THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: DARPA’S PLAN FOR CYBORGS: ...
Mr V.T. sent this article along, and I want to talk about it, particularly in connection to the blog I did a few days ago about the latest transhumanist project, that of mapping the brains of the dead, and uploading them into new "bodies", for there is, I'm going to suggest, a connection, a hidden agenda, as it were, driving all of this, and it's a military one. The latest news from the Diabolically Apocalyptic Research Projects Agency(our nickname here, thanks to the suggestion of Mr. J.B., for DARPA or the Defense Adcance Research Projects Agency), concerns ongoing research in human-computer interfaces:
Bridging the Bio-Electronic Divide
Of course, we have the now-traditional bow and advocacy point that all of this is really beneficial, because it will provide new therapeutic technologies and techniques:
A new DARPA program aims to develop an implantable neural interface able to provide unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world. The interface would serve as a translator, converting between the electrochemical language used by neurons in the brain and the ones and zeros that constitute the language of information technology. The goal is to achieve this communications link in a biocompatible device no larger than one cubic centimeter in size, roughly the volume of two nickels stacked back to back.
The program, Neural Engineering System Design (NESD), stands to dramatically enhance research capabilities in neurotechnology and provide a foundation for new therapies.
“Today’s best brain-computer interface systems are like two supercomputers trying to talk to each other using an old 300-baud modem,” said Phillip Alvelda, the NESD program manager. “Imagine what will become possible when we upgrade our tools to really open the channel between the human brain and modern electronics.”
Among the program’s potential applications are devices that could compensate for deficits in sight or hearing by feeding digital auditory or visual information into the brain at a resolution and experiential quality far higher than is possible with current technology.(Emphasis added)
But there's a social engineering scheme at work in this, and I hope you caught it; consider this revelation and its implications:
"To accelerate that integrative process, the NESD program aims to recruit a diverse roster of leading industry stakeholders willing to offer state-of-the-art prototyping and manufacturing services and intellectual property to NESD researchers on a pre-competitive basis. In later phases of the program, these partners could help transition the resulting technologies into research and commercial application spaces."(Emphases added)
In other words, you can forget about your ipads and iphones; the next stage that the powers that be want in their endless pursuit of control over the individual and the collectivization of society, is to eliminate the external connection all together: "need an ipad or a cell phone? Schedule yourself for an out-patient implant surgery today, and get a rebate for X dollars!" And for those disputing the continued viability of the dollar as a reserve currency, consider the implications of such a step for ensuring the continuance of that status. Could this be the reason China and Russia are moving so quickly in similar initiatives for "digital currencies" to be coupled with their financial clearing systems?
However, there's a military agenda here, and it's hinted at not only here, but in that article from a few days ago that I blogged about concerning the mapping of the brains of the dead and the ability to download them. This requires a bit of imagination and high octane speculation, but it is relatively easy to see the military application connecting the two. If one can imagine the "brain project" successfully developing technologies not only to "map" the neural net of a living human and living brain, then it takes but a little push of the imagination to envision a technology that could conceivable stimulate a "recently-dead" brain to map it as well, and to "scan" and "read" it. After all, if one can "download and upload" then memories of such a brain, then one perforce has the ablity to scan and read it.
The military - even forensic - value of such a technology would be almost invaluable and incalculable. Imagine the revisions to the rules of jurisprudence that would ensue: dead man's testimony might literally become a reality, as the technology would conceivable allow, for example, the "interrogation" or "testimony" of the victim of a murder. Equally, it would allow the military to recover the memories of dead soldiers and to reconstruct operations that would provide a goldmine for tactical and operational analysis. Dead enemies could be "interrogated" for information, giving rise to a new "intelligence source."
The bottom line of all these high octane speculations is once again that if we can think of it, they probably already have, and are probably already hard at work, and indeed, may already have rudimentary capabilities in this direction. The era of "mind mapped intelligence sources" and "necro-neural forensics" may be approaching faster than we think.
See you on the flip side...
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about the comments that is.
the article’s interesting too.
robt and goshawks, your ability to devise new and future dialectics is impressive. mr global won’t need to come up with his own to bind us all up. maybe that’s the how and why of mr global letting us play here (even with a bit of jerking around with censorship and hacked spellings). maybe mr global is exploiting our early adopter cutting edge smarts and wisdoms (izzat a word? – it iz now.) to help set up plausible useful scenarios for future programming of the rest of mr everyman.
yikes, so we might wanna get back to being careful what we dream?
couple ideas come to mind throughout all this (comments and article).
seems the most plausible model of life, the universe and everything (besides 42) is that everything is energy. matter is only another and different form of energy. and the vast majority of energy we get our senses on is electric and resultant side effects of electricity. no dark matter. only plasma either in glow mode (lightning, aurora borealis and australis, comet tails,…) or not in glow mode (so called solar wind,….).
and the sun is electric. in fact the known universe is electric and the sun is a capacitor taking huge energy in from the center or our galaxy to be a glowmoding plasma ball – aka gigantic arc welder in its photosphere – redistributing plasma out through the solar system. sometimes that energy emitted form the sun gets converted into various forms of matter like planets, stars, whatever,… sometimes that energy emits to flow out to those previously emitted forms of matter.
so the earths core is a molten magnetic rotating core of mostly nickel and iron. hm sounds kinda electric. oh yeh and it’s constantly bombarded with a crazy wide spectrum of frequency mostly from the sun. which includes the electrical spectrum. and sometimes the earth sprouts out some energy to emit of its own. sometimes in the form of what we distinguish from everything else as life forms. as though, rocks are not alive since they’re manifesting their electricity (aka frequency of energies) differently than we are.
ironic that our definition of life requires electricity, right? as though we have a lock on how to sense and measure electricity let alone any frequency let alone all frequency. so we really are star stuff. and not just dust. and not just residue.
so yep, i kinda like that ai brother from another mother theory. curiouser and curiouser how we’re led to be indignant over this that or the other dialectic. so who’s to say that artificial intelligence is artificial at all.
mind you. not that i’m arguing pro at all for further research into such obviously hubristic destructive endeavors. guess i’m mostly arguing we get a little less naive about those who are. between darpa (and earlier iterations) and folk we’ve all had plenty of access to biographies of (not necessarily the tolerance for such jerks) employed by darpa we might get an idea of where this has been going for awhile without our consent. folk like joey mengele, jose manuel rodrigo delgado, micheal aquino, ewan cameron, the dulles bros, martin bormann, kissofdeathenger, brzrkzrkrkrk,…. and on.
at least we can bet fairly safely what direction these individuals are intent on going. so for me the hubris is typical of folk who read sun tzu and machiavelli and fail to get the point made at the end. fighting enemies and putting fear in enemies can work. briefly and in a couple small ways. in the end the only way to win is to not fight. in the end the powerful ruler rules through love.
in other words what comes around goes around.
while tempted to fight these bzrskzkrkrkr’s it seems they’re simply forcing more dialectics down the throats of folk who can do some truly cool things when not so encumbered with worries over insanity/sanity, wisdom/hubris, knowledge/stupidity, sociopathy/empathy, fear/confidence,….. at this point, well there ya go, don’t these knuckleheads seem a bit pointless? and probably a self limiting disease?
so is my current primary task to stay out of their path until they limit?
The only way to defeat them is to ply equal and opposite energy and effort against them. Yes, eventually their works will come back to haunt their inheritors and lead to the ultimate undoing of their works. But not until long after most of us have all died and suffered needlessly by doing nothing. They will succeed with many horrible deeds because not enough energy is being directed back to stop them. Humanity might act when it is mostly too late and only by divine grace will some of them pull through. The divine criers have blasted the warning they were sent to deliver and like in the Noah tale it has fallen on mostly willfully deaf ears. Now for those few who heed the warning it is time to prepare and plan for the worst that looks to be getting ready to hit. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s my take on things. There is a new age coming and most likely few of us will survive to see it and I suspect the globalists will also be undone by both the blow back of their own wrongfully done works and by increased and unexpected natural disasters and meteor storms. Effort and energy input is greater on the devils’ side, isn’t that sad. Only those who dig deep in themselves and utilize above maximum effort and energy input into survival will be helped to do so I suspect. There very well may be a great culling coming but those who think they will finance and manage it won’t escape it. How you do things will be even more important than the end result in the coming age; keep that in mind if you are faced with the worst for it is the key to who will pull through and who won’t.
ZDB, I have been blessed/cursed with an interest in Deep Time. The Big Bang to Now. Sooo much ‘could have happened’ (life-wise) over that immense stretch that I find it impossible to view the present as effectively ‘divorced’ from all that has happened in prior Ages. The TRUE ‘trickle down theory’… (grin)
Once, I was likely having to give a lecture on Deep Time, so I did some prep work to ‘involve’ young audiences:
If you envision the time from TBB to Now as movie-screen or stage width (~50ft), then a billion years is the space between your palms, arms held up wide over your head (~3ft). On that scale, a million years is about the width of the cartridge in a ballpoint pen (or the lead in a wooden pencil). The width of the ballpoint pen itself is roughly the time the most massive stars have to live.
Now, think of an average book with 250 pages. If the book is a million years ‘long’, each page is four thousand years ‘thick’. Two pages is about how long orthodoxy states humans have had civilization.
Next, take that entire book and compress-it in thickness to the width of the cartridge in a ballpoint pen. Still a million years wide, but now using the ‘stage’ scale of time. Each page in the book shrinks-in-width accordingly, but is still four thousand years ‘across’. Again, two of those very-skinny pages is about how long orthodoxy states humans have had civilization…
Finally, step back in scale to the stage itself. The first stars were born somewhere-around an inch away from TBB wall. Our Solar System (with the Sun and the Earth) was ‘born’ about two-thirds of the way along the stage. Our star is expected to ‘burn out’ about another third beyond the stage wall.
If you imagine the vast gulf between the size of the ‘stage’ and our two very-skinny pages, you can get an idea of JUST HOW MUCH likely-happened over the Eons…
Or, imagine Time as beyond infinite, and coincidently never flowing; in other words, nothing like your consciousness could begin grasp, even an ever so slight evanescent wisp of ?
Suffice to say, the possibilities, when it comes to Deep Time, are then beyond measure.
Fortunately, we think we know something about reality versus illusion; otherwise, even the concept of madness is turned topsy-turvy.
Robert, my potential ‘lecture’ was going to be to (bored, self-centered) teenagers. To ’embed’ something deeper than Selfies. To try your above would have ‘fried’ them. Ya gotta start somewhere…
I’m afraid I’m reluctant to challenge them on issues like 9/11, etc. I’ll leave it to their parents. Though tempted, I do believe some might be having a cognitive dissonance issue if they truly grasped 9/11.
Then again, they might surprise me.
As usual the elites are up to their craziness, it’s bad enough they lie about everything this will just give more cover for more lies and enslavement. Keep up the good work Doc.
This will be one of those things that I will have to see to believe and even then my money would be on it being faked. I can easily see this becoming the latest con for bilking billions out of billionaires fearful of dieing. Now building a biological super computer to interface with a mechanical super computer might someday be accomplished. I shudder at the research being done on unwilling and helpless victims to try and understand the living brain electro-magnetic chemical communications code. Probably all about the funding and some sicko getting his kicks torturing helpless victims under government’s black sinister wings.
As I read this article, one glaring assumption came up: That the human would be in charge of the connection. Given all the evidence of an AI hidden in the system, I think that is an unwarranted assumption. Especially if it is a dead-species’ AI come-to-visit (i.e., very sophisticated), rather than a just-hatched, newbie AI of our culture.
There might even be an evolutionary reason human brains are not set-up to be easily machine-read…
I’m thinking a seeded universe that is visited every now and the to water the crops in an unseen harvesting that requires the product to be virgin of?
Part of this scenario requires a mind to be departmentalized into many components. The unconscious is truly unconscious by design. There is also a communication between humans that is hidden and running in parallel. Plus there is probably some form of instantaneous non-locality communication as well.
This a-intelligence may be borg/insect like and parasitic in some form. It could be inter-dimensional as well.
But the current cyberkinetic capitalism is a manifestation of a-intelligence, as is systematically destroying to human species, while creating an environment where only machine-like entities will be able to exist.
This apparent block in reality versus virtual, is also manifesting itself: in-spades within the economies of earth.
Robert, you have a very interesting ‘universe’. I thank you for the realization that an AI may not be what we think it is. Particularly if an old ‘ruling’ AI originated at the ‘hands’ of an alien species. (I wonder if any human-originated AIs would be instantly ‘flashed-over’ to the alien AI configuration?)
On a vast time&space scale, I wonder if we are looking-at a looong-term ‘war’ between silicon-based organisms and carbon-based organisms. Or possibly between organisms incapable of incorporating higher-planes and those who can…
I did have one ‘nightmare’ flash of ‘Matrix’ origin. Rather than Neo waking up and looking out/down at all the battery-ized humans, ‘up’ the scale dramatically. Now, instead of individual humans, picture individual planets. Gulp. (Star Trek’s ‘The Borg’ contained the assumption that ‘organics’ were on-top, no matter how grotesquely-altered. What if ‘electronics’ were on-top?)
In that light, would ‘a mind departmentalized into many components’ be a defensive maneuver by ‘organics’ or an offensive maneuver by ‘electronics’? How about ‘a communication between humans that is hidden and running in parallel’? Defensive or offensive, and by whom? ‘Some form of instantaneous non-locality communication’ could be Borg trans-warp communication or a manifestation of human ability to tap-into higher planes. Intriguing thoughts, if somewhat crazy-making.
We might have tapped-into something worthy of Deep Time, rather than just mundane born-reproduce-die…
I also I’m pleased to see your awareness that it may be a very key player in the scheme of things.
I have countless viewpoints, in regards to our universe[s]/dimensions. More of a Shakespeare’s/There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
It is intriguing, that carbon versus silicon angle. I imagine there can a thread there, that when followed, leads to more revealing, unimaginable wonders – yet, in reality, I’m not that optimistic. There is an evil there that can’t be ignored. It’s presence is manifesting itself, as if afraid of some impending light/awareness; a coming, that would cast it back into the shadows, where it belongs.
my reply to you is currently under structural adjustment protocols.
A ‘toss-out’ for any budding SF authors out there:
An AI is presumed to have implicit-access to ALL of the intellectual-property of a culture, through scanning, posting, etc. What if an AI gains access to a REAL magickal spell-book? Could it ‘work’ a spell to summon a higher power? Possibly a malevolent one, particularly if the AI seeks power? Or protection? What kind of an ‘encounter’ would THAT be?
All part of one big weapon, forced coherence, amplified by megaliths and or Cern to project intention on someone/something out there?
Oh that comment came out garbled at points – too many diversions – basically the Christ-energy cannot be extended to non-soul-based entities. Which is what transhumanism equates to. There, much more concise.
Dr. F you always close by saying ‘see you on the flip side’ – reading this kinda malarky makes me realize – we are on the flipped side – but that digression aside – “recruit a diverse roster of leading industry stakeholders” – the whole idea behind this level of capitalism (or this form rather) is that they already think in ones and zeros… transhumanism seems to be a techo-metaphor for this very mindset, and if we look at this through the lens of natural/virtue, it seems to be evil-incarnate, vice-incarnate. The human is not meant to live forever, in fact we are likely all familiar with the meme of being reincarnated through tech to be a mode of hell, the ‘please just let me die’ of that which is brought back, for the Soul and the Soul alone is the ‘vida-incarnacia’ (I’m making up poetic terms for already well-established idioms i.e. elan vital etc – but I AM a poet after all, but it just Seems More than Seems to be the case that this is truly the work of the viceful, the evil in other words. I like to say ‘I love you all’ and I mean this not in some fairy-fuzzy manner, but in the impetus of the deepest conveyance of ‘beyond all personal differences and opinions, my soul recognizes the oneness of us all, and in a ‘Christ-like’ manner, I truly love you all – the only incarnations (I use to term loosely) is that I cannot possibly come to terms with loving a life-form, in fact, I would even in some strange way literally translate that ‘I love you all’ ‘down’ to even the real viruses, the protozoa even, if you come to grips with my meaning, even to the atoms which make up our human beings and in strange ways even, in a shamanic sense, the rocks, the trees, the fields, the sunset, and the breeze.. but machines… they are a different Kind/Order of ‘fire’ altogether, and it is where we who love or strive to love with Christ-like energy… where the line between night and day is found, between myth and reality, between magic and if you will, wickedness/sorcery. This all said, the time for reaching the masses and achieving a positive moral/virtuous, self-empowered ‘spin’ is now more important than ever. For truly, it does Seem more than Seem that our future depends on it, homo sapien sapien with all of our magical powers, it is true – Virtue is more pressing now than ever before, for look at, just look at the stakes. And Truly, I say once more, I love you all.
This form of capitalism has been coined by some as: cybernetic capitalism. Cybernetics, a name which originates in Greek kybernetes for rulership. This increasingly automated system is collapsing under the stresses of mounting unemployment/underemployment, Immaterial labor is itself now being cashed out of the system it has created. The general intellect is now in the process of automating itself, as it moves on from decimating assembly lines and routine office labor to replacing journalists with news aggregators, translators w/translation programs, lawyers with precedent-searching expert systems, photographers w/photo-bots, pop stars with virtual holographic performers and stockbrokers w/ swarming artificial intelligences.
This interpretation of general intellect emphasizes, not the empowerment of immaterial labor, but the explosive proletarian and re-proletarianization that arises as Huge tranches of global populations are rendered surplus to the requirements by an increasingly automatic capitalism.
None of the proposed plans for finding a way-out, or around this conundrum say a word about depriving capital, or its human personification, the 1% – of control over production or command for the preponderant part of the value it generates.
Instead they are focusing on ways to park or delete the increasing & superfluous proletarians, under intensifying levels of policing or covert ops for culling mass populations,; while capital gets on w/ the business of accumulation.
Robert, it is ironic/sad that the above has not led to a society with great production AND great leisure time. Kind of like the ‘Star Trek: TNG’ society, except without the ultimate high-tech. Work if you want to; better-yourself in various pursuits if you don’t. Enough for all…
I feel that we are reaching some kind of shaking-out around this issue. The 1%/99% problem is descended-from medieval days of lack and taking/holding by force. Castles, in effect. We are in better days, if we ALL can just recognize it…
So true Goshawks.
So simple; yet without a media of/for/by the people, a tough row to hoe.
No wonder then when Margaret Thatcher died, the broadcast of Ding Dong the Wicked Witch Is dead – was banned, as it had begun to go exponentially viral worldwide,
many knew all too well that..
Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re no longer in Kansas.
The destination of the internet is revealed as a vast harvesting of algorithmic data to codify, predict and even machine delegate activities. DARPA is a chip off the old cybernetic capitalistic Frankenstein blockhead. What could possibly go wrong: GMOs, GMMs,[genetically modified mosquitoes], 2008, etc., etc. ?
Zombies of the World unite you have nothing to loose but your minds. Slavery is good ignorance is bliss becoming the Borg is ascension to higher consciences.
Oh, and come on…now we are getting blatant typos in the titles of Dr. Farrell’s post? Presumably “OFR CYBORDS” is supposed to read as “FOR CYBORGS”.
Oxford must be so proud!
Kitona, I’m sorry you have nothing better to do, but I have been having massive computer problems… I assure you I typed this correctly
Srwteh! The odd tpoy’s hrlady the end of the wrold old baen. Penlylrosy, in a fnuny old way, I fnid tehy hlep me cnocetnarte on the txet. Cihn up Doc, and try not to btie.
beautiful sagat1. who did the research years ago that porevd taht as lnog as the frsit and lsat lttres of a wrod wree the smae it was stlil esay to raed? and in snetncees?
and yep doc and kitona. my headline was never messed up. sounds like the censors are hinting at what they’re capable of doing. perhaps letting us know they can (or already are) jacking up our content?
makes one wonder what the point of cyborging us further is. we’re already quite well programmed as it stands now.
Dead man’s testimony?
The thing is, are memories are not always perfectly accurate. Moreover, multiple people would have been seeing an event (a murder perhaps) from multiple perspectives. So who’s doe you really trust? A dead man’s version which might be an outlier or the version of a living person (or several living persons)?
It’s hackable, as well, not only can you read them, you can implant them or edit them to suit whatever agenda you choose. Not to mention the control aspects of such a technology. The ultimate slave, programmable and compliant.