CONSUMING CONSUMERS

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It’s not artificial intelligence that will spark a singularity, but artificial consumption. That’s the scenario here at Wild Caught Farms. Computers produce useful stuff. They are created by other computers. And they are “bred” to be ever more productive. So how different from organic live stock, really? And, from a corporations point of view, how different are we humans from non-human yet organic live stock? To companies, and sadly to the “humans” who (for now) run them, all three kinds of producing/consuming entities—AIs, humans and animal livestocks—are equal, only valuable as herds and for what they can do for the company. Plus when no longer valuable we three are equally disposable.

It’s paradoxical that something can’t be wild caught on a farm, yes? But it is representative of the corporate double speak we all seem to be able to acknowledge without understanding and accept without question. This picture shows the farms themselves, pits actually, where blocks of consumers are raised. The robo-corp overseers call these pits markets in ironic honor of a the concept “free markets,” the economies that are anything but free for their inhabitants.

The pits are set up to to breed and grow to market size a specific type of consumer that will consume a particular product at a particular rate. Some pits contain mass-market mid-sized consumers, other contain low-knowledge low-value consumers, there are even platinum level pits that breed conspicuous consumers for the up-scale producers. It’s all quite neat that, consumers perfectly matched to products making in-house produce/consume perpetual profit machines.

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