To bring readers up to date: we’re in the midst of creating, live, a book called DEEP SOCKS. This book will deepen your understanding of all the different realities you live in, but the primary focus is on historical/social/political reality. The book is organized into four seasons. We begin in winter, specifically, “shallow winter” - a collective situation not merely dystopic (wintery) but also, unclear (shallow.) The very language we use to describe the world deceives us: consider the constitutive unclarities involved in the words “capitalism” or “democracy.” The first “movement’ of “winter” considers our reality as “ managerworld” - that is, a social reality dominated by a managerial/administrative logic. In the first chapter, we told a story about the development, takeover, and current crisis of managerworld. In the second chapter, we moved from a historical to a contemporary view, looking at the various “ social tectonic plates” of managerworld, at the attentional crisis at its center, and at the political fairytales that managerworld uses.
This week’s chapter is called “Three Postmanagerial Futures.” The first - today’s content, “Computergod and the Escape from Reality” looks at managerworld’s favorite futurist story about itself, namely, that the computergod will help us wholly escape from material reality. To put it another way: the creation of AI managed economies of scale, spatially distributed but functioning without human error, industrial waste, or corporate externalities. These will be, in the perfect world of the future, accounted for and balanced by AI. The upper layers of the value chain in the top powers are all racing to find this supermanager first, because managerial society is plateauing.