Updates: 1/10/15; 2/27/15
Mobile is Eating the World
The following information is from “Mobile is Eating the World”, compiled by Benedict Evans of Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm with $4.2 billion under management.
Some additional and equally staggering facts highlighted in the presentation include:
- An estimated 1.5 trillion text messages per year are now sent via global SMS
- On the iphone launch weekend, Apple sold 25x more CPU transistors than were in all the PCs on Earth in 1995
- A new iphone CPU has 625x more transistors than a 1995 Pentium; a literal super computer in your pocket
- 80 billion consumer photos were taken on film in 1999; this year 800 billion photos were shared on social networks
- The utility of mobile increases as income falls; Sub-Saharan Africa has been selected to experience a mobile boom and are leading the planned and inevitable world transition to smartphone payment systems (credit/debit cards were only a normalizing sub-phase within the transition to a cashless society)
The Silicon Valley conclusion:
There is no point in drawing a distinction between the future of technology and the future of mobile. They are the same.
Peter Diamandis, co-founder and chairmen of Singularity University, projects his own desires on to this explosive growth trend by stating:
Our desire for the most powerful, newest tech in our pocket is the beginning of a symbiotic merger between human and machine.
Diamandis seems to hardly be able to contain his excitement when pointing out the insidiously stealth-like nature in which your smartphone and its sensor/smartgrid nexus will “inflitrate” you, your business, your family, and every aspect of your life.
Sensors are the real magic. The growing suite of sensors in our phones is extending our abilities, slowly making us superhuman. The smartphone is our future JARVIS, making us future Tony Starks.
Pocket Supercomputers, a Stargate to your very own Digital Synapse
This information is all a bit dry, however I bring it up in light of what I observed to be the emergence of a new phase in the solidification of the delusional hallucination concept previously explored in the Skeleton Key post, a subtle progression of the videodrome signal realized via the Black Magicians’ holly-wood spell casts. Specifically this tactic appears to utilize the smartphone as a character of its own, rather than as a part of the audience’s normally passive viewing experience, where the actor uses the smartphone as an external prop (as most would currently perceive the surely harmless use of their own smartphone on a day-to-day basis). I am still grappling with how to explain my observation of this phenomena in words, though I suppose for now it will suffice to propose that during these scenes it is as if a metaphorical switch is flipped in my perceptive awareness, such that it activates an otherwise dormant yet always evolving digital synapse. Direct observation of this delusional hallucination allows one to experience their own burgeoning transhuman insanity in real time.
I first noticed this phenomena towards the middle of Chef (2014). As you will see below the audience is shown the digital image from a smartphone on the movie screen itself rather than as a close up of the image of the smartphone and its screen in the actor’s hands. This is a subtle yet potentially transformative shift in tactics (apologies to the reader, GIFs or actual clips would better illustrate my point here but I hope the screen shots will be adequate).
This same phenomena is also heavily featured in Men, Women & Children (2014). Reader beware, this film is truly disgusting for a wide variety reasons: (1) while totally irrelevant to the plot it manages to reinforce the perceived legitimacy of Carl Sagan, an infinite universe, space travel, really all of NASA, and then 9/11 for good measure; (2) with its tone the film somehow manages to present our collective sexual and emotional insanity – up to and including porn addiction/masturbation, teenage pregnancy, cheating and divorce, vanity and celebrity, lack of morals, eating disorders, and substance abuse, among others – as a normal yet unfortunate state of affairs that can’t be avoided; and (3) it manages to paint the lone parental voice raising concerns about the pitfalls of technology on her child’s life as a certifiable lunatic whom ultimately morphs into a villian, which is of course designed to subconsciously preempt via characiture anyone attempting the common sense exploration of these issues.
As I stated above, during these scenes it is as if a metaphorical switch is flipped in my perceptive awareness, such that it activates an otherwise dormant yet always evolving digital synapse. By deduction I would guess that this etheric media torrent (fully loaded with mystery school content as an added bonus) was downloaded into my awareness when I was first exposed to a flashing screen as a child. The experience is one of premonition more than anything else, meaning it is as if this visual technique takes my awareness to a place where perceiving the screen – normally the retina of the mind’s eye in that moment anyway – acts as a temporary virtual vortex that sucks my awareness to a point within the time line of the etheric digital synapse thought form where my awareness is perceiving the digital world as fully merged with my vision. Embedding smartphone imagery into the movie screen itself further crystalizes the formation of the audience’s own digital synapse, a sort of self-reinforcing magick time loop.
More broadly this tactic seems to take the currently nebulous state of the delusional hallucination within the collective subconscious to the point of solidification, designed to evoke imagery that will surround a future point in time when the JARVIS smartphones merge with the urban smartgrids. Viewing the imagery associated with smartphones as a distinct image on the movie screen itself is conditioning the audience for an “inevitable” upgrade to their field of vision, a field that will perceive the digital hallucination as a part of physical reality: indeed, in this scenario collective imagination will perceive it as more real than reality itself. The smartphone, your very own pocket supercomputer, is a stargate to this future.
Step inside the wormhole, YOU(R)-TUBE:
Or perhaps I am reading too much into this?
The results from our study suggest that iPhones are capable of becoming an extension of our selves such that when separated, we experience a lessening of ‘self’ and a negative physiological state
The “researchers” (this term should be scoffed at) conclude that iPhone users should avoid parting with their phones during daily situations that involve a great deal of attention, such as taking tests, sitting in conferences or meetings, or completing important work assignments, as it could result in poorer cognitive performance on those tasks.
Resistance is futile.
Update 2/27/15: Modern Family – Season 6, Episode 6 – “Connection Lost” (indeed). This entire episode is set from the perspective of a character viewing a computer screen. I have to tip my cap to these programmers, they are skilled at what they do.