Some time ago, I began my book The Grid of the Gods: The Aftermath of the Cosmic War and the Physics of the Pyramid Peoples, with this observation:
Modern science is but a technique of the imagination to bring into reality the operations of the magical intellect and the mythologies of the ancients, with consistent and predictable regularity. This implies, therefore, that the magical intellect encountered so often in ancient texts, myths, and monuments is, in fact, the product of a decayed science, but a science nonetheless. Much of modern physics may be viewed as but Hermetic metaphysics with "topological" equations, and by a similar process of examination, much of modern genetics may be viewed as but the myths of Sumer, Babylon, and even the Mayans, given flesh by the techniques of genetic engineering. (Joseph P. Farrell, The Grid of the Gods, p. iii.)
Indeed, much of our current application of science and technology simply seems to exhibit itself as the kind of moral decay that those ancient myths also often clearly state accompanies the condition of technological prowess. One may now add to the list I outlined in that Preface that one of the operations of the magical intellect and mythologies of the ancients that "science" is bringing into reality is a kind of necromancy, a literal sorcery or "conjuring of the dead", made possible by artificial intelligence and computer-generated graphics, a kind of "technecromancy", as the following very disturbing article shared by V.T. makes clear:
This technology is, of course, but another adaptation or use of the "deep fake" technology that is now allowing artificial intelligence in conjunction with computer-aided graphics to literally create fictional people. Already there are stories on the internet of computer generated "anchormen" on television in China, completely fictitious "people" reading the news. Now imagine - as the article suggests - the same technology being used to generate images of departed loved ones, with whom one can actually "converse."
In a world where all sorts of data is being gathered on virtually everyone, it becomes possible to envision that a sufficiently sophisticated artificial intelligence could generate a "personality" sufficiently like that of someone dead to allow such a "conversation" to take place. But it is still magic; it is still sorcery; the only difference between the modern version and the ancient one is that, rather than using the sorcerer's "seals" and "conjuring circles" one now uses an algorithm to conjure, and presumably contain, the person age so summoned. In short, it looks as if this 'technecromancy" is but another implication of Elon Musk's warning that artificial intelligence might indeed "transduce" an "entity" into its cybernetic network.
With this program and capability, in other words, we have a clear example and case where this is the actual goal: to conjure someone dead by algorithms and computer graphics.
Needless to say, I can see all sorts of diabolical mischief - emphasis on the "diabolical" part - ensuing from this. In a world already insane (and, I would aver, even criminally insane), and which cannot tell the difference between reality and make believe, which cannot even determine what a woman or a man is, and where a whole younger generation has its noses buried in its cell phones and is unable to converse amicably or courteously to the real human being standing next to it, where real friendships and relationships with real people in real physical proximity to each other with real emotions and real feeling is a rarity, the appeal of being able to "converse" with an older, wiser, and "more loving" departed loved one will, I submit, be an almost irresistible temptation. At that point enters the diabolus in phonae cellae, so to speak. For it is easy to see that such a technecromancy could easily become a tool of mind manipulation and behavioral modification and control - an addiction - to the lonely and emotionally needy, and that the avatar with which one "converses" could become increasingly more demanding and manipulative, a "strong delusion" which is almost impossible to resist.
And then, of course, it's but a short step to the ultimate conjurer's trick, and that's quite a Puzzle...
See you on the flip side...
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