In 1997, history was made when IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov. Humanity has sent its greatest warrior, a Russian, who has been world champion for a record number of years. Gary wasn't just flying one day, he was the best of all time. Meanwhile, during his reign, engineers worked hard on the chess engine. They were convinced that one day, a computer would defeat even the greatest player of all time. It would have been a perfect fight. Best human versus best machine. The man or machine will have to bend the knee.
Quoting Gary, “That was the first time I ever lost. Period.” Yes. Kasparov has never lost a match to anyone yet as world champion. Just the computer hit him. This upset him greatly. In a daze, he turned away from the chessboard. How was this possible? Isn't it human nature to be creative, strategic and superior? We can say that postmodernism ended the day Kasparov lost. He was not as human as he thought. High, above the animal, distinguished, superior…selfish. The machine crushed all of Kasparov's beliefs. You crushed his ego. I'm not sure the Russian grandmaster has fully gotten the memo yet. But this is not important. The question is: Is it? we Get the memo?
William Gibson once said: “The future does exist, but it is not evenly distributed.” Whatever Kasparov faced, we will all have to face it in the near future. no escape. Kasparov tested it first because he was at the top of his game. Gary can have no illusions about his defeat, while the rest of us can still deny that war is coming. Kasparov faced the machine early on with courage, like a true warrior.
What a pity.
Now, what does this mean for all of humanity? To understand the significance of Kasaparov's loss, we have to understand what a perfect fight is.
In an ideal battle, two warriors agree to duel. It is a test of strength. The warrior who joined the higher principles will have superior power and win. The loser will be humbled and his ego crushed. By fully accepting the loss, the defeated warrior can draw the lesson. This is an uncommon position in the Western world, but the rules of chivalry, bushido, and chess still respect the value of defeat and learning. There is no shame in losing. But there is a drawback to avoiding mistakes. One needs to properly humble oneself to superior power.
This “perfect battle” is best exemplified by the duel between Rokuruta and Tadokoro in Akira Kurosawa's Hidden Castle, a Japanese prequel to Star Wars. In this movie, Rokuruta is a general from the Akizuki clan who just lost the war against the Yamana. Accompanied by the legendary samurai Rokuruta, the princess attempts to smuggle her gold and livelihood behind enemy lines into friendly territory. However, Yamana learned of their location, and Rokuruta went in pursuit to kill the messengers who spotted them. In his attempt, he was surrounded by the army of the great Yamana warrior Tadokoro. Who is happy to see him?
“Why if it's not Rokuruta Makabe,” Tadokoro shouts as he stands up, smiling and walking towards his favorite enemy.
“Hey, Hiwi Tadokoro!”
“Stand aside, you are no match for him,” Tadokoro orders his soldiers and starts laughing at Rokuruta. “A rare encounter! I regret not meeting you on the battlefield this time.”
“I'm sorry about that too.” They both laugh. Rokuruta's face narrows. “What about dueling?”
These fighting standards are filled with the warrior code (Bushido). Both players are willing to test their worth in battle at the cost of their lives. They were genuinely looking forward to fighting without cowardice. While Rokuruta is cornered, he is the one who challenges Tadokoro from a lower position. He respects being captured by his enemy. He takes the smaller spear.
But Tadokoro loses in the end and willingly sits down so Rokurota can behead him. Rokuruta refuses and turns his win into a free pass to escape. In the final parts of the story it becomes clear why Rokuruta won. This is because he joined the struggle for the highest principle that the princess embodies (honesty, compassion, sovereignty, and loyalty). Tadokoro, in the final chapter, finally understands the nature of his loss. He was the one who was not properly aligned, fighting for lower principles. Only at this point did the warrior fully integrate the loss, and a higher power was revealed. This is the true definition of loss. It's an opportunity to get rid of bad behavior and upgrade yourself. In an ideal battle, the losing side has much to gain when the loss is accepted correctly and with humility.
Picasso against the machine
Kasparov was not the first legendary warrior to confront the machine. A century ago, it was Picasso, the master artist, who suffered defeat at the hands of an innovation called photography. But Picasso was a great warrior, on the level of Tadokoro, because he understood loss correctly. The machine showed him everything that was mechanical in himself. Realism is purely mechanical and mastered by the camera. The art of drawing reality has been completely destroyed.
But Picasso did not stop painting. He stopped imitating and started expressing what was inside him. Thus, he became one of the first to move from realism to cubism. “It took me four years to paint like Raphael,” Picasso said. “But a lifetime to paint like a child.” Photography did not destroy Picasso, but rather the machine revealed his true human nature and liberated him from all his robots, enabling him to take a journey inward.
Why is everyone afraid?
The world is currently going through a major transition in consciousness. We now all stand face to face with the machine. The scary thing is what will be left after we suffer this defeat. What is left of humanity? Wouldn't a machine be superior in all aspects of life? Am I redundant? Who am I really? Is there something deeper inside me? Is there anything inside at all?
Most of them will probably not delve into the deeper layers of questions and remain only interested in whether they will get a job in the future. Unfortunately, we live in a financial system that does not allow for machine-generated deflation. Hence people are confused about the nature of technology whose sole purpose is to liberate our time. But currency inflation around the world has eclipsed this benefit and turned the machine into a device designed to destroy us.
The solution lies in adopting Bitcoin. Introduce the machine with money, so that we can once again align ourselves with the higher principle of what the machine naturally wants to do: set us free. Perhaps we abandon everything that is a machine within us. Only then can we fully explore what it means to be human. Only then can humanity evolve to a higher spiritual state, transcending the oppression we live in today.
We must treat this global initiative as a full-fledged battle. Face the machine like a true warrior, like Kasparov, Picasso, Tadokoro and…Neo. It is no coincidence that all modern mythology is steeped in the thematic battle against the machine. Because it is the battle of our lives. It will be the end of the world in the truest sense of the word – proclamation.
The machine will show your true nature.
Ready to lose?
The documentary film Kasparov Against Deep Thought https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke8pq-cpOGk
This is a guest post by Bitcoin Graffiti. The opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.