In 1997, history was made when the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue defeated reigning world chess champion Garry Kasparov. Humanity had sent its greatest warrior, a Russian, world champion for a record number of years. Garry was not a fly for a day, he was the best in history. At the same time, under his reign, engineers worked ardently on a chess engine. They were convinced that one day the computer would defeat even the greatest player of all time. This was going to be a perfect fight. The best human against the best machine. The man or machine should bend the knee.
Quoting Garry: “It was the first time I lost. Period.” Yes. Kasparov had not yet lost a match against anyone as world champion. Only the computer beat him. This deeply upset him. Distraught, he walked away from the chessboard. How was this possible? Wasn’t it the nature of man to be creative, strategic and superior? You could say that postmodernism ended the day Kasparov lost. L “man was not what he thought he was. Elevated, beyond animal, distinct, superior… selfish. The machine destroyed all of Kasparov’s beliefs. It crushed his ego. I am not not sure if the Russian grandmaster has fully understood the memo yet. But that is not important. The question is: does We do you have the memo?
William Gibson once said, “The future is already here, but it’s just not distributed fairly.” “Whatever situation Kasparov faced, we will all have to deal with it in the near future. It’s inevitable. Kasparov experienced it first because he was at the top of his game. Garry could have no illusions about his defeat, while the rest of us can still deny that war is coming. Kasparov courageously, like a true warrior, faced the machine very early on.
A perfect fight
Now, what does this mean for humanity as a whole? To understand the significance of Kasaparov’s defeat, we need to understand what a perfect fight is.
In a perfect fight, two warriors agree to fight a duel. It’s a test of strength. The warrior who has aligned himself with the highest principles will have superior strength and will win. The loser will be humiliated and his ego crushed. By fully accepting loss, the defeated warrior can learn from it. This is a rare attitude in the Western world, but the chivalrous code, bushido and chess still honor the value of defeat and learning. There is no shame in losing. However, it is a shame to avoid mistakes. One must properly humble oneself before a higher power.
The best example of this “perfect fight” is the duel between Rokurota and Tadokoro in Akira Kurosawa’s film. Hidden Fortress, the Japanese precursor to Star Wars. In this film, Rokurota is a general of the Akizuki clan who has just lost the war against the Yamana. The princess, escorted by the legendary samurai Rokurota, attempts to smuggle her gold and livelihood behind enemy lines into friendly territory. However, the Yamana get wind of their location, and Rokurota sets out in pursuit, to kill the messengers who spotted them. In his attempt, he is surrounded by the army of the great warrior Yamana Tadokoro. Who is surprisingly happy to see him…
“Why if it’s not Rokurota Makabe,” Tadokoro shouts as he stands up smiling, walking towards his favorite enemy.
“Hey, Hyoe Tadokoro!”
“Stand aside, you are no match for him,” Tadokoro orders his soldiers and begins to mock Rokurota. “A rare encounter! I regret not meeting you on the battlefield this time.
“I regret it too.” They both laugh. Rokurota’s face tenses. “How about a duel?” »
These combat standards are full of warrior code (bushido). Both players are ready to test their mettle at the cost of their lives. They were honestly waiting for the fight without cowardice. While Rokurota is trapped, it is he who challenges Tadokoro from a lower position. It is paying homage to having been captured by one’s enemy. He takes the little spear.
But Tadokoro ultimately loses and willingly sits down, so Rokurota can cut off his head. Rokurota refuses and converts his victory into a free pass to escape. In the latter parts of the story, it becomes clear why Rokurota won. This is because he aligned himself with the fight for the higher principle, embodied by the Princess (honesty, compassion, sovereignty, loyalty). Tadokoro, in the final act, finally understands the nature of his loss. He was the one who was not properly aligned and fighting for lower principles. It was only then that the warrior fully processed the loss and a higher power revealed itself. This is the true definition of loss. This is an opportunity to shed inferior behavior and improve oneself. In a perfect fight, the losing side has much to gain when defeat is properly accepted with humility.
Picasso against the machine
Kasparov was not the first legendary warrior to face the machine. A century earlier, it was Picasso, the greatest artist, who faced defeat at the hands of an innovation called photography. But Picasso was a great warrior, equal to Tadokoro, because he understood loss well. The machine showed him everything mechanical about him. Realism is purely mechanical and perfected by the camera. This has completely destroyed the art of painting reality.
But Picasso didn’t stop painting. He simply stopped copying and started expressing what was inside him. He thus became one of the first to move from realism to cubism. Picasso said: “It took me four years to paint like Raphael. But a lifetime to paint like a child. Photography did not destroy Picasso, the machine simply exposed his true human nature and relieved him of all his robotic nature, allowing the journey inward.
Why is everyone afraid
The world is currently going through a great transition of consciousness. We are now all facing the machine. What’s scary is what will be left after you suffer this defeat. What remains of humanity? Won’t the machine be superior in all facets of life? Am I redundant? Who am I really? Is there something deeper in me? Is there something inside?
Perhaps most won’t even address the deeper questions and will only worry about whether they will have a job in the future. Unfortunately, we live in a financial system that does not allow machine-induced deflation. So people are confused about the nature of technology whose sole purpose was to liberate our times. But the inflation of currencies around the world has obscured this advantage and transformed the machine into a device designed to destroy us.
The solution lies in the adoption of Bitcoin. Bring the machine into money, so we can align ourselves again with the higher principle of what the machine naturally wants to do: liberate us. And may we let go of all that is machine within. Only then can we fully explore what it means to be human. Only then can humanity evolve to a higher spiritual state and transcend the oppression we live in today.
We must approach this global initiation as a perfect fight. Face the machine like a true warrior, like Kasparov, Picasso, Tadokoro, …Neo. It is no coincidence that all modern mythology is permeated with the thematic battle against the machine. Because this is the fight of our lives. It will be a apocalypse in the truest sense of the word, a revelation.
The machine will show your true nature.
Ready to lose?
Documentary Kasparov vs Deep Thought https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke8pq-cpOGk
This is a guest post from Bitcoin Graffiti. The opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.