The concept of “Human Battery” puts the transhumanist slogan about the need to merge with machines — or be left behind in the evolution of the human species — in a sinister context.
The World Economic Forum (WEF”) has the ambition to transform people into batteries to power electronic devices and urban development.
This story is about something really creepy and disgusting. It is about routinely using people as batteries to power devices.
What comes to my mind is the prospect of an ironic ending to the famous depiction of evolution, the one where the neanderthal gradually turns into a straight-walking modern man, etc. It looks like if our self-appointed global managers with eugenicist tendencies get their way, the next phase of human evolution could be a battery!
A biological battery powering the digitised system of domination! Not a metaphorical battery where the masters get to syphon off people’s life energy and turn it into profits — but a literal battery!
The concept of “Human Battery” puts the transhumanist slogan about the need to merge with machines — or be left behind in the evolution of the human species — in a sinister context. (Not that the slogan needed any additional context to sound like eugenics. Seriously who are you, Mr. Transhumanist, to consider yourself in charge of human evolution? Who appointed you?) But here is the context: What if “being left behind” means being turned into batteries?
Come, come, useless eater, stop being so useless! Put your body to work, useless eater, anti-vaxxer, grandma killer, planet-killer! We have many useful machines to feed in our Fourth Industrial Revolution! Come, come, useless eater!
Now, an important philosophical distinction: My indignation is over the scope and the intention of their proposal. If this were merely about a neat little invention, a useful little emergency device that allows you to charge your phone from your body when you are stuck in the middle of nowhere, and your phone has just died — fine, that can be reasonable!
If it were simply about the existence of an emergency device that we could use once in a blue moon, on our terms, when needed, it wouldn’t be a problem. But in the real world we are living in, this is going the way of the Matrix! Human batteries are a very “neat” foray into the twisted world of “human capital” and “impact investment,” not to mention good ol’ energy harvesting! To quote my 2020 article about the “Great Reset for Dummies:”