A few engineers and scientists were unwinding that day over some beers. Some of them had known each other since high school, while others had become a part of the group during their years in university, or even later in life. All were all somewhere around a decade past middle age. They made a toast for friends who had passed away despite the scientific and technological advancements made to extend life. The science, or at least the theories, to prevent unnecessary deaths had been around for at least a quarter century, but the ignorant and the religious running ethics boards all over the world wouldn’t allow for proper research and development to be carried out.
As their blood alcohol contents rose, the conversation took a turn from what they had been up to lately towards deeper issues and frustrations.
“I just don’t get it! The world is getting more and more religious by the day even though people have easy access to information which should help them realize for themselves that it’s all bullshit.”
“The politicians are fueling religious sentiment during the elections for the sake of winning power. Popularity is the key to power. And popularity is achieved by telling people what they want to hear, regardless of how absurd or false the claims are. They prey on regular people, making them feel as though they are part of a group, an idea larger than themselves. Political ideologies blended with religion is perfect for achieving just that.
“Democracy has run its course and now it is time for a better system. Or maybe shifting to an elitist democracy where the only people allowed to vote and participate in the decision making process are the people who have a certain degree of understanding of economic and political structures. One where the elected officials cannot make decisions on ministries which require specific knowledge like ministry of health or agriculture or education. Those would be left for the related chambers to run. Technocracy is the way to go but people are too stupid and religious to go for it... We need to educate people and show them the logical way.”
“Why are we even talking about this? We cannot change anything. We cannot make more than 80% of the world’s population change their minds about religion and religious behaviour. It is human nature. We make religion out of everything. Even buddhism somehow became a religion which people kill in the name of. That stupid old book “secret” is a religion people kill for. There are even those who have turned science into a religion, people who don’t even know what scientific method is but are ready to fight and be martyrs for science. And then there are those that somehow manage to make atheism religious. Democracy has become a religion if you look at how people talk about it! This is human nature. Humans have retained their need for tribal behaviour for some fucked up reason. We are still bathing in our primitivity.”
“I wish we could just penetrate people’s minds and correct their way of thinking.”
“Well... we kind of can. The conditioning study we did a few months ago brought forward amazing results. It doesn’t even take 10 minutes to condition a human mind by implanting artificial impulses. Just a few nano circuits coded to perfection, positioned in key spots, some calibration, and voila you basically have a human that works the way you want.”
“Well it would be quite difficult to get people to let us put that shit in their brains.”
“Maybe not... people are dying to get bionic parts as they’re work much better than the ones we’re born with. While they are getting those bionic eyes or something, we could maybe put them under and get it over with. If we offer free bionic eyes we could basically perfect as many people as we can afford.”
“Some manual laborers want bionic legs or arms or spines, so we could do it for them as well. And I’m sure people from our generation still have that childhood hope to be like robo-cop, or at least iron man.”
“Guys, I don’t know if it’s the alcohol talking but I think we can pull this off... We can create our own little empire of smart and efficient people. I’m sure we all saved up enough to actually put our money together and create 100 or so people like this.”
“It’s not feasible though cause people will die and all that effort and money will be lost. No one in their right mind would sign up for this before their 50s. People don’t tend to go for the bionic parts before they feel the pain of aging.”
“Dude, you are the entrepreneurial one, how can we make this work without losing all our money with nothing to show for it at the end?”
“Well, the unemployment rates are so high that we can likely entice young people to get body part upgrades with guaranteed work. Meanwhile we can work to convince CEOs and HR departments that the upgraded youth will be the ideal employees as they’ll be preadjusted to work in the most efficient ways possible. We can even get a few corporations to sponsor the initial candidates before we begin performing the procedure. That way we can make more of their parts bionic, removing the aging of organs as a factor, and making them live significantly longer. With one giant operation you could produce a fleet of highly efficient employees that would work for you for at least 80 years. I can imagine many corporations would want that.”
“But if we were to tell people they would lose their religion and tribal mentality, they wouldn’t sign up for it.”
“We can easily get around that with wording, something like ‘it will stop you from making irrational decisions and help tackle any unnecessary and damaging habits you may have.’ That would certainly peak their interest. People might even join in just to quit smoking, drinking, or drug use.”
“I think we should do this. What’s the worst thing that can happen?”
“Oh please, we are already in a prison of stupidity and ignorance, we’re surrounded on all sides by it. Beyond the walls of idiocy that contain us is the eden of knowledge and discovery.”
“Oh no, if we are going to start making weird metaphors I’m going to sleep. But let’s seriously discuss this again tomorrow. This might actually work.”