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THE TRANSHUMANISM SCRAPBOOK: THE GENOME IN THE CLOUD?

As most regular readers of this site are aware, I am highly skeptical of all the moves to digitize information and have records entirely in digital form. For me, the dangers for corporate and government mischeif here are all too palpable. It would be a Stalinist disinformation expert's deepest aspirations: editing the Soviet Encylopedia with the flick of a switch, so to speak. That troublesome picture of Yezhov and Stalin bothering the official narrative? Photoshop it out and digitally alter all digital copies. Forget about having to round up all the pre-purge physical copies of the encyclopedia embarassing to comrade Stalin. Just push the button and all those ebooks are automatically altered. You saved a screen copy of the old version? Try printing it out... oh, wait, the carbon tax on your paper printer are too high for you to afford, so you can't print out the evidence. Forget about sharing it online, because the data filtration algorithms will flag your screen copy, and automatically delete it before it has time to spread.

Now, imagine that power, coupled with the human genome, in this article shared by Mr. T.L.:

Google goes up against Amazon in billion dollar race to get your DNA into the cloud

Of course, this is all being promoted as yet another wonderful advance of technology (which, of course, it is):

That growth is being propelled by, among other forces, the push for personalized medicine, which aims to base treatments on a patient's DNA profile.

Making that a reality will require enormous quantities of data to reveal how particular genetic profiles respond to different treatments.

Already, universities and drug manufacturers are embarking on projects to sequence the genomes of hundreds of thousands of people.

The human genome is the full complement of DNA, or genetic material, a copy of which is found in nearly every cell of the body.

Clients view Google and Amazon as doing a better job storing genomics data than they can do using their own computers, keeping it secure, controlling costs and allowing it to be easily shared.(Emphasis added)

It's that "allowing it to be easily shared" part that bothers me, for the question is "easily shared with whom? and for what price? and how will this cata be protected? More importantly, with the recent advent of high tech genetic editing technologies, what will prevent "editing" being done to one's DNA secretly, under the guise of "personalized treatment" or, worse, to any genetic samples of one's DNA?

Follow my high octane speculation here and assume, for a moment, that cloning technology had been perfected, and that you had somehow upset the powers that be, who clone a version of you while you are removed to undergo "attitude adjustment" and "behavior modification" and "values clarification", and then are returned (hopefully!) to public life.

Worse yet, why store your DNA "in the cloud" at all? The action has the quality of that "heirloom seed bank" in Norway, a kind of "Noah's Ark" quality... or, perhaps even worse, the quality of a tribute being paid or some type of long range plan involving space, perhaps.

To put it "country simple," I have the impression, and it's nothing more than an intuition, that this is yet another "meme" being deliberately pushed, along with space mining and commercialization, alternative energy, "decarbonization" and a whole host of other memes. What it all adds up to is anyone's guess, but with the above speculations, you have some of mine...

See you on the flip side...

15 thoughts on “THE TRANSHUMANISM SCRAPBOOK: THE GENOME IN THE CLOUD?”

    1. It doesn’t matter. New Age freaks will still maintain that he is the “Messiah” sent here to save us from the “cabal” on the basis of no evidence whatsoever, and in spite of the fact that he has been doing the “cabal’s” bidding every step of the way, just as he has done today. Scotty, beam me up!

  1. Scary to think that some Chinese hackers can get hold of my DNA and turn me into a coolie– cleaning out their toilet pots and waste baskets while they are busy staying one step ahead of the NSA and looting the world’s info wealth. Or worse– using my clone as their or somebody else’s sex slave.

    It also makes me wonder if we could one day sign off on our DNA to some large, soulless corporation who will then use our clone as a slave laborer on our planet or another. How would one feel if they one day encountered their abused and beleagered clone, maybe bussing their table in a restaurant or “entertaining” other lobbyists and politicians at a DC brothel? What if your scarred and bitter clone manages to return from outer space, after years of slavery and torment, with a vendetta to kill you, the parent DNA, who made the clone’s hellish off-planet existence possible in exchange for 30 pieces of silver and a comfortable, effortless life here on Earth?

  2. Chaos Magik practitioner Peter J Carroll characterises physo-history as a succession of descriptive/predictive paradigms:

    Shamanism – Magic
    Pagan – Astrotheology
    Religious/Monotheism – Transcendentalism
    Materialism – Rationalism

    Interestingly quantum physics undermines cause and effect and seemingly verges on the magical.

    If pre-catastrophic high antiquity was as technologically advanced as Dr. Farrell proposes then magic would be the closest to that paradigm.

    Technology at the highest level would be indistinguishable from magic.

    The interesting thing about magic is that the core principles involve the manipulation of ‘information’. Is it any coincidence that as technology has progressed it is reverting back to information/magic, after all we live in the ‘information age’.

    A practice of magic is to use an item with the ‘signature’ of the target (hair, nails, skin, saliva, sweat, personal effects etc.) and to manipulate the signature to cause effects. DNA would serve that purpose.

    It certainly sheds new light on the ancient injunction against collecting information, King David’s sin for taking a census.

    Seems to me it is a grand program of technological information manipulation.

  3. The problem I’ve run into is, I need genetic testing to solve some health issues, but I don’t know where or if it’s even safe to get it done.

  4. Just wondering if George Orwell aka Eric Blair had lived longer. Would he like Aldous Huxley have written a follow up book maybe titled Return To 1984 say published in 1978 and what would the essays been on and would they have been prescient like those of Brave New World Revisited. This reminds me of a scene from the film The Pit where the ancient Martians have a ceremony for disposing of their unwanted members.

  5. Anne Wojcici co-founded 23andMe, a consumer geneteics testing comany, in 2006. The company offers a “Personal Genome Service” to consumers. A year later, Sergey Brin married her and Google invested nearly $4 million in the company.

    Such a small world, isn’t it?

    What a fantastically useful database they are compiling — I’m sure you’ll soon see an IPO for Google Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Google Clones Ltd.

  6. In regards to your “digitized” fears; your not alone by a long shot.

    Which reminds me of a recent Star Trek Next Generation episode[from series 7]:
    Parallels.
    It is “digital” on Godzilla steroids. Where your universe is subject to instant change; while those around you act as if the new reality has been there “forever”. Your constantly “adjusting” instantly to new realities that last for ? days…
    & change again.

  7. Couple your “genome in the cloud” with stem cells and you have a version of “Plan B” from the movie “Interstellar” where “we were never meant to save the planet, we were meant to leave it”.
    There have been many reasons cited for the great flood which almost wiped out humanity in the distant past. The one you seldom hear about is the genetic modification of the human genome caused by the “Watchers” who came down from their post and began interbreeding with human women. Supposedly they gave birth to a race of giants whose evil ways are recorded throughout most civilizations around the world.
    What we’re seeing now with this new technology is just another method for accomplishing the same effect.
    The few remaining giants from that period of time were most likely the “gods” or Titans of high antiquity. They may very well be the ones responsible for all the megalithic structures located over the entire planet. If their parents were, indeed, who they were recorded to be, then they would have been privy to some very sophisticated and advanced knowledge. These structures seem to be one method for possibly passing some of that knowledge down to future generations of their descendants. This could also explain the entire genome project as a way to sort out just who these descendants may be since the “purity” of certain bloodlines seems to be of importance to certain families around the world since the “right to be king was lowered from heaven”.
    There is little doubt that these beings existed, as evidence has been found in the fossil records on every continent; and that evidence has been systematically destroyed over time by some of the most respected institutions on the planet. All of this seems to be related to that ancient cosmic war or “war in heaven” so named by ancient texts.
    One has to wonder just why the purity of humanities genome is of such importance to beings located throughout the universe, or possibly even outside it.

    1. No need for giants to have built the world’s megalithic structures.

      Concrete that is indistinguishable from stone would do. And yes it exists and there’s evidence, serious, that ancient man knew how to make it. All over the world.

      I have no idea if real giants existed but it seems like a distraction.

      So does much DNA work.

  8. I’ve been rewatching the “Clone Wars” movies and it is not hard to imagine that in a “faraway galaxy” the runup to the clone-an-army industry would have been much the same. But in the discussion about this “wonderful” technology, the number one factor seems to be absent: consciousness. A topic which has, however, been broached in the recent article on “memory manipulation”. No reader of this website will forget that DNA can be likened to a crystal and thus has non-local transmissive properties.

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