Are you ready for COGNITIVE CITIES? Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is already adopting Cognitive City technology.
Notice how Cognitive Cities focus on INCLUSIVENESS. This buzzword ultimately intends to substitute the Hive Mind Singularity for rational, independent thought. Both Smart and Cognitive Cities do your thinking for you – the individual becomes nothing but a node in the Community Operating System.
A few thoughts on INCLUSION:
A “community” that is directed toward the “value” of INCLUSIVENESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION / INCLUSIVITY for every “identity”
IS THE OPPOSITE OF
a *society* that is directed by *individuals* who possess the *characteristic* of CONFIDENCE / SELF-KNOWLEDGE/ SELF-SUFFICIENCY (or – to use a contemporary concept – SELF-ESTEEM).
INCLUSIVENESS is, first and foremost, about data capture and the compilation of hyper-detailed records of everyone’s attributes and experiences. This is for the benefit of human capital (and human liability) investors who want to make “big bets” on the possibility of achieving (or failing to achieve) “positive social outcomes” and it fulfills the desire of contemporary sorcerers to build an alternative mind – one to displace God’s Creation.
On a practical level, inclusiveness is also about creating “communities” in which everyone FEELS VALUED (as an asset) and EXPERIENCES (or has the perception of) BELONGING. Note that how one feels is a function of EVERYONE ELSE’S BEHAVIOR towards oneself – or how one perceives someone else’s behavior toward oneself.
Note that REASON / THOUGHT as well as INDIVIDUAL FORTITUDE / SELF-ASSUREDNESS are subordinated to EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE. In an inclusive community, one’s sense of self (-worth/value) is determined by one’s opinions about the opinions of others. This sounds like a recipe for creating a diffident, servile people – or, to use the kinder, more popular term, an ADAPTABLE people – who may be “developed” now and into the future (i.e. sustainably). Inclusiveness is designed to turn individual human beings into mixed-use assets-under-management.
The older language of CHARACTER depends on the assumption that individuals become who they are through their free choices and their responses to the situations, obstacles, and opportunities that they encounter over the course of life. Both reason/thought and passion/emotion/feeling, as well as the will, play a role in choosing how one will meet the uncertainties of life. And over time those choices start to coalesce into habits and a more-or-less settled character. Human freedom is an essential component of this ethical paradigm – though it may be lost by individuals who consistently choose to act slavishly and who indulge the passions over reason and thoughtful consideration.
The element of FREEDOM, necessary for the unfolding of INDIVIDUAL CHARACTER is wholly absent from the Cognitive City structure.