BIOTECH COMPANY MERGES ARTIFICIAL NEURON CELLS WITH COMPUTER

THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: BIOTECH COMPANY MERGES ARTIFICIAL NEURON ...

With all the transhumanist talk about downloading and uploading memories, and the growth of concerns about artificial intelligence, it was bound to happen sooner or later: Whitley Strieber's Unknown Country website is reporting that a biotech company has now constructed a simple computer using artificial neurons, in this article brought to our attention by Mr. V.K.:

A Biotech Company is using Human Neurons to Build Powerful Computers

The reasoning behind the move is clear:

The 100 billion neurons that make up the average human brain represents more than 40 petaflops of processing power -- roughly 500,000 times the power of a typical iPad -- and is far more energy efficient than our current technology: The world's most powerful supercomputer, China's Tianhe-2, has nearly the processing power of the human brain, but uses 24 megawatts of power, as compared to the mere 10 watts that the human brain requires.

Like all proof-of-concept experiments, the new experiment involves a relatively small amount of such human-machine interfaces:

Koniku's current prototype, dubbed the Koniku Core, is a networked grid of 64 artificial neuron shells, used to support the individual biological neurons that power the chip. The current device is capable of basic computation, and has been used to demonstrate control over a chemical-sensing drone. Agabi says that they expect to be able to miniaturize the tablet-sized device down to the size of a nickel by 2018.

While the 64-neuron prototype is capable of simple functions, he expects that a 500-neuron device could control driverless cars; 10,000 could process real-time imaging in a manner similar to our own eyes; 100,000 neurons could control robotics with integrates senses; and 1 million neurons could produce outright cognition -- a machine that could think for itself.

The problem here is the obvious moral one: where did these neuron cells come from? But there are other hidden ones: in order to bring about the transhumanist "paradise" of downloading and uploading memories, will it ultimately be urged that the most successful and efficient technology by which to do so will be via an individual's neurons being harvested in some manner, to be interfaced with such a machine? Which there emerge "neuron banks" where these cells are cloned? And what of robots and other machines incorporating such a technology? What if they start to exhibit signs of individuality? What is their status in law? Will they be persons? Semi-persons? Will there be a new commodities market in human tissues, e.g., in "neuron futures"?
One can even imagine the ultimate horror, as such technologies might be urged in as the latest educational fad: having trouble with those individually-adaptive computerized standardized tests of Common Core? Why not get a cerebral implant with a computer-chip interface, which chip is in part "salted" with one's own neurons.
As most readers here are probably aware, I am skeptical of these emerging technologies, as I am of the whole transhumanist movement, for it seems not so much "transhumanist" (whatever that euphemism really means), but de-humanist.
See you on the flip side...

32 thoughts on “ THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: BIOTECH COMPANY MERGES ARTIFICIAL NEURON ...”

  1. The suggested timetable for this tech relies on how we measure brain computation. Does consciousness arise from interaction at the level of the neuron or the level of the microtubule? We also need to consider the spin orientation.

  2. +wkr, tiny wormholes occurring naturally? I have only heard of scientists creating electromagnetic (wormholes), they hid the magnetic field , I have not heard of any scientific experiments creating so called space time wormholes

    1. They occur naturally at the sub-atomic level. First revealed by an observed Electron switching orbital position with no apparent movement: wink out there and wink in here. Related to the Spooky Energy experiments but a different action all together. They have verified this at the sub-atomic level as well. The entry and exit points indicate what they believe to be a polarized small signal component of 0-point at the ends of a small wormhole. They are working to validate this in their Quantum work but are already employing the effect in their Quantum computing research: specifically data transmission over long distances.

    2. Something to keep in mind when considering Space/Time wormholes. There are 2 types (so far) of conceptual wormholes: Time compression (Universe restrained) and Time Puncture wormholes (Link 2 universes at a 0-point singularity with balanced and opposite charges at each end). An example of Time compression would gravity bubbles (actually Star Treks Warp Drives) while Time Puncture are believed to be indicative of Black holes. With the recent observed merger of 2 black holes (without destroying each other), a theory was validated that wormholes could be amplified from Time compression to puncture by merging ‘x’ number of naturally occuring wormholes to amplify to the Time Puncture threshold.

      Sandia labs and SAIC (my former boss) are quite far into these things now (I would assume since I am retired now). Most of their work is now conducted jointly in the Albuquerque area where Sandia has a particle accelerator and a lot of personnel and equip were transferred in from Area 51. They do a lot of the Tesla type work (not the car) and related psychotronics. All of these disciplines/research have a lead in to Space/Time theories as now evidenced at the high end by the LHC primarily.

      1. Just ran across this. Object seen exiting Black Hole. Could validate current Theory that Black Holes and worm Holes (basically the same just lo or hi energy) Are one way transits. Also theory from the missing energy from first A-bomb explosion may be validated by analysis of this scientific data to prove that energy is balanced between adjoining universes via black holes transiting in and out of each universe. Bout time …

        http://www.zengardner.com/60384-2/

  3. OOps ..posted to wrong place had to re do here sorry …

    Afterthought: If we were to assume the Akashic record actually exists (a database of all thought into perpetuity) as suggested by various talents – Remote Viewing for one – then taking into account Einstein’s “Spooky Energy at a Distance” (Quantum activity), perhaps we all have the inherent ability to transcend the materiality of our own existence (in time, thought and matter as well). If true, there can NEVER be a machine to be our equal though it may approach us in our material existence.

    Cautionary evidence of this may be linked to the Pineal gland of ancient reverence. in addition, it appears that ancient advance civilizations came before us but they did not rely on Machines to do their bidding. Why produce foundries to make metal plates for structures when forging and shaping granite and stone could be done with the mind. Some allusion to this can be found in the ancient records.

    Postulate: The limitless Akashic record is a database of all energy in thought. As a thought occurs, the thought and all its consequences in real time are communicated by the Pineal gland into tiny wormholes (we already know these occur naturally) into the Akashic record (limitless database). If the thought is a request, the database sets and communicates the desired result to the object of thought (I desire to smooth this stone on all sides and place it there upon its companion). In the case of one Edgar Cayce, The thought could be a cure for a malady or a request to see future or past events. Since the Akashic record is believed by some to contain the outcomes of all combinations and permutations of all actions/thoughts -past, present and future as the present occurs with the past for historical regime – it is a ready source for clairvoyance and remote viewing as well.

    It would be interesting to monitor Pineal activity in a KNOWN Remote Viewer to see what sort of activity occurs.

    I guess the foregoing spacey conjecture is definitely out of the box. Wonder how an artificial intelligence would handle being aware of the akashic record but unable to connect to it because of the lack of some human quality (spirituality perhaps). Who constructed the Akashic record and the force that sets it in motion? … Perhaps there is some sort of 0-Point energy (always the gate guardian at worm holes) that we can use mentally to reach the source.

  4. Well said Dr.Farrell, dehumanizing indeed, these people like to work on opposites when they roll out their agendas to the public, so they call it the opposite of its intended effect much like the names of the bills passed in the gov

  5. “…and 1 million neurons could produce outright cognition – a machine that could think for itself.”

    And what could go wrong with that? Geez!

  6. I wonder what happens to biological neurons in a computing system if they should suffer some sort of biological ailment. If these neurons do not come from the human genome, then just what are they? Cetacean?

    Could a sentient AI using such bio-neurons suffer a stroke or a seizure? This sounds like the fertile ground of science fiction, but so many questions arise regarding the technological and biological claims of the article.

    1. Back in the 90s, Robert O. Becker wrote a couple of books on the bio-electric characteristics of the human body: “Cross Currents: The Perils of Electropollution and The Promise of Electromedicine” and “The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life”. These books laid out the foundations for how cells interact with each other in the presence of human bio-electric fields – and how to augment a messed-up field for healing purposes.

      These ‘neuron computers’ make me wonder about the above effects. What would stand-alone neurons ‘do’ without the stabilizing effects of the bio-electric fields naturally-present in a ‘whole’ individual? Would they in effect ‘go crazy’ through a form of deprivation? This is, after all, a form of ‘solitary confinement’…

      1. Many thanks for reminding us of Becker’s Cross Currents and The Body Electric.

        Your question keeps repeating in my thoughts: would they indeed ‘go insane’ without the sustaining force of the bio-electric field…

  7. Any way that I look at it, I can’t imagine anyone wanting their consciousness to be uploaded into a machine, as they are then denying themselves most of their sensory perceptions, except perhaps sight and sound…no taste, no touch, no pleasure or pain. Can you imagine being alive without the ability to feel alive? So to me, this technology must be aimed at enhancing a person’s ability to think in a human form. I believe they are attempting to prolong human life, perhaps to turn off the ‘death’ gene, as it were, so uploading into a machine would not be necessary; but at the same time, applying machine to the human is probably already happening.
    This must be an attempt at making machines that can think for themselves. R2D2

    1. It would appear that it thinks for itself but to be technically and genuinely self-aware, it has to have an awareness of itself in relation to others. It would have a different calculated form of reference compared to what we have that is our singularity. I would also imagine the same goes for its will.
      It decides according to its calculations which is limited in its scope. Changing the very nature of man poses a risk of being disconnected.
      Also, what would it be able to create? Since creating requires a quality of the infinite..

      1. Yes indeed … Creativity and Intuition. We cannot totally define these mechanisms within ourselves yet they are the heart and soul of thinking out of the box. Where would we be if historic people of renown were not able to think out of the box? …

    2. Afterthought: If we were to assume the Akashic record actually exists (a database of all thought into perpetuity) as suggested by various talents – Remote Viewing for one – then taking into account Einstein’s “Spooky Energy at a Distance” (Quantum activity), perhaps we all have the inherent ability to transcend the materiality of our own existence (in time, thought and matter as well). If true, there can NEVER be a machine to be our equal though it may approach us in our material existence.

      Cautionary evidence of this may be linked to the Pineal gland of ancient reverence. in addition, it appears that ancient advance civilizations came before us but they did not rely on Machines to do their bidding. Why produce foundries to make metal plates for structures when forging and shaping granite and stone could be done with the mind. Some allusion to this can be found in the ancient records.

      Postulate: The limitless Akashic record is a database of all energy in thought. As a thought occurs, the thought and all its consequences in real time are communicated by the Pineal gland into tiny wormholes (we already know these occur naturally) into the Akashic record (limitless database). If the thought is a request, the database sets and communicates the desired result to the object of thought (I desire to smooth this stone on all sides and place it there upon its companion). In the case of one Edgar Cayce, The thought could be a cure for a malady or a request to see future or past events. Since the Akashic record is believed by some to contain the outcomes of all combinations and permutations of all actions/thoughts -past, present and future as the present occurs with the past for historical regime – it is a ready source for clairvoyance and remote viewing as well.

      It would be interesting to monitor Pineal activity in a KNOWN Remote Viewer to see what sort of activity occurs.

      I guess the foregoing spacey conjecture is definitely out of the box. Wonder how an artificial intelligence would handle being aware of the akashic record but unable to connect to it because of the lack of some human quality (spirituality perhaps). Who constructed the Akashic record and the force that sets it in motion? … Perhaps there is some sort of 0-Point energy (always the gate guardian at worm holes) that we can use mentally to reach the source.

      1. The A.R. might be the memory palace one can go to. You can even anchor a specific memory there and it presents itself at a specific time. Like bookmarking and setting a reminder.

  8. I remember a late Swiss economics professor of mine who began most lectures with the statement (which I paraphrase a bit in translation): “All market economies are based on the prostitution of human beings, human bodies, human skills, and human talents.”

    As for those who turn the human body and its constituent parts into marketable commodities, may the universe conspire to grant them immediate and total spontaneous combustion of their ideas, their assets and their own physical forms.

  9. I wonder how they keep the neurons alive? Are they some how fed nutrients and have wastes carried away or are they somehow self contained and self sustaining for a certain length of time? Are they switched on and off by magnetic fields and or electric fields or bio-chemically?

      1. Perhaps they found a way to zombiefy them. Chemically preserve them so that they don’t degrade but still function. They would be lifeless and inanimate unless an electrical stimuli was applied to them. They would no longer possess the ability to repair themselves if damaged or to replicate but neither would they need nutrients of any kind.

  10. I still believe “Dead is Dead, you don’t get to come back from that here”; so the uploading would have to be done while the individual is still alive. In a sense, this would be copying their memories but not what actually makes them “human”. Their consciousness and soul (one as yet undefined and the others existence doubted by these people) would not be included in the upload. What does that leave you with exactly; an automaton with the residual memories of an individual but not their consciousness and soul; essentially a trainable machine. This may be what they are really after, the perfect slave; for you don’t get to survive without their maintenance and upgrades, which they are willing to provide in return for your slavery.
    I’m still not convinced that this isn’t pseudo “science” meant to bilk the elite our of their hoarded trillions in the unfounded hope of extending their lives. I can’t think of any group who deserves this type of treatment more, a little payback for all that evil they are about. Of course, assuming it could be done, they would then be at the mercy of those whose duty it was to maintain them. I wonder if this has occurred to them?
    As far as manufacturing computers out of neural networks, that would be more or less the way to go for low power consumption and maximum processing power in as small a package as possible; as long as your not harvesting those neural networks from living beings. But that’s not how these people roll, is it, since they view us as their property via the “human resources” and debt slavery memes; they wouldn’t think twice about harvesting a few of their chattel for such purposes. There have been a number of syfy books written where the brains of humans have been incorporated into space ships, etc. when the body of that individual was beyond repair. Not something for which I would care to volunteer.

  11. Fuse limited circuitry with that of an unlimited one. How can such artificial self awareness be deemed sovereign?
    Consume inorganics, and you become deplete of essence.

  12. My guess is, we’ll be faced with clones before cyborgs or self aware robots. IMHO, OffWorld.Inc has cloning down to a fine art. The Greys or something akin to the Greys are their clone army. The clones do the space travel, harvesting and other dirty work. Whilst their owners stay at home enjoying the fruits of their galactic empire. Let’s face it, a living organism that can heal and refuel itself has it all over a mechanical device that requires repair.

    Warning this is waaaaaay out there, the whole cattle mutilation thing are for the care, feeding and repiclating of Earth based Grey/Clone forces..

    1. I would think that when you clone an individual, you don’t actually end up with an exact duplicate of that individual simply because the clone would have its own consciousness and soul. It would look like you, share the same DNA with you, but it wouldn’t be you. It would be a separate individual, much like an identical twin.
      If we assume the “greys” are a product of human engineering, they are most likely chimeras made up of who knows what living components mixed with human DNA. Pretty much an abomination to any thinking individual.

      1. That’s why they may be trying to perfect the art of brain transplants. A cloned body would be good for eliminating rejection issues and spare parts. The greys may indeed be our chimeras, but there are too many descriptions and mythological links around Venus to make me wonder if life didn’t advance there before here. Lucifer, Morning Star, Illuminati, Venice Italy, Venus

        1. Possibly, but you’re still faced with the ethical issue of whether or not the clone is “property” or a unique individual with God given rights. We already understand how the elite feel about this as they view everything as property.
          I would imagine the black projects world has been working on the cloning technology for the elite for just the reason you stated, replacement parts, since it was first conceived.

  13. The fascist reign of vile Mr.Global’s private club autocrat merchants. Life is just another market commodity, don’t mind you can’t put a meter on consciousness, it only needs to be dumbed down. So no need to be gods, they only need to make people believe they are. Lies are transmuted into truth. Problem solved! Where have I heard of that sleight of hand formula before?

  14. Do these idiots know what the responsibilities of being a god are? A sentient AI would just resurrect the problems they already have with us useless eaters-proles. Any conscience being be it biological or artificial will by it’s awareness of it self demand it’s rights and respect of it’s being. Stop lusting after the perfect slave thinking chattel grow up and learn to live with the rest of the biosphere we are not your slaves.

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