We Have Become Borg
In the film Star-trek: First Contact we get a brief glimpse of what earth would look like if the Borg invaded. It becomes a blackened wreck of an ecologically destroyed planet. Converted into a massive Borg drone hive of unending mechanised development. The seas sucked dry and the land mined of all its minerals in an endless pursuit of collective perfection. The result is seen as inevitable and indeed it seems that resistance is futile. So how does that compare with our reality.
There seems to be an endless pursuit of wealth, where presumably the perfect endpoint is that everyone is rich beyond measure. On a finite planet we know that is impossible, which is probably why billionaries, like Bezos and Musk, are striving to leave this planet in search of other planets to exploit. Our spaceships may not be cube shaped (yet) but intent is the same. To achieve this end the drones (the non rich) are fed an incessant barrage of information (propoganda) to keep them focussed on what is important to the hive queens (AKA billionaires). In the Borg this information is fed directly into the mind by communication implants but we have to make do with radio and television and of course the Internet. Not as efficient or absolute but it will have to do until the scientists who can do this are assimilated.
The Borg have no regard for other species other than viewing them as either a threat or suitable for assimilation, thus conferring an advantage. This is the same as our corporate business, seeing other companies as either competition (threats to be eliminated or absorbed) or a means of stealing a competitive advantage (buying them to use their unique tech or skills). Takeovers can be seen as a Borg hive assimilating another species, with its “biological and technological distinctiveness” added to their own. Corporate culture is one of destroying competitors or assimilating products and people, all in the name of profit. The profit motive has become a core belief that has outstripped any moral teachings offered by religion or philosophy. Capitalism has become the ‘voice’ of the collective.
However, our Borg of corporate hives are not confined to merely fighting among themselves. Their need for profit means they are compelled to…