The Future Of Humanity
by Tom Olago
Imagine being able to run at speeds of 60 mph (97 km/h), see with perfect vision and zoom in on distant objects without powerful video or camera lenses, experience perfect night vision due to infrared viewing capabilities, and limbs as strong as bulldozer-powered ones, letting you jump several stories high. And have all of these abilities while looking perfectly human, normal and healthy, rather than resembling a robotic freak saddled with contraptions and devices.
Such is the stuff of science fiction books and Hollywood movies featuring cyborgs or “cybernetic organisms” or simply humans who have certain physiological processes aided or controlled by mechanical or electronic devices. But perhaps not for long: Faye Barton, writing for guardian liberty voice , says: “Science fiction writers have long paid homage to the idea of cyborgs, the drive to consistently improve by using technology rather than to comply with the natural decline of age.
It feeds the human desire to reach a state of superiority. Humans of the future will undergo a new transition when they finally merge with technology to become transhumans, elegant machines that are both organic and inorganic. The transition is beginning even now with three incredible inventions. The cultural movement of transhumanism opens up a world of possibilities for a future of replaceable organs and simple, internal health maintenance. “
Barton goes on to list the three “incredible inventions”:
1. The first device to open the door to a future of transhumans is worn by artist, Neil Harbisson, who offers a glaring contrast to the aforementioned fictional media trend in being the first cyborg to be recognized by a governmental entity. Harbisson wears a device that he affectionately calls his “Eyeborg.” The Eyeborg works by using a head-mounted antenna to sense the colors in front of the wearer and translating them into sound waves that the wearer can perceive through bone conduction. In his Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) talk, Harbisson references his ability to perceive human skin color as sound by saying that, “I thought that humans were black and white, which is completely false. There is no white skins and there is no black skins. Human skins range from very light shades of orange and very, very dark shades of orange. We are never black or white.”
2. Brain implants to assist the mental faculties of impaired combat veterans are being developed by Boston researchers as a part of President Barack Obama’s BRAIN Initiative. The project, which was announced last year, is set to take five years with a hefty price tag of $30 million. An additional team of developers at the University of California, San Francisco will be receiving another $26 million to work on the transhumanist project of their own. The technology being used in the brain implants is already being used widely in a more simplistic sense. Deep brain stimulators are being used in the brains of patients with Parkinson’s disease to ease the sometimes crippling tremors associated with the condition.
3.Google, the household brand that revolutionized the way people search the internet, recently unveiled a high tech contact lens. The lens features an integrated camera off to the side of the lens to prevent the device from obstructing the wearer’s vision. As the wearer’s eye moves, the camera also follows suit. Google’s tech lenses are the next step up from Google Glass. The technology has the possibility to aid the visually impaired in experiencing their world with more detail while granting superhuman-like abilities to the users in possession of working sight. Telescopic vision and infrared/night vision are just two of the possible benefits of wearing the Google lenses.
In addition, Barton references microscopic “nanobots” that have been in development by various research teams throughout the world for years. Nanobots will be capable of reaching areas all throughout the human body, including the brain. They could have the ability to aid in or perform surgeries from inside the body. Other nanobots in development are being given various objectives such as gathering information about the patient’s health and storing it in a cloud database to be analyzed by a healthcare professional.
Barton concludes that “the future of humanity looks far more mechanical than ever before. Futurist and Google’s chief of engineering, Ray Kurzweil estimates that man will meld with machines completely to usher in the technological singularity and an age of partially robotic transhumans in 2045. The early stages of the singularity are unfolding today in 2014 with these three incredible devices from around the world.”
All these developments do not seem threatening when presented as medically or technologically beneficial, enhancing the quality of life for individuals, and improving on the existing deficiencies in human effort and technological process across a wide spectrum of applications. However, to what limits will these endeavors be stretched? In the effort to improve mankind’s abilities and to fast-track the process to “finally merge with technology to become transhumans, elegant machines that are both organic and inorganic”, is man trying to play God? Man has so far even attempted to improve on creation by experimenting with DNA manipulations such as cloning, and is now attempting to create a superior race using technology – always in the good names of human and scientific development, and always for the greater good of all – of course.
Could part of the intent include desensitizing the populace over time regarding taking micro chipped implants amongst other implants in Big brother’s transhuman toolbox? After all, what’s a small little chip in your hand or forehead amidst all the other larger metallic parts and gadgets all over your body?
Another disturbing aspect is that the lines between transhumanists and religious groups appear to be getting blurred. An instance of this is the Transhuman Visions conference on religion and Transhumanism held earlier this year, where fourteen speakers from different faiths and positions (Islam, Raelism, Lutheran, Mormon, Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist, Buddhist, Wicca, Urantia, Terasem, Atheism, and Agnosticism) discussed the similarities and differences between religion and Transhumanism. In addition, the mix of invitees was distinctly ecumenical in nature, and included atheists and even occultic groups such as Wicca.
Spiritualists have found that they can bypass the often slow and unpredictable transhumanist route of scientific/technological implants or devices. They instead use powerful occultic techniques to achieve what transhumanists are still just dreaming of, such as: astral projection, levitation, mind control, and transcendental meditation.
All are examples of techniques that harness the power of the human spirit, in partnership with demon spirits who encourage man to engage in these practices strictly forbidden by God in the scriptures (Deuteronomy 18: 9-14). The warnings given by God were meant to prevent His people from falling into the trap of Satanic possession and control, while in their quest to achieve power and blessings in sinful ways despite the willingness and ability of God to provide for them in righteous and safe ways. The demoniac of Gadara for example, had superhuman strength that could not even be restricted with chains (Mark 5:1-20), until Jesus set him free.
It appears that the time is coming when it will not be possible to naturally determine who is human, cyborg, robot, Nephilim, or incarnate spirit: perfect conditions for the darkness, deceptions and treacheries that will be visited upon the earth by the coming anti-Christ in these last days before the return of Jesus Christ.
The Quest For Immortality
by Ross Thompson
Transhumanism has some spotlight at present with the release of Johnny Depps new film, Transcendence. Critics are not giving it the thumbs up though and the spotlight may be short lived.
Transhumanism is the movement whose goal it is to beat death by transferring or uploading the human personality into a robotic brain and body. One of their authors, James Barrat, has gone so far as to say that transhumanism is inevitable and when the breakthrough comes it will be the end of the human era.
In the movie Transcendence Johnny Depp plays Dr Will Caster, a leading experimenter in the field of artificial intelligence. He is also the target of anti-technology terrorists. The terrorists do him a favor by mortally wounding him and giving him the chance to be the subject of his own experiments with the help of his assistants and his wife. Will Casters body dies but he lives on as an artificial intelligence, a virtual personality.
In the real world, Google has shown a big interest in the subject, spending not millions, but billions over recent years, acquiring any company that has shown promise in the artificial intelligence or related fields. In January of this year they spent $400 million to acquire the British firm, Deep Mind. The company has not released any products as yet and because of secrecy it is not really known what they are working on except that it is to do with artificial intelligence.
High profile Transhumanism theorist, Ray Kurzweil, joined Google in 2013 as Director of Engineering. Kurzweil who apparently takes 150 pills a day and has weekly injections of an array of body boosting substances in the hope of keeping himself alive and well until the future transhumanism breakthrough, says that his present role at Google is, ‘ultimately to base search on really understanding what language means.
When you write an article you are not just creating an interesting collection of words. The message in your article is information and the computers are not picking up on that. So we would like to have the computers read. We want them to be able to read everything on the Web and then engage in intelligent dialogue with the user and also be able to answer their questions’. The name tag given to this endeavour is natural language processing.
Here is a definition of the aims of transhumanism from a document put out by scientists working on the Blue Brain project, a continuing work attempting to put a simulated brain into a super computer:
“Today scientists are in research to create an artificial brain that can think, respond, take decisions and keep anything in memory. The main aim is to upload the human brain into a machine so that the man can think and make decisions without any effort. After the death of the body the artificial brain will act as the man. So even after death we will not lose the knowledge, intelligence, feelings, personality and memories of that man and they will still be available for the further development of human society”.
Barney Pell, an associate of Ray Kurzweil, who has worked in Robotics and is at present involved in artificial intelligence games development, viewed the movie, Transcendence, and in an interview afterwards was asked if he thought the technology in the movie was possible and how far off are we from it?
His reply: “For the core AI technology in the movie which is intelligence vastly superior to humans, I believe it is possible that we will have such intelligences. However the technology approach in the movie in the form of uploading a personality based on scanning a living brain is more of a concept than a specific technology. I don’t see anything close at present in the way of computational architecture in the scientific community today, much less an uploading approach compatible with such an architecture”.
How To Create A Mind, is Ray Kurzweils most recent book. In it he also admits that the reality is that these theorys are all leaps of faith, We don’t really know what consciousness is, what personal identity is, and thinking of the brain as a computer is a long way from understanding its function as a part of the human self.
Don’t hold your breath, is probably the best advice we could give to someone who is thinking of putting their hope in Transhumanism.
by Tom Olago
The ecumenical movement towards a one–world religion seems to gaining traction fast, with the meeting of mainstream protestant church leaders warming up to the Vatican in an effort that purports to work toward tearing down the ‘walls of division’ between Catholics and Protestants.
In a recent report, ChristianNews.net reported that two controversial TV preachers, Kenneth Copeland and James Robison recently met Pope Francis with the aim of working together towards this goal. Copeland and Robison are two religious leaders in northeast Texas known for drawing huge crowds to their services and events, and who were a part of leading the group identifying as a “delegation of Evangelical Christian leaders” in its meeting with the Roman Catholic pontiff late last month. Copeland heads Kenneth Copeland Ministries and Eagle Mountain International Church, while Robison is said to be an “apostolic elder” at Gateway Church and co-hosts the Life Today TV program.
Copeland and Robison are both reported to have visited Pope Francis at the Vatican in late June for nearly 3 hours of “prayerful discussion” as described in Robison’s blog post. “We continued in such glorious fellowship that words could never begin to describe it,” he wrote. “I am fighting back tears even as I write, so glorious was the manifest presence of Jesus.”
Robison was afterward quoted as describing the meeting as “an answered prayer”, a “supernatural gathering” and “an unprecedented moment between evangelicals and the Catholic Pope.” Said Robison: “This meeting was a miracle…this is something God has done. God wants his arms around the world. And he wants Christians to put his arms around the world by working together…The world is suffering…We as Christians have too much love to share without fighting one another.”
Copeland reportedly also shared similarly positive sentiments about the visit. According to Robison’s blog post, Copeland “lovingly” spoke “a few words of encouragement” to Pope Francis, afterward praying for him.
These leaders are not the first mainstream protestant leaders to have warmed up to the Roman Catholic church and the papacy. As previously reported, megachurch speaker Joel Osteen similarly met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in early June. After the meeting, Osteen praised the Pope’s attempts to make the church “more inclusive.”
It is noteworthy that certain other Christian leaders have also been making similar moves towards inclusivity of Islam, in what is now being commonly described as the creation of “Chrislam”, a merger of Christianity and Islam. This movement has been initiated or embraced by other leaders representing Christendom as well. Examples were provided in an earlier edition of Prophecy News Watch in March and April.
What should be made of these efforts to unite Christians with non-Christians and Protestants with Catholics? Unity of mind and purpose is so powerful that even God had to intervene to scuttle an attempt to build a tower from earth to heaven (Genesis 11:1-9). However, is unity to be had at all costs, or it to be based on truth? Clearly , in what is considered to be Jesus longest prayer on earth, he yearns for unity in the body of Christ, as recorded in John 17: 11,21-23:
•”that they may be one, as we are” (11) •”that they all may be one” (21) •”that they also may be one in us” (21) •”that they may be one, even as we are one” (22) •”I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one” (23)
In view of Jesus passionate prayer for unity, should we not all be eager to hop onto the unity bandwagon? Only in very qualified circumstances. Jesus was clearly referring to unity in the faith, not outside of it. Evangelical outreach.org expounds on this:
“…In contrast to all of this, there is also a false unity offered and promoted by the devil! The counterfeit would like to combine all who merely profess a belief in Jesus Christ under one religious banner of tolerance. They seem to think we should unite on things like the Lord’s Prayer. They also believe doctrine is not important… truth regarding the plan of salvation is pre-eminent over unity with other religious people! Therefore, to unify at the expense of truth is NOT from God. That is not Christian unity, but the devil’s false unity. Furthermore, Paul risked Christian unity with Peter to maintain truth, when Peter was in error! See Gal. 2:11-21.”
So where exactly have Protestants found common purpose with the Roman Catholic system, given the glaring foundational differences in doctrine, approach and perspective? It is instructive that to begin with, as was recently reported by nowtheendbegins.com, that the Pope recognizes no salvation outside the Roman Catholic Church. In which case, the protestant leaders seeking unity are not aware of this, or are prepared to sacrifice key doctrinal beliefs at the altar of religious inclusivity for all.
The Bible says, in Ephesians 2:8, 9 that “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”Does the Catholic church believe this? Nowtheendbegins.com goes on to quote a sermon delivered by the pope on June 25th, in which he emphasizes a gospel of salvation by works: “…The Christian belongs to a people called the Church and this Church is what makes him or her Christian, on the day of Baptism, and then in the course of catechesis, and so on… We have received the faith from our fathers, from our ancestors, and they instructed us in it.” In other words, you cannot come to God directly through prayer and faith in God through Jesus Christ, but only through following the rites and traditions of the Catholic Church as handed down by the ancestors.
In another statement, the pope declares: “Dear friends, let us ask the Lord, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, for the grace to never fall into the temptation of thinking we can make it without others, that we can get along without the (Catholic) Church…you cannot love God outside of the Church; you cannot be in communion with God without being so in the Church.”
Is this what the Bible says? Who intercedes for Christians before God, is it Jesus or Mary? 1 Timothy 2:5-6 states categorically: For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time..
Acts 4:12 states: Nor is there salvation in any other (Jesus), for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
ChristianNews.net reported that when news of the ecumenical get-together at the Vatican was publicized, many Christians expressed disappointment, saying it was unwise for the evangelical leaders to meet with Pope Francis.
As the Apostle Paul said: Follow me as I follow Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1). Anyone who does enough research will have to conclude that the differences between protestant and catholic doctrine are not subtle or trivial, but instead profound and irreconcilable.
The ongoing global ecumenical movement that seeks to unite all religions under the ruse that “all religions lead to God”, or that there are many paths that lead to heaven and salvation cannot be reconciled with Jesus’ own very categorical statement: Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6). This brings us to the pertinent rhetoric question asked in the Bible: Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3).
by Tom Olago
For those who still think that microchip implants are something that will become commonplace or gain traction in perhaps many years to come, think again: people are now currently queuing up voluntarily to be injected with a microchip in their arm. ABC news recently reported that the 5 million or so U.S residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are the current prime target for the microchips, being implanted in the name of keeping Alzheimer’s patients safe, as well as allowing quick and easy access to their identities and medical records should they lose memory or become lost.
The implants are said to be about the size of a grain of rice and contain a unique 16 digit ID number. The implants are injected into the arm or hand of the recipient, and thereafter read and monitored by the use of supporting RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Systems, which typically include scanners that read the information contained in the embedded chip and relay that information to computerized data systems. These will in turn read and analyse the data transmitted to authorized stakeholders such as medical practitioners and law enforcement agencies.
As expected, privacy activists are up in arms, protesting against the potential “big brother” abuses, such as unwarranted privacy intrusions via GPS tracking and the perceived human indignity in the widespread use of a system that has so far been largely restricted to tracking pets and livestock. However the potential candidates for the microchip implants themselves seem to be sold on the benefits and undeterred from accepting the implants: ABC’s John Berman reported that 34 patients already received the chip with “dozens more” in line.
The process of microchip implants in humans seems to have been taking place quietly behind the scenes for quite a while now. This seems to be a well–calculated and subtle move to gradually desensitize a privacy centered culture and society into accepting the perceived benefits of physical implants, which are packaged and marketed in such a way that privacy and other concerns are made to seem trivial, ridiculous or foolish.
The husband of a lady featured in the ABC news video who had been micro-chipped because she had Alzheimer’s, merely shrugged off privacy and monitoring concerns, considering the implant benefits to be overwhelmingly positive and went on to take the microchip implant himself, without hesitation.
Two years back, ABC news also reported that 100 law enforcement official in Mexico received implants in the name of providing secure and exclusive access to sensitive classified information to only authorized personnel. Scott Silverman of Applied Digital Solutions, whose company manufactures micro chipped implants, described them as “tamper proof and secure”, as the chips cannot be stolen and re-used to gain unauthorized access.
According to breathecast.com Silverman is also credited with the very popular form of the RFID chip originally known as Verichip, and subsequently re-branded as PositiveID which is now reportedly being implanted inside of hundreds of Americans as well as many throughout the world. Verichip was FDA-approved as a human-implantable microchip in 2004.
Inquisitr.com which recently reported these developments, suggests that microchip implants now seem to be steadily gaining traction and acceptance perhaps because the military is developing implantable chips to treat soldiers with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), as reported in an earlier report published by The Inquisitr.
The separate report states that the United States military plans to treat and monitor psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with high-tech devices implanted into patients’ brains. The five-year, $70 million program was launched by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). According to Justin Sanchez, a program manager at DARPA, simple versions of the future brain implants are already being used to help patients with Parkinson’s disease.
According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, 11 to 20 percent of veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan operations (Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom) are believed to suffer from PTSD and 30 percent of Vietnam veterans are believed to have suffered from or are still being treated for symptoms of PTSD.
Meanwhile, the twin process of microchipping and gradual desensitization continues. The general populace is now widely exposed and accustomed to RFID and biometric technologies, sold on individual and social benefits seemingly to the extent that privacy issues are now almost always ignored or downplayed, as members of the public become willing participants towards “the greater good”.
Many Bible scholars see the desensitization to chipping as one more reason the world populace would embrace the potential chip related technology known as “The Mark Of The Beast”. In Revelation 13 we are told that this mark would allow for the buying and selling of goods – in fact you can’t conduct commerce without it.
“He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” Revelation 13:16-18
While there is still much debate in the Christian community as to what this final “mark” will look like and be – the emergence of bio-technologies, microchip implants, digital currency (such as bitcoin/paypal) and the desire for greater security seems to be paving the way for several possibilities.
This video is a little dated but still very relevant…