The title of this post isn't efficient enough. I just don't know how to fit everything I'm trying to say and do with the coloring book into one catchy, click-baity title. I'm an artist so I try to focus on the art.
I don't understand how people can criticize one of the world's most important people with such impulsive disregard. Who else is doing what Musk is doing for the future of humankind within one lifetime? No one. We need many more people doing what he's doing, which is why I'm creating this coloring book.
Not to be jaded or anything, but I personally don't find it fruitful to try and convince adults to get behind what Musk is doing, unless they're in the market for buying a car or they're investors. It's the ones that are already convinced that realize that the ones most in need of understanding Musk's vision is our children. Our future. I think it's critical to focus our efforts on the children that are in this very moment growing up with Musk as he's making news as an environmental champion, innovator and source of inspiration. They need as much positive reinforcement as can possibly exist for the kind of future Musk and others are working so hard to design.
Have a problem with those designs? Then raise children that will bring even more to the table. Raise scientists, engineers, programmers, architects, builders, analysts and designers. Contribute to the construction of a better future rather than spit venom at those that are actually doing it.
So far, Musk's designs have begun to bring about a revolution of tech to the levels that we have never seen. These designs have been anything but harmful as a whole. Ever seen a synchronized double reusable rocket booster landing? Driven in an all electric car of its own class that has no emissions? Had an entire roof finished in tiles that double as solar chargers? Thank Musk for those things. And there's more on the way. Access to high quality, universal education for any child in any remote corner of the world, thanks to his philanthropy and to Starlink, his newer startup for revolutionizing access to the internet. A concept for three dimensional underground transit systems that by design will alleviate traffic and noise so that we can have more quality time with our families and friends throughout our lives, thanks to the Boring Company. An organization dedicated to ensuring that artificial general intelligence never reaches the point where it is dangerous to humanity by publishing research findings and holding true to a non-competitive mission, called OpenAI. Don't forget Neuralink, a research and design company bringing us brain-machine interfaces that could someday reveal otherwise invisible brain mechanisms that previous tools could not track, measure or record... research that could potentially help us alleviate suffering in people with brain diseases and disorders, and possibly even define and map the phenomenon of consciousness.
Consciousness. The final frontier. Not space. Space is a natural byproduct of consciousness. When consciousness is opened up and facts are preferred over opinion, space exploration is inevitable. Consciousness is by design, curiosity. Think of it as an organism itself, having evolved collectively in varying creatures as an experiment of matter viewing its own unfolding. A self-reflective organism that by nature is curious. Imagine now that you are Consciousness, the organism within the organism, thinking: "How does this work? Do these things feel pain? How can I learn more? What else is out there? How do I continue my quest for knowledge while not rupturing homeostasis in every environment I observe? How do I work to leave no trace, and if by nature it is impossible to leave no trace, how can I support the diversity of life as I continue my observations and explorations of the universe? How can I support the wheels of life to continue turning with as much biodiversity as possible saved from unnecessary suffering as I spread further and further out into the cosmos? Will I be ready when I meet my brothers and sisters out there, and will they welcome me for the work I started on my home planet or will I be a menace to them? What will I have to share with them that I have learned?"
How we can achieve such things that consciousness begs of us, without something like Neuralink to aid our mental bandwidth? Without the support of AI truth filters that sorts data for credibility like peer-reviewed journals do anyways already? Science is science. There's no room for ego. Opinion happens when we have a lack of information in some areal of expertise. That's why it's called an opinion. Fact happens when reality meets a form of communication (mathematics, language). Opinion can be helpful because it can lead people closer to the facts that they lack, because let's be honest, facts can be dry and boring. But opinion can be dangerous because it can lead people just as well to more opinion and worse, lies and propaganda. Sometimes opinion can even lead people to look at small snippets of facts, that, without context to the larger body of knowledge, can be spun to look like the opposite of what the truth may be.
Truth is relative in this way. Grab a fact out of context and spin it into something new. It's quite easy. To take what is actually true, you have to have ALL of the information, and that can be daunting because we all have jobs and lives to live without having to spend hours each day fact-checking sources and diving down internet wormholes and learning a whole new subject just to be able to understand fact from fiction. This is why mainstream media is a huge beast. It knows this. It's designed to deliver your innate, conscious desire for truth on a platter seasoned with everything that plays to your psychological wounds. You're not consuming facts. You're consuming second-hand impressions. If you want the facts, you'll need to go to a source that isn't profiting off of the drivel but profiting off of the benefits of the facts. The benefits of the facts are that we as a species can move forward, not backward. We can create a better world with education and quality of life for every living thing involved. There's an equation for that. There really is. But people are too busy fighting about these inevitably dying industries to notice.
Journalism is a dying industry in the way that it is currently set up, but that doesn't mean it's dead or can't revive itself into something we actually need now. Journalism, like the auto industry, needs to step up and reinvent themselves or we will all be living in a terrible world in the future. The more that journalism slows down the spread of sustainable technology, the more they become the enemy. I see more opionated, editorial-ish online publications doing the work of spreading environmental issues than the mainstream media. Mainstream media outlets just sit back and wait for big boss man to tell them what they can and can't cover on the news. So we've resorted to these op-ed publications with click-bait titles because we have no where else to go and we want to do what we think is right. Op-ed is fine so long as its understood that its mostly opinion. I regularly consume pro-Tesla and pro-SpaceX content online. I know I don't get all the facts from them, so I try to get the facts elsewhere. It's just very hard to do that when the facts are not put into historical and contemporary context so that I can understand what the MEANING of the facts actually are.
It's fine to collect data and give regular reports on new industries, but when it's spun to make it look like those new industries are bad or that no one should support them when actually THEY'RE ONE OF THE FEW BEST FIGHTING CHANCES WE'VE HAD FOR LONG TERM SURVIVAL IN A WHILE, then it becomes propaganda for big oil. It's like saying, "Oh no, people! Look, a failure! Go back, turn back, don't buy that Tesla, stay safe with a gas-guzzling, planet-destroying machine that will ensure not only you but also your children's children's children can enjoy this safe hell!" Rules of escaping global warming hell: don't look back. Yeah, it's going to be hard to turn this ship around. It's going to require equal if not more pain because we've already spent a good deal of time enjoying the pleasures and the fruits of our labor without thinking about how it was going to affect our biosphere. So expect a lot of discomfort in the beginning. We reshape our lives around our children to bring them the good things in life. Working to make the world a better place is not separate from parenting. It is the same endeavor. To make the world better, facts are necessary. The truth hurts right now, on many levels. So what. Let it hurt. Feel it. Let it break the ego and sting those psychological wounds that were being protected and babied by mainstream media (and op-ed content). Rip the bandage off already and seek the facts. It would be easier if there were a credibility system that helped us filter out fact from fiction, without bias, no? Sounds like a job for AI. For a well thought out bot. I know I need fact checking. All the time. I need monstrous amounts of data to make a decision. And I need it now.
It's funny, because robots are our friends in that way. AI can be programmed to gather facts and present them in an efficient and relevant manner that anyone with an ability to read (or sign, or hear) can understand. In my opinion - and I stress the word opinion because I'm not a programmer - I believe it's possible to program the robots to love.
First, we define love. That's the trickiest part. I think it has something to do with causing the least harm to the most amount of species simultaneously.
But by that equation the bot might see the damage we've done to the biosphere so far and immediately see their job to love as basically to kill off humanity and then be stewards of the natural world. So obviously we ourselves need to practice our own definition of love before we give our handy AI helpers the job that we ourselves can not yet do. And I don't mean kill ourselves off. I mean, kill our egos off of needing so much escape from reality. A dead ego is a good place to rebuild a healthier one that has all of life in mind, not just one's own survival.
And we will do this. When enough people see the numbers and the data, our hearts will break for the future and that is the perfect time for a collective transformation followed by a renaissance of human ambition.
Musk's Twitter followers are not cult members. Please stop calling normal people that. They're science lovers and environmentalists and programmers and advocates for human consciousness and most of all, optimists. It is not contradictory to be an optimist and a critical thinker. It is complementary.
Musk just happens to be this incredibly devoted engineer that's leading the discussion through action. Is it weird that he's a billionaire? Maybe. Activists aren't used to having their heroes be capitalists. Not yet. But you can't break the rules unless you first follow them. How do we expect to fix what's wrong with capitalism on the fringes of society? It'll never happen. It needs to be fixed on the inside. What's wrong is that often products are created for no other reason than to exploit the human desire for escape. But what if you turn that desire on it's head and turn it into a desire to connect? To connect to each other, faster, better and thus understand one another with such speed that we can get over our petty qualms and get on with the exciting and never ending journey of exploration and discovery... whether that exploration is inward or outward. The journey ends when humanity ends, so why wouldn't you want to extend the existence of humanity? And last I heard, Musk was reinvesting all his money into every possible endeavor that could lead humanity to a more peaceful and enlightened existence. If that's what capitalism is evolving into then SIGN ME UP.
Religion. What a thing. I won't go into this thing too much, except to say that I am an optimist and I have always believed - even wrote a term paper on it when I was young - that we will one day develop software to uncover the real meaning of religion and myth in society. Not in general terms. Countless books and theses have beaten it to death. I mean in terms of actual mythical content. Software that completely analyzes every single religious text that ever existed, large and small, and that can present the data in a simple, concise manner for everyone to understand. Maybe we'd find out a whole lot about ourselves in a way that we'd not imagined prior. Maybe we'd find new information that reinforced certain theories of personality and how they found themselves in the stories. Or maybe even better, we'd have AI simulated suggestions of a new universal code of moral conduct based on all the agreements between the worlds' religions. (Maybe someone's already created that software or is working on it?) Maybe we'd get better at being good people, because I believe at the heart of every religious impulse is the desire to keep the peace.
It's just that... people aren't dumb anymore. Education is about to spread to every corner of the planet. Religion was helpful when education was only a privilege of the upper classes and somehow the masses had to know what the best method of being humane was without the access to education, so voila, here's the cheat code, a bunch of commandments. Oh and some epic trippy stories to go with it since we like drama. That's something the upper classes back then and the insightfuls had already figured out, btw. That drama sells. It's this thing, it's called the nervous system... oh never mind, here, have religion for now. It'll all be explained later. We're working on developing tools for science. It's going to be a while. (Cue hundreds upon hundreds of years of human suffering due to ignorance.)
Hey.... it's been a while, upper crust. We're ready. The middle class was engineered to fix this shit. To elevate the lower classes and let everything and everyone eventually blend into whatever it is we're growing into together as an earth family, without such unnecessary gaps of knowledge. It's inefficient. Share it already. Share the data. And let's teach each other to deal with the data.
I'm not saying science is against mysteries and possibilities of invisible forces such as fate and destiny, but those aren't the realm of inquisition we can delve into quite yet. We're still figuring out how to not kill each other. But give it time, and the thoughtful development of AI will give us answers that were staring us in the face the whole time. The key is, "thoughtful" development. We can't develop AI when we're battling each other. We're just going to program that battle into the code. If we can learn to shift our desires from the desire for egoic inflation to the desire for factual information, we can pull this whole thing off.
If we can learn to face the pain of what is true and then move forward having all the information, and do that together, we can accomplish anything. And when mistakes happen under the watch of innovation, try not to spit in the face of innovation. That's the nature of change. No one said it was easy. Just don't yell at the athlete training for the world championships "haha look at you, you fell!". Of course they're going to fall. They're going to fall THE MOST. Because that's how you become the champion. You went through the pain of every obstacle in your way and you still kept going. It's the mindset we all need to have going into humanity's future. Our kids and students are watching us.
Because they're watching, I'm doing the only thing I know how to do as an artist, which is to incite imagination and hope. I'm creating an opinionated trail of drawings that will lead parents, kids and others to a good example of what it means to work hard and maintain the torch for humanity and consciousness. Elon. Fucking. Musk.
This whole time all I really wanted to say was I'VE NAMED THE FEMME BOT IN THIS PAGE AND HER NAME IS PRAVDUH.
She has a heart on the region of her head that some religions or mythologies have identified as the region on the human body that points to the existence of an extra line of sight.
What is love?
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