Silicon Valley’s Radical Machine Cult

“The evangelical fervor is fascinating,” William Gibson said about Silicon Valley in an interview this year with Das Magazin. “These people are atheists, they don’t have a religion, but the mechanism is the same. God comes and saves us all. Just that in their case God is technology.”

But I think Gibson was wrong. They do have a religion: Digitalism, or machine religion. Digitalists believe in transcending the human condition, ultimately overcoming death through machines.

Just as Christianity promises ultimate redemption from Original Sin, Digitalism promises redemption from the unavoidable sin of our messy, distracted, limited brains, irrational emotions, and aging bodies.

via Silicon Valley’s Radical Machine Cult – Motherboard

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