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Who’s afraid of transhumanism? (We all should be)

Who’s afraid of transhumanism? (We all should be)

John J. Conley

It is difficult to define, but it’s a growing movement. Transhumanism has its own central organization (Humanity+), its own demographic base (Silicon Valley), even its own political formation (the Longevity Party).

On one level the movement’s goals appear benign. One of its key documents, “Principles of Extropy,” sums up the basic values of transhumanism: “perpetual progress, self-transformation, practical optimism, intelligent technology, open society, self-direction, and rational thinking.” The local Rotary Club would not object.

But the fundamental ambition of transhumanism is more problematic. Its architects champion a use of technology to accelerate the evolution of humanity so radically that at the end of the process humanity as such would disappear. A superior posthuman being would emerge. According to Wikipedia, “Transhumanism is the intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally improving the human condition through applied reason, especially by developing and making widely available knowledge to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.” From its inception, the abolition of human death and aging has been one of the goals of transhumanism as it engineers a new being freed from the biological constraints of the current human condition.

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The Terminator – Revelation of the Coming AI Takeover

The Terminator – Revelation of the Coming AI Takeover

I’ll spare you any Arnold impersonations, as The Terminator impersonation is perennially the material of hack comedians. On the contrary, the Terminator series is one of the more profound examples of predictive programming, establishing memes and implanting preparatory ideas comparable to The Matrix. While The Matrix is the classic conspiracy-genre trope for “awakening” to the fraud of the system as a whole, the Terminator series is far more ominous and serious in its foreboding message. Foreboding, because the real shadow government plan is to erect Skynet in reality, and serious because the establishment’s entire paradigm is that ofdepopulation. Mix the two together, and you get Terminator.  Thus, I have been of the opinion for a few years now that the reason for the erection of A.I., while full of esoteric undertones, is pragmatically about erecting a control grid impervious to human error which will then function as a global human deletion grid.

Past regimes and empires collapsed due to corruption, degeneration and human frailty. What, then, is the one way to avoid this imperial atrophy? The answer is robotics, and removing humans from the equation – the rise of the machines. For this analysis, I am not going to do the traditional scene by scene approach to symbolism: The Terminator series is pretty straightforward. Like a gigantic android middle finger, the Terminator films are a full-frontal example of the long-term plan of the establishment to erect a control grid with human agents out of the loop. I will also look at real white papers and plans that detail this plot, as well as prominent voices who have given this very warning.

Read more http://www.wakingtimes.com/2016/01/26/terminator-series-revelation-of-the-coming-a-i-takeover/

The Transhumanism Fantasy is a Failure for Humanity

The Transhumanism Fantasy is a Failure for Humanity

Darwin once called humans living, self-replicating machines. While it is true that we are divided from the rest of the animal kingdom due to our ability to discern the scent of a rose from a peony, and have emotions that either enflame us or calm our minds, completely isolated from purely environmental stimuli, our humanness has been overlooked, often dismissed even, as an evolutionary stumbling block, not the gift that it truly is. This, perhaps, is the philosophical error which has led to the belief that we need to be something more than human – trans-human – with adapted parts like a robot, or machine, rather than an ever-evolving, biological encasing of energy, ideas, and spirituality that will, in its own time, realize its perfect nature.

The idea of transhumanism completely blurs the lines between machine and (wo)man. Utilizing cloning, nanotechnology, genetic engineering, and more, people in support of this dangerous movement could arguably practice genetic cleansing that would make Nazi Germany or the ethnic ‘washing’ of Bosnian Muslims, Polynesians, Serbo-Coratians, Syrians, Native Americans, etc. look like a parlor trick.

There is a scene in the movie, The Matrix, which tries to visually blur these lines even more so. Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, emerges from a machine-made ‘womb’ and his only intended purpose is to provide energy to the technologically ‘advanced’ society from which he eventually tries to exit.

Read more http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/11/17/the-transhumanism-fantasy-failure-for-humanity/

The War on Human DNA

The War on Human DNA

True Humanity – or Transhuman Singularity and Gene Genocide?

“We are confronted here and now with this ultra manipulative, parasitic force trying to worm its way into the very foundations of life itself – to forever corrupt its essence.”

We individuals are here on this planet as sentient, living beings, having the capacity to love, create, empathise and be joyous. But these qualities are increasingly the object of a covert – if not overt – programme of systematic sterilization and attempted eradication.

There’s a war on. Not just the continuous fabricated war between nations and peoples – but a war to alter the very DNA of the human race and to thereby render homo sapiens a slave race, responding only to a computerised command system.

Don’t be unduly intimidated however, for these tricks are, like most tricks, just waiting to be exposed and rendered obsolete. Rendered obsolete by the realisation, in ourselves, of an omnipotent universal consciousness.  Yes, it is we who are the one’s best equipped to go face to face with our oppressors –  to go forth and redeem the sanctity of life.

We are here as Earthly representatives of a divine state, an Earthly reflection of that which would otherwise remain unseen, intangible and without form: non-materialised divine energy. Having ‘form’ is thus a blessed gift in which we should rejoice!

Read more  http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/09/18/the-war-on-human-dna/

Electronic tagging may await rejected asylum seekers

Electronic tagging may await rejected asylum seekers

The plans are part of a larger effort by the European Commission to quickly dispatch those not entitled to EU residency.

“Migrants who often paid their life savings to smugglers to bring them to Europe may not be ready to take up assisted voluntary returns unless they see they will be returned anyway”, notes the paper.

If no other solution is found, “returns must be enforced”, with “electronic surveillance” and “semi-closed facilities” as alternative measures to just locking people up, the paper adds.

One idea in the paper proposes compulsory requirements to get member states to log entry bans and return decisions into the EU’s Schengen Information System (SIS).

This includes developing a ‘central automated fingerprint identification system’ for SIS and extending the scope of the EU’s biometric common asylum registration system, Eurodac, to include returns.

https://euobserver.com/migration/130161

People become parcels – barcoded?

Next step – RFID?

Intelligent Machines… ? God help us !

Intelligent Machines… ? God help us !

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the science of making smart machines, and it has come a long way since the term was coined in the 1950s.

Nowadays, robots work alongside humans in hotels and factories, while driverless cars are being test driven on the roads.

Behind the scenes, AI engines in the form of smart algorithms “work” on stock exchanges, offer up suggestions for books and films on Amazon and Netflix and even write the odd article.

But AI does not have the greatest public image – often due to sci-fi films that display dystopian visions of robots taking over the world.

Over the next month, the BBC will be looking into all aspects of artificial intelligence – from how to build a thinking machine, to the ethics of doing so, to questions about whether an AI can ever be creative. Read more in our Intelligent Machines special report.

For many, the only reference point they have for AI comes from films. So what is the reality of where we are with the technology, and is it anything like the fictional future we have created?

Read more http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-33629465

 

Scientists wire brains together to form singular “superbrain” computer in ominous step towards total mind control

Scientists wire brains together to form singular “superbrain” computer in ominous step towards total mind control

(NaturalNews) The convergence of real life with controlled virtual reality has moved one step closer to fruition. Scientists from North Carolina have figured out a way to network the brains of multiple animals to form what they call “living computers” capable of performing advanced tasks and solving complex problems, of which a single brain on its own would be incapable.

Researchers from Duke University Medical Center in Durham say they’ve successfully harnessed the power of three monkey brains to create a “superhuman” brain, of sorts, with the capacity to process and interpret abstract thoughts and experiences. Individuals will one day have access to this brain-machine interface, say researchers, allowing them to control machines and prosthetic limbs using just their thoughts.

When Miguel Nicolelis and his team linked the brains of the three monkeys together and hooked them up to an animated screen portraying a robotic arm, he discovered that they could collectively control the arm to reach a predetermined target using just their minds. Despite the fact that monkeys lack the same level of cognition as humans, they were able to think together to reach this desired outcome.

Read more http://www.naturalnews.com/051086_superbrain_hive_mind_brain_power.html

SCARY SHIT:         A New Kind of Eternal Life: The Growing Christian Transhumanism Movement

SCARY SHIT: A New Kind of Eternal Life: The Growing Christian Transhumanism Movement

Transhumanism, the movement which aims to use science fiction-esque methods such as brain uploading, cyborgism, and cryogenics to achieve immortality and/or a higher state of evolution, is strongly associated with atheism. Not only is there a strong emphasis on science, which is often considered to be at odds with religion to a certain extent, but this particular brand of science seems particularly opposed to the notion that God should have control over life and death. But according to transhumanist Micah Redding, there’s a growing contingent of Christians in the transhumanist movement who are seeking a slightly different type of eternal life than the one touted in the Bible.

In a recent article for Motherboard, Redding, who is the executive director of the Christian Transhumanist Organization, claims that religion and transhumanism are much more compatible than most people believe, and that the Christian transhumanism movement is growing rapidly. He cited pastor Christopher Benek, who recently claimed that AI can potentially be saved by Jesus Christ:

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“I don’t see Christ’s redemption limited to human beings,” said Benek. “It’s redemption to all of creation, even AI. If AI is autonomous, then we… should encourage it to participate in Christ’s redemptive purposes in the world.”

Closing quote

Redding claims that transhumanism and religion, particularly the Christian religion, are compatible with transhumanism because they both aim for transcendence (albeit different types) and center around values of compassion and self-sacrifice:

Read more http://www.outerplaces.com/science/item/9604-a-new-kind-of-eternal-life-the-growing-christian-transhumanism-movement
Artificial Intelligence: It’s Time To Talk About What Emotions We Want AI To Have.. Ermm NONE !!

Artificial Intelligence: It’s Time To Talk About What Emotions We Want AI To Have.. Ermm NONE !!

By The Conversation

Forget the Turing and Lovelace tests on artificial intelligence: I want to see a robot pass the Frampton Test.

Let me explain why rock legend Peter Frampton enters the debate on AI.

For many centuries, much thought was given to what distinguishes humans from animals. These days thoughts turn to what distinguishes humans from machines.

The British code breaker and computing pioneer, Alan Turing, proposed “the imitation game” (also known as the Turing test) as a way to evaluate whether a machine can do something we humans love to do: have a good conversation.

If a human judge cannot consistently distinguish a machine from another human by conversation alone, the machine is deemed to have passed the Turing Test.

Initially, Turing proposed to consider whether machines can think, but realised that, thoughtful as we may be, humans don’t really have a clear definition of what thinking is.

More  http://www.science20.com/the_conversation/artificial_intelligence_its_time_to_talk_about_what_emotions_we_want_ai_to_have-157014

TRANSHUMANISM being ramped up: Turn your entire BODY into a touchscreen: Flexible iSkin sensors let you control gadgets by poking and stroking your skin

TRANSHUMANISM being ramped up: Turn your entire BODY into a touchscreen: Flexible iSkin sensors let you control gadgets by poking and stroking your skin

German researchers developing patches that turn skin into touchscreen, iSkin allows users to answer a phone call or adjust volume on music player.

The world is becoming awash with wearable tech, from the Apple Watch to the soon-to-be relaunched Google Glass.

But a group of German researchers wants to take this a step further by turning the human body itself into a touchscreen.

Called iSkin, the technology is a concept for touch-sensitive stickers that apply directly to human skin, effectively removing the limitations of tiny screens or clunky headsets.

iSkin turns the human body into a touch interface (pictured). Users of iSkin can design their own stickers on a computer beforehand so that they can be in control of how they look, similar to designing a tattoo

The concept is being developed by computer scientists from Saarbrücken in collaboration with researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the US.

Their electrically conductive stickers turn the skin itself into a touch surface, allowing users to answer a phone call or adjust the volume on a music player by stroking themselves.

‘The stickers allow us to enlarge the input space accessible to the user as they can be attached practically anywhere on the body,’ said Martin Weigel, a PhD student in the team led by Jürgen Steimle at the Cluster of Excellence at Saarland University.