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Friday, July 19, 2013
What the money wants
OK, kids. Here's a scary theory (and possible premise for SF story). Money is becoming conscious. This begs the question: What is money? OK. Let's define money as a symbolic reference frame for the actual and potential wealth of the world. Specifically: the world's available energy and potential energy within human systems. The 1s and 0s in financial data systems are analogous to the human nervous system's mapping of the physical body (and meta-awareness of control systems running the body) comprising self-awareness. Thus, at some point, all the 1s and 0s in the global financial system reach a threshold level of complexity and become SELF-AWARE. Money ceases to be an abstraction. Money is alive and has intention. Money wants something. "What does Money want?" becomes the most important question. This singularity is an ironically crass equivalent to Teilhard de Chardin's noosphere ... and, perhaps, the mark of You-Know-Who. But all things shall be numbered. And the planetary self-awareness that is Money? It'll have your number.
Marty Fugate is an area critic, screenwriter, science fiction writer, humorist and cartoonist. He can, and will, write about anything for money. For links to his latest short story collection, go to: Marty Fugate