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Cyclical Singularity

Could zodiacal precessional cycles of our Solar System mark the ascensions and declensions of ‘Singularities’ throughout human history?

And if we do experience a technological singularity within the next 20 years, is it just a repeat of what mankind experienced before?

Discoveries like the ancient Greek Antikythera computer (1500 years before the invention of precision geared devices) the Baghdad batteries (2000 years before Volta “invented” the battery) or dental and brain surgery artifacts found in ancient Pakistan (8000 years out of historical sequence) appear “anomalous” within our current paradigm of history. However, they are not unexpected according to the ancient cyclical view.

Giorgio de Santillana, the former professor of the history of science at MIT, tells us that most ancient cultures believed consciousness and history were not linear but cyclical, meaning they would rise and fall over long periods of times. In his landmark work, Hamlet’s Mill, Giorgio and co-author Hertha von Dechend showed that the myth and folklore of over 30 ancient cultures around the world spoke of a vast cycle of time with alternating Dark and Golden Ages that move with the precession of the equinox. Plato called this the Great Year.

Although the idea of a great cycle timed by the slow precession of the equinox was common to multiple cultures before the Christian era most of us were taught this is just a fairytale; there was no Golden Age. However, an increasing body of new astronomical and archaeological evidence suggests the cycle may have a basis in fact. More importantly, understanding the cycle might provide insight into where society is headed at this time and why consciousness may be expanding at an exponential rate. Understanding the cause of precession is key to understanding the cycle.

The standard theory of precession says it is principally the Moon’s gravity acting upon the oblate Earth that must be the cause of the Earth’s changing orientation to inertial space, a.k.a. the “precession of the equinox.” However, ancient sources say the observation of an equinox slowly moving or “precessing” through the twelve constellations of the zodiac is simply due to the motion of the solar system through space (changing our viewpoint from Earth). Here at the Binary Research Institute, we have modeled a moving solar system and found it does indeed better produce the precession observable and resolves a number of solar system anomalies such as the uneven distribution of angular momentum within the solar system and the variable rate of precession. Beyond the technical considerations, a moving solar system might provide a logical reason why we have a Great Year with alternating Dark and Golden Ages. That is, if the solar system carrying the Earth actually moves in a huge orbit, subjecting the Earth to the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum of another star or EM source along the way, we could expect this would affect our magnetosphere, ionosphere and indirectly all life in a pattern commensurate with that orbit. Just as the Earth’s smaller diurnal and annual motions produce the cycles of day and night and the seasons (both due to the Earth’s changing position in relation to the EM spectrum of the Sun), so might the larger celestial motion be expected to produce a cycle that affects life and consciousness on a grand scale.

The hypothesis for how consciousness would be affected in such a celestial cycle builds on the work of Dr. Valerie Hunt, a former professor of physiology at UCLA. In a number of studies she has found that changes in the ambient EM field (that surrounds us all the time) can dramatically affect human cognition and performance. In short, consciousness is affected by immersion in EM fields. Consequently, the concept behind the Great Year or cyclical model of history, consistent with myth and folklore, is based on the Sun’s motion through space, subjecting the Earth to waxing and waning stellar fields (all stars are huge generators of EM spectrum), resulting in the legendary rise and fall of the ages over great epochs of time.

In Lost Star of Myth and Time, we looked at some of the ancient myths about rising and falling ages tied to the precession cycle, explored current precession anomalies, outlined a dynamic solar system model that better explains the precession observable, and suggested a hypothesis for how a change in proximity to stellar-generated electro-magnetic fields might be the mechanism that induces cyclical changes on Earth. Here we would like to use this model as a guide to better understand where we have been in terms of consciousness and ancient civilizations in the past, and more importantly, where we are going in the future. As Graham Hancock stated, this “new — or very old — approach to the greatest problems of human history” could be “the “key to the mystery of the ages.”

The idea of cyclical history is accepted more than it used to be. As the author noted, the mainstream idea of Sumerian and Egyptian civilizations popping up fully formed from the dusts of antiquity has been taking a lot of hits lately and the evidence that ancient peoples constructed vast projects without written instructions or warfare is now coming to the fore. The six pyramids in Peru are just a few. The findings in Turkey of Gobekli Tepe provide proof that the concept of monumental stone-works predate the so-called “birth of civilization” by some 6,000 years and it’s anyone’s guess why these constructs exist.

Some would argue the case of Peak Oil, budget deficits, wars, criminal extortion of taxes and other myriad ills are leading to a collapse of civilization and that could happen. But if the precessional cycle theory holds weight, we are still on the upswing and these issues will pass like dandelion seeds in the wind.

Does time exist at all?

For humans, it’s just a day at a ‘time.’

History and Celestial Time

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Of BYOEs and The Trickster

My blog pal Rick Phillips of The Heavy Stuff has an unique take on the UFO phenomenon and it nearly matches my own theories.

BYOEs or ‘Billion Year Old Entities”

Recently, I’ve been having some fun commenting with Greg Bishop of Ufo Mystic and others – on my Ufo Disclosure Countdown Clock blog (I’ll put that link at the bottom) UDCC about `Billion’ – with a B – Billion year old entities. And, despite that post – I want to further expand upon the concept – and perhaps, tie it back into anomalous events humans experience.

Now, in my UDCC post and comments I stated that most probably any entity that we would encounter that was a Billion years old – would most likely be a `machine-hybrid’ that was most likely at one time `put into motion’ by a biological entity like a human or comparable creature on another planet hospitable to life. Which is really nothing more than classic science fiction that a species creates an `eternal representation’ of themselves that wanders the Universe with a set of purposes by the `beings’ who create such a machine to represent themselves in Long Time. Long time being that view of time that would try to outlast the very structure of time-space itself.

And, I will get to some specifics I’ve considered along these lines soon.

Meanwhile, I got to doing a little internet digging on this subject (finding that I was indeed number one on page one of google for `billion year old entities’) – looking for what type of life has been around on Earth for the longest time — 1 Billion Years — Green Algae

Although the division between a colony with specialized cells and a multicellular organism is not always clear, around 1 billion years ago[48]the first multicellular plants emerged, probably green algae.[49]

From –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Earth

And, from this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldest_life comes this

  • Various claims have been made about reviving bacterial spores to active metabolism after millions of years. There are claims of spores from amber being revived after 40 million years, and spores from salt deposits in New Mexico being revived after 240 million years. These claims have been made by credible researchers, but are not universally accepted.[1]
  • A Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva) called Prometheus was measured by ring count at 4,862 years old when it was felled in 1964. This is the greatest verified age for any living organism at the time of its killing.[3]
  • The Hydrozoan species Turritopsis nutricula is capable of cycling from a mature adult stage to an immature polyp stage and back again. This means that there may be no natural limit to its life span.[21] However, no single specimen has been observed for any extended period, and it is impossible to estimate the age of a specimen.
  • The Antarctic sponge Cinachyra antarctica has an extremely slow growth rate in the low temperatures of the Antarctic Ocean. One specimen has been estimated to be 1,550 years old[22].
    As with all long-lived plant and fungal species, no individual part of a clonal colony is alive(in the sense of active metabolism) for more than a very small fraction of the life of the entire clone. Some clonal colonies may be fully connected via their root systems, while most are not actually interconnected, but are genetically identical clones which populated an area through vegetative reproduction. Ages for clonal colonies, often based on current growth rates, are estimates.[3]

    Whew, ………………… so let it be said, that when talking about Billion Year Old Entities – what I am going to be talking about is a `Space’ – an – `Object’ – that has literally been `in existence’ for one Billion years. Unlike anything on Earth has ever existed. So, perhaps almost obviously – our definition of `living’ – being ascribed to such an object is tentative – but – EXISTING – absolutely.  Existing with a purpose – absolutely. With intentionalities. With actualization.

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    Such beings would be above us as we are above slime-mold. And they would have no trouble popping in and out of the Universe at will.

    My variance on this theory is that these entities might very well be our own descendents, if we accept the idea that time is holistic, not linear. And that the idea of a Technological Singularity is possible, thus the result of it could bring about the uber-evolution of entities that can exist in the past, present and future simultaneously.

    It could explain the lack of SETI results too.

    Billion Year Old Entities

    Here’s more commentary about the “trickster” element of the UFO phenomenon and the possible nature of the “entities” involved.

    I listened to just a few minutes of last night’s program, and found last night’s guest Christopher O’Brien extremely interesting. (Who mentioned Tonnies by the way, in terms of researchers, thinkers and writers considering the alien-ETH vs. Trickster/Something else idea.) O’Brien has a new book: “Stalking the Trickster”, which of course I will have to read. (I wonder why O’Brien didn’t mention George Hansen and his work, The Trickster and the Paranormal? Maybe he did and I didn’t catch it.) O’Brien, who has been investigating UFO, cattle mutes and other UAD’s, high strangeness in general, etc. in Colorado, is the author of several articles on these events as well as three books about the strange happenings in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. O’Brien, who has had his own UFO experiences, has come to a place where he thinks much more is going on than a simplistic ET explanation. yet. Isn’t is possible it’s both? Maybe I want to cling to this idea because I find both possibilities equally intriguing: space beings from Mars, and ultra/inter dimensional, terrestrial other . . .

    Round and round we go it seems, for no one can dismiss the Trickster behavior in so much of UFO and other weird areas (Fortean, paranormal, etc.) and yet… and

    Or, it could be some of the aliens are capable of manifesting such behaviors so ancient and convoluted they appear to be beyond what’s now become a jaded explanation for some: the ET. I think some consider ET to be advanced technologically, but don’t go beyond that. Aliens, some of them anyway, could very well be exceedingly capable of performing all kinds of feats that appear almost magical to us, and so, we call them angels, or demons, or Tricksters, or inter-dimensional whatevers. And maybe some of the ETs are all of those things, and it’s all in the naming. Angels and demons are ET, or the aliens are angels and demons? Same thing, different names, different human created constructs made to control and indoctrinate. Meanwhile, the ETs/angels/demons are doing their thing, and they don’t care what we call them.

    Ancient time warping groovy effects inter-dimensional, or aliens from space? Why couldn’t the space-man from Mars be perfectly capable of performing tricks for our entertainment? Why force the space being into a box; aliens are supposed to act this way, and if they don’t, they’re something else. Why do we think we can figure them out, predict their behaviors, assume their motivations, presume their cultures and their abilities?

    It’s possible some ETs mimic other non-human behaviors: ghosts, or who knows what. Fairies, angels, gods. . . an alien very well might want to confuse us, or maybe, it’s just playing around. They could know how to manipulate things that stress our credibility: we can accept there are aliens on Mars (or wherever) and can travel in UFOs, but they can’t visit us on the astral plane. When that happens, we shift from alien to something else; angel, god, ultra terrestrial, etc. Maybe it’s as simple as it seems: aliens can manipulate a lot more than we think.

    Often when we talk about ET we present it as if there is just one kind of ET. “ET” we say, as if it’s a single entity. It seems pretty obvious there are many kinds of ET (Dr. Greer’s didactic list of specific numbers excluded) and some of these aliens are advanced not just technologically, but in so many other ways as well.

    Again, these beings might or might not be material at all, thus prompting the question whether their very nature isn’t material at all, they only take the material from our environment when they manifest themselves.

    Mac Tonnies on Coast to Coast and the Trickster

    Stephen Hawking: Transhumanist

    The Daily Galaxy:

    Although It has taken homo sapiens several million years to evolve from the apes, the useful information in our DNA, has probably changed by only a few million bits. So the rate of biological evolution in humans, Stephen Hawking points out in his Life in the Universe lecture,  is about a bit a year.

    “By contrast,” Hawking says, “there are about 50,000 new books published in the English language each year, containing of the order of a hundred billion bits of information. Of course, the great majority of this information is garbage, and no use to any form of life. But, even so, the rate at which useful information can be added is millions, if not billions, higher than with DNA.”

     

    This means Hawking says that we have entered a new phase of evolution. “At first, evolution proceeded by natural selection, from random mutations. This Darwinian phase, lasted about three and a half billion years, and produced us, beings who developed language, to exchange information.”

    But what distinguishes us from our cave man ancestors is the knowledge that we have accumulated over the last ten thousand years, and particularly, Hawking points out, over the last three hundred.

    “I think it is legitimate to take a broader view, and include externally transmitted information, as well as DNA, in the evolution of the human race,” Hawking said.

    In the last ten thousand years the human species has  been in what Hawking calls, “an external transmission phase,” where the internal record of information, handed down to succeeding generations in DNA, has not changed significantly. “But the external record, in books, and other long lasting forms of storage,” Hawking says, “has grown enormously. Some people would use the term, evolution, only for the internally transmitted genetic material, and would object to it being applied to information handed down externally. But I think that is too narrow a view. We are more than just our genes.”

    The time scale for evolution, in the external transmission period, has collapsed to about 50 years, or less.

    Stephen-hawking Meanwhile, Hawking observes, our human brains “with which we process this information have evolved only on the Darwinian time scale, of hundreds of thousands of years. This is beginning to cause problems. In the 18th century, there was said to be a man who had read every book written. But nowadays, if you read one book a day, it would take you about 15,000 years to read through the books in a national Library. By which time, many more books would have been written.”

    But we are now entering a new phase, of what Hawking calls “self designed evolution,” in which we will be able to change and improve our DNA. “At first,” he continues “these changes will be confined to the repair of genetic defects, like cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy. These are controlled by single genes, and so are fairly easy to identify, and correct. Other qualities, such as intelligence, are probably controlled by a large number of genes. It will be much more difficult to find them, and work out the relations between them. Nevertheless, I am sure that during the next century, people will discover how to modify both intelligence, and instincts like aggression.”

    If the human race manages to redesign itself, to reduce or eliminate the risk of self-destruction, we will probably reach out to the stars and colonize other planets. But this will be done, Hawking believes, with intelligent machines based on mechanical and electronic components, rather than macromolecules, which could eventually replace DNA based life, just as DNA may have replaced an earlier form of life.

    Hawking must be reading some Kurzweil in his old age with his talk of DNA being replaced by mechanical parts.

    But I suppose a real Singularitarian would claim that DNA is going to be replaced by quantum parts, not mere mechanisms.

    Casey Kazan: Stephen Hawking: “Humans Have Entered a New Stage of Evolution”

    Post-humanist “techion”

    More Kurzweillian “techion”:

    When I first heard of Ray Kuzweil’s ideas, I assumed he was a science fiction writer. After all, the sort of transhuman future he envisioned is stock sci-fi fare. I was mildly surprised when it turns out that he is quite serious about (and well paid for expressing) his views. I was somewhat more surprised to learn that he has quite a following. Of course, I wasn’t too surprised-I’ve been around a while.

    Oversimplifying things, Kuzweil envisions a future in which humans will be immortal and the dead will return to live. While these are common claims in religion, Kuzweil’s view is that technology will make this possible. While some describe his view as a religion, I’d prefer to use a made up word, “techion” to refer to this sort of phenomena. As I see it, a religion involves claims about supernatural entities. Kuzweil’s view is purely non-supernatural, but does have most of the stock elements of religion (the promise of a utopian future, immortality, and the raising of the dead). So, it is sort of a technological religion-hence “techion.” Yes, I like making up words. Try it yourself-it is free, fun and makes you look cool (your actual results might differ).

    While the religion-like aspects of his views are interesting, I’ll be looking at the ideas of technological immortality and technological resurrection.

    Not too many discussions of the philosophical implications of a Technological Singularity occurring and could and should post-human entities resurrect their ancestors, if physically and morally possible.

    Resurrection & Immortality In The Flesh

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    Paddling Against the Meme-Stream

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    From Thunderbolts.info:

    According to conventional cosmological theories, black holes are formed when a star with a mass approximately five times that of our sun uses up its thermonuclear fuel and collapses under the force of its own gravity. Because the equations that describe gravity can be manipulated in irrational ways, some solutions imply that such a large star can contract into a zero volume containing infinite inertial mass. Astrophysicists have contended for years that black holes are real and that their effects can be observed, although they are invisible to detection.

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    The research team’s observations are of Doppler-shifted Fraunhofer lines in the spectrum of J0927. Due to “red-shift equals distance and speed” calculations, the “accretion disk” of matter surrounding the black hole is said to be moving at 2650 kilometers per second. The acceleration is presumed to be from the “recoil” of two black holes colliding, causing them to rebound and fly out of their parent galaxy as a single, supermassive combination of the two.

    In previous Picture of the Day articles, we have taken issue with the very idea of black holes and the indirect “evidence” for them that has been presented by the scientific community. Any substance with a “multimillion-degree” temperature is not a gas but is ionized plasma. What the Max Planck scientists fail to realize is that the x-rays they are seeing is synchrotron radiation and not the incandescent glow of hot gas. The x-rays (and the gamma rays and ultraviolet light) are due to electrons spiraling along helical magnetic fields.

    The Electric Universe Theory runs counter to the accepted “gravity run” universe theories that are mainstream and I have to say their arguments are very compelling.

    A Sea of Holes

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    *Sigh*

    It looks like Shostak’s “vision” of space exploration is going to be the consensus reality here, unless people get a serious wake-up call:

    Swooping in over Olympus Mons, the largest volcano on Mars, you see lava flows and the Pangboche Crater. Opening your traveler’s guide, you find that Olympus Mons is not only the highest mountain on Mars, but the largest volcanic cone in the whole solar system. You hover briefly over the crater and then zoom in on Guzev, where the cute little Mars Explorer Rover (MER) Spirit is busily taking pictures of the very red, desert-like landscape. Yes, little Spirit is still alive!

    Is this the “Red Mars” of 2061 from science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson’s famous Mars Trilogy? Where thousands of Earth colonists from completing political and religious groups attempt to implement their visions of utopia? Where megacorporations invest heavily in terraforming and mining, using an orbital space elevator to shuffle settlers out of low orbit to the Martian surface from a resource-depleted, overpopulated, hothouse Earth?

    Well, no, not exactly. You can travel to Olympus Mons or Vallis Marineris (the Grand Canyon of Mars) today – from the comfort of your home PC or Macintosh computer using the latest free Google Earth software. Don your 3D gasses and view the latest anaglyph images of Mars recently released by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) or simply fly around where Phoenix, Beagle, and the MER rovers are exploring today.

    The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter continues to send astonishing photos back to Earth. Although other Mars missions have taken 3D images, HiRISE is the most powerful camera to ever orbit another planet. It resolves features as small as one meter across – roughly the scale of a person. “I am very happy!” says principal investigator Alfred McEwen of the “sharp, clear and beautiful” images it produces. Another HiRISE team member says: “If you’re not jazzed by this, you’re not alive!”

    Hoo-f*cking-ray, more virtual reality navel gazing. I can’t wait.

    Maybe we are living in a Bostrum Simulation.

    NASA and the Post-Capitalist Vision of Kim Stanely Robinson

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    Somewhere, Bob Heinlein is working for Richard Branson as head of R&D along with Burt Rutan designing moon landers for Branson’s Lunar Hotel business.

    There would be none of this silliness going on.

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    “As the curve starts to steep…”

    The Hollywood blockbuster, The Golden Compass, adapted from the first volume of Pullman’s classic sci-fi trilogy, “His Dark Materials” portrays various universes as only one reality among many, but how realistic is this kind of classic sci-fi plot? While it hasn’t been proven yet, many highly respected and credible scientists are now saying there’s reason to believe that parallel dimensions could very well be more than figments of our imaginations.

    It would be a bummer if the multiverse theory turned out to be bunk, it would ruin of number of my story plots!

    But read the article, it is interesting and as you will find, the multiverse theory is alive and well!

    Parallel Universes: Are They More than a Figment of Our Imagination?

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    People using free Google Earth software can seemingly fly past more than 6,500 buildings that stood in the city at the peak of the Roman Empire in 320 AD.

    Online visitors can swoop in for close-ups of structures and peruse pop-up information “bubbles” written by historians.

    Some buildings feature full interiors. Internet surfers can visit the Roman Forum; linger in the center of the Colosseum; pass through the Arch of Constantine and follow in the footsteps of gladiators in the Ludus Magnus.

    Rome is the first ancient city recreated at Google Earth, an interactive online Atlas that provides tools and technology that enable people to explore the world.

    Wow, the GooglePlex is getting pretty good at building from sci-fi predictions.

    Read Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s and Stephen Baxter’s ‘The Light of Other Days‘ written in 2000.

    There, you will find almost the same concept being used.

    Google Earth rebuilds ancient Rome online

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    Apple’s latest patent application reveals that they’re continuing to look into personal virtual reality headsets. The February 2008 application is titled “Automatically adjusting media display in a personal display system” and details a “personal display system” which can give “the impression of being in the theater.”

    Man, and you think an iPod is expensive now!

    Wait until this thing hits the market!

    But y’know, it’ll sell because people are turning inward to escape from the world.

    Of course, the GooglePlex is just ‘salivating’ its nodes at the very usefulness of this tool.

    Apple Researching Virtual Reality Headsets

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    Transhuman News

    With their easy-to-use touch screens, Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch are driving home the idea that computing can be more than just tapping away at a keyboard and clicking a mouse.

    So it’s no surprise that multitouch displays (screens that are sensitive to the pressure of more than one finger) are capturing the imaginations of other manufacturers, including Samsung, Palm and Hewlett-Packard.

    But multitouch is merely the first step of a coming revolution in the way people interact with computers.

    That future may include using neurotransmitters to help translate thoughts into computing actions, face detection combined with eye tracking and speech recognition, and haptics technology that uses the sense of touch to communicate with the user.

    “Computing of today is primarily designed for seated individuals doing office work in the developed world,” says Scott Klemmer, co-director of the Human Computer Interaction Group at Stanford University. “If you flip any one of those bits — look at mobile users, or users outside of the developed world or social computing instead of individual computing — then the future is wide open.”

    Telepathic control of computing functions have been the holy grail of computer scientists since the building of ENIAC. It has been the thinking of these researchers that the first transhumans will be para- and quadraplegics using this “electronic telepathy” to control artificial limbs and other devices that will not only give them abilities to lead a normal life, but enhance them as well.

    Brain Scanners, Fingercams Take Computer Interfaces Beyond Multitouch

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    How fast will man run? Will he ever dash through 100 metres in five seconds flat? Not impossible, says one of the world’s best known authorities on physiology and biomechanics.

    Professor Peter Weyand, Southern Methodist University (Texas), known for his expertise in terrestrial locomotion and human and animal performance, told TOI that humans would soon have the ”ability to modify and greatly enhance muscle fibre strength.” This is crucial as it would actually reduce the difference between the muscle properties of humans and the world’s fastest animal, the cheetah, to almost zero.

    Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who won the Olympic 100m gold clocking a world record of 9.69 seconds, has now brought up the question — will man get faster and faster? And going by what Weyand says, will he one day outrun the cheetah?

    “Probably not,” said Wayand. “The same laws of physics apply to all runners. However, biologically speaking, speed is conferred by an ability of the limbs to hit the ground forcefully in relation to the body’s weight, an attribute conferred largely by the properties of the muscles of the runner.”

    Human biological engineering has been tried for a hundred years, starting with eugenics in the US and Europe in 1890 and culminating in the syphilis experiments in 1972 ( some say 1978 ).

    Unsavory governments ranging from our own to Nazi Germany and Stalinist USSR have been searching for an edge for their respective militaries by selectively breeding for super-soldiers during these years and the specter of it raises its ugly head with human genetic engineering because of the immense funding needed to carry out these researches that only the military has.

    This is far from the last word.

    Diet not a factor in sprinters’ speed

    Gene therapy for human running strength and speed

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    Singularity Summit 2008: Opportunity, Risk, Leadership takes place October 25 at the intimate Montgomery Theater in San Jose, CA, the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence announced today. Now in its third year, the Singularity Summit gathers the smartest people around to explore the biggest idea of our time: the Singularity.

    Keynotes will include Ray Kurzweil, updating his predictions in The Singularity is Near, and Intel CTO Justin Rattner, who will examine the Singularity’s plausibility. At the Intel Developer Forum on August 21, 2008, he explained why he thinks the gap between humans and machines will close by 2050. “Rather than look back, we’re going to look forward 40 years,” said Rattner. “It’s in that future where many people think that machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence.”

    “The acceleration of technological progress has been the central feature of this century,” said computer scientist Dr. Vernor Vinge in a seminal paper in 1993. “We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth. The precise cause of this change is the imminent creation by technology of entities with greater than human intelligence.”

    I used to be a disciple of the Singularity, for the fact that without modern science I will surely be dead meat.

    Literally.

    But during my researches of the past two years ( which is piteous, I know, when compared to others ) I discovered that worshipping the Singularity is the same as worshipping any outside force to come and save our sinful, evil and unworthy hides, so to speak.

    “Pleading the Blood” I believe is the Christian term.

    All of which absolves us of taking responsibilty for our own actions.

    Does that mean the Singularity, or any other kind of “Rapture” isn’t going to occur?

    No it doesn’t. Anything can happen. Nobody knows for sure what’s going to happen during the next fifty minutes, let alone fifty years. Probabilities be damned.

    It depends on whose “Good Book” one wishes to follow.

    Or none at all.

    Singularity Summit 2008: Opportunity, Risk, Leadership

    The Shift in Disasters

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    Some Singularity Signs

    Technological Singularity: The technological singularity is a hypothesized point in the future variously characterized by the technological creation of self-improving intelligence, unprecedentedly rapid technological progress, or some combination of the two.[1]

    I haven’t posted or written about Vernor Vinge’s Technological Singularity lately for various reasons, one of which is the nature of the ‘techno-rapture’ aspect of it. If it isn’t Mohammet, Jesus Christ, aliens, Bigfoot coming to save us worthless human beings from being totally annihalated, it’s our coming AI over-lords.

    That said, here are some clippings that are sure to give us pause, and perhaps think about the possibility of the Singularity occurring, despite (or in spite of?) the machinations of the NWO, or other reasons.

    Virtual Child Passes Mental Milestone

    A virtual child controlled by artificially intelligent software has passed a cognitive test regarded as a major milestone in human development. It could lead to smarter computer games able to predict human players’ state of mind.

    Children typically master the “false belief test” at age 4 or 5. It tests their ability to realise that the beliefs of others can differ from their own, and from reality.

    The creators of the new character – which they called Eddie – say passing the test shows it can reason about the beliefs of others, using a rudimentary “theory of mind“.

    “Today’s characters have no genuine autonomy or mental picture of who you are,” researcher Selmer Bringsjord of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, told New Scientist.

    Of course people will debate whether the creature has a ‘soul’ or not.

    Ghost in the machine?

    ‘Robot Arms Race’ Under Way?

    Governments around the world are rushing to develop military robots capable of killing autonomously without considering the legal and moral implications, warns a leading roboticist. But another robotics expert argues that robotic soldiers could perhaps be made more ethical than human ones.

    Noel Sharkey of Sheffield University, UK, says he became “really scared” after researching plans outlined by the US and other nations to roboticise their military forces. He will outline his concerns at a one-day conference in London, UK, on Wednesday.

    Over 4000 semi-autonomous robots are already deployed by the US in Iraq, says Sharkey, and other countries – including several European nations, Canada, South Korea, South Africa, Singapore and Israel – are developing similar technologies.

    This is very real and frightening. It sounds like ‘Terminator’, but ‘war-bots’ that become self aware and have no inhibition of killing humans indiscriminately should have the NWO inbreds take notice. I wonder if the elitists consider Asimov’s Three Laws quaint like the Geneva Conventions?

    They wouldn’t be exempt, no matter what they think.

    Here’s a lighter side to robotic intelligence, actually being help-mates that Asimov envisioned.

    Robots Cater To Japan’s Elderly

    If you grow old in Japan, expect to be served food by a robot, ride a voice-recognition wheelchair or even possibly hire a nurse in a robotic suit — all examples of cutting-edge technology to care for the country’s rapidly graying population.With nearly 22 percent of Japan’s population already aged 65 or older, businesses here have been rolling out everything from easy-entry cars to remote-controlled beds, fueling a care technology market worth some $1.08 billion in 2006, according to industry figures.At a home care and rehabilitation convention in Tokyo this week, buyers crowded round a demonstration of Secom Co.’s My Spoon feeding robot, which helps elderly or disabled people eat with a spoon- and fork-fitted swiveling arm.Operating a joystick with his chin, developer Shigehisa Kobayashi maneuvered the arm toward a block of silken tofu, deftly getting the fork to break off a bite-sized piece. The arm then returned to a preprogrammed position in front of the mouth, allowing Kobayashi to bite and swallow.“It’s all about empowering people to help themselves,” Kobayashi said. The Tokyo-based company has already sold 300 of the robots, which come with a price tag of $3,500

    Not only will robots help the elderly, they’ll also ‘help’ in another age-old need:

    Humans could marry robots within the century. And consummate those vows.

    “My forecast is that around 2050, the state of Massachusetts will be the first jurisdiction to legalize marriages with robots,” artificial intelligence researcher David Levy at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands told LiveScience. Levy recently completed his Ph.D. work on the subject of human-robot relationships, covering many of the privileges and practices that generally come with marriage as well as outside of it.

    At first, sex with robots might be considered geeky, “but once you have a story like ‘I had sex with a robot, and it was great!’ appear someplace like Cosmo magazine, I’d expect many people to jump on the bandwagon,” Levy said.

    Yeah, I know there’s a few of you out there that say, ‘evil’, ‘sick’, ‘insane’, ‘demented’ and any other epitet one enunciates.

    But consider this, if there’s even a remote chance that robots, computers, the Google-plex cloud or any other artificial intelligence becomes self-aware, which would you rather it happen to?

    I thought so! 😛