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Showing posts with label Tech Revolution. Show all posts
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Coronavirus: A Pandemic Launch Pad?


Image Source: 4chan.

At the rate things are going with the global pandemic, my main hope has been that the world doesn't go full Mad Max. I don't want to end up running down the 417 highway in my underwear with one shoe on, or negotiating for my survival with armed marauders in a truck decked with burning skulls.

I told fellow blogger, Dia Sobin of Trans-D Digital Art that the world is becoming like a Stephen King novel, and I could handle that, just so long as it doesn't turn into a Clive Barker novel.

We were already living in something like a Stephen King novel, that is, a Norman Rockwell painting gone wrong. But in a Barker-esque horrorworld, we would be dealing with underground cities of mutants who would be communing with demons (watch Barker's Underworld here, while the link lasts). I just don't want to go through that.

There are a lot of references to plagues in modern culture: it is an eternal theme. It should not be taken as 'predictive programming' for a planned agenda, as some have. The eerie similarities between novels, video games, and films and the current pandemic reinforce a message that human ingenuity and resilience can triumph. But nothing is guaranteed. Pandemics reflect pre-existing weaknesses in all systems and populations. They can be launch pads for political oppression and war. It is up to us to recognize what is true, not just what we want to see, and to learn how to adapt to changing circumstances.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

The Coronavirus Goes Militant: Totalitarianism, Crime and War


MEDICAL MARTIAL LAW 2020 (21 March 2020). Video Source: Bitchute.

Worry 1 for today is medical martial law. Above, Canadian vlogger James Corbett explains how the nCov pandemic is grounded in years of policy-making and table top exercises. Corbett, who is an anti-globalist, is particularly worried about the Orwellian language used by globalists. He takes issue with their humanitarian rhetoric and values, bent to serve anti-humanitarian goals. He, like other social media critics, believes that Bill Gates's vaccines are laced with heavy metals and other toxic ingredients. He imagines that an nCov vaccine would actually spread COVID19 or make it worse. As for the military presence in communities, he insists: "Do not normalize this." Corbett's show notes and MP3 are here.

With smartphone footage trickling onto American social media of tanks and armoured cars being transported around the USA, one may well wonder why so much firepower is necessary in order to keep worried citizens inside their homes.

Most alt media commentators of Corbett's bent focus on their fear of authoritarianism, but play down the deadly nature of COVID19. They claim it is a psyop, a false flag, a nothingburger.

These independent reporters do not consider nCov's origins, either as a natural phenomenon, a lab-made experiment which may have been released by accident or through espionage, or as a potential bioweapon. If it is the last, it may have a possible designed antidote (which in turn, may explain recent potential 'safe' strain infections of high-profile figures such as Boris JohnsonGreta Thunberg and Prince Charles).

Image Source: 4chan.

Corbett meticulously documents his reports. He is not necessarily wrong in suspecting corruption on the part of global authorities. But alt media commentators like Corbett are usually 9/11 truthers at heart, and this is how the 'plandemic' fits their world view. They therefore run the risk of blinding themselves to nCov as a real threat because of their trutherism. Generally speaking, they focus exclusively on the macrocosmic level of this problem and avoid the local, the microcosm.





Worry 2: Breakdown of the Rule of Law

Governments and Police Are Terrified (26 March 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

The microcosm is where we find the real impact of this pandemic. Nate Polson, the vlogger at Canadian Prepper, argues that members of police and fire departments are calling in sick with COVID19 infections. The rule of law hangs in the balance. We don't want the streets to turn into a real life version of The Purge American film franchise.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Coronavirus Fragments 2: All Eyes on the Pacific


"The littoral combat ship Montgomery conducted a freedom of navigation operation, or FONOP, near contested South China Sea islands on Sunday, [26 January 2020] officials said." Image Source: Navy Times.

One of the less-reported aspects of the coronavirus epidemic is the ramping up of US Navy manoeuvres in the South China Sea. For years, the Chinese have been dominating the South China Sea, to the consternation of other countries.

"A satellite image of Fiery Cross Reef in Spratly island chain in the South China Sea. Image Source: Maxar Technologies via AP/New Zealand Herald.

Image Source: Wiki.

Exclusive dispatch from USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea as tensions rise (21 October 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

The sandbars, along with swarmings of Chinese vessels in foreign waters, and the construction of hundreds of Chinese airports, have all recently alarmed many countries, even raising eyebrows in Australia and New Zealand. In 2019, Clive Palmer's United Australia Party ran a scare ad about a Chinese private airport, built in Karratha, West Australia, which seemingly has clandestine military capability. This ad was attacked by the UAP's political opponents as fear-mongering.

Australia - Protect Our Future - Watch Now (7 February 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

On 25 January 2020, the Pacific Fleet of the US Navy conducted 'freedom of navigation operation' exercises (an 'FONOP'). Amid Coronavirus Outbreak : US Navy Challenges China In The South China Sea With Largest Operation (8 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

High Alert (Feb 7, 2020): China Wins the South China Sea War Against Philippine in the Region (7 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

During the coronavirus outbreak in late January 2020, the US Navy conducted freedom of navigation operation exercises in the South China Sea.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Politics, Ideology, and the Technosphere 3: Autobiography, Social Media and the Banality of Revolution


Image Source: Aleteia.

I have a new post up at The Dragonfly:

Autobiography, Social Media and the Banality of Revolution

The post continues my discussion on the new Internet politics. It explains how banal information transforms politics and society, as I put it:
"There is something strangely revolutionary and Kafkaesque about being able to topple governments by telling the emperor what you ate for breakfast."


See my related posts at The Dragonfly.

Read my posts on Materialism and Anti-Materialism in relation to politics.

See all my posts on Politics and the Technosphere.



Saturday, February 1, 2020

Coronavirus: The Bird Flu, HIV, Nanotech, and 5G Connections


Image Source: Twitter.

Most of the latest reports on the coronavirus deal with the genome researchsymptoms, spread, and recovery and death rates of the virus. A scary, non-peer-reviewed article (here), based on clinical data coming out of China, places the Ro at 4.08!

There is a growing emotional toll in the quarantined zones. Some complaints by Chinese locals are reaching social media, as with this man, who leaked footage from Wuhan hospitals and was arrested - or this woman, who lost one or more family members. The translation and commentary on her video are here. Popular dissatisfaction with the Chinese Communist Party is brewing, even as the Wuhan coronavirus hospitals are nearing completion.

Unconfirmed: Wuhan Hubei China Coronavirus Latest | What's Going On? | Video Footage Dump/Archive Part 5 武汉冠状病毒 (1 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube. More leaked videos here and here.

Translation: "RFA said (in a translated tweet): '[Latest Situation of Wuhan Fifth Hospital] Some Wuhan citizens entered Wuhan Fifth Hospital on February 1st and found many patients who died of pneumonia. The corpses were packed directly to the crematorium. Paramedics are busy rescuing the dying patient.'"










Bird Flu in Hunan Province

At the same time, in Hunan province, south of Wuhan's Hubei province, there has been an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu; over 17,000 chickens were slaughtered at one farm to stop the spread of the virus.


Bat Flu: HIV and Henipah (Hendra-Nipah) Virus Connections


An Indian team has linked this version of the bat-sourced and snake-sourced coronavirus to HIV; the non-peer-reviewed paper is here. The results have not yet been reproduced elsewhere. Researchers have generally focused on bats in this field because they can carry several deadly viruses without dying: Ebola, SARS, Nipah, and the coronavirus.

Incidentally, there is a small Nipah virus outbreak in India and Bangladesh now, due to local consumption of raw fruit juices contaminated with infected bat urine.

Other quarters have linked this novel coronavirus to SARS and Ebola. This may explain why HIV and Ebola therapies are being used on infected patients who have the coronavirus. A failed Ebola drug (Remdesivir) may be implemented to treat the coronavirus.

The Henipah virus was shipped with Ebola from the Canadian Winnipeg National Microbiology Laboratory to Beijing on 31 March 2019. Protocols were ignored (CBC later claimed protocols were followed) in the virus transfer and promoted an RCMP investigation. Note that the Chinese researcher, Xiangguo Qiu, at the centre of this controversy was dismissed in Winnipeg, but not charged. She helped develop ZMapp, the Ebola vaccine.

This rumour arises amid crackdowns on social media "misinformation." On 27 January 2020, the CBC published a weird story denying any wrong-doing on the part of this scientist, despite an earlier article stating she was under investigation. The CBC's larger concern seems to be that the Winnipeg story will lead to public distrust of authority and Sinophobic racism. They interviewed Fuyuki Kurasawa, director of the Global Digital Citizenship Lab at York University:
"The broader damage is that there grows a mistrust toward both government authorities, public health officials, the media, authoritative sources of media, and there there becomes a social media environment where speculation, rumour and conspiracy theories take over and wash out the factual information that is being promoted online."
This hand-wringing over misinformation and racism on social media simply muddies the waters. It pushes authoritative discourse management and identity politics without really getting to the bottom of what happened last year between the Winnipeg lab and Chinese labs.

Nor does the MSM crackdown on the alt-media rule out a bioengineered virus, which passed through the wet market of Wuhan, but did not originate there. There is something very strange going on and it is obvious that the public are not being told the whole truth.

Unconfirmed: Wuhan Coronavirus Pneumonia - Chaos at a hospital in Wuhan (1 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

If the virus is a bioweapon, medical staff and researchers must be informed. If it is a bioweapon and they are not informed, then we can only conclude that the deaths which ensue are deliberately caused.

Only one conspiracy theory site I have seen connects the coronavirus to the Nipah virus. The same site stated that the Chinese Hongmen (洪門), also known as the 'Heaven and Earth' secret society, have vowed to hunt down and kill any engineers of the coronavirus, if it was indeed engineered. You can see videos depicting the Hongmen, here, and immediately below.

Chinese Secret Society [Heaven and Earth Society] | Real Stories | THE SHIFT (21 March 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

Espionage and Nanotech

What is less discussed, or outright denied, is the potential of bio-espionage. Buzzfeed is one of the American online outlets currently condemning Zero Hedge for doxxing of one of the scientists at the Wuhan lab over this possibility. The Guardian also absolutely denied that the virus is a bioweapon, based on a Washington Post survey of "expert" opinions.


Nevertheless, bioweapons and bio-espionage do exist and it is fair to ask if they are a factor in this epidemic. It is easy to deny the possibility based on lack of evidence. Obviously, intelligence agencies operate secretly by definition. They are not going to provide evidence to the press and public.

In 2017, CNN reported that a bioweapons danger came from China's ally, North Korea. In response, the Trump administration formulated a National Biodefense Strategy in 2018, to be administered by the US Department of Health and Human Services. You can read the 2018 strategy statement, here.

Press Briefing with Members of the President's Coronavirus Task Force (31 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

The coronavirus epidemic unfolds against a backdrop of Chinese spies running amok globally. Harvard Professor Charles Lieber was just arrested in relation to his activities in Wuhan (and will be freed on USD $1 million bail). The Chinese paid Lieber USD $50,000 per month plus USD $1.5 million to set up a lab in Wuhan. Lieber is also an expert on nanotechnology.

The Lieber arrest prompted the social media conspiracist Joseph P. Farrell to ask grimly if there was a connection between nanotech development and bioweapons.

Even China's Thousand Talents Plan, which funds and recruits foreign scientists, does not prove that the coronavirus has anything to do with bioweapons or bio-espionage. Neither does a recent arrest over attempted Chinese smuggling of biological materials at Boston University. However, the links below confirm a general situation in which many individuals, countries and corporations are fending off, or falling under the sway of, Chinese intelligence.


5G, Drones, Surveillance


Drones are flying over Chinese communities, checking that people are wearing their masks. There is an online rumour that 5G was rolled out in Wuhan first as a test city, and that 5G causes virus-like symptoms and depresses immune systems. The MSM have denied this possibility as misinformation.

Venture Beat and RCR Wireless News were much more optimistic, claiming that 5G-powered gear lets doctors remotely diagnose the virus. In fact, the coronavirus epidemic is a terrific opportunity to test 5G capabilities in the implementation of remote medical treatment:
"Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, 5G’s potential for remote medical services was largely theoretical, as carriers and practitioners spoke of the future prospect of performing remote surgeries or offering diagnoses to patients in far-flung areas. The use of 5G communications to enhance practitioner safety in circumstances such as this, where a virus’ transmission characteristics and other vectors remain unclear, is fairly new but represents a highly practical test of the high-bandwidth wireless technology.

China’s adoption of 5G has outpaced many other countries thanks to a combination of government subsidies and top-down coordination, as well as significant availability of locally produced 5G networking hardware. While domestic companies such as ZTE and Huawei have been restricted or prevented from supplying 5G gear in some countries — a ban that nearly led to ZTE’s collapse in 2018 — their hardware has since enabled Chinese carriers to launch 5G services in somewhere between 30 and 50 cities — no easy feat given the country’s size and population. The country expects to have 5G in every prefecture-level city by the end of this year."
In other words, this disaster is aiding the rapid entrenchment of the new 5G networks, while the notion that that 5G entrenchment might exacerbate health problems associated with the disaster is dismissed as highly speculative.


See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Coronavirus Conversations


About the reddit post (25 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

A 14-year-old student in Macau, China has begun posting videos about her daily life during the lunar New Year's holiday and she remains at home due to the coronavirus store and business closures. The new vlogger announced her channel on Reddit: "I just wanted to make this video to show that I'm not fake." Oh, the irony, when today the WHO and major news outlets announced a desire to stifle social media conversations and to eradicate all sources of coronavirus disinformation, except of course, themselves.

You can see the human benefit of international social media discussion here. The girl states that Chinese people who eat exotic animals like pangolins do so because it is illegal and expensive. She states that in China, wildlife consumption is a statement of personal influence and wealth. As for the atmosphere in her city, "You can actually feel the fear. ... People are really panicking. ... At least in Macau we are still pretty safe." They store food, water, and masks and stay inside their apartments and houses. She holds live Q and A chats and she and her young social media counterparts compare notes from around the world to try to understand the epidemic. She thinks that the new Chinese generation will be better than her predecessors.

She has heard a lot of conspiracy theories from the Internet, including the rumour that the virus did not come from a wildlife market but was engineered in a Wuhan bioweapons lab. "I hope that's not true, because if that is true, I don't know what to do." She's not alone in that regard.

Why chinese people like to eat wild animals (27 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube.


See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.


Monday, January 27, 2020

Wuhan Coronavirus Hospital Construction Livecam


Live: View of construction site of Wuhan's novel coronavirus hospitals武汉火神山、雷神山医院施工现场 (live from 27 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube. Updated here.


See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Dead and Alive in Time


THE HAUNTED ABANDONED MANSION (SOMETHING GOT THROWN AND SCREAMS IN THE BASEMENT) (31 December 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

For today, see two videos. One is an urbex exploration of a reputedly haunted French château. The incredible workmanship, tiles, wood carving, wallpaper, lamps, fireplaces, the lead paint, and the marble work are a reminder that material wealth is no protection against the waste of ages. Even in our brief lives, or across a few paltry generations, placing faith in materialism it is like holding up an umbrella against a hurricane of time.

Image Source: Bloomberg.

The irony is that in previous eras, people were generally more religious. However, the apex of their world view was plainly defined by solid, physical expressions of wealth to anchor themselves in time. A glance tells us that this is the tragic, beautiful esthetic of the dead, a set of choices no longer available to most of us and sadly no longer relevant. Material immobility entraps us in a dead past. Those who still cling to materialism in this old sense use it to construct their social personae; they are deceived if they think that this will help them survive.

Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 20 years (11 January 2020). 7263 days. Video Source: Youtube.

By contrast, the second video is the monumental output of Noah Kalina, entitled Everyday. I have covered Kalina's work previously here and here. Kalina has photographed himself daily for the past twenty years. Kalina achieves a dynamic permanence in virtual reality. The two videos show the tremendous jump in values and perspectives between the 20th and 21st centuries. 21st century cameras and computers propelled the 20th century's monumental, immovable, time-anchored objects into the virtual sphere, and rendered everything that was once tied down by wealth and authority into evolving, shifting phenomena.

Kalina started his project on 11 January 2000, before the launch of Youtube, yet the project was tailor-made for a Youtube space. Younger Youtubers were unsettled by the video. Some were born after 2000 and they thought that Kalina looks depressed and old.

I see in his valiant effort a distinction between the fragile person with dark circles under his eyes, who physically ages, and the eternal self. There are glimpses of personal habits which gave Kalina temporary comfort, stability and security - a beard, a favourite shirt, a girlfriend or wife, an apartment - but these inevitably fall away. What gives him real security and permanence is the Everyday project, in which, regardless of what was happening, he repeated the same activity every day to create a vision of a higher purpose.

Image Source: Spirituality and Health.

In the video, Kalina looks like a superhero flying through, and transcending, the decades. He remains the central figure, his work provides a subtle message about the positive implications (and applications) of technology for those who will follow after him. He is planting a seed of understanding and wisdom.

Image Source: pinterest.

It is an unusual and admirable artistic statement, to capture through photographs and the Youtube mirror the unchanging true self, moving in time, which is continually clinging to, and divesting itself of, its transitory ego-masks and all its props and crutches.

Image Source: AZ Quotes.

Image Source: Verywell Mind.


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Friday, January 17, 2020

Politics, Ideology and the Technosphere 2: Anarchists and Luciferians


Image Source: The Transmetropolitan Review via The Conversation.

This year, I am presenting a series on ideology and the technosphere. The series rejects mainstream political discourse and returns to first principles, historical background, and online trends to deconstruct the current evolution of politics.

Thus far and in today's post, I have identified the following components of tech-oriented politics:
  • New political terms, like the Red Pill and Black Pill
  • The weaponization of political virtues, morals, ideals, and values, leading to inversions of those values in practice
  • Internet dynamics and unpredictability
  • New moral, spiritual, or ethical frameworks of common reference
Positive Values, Negative Outcomes: Our Inverted World

Political virtues, moral labels, and positive platforms contrast with real outcomes, whether in everyday reality or online practice. There is a vast gap between what people say they are doing politically and what actually happens. On the Internet, this gap is exposed and described, especially among the alt media and conspiracy theorists, as corruption.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Nuclear Leaks 39: Pickering, Ontario, Canada


Image Source: Ontario Emergency Alerts via imgur. Click to enlarge.

In the middle of an ice storm, the above message greeted Canadian smartphone users in the province of Ontario at 7:24 a.m. on 12 January 2020. The Pickering nuclear plant is adjacent to the city of Toronto. There is a Reddit discussion on the alert here. You can see my previous post on the Pickering plant, here. It is due to be decommissioned in 2024. A Weather Network app message - but no further government alert - subsequently informed the public that the emergency had been addressed. The Pickering Fire Chief John Hagg informed CP24 News that the alert had been "sent out by mistake" and the province is working on a retraction statement. Twitter gossip reveals that the alert was sent out due to a power outage in the storm.

Another Twitter user remarked that a greater danger comes from the decommissioned Chalk River site in Ontario, not far from the capital city, Ottawa. You can see my post on Chalk River, here.





Image Source: Twitter.


ADDENDUM (12 January 2020):

Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan reacts to nuclear plant alert (12 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

See all my posts on Nuclear topics.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Some Deepfakes Shine, And Some Don't


Jim Carrey DeepFake [VFX Comparison] (3 September 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

Above, see a video crafted by the Youtuber Ctrl Shift Face, who uses facial image data from films to replace one actor's face with another. In this case, data from Jim Carrey's many films were used to cast him as a Jack Nicholson Doppelgänger in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980). The title of this post is, of course, taken from Mr. Hallorann's dialogue in the film.

When one considers how many cameras (including our own virtual assistants, computers, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs and other gadgets) follow us all day long, one can see that our facial data are being collected for future applications. Digital facial recognition and tracking are already entrenched in China as tools of state control.

This extraordinarily dangerous technology shows how deepfakes could be used to manipulate politics and elections, falsify the news, blackmail people, destroy reputations, and essentially control anyone and everyone, anywhere. I will discuss this tech further in future posts. Below, see all the videos related to the deepfake Shining. If the playlist does not play automatically, you can watch it here.

The Shining starring Jim Carrey : Episode 1 - Concentration [DeepFake] (8 July 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Intermission


Image Source: Harald Hund.

It is time for an intermission. I have called the 2010s a 'decade of disillusionment,' when many of us lost our faith in authoritative realities, due to revelations of corruption, violence, mass manipulation, and exploitation. It is hard to know what to believe as we leave those years behind.

Supposedly normal. Image Source: Oprah Winfrey Instagram via reddit and 4chan.

I miss the days before that decade, when I believed in official reality. I miss the days when I thought that Kevin Spacey was just a great actor and Tom Hanks played a nice Boomer Everyman. Now we live in an alternate reality where Spacey kills people with kindness. And Hanks publishes creepy photos of lost gloves and baby shoes, whether they are on streets, parks, or abandoned in the desert. We do not have to look very far before we encounter photos like the one above - freely posted by the celebrities themselves! This is no whistle-blower's work. This is symbolism, rubbed in the faces of the uninitiated mob. But it is so blatant that even the uninitiated know there is something twisted, ugly, and wrong about it.

It's time for a breather from the theatrics in which the mass media, political media, and social media are weaponized against audience populations. It is time to collect ourselves and get our bearings. It is time for an intermission.

Intermission (elevator music) (5 June 2012). Video Source: Youtube.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Drones, And Rumours of Drones


Residents concerned as FAA investigates mystery Colorado drones (31 December 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

It's like a scene from a 1970s' Spielberg film: Internet chatter among Youtubers indicates that since the third week of December 2019, fleets of drones have been flying at night in "research grid formation" in the United States, "[o]ut west. Colorado, Nebraska, Idaho, Wyoming." Some of these drones have wingspans of six feet and have hovered for hours over small towns. This has provoked a storm of discussion on the legality of drone invasion of airspace over, and even inside, private homes, about which I previously blogged, here.

FAA, other agencies investigating mysterious Colorado drone sightings; remote ID rule proposed (31 December 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Our Father, Who Art in Silicon: Censorship of Social Media and the War over the Virtual World


A livecam (here) constantly broadcasts footage of the Centennial Light, a light bulb which has been burning since 1901. The bulb, located in a fire station in Livermore, California, USA, is taken as a proof of planned obsolescence in industry. Image Source: mnn.

Do you know who you are? One can define oneself in terms of the past, present, or future. Tech companies are currently censoring social media to produce a toxic, Orwellian 'now,' in which past content is being erased on the grounds that it is not authoritative. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, the main character, Winston Smith, is a 'historian' in that nightmare world. Or rather, he is what historians will become: a censor. Winston Smith erases history and creates new versions of it, from one hundred years ago, right down to yesterday.

In anticipation of the American 2020 election, among other agendas, tech corporations are becoming Orwellian censors. In the past month on Youtube, Google has begun weirdly removing date stamps from videos. Today, Youtube will begin erasing past content of which they disapprove.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

See Spot Run


Mass. State Police Tested Out Boston Dynamics’ Spot The Robot Dog. (26 November 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

Boston Dynamics have perfected their robot dog, Spot, which can open doors and enter homes. In April of this year, BD's CEO, Marc Raibert, announced that Spot and another robot, Handle, were coming to the commercial market in 2019.

The Best Robots on Four Legs with Marc Raibert (Boston Dynamics) (19 April 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

In September, Boston Dynamics announced they would begin leasing Spot to select organizations and individuals. The robot dogs are working with were just tested by the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad. The police used the robots in two real life incidents.

In the video below, RT commentator Michael William Lebron, aka Lionel, fears that the robots could begin operating autonomously if their AI control systems were to get out of control.

Police robots designed to be 'cute' and 'familiar' – Lionel (27 November 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

Friday, November 15, 2019

New Post at The Dragonfly: The Long Gameplay


Image Source: imdb.

I have a new post up at The Dragonfly:


This post on video gamers' skills peripherally considers a topic I have been discussing on this blog, namely, that the way we interact with technology is intimate, disturbing, and involves a global meditation on our species' long term survival.

The human-tech interface concerns how we use tools to augment our five senses. I suspect that two camps will emerge from this process. One group, the anti-materialists, will use technology to enhance our organic capabilities. The other group, the materialists, will evolve into cyborgs and will cultivate artificial versions of those organic capabilities.

Image Source: imdb.


Monday, October 28, 2019

Materialist Rhetoric: The Cosmic Indifference of Alien AI Gods


From Alan Moore's Lovecraftian comic, Providence. Image Source: Xataka.

This week, I am selecting vocabulary used by materialists to reveal their long game. Materialism here refers loosely to those who subscribe to secular and scientific values, that is, those who explore the world in the strictly physical sense.

I deconstruct some materialist values here, not to write an anti-scientific or technophobic screed, but to consider alternative approaches toward science and technology. I mean to show here that what we think of as 'rationalism,' 'secularism,' 'materialism,' 'science,' and 'technology' are social constructions, grounded in obsolete, 19th and 20th century modernist concepts of order and madness. I will discuss this historical background in future posts.

Can we build AI without losing control over it? | Sam Harris (19 October 2016). Video Source: Youtube.

In recent years, several tech leaders have come forward to predict the rise of artificial intelligence. The prediction rests on a definition of intelligence as 'information processing' and 'interactivity,' about which I have blogged here. Developers consider AI 'goal-setting' to be the same thing as human dreaming. The AI vocabulary projects machine processes onto human cognition, and removes the extra-sensory, the anti-materialistic, or any magical thinking that is otherwise undefined in physical terms.

If one adheres to this set of ideas, one removes emotional, moral and ethical concerns from intelligence. One ignores non-linear, lateral, interstitial, and other undefinable elements that are part of the purely human, non-mechanical experience. (Thanks to -D.)

Materialist Proposition 1: Progress is Worship, Expressed through Physical Augmentation of Natural Ability

Quantum Computers - An Altar To An 'Alien god'! Doorway To Other Dimensions And Image Of The Beast! (2 February 2017). Video Source: Youtube.

Tech leaders like Geordie Rose, father of marketed quantum computers, adhere to a 19th century vision of 'progress.' They believe that history is an upward story of human and scientific expansion. We must develop bodies, societies and systems which transcend the limits of biology.

ideacity 2019 - Geordie Rose - Synthetic Minds, Cooperation and the Future of Humanity (21 June 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

In this view, the brain is a machine, which we will decode, mechanize and develop with the help of artificial intelligence. Because of its independent functions and the symbiotic assistance it will provide during our brain upgrades, the AI will appear to us like an alien god. Technologists admit this god will destroy our humanity, but that is acceptable, because the god will help one nation get ahead of another in the geopolitical balance of power. That, or the god will cure cancer.

Despite their supposed adherence to logical explanations, these technologists justify themselves through glib asides. They never ask if there is an alternative to 19th century scientific progress. They do not reflect on whether their political biases pose problems for their planning. They never consider whether the nation-state is a dated idea. They never refer to the evolutionary purpose which cancer may serve, about which I have blogged, here and here. They certainly never ask (at least publicly) if there are extra-physical aspects of human cognition, which cannot be simulated. It does not matter if the consequences of technologists' blind spots will result in species-wide slavery. In fact, that is the expected result.

The real question, then, concerns the developers' ambitions. A very small number of humans aim to control the machines that will control the bulk of humankind. XPRIZE founder Peter Diamandis remarked:
"Today, a group of 20 individuals empowered by the exponential growing technologies of AI and robotics and computers and networks and eventually nanotechnology can do what only nation states could have done before."
These humans will act, based on their limited intelligence and values. If the story of the AI as alien god is really a story about the ambitions of a tiny group of tech moguls and billionaires, we should identify the real beliefs of this group.