Christian Angermeyer’s Linked In Newsletter – ” I Have Your Interests At Heart”

Have a read.

He tries to be inclusive worrying about all our mental health issues as we move into a brave new world created by him and some of his billionaire buddies.

I’d love to think that he’s really interested in our welfare but I fear something more akin to the darkest thoughts of Huxley, Ballard & Burroughs when I read what he writes.

It’s all about them and us in Angermeyer world.

Using the example of a bus driver suggests to us that Christian (although he thinks  he knows what is going to happen) isn’t really connected to the world that most of us live in.
Anyway I’d dare suggest even if the bus drives itself the idea of having a driver / conductor human in the mix really would be a great idea as driverless or not that bus will break down very quickly
A 40-year-old bus driver today may easily live another 60 years with rising life expectancy. Let’s assume they are made redundant by self-driving buses in (conservatively) 10 years from now. This person then has more than 50 years of health and productivity ahead of them and will need a purpose.
Right now, it is not clear what that purpose will be. Or if there will be a place for them at all. And said bus driver probably – especially in the US – has limited retirement savings and living on social security alone is challenging in any sense.

As German/ Italian duo Woog Riots say…

 

We also get a year  9 / 10 history lesson which I won’t even go into.

At least there is a little self awareness when he writes the following.

However, just as today, it was the elite minority of society who were the most vocal and optimistic about where all of this was heading, because they were the ones set to profit from it.

But unfortunately his elite minority in 2021 has a lot less morality than the great and wealthy of the mid 19th century who were still living in the shadow of the French revolution and mostly knew that their life and livelihood was precarious.

We’d argue that the 2021 versions of the 19th century figures he alludes to care about nothing more than wealth acquisition pure and simple.

Also, as yet, I’m not persuaded that Angermeyer is anything but a man who seeks to profit from psychedelics.

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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”​ (George Santayana)

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How our era strikingly resembles the time of 1850 – 1914 – and why I have decided to double down on my efforts to improve global mental health

Some weeks ago, the CEO of ARK Invest, Cathie Wood, tweeted an answer to Elon Musk’s question: “What do you think of the unusually high ratio of the S&P market cap to GDP?”

We have lived through this before…

Wood looked to historical precedents and found them in the late 1800s and early 1900s – just as the telephone, electricity and the automobile were emerging. These were highly potent platform technologies, and during this time the US equity market cap relative to GDP appears to have been 2-3 times higher than it is today.

And so, the thesis goes, the same phenomenon is happening again today, with NEW platform technologies such as genomic sequencing, robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, brain-computer-interfaces (BCI) and blockchain technology.

I agree with Cathy Wood.

But unfortunately, our times are strikingly resemblant of 1850–1914 in other ways, too.

The boundless optimism of we elites

The elites of that time shared the same very optimistic view of the future as do the elites of today. Take for example the futurologist and author Jules Verne. Born in 1828, Verne had a remarkably accurate vision of our technological future, some 100-200 years in advance. In his novels, he described technology that his peers found to be so unbelievable as to be nearly unpublishable.

To the moon…

For example, he made several predictions about space technology, describing rockets which would carry passengers from the Earth to the Moon, as well as returning spacecrafts that would land in the ocean and float (not unlike the Mercury capsule).

He was not the only one. The entire class was brimming with anticipation for the tech-enabled future. The 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris was a wonderful expression of this: entire pavilions were given over to new technologies, Thomas Edison showed off his latest phonograph, and passengers rode the world’s first safety elevator up the legs of the Eiffel Tower, which was in time built for that World Fair and the tallest structure in the world at that time.

In short, there was an exuberant appreciation for technological innovation, just as the Western world was shifting from an agrarian society to an industrial one.

However, just as today, it was the elite minority of society who were the most vocal and optimistic about where all of this was heading, because they were the ones set to profit from it.

The disconnect between the elites and the masses

For the vast majority of the population, the future set out by Jules Verne and others was alien, bewildering and perhaps even terrifying. After all, this technological Elysium, however it would work, had no place for them, the farmers and other working classes. Their own lifestyles and livelihoods did not have an important role to play in this version of the future. I suspect the Exposition Universelle was as infuriating to the working class as it was wonderous to the aristocrats and bourgeoisie.

This disconnect and FEAR of the future led to the demagoguery and war that followed

My theory: There is a correlated, even causal, relationship between this disconnect and the era of fascism and the two World Wars that followed soon after. Societies will only function with such cognitive dissonance for so long; when it increases too much for too long, it snaps. In climates of fear, uncertainty, and inequality, the simple, brutal ideas become mainstream and give rise to violence. Fear brings out the worst of us.

"I must not fear.

Fear is the mind-killer.

Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

I will face my fear.

I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.

Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

 

Litany Against Fear, DUNE

A tectonic shift from an industrial society to a data- and AI-driven one is in full swing

Today, we are once again a society in transition: This time, it is a tectonic shift from an industrial society to an automated, digitally enabled, data- and AI-driven one. Technology advances faster than ever before, while exuberance and bafflement grow in equal measure. The robots are coming, and they will give us fabulous foot massages, but they will also take our jobs!

A 40-year-old bus driver today may easily live another 60 years with rising life expectancy. Let’s assume they are made redundant by self-driving buses in (conservatively) 10 years from now. This person then has more than 50 years of health and productivity ahead of them and will need a purpose.

Right now, it is not clear what that purpose will be. Or if there will be a place for them at all. And said bus driver probably – especially in the US – has limited retirement savings and living on social security alone is challenging in any sense.

Perhaps this bus driver does not even fully grasp the magnitude of disruption and change which is about to happen, to them and to the world. But deep down, humans usually have a pretty good gut feeling, and most people today sense this tectonic shift, just as birds sense an earthquake.

And for most of us, it is not excitement nor a pleasant anticipation, but fear – fear of an unknown future and of a world which might be so different from the world we know today, that even IF – big if – it offered a place for everyone, not everyone would be able to acclimatize.

The consequences: Already today we see mental health issues like addiction, anxiety and depression skyrocketing. And this will just get worse. Mental health issues unfortunately will be the No. 1 disease of the 21st century.

The consequences: Already today we see mental health issues like addiction, anxiety and depression skyrocketing. 

And this will just get worse. 

Mental health issues unfortunately will be the No. 1 disease of the 21st century.

At the same time as fear is rising and mental health is declining, also the Western political landscape—so far pretty stable—is wobbling, as people search for comfort in protectionism, scapegoats, conspiracy theories (e.g., QAnon) and comforting lies that are devastating in the long-term (e.g., socialism/communism). It is the same playbook again which unfortunately already once had unfolded 1850 to 1914.

We must avoid catastrophe!

The leaders of this new automated era need to answer this question: How can we take everyone along with us? How can we create a meaningful place in society for hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people whose jobs will be wiped out by artificial intelligence? How can we help ease billions of people into a world radically different than the one we knew growing up?

And how can we keep our humanity, when genomics and brain-computer interface technologies will challenge our traditional ideas about what it means to be human?

I don’t have all the answers. Actually, I don’t have any yet as this is maybe the most complex problem our society is facing today. But as I deeply believe this disconnect will only last for so long until it snaps – and in the age of weapons of mass destruction, the “snapping” this time brings risks even greater than those of the two World Wars – I wrote this blog post to start creating awareness.

The answers must be formulated by politicians and a broad civil discourse, just as we have it already today for the other big issue of our time, climate change. And everybody should contribute to this discourse.

My mental health commitment

My own contribution is to the mental health sector. I’m not joking when I say…

We need medical psychedelics!

Psychedelics are probably the most powerful tools we have at our disposal to rewire our minds and adapt for new realities.

It is a tragedy that today, they are still confined to the “underground” in most countries. With more widespread, responsible and especially legal use in a medical setting, compounds such as psilocybin could play a significant role in helping us advance into the future. TOGETHER.

Psychedelics in studies show strong signs of combatting fear and healing trauma, and generally help people to move forward into the future in a positive way. Psychedelics can enhance creativity and improve neuroplasticity – two essential abilities we need to be successful with this transition, such as making ourselves open to new models of living and new job opportunities.

One of the most common phenomena of psychedelic trips is so-called “ego death”, which typically coincides with feeling a stronger connection to the universe, nature and the people around us – an experience that can help to counteract a dangerous, fear-induced “us vs them” mentality and also make us more aware of the need for a “greener” economy.

re.Mind Capital

The advancement of psychedelics as potential medical treatments is just one piece of the puzzle. Our minds are beautiful and complex, and there is no single silver bullet.

This is why I have dedicated, within my family office Apeiron Investment Group, a new USD 120 million fund called re.Mind Capital – funded in large part by myself plus some of the most renowned investors in the world – solely to mental health. We do minority venture investments across the full scope of approaches to improving our mental health, from drug development to digital therapeutics, to clinic models, to brain-computer interfaces (BCI).

re.Mind is run by my two colleagues Max de Vere and Jan Hardorp, and we are looking forward to your ideas.

Tech will save the world. Not kill it.

Ultimately, I am an optimist. So, I want to end on a positive note. Technological advances have already made the world a better place, overall. Many of us fail to appreciate this, because our media — and humans in general — tend to focus in on the bad news, rather than the good.

But the reality is overwhelmingly more positive than negative: extreme poverty has fallen; hunger is falling; people in developed countries have more leisure time; life expectancy is rising, etc.

We just need to make sure we stay on track, and don’t let our “lizard brain” take control.

This means, we must prioritize and take care of our mental health, to be resilient to the stress of transition and to be open for a world full of wonders, which is being created before our very eyes.

And then I am sure it will be a world full of wonders and positivity for ALL OF US.

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