Life given to the Beast?

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I have been doing a little research on transhumanism, man and machine combined, nano-technoloty, and the stuff I’m finding is literally out of this world and beyond comprehension. For this post, I am just going to share a whole load of links, and some quotes that I feel are important.

I personally think that we are living in perilous times and I wonder how technology is going to affect us as a society. There are MANY think tanks who are getting together to talk about the ramifications to humanity as technology accelerates faster than our minds can understand.

I have blogged about transhumansim before. A word that I keep seeing is the “Singularity”, you simply must google that word and I am sure you will be shocked by what you find.

You are now seeing adverts suggesting the amalgamation of man and machine in popular media… is this some kind of preparation of what is to come? One was for a mobile phone… I know one of my readers Facebooked this the other day.

Anyway, here are the links…

  • What are the greatest global threats to humanity? Are we on the verge of our own unexpected extinction?An international team of scientists, mathematicians and philosophers at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute is investigating the biggest dangers.And they argue in a research paper, Existential Risk as a Global Priority, that international policymakers must pay serious attention to the reality of species-obliterating risks.Last year there were more academic papers published on snowboarding than human extinction.The Swedish-born director of the institute, Nick Bostrom, says the stakes couldn’t be higher. If we get it wrong, this could be humanity’s final century. [source]
  • Regulations Proposed for Animal-Human Chimeras: Scientific American UK lays out first framework to govern ethically sensitive research field.The increasingly sophisticated blending of different species to create chimeras is pushing biology into a new ethical dimension. Last year, scientists used new stem-cell technologies to create a mouse with a functioning pancreas composed entirely of rat cells. So might it soon be possible to create a monkey with a brain composed entirely of human neurons?And would it think like a human?Such an animal might be useful to researchers studying human cognition or human-specific pathogens. But it would be ethically unacceptable and should be banned, argues a government-commissioned report from the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, a body that promotes medical research.
  • Short Sharp Science: Packs of robots will hunt down uncooperative humans www.newscientist.com On a positive side it will cut down rape and fragging but it poses many ethical questions. Many years ago I was shocked to hear that US arms manufacturers have symposiums when toy designers are encouraged to have ‘out of the box solutions’ to arms products – too scary.
  • Ban the killer robots before it’s too late www.cnn.com As wars become increasingly automated, we must ask ourselves how far we want to delegate responsibility to machines. Where do we want to draw the line?
  • Human extinction warning from Oxford What are the greatest global threats to the future of humanity? An international team from Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute is investigating the biggest dangers.
  • Endowed by Their Creator?: The Future of Constitutional Personhood Presently, Irving Weissman, the director of Stanford University’s Institute of Cancer/Stem Cell Biology and Medicine, is contemplating pushing the envelope of chimera research even further by producing human-mouse chimera whose brains would be composed of one hundred percent human cells. Weissman notes that the mice would be carefully watched: if they developed a mouse brain architecture, they would be used for research, but if they developed a human brain architecture or any hint of humanness, they would be killed.
  • When Will We Have To Grant Artificial Intelligence Personhood? from the one-is-glad-to-be-of-service deptJames Boyle has a fascinating new paper up, which will act as something of an early warning over a legal issue that will undoubtedly become a much bigger issue down the road: how we deal with the Constitutional question of “personhood” for artificial intelligence. He sets it up with two “science-fiction-like” examples, neither of which may really be that far-fetched. Part of the issue is that we, as a species, tend to be pretty bad at predicting rates of change in technology, especially when it’s escalating quickly. And thus, it’s hard to predict how some of things play out (well, without tending to get it really, really wrong). However, it is certainly not crazy to suggest that artificial intelligence will continue to improve, and it’s quite likely that we’ll have more “life-like” or “human-like” machines in the not-so-distant future. And, at some point, that’s clearly going to raise some constitutional questions.
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5 thoughts on “Life given to the Beast?

  1. You might find also interesting the Illuminati and their link to the Nephillim. Even more interesting, how these two groups tie into the things you’ve mentioned above. See at the bottom of my vineoflife page: The Nephilim Agenda and The Nephilim Resurgence. In m sidebar on the vine, I have a video of Randy DeMain getting interviewed re book one, Nephilim Agenda. Very interesting! It will give you a new, clearer understanding of all this here you’ve posted. Gary Stearman at Prophecy in the News has some interesting stuff too!

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  2. Critics maligned the idea as “unbelievably stupid,” “bizarre and morbid,” and even “an incentive” for someone to actually “commit acts of terrorism.” Once members of Congress and the media in July got wind of FutureMAP-a plan by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to create online futures markets where traders could speculate in the likelihood of terrorist attacks-it was only a matter of hours before the project was sacrificed on the altar of political damage control.
    But even this, it seems, was too little, too late to appease an outraged Congress: House and Senate appropriations conferees working on the Defense budget have since voted to abolish large portions of the agency’s Terrorism Information Awareness program. The program-of which FutureMAP was a small part-was designed to mine private databases for information on terrorist suspects.

    http://www.govexec.com/defense/2003/11/defense-research-agency-seeks-to-create-supersoldiers/15386/

    Trouser-moisteningly terrifying news broke this week, as it emerged that sinister forces within the US military are looking to develop a remorseless robotic wolfpack capable of hunting down “a non-cooperative human subject” in “an indoor environment”.

    Yes, it’s true – last month, crazed Pentagon brainiacs asked contractors to develop a “Multi-Robot Pursuit System”, to consist of:

    A software and sensor package to enable a team of robots to search for and detect human presence in an indoor environment…
    Operator control units are available that allow semi-autonomous map-based control of a team of robots … There has also been significant research in the game theory community involving pursuit/evasion scenarios. This topic seeks to merge these research areas and develop a software/hardware suite that would enable a multi-robot team, together with a human operator, to search for and detect a non-cooperative human subject.

    It will be necessary to determine an appropriate sensor suite that can reliably detect human presence and is suitable for implementation on small robotic platforms.

    Typical robots for this type of activity are expected to weigh less than 100 Kg and the team would have three to five robots.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/24/every_friday_is_robot_rebellion_friday/

    The Pentagon’s defence scientists want to create an army of cyber-insects that can be remotely controlled to check out explosives and send transmissions.

    The idea is to insert micro-systems at the pupa stage, when the insects can integrate them into their body, so they can be remotely controlled later.

    Experts told the BBC some ideas were feasible but others seemed “ludicrous”.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4808342.stm

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