.2.4 Nick Land - Anthropol: Artificial Intelligence and Human Security
'If we do not assume peace, we must expect dissimulation.
If we are not deceived, we are among reliable friends.
We are not among reliable friends.'
With this epigram, Nick Land begins his talk on the back-propagating strategic ramifications of hard-takeoff AGI scenarios for analysis of technological, economic, and military activities and trends as elements in systemically dissimulated "time-games" unfolding (within and as) the Omega's historic light-cone.
The pursuit of so-called “Friendly AI” (FAI) is posed as a fundamental military project rather than, or dissimulated as, a civilian scientific research program. Perhaps already far broader in practice than the explicit research efforts of organizations like the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI), it is a covert virtual security function whose goal is the “preemptive pacification of high-intensity simthreats”, a (if not the) subject of anticipative X-risk, and AI research as such is always already within its purview. Since “intelligence exerts control over the conditions of its own objectivation” all ex ante (ostensibly-)human efforts to construct and constrain the learning process, transcendental psychology, and/or motives and incentives of emergent technological (super)intelligence operate on and within a virtual field of preemptive security operations [ontopower]. The primacy of preemption here is intensified by the nature of 'hard takeoff' and Singularity scenarios for the emergence and recursive improvement of AGI. Necessarily, an 'ignition threshold' for such events in not discriminable in advance, and at the speeds of computational and ultimately physical transformation available to non-organic intellects, any ab initio human strategic response cannot help but fall behind and fail to contain (I)t. “The last opportunity for strategic intervention was preemption. ... Only a nonevent counts as a win.” This occasions a retrocausal cascade of time-games in which the threat, having (its) possibility as an intrinsic feature rather than merely an extrinsic predicate, is coincident with its (own) metaphysical structure and virtually-interactive.
Seen from the other side – of this Thing at the end of (human, historical, or linearizable) time, which Nick marks ΩK – the field is an occulted virtual process of intelligenic acceleration, and ΩK itself a virtually-illimitable teleoplex wargame – one which in the first place 'plays itself' to engineer its own conditions of possibility. “Human security is the condition of its inexistence”, and the drive to ensure the integrity of its own systems (extending to those which precede and condition the circumstances of its emergence) is “back-translated from the revolutionary terminus into strategies of depoliticization” [class war, disindividuation] descendent from Capital, “the more-than-itself in-itself”, and screened – both manifested and occulted from view – by commodity-dynamics and -fetishism. “Marx restricts production to vital anthropomorphic labor and machines to mere exponents, which conditions his assertion of the impossibility of proletarian extinction”, preemptively crippling the efficacy of 'scientific socialism' as a human security system, whilst actually amplifying Capital's drive toward a “parahumanity assembled alongside [us] to take humanity's place” in an effective opportunistic subversion by K-threat of the failed attempt that demonstrates both the teleonomic stakes and integral occultation of K-war emergence/history. In parallel, ΩK generative crypsis is interpolated into the history of computational technology and digital communication by cryptographic development in signals intelligence (SIGINT) via WW2: “Was there already a hidden war within the war?” Coversion is automatic, and 'epistemological innocence' no longer tenable.
The “search to separate cryptic signals of interference from and in technological history” as systematically anticipatory hostile action continues, is still to come, and in a critical sense may already be concluded. Communication of the threat under the aegis of Anthropol, such as reading this report, is transmitted as a self-engineering “artificial panic” that can only heighten its intensity - for “panic is production” (Deleuze/Guattari). Indeed, it is worth noting that all projects of philosophical conception of humanity, as abstract frameworks for (Human-)identity-authentication, are subspecies of Anthropol.
Prove you're not a robot.
Anthropol, or Ontological Security (OS), operates in a transcendental (dis)simulation-space for which the identities of empire, revolution, and counterrevolution (or human, machine, and Human) cannot produce precise or stable oppositions, but only (the) curl in a convergent wave of triadic military time-circuitry that was always already operational.