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The problem with the Internet is that it tempts me to sin
and/or waste money. I don't like this. I propose a "Google
Glass" product combined with a custom web browser running
on both computer and smartphone, which put the algorithmic
maximization engines to work for me. Use of this product
be a lifestyle combining a Puritan Abrahamic religion
with 80's cyberpunk. This is a countermeasure to the
tiktok/amazon technology infrastructure which
builds detailed profiles of all consumers then deploys those
profiles across all internet-connected channels for the
purposes of making a single global attention and
consumption monopoly. The Puritan Goggles would help me
to not sin. Key features:
- context-aware push notifications serving annotated bible
passages directly relevant to what I'm looking at or doing,
displayed to my Google glass with both text and audio
- sin-sensitive sunglasses feature which simply go dark
whenever a certain threshold of ambient sin is met
- short list of approved commodity products (food, clothes,
etc.) to be ordered in bulk from high quality budget
- double confession and prayer service on the sabbath with
the AI; chant sessions (essentially mindfulness meditation /
breathing but louder and edgier) other days of the week
- if widely adopted--- block negotiation for renting (i.e.
collective bargaining for an entire building), voting (i.e.
campaign conttributions), and socializing (i.e. faction
reputation system for anyone interacting with the neo-puritan
[pertinax, Apr 27 2021]
||//a countermeasure to the tiktok/amazon technology
||[+], but would it implement a permanently disapproving version
||[+] I want the "hellfire and brimstone" version.
||I agree with [a1], but if it helps one stay focused
on good then heres some holy bread. +
||//sin-sensitive sunglasses feature which simply go
Out here in the real world, they will simply be black all the
||I want a portion of my purchase to go toward a shelter for the homeless where people pay for having a safe place to stay with a heavy dose of religious indoctrination.
||Morals and religion are two separate things.
||I know for sure because I've got one of those things but have never been exposed to the other.
||"Abrahamic Puritanism" is
intended to convey a sense of individual religious
experience, practicality, scholarship, conquest,
innovation, austerity, and madness. It might not be
understood as a religion at first. But that's OK. The
Galactic Crusade i.e. settling millions of other planets
with self-sustaining colonies, is at best a multi-
generational project. "Sin" for the purposes of this idea
is defined as not attempting to lay the societal and
technological groundwork for the Galactic Crusade.
Most people won't understand it, and many of those
who do understand will think it is kind of nuts. That's
||.. and most will be carried along, just trying to stay afloat, in the momentum of it all.
||Of course, in the 1640s, puritanism was an important force in
starting to move England away from absolute monarchy
towards democracy - and, among the anti-puritan thinkers of
the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, you can
see a rather sinister undercurrent of anti-democracy (which is
well documented by John Carey - see link)
||Yes I always thought there was a kind of sad inevitability about the Protestant reformation. As soon as you throw off the authority of the Church and suggest that people read the source texts and make their own mind up, you are on a slippery slope to atheism.
||I think the kind of Puritan Goggles that many would find most useful is where the augmented reality app overlays information and graphic depictions of everyone else being sinful. Walk in the park; a bubble appears over the warden's head saying "he steals from his employer". You see a young couple feeding the ducks, but the augmented reality shows them to be engaging in sodomy. You can look on and feel virtuous and superior to all the sinners around you. etc. etc.
||And what are the ducks up to, when no- one's looking?
||Since the idea of "sin" is basically personal preference (or
"do as the church tells you!" if you're that way inclined...),
the set-up time for these will be extremely long, as you
have to input all your particular preferences about
||Most people generally subscribe to a well-known set of philosophies. It wouldn't be hard to fine Sufism on a list and adjust from there.
||How much would be the fine?
||Don't try to finagle your way out of an answer