I actually came to sinology more by accident. At the time of the Cold War I was interested in communism, communist movements and communist countries, wanted to learn more about the origins and developments and social systems. Actually, I was more interested in the Soviet Union and Latin America, although I was also familiar with Mao and Ho Chi Minh from their names and the slogans of the 1968 movement about he Vietnam war, so I took them for the Asian version of Castro and Che Guevara. I had also read a SPIEGEL book about the Khmer Rouge and the Killing Fields in Cambodia, watchede film Killing Fields and read Sihanouk’s „My War against the CIA“. However, China and Asia were not my special focus.
On the evening train ride back from Munster to Munich in the late 1980s, the train was pretty empty and I was looking for someone to talk to and to pass the time in a more useful and entertaining way. Then a little person came out of a train cabin, whom I couldn’t really see in the poorly lit corridor. I went up to him to speak to him, but he fled back into the cabin. When I went in there, he was scared to death as he seemed to think I was a criminal robber, but I reassured him I was not. And behold, it was a little Chinese. As it turned out, a Chinese professor of cybernetics who was on his way to Munich. He spoke surprisingly good German and told me about Chinese history, culture, his time in the Cultural Revolution and China. Among other things, this encounter was a key factor why I then enrolled in sinology, even though the Munich institute was still very antiquated, had more to offer ancient history and the classics and little that was modern or conversation courses, which is why I then also went to the SDI , former Schmidt School in the Amalienstrasse, where we were taught by Deng Xiaoping’s and FJ Strauss’s interpreter Prof. Zhang and the Chinese teachers he had brought with him.
At least there were already Chinese professors at that time who were interested in cybernetics. Apparently there was a lot of catching up to do in China after the Cultural Revolution in this field, but at the time noone seemed to understand the importance. With the advent of computers, digitization, robotics and now blockchain technology and AI, cybernetics seems to be having a revival again.
The clearest expression of this was the movement of the Accelerationists, which had its roots at British universities and also had German and then American offshoots, especially in Silicon Valley. Accordingly, they also wrote a manifesto of accelerationism, in which they criticized the left and right, also rejected demands for deceleration or a return to the old world of Fordism and demanded a post-Fordist, post-capitalist cybernetic economy and society that accelerated technical progress and its use for humanity . Neither communist planned economy nor anarchic capitalism. but a new economy that should be organized through cybernetic networks with platforms neither just top-down nor bottom-up, but more as an interactive synthesis, but without going into detail or presenting it technologically. More of a philosophical text that once quoted Allende’s Cybersynch and distanced itself from both extremes, the market or liquid democracy or the planned economy. They referred to Salvador Allende’s Cybersync experiment in Chile, when he wanted to control and plan the largest 400 nationalized companies using a central computer and thus essential parts of production and economy, especially with the participation of the working class. A British cybernetician was hired by Allende and ran Cybersynch , so it is probably no coincidence that the Accelerationists originated in the UK. Pinochet then destroyed the computer as a „communist machine“ and made Chile the first testing laboratory of free-market neoliberalism modeled on Milton Friedman’s Chicago Boys, Hayek, the Mt. Pellin Society and the Austrian School, which Reagan and Thatcher then emulated. The British Accelerationists rediscovered Allende’s Cybersynch experiment and the experiences of the then British cyberneticist, which they also referred to in their manifesto.
But they split into left and right wings, with Nick Land representing the right-wing accelerationists, who then moved to China and now wants to promote and learn digital cybernetic totalitarianism and cybernetic economy as a new form of society. The social credit system and digital surveillance system as a harbinger of coming developments. In the West, there are now also considerations as to how to design a cybernetic economy including digitization, blockchain and AI. indicator for it is. such as the NGO Cybernetic Economic Intelligence Foundation. The team is interesting: very diverse: people with American, Latin American. Arabic, Chinese, Indian, African, Canadian background, especially as experts in various economic sectors, although apparently not yet in the military sector with an idealistic mission statement that, despite tech giants and state censorship, tells something of the decentralization of a cybernetic economy as a narrative. But who is this NGO, who finances it and for what purpose does it exists or is it only a propaganda tool, which goes beyond the initial promises of salvation made by Internet futurists and cyberpunks and ex-hippies in a One World like the Love Parade and globalization disciples at the beginning of the Internet like Barlow at the World Economic Forum in Davos in the 1990s when he claimed that states and hierarchies, the giants of flesh and steel in cyberspace would be democratized and disappear and a new age of freedom would erupt internationally. Fukuyama the end of history on the internet, now with cybernetics and AI:
“Governments of the industrial world, you inert giants of flesh and steel, I come from cyberspace, the new home of the mind. In the name of the future, I urge you who belong to the past not to bother us. You are not welcome among us. You have no authority to govern where we gather (…) I address you with no less authority than that with which freedom itself is accustomed to speak. I declare the global social space we are building to be inherently independent of the tyrannical rule you seek to impose over us. You have no moral right to govern us, nor do you have any methods of enforcement that we have real reason to fear (…) Cyberspace is not within your borders. Don’t think you can do it like it’s a public works project. It is the action of nature itself and it grows through our collective actions (…) Cyberspace is made up of transactions, relationships, and thought itself, arranging like a standing wave in the fabric of our communications. Our world is both everywhere and nowhere at the same time, but it is not where bodies live. Your legal concepts of ownership, expression, identity, movement and context do not apply to us. They are grounded in matter, but there is no matter here.“
So announced by John Perry Barlow in front of the World Economic Forum in Davos on February 8, 1996. The World Economic Forum is an annual meeting of representatives of multinational corporations, politicians, journalists, etc. A legitimate question arises: What does an ex-hippie have with the New Right to accomplish? ‚The tone of the above sentences could have come from a revival sermon, but in fact they were addressed to a gathering of business leaders and politicians. With his biography, its author John Perry Barlow stands for the continuity of two Californian movements that at first glance seem to have little in common: the hippies of the 70s and the cyber enthusiasts of the 90s.
Barlow, who wrote songs for the Greatful Dead back then and is now considered one of the gurus of cyberspace, is not alone: Kevin Kelly, once publisher of the alternative scene sheet »CoEvolution Quarterly« (or »Whole Earth Review«) and today editor-in-chief of »Wired«, a kind of »Vogue« for the cyber chic crowd, stands for it, and LSD apostle Timothy Leary also stood for it. But among the cyberenthusiasts are George Keyworth, Edward Teller’s protégé who became Reagan’s science adviser, and George Gilder, multi-boarder and thought leader of the Republican right. What is this coalition of old hippies and new right-wingers and above all: what is this thing, cyberspace, whose arrival its members announce in unison?”
(Rainer Fischbach »The Myth of the 21st Century – From Star Wars to Cyberspace in: Leaves for German and International Politics 6/1998; p. 677).
And now for comparison, a little less loud and more limited:
Building a Cybernetic Economic Intelligence System
We aim to create a brighter economic future through innovative technology.
The Cybernetic Economic Intelligence Foundation
The Cybernetic Economic Intelligence Foundation (CEIF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the development and application of a Cybernetic Economic Intelligence Systems (CEIS). At the heart of our mission is the goal to democratize and decentralize the financial, commercial, and economic benefits enabled by modern technology. Through our research and development efforts, we strive to create an inclusive and accessible digital marketplace that leverages the power of information systems for economic advancement.
Who are we?
The Cybernetic Economic Intelligence Foundation (CEIF) is a group of passionate and highly skilled professionals who are dedicated to helping low-moderate income workers overcome the challenges of technological redundancy and wage stagnation. Comprised of a growing number of experts in fields such as technology, logistics, finance, economics, and public policy, the team has a wealth of knowledge and experience that they use to develop innovative solutions to these complex issues.
Our Mission /Our Goal
At the forefront of our work is a commitment to creating equitable access to technology and the benefits it can bring. We understand that an increasing number of workers across the country face significant barriers to learning new skills and accessing opportunities to succeed among continuous technological advancement, and we are passionate about finding ways to bridge these gaps.
That’s why the CEIF commits its efforts to researching and developing new ways of including the broader public into the economic, financial, and commercial benefits of the digital age. Our goal is to establish an alternative, so that every member of the public has the opportunities they need to succeed in today’s rapidly changing economy.
With over 15 years of diverse experience in the eCommerce industry, Nathan has developed a deep understanding of the profound impact of societies transitioning to a digital economy. He brings firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by small businesses in a global marketplace and the rapid evolution of the digital ecosystem. Through the CEIF, Nathan aims to assemble industry experts in finance, economics, logistics, and related fields to pioneer a new eCommerce paradigm that bridges the gap between automation and labor. His ultimate objective is to empower a future where the economic benefits of technology are distributed efficiently and equitably to the broader public.
Chief Financial Officer
Steven Dang has an exceptional track record of driving exponential growth and cultivating financial success at prominent venture-backed startups. He has played a pivotal role scaling organizations by successfully navigating the intricacies of the high-tech landscape. His profound understanding of finance, strategy, and operations has been instrumental in achieving remarkable results. Steven’s expertise in strategic management, commitment to economic progress, and extensive industry knowledge seamlessly align with the CEIF’s mission to shape a more inclusive commercial paradigm.
Chief Technology Officer
Ashish brings over 18 years of comprehensive IT experience to the table. In the last decade, he has held key technical leadership roles as a technical solution architect and technology advisor with renowned organizations such as Kaiser, United Healthcare, and others. His expertise spans a wide range of domains, including cloud technologies, eCommerce, AI/ML, lean product development, stakeholder management, and technical leadership. Ashish passion for technological innovation empowers us to leverage cutting-edge solutions and deliver transformative impact.
As Chief Economist, Dario Martinez brings over 15 years of experience in quantitative modeling, economic impact assessments, and process improvement. With a strong background in government agencies such as the Ministry of Innovation and the Ministry of Economy in Argentina, Dario has played a key role in shaping meaningful economic policies. As an independent consultant, he has provided technical research and consulting services to small and medium-sized companies, particularly within bilateral chambers of commerce such as Argentina-Asia and Argentina-Catalunya. Dario is passionate about token economics and its potential impact through innovative technologies. His proficiency in leveraging quantitative analysis enables data-driven decision-making and strategic planning processes to drive our economic initiatives forward.
Director of eCommerce Operations
As the Director of eCommerce Operations, Brittany Black brings her extensive experience in supply chain management and a keen eye for consumer value. With a background in corporate Operations Management within the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry, Brittany possesses the expertise to navigate the complexities of supply chain management with ease. Through her consultancy work, she has been instrumental in helping companies build and scale their systems and procedures from the ground up. Brittany’s extensive experience and dedication to operational excellence make her an invaluable leader in the effort to pioneer eCommerce innovation.
System Optimization Engineer
As a system optimization engineer, Said brings mathematical modelling and optimization expertise developed through his Chemical Engineering formation grafted with close collaboration with Industrial Engineering professionals. Such experience equipped Said with a stronger understanding of mathematical optimization challenges originated from differentiated complexities within the process system engineering and operations research domains. Beyond Said’s technical competencies, he has a plethora of work experiences with diverse teams in various countries, including United States, England, Saudi Arabia, Canada and Lebanon.
Abhishek Gupta is a highly experienced financial engineer with over a decade of expertise in mathematical and quantitative research of financial products and markets. He has a proven track record of developing and implementing efficient algorithms in the financial space, resulting in enhanced investment, trading, and risk management strategies for numerous organizations. With dual masters in financial engineering and business administration from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Delhi), Abhishek brings extensive knowledge in mathematical programming, data science, algorithmic trading, and statistics. He has an unwavering dedication to add value to the public through financial technology.
Financial Engineering & Natural Language Processing
Dr. James Hirschorn holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and has contributed to research endeavors at renowned universities across the globe. Transitioning to the realm of quantitative finance, he has successfully served in roles spanning both the buy-side and sell-side of the industry. Building on his extensive expertise in quantitative finance, machine learning, and data science, James plays a critical role in the development and sustainability of both the financial engineering and NLP frameworks of the CEIS’s novel eCommerce advisors.
Logistics & Supply Chain RPA Integrations
Chukwura is a proactive supply chain professional with a strong engineering background in robotics and autonomous vehicles. His deep understanding of research and development technologies and digital supply chain solutions equips him to navigate the complex dynamics of the CEIS’s supply chain mechanism. Chukwura’s ability to lead data-enabled decision processes in procurement, production, inventory control, and distribution operations is instrumental in driving operational efficiency.
Director of Instructional Design
Dr. Julia Galmiche-Essue holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and has over 12 years of experience developing effective and engaging learning frameworks, instructional materials, and assessment methods within non-profit and profit organizations, as well as educational institutions such University College London, City University London, CASS Business school, and the University of Toronto. Leveraging her experience in design, technology, and pedagogy, Julia plays a pivotal role in providing strategic direction and guidance in designing instructional materials and programs that align with the CEIF’s mission.
Is there now an overview of the status of cybernetics in China, be it as a subject at universities, research institutions, international cooperation, schools of thought, and their practical application? Has the CCP already adopted ideas from the accelerationists, e.g. Nick Lands? Could Xi make this part of his Xi Jinping thoughts, as an AI with Chinese characteristics design an XI algorithm cybernetics under the Xi Jinping thoughts or will it then become dysfunctional or just a new economic form of a cybernetic, digital planned or indicative mixed economy? Mao wanted “red instead of expert”, under Deng it was still “red and expert” which is why the new CP elite also studied STEM and natural sciences and economics, so to speak, first of all had to experience the continent of China through regional government experiences along with their own successes, in order to be able to rise in the Central Committee and up to the Politburo, until now under Xi the motto „More red as a specialist“ could apply again. Also as an instrument for organizing his protracted war, as a preliminary form or, if necessary, as a form of organization for an efficient war economy? Ludendorf’s „Total War“, which then took the war communism of the Bolsheviks as a model, including NEP, also as a lesson in the alleged betrayal or failure of AEG-Walther Rathenau as the raw materials and material organizer of the German General Staff in a 2.0 version? XI as Chinese AI and cybernetic economy and society with digital cyber sovereignty as a state and new social model? Centralized ny a cybernetic XI instead of decentralized as CEIF strives for?