks’ culture space opera series into a TV series. Zuckerberg put a volume of the book on the list of books he thought everyone should read. Musk once wrote on Twitter: “if you must know, I am the kind of Utopian anarchist described by banks.”
There is no denying that these people are very smart. You can feel that they have really read these books. Gates is not too involved in all this. He once said “I’m not Martian”. Gates admitted that he read a lot of science fiction as a child, but most of them have been forgotten. Frankly speaking, maskism seems to contain a lot of misreading.
Marxistism originated in Silicon Valley in the 1990s. At that time, musk dropped out of Stanford University to start his first company, and then his second company, x.com. With the growing gap between the rich and the poor, the statement of Silicon Valley start-ups is becoming more and more exaggerated. Google has opened an R & D department called X with the goal of “solving some of the world’s toughest problems”.
Technology companies began to talk about their mission, although this mission is always exaggerated, including changing the future of work, connecting all mankind, making the world a better place, saving the earth, etc. Maskerism is a kind of capitalism in which companies openly and enthusiastically worry about all kinds of disasters that may bring the end of the world and the too real disaster of climate change, but more about the mysterious “survival risk”, that is, X risk, including human extinction. Obviously, only technological billionaires can save us.
But musk doctrine also has an earlier origin, including in Musk’s own biography. To a large extent, Musk’s doctrine originated from the so-called technocratic movement that flourished in North America in the 1930s. Musk’s grandfather Joshua n. Haldeman was the leader of this movement. Like marxistism, technocrats are inspired by science fiction and are based on the belief that technology and engineering can solve all political, social and economic problems. Technocrats distrust democracy or politicians, capitalism or money. In addition, they also opposed the use of personal names, just as musk named his youngest son x A-12.
Musk’s grandfather was an adventurer. In 1950, two years after the beginning of apartheid, he led his family from Canada to South Africa. Musk was born in Pretoria in 1971. As a teenager, musk read Douglas Adams’s “the pitchhiker’s Guide to the galaxy”. He planned to name the first SpaceX rocket to Mars after the heart of gold, the key spacecraft in the story.
The Galactic roaming guide does not have a meta universe, but it does have a planet called magrathea. Its residents built a huge computer and asked it for the ultimate answer to “life, the universe and all questions”. Millions of years later, its answer is “42”. Musk said the book taught him: “if you can express the problem properly, it is easy to get the answer.”
Douglas Adams’s Guide to the galaxy is especially aimed at the super rich, who own private rockets and establish colonies on other planets. The book says: “For these extremely rich businessmen, life eventually becomes quite boring. It seems that nowhere in the world where they live is completely satisfactory. Either the climate in the second half of the afternoon is not good, or the white sky is long for half an hour, or the pink color of the sea is wrong. This creates the conditions for a shocking new form of industry: customization and luxury China’s interstellar architecture. ”
This seems to be the purpose of Bezos and Musk’s lunar landing and Mars plans. If possible, they may also annex these two celestial bodies. (reviewed by Tencent technology / Jinlu)