Everyone knows the old saying: â€œBehind every technocrat is a transhumanist sorceress.â€ Nothing lasts forever, though, except the immortal soul and silicon.
In the tradition of celebrity lovebirds, Elon Musk justÂ announcedÂ heâ€™s splitting with the techno-pagan pop star Grimes (or â€œcâ€, or â€œWar Nymph,â€ or whatever sheâ€™s calling herself these days). But the worldâ€™s richest man assured gossip writers theyâ€™re still on good terms. After all, Musk and Grimes have their sonÂ X Ã† A-XiiÂ to raise. SomeÂ sayÂ he has his fatherâ€™s eyes.
For the consumer class, celebrity technocrats are exalted as idols. Even after their nasty separation, Bill and Melinda Gates are adored as heroic philanthropists. On a spiritual level, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan represent a postmodern fusion ofÂ Western JudaismÂ andÂ Eastern Buddhism.
As cultural icons, Musk and Grimes blend his tech expertise with her dark transhumanist vision. Grimesâ€™s pop fantasiesâ€”deeply rooted in futurism and the occultâ€”are being realized alongside Muskâ€™s innovations.
In the same way that rock nâ€™ roll foretold Americaâ€™s current chemical dependency and loose sexual norms, rave culture is a herald of fashionable technocracy.
Kneeling to the Highest Power
Even as a casual techno fan, I never paid attention to Grimes until a wise right-wing blogger noticed her 2018 single â€œWe Appreciate Power.â€ The catchy, if intensely irritating track is a hymn to a super-conscious Computer God. The lyrics portray humanity living in a virtual simulation, ruled over by divinized artificial intelligenceâ€”to whom every knee shall bend. The sappy bridge is about uploading the mind to achieve digital immortality.
Biology is superficial
Intelligence is artificial
The song may be the most annoying sound anyoneâ€™s made since Billy Idol recorded â€œNeuromancerâ€ in 1993. But hearing GrimesÂ pray to AI on YouTubeâ€”with over 23 million views and countingâ€”it seems like a significant cultural moment.
Maybe itâ€™s her romantic connection to Elon Muskâ€”the tycoon who plans toÂ sellÂ Neuralink brain implants for cognitive enhancement and populate cities with scrawny robotÂ slavesâ€”a man whoÂ advocatesÂ universal basic income whileÂ praisingÂ China as a â€œglobal leader in digitalization.â€ Or maybe the starlet is unsettling on her own merits.
Celebrities do all sorts of weird things, but Grimes takes it to future shock levels. SheÂ claimsÂ to have eliminated blue light from her vision â€œthrough an experimental surgery that removes the top film of [her] eyeball and replaces it with an orange ultra-flex polymer…as a means to cure seasonal depression.â€ The singer says she gobbles a handful of supplements every day to amp up her mitochondria. â€œFrom that point,â€ she told her 2.1 million Instagram fans, â€œI spend 2-4 hours in my deprivation tank, this allows me to â€˜astro-glideâ€™ to other dimensionsâ€”past, present, and future.â€
Her stories may be as preposterous as Muskâ€™s fully autonomous Tesla, but in both cases, itâ€™s the symbolism that counts. As every parent or schoolteacher knows, a primary instinct behind cultural evolution is â€œmonkey see, monkey do.â€ Role models replicate from the top down.
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