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What George Orwell would have to say to Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg

Science fiction expert Ronit Wolf has created an experimental section: Dialogues that shouldn't exist - between dead and living, fictional and real characters, historical accidents or technical innovations. After the exchange between Captain Picard and Thomas More, George Orwell and Mark Zuckerberg now meet - quite turbulent.

An experiment by Ronit Wolf

Again the sun shines selflessly over Menlo Park. The air conditioning is running at maximum and the light hits the offices of the spacious Facebook property. Everyone is very focused on the matter. Only the mastermind seems absent. Mark Zuckerberg's screen looks monothematic today:

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One of Mark's countless colleagues - let's call him Johnny - is standing at his desk and staring at the word polonaise on the screen: "What is that?" "This chatbot has been running amok since yesterday ..." replies Mark. “Do you know Timothy Learix? He started with us last week, focusing on chatbot analysis and speech recognition. I tested his new system. And now this thing is messing around on my computer! "

"Yes and? Turn it off and delete the program !? ”Johnny looks at Mark in disbelief. Mark looks back annoyed. The whole thing seems like a stupid prank to him. "What do you think I've tried? He just keeps talking ... and thinks he's George Orwell! And how he talks to me. As if he'd known me for a long time! ”Mark is bored, he doesn't know why he has to deal with something like that in the morning.

Johnny asks, “THE George Orwell? The one with the animal farm from 1984? Was that a movie or a novel? Sorry, I never used it. Or am I messing up something? ”Mark just shakes his head and moves with his laptop into conference room 101 and dedicates himself to George, who continues to ask questions like a toddler. He seemed to have taken over large parts of the system and was analyzing files at lightning speed.

What do you need so much information for if not monitoring?

"Mark! Your student yearbook has grown a bit ... Or do you want to found a socialist party now? I don't know anyone who has so many Likes has, or should I say - Friends ? ”His question is followed by an intense exhalation with a bronchial rattle from the loudspeaker of the laptop - it simulates smoking - and that damn well! Orwell is convincingly miming a chain smoker!

George continues, “Or is it just a political movement? What is your goal? What is your motivation What do you need so much information for if not for surveillance? ”George seems genuinely curious.

Mark reacts: “What do you mean? Big Brother from another mother or what? Honestly, I don't know why I'm wasting time on you… ”Mark wrinkles his nose, but is always waiting eagerly for Orwell's next question.

“Maybe you want to know something about yourself, Mark? Maybe i can help you with this You yourself have taken the reward function to such an absurdity in your work. A platform that always answers! It's nice when someone always answers - and even better when you hear and see exactly what you want. "

"So please, don't tell me things now that I already know!" Mark is pounding wildly on his brand new laptop. “Honestly, Mark, you are a master of double thinking! And by the way, I am honored that you have read my work! ”“ How do you want to know? ”Now Mark is getting more curious - George's smoky breath hardly stops when he answers:

“Your platform is full of cross-references. Slogans like Friend is the new friend , Freedom is boring and Ignorance is strength I can take over seamlessly. Your version of the Ministry of Truth keeps what it promises. What did the world look like before you founded Facebook? "

Puhhh, all nines! Time to strike back, Zuckerberg thought. Somehow it degenerates into an interrogation. In any case, it has nothing to do with a chatbot. Total topic missed! One thing is clear: this Timothy Learix is ​​going to be suspended! It doesn't fit in here in the shop like that at all. Inexcusable, this chatbot, badly programmed.

Why do you actually 1984 written and not me?

“And now I ask you something George: Why do you actually have 1984 written and not me? I never intended to make the world a worse place. If anything, your work serves me as an example of how not to do it. Did you have any alternative besides pessimism and fear? "

Mark thought that was a pretty pointy question. He was halfway proud of himself and happy to gain the upper hand again.

Brief silence.

Long silence for a chatbot.

Orwell replies: “You have to slam the door before totalitarianism!” “Well said, but easier said than done, Orwell! And if someone slams the door, is he still standing in front of it? "

During his war of words, Zuckerberg more and more escapes the fact that meanwhile around 17 other employees, including his wife, were surprised by the volume and wanted to see that things were going well. But Mark persistently waits for every question - including this one: “And how is it on your Facebook platform? The door is always open there. I mean - always! "

George grumbles hoarsely after every sentence: “My boy, this is only good if you - like me - end up on a relatively lonely island in the Inner Hebrides in the Atlantic. Right where you might know people's first names rather than last names. And where every now and then a sheep gets lost. Some more sheep got lost with you ... "

“This sheep analogy doesn't work at all!” Zuckerberg is a master at falling into sentences. "Why should I be a platform for people - or, as you say: Sheep - censor? Besides, if I hadn't invented Facebook, someone else would have! I have nothing against sheep - or whoever! Where do I have the right to choose? Where do you start, where do you stop? THAT is totalitarian! "

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“Even if they're lying?” Orwell asks. Zuckerberg replies: “How do you recognize a lie - and since when has it appeared on its own? Even the word doesn't work anymore. Who still calls the lie a lie these days? ”“ Newspeak is the deliberately sincere lie. I warned you about it! ”Orwell counters.

“Yes. Fake news is the new narrative, dear George. And besides that, how do you know truth? On the sheep around you? ”Zuckerberg hesitates, realizing that he is getting lost in something. “I just can't believe I'm quarreling with a chatbot here! Where do you get your morals from? From your writing? ”Zuckerberg is silent. He realizes that he should stop at this point.

Now your vocabulary is full of Newspeak.

Orwell replies: “Even then, you did not take my warning seriously. And now your vocabulary is full of Newspeak. Would you like a taste? From the collateral damage, the Targeted killing , robust stabilization insert, tax havens, commitments to make efforts and no alternatives - should I continue? When Kellyanne Conway released the 2017 alternative facts titled, the whole thing was just put on the icing or the please-park-here sign. "

“Maybe you could have been more explicit, George? But I can tell you something Usability teach. ”“ I don't know who is learning from whom here, Mark ?! Constant surveillance through tele-screens? My idea. Simplified language? My idea. Personality cult? My idea. ”Mark cuts off.

"Now stop it! That's a very simplified representation! ”Mark was actually pissed off.

“Your aloof perspective is very aristocratic, don't know why you are the moral police for everything? Your things are worthless and ineffective! Your warnings have brought nothing. Has anyone told you that before? Or don't you see it yourself? "

Orwell grumbles. "Yes, good question. Do you know what a friend said to me back then

when I gave her the manuscript 1984 gave? 'Throw it away but keep the staples.'

When I gave my first manuscript to the editor Victor Gollancz in 1932, I chose the pseudonym George Orwell; so as not to embarrass my family. "

"Oh, that's not your real name at all?" Mark laughs out loud. "So, who is going to think twice, huh?" Mark can't stop laughing. “So, do you remember who YOU ​​put everything on the kill list? Do you want me to list them? ”Mark is on a run. He's starting to enjoy it.

"In your bigotry you are betting against homosexuals, nudists, sandal wearers, healers, juice drinkers, sex maniacs ..." "Now take it easy, Mark! The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history. I created anti-utopia to warn against totalitarianism. ”George coughs. He seems strained.

“Yes, yes ... the animals on your farm are rebelling against the farmer again, only to be oppressed by a pig elite in the future. Who please choose? Not me. I find that particularly inspiring by the way also not at all. "

Stop immediately!

In the meantime it has gotten even louder in room 101. But also outside in the offices. Mark finally notices this when his colleague Clarissa bursts into the room: “Mark! Mark! ”Shouts Clarissa. "Please stop talking to that thing immediately! We now have more of these error messages in all systems! It seems that the more you talk to him the more he is appropriating our databases! "

"How is that?" Mark rolls his eyes. Suddenly a whole bunch of employees hangs in front of room 101 and the calls get louder: “Stop immediately! Orwell put you live on Facebook with all the conversation! We have only seen this now. Of course, he also has his own fan page, which he went live on ...! "" Oops. "

Ronit

Creator, festival organizer, sci-fi lover, Deus Ex Machina

Joined April 4, 2019

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