Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Singularity Movement, Immortality, and Removing the Ghost in the Machine

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post 

For those who may regard movies such as The Matrix and Ghost in the Shell as mere science fiction, picking up the latest issue of TIME just might shake up these assumptions a bit. Entitled 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal,  the cover illustration for the February 21 edition portrays a human with a shaved head plugged into the Internet – literally.  On the back of this person’s head is an embedded terminal plug for the purpose of connecting with the Internet; the same as Neo in The Matrix or any one of the “cyberized” characters in Ghost in the Shell.

Enter the “Singularity” movement. As defined by TIME, singularity means, “The moment when technological change becomes so rapid and profound, it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history.”  This definition will no doubt be an accurate one if Singularitarians (as they are deemed by TIME) have their way.

Although Lev Grossman’s article is mostly a regurgitatingly obnoxious form of worship of one of the more active frontmen for Transhumanism, Raymond Kurzweil, the article does reveal some extraordinary information. Namely, that there are very powerful and wealthy individuals whose goal it is to see the merging of man and machine, and the complete transformation of humanity into something much different than it currently is. 

Of course this, in and of itself, is not major news. What’s news is that they are becoming so open about it. Indeed, many researchers such as Alan Watt, Alex Jones , and David Icke (and many others) have been pointing this out for years. However, while they have been derided as crazy conspiracy theorists, it’s not likely that TIME will receive the same treatment. TIME has functioned as a mouthpiece for the eugenics elite for well over seventy years. Thus, it appears the magazine is once again assuming its role in the introduction of the “new man” to the old one. It is now time for the unwashed masses to accept brainchips, cyberization, and the biological reconstruction envisioned by the elite since at least as far back as the time of Plato.

The subject of TIME’s admiration this time around, Raymond Kurzweil, does not deny that humans, as we currently know ourselves, will cease to exist with the introduction of his Singularity technology. On the contrary, Grossman writes:
When that [the introduction of superintelligent computers] happens, humanity – our bodies, our minds, our civilization – will be completely and irreversibly transformed. He [Kurzweil]believes that this moment is not only inevitable but imminent. According to his calculations, the end of human civilization as we know it is about 35 years away.
Grossman continues:
Maybe we’ll merge with them to become superintelligent cyborgs, using computers to extend our intellectual abilities the same way that cars and planes extend our physical abilities. Maybe the artificial intelligences will help us treat the effects of old age and prolong our life indefinitely. Maybe we’ll scan our consciousnesses into computers and live inside them as software, forever, virtually. Maybe the computers will turn on humanity and annihilate us. The one thing all these theories have in common is the transformation of our species into something that is no longer recognizable as such to humanity circa 2011. This transformation has a name: Singularity.
There is little doubt that a great many of those children raised on television, video games, and the Internet will embrace such technology with open arms as adults. Already, online communities, various apps, and social networking sites have begun to supplant the real world in the minds of many. It would not likely take much prodding to convince at least the first few pioneers to, as Grossman puts it, “take the iPhones out of our hands and put them into our skulls.”

With the recent introduction of Cloud technology, the creation of an ethereal Internet reality that operates and exists completely as a world of its own is not hard to imagine. Coupled with the introduction and increased promotion of various forms of brainchips, all that really might be necessary is an effective computer program and a willing population. The program no doubt already exists. Unfortunately, it seems only a matter before the population follows suit. 

It is interesting to note a report by Richard Norton-Taylor entitled Revolution, flashmobs, and brain chips. A grim vision of the future, published in the Guardian in 2007. In this article, Norton-Taylor relays the findings of a 90-page report released by a British Ministry of Defence team tasked with future “strategic context” that the British military might face in the future. This is, at least, is the cover story for the report.

Regardless of the reason for the report, Norton-Taylor writes:
By 2035, an implantable “information chip” could be wired directly to the brain. A growing pervasiveness of information communications technology will enable states, terrorists or criminals, to mobilize “flashmobs,” challenging security forces to match this potential agility coupled with an ability to concentrate forces quickly in a small area.
Yet, if the idea of merging with the Internet is not frightening enough, consider the distinct possibility that maybe, just maybe, this technology is not meant to merely make your life easier and advance scientific discovery. Consider also that it might be more than a voluntary distraction on the level of television and video games. At least not in the long run.

As researcher and radio show host Alan Watt remarks:
It has many purposes but one of them was never to free the people, it would be used as an incredible tool of data-collection and using, like television and repetition of different topics, or the same topics or phrases again, it would be used to condition the public into their opinions, until, really, they’d be addicted to it, they could never do without it. That’s the intent, because you will go cashless eventually and it will be used as a form of social approval and disapproval, if they cut you off from the net: you won’t be able to do your banking, get money to pay your rent etc. Bertrand Russell talked about this sort of technique to be used in the future and it’s coming now. ‘Cloud’ will come in and that will take over and be THE one for the planet and everyone will rush into it thinking ‘my God I don’t have to worry about spy ware or viruses or upgrades, it’s all done for me, out there somewhere in the big “cloud.” And the Cloud, eventually, will be censoring your emails and actually popping up windows to tell you “are you sure you want to use this word, this politically incorrect word in this email?” Then it might give you a little list of fines or punishments etc. etc. This is all planned folks, that’s how you do it. Source
There is no doubt that this technology has been planned for quite a long time. Indeed, the Singularity movement has some very interesting backers. The Singularity University, a three-year-old institution that offers inter-disciplinary courses for both executives and graduate students, is hosted by NASA , a notorious front for secretive projects conducted by the government and the military-industrial complex. Not only that, but Google, which is yet another corporate front for intelligence agencies, was a founding sponsor of the University as well. 

Besides the Singularity University, there is also the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence co-founded by Raymond Kurzweil, which is located in San Francisco and hosts the Singularity Summit every year. The Institute also counts among one of its “advisers” Peter Thiel, a former CEO of Paypal as well as an early investor in Facebook, a corporation whose links to the CIA are almost as plentiful as Google. 

Even Bill Gates, another notorious elitist with intelligence ties, (plus a member of the lucky genes club ) has publicly praised Kurzweil as being “the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence.” 

Gates’ admiration and support of Kurzweil and his projects is quite significant. And it should also raise serious questions as to why individuals such as Bill Gates would champion technologies that extend life when he, of all people, is so concerned with "overpopulation." Would life extension technology not itself contribute to a larger population? Gates’ support makes absolutely no sense unless one understands that this technology has not been invented to extend life, at least not for the vast majority of people.

Such connections between the Singularity movement and the military-industrial complex/intelligence agencies, etc. should immediately raise concerns among the general public. Odds are, however, that they won’t. 

But cashless societies and government spying are only the tip of the iceberg when one discusses the Singularity movement. The real reason for the introduction of brainchips and the merging of man with machine has more to do with eugenics than anything else. 

Grossman writes as much in his article for TIME when he refers to the sessions of the Singularity Summit. Here, he mentions that these sessions “also cover the galloping progress of, among other fields, genetics and nanotechnology.” But this should come as no surprise. 

It is inevitable that “Brain-Machine Interfaces” ultimately lead back to both the Transhumanist and Eugenics movements. Putting aside the moral issues of these movements and even, for a moment, the question of whether or not choice is involved on the part of the public, the fact is that there is no desire to truly “improve” humanity. The ultimate goal of eugenicists is to create a population just smart enough to do the jobs they are assigned, but dumb enough not to question the authorities that force them to do these jobs. 

The goal of the eugenicist is summed up quite well by Frederick T. Gates in The Country School of Tomorrow,where he writes:
In our dream, we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our moulding hand. The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We are not to raise up from among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from them lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply.
Also, as a London School of Economics evolution proponent Oliver Curry stated, “The human race will one day split into two separate species, an attractive, intelligent ruling elite and an underclass of dim-witted, ugly goblin-like creatures.”

It is high time that those who watch the developments such as “Brain-Machine Interfacing,” “Singularity Movements,” and “Cloud Technology” with open mouths and excitement realize that this technology is not meant to enhance their quality of life or increase their fun, it is meant to control and distort them. 

The results could astonishing. Effects may include significant improvements in human quality of life and life span . . .  continued globalization, reshuffling of wealth, cultural amalgamation or invasion with potential for increased tension and conflict, shifts in power from nation states to non-governmental organizations and individuals . . . and the possibility of human eugenics and cloning. [emphasis added]
If one were to fast forward to the future in which the Singularity movement has been successful, one might be a bit surprised as to what it would look like. Indeed, one might be surprised to see exactly how accurate the name “Singularity” actually is. Under the guise of life extension, entertainment, and even open Transhumanism, the world that exists in the future will scarcely resemble the one in which we currently live. The future -- the world of the Singularity -- would find a human population vastly reduced, hooked up to a central mainframe computer with no free will, no individuality, and absolutely no freedom. In the end, humanity will be reduced to the state of a mere machine with no ghost inside it. 

Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Mullins, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University where he earned the Pee Dee Electric Scholar’s Award as an undergraduate. He has had numerous articles published dealing with a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, and civil liberties. He also the author of Codex Alimentarius - The End of Health Freedom  

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19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well Said! For additional information regarding the implementation of oneness, listen to an L.A. Marzulli interview about the coming singularity. Probably, much sooner than 2045.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIEjOI5Mblc

Again, this article is on-point!!!

c82e9f18-3f85-11e0-a322-000bcdcb5194 said...

2045 would be a dream, we're a lot more way off then that.

Anonymous said...

Funny the article fails to mention God but i guess that is because we are speaking about man as God. I firmly beleive that God will step in before all of this singularity goes down since it is a total abomination of his creation. Lets face it everything that exists has a creator and I am sure He will make himself known soon.

Anonymous said...

Ray Kurzweil takes over 2OO supplements per day in order to live longer. What about when Codex Alimentarius comes into full law and supplements are restricted? I am sure these singularity guys will be exempt. The laws will only apply to the common folk. Plus, who can afford to take over 2OO supplements per day? Why is Kurzweil so afraid to die?

Anti Vigilante said...

Singularity. Schmingularity. What these suits fail to realize is Humanity became self aware. It's over. Anonymous is the Singularity. And they are empowering people. They may not control which new boss gets to be like the old boss, but ultimately they are teaching each other and solving problems.

"Cloud" meet Crowd. It's over.

rust said...

if I may jump in here, there should have been a mention of Charles Stross' book "Accelerando" -- it was available as HTML, but it is also sold on paper. Hop over to accelerando dot org and look for the links on the right.

Anti Vigilante said...

Ray Kurzweil is afraid to die because never taught one person how to teach what they know.

Teaching someone is easy.
Teaching someone how to teach your ideas is a little more difficult.
Teaching someone how to teach their own ideas requires letting go of your ego.

Anonymous said...

Which is precisely why I'm rooting for catastrophic earth changes. The end of the world as far as I'm concerned is a world continuing down the same corporatist/fascist/surveillance society road we're on now, only more so. What's being described here is an Armageddon of the human soul.

"Unplugged"

Anonymous said...

We are borg.Lets not.Lets do something else instead of cancel our individual uniqueness in favor of a few criminal psychopaths desire to sh&t all over everything.In the end we are all Indra,but Indra tries.Lets do that.

Butch said...

It must be in the water down there in Mullins, SC. I would humbly suggest that the author actually read Kurzweil's work. He has so much misinformation, it's almost impossible to weigh in.

While I sympathize with the concern of a eugenics movement, that is not what the issue of the singualrity is about, and there is no "movement" to join. Among other topics of concern, the Singularity University was primarily created to try to try to moderate any adverse outcomes to the human race on what is viewed as an inevitable development. That point of self-aware machines is projected to occur in 2025, not 2045. The 2045 date is vanishing point, or singularity if you will, where the rate of change itself (previously expressed as exponential)accelerates past the "knee of the curve" (in exponential graphs)and becomes unmeasurable.

Consulting original sources, NOT Time magazine, would be a better use of one's reading energy.

Anonymous said...

What the author fails to realize is that what we really are IS the "ghost in the machine.". We are not the disguise in whatever form it appears, we are the aware aliveness that animates it. So play with the appearance, it doesn't ultimately matter.

Anti Vigilante said...

Ding Ding Ding - the irony is sweet - Anonymous is the Singularity - Here we come. Your tech is no match for our ability to disect and reconstruct. And we can do it in a cave in the Mexican heat.

Anonymous said...

The futuew system that we will all be jacked into will be plagued with the same problems as the net is today: buggy software, need for patches / fixes, viruses / attacks, power grid vulnerabilities, chip failures etc.

Anonymous said...

If the enemy comes within inches of me I will do my best to kill the enemy.

Everything else is talkng bullshit.

Mentifex said...

http://code.google.com/p/mindforth/wiki/AiHasBeenSolved

Anonymous said...

Itll never last, and if it did, woe be to the souls who willfully choose such an evolutionary direction. I know one theory floating round out there is that the Greys are us but from the future, strung out on machgine & too high intelligence & near the point of exttinction because theyve sold their souls to the all powerful intellect

Anonymous said...

It is just the Thinking Function being now so dominant over the Feeling Function of the mind, that it has to crash - as it is doing now, making no sense and being really stupid - except for making machines. Nature will take her course and destroy it all because it is all out of balance. Yang is falling over itself. It should be obvious when you see women being masculinized as in fe-manism. The head calculates, the heart feels - we have to be able to do both or we are doomed. Well, we are doomed, for the moment.

Anonymous said...

As I see it, humanity is not yet self-aware, as someone else posted, but its getting close. And there's no place for elitist wankers who think they own us all with a self-aware global population. The brazeness with which things are moving forward is a sign of the elites desperation to retain their heirachical systems at all costs.On balance, it looks tight as to who and what system will emerge victorious. We live in interesting times!

Anonymous said...

quantum mechanics suggests that you cannot actually scan the contents of my brain although a crude estimate would certainly be possible.
having that estimate will not replace me and my ability to sometimes do unpredictable things or make choices that are not intuitive. of more interest to me is the moral dilemma of choice where that involves your loved ones. would you implement technology that has helped other quadraplegic children recover full use of limbs, in your child? Would you give memory back to your folks that have dementia? These are the hard questions should the option exist.
I also wonder if we replaced our bodies, one component at a time, at which point would we cease to be ourselves? If brain function can be replaced with chips, and immortality an option, would anyone notice the loss of ourselves? since software would be controlled freedom would be meaningless and choice an antiquated novelty.

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