Below is an edited excerpt from a recent 'blog-entry-and comment' internet dialogue in which I participated.
[blog-entry excerpt]: "The announcement in the 2014 Budget by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne of an institute for big data and algorithm research named after Alan Turing is outrageous. He did more than anybody else to defeat the Nazis and the possibility of world fascism forever, and his name is being associated with an institute which could (collaborating with PRISM used by the National Security Agency in the USA) actually bring about world fascism forever – with computers, mobile phones, CCTV cameras, etc., taking the role of human spies as used by the Nazis. ..."
"...The idea is to gather huge amounts of information about us and try to use computer software (algorithms) to analyse it, in order to model organisations and individuals in the world, predict what we are going to do (particularly if it involves trying to change society) and interact in various ways to bring about some sort of police state so that socialist change is impossible."
"Algorithms would virtually remove the need for human intervention, so there wouldn’t be whistleblowers like Edward Snowden."
"I am an artificial intelligence expert ... so know this in theory is possible ... could be used in a serious attempt to maintain capitalism, or indeed [to] conspire to ensure socialist change is brought about – perhaps the latter is the meaning of the dialectics.org website drawing on ideas described in the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov..."
[comment in response]: "Kudos to you on your -- rare -- sagacity in discerning the intent of the use, by the www.dialectics.org Foundation, of the "Foundation mythos" created by Isaac Asimov in his series of [ultimately seven] "Foundation" novels!
Marx said it better than anyone else could: “For myself, I am not a Marxist.”
Your “materialist” / anti-mystic thoughts on mind reading are of great interest to us.
Indeed, a “very sophisticated [psychohistorial-dialectical-mathematical] model of a particular person” might be used to predictively simulate the substantive responses of that person to future events and environments, or even to “profile” them comprehensively, via a very advanced version of the “sensitivity analysis” that is standardly carried out on mathematical models used in industry, etc.
Your idea reminds me of an episode of Star Trek — the Next Generation, in which the Geordi La Forge character utilizes the holodeck capability of the Enterprise to generate a very realistic, 3-D holographic simulation of a noted warp engine design engineer to consult with him on advancing the capabilities of the Enterprise’s warp drive.
If you are a “visual learner”, appropriating for yourself the core of the Foundation’s dialectical method might be facilitated by viewing the following image-intensive presentations [although much has been discovered since these were written] --
The Foundation’s aim is, indeed, “communism as conceived by Marx and Engels”, but that is NOT the Lenino-Stalinist, Lenino-Trotskyist, Lenino-Maoist, etc., “bait and switch” of totalitarian, state-bureaucratic ruling-class, state-capitalism.
Karl Seldon derived a more detailed model of Marxian communism, as ‘political-ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY’, based upon the fragments of description left by Marx and Engels, and using his algebra of dialectics to model the historical [r]evolution(s) of the human social relations of production.
He thereby arrived at a model that he named “Equitism”, based upon “a new social relation of production”, beyond the capital-relation, that he named “Generalized Equity”.
“Generalized Equity” involves a system of three new[ly-recognized] communist-constitution human rights, which he named ‘Citizen Externality Equity’, ‘Citizen Birthright Equity’, and ‘Citizen Stewardship Equity’.
More about this definition of “Marxian Democracy” can be gleaned from http://www.equitism.org, e.g. –
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P. S. The best source for the Foundation perspectives on your questions regarding armed uprising, violence in the context of revolution, and bloodshed — in the process of changing the capitalist world into the world of ‘political-ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY’, which is also a world of political AND ECONOMIC checks and balances on political AND ECONOMIC power — is the first [and, so far, only] public interview with Karl Seldon, available at –