PLAYING DARPA, AGAIN: DRONES AND MILITARIZED TRANSHUMANISMSeptember 18, 2012
When Dr. de Hart and I were conversing during the writing of our forthcoming book Transhumanism: A Grimoire of Alchemical Agendas, one of the specific areas we noted occurred in this alchemical transformation of man and human culture was that seemingly most human of activities: war. We quickly encountered a host of bizarre government research projects that could only be qualified as being "transhumanist" in nature, which, for our our purposes, were deliberately designed with an alchemical agenda in mind. Many of these, we discovered, were being sponsored, or perhaps even philosophically impelled, by the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.
In looking at the whole phenomenon and philosophy of transhumanism, we are looking in effect at the redefinition of "humanity", and this, as I have averred here before, needs itself much cultural discussion and consideration, since it seems to be under assault in so many ways and from so many quarters. In considering transhumanism and the military, we might be best to call it "militarized transhumanism," the military application and use of human-machine interfaces.
Well, the Alex Jones site is reporting yet another interesting development in this respect, the interface of human-drone capabilities and the expanding use of purely "machine warfare":
The frightening application and implication here is the "autonomy" now being programmed into these machines to "make decisions" on their own according to a set of pro-programmed parameters.
One need only consider the vast a-moral, and immoral, implications of such capabilities. Let us speculate a bit here. Yesterday I pointed out that there has long been an undertow of incipient racism and bigotry in the assumptions of western eugenicists, and that this assumption is in fact alive and well and lurking beneath recent pharmacological and legal developments. Let us take the same implicit assumption, and apply it here: suppose that one wished, for example, to eliminate a certain segment of the population: one could program such drones with facial-recognition programs to target only people with a certain skin pigmentation, or certain eye color, or a certain (apparent) age, and, with the new remote DNA sensing capabilities coming on line, to program them to sample a prospective "target" before making its "decision."
Rest assured, that if a hack from South Dakota can think of it, these monsters in the black projects world, and their even more monstrous financial backers, thought of it years ago and are busily bringing their creations into existence. It is, so to speak the very opposite of Isaac Asimov's three laws of robotics.
Such programming and increasing intrusion of this type of machine into human culture will have its own profoundly transhumanist and alchemical transformation of its own in human patterns of behavior and mores, for as such pre-programmed machines intrude more and more, so humans will adapt their behavior to the quiescent modes of action that will not attract the attention of the machine.
And last, but not least, as the confident militarization of transhumanism proceeds, imagine putting such capabilities into broad circulation, and then having the whole engine hacked by outside sources, and the programs changed... the very infratsructure could conceivably be turned against its creators...
...See you on the flip side...