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Interrogist
Interrogist Nov 21 '13
A soldier testing an exoskeleton prototype


A soldier testing an exoskeleton prototype


The National Intelligence Council is a high-level agency best known for producing National Intelligence Estimates – forecasts predicting future trends and issues of the next fifteen years. These extensive reports are produced every election year and are directly delivered to the  incoming President between Election Day and Inauguration Day. The latest NIC report released on December 2012 is called Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds (read it here) and discusses several issues such as the decline of the role of the United States as a global policeman and the rise of non-state actors in world politics. It also mentions another key issue: A fast-paced race towards transhumanism.


“Human Augmentation” is indeed considered a key issue in the next 15 years as new technologies will allow all kinds of modifications “ranging from implants and prosthetics to powered exoskeletons, human augmentation enhancing innate human abilities”. These augmentations would be used on soldiers, workers and anyone that can afford them, giving them “super-human” powers and capabilities, whether it be on a physical or a mental level.


Some might say: “That sounds cool VC, what is wrong with that? Why do you always say that it is wrong”. I personally never described transhumanism as being “right” or “wrong”, I don’t make these kinds of judgement calls. I however do have facts about the issue. First, transhumanism is undeniably being actively pushed by mass media and promoted as something that is necessary and inevitable in the future; Second, it is a logical continuation of the Luciferian philosophy held by the world elite where godhood and immortality is meant to be achieved by humans by their own means.In fact, Max More, a leading transhumanist philosopher considers himself as a “Luciferian”.


“The Devil—Lucifer—is a force for good (where I define ‘good’ simply as that which I value, not wanting to imply any universal validity or necessity to the orientation). ‘Lucifer’ means ‘light-bringer’ and this should begin to clue us in to his symbolic importance. The story is that God threw Lucifer out of Heaven because Lucifer had started to question God and was spreading dissension among the angels. We must remember that this story is told from the point of view of the Godists (if I may coin a term) and not from that of the Luciferians (I will use this term to distinguish us from the official Satanists with whom I have fundamental differences). The truth may just as easily be that Lucifer resigned from heaven.
- Max More, “In Praise of the Devil”.


Lastly, due to the prohibitive cost of “human augmentation”, transhumanism will only be available to the richest and most powerful people and the world (the world elite) and will created an even wider gap between the “masses” and the “elite”. The National Intelligence Council report states:


“The high cost of human augmentation means that it probably will be available in 15-20 years only to those who are able to pay. Such a situation may lead to a two-tiered society.”


This is why transhumanism is so heavily promoted in mass media. It will only be available to the richest people on Earth, creating a separate, “elite” class of “superhumans” and this concept needs to be accepted by the masses, even if it goes against its best interests. Through predictive programming using movies, TV and video games, the masses are “programmed” in perceiving transhumanism as an inevitability, as something that is bound to happen. That way, when it will actually happen, nobody will be outraged by it, it will be considered as something normal.

The Forum post is edited by Interrogist Nov 21 '13
SIN_JONES
SIN_JONES Nov 21 '13

Ha, this was also said about the Micro Disk, Microwave, Cellular Phones, The Real Doll,  and a bunch of other technology that was a bit pricey when it first came out.  Po folks was all like "Zomg!  That's too expensive!  Only the rich get to have such Luxuries!"

 

Give it time Darryl, at some point you will be able to walk into a Wal-Mart Super Center and buy a new arm on a roll back.

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This is why transhumanism is so heavily promoted in mass media. It will only be available to the richest people on Earth, creating a
separate, “elite” class of “superhumans” and this concept needs to be accepted by the masses, even if it goes against its best interests.

Interrogist
Interrogist Nov 21 '13
Well, you are quoting it like they are my words. I just shared the article that each could judge it on their own. I agree somewhat, only my local Wal-Mart still doesn't offer Real Doll... :( I understand that Darrick tried to sell a used one to Zach thought lol.
thedeadidea
thedeadidea Nov 21 '13
A used Real Doll... Now that has to be an item that depreciates rather quickly.
SIN_JONES
SIN_JONES Nov 21 '13

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Well, you are quoting it like they are my words. I just shared the article that each could judge it on their own. I agree somewhat, only my local Wal-Mart still doesn't offer Real Doll... :( I understand that Darrick tried to sell a used one to Zach thought lol.


Quote feature.  I knew it was part of the article. 

 

 

Hatepeach
Hatepeach Nov 22 '13
I know it's what they call themselves, but I don't see very much "trans"-human about the transhumanist movement.  What I mean is that the urge to revolt against what is biologically imperative in order to better conform to our intellectual desires is quintessentially human.  The difference between a pair of glasses and an intra-cranial optic implant is one of degree and not type.  The project that is nearing its culmination under the banner of transhumanism began with gardening, not the mapping of the genome.  I don't see the diabolic machinations described in this article as an aberration, as something gone awry.  No, this is simply how it looks when the flower becomes fruit.
UserX
UserX Nov 22 '13
Speaking of Real Doll and Venger/Darrick...



And I'll just leave this one here also:


SIN_JONES
SIN_JONES Nov 23 '13

Oh I don't know Jack, inventions and discoveries are often made by people that aren't agents of the State.  The government hires them and collects technology to employ thereby making them Agents.  Government contracts are big business for inventors/Scientists, maybe even a necessary evil to have access to resources.  The government also out sources Human Resources by offering foreigners Visas as an incentive to add innovation to American accreditation.

 

Controlling resources and restricting access to them produces other by products such as the Black Market.  A different type of connectedness to attainment.

 

I'll grant you that consumer technology is typically within first generation, and no real threat to empowering the mass but the general population isn't exactly gearing up for a Revolution. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interrogist
Interrogist Nov 23 '13
@ Jack and Ali

To drive the point home, you need not speculate as to what level of technology the civilian is permitted, you need only look at current state law. Certain types of guns are illegal, which guns the state provides its agents. Certain vehicles are provided to state agencies which civilians are not allowed to possess, and in the event that a civilian augments a vehicle so as to increase its performance, the state will cease the vehicle claiming that it is not "street legal".
SIN_JONES
SIN_JONES Nov 23 '13

No doubt Darryl but it doesn't stop people from modifying weapons and innovating their own technology.  They just do it off the radar.   Once on the radar, these 'criminals' are apprehended and removed from society.

 

The general population is fine with that - apparently.  Otherwise they wouldn't be so damn compliant.  In the interests of 'Public Safety' and all that jazz.

 

 

Interrogist
Interrogist Nov 23 '13
Yeah, I chopped a clip or two in my day, but that's on the individual level. I was thinking more on the societal level, but then, people would have to care en mass which they don't.

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