Capitalist Telepathics, Psychic Debt and the Search for Collective Intelligence

Drinkall, Jacquelene (2022) Capitalist Telepathics, Psychic Debt and the Search for Collective Intelligence. Topia, 45. pp. 133-164.

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The current state of capitalist digital telepathics, or what I will call telepathy 3.0, presents a serious threat to the prospects of human freedom (Zizek 2020). Notably, the capitalist race to develop telepathics by Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook/Meta, Elon Musk's Neuralink and others represents an intensification of surveillance capitalism (Zuboff 2019: 206). Through an examination of tech-sector marketing literature and industry critics this article examines contemporary development of Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs), Neural Interfaces (NIs) and intensified social networks, revealing the expansion of surveillance capitalism and its shift into neurocapitalist telepathics. Is there an alternative to the corporate dystopia promised by telepathy 3.0? This article argues for a more soulful and speculative form of telepathics in fields including art, philosophy, design, architecture, engineering, cybernetics and even psychology. This tradition of prophetic art and human compassion must be nurtured in the face of massive corporate-led investments in predictive technologies.

Item ID: 76640
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1916-0194
Keywords: surveillance capitalism, neurocapitalism, brain computer interface (BCI), neural interface (NI), Big Tech, psychic debt, digital telepathics, telepathy 3.0
Copyright Information: © University of Toronto Press, 2022.
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2022 07:55
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441007 Sociology and social studies of science and technology @ 30%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3606 Visual arts > 360602 Fine arts @ 70%
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