“Transcendence” And The Transhumanist Messiah

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“Look at the sky. The clouds. We’re healing the ecosystem. not harming it. Particles join the air, building themselves out of pollutant. Forests can be regrown. Water so pure, you can drink out of any river. This is your dream.”
–Dr. Will Caster, “Transcendence”

Is AI the new messiah or the Antichrist? This is the basic question posed by the 2014 movie Transcendence, directed by Wally Pfister and executive produced by Christopher Nolan. Johnny Depp theoretically stars in this film (more on that shortly) as computer scientist Dr. Will Caster, a man who creates a sentient computer.

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Living In A Post-Reality World

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“A single ego is an incredibly narrow view from which to perceive the universe.”
—Robert Anton Wilson

I am finding more and more that when referring to Reality I add a lower-case “r” and quotation marks: “reality.”

As in: Reality Tunnels, a term invented by psychologist Timothy Leary and expanded upon by author Robert Anton Wilson. The concept that we all have our own unique conception of what reality is, the result of the subjectivity of our senses plus the possibly “plastic” and equally subjective nature of the universe itself (as continually demonstrated by quantum physics). This means that there might be “infinite” realities, “real” to the people who experience them.

Is this a good thing?

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What The Singularity Really Is

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It is not the technology itself that is our “future”—the AI, the Cloud, becoming cyborgs, and so on. Rather, they are “mirrors” or templates for what the next stage of evolution might look and be like.

For example, when you read or watch science fiction in which people are “uploaded” to the Cloud…that’s a very precise metaphor for dimensions in which souls interact without form. The Cloud brings the astral/psychic space, the realm where thoughts are the reality.

Artificial Intelligence is a metaphor for ourselves—how we were created, how we evolved, and our relationship with Creator.

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The Road To 2020: The Soul Is Impatient

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One of the biggest themes I’ve come across in my meditations on 2020 and our future is the concept of the Soul being “impatient.” There is this vastly increased desire to “get to the point” and be aligned with your life’s purpose—and this sense of urgency is, I believe, what we are experiencing now and have experienced for the last few years.

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Moon Colonies To Happen “Sooner Than You Think”

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The United States Department Of Commerce today released an “Op-Ed” regarding the future of space travel. This post was published on a day that is resonant with three significant events related to the topic:

  1. 1961: JFK asks Congress to support the burgeoning U.S. space program.
  2. 1977: Star Wars is released in theaters.
  3. 2012: SpaceX Dragon becomes the first commercial spacecraft to visit the International Space Station.

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Building BabyX

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The company Soul Machines, based in Auckland, New Zealand, has a unique approach to creating virtual humans. Their hyper-realistic “BabyX” is not merely the result of advanced 3D digital rendering.

Rather, BabyX has been built layer by layer—brain with bloody eyeballs attached, full neural system, and so on. The brain itself is structured to mimic a human brain—possessing a basal ganglia, an amygdala, the thalamus, and so on. Taking a more granular view, the brain chemistry operates on the interaction of virtual serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine.

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