Sean Parker: Tech Innovations Will Create “Class of Immortal Overlords”

Welcome to your Facebook utopia

Because I’m a billionaire, I’m going to have access to better health care so…I’m going to be like 160 and I’m going to be part of this, like, class of immortal overlords. [Laughter]
—Sean Parker

You know, when somebody as “insidery” as Sean Parker—who was the 1st president of Facebook—predicts that the world will be run in the future by a “class of immortal overlords,” you should really pay attention.

Parker—now founder and chair of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy—made this and other eyebrow-raising remarks recently at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

He also painted an unflattering portrait of Facebook as a platform that very consciously manipulated humans & fucked with their brains:

I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because [of] the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and … it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other…It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.


And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever. And that’s going to get you to contribute more content, and that’s going to get you … more likes and comments.


It’s a social-validation feedback loop…exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.

And we fell for it, and while the Sean Parkers and Mark Zuckerbergs of the world are using highly-expensive medical/technological life-extension techniques to live to 160, we will be up to our ears in debt and still worrying while that fucking status update we put up 15 minutes ago didn’t get enough “likes.”