Tech Giants Pledge $1 Billion To Stop Evil Robots From Taking Over The World

TN Note: Technocrats like Elon Musk are scary in their own right, but when Musk obsesses over evil AI robots taking over the world, its time for concern. What does he know that we don’t know? Could it be that the evilness of programmer-man will rub off on the computer algorithms? Or is it that AI is inherently evil as far as its intent toward man?

Elon Musk and a set of other tech giants have launched a $1 billion fund to try and make robots that won’t kill humanity.

Mr Musk has repeatedly warned about the dangers of artificial intelligence, calling them the biggest threat to humanity. A range of other famous scientists and technologists have warned about the same, including Stephen Hawking.

The newly-launched company is called OpenAI and will make use of huge sets of data to build artificially intelligent robots that don’t end up killing humans.

OpenAI’s goal is “to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return,” according to its website .

The new company hopes that it can work against too many big companies like Google or Facebook — both of which have huge artificial intelligence operations — getting too muchpower from “super-intelligence systems”. Governments may also use the power of AI to oppress the citizens, the backers of OpenAI have warned.

The company is being funded by Elon Musk as well as a range of other backers. Those include YCombinator, a startup funding programme that has stakes in some of the biggest technology companies.

Both YCombinator and Elon Musk will share the data that their companies generate with the AI firms. That will mean, for instance, that everything on Reddit could be given to the robots to help them learn.

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China Plans To Replace Millions Of Low-Paid Workers With Robots

TN Note: As a Technocracy, China is showing its proclivity for efficiency regardless of cost to humans.

China is laying the groundwork for a robot revolution by planning to automate the work currently done by millions of low-paid workers.

The government’s plan will be crucial to a broader effort to reform China’s economy while also meeting the ambitious production goals laid out in its latest economic blueprint, which aims to double per capita income by 2020 from 2016 levels with at least 6.5% annual growth. The success of this effort could, in turn, affect the vitality of the global economy.

The scale and importance of China’s robot ambitions were made clear when the vice president of the People’s Republic of China, Li Yuanchao, appeared at the country’s first major robotics conference, held recently in Beijing. Standing onstage between two humanoid entertainment robots with outsized heads, Li delivered a message from China’s leader, Xi Jinping, congratulating the organizers of the effort. He also made it clear that robotics would be a major priority for the country’s economic future.

Many of the robots on show at the conference’s exhibition hall were service or entertainment robots such as automated vacuum cleaners, cheap drones, or quirky looking machines designed to serve as personal companions. But there were also many industrial robots that signaled the real impetus for China’s robot push: its manufacturing sector.

China is already the world’s largest producer of everything from clothes to electronics, but much of it depends on low-cost, low-skill labor. And even as economic growth has slowed, wages continue to rise across the country as the economy evolves. The Chinese government is also eager to see its workforce diversify and its manufacturing industries become more technologically advanced.

Robots might offer a clever solution to some of these challenges. If more robots can be deployed successfully in many manufacturing plants, this would increase efficiency while also allowing some workers to be replaced. At the same time, because more capable robots will require advanced sensing, manipulation, and intelligence, the drive could help promote the technical expertise of the remaining manufacturing workers, as well as those employed in designing, building, and servicing these manufacturing machines.

The scale of this robot revolution could be enormous. Two years ago China became the world’s largest importer of robots, and the International Federation of Robotics, an industry group, estimates that China will account for more than a third of all industrial robots installed worldwide by 2018. Yet the number of robots per worker in China is far lower than in many industrially advanced countries, indicating a huge potential for growth.

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Rebuilding Babel: Toward The Endgame of Technocracy

TN Note: This article was written by Patrick Wood on February 24, 2015, and is as relevant today as it was then.

When I was a young financial analyst in 1978, I met Antony Sutton at a gold conference in New Orleans. It took us about 30 minutes of discussion to realize that the Trilateral Commission was in process of hijacking the entire Administration of newly elected president, James Earl Carter.

Founded by David Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Commission openly and repeatedly stated that it wanted to create a “New International Economic Order.”

Neither Sutton nor I picked up on the thought that the big hijack was not really a political coup, but rather an economic onBrzezinski and Rockefellere. It’s just that they needed the help of the Executive Branch of our government to pull it off.

As a result, they have maintained a hammerlock hold on the entire trade and economic policy machine that has driven the world into a seemingly broken international system of finance and economic development. Broken is an understatement: Perhaps “spiraling out of control” is a better description.

But, there is another side to the story that is much darker, presenting a clear and present danger to our Republic. That is, Technocracy.

It is plainly evident today, with 40 years of historical examination behind it, that the “New International Economic Order” was really “new” and envisioned historic Technocracy as replacing Capitalism altogether. Technocracy was based on energy rather than money and its system of supply and demand that regulates pricing.

Some distinctives of Technocracy include:

 Elimination of private property and wealth accumulation
 Replacing traditional education with workforce training
 Micromanaging all energy distribution and consumption
 Driving people to live in a limited number of cities and off of rural land
 Enforcing a balance between nature’s resources and man’s consumption of them.

Are you thinking that this list is vaguely familiar? You should because it represents the modern manifestation of programs like Agenda 21, Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, Smart Grid, Cap And Trade, Climate Change, Common Core, massive surveillance operations and a whole lot more. All of this has been brought to us by the machinations of the Trilateral Commission and its members since 1973, and it is all part of its master plan to completely replace capitalism with Technocracy. This is their “New International Economic Order”!

What does Smart Grid have to do with Common Core? They are both elements of Technocracy. What does Sustainable Development have in common with Smart Growth? Technocracy. Climate change and total surveillance? You guessed it.

It is all part of the same economic coup started in 1973 and if left unchallenged, it is going to deliver us straight into a Scientific Dictatorship from which we will not be able to recover.

If I am even remotely correct in my analysis, then we had better figure out who the real enemy of the American Republic is.

Ignorance is not the enemy; Ignorance merely hides the enemy and his agenda, but it can be quickly remedied with sufficient illumination and knowledge.

Politicians are not the enemy, whether liberal or conservative. Technocrats hate politicians because they are incapable of running a technological society, but they use politicians whenever it can advance their agenda.

The government itself is not the enemy, but technocrats control certain parts of the machinery of government in order to implement their Technocracy agenda.

In fact, the enemy is Technocracy. Technocrats are human, embedded, entrenched, single-minded, amoral, highly trained, hardened, with unlimited funding. They are master strategists, master propagandists, fully networked and maintain a constant cover-up of their actions. They have worked their way into the fabric of our society from the highest levels of the Executive Branch down to the lowest levels of local government.

The hard-core technocrats in government have virtually neutered every elected body in our nation, from Congress down to state legislatures. Even when Congress passes legislation that gives direct marching orders to Obama and his Administration, they are simply ignored. When Obama wants his own action without going through Congress, he simply creates Executive Orders, Memorandums or Signing Statements.

To be fair to Obama, he is not a technocrat, but only a puppet thereof. All of the Technocracy puppet-masters are lurking and executing behind the scenes.

John PodestaTake Trilateral Commission member John Podesta for instance. Podesta is Senior Policy Advisor to Obama for Climate Change. In the 1990s under Clinton, Podesta invented and perfected the policy of ruling by Executive Orders, and now he is coaching Obama. Just before he took this position last year, Podesta had just finished up working with a high-level climate-change planning group at the United Nations that called for global reforms and renewed initiatives.

Even the New York Times acknowledges, “the architect of Mr. Obama’s climate change plan is none other than his senior counselor, John D. Podesta.” The same NYT article also quoted Speaker of the House John Boehner as saying, “This announcement is yet another sign that the president intends to double-down on his job-crushing policies no matter how devastating the impact for America’s heartland and the country as a whole.”

All complaining and whining aside, Congress remains completely impotent to stop or even slow either Podesta or his prodégé Obama. This is how Technocracy works: In the name of (false) science, they tell you what to do and you do it.

Please be clear on this – people like John Podesta are not socialists, Marxists, communists or fascists. They are Technocrats who are bent on imposing Technocracy that will ultimately destroy capitalism and install themselves as the unelected and unaccountable leaders of the New International Economic Order.

It’s a Scientific Dictatorship.

For those who think this is all too inconceivable, consider what Christiana Figueres stated on February 3, 2015:

Christiana Figueres“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution…That will not happen overnight and it will not happen at a single conference on climate change. It is a process, because of the depth of the transformation.” [Emphasis added]

Figueres is the Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, and is the undisputed global driver for implementing climate-change policies and Sustainable Development.

Perhaps you can understand why I sub-titled my newest book, Technocracy Rising, as “The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation.” That’s what it is. People all over the world are rushing to climb aboard this “green” horse but the product being delivered is pure destruction. They are being played like fiddles in a symphony orchestra. They are collectively being deceived into thinking that Utopia is straight ahead – but instead of Utopia, they are going to get dictatorship.

Indeed, it’s time for a national discussion on Technocracy. The technocrats who are bent on transforming America must be identified, challenged and stopped.Maybe that’s what you want. Not me. However, understand that we will not uproot Technocracy as long as we think we are fighting communists, socialists, Marxists and Fascists. That’s the wrong enemy, and while you might knock them all into oblivion, the technocrats will quietly move toward their goal of transforming the world into a Technocracy.

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Wealthy Technocrats Are Subverting National Media

TN Note: As rich tech titans become super-rich, they are buying up media outlets and transforming them into organs for technocrat propaganda. The geographic concentration is seen mostly in the Silicon Valley and Seattle, but the trend is unmistakable.

The rising tech oligarchy, having disrupted everything from hotels and taxis to banking, music and travel, is also taking over the content side of the media business. In the process, we might see the future decline of traditional media, including both news and entertainment, and a huge shift in media power away from both Hollywood and New York and toward the Bay Area and Seattle.

This shift is driven by several forces: the power of Internet-based communications, the massive amounts of money that have accumulated among the oligarchs and, perhaps most important, their growing interest in steering American politics in their preferred direction. In some cases, this is being accomplished by direct acquisition of existing media platforms, alliances with traditional firms and the subsidization of favored news outlets. But the real power of the emerging tech oligarchy lies in its control of the Internet itself, which is rapidly gaining preeminence in the flow of information.

This transition is being driven by the enormous concentration of wealth in a few hands, based mostly in metropolitan Seattle and Silicon Valley. In 2014, the media-tech sector accounted for five of the 10 wealthiest Americans. More important still, virtually all self-made billionaires under age 40 are techies. They are in a unique position to dominate discourse in America for decades to come.

In recent years, like Skynet in the “Terminator” series, the oligarchs have become increasingly aware of their latent power to shape both the news media and the political future. A prospectus for a lobbying group headed up by Mark Zuckerberg’s former Harvard roommate, suggests tech will become “one of the most powerful political forces.” The new group’s “tactical assets” include not only popularity and great wealth but the fact that “we control massive distribution channels, both as companies and individuals.”

In the past, more hardware-oriented companies provided the “pipelines” through which traditional media disseminated their products. But increasingly these industries are being subsumed by the oligarchs. On the hardware side, they seek to supplant the traditional telecommunications companies with their own series of global digital pipelines; at the same time they are looking to gain control over large parts of the entertainment, news and other media providers.

The transformation of media to online platforms has already precipitated an enormous shift from traditional advertising – largely seen on television, in movies and print media – to Silicon Valley-based companies. By 2013, Google’s ad revenue surpassed that of either newspapers or magazines.

This shift also previews a migration of geographic power from centers such as New York and Los Angeles and to the hubs of tech influence, most notably Silicon Valley-San Francisco and the Puget Sound area. Even as the new software-based media expanded over the past decade, traditional media such as newspapers, music, book and magazine publishing – all concentrated in the New York area – have atrophied. According to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data by Mark Schill of Praxis Strategy Group, periodical and newspaper publishing have lost some 250,000 jobs. Over the same time, Internet publishing and portals generated some 70,000 new positions, many of them in the Bay Area or Seattle.

To the new oligarchs, traditional media are holdovers from what one venture capitalist derisively called “the paper economy” that is destined to be swept away by the new digital aristocracy. As relatively young people – even Bill Gates is barely 60 – they will have the money, and the time, to disseminate their views both to the masses and the influential higher echelons.

One way to consolidate such influence – as happened with Gilded Age moguls like William Randolph Hearst – has been to buy up the former bastions of old media. Chris Hughes, a Facebook billionaire and Obama tech guru, has bought the venerable New Republic. Perhaps more importantly, the purchase of the Washington Post by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, now the country’s fourth-richest person, has placed the tech oligarchy at the center of media in the nation’s capital.

Yet, over time, acquiring existing media may prove just a sideshow. Far more critical will be the growth of their own oligarch-controlled news media. Yahoo is the No. 1 news site in the U.S., with 110 million monthly viewers. Google News isn’t far behind, at No. 4, with 65 million users. Facebook, according to Pew, has emerged as the second-largest source of political news, after local television.

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The German Menace of Islamo-Fascism

TN Note: This is a critically important article to read in full. There is a very dark historical connection between Islamic terrorism and Nazi Germany, and some patterns are reoccurring today. Remember that Obama has stacked (and continues to do so) many Muslims in key Administration positions, who also have close connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.

by Mark Musser, American Thinker

While many speak of “Islamo-Fascism” these days, they do not really seem to take the history between Fascism and Islam very seriously.  Many pundits like to use the term “Islamo-Fascism” as a political metaphor, but strangely, they have far less interest in actually connecting the dots historically.

One significant personage that has been too often overlooked is the Swiss Nazi banker François Genoud (1915-1996), who became increasingly involved in Middle Eastern terrorism after World War II.  Genoud was in charge of the Nazi treasury both during and after the war.  During the war, Genoud worked with the German counterintelligence service called the Abwehr in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Belgium and was very involved in wheeling and dealing with currency, diamonds, and gold.  Such dealings would have certainly included the robbery of Jewish victims who were deported to death camps in order to be euthanized.

Genoud took over Hitler’s publishing rights after his death, and he stated that the Fuhrer wanted his message to be spread into the Third World to keep his dreams alive.  Genoud also made a fortune off the publishing rights to Josef Goebbels’s diaries.  Not only was Genoud actively involved in the ODESSA organization that helped high-ranking Nazi leaders escape to places like South America and the Middle East, but he also infamously helped pay for Adolf Eichmann (1906-1961)’s defense together with Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie (1913-1991).  While Eichmann was essentially in charge of the holocaust on the Eastern Front, Barbie was otherwise known as the Butcher of Lyon in France.

At about the same time, Genoud began bankrolling Islamic terrorism.  As a veritable harbinger of 9-11, he was the mastermind behind the February 1972 hijacking of a Lufthansa flight in the name of Palestinian liberation from the Zionist occupation of Jerusalem.  While the flight attendants were released, the hijackers were rewarded with a handsome five-million-dollar ransom that became the foundation stone of modern Palestinian terrorism against Israel.  Then followed the Munich Olympics massacre, in which 11 Israeli athletes were killed on German soil, together with another Lufthansa hijacking a bit later that led to the release of three dangerous terrorists in Germany.  The hijackers threatened to blow up the plane unless they be released.  Against Israel’s wishes, the terrorists were released.  At the time, many in Israel and in Israel’s government, including Prime Minister Golda Meir (1898-1978) herself, were very suspicious of German intelligence collusion with the terrorists.

Many believe that Genoud was the very founder of the international Al Taqwa Bank in Switzerland that was directed by a Neo-Nazi Islamicist by the name of Ahmad Huber, originally Albert Huber.  This bank helped sponsor Osama bin Laden and was shut down after the 9-11 terrorist attacks for aiding and abetting both al-Qaeda and Hamas.  Italian security dubbed it “The Bank of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

More Americans should therefore recall that 9-11 was hatched in Hamburg, with no small thanks to Germany’s multicultural treatment of the Muslims.  Moreover, the ghost of Nazi racism still haunts modern Germany, as virulent anti-Semitism is thriving behind the scenes through the Muslim community behind the façade of multiculturalism.  Multiculturalism is also far more akin to fascism than communism because it willfully celebrates the differences.  Americans should further recall that the Ottoman Empire was on the side of Germany in the First World War, and that the Muslim Brotherhood was in thick with the Nazis during the Second World War.

Today, the Western stronghold of the Muslim Brotherhood resides in Germany, and the group is becoming much more animated and influential in America these days as well.  The Obama administration has been openly courting the Muslim Brotherhood for the last several years, especially with regard to the Arab Spring that now has the entire Middle East up in flames with the rise of ISIS/ISIL.  As early as 1991, the Muslim Brotherhood advocated a jihad of stealth against the United State by infiltrating its institutions.  How far along are they in 2015?  According to some, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is strongly linked to the Benghazi attack itself.

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 in Egypt by Hitler admirer Al-Banna (1906-1949).  The grand mufti of Jerusalem, Amin Al-Husseini (1897-1974), joined the Muslim Brotherhood that same year.  With a nod to Genoud, who visited Palestine in 1934, the grand mufti was a Palestinian Arab nationalist who worked closely with the Third Reich.  The grand mufti recruited some 20,000 Muslim soldiers from Croatia and Hungary into the SS.  Plans were discussed between Hitler and the grand mufti on how to destroy the Jews in Palestine, something Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu referred to not long ago with his own interpretation of the affair.  The grand mufti even visited Auschwitz and urged Himmler to speed up the destruction of the Jews.  Yugoslavia wanted to indict Amin Al-Husseini as a Nazi war criminal, but he escaped from French detention.

Somewhat troubling, Germany quickly found its way back into the Balkans after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Germany was originally the only country in the world that wanted to split up Yugoslavia.  Thanks to strong German media influences, Serbia was quickly demonized during the Balkan War.  The Balkans were accordingly split up along ethnic and racial lines so that Croatia, Kosovo, and Albania have become independent countries.  Yet it must not be forgotten that the Nazis sided with both the Croats and Kosovo-Albanian Muslims against the Serbs during World War II.  The Balkan War was perhaps the first salvo of the so-called Arab Spring.

Is it a coincidence that Germany is leading the charge with regard to the Syrian refugee crisis?  Has anyone noticed that Germany seems to have the fewest problems with the Muslims in Europe?  How can fascist Muslims who believe in Islamic supremacy benefit the most from multiculturalism?  Does anyone care that two Nazi publishers in the 1930s, Bertelsmann and Holtzbrinck, nowcontrol most of the big-name publishing companies in the United States?  How disquieting is it that apocalyptic environmentalism, post-modernism, and the global warming hoax all largely originated in Germany?  Is it relevant that George Soros’s stupendous big bets in the ’80s and early ’90s against other currencies were based on the German mark?  According to Pamela Geller’s Atlas Shrugs, there is even credible intelligence linking Soros to Genoud.  Is this intelligence truly credible, and if so, does it have any bearing on Soros’s background history in Nazi-occupied Hungary in 1944 as a teenager?

Going all the way back to the Second Reich under Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), Germany has been ever searching for a highway from Berlin to Baghdad through the Balkans, the very frontier between the Muslim Middle East and the European continent – i.e., the very powder keg that touched off World War I.  Thanks to the Cold War, important Nazi scientists were covertly incorporated into America’s research labs to help stand up against the great dangers posed by the Soviet Union.  Countless other Nazis simply got off scot-free.  As the threat of international communism overshadowed the concerns over National Socialism in postwar Europe, many today are likewise oblivious to the very real possibility that Germany is still a menace.

Mark Musser is a missionary/pastor.  He is the author of two books, Nazi Oaks: The Green Sacrifice of the Judeo-Christian Worldview in the Holocaust, and Wrath or Rest: Saints in the Hands of an Angry God, a commentary focusing on the warning passages in the book of Hebrews.  Mark is also a contributing writer for the Cornwall Alliance, which is a coalition of clergy, theologians, religious leaders, scientists, academics, and policy experts committed to bringing a balanced biblical view of stewardship to the critical issues of environment and development.

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Paris Attacks Push Technocracy Closer To Endgame

The Islamic terrorist attacks on France will radically change the face of Europe forever, as citizens now demand protection and security over any semblance of freedom and liberty. This vacuum will be filled with irreversible technocratic governance.

The great Christian philosopher of the 20th century, Francis Schaeffer, concluded in 1978 that the world would ultimately be faced with three outcomes as a result of shifting world views:

  1. Hedonism – People would see pleasure and sensual self-indulgence as the highest good and principle aim of human life.
  2. Tyranny of the 51% – As decisions are demanded based on popular opinion, society would suffer from a mob rule mentality.
  3. Technocratic dictatorship – People would demand regulations and scientifically-enforced security to restore order to an otherwise increasingly chaotic world.

In fact, all three of these are clearly in play today.

As to hedonism, it was reported in Egypt that ISIS takes credit for Paris attacks in ‘capital of adultery and vice’. The attack on the Bataclan concert hall where an American rock bank was playing was that “hundreds of apostates were attending an adulterous party.” It is lost on the jihadists that murder ranks higher than adultery on the scale of human atrocities.

As to the tyranny of the 51%, massive anti-Islam protests are breaking out all over Europe, demanding the closing of borders to further Islamic migration and the expulsion of currently present migrants. Their concerns and demands are certainly heart-felt, but neither option is likely to be taken up by the technocrats currently in charge of the European Union.

Which leads to the third point. People demanding security and order will not care how it gets done. They won’t care what they have to give up to get it. Nor will they care who does it. For all this, the technocratic elite are waiting in the wings to pounce on the opportunity to push their agenda of global domination toward the final endgame.

This requires a little background. My book, Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation, documents the connections and progressions between historic Technocracy from the 1930s and the Trilateral Commission working to achieve its original goal of establishing a “New International Economic Order”. Today, we see this as Sustainable Development, “Green Economy”, Climate Change, Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and other such programs being proffered by the United Nations at the instance of Trilateral Commission members.

Thus, enter Mr. Peter Sutherland, the honorary Chairman of the Trilateral Commission’s European group. Sutherland has served as CEO of BP, Chairman of Goldman Sachs International and was Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) from 1993-1995. Currently he serves at President of the International Catholic Migration Commission and most importantly, as the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration since 2006.

If there is one person we can point to who originally architected and then enforced Europe’s migration policy, it is Peter Sutherland. The UN’s own website quotes him as stating,”No other force—not trade, not capital flows—has the potential to transform lives in sustainable, positive ways and on the scale that migration does.” He is on public record many times stating that only through migration can a multicultural society in Europe be established. Moreover, he claims that multiculturalism is the only viable path to implementing the UN’s economic system of Sustainable Development.

In 2012, Sutherland stated that migration was a “crucial dynamic for economic growth… however difficult it may be to explain this to the citizens of those states”. Those same states today should have a few questions for Sutherland.

All this is to say, if Trilateral Commission member Peter Sutherland has been the driving force behind the rampant migration from the Mideast in the first place, would the same Trilateral Commission have plans on solving the current crisis that is ripping Europe apart?

Consider that when Greece was melting down in 2011, the European Union summarily dispatched Trilateral Lucas Papademos to take the role of Prime Minister. At the same time Italy was headed for economic chaos, which prompted the EU to unilaterally send in Trilateral Mario Monte to assume the position of Prime Minister. No elections. The European press called these men “technocrats” as they were installed as quasi-dictators in two of the world’s most historic bastions of elected representation.

I fully expect a “Rise of the Technocrats” in Europe as a result of the Paris attacks. They will assert themselves as the only ones who have a solution and they will make blathering pledges for security and safety while converting the region into a full-blown technocratic dictatorship.

Let it not be lost on the reader that the same Trilateral Commission-inspired migration policy is and has been in full play in the United States, and that this is the exact reason why the southern border with Mexico is wide-open and will never be closed. And, with increased waves of migration to the U.S., it is certain that Paris-like chaotic events will eventually occur here, leading to similar results as in Europe.

Trilateral Commission member Richard Gardner wrote The Hard Road to World Order in 1974, just one year after the Commission’s creation. He stated,

“In short, the ‘house of world order’ would have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down. It will look like a great ‘booming, buzzing confusion,’ to use William James’ famous description of reality, but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.”

“Booming, buzzing confusion”, indeed.

 




Newly-elected Romanian Prime Minister Appoints Technocrat Government

TN Note: Europe is over-run with technocrats, and unlike American media, the European press has no problem with calling them technocrats. While technocrats may be appointed, they are “experts” and not politicians. They will seek to apply their skills to engineer society as a scientific project, which is the heartbeat of Technocracy.

Romania’s prime minister-designate Dacian Ciolos named a technocrat government on Sunday, tapping European Union experts as well as private-sector leaders to steer the country until elections next year.

Ciolos, 46, was tasked on Tuesday by President Klaus Iohannis with forming a new government after ex-premier Victor Ponta stepped down following mass anti-government protests sparked by a nightclub fire that killed 55 people in Bucharest.

Amid a popular rejection of a political class seen as corrupt and blamed for the tragedy, Iohannis supported having a technocrat government run the country until legislative elections set for the end of 2016.

“My goal was to name competent and experienced people, Romanians who work in European Union administration or in civil society,” said Ciolos, a former EU agriculture commissioner.

Ex-International Monetary Fund expert and European Commission analyst Anca Paliu-Dragu has been named to head the finance ministry, a key post with the government’s first order of business being to prepare a 2016 budget.

Incoming justice minister Cristina Guseth worked for the European Commission in Bucharest and since 1998 has headed the Romanian branch of pro-democracy group Freedom House.

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Robot Evolution: ‘Thinking’ Machines Could Bolster Inequality

TN Note: The development of disruptive technology has increased along a geometric curve, and robot technology is no exception. The rise of robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will threaten the economic status quo of every nation on earth. Displaced workers will increase along with income and wealth inequality.

A “robot revolution” will transform the global economy over the next 20 years, cutting the costs of doing business but exacerbating social inequality, as machines take over everything from caring for the elderly to flipping burgers, according to a new study.

As well as robots performing manual jobs, such as hoovering the living room or assembling machine parts, the development of artificial intelligence means computers are increasingly able to “think”, performing analytical tasks once seen as requiring human judgment.

In a 300-page report, revealed exclusively to the Guardian, analysts from investment bank Bank of America Merrill Lynch draw on the latest research to outline the impact of what they regard as a fourth industrial revolution, after steam, mass production and electronics.

“We are facing a paradigm shift which will change the way we live and work,” the authors say. “The pace of disruptive technological innovation has gone from linear to parabolic in recent years. Penetration of robots and artificial intelligence has hit every industry sector, and has become an integral part of our daily lives.”

However, this revolution could leave up to 35% of all workers in the UK, and 47% of those in the US, at risk of being displaced by technology over the next 20 years, according to Oxford University research cited in the report, with job losses likely to be concentrated at the bottom of the income scale.

“The trend is worrisome in markets like the US because many of the jobs created in recent years are low-paying, manual or services jobs which are generally considered ‘high risk’ for replacement,” the bank says.

“One major risk off the back of the take-up of robots and artificial intelligence is the potential for increasing labour polarisation, particularly for low-paying jobs such as service occupations, and a hollowing-out of middle income manual labour jobs.”

The authors calculate that the total global market for robots and artificial intelligence is expected to reach $152.7bn (£99bn) by 2020, and estimate that the adoption of these technologies could improve productivity by 30% in some industries.

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EPA Colusion: Predetermines Outcomes With Private Groups

TN Note: The EPA deserves to be abolished. Evidence has surfaced that the EPA is pre-determining outcomes in collusion with private and radical environmental groups. However, the EPA is full of classic technocrats who fully believe that they will single-handedly re-engineer society toward a utopian dream of Technocracy.

The Environmental Protection Agency is coming under increased scrutiny over accusations that it rigged its own review process to block the Pebble Mine project in Alaska.

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee is scheduled to weigh in Thursday with a hearing on whether EPA officials orchestrated an environmental assessment in concert with anti-mine groups to reach a predetermined outcome.

Exhibit A is an explosive Oct. 6 report by the Cohen Group, headed by former Defense Secretary William Cohen, which cited the EPA’s “unprecedented” evaluation process, including its decision to use procedures under the Clean Water Act instead of the National Environmental Policy Act to assess the project.

The 346-page report, commissioned by the Pebble Limited Partnership, the project’s developer, also said that the statements and actions of EPA officials raised “serious concerns” about theagency’s objectivity and transparency.

“This project is too important, for all stakeholders, to pilot a new, untested decision-making process,” said Mr. Cohen in the report. “The fairest approach is to use the well-established Permit/NEPA Process, and I can find no valid reason why that process was not used.”

Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican and committee chairman, said this week that the agency’s behavior on thePebble Mine project “demonstrates how the EPA is truly out of control.”

“Secretary Cohen’s report lays out evidence that shows collusion and a cozy relationship between the EPA and groups actively opposed to the Pebble Mine,” said Mr. Smith. “These relationships could inappropriately influence EPA’s ability to conduct policy based on sound science.”

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Under Trilateral Commissioner Ashton Carter, Department Of Defense Shifts Focus To Climate Change

On February 17, 2015, President Obama appointed technocrat Ashton Carter to the cabinet position of Secretary of Defense.

Carter’s background and education is steeped in science. In 1976, he received a double-major in Physics and Medieval History from Yale University, graduating summa cum laude. After becoming a Rhodes Scholar, he received a doctorate in Theoretical Physics in 1979. After this formal education, Carter did postdoctoral work as a research associate fellow at Rockefeller University from 1979 to 1989 and as a research fellow at MIT.

Turning away from his career in theoretical physics, Carter instead pursued a career in political science, quickly rising up the ranks of academia and the Department of Defense.

The only reference to Ashton Carter being a member of the Trilateral Commission is on the Trilateral Commission’s own membership list. His online biographies have apparently been scrubbed of this fact.

Subsequently, Carter subtly changed the mission of the Department of Defense with the following press release:

DoD Releases Report on Security Implications of Climate Change

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 — Global climate change will aggravate problems such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership and weak political institutions that threaten stability in a number of countries, according to a report the Defense Department sent to Congress yesterday.

The Senate Appropriations Committee requested the report in conjunction with the Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015, asking that the undersecretary of defense for policy provide a report that identifies the most serious and likely climate-related security risks for each combatant command and the ways those commands integrate risk mitigation into their planning processes.

Fragile States Vulnerable to Disruption

The report finds that climate change is a security risk, Pentagon officials said, because it degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations. Communities and states that already are fragile and have limited resources are significantly more vulnerable to disruption and far less likely to respond effectively and be resilient to new challenges, they added.

“The Department of Defense’s primary responsibility is to protect national security interests around the world,” officials said in a news release announcing the report’s submission. “This involves considering all aspects of the global security environment and planning appropriately for potential contingencies and the possibility of unexpected developments both in the near and the longer terms.

“It is in this context,” they continued, “that the department must consider the effects of climate change — such as sea level rise, shifting climate zones and more frequent and intense severe weather events — and how these effects could impact national security.”

Integrating Climate-Related Impacts Into Planning

To reduce the national security implications of climate change, combatant commands are integrating climate-related impacts into their planning cycles, officials said. The ability of the United States and other countries to cope with the risks and implications of climate change requires monitoring, analysis and integration of those risks into existing overall risk management measures, as appropriate for each combatant command, they added.

The report concludes the Defense Department already is observing the impacts of climate change in shocks and stressors to vulnerable nations and communities, including in the United States, the Arctic, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America, officials said.

Thus, we see that Carter is “integrating climate-related impacts into their planning cycles.”

In contrast and according to the Department’s own web site, “The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.”

Is this a significant shift? You bet it is, and it is at the instance of a top-tier global technocrat, Ashton Carter.