Russia Today (RT) is reporting some new developments in the ongoing transformation of America into the most up-to-date police state the world has ever seen:
I hope you caught the fulfillment, to some extent, of the kind of emulational technologies I blogged about yesterday:
"The Federal Aviation Administration has yet to finalize plans to put drones in US airspace, but by the end of the decade as many as 30,000 UAVs are expected to be soaring through the sky.
"By 2025, those drones are predicted to take the place of the police patrol car as unmanned vehicles operated by cops are being considered a likely inclusion on our roads of tomorrow."
It is important to note that within this emerging technology, we already have the ability to remote control drones - and ipso facto, patrol cars - from distances hundreds of miles away. We can envision a new world where a remotely controlled patrol car pulls someone over, and a remotely controlled robot issues a ticket for an officer hundreds of miles away whom we never see. Would this officer then "appear" in court, or, having issued so many tickets to so many "offenders," would his several android stand-ins appear in multiple courtrooms for him simultaneously? If so, what happens to the legal right, within Anglo-American jurisprudence, to confront our accusers?
But I am getting distracted from what seems to be emerging in this speculative appraisal of the transhumanist phenomenon. There are, I submit, three stages to this process:
- Remote control of robots and drones via long distance telecommunications and computers and joy sticks: we are already at this "video game" stage of military and police affairs, with a corresponding dehumanization of "the enemy" or the perpetrator, and the dehumanization of our own soldiers and law enforcement personnel;
- Emulation technologies, which I spoke of yesterday, i.e., the idea of downloading specific behavior patterns or memories from an individual into a robot, technologies fast approaching with the ability to transfer specific memories from one laboratory rat to another: note the language itself makes human memories and behavior something that can be handled "like a laboratory rat';
- And finally, there is what I am calling anamnetic technologies, the use or adaptation of technologies from phase two, to identify and "download" or "incarnate" higher consciousnesses from other dimensions into this, a task first suggested during the late nineteenth century explosion of technology, with Thomas Edison's search for a technological means to contact "the other world" and to reach "the afterlife."
Not for nothing, I think, does the Book of Ezechiel refer to Lucifer in terms that sound almost as if it was amachine being described, as have pointed out in a members' paper on this site. The technology is opening up such possibilities. Regrettably, no one is talking about what might step through those opened doors.
See you on the flip side.