The equal distribution of liberties may only be limited for the sake of liberty, and not for the sake of other social or economic advantages. In this sense, liberty is unlike other social goods. Today, privacy is our last remaining power, and any attempt to shield it is configured as a form of resistance. The rise of tech-capitalism is unhurriedly grinding down our right to be left alone, which remains a cornerstone of the principle of liberty.

Tech-capitalism has made the idea of the positively euphoric vision of the West’s absolute evolution that now pulsates with the ideas of those who celebrate the arrival of AI – a new singularity of history. Tech-capitalism is a vining of technology that is premised on accessing, reformulating and coding our bodies and cognitions. A perfect synthesis within the frame of Hegel and Fukuyama. Tech-giants are a modern manifestation of the Hegelian method that became a central pillar of Enlightenment thought.

This tech-capitalism drives a never-seen-before expansion of technology into our life-worlds that is entirely intimate, and lodged into a wider ideology that is typically hegemonic. Michelle Bachelet, the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that countries should expressly ban AI applications that do not comply with international human rights law.

Social scoring systems and AI-based tools that evaluate people based on their behaviour and those that categorise people into clusters by ethnicity or gender need deeper interrogation. In the “Irish Examiner” on 15 September 2021, it is reported that the UN called for a moratorium on the use of AI that poses a serious risk to human rights, including facial-scanning systems that track people in public spaces. The former UN High Commissioner reminded nation-states that the use of emotion recognition systems by public authorities for singling out individuals for police stops, or to assess the veracity of statements during interrogations, risks undermining the human rights of individuals.

Real-time face tracking and projection are central to emotion recognition systems that use 3D laser scanning systems to capture, manipulate and project Computer Generated Images (CGI) onto the face in real-time. It is a form of virtual stage makeup central to project “OMOTE” – a new Japanese technology.

“OMOTE” is a partnership among the Japanese media artist Nobumichi Asai, Hiroto Kuwahara a Japanese makeup artist, and the French digital image engineer Paul Lacroix. The project takes its name from the Japanese word Omote for face or mask. The face is considered a mirror that reflects the human soul. It is a separation between the Omote (exterior) and the Ura (interior). In Nogaku, Japan’s traditional musical theatres, performers use Omote masks to express a range of dramatic emotions.

This idea of using the face to “read” the emotional state, and to psychologically sift and classify people in public spaces is not without controversy. “TrackLab” has studied social interactions in school settings and hospitals. “Observer XT”, codes behaviours on a timeline using video, and incorporates audio, eye tracking, and emotional scanning. Noldus Information Technology specializes in behavioural systems. Orpheus Business Personality Inventory (OBPI) measures Work Orientation, Patience, Initiative, Fair-Mindedness, Loyalty, and Proficiency.

One bizarre socio-psychological AI angle that has attracted attention among perceptive critical thinkers, touches on our sense of life, and the meaning of death. The death of god theology which the Enlightenment prided itself upon, gave birth to a peculiar modern pathology. Before the dawn of atheism, death was linked to the divine. With the separation of god from living, Enlightenment thinkers rationalized a life in which we did not return to a deity.

Modern life, affected by the death of god, engendered fear of our eventual demise. Death was ghettoized. Infant mortality contained. Life expectancy increased. Public health improved. Ultimately, life was lengthened. To transcend the threat of finitude, and to buttress a belief that heaven and hell are already here, we became fixated on our immortality. This obsession found creative expression in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”. Now, it is the turn of AI to become God and to prolong our life. AI is expected to find cures for our ailments faster than scientists in laboratories. AI will even promise a new resurrection.

This AI resurrection or reincarnation will use Deepfake Generators, AI voice generators, and voice cloning platforms like Eleven Labs, and Serato stems that can allow real-time source separation of voice recordings. These AI audio tools are now in the armoury of DJs, beat makers and producers, but they will soon find new uses as AI assemblages cross over with fluidity into other domains. The immortality economy is a segment of radical life.

Raymond Kurzweil labels the ability to cheat death, “escape velocity”. Each year, as medical technology advances with AI, it can add more than a year to each year to our remaining life expectancy. This added time will allow us to outpace our death.

Carefully curating sensitive, and highly private information, personal data, and conversation history extracted from TikTok, Telegram, Signal, X, electronic mail, and WhatsApp, will allow AI to enable a speech function that may allow a human to speak to a deceased friend. Now, not even in death – will we find some privacy.