Transhuman Dreamin’: Immortality By ‘Biohacking’ With Blood Transfusions

Since both are rooted in a strong belief in Scientism, Transhumanism and Technocracy are joined at the hip. Transhumans believe they have hijacked evolution and will create Humans 2.0 through the application of science and engineering. ⁃ TN Editor

Anti-ageing science has never been more hyped, with breakthroughs in genetic engineering and drug discovery pushing the boundaries of what was once dismissed as science fiction.

Although futurologists have said immortality is possible, most scientists believe delaying the onset of ageing is more ethical — and research into this is booming.

Longevity biotech firms received $800 million in funding in 2017 compared with less than half that in 2014, according to data from cbinsights.com.

“In the past decade we have made a major discovery,” Gerontologist Richard Miller at the University of Michigan told New Scientist. “We have proven that you can slow the ageing process using drugs.”

The process of taking such a drug through clinical trials takes around seven years — with the majority failing to get approved for safety reasons or because they just don’t work for humans.

And some people — dubbed biohackers — are willing to dabble in DIY anti-ageing medicine and other “hacks” which have not passed these stringent tests, despite the high risks.

“We know biohacking happens all the time,” Lynne Cox, a biochemist at the University of Oxford, told New Scientist. “There’s a lot of DIY,” she added.

From unregulated blood transfusions to off-label pill-popping, biohackers are putting their health in their own hands rather than those of qualified doctors.

The grim, somewhat vampiric, practice of swapping blood between a young person and an older person is called parabiosis.

Scientists discovered in the 1970s that fusing the circulatory systems of animals together — sometimes for weeks on end — had surprising results.

The younger animal would age prematurely, whereas the older animal was rejuvenated.

But a stark warning was issued by the FDA, who said it feared some Americans were receiving rogue blood transfusions.

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The Feed: Real ‘Human Brain/Cloud Interface’ Coming Within Decades?

If data can be pumped into your brain, then your personal sensory data can be pumped out… just like the scenario in the upcoming Channing Powell series, The Feed. However, just because scientists say something is going to happen doesn’t mean it is really going to happen. ⁃ TN Editor

Imagine a future technology that would provide instant access to the world’s knowledge and artificial intelligence, simply by thinking about a specific topic or question. Communications, education, work, and the world as we know it would be transformed.

Writing in Frontiers in Neuroscience, an international collaboration led by researchers at UC Berkeley and the US Institute for Molecular Manufacturing predicts that exponential progress in nanotechnology, nanomedicine, AI, and computation will lead this century to the development of a “Human Brain/Cloud Interface” (B/CI), that connects brain cells to vast cloud-computing networks in real time.

Nanobots on the brain

The B/CI concept was initially proposed by futurist-author-inventor Ray Kurzweil, who suggested that neural nanorobots – brainchild of Robert Freitas, Jr., senior author of the research – could be used to connect the neocortex of the human brain to a “synthetic neocortex” in the cloud. Our wrinkled neocortex is the newest, smartest, ‘conscious’ part of the brain.

Freitas’ proposed neural nanorobots would provide direct, real-time monitoring and control of signals to and from brain cells.

“These devices would navigate the human vasculature, cross the blood-brain barrier, and precisely autoposition themselves among, or even within ,” explains Freitas. “They would then wirelessly transmit encoded information to and from a cloud-based supercomputer network for real-time brain-state monitoring and data extraction.”

The internet of thoughts

This cortex in the cloud would allow “Matrix”-style downloading of information to the brain, the group claims.

“A human B/CI system mediated by neuralnanorobotics could empower individuals with instantaneous access to all cumulative human knowledge available in the cloud, while significantly improving human learning capacities and intelligence,” says lead author Dr. Nuno Martins.

B/CI technology might also allow us to create a future “global superbrain” that would connect networks of individual human brains and AIs to enable collective thought.

“While not yet particularly sophisticated, an experimental human ‘BrainNet’ system has already been tested, enabling thought-driven information exchange via the cloud between individual brains,” explains Martins. “It used electrical signals recorded through the skull of ‘senders’ and magnetic stimulation through the skull of ‘receivers,’ allowing for performing cooperative tasks.

“With the advance of neuralnanorobotics, we envisage the future creation of ‘superbrains’ that can harness the thoughts and thinking power of any number of humans and machines in real time. This shared cognition could revolutionize democracy, enhance empathy, and ultimately unite culturally diverse groups into a truly global society.”

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Transhumans Now Predicting Life Extension by 2022

Transhumans are the prospective inhabitants of the Brave New World of Technocracy, with immortality and omniscience as their core characteristics. While waiting for that, they have turned their focus to ‘life extension’ instead. ⁃ TN Editor

Aubrey de Grey is getting more bullish about his timeframes for robust human rejuvenation and longevity escape velocity. He now thinks it is only 18 years away and not 25 years anymore.

There is fastly progressing science and there is a rapid increase in funding and formation of companies. Areas that were making slow progress like Mitosens are now rapidly progressing. Cross-linking is making progress as well.

Robust mouse rejuvenation could be only 3 years away instead of five years. Robust mouse rejuvenation could be by 2022.

Aubrey is more optimistic that partial SENS will be able to deliver significant life extension impact.

Aubrey sees a lot of activity in all seven areas of aging damage identified by SENS.

It seems that the removal of senescent cells will deliver useful health benefits and some longevity.

Aubrey indicates that SENS has a fantastic relationship with the Buck Institute. SENS has multiple projects.

Aubrey is working at AgeX as a Vice-president. Previously Aubrey had believed that there was not much need for SENS to fund stem cell research. Aubrey always considered stem cells to be important. Michael West is doing some of the most important work on stem cells.

AgeX is now a public company. AgeX has the intellectual property of Michael West’s prior work.

There are two main areas of AgeX work.
1. Purestem. It creates highly pure populations of particular types of stem cells. You need to not use pluripotent stem cells inside the body. You need to slightly differentiate the stem cells but make them oligopotent. They can become a particular type of stem cell. AgeX technology can produce this reliably and with high purity.

2. iTr. AgeX is working on induced tissue regeneration (or rejuvenation). AgeX has identified genes to make them regenerative but do not make them pluripotent.

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Immortality Hype: Humans To Download Souls Onto Microchips

The religion of Transhumanism is pervasive and resilient, judging by the continuous flow of stories every year. The technology to achieve their dream is always just out of reach and just around the corner. Alas, it’s been that way for years, and yet they are no closer to immortality than they were 30 years ago.  ⁃ TN Editor

People will be able to download their “souls” onto microchips, implant it into another body and live forever, a technology expert has claimed.

, a founder of Digital Anthropologist and an expert for Future of Work, has warned of a future in which British workers have chips inserted underneath their skin.

The process has already been trialled with company BioTeq fitting 150 implants in the UK.

And Sweden-based firm Biohax told the Sunday Telegraph that it is in discussions with several British companies about microchipping.

But as humans and machines become more in-sync, it could open up all sorts of possibilities – including being able to live forever.

Speaking to Daily Star Online, Mr Skellett explained: “There’s a lot of talk at the moment about microchipping employees and there are some companies that are actually doing that.

“I can see benefits from it, but also opens up a whole roster of other things – like being reborn.”

The microchips from BioTeq are similar to those for pets and are implanted in the flesh between the thumb and forefinger.

Chips will be able to store medical data and other personal information.

Mr Skellett added: “Living forever might sound crazy at the moment because the technology isn’t quite there, but we already have the technology to clone.

“The only thing is that something may be an exact replica in terms of DNA but it may be nothing like you because we are made up of both nature and nurture.

“Well I would say that nurture is all to do with learning, you are a product of everything you have experienced, your likes and dislikes and that’s arguably your soul.

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Transhumanism: The New Pharaohs And Their New Pagan Gods

The quest for immortality is as old as human existence, but has taken on a modern form in Transhumanism that is just as superstitious and silly as the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt. It will just as certainly fail in the end. ⁃ TN Editor

Jews around the world tomorrow hear Parsha Bo (Exodus 10:1 to 13:16) declaimed in the synagogue, recounting the last of the biblical plagues, the killing of Egypt’s first-born, and our midnight departure from Egypt. It is a solemn moment in our religious calendar. Our rabbis emphasize that God did not simply rescue us from Egyptian bondage, but brought a terrible judgment against their gods. Lord, hear our cry, and bring judgment against the pagan gods who are worshipped today!

God told Moses: “I will pass through Egypt on that night, and I will kill every first-born in Egypt, man and animal. I will perform acts of judgment against all the gods of Egypt: I (alone) am God.” (Exodus 12:12). Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sackscomments, “The plagues were not only intended to punish Pharaoh and his people for their mistreatment of the Israelites, but also to show them the powerlessness of the gods in which they believed. What is at stake in this confrontation is the difference between myth – in which the gods are mere powers, to be tamed, propitiated or manipulated – and biblical monotheism, in which ethics (justice, compassion, human dignity) constitute the meeting point of God and mankind.”

What was the upshot of Egyptian idolatry? The ruling elite wanted to live forever, and enslaved my ancestors to build grand tombs in which their mummified bodies would migrate to another life, surrounded by their wealth and some conveniently dead servants. A remarkably large part of Egypt’s economic output fed the fantasies of the Pharaohs, at which we laugh today. The desire for eternal life is not new, and hardly unique to Jews or Christians. Neanderthals buried their dead with grave gifts. Gilgamesh the Babylonian hero set out to find eternal life. The pharaohs built pyramids with our sweat and blood.

Today our progressive opinion-makers ridicule the concept of an eternal God and a world to come, but they believe that we soon will upload our minds to the Internet where our consciousness will continue intact. We laugh at the idea that the blessed would spend eternity strumming harps while seated on clouds, but enlightened opinion now believes that we shall maintain our conscious minds in Google’s cloud. Add to this a robotic body, and supposedly we can live forever. A lot of Silicon Valley billionaires take this seriously.

According to Wikipedia:

Mind uploading may potentially be accomplished by either of two methods: Copy-and-transfer or gradual replacement of neurons. In the case of the former method, mind uploading would be achieved by scanning and mapping the salient features of a biological brain, and then by copying, transferring, and storing that information state into a computer system or another computational device. The biological brain may not survive the copying process. The simulated mind could be within a virtual reality or simulated world, supported by an anatomic 3D body simulation model. Alternatively the simulated mind could reside in a computer that is inside (or connected to) a (not necessarily humanoid) robot or a biological body.

That is not science, but science fiction. The urge to escape death, though, remains as powerful today as it was when Moses confronted Ramses. A tech startup now offers a method to preserve the chemical arrangement of your brain until such time as it can be uploaded, with the minor side-effect that you will have to die in the process.

It sounds goofy, but the mainstream of enlightened opinion now believes that artificial intelligence, gene manipulation, and other techie fads will transform the human race into something utterly different. The popular writer Yuval Harari, a favorite of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama, prophesies that we will make ourselves into science-fiction caricatures of ourselves. In a recent interview, the best-selling author declared:

Given the current pace of technological development, it is possible we destroy ourselves in some ecological or nuclear calamity. The more likely possibility is that we will use bioengineering and machine learning and artificial intelligence either to upgrade ourselves into a totally different kind of being or to create a totally different kind of being that will take over. In any case, in 200 or 300 years, the beings that will dominate the Earth will be far more different from us than we are different from Neanderthals or from chimpanzees.

Harari isn’t ready to have his brain preserved for a future upload, but his vision of human self-transformation is the next worst thing. All the metaphysical and existential investigation of the philosophers, all the inspiration of the artists, all the revelation of the prophets is tossed into the recycling bin at the brain lab. It is madness, but it now offers serious competition to the biblical foundations of Western society.

Our new pharaohs believe in methods to achieve immortality as silly as the old ones. And they entertain such fantasies for the same reason: They want to make themselves into immortal gods who have no more constraint on the satisfaction of their appetites than the rapacious, concupiscent and murderous gods of ancient paganism.

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Transhumans Still Focused On Immortality In 30 Years

Transhumanism is a religious belief system based on the hope that somehow science will provide the holy grail. The fact is, science has not advanced one centimeter toward immortality in all of history. ⁃ TN Editor

Immortality is on the horizon according to leading transhumanists, who believe in the future people will be able to live forever.

Biological immortality — or, more accurately, never growing old — has been studied by scientists who think it could be achieved with advanced genetic engineering.

But the technology to live forever will be incredibly expensive once it is available.

Transhumanist and futurist Dr Ian Pearson predicted “the rich and famous” will be getting the treatment by the 2050s — similar to how the stars have access to plastic surgery today.

“There are quite a lot of people interested in living forever,” he told Daily Express.

“There always has been, but the difference now is tech is improving so quickly, lots of people believe they can actually do it.

“No one wants to live forever at 95 years old, but if you could rejuvenate the body to 29 or 30, you might want to do that.”

Dr Pearson said celebrities and millionaires like the Kardashians would have first dibs on the technology for eternal youth — with people on normal incomes having to grow old and die naturally.

It is believed humans grow old due to an inefficiency in the way our cells replicate.

Bits off the end of our DNA are lost every time it replicates.

The protective “junk code” at the end of DNA eventually runs out, leaving older people more vulnerable to cancer mutations.

The junk code is known as “telomeres” and the oldest animals on earth naturally have longer ones.

American lobsters can live for more than 100 years with no sign of ageing and have a telomere-lengething enzyme called telomerase in every cell.

But in a review published in Rejuvenation Research, “Telomeres and Telomerase: A Modern Fountain of Youth?”, researchers found the anti-aging therapy caused an increase in cancer rates in mice.

But with constant breakthroughs in biology and the first ever genetically-modified babies born this year, many futurists believe the technology is within grasp this lifetime.

Another theory is that humans will have “electronic immortality” by fusing their consciousness to a robot.

“By 2060, people like you or I will be able to buy it, and by 2070 people in poor countries on modest incomes will be able to buy it”, Dr Pearson told the Sun.

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Transhumans Can’t Get The Dream Of Eternal Life Out Of Their Head

Since the Transhuman community heated up in the last 30 years, thanks to advancing technology, there has not been one single scientific breakthrough that has moved them one inch closer to achieving immortality. Undeterred, they continue to look for the big ‘breakthrough’ that will save them from death. ⁃ TN Editor

Brain implants, longer lives, genetically modified humans: for the prophets of transhumanism — the scientifically assisted evolution of humans beyond our current limitations — it is just a matter of time.

But many scientists insist that some problems are not so easily solved.

Sooner or later, they argue, the movement that crystalised in the can-do culture of 1980s California will hit the brick wall of the scientifically impossible.

The most recent controversy was in November, when Chinese scientist He Jianjui claimed to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies, who he said were HIV-resistant.

The backlash from the scientific community led to his work being suspended, as questions were raised not just about the quality of the science, but the ethics of the research.

But the transhumanist dream is nothing new, says Marc Roux, president of the French Transhumanist Association (AFT).

“It appeared when we realised that we could make considered choices to use techniques to intervene in our biological evolution,” he said.

Some of today’s giants of technology appear to take a similar view.

Google recruited computer scientist Ray Kurzweil, a leading light in the transhumanist movement. And it is backing Calico, a research company devoted to using technology to help people live longer and healthier lives.

And Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla, has set up Neuralink in San Francisco to develop “implantable brain-machine interfaces to connect humans to computers”.

Blay Whitby, who studies the ethical implications of transhumanist research at the University of Sussex, England, is sceptical.

“Some transhumanists sign their emails to me with slogans like ‘Death is now optional’ or ‘The first person to live to 500 has already been born’,” he remarks.

“They are clearly more optimistic than me.”

Sceptics point to the mountains science still has to climb.

A whole series of clinical trials has so far failed to find a cure for the neurodegenerative disease Alzheimer’s, which blights many people’s final years.

Life expectancy has actually fallen in some countries, such as the United States.

And a number of studies have concluded that there is a limit to how old humans can realistically expect to be able to live.

And there are limits, says Nathanael Jarrasse of the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) in Paris.

“We only talk about time and money, denying the possibility that we might never manage to understand certain things — denying the scientifically impossible.”

Roux, in the transhumanist camp, regrets that the movement is too often reduced to the views of its most extreme advocates.

“Already today, a great number of things are possible,” he argues.

He acknowledges the ethical issues raised by advancing technology. But the transhumanist position is that modifying future generations to impact heredity is not in itself abominable.

“Why would that necessarily be a bad thing?” he asks. “There is no longer any debate on these questions. We are condemned on principle but people have forgotten why.”

Transhumanists see no reason why they cannot experiment with things that are already technically possible: retinal implants so you can see on the infra-red spectrum; cochlear implants so you can pick ultrasonic sounds.

That does not sit well with Edouard Kleinpeter, a research engineer at France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

“Transhumanist theories rest on very materialist concepts of the body, of consciousness…,” he says. “For them, there’s no difference between a brain and a microprocessor.”

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Chinese Scientists Searching For The Human Soul Via State-Of-The-Art Brain Scanner

Technocrat scientists believe that humans are just like any other animal which are products of random evolution. Therefore, they fully expect to be able to use science to find the human soul. As atheists, they do not believe man was created by God with body, soul and spirit.  ⁃ TN Editor

Chinese scientists are developing a £100m state-of-the-art brain scanner to try and find the human soul.

They will use powerful magnetic forces to observe the structure and activities of every neuron in a living brain.

The aim is to build the world’s most powerful MRI device – which may one day be able to help answer one of life’s big questions.

The mystical soul, according to many religious, philosophical, and mythological traditions, is the true essence of a living being.

Simply stated, it is said to be the part of a person that is not physical and lives on long after the body experiences death.

The scanner “will revolutionise brain studies”, said a senior scientist working on the top secret project in Shenzhen.

The total budget for the state-backed facility will even exceed that of FAST, the world’s largest telescope in Pingtan.

“It will show us a different world with phenomenon unseen before … maybe even the soul,” one scientist told the SCMP.

“We may for the first time capture a full picture of human consciousness or even the essence of life itself,” said another physicist.

“Then we can define them and explain how they work in precise physical terms – just like Newton and Einstein defined and explained the universe,” he said.

The Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology revealed the first phase of the project has been given the green light .

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‘Humans Next’: China Has Cloned Over 20 Different Dog Breeds

With China completely given over to Technocrat thought, there is no moral or ethical barrier to human cloning, and they have bluntly stated that this is their intent. This will please the transhuman community around the world. ⁃ TN Editor

A 12-year-old schnauzer has become the latest canine to undergo the process, which involves taking a skin sample from the animal.

Wang Yinqing, who is the dog’s owner, showed off the puppy to its “father clone” name Doudou in a recently-released snap.

However, despite the dogs having the identical DNA, scientists have said they may have a different temperament as this is shaped by its upbringing.

According to Chinese news, there have now been 200 different types of dog cloned in the country.

And last month, the world came closer to carrying out mass human cloning.

Japanese experts revealed they made human egg cells from blood using a cutting-edge stem cell testing technique.

Although these eggs cannot be grown into babies as they are too immature, the research is paving the way for this type of experiment.

The team made the egg cells by using blood to create induced pluripotent stem cells, which were then inserted into artificial ovaries.

It is thought that in the future, this technique could allow infertile people to have children, as well as same-sex couples to have kids that come from both people’s DNA.

Ronald Green, a bioethicist at Dartmouth previously warned human cloning is the next step from here.

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Lab-Grown Mini-Brains Are Causing An Ethical Uproar

This is further development of President Obama’s multibillion-dollar brain-map initiative started in 2013. Just as human DNA was ‘mapped’, the BRAIN project was to probe the human brain in action and figure out exactly how it works. Driving forces behind this included Transhumanists who seek immortality through science. ⁃ TN Editor

Writing in the current online issue of the journal Stem Cells and Development, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine describe development of a rapid, cost-effective method to create human cortical organoids directly from primary cells.

Experimental studies of developing human brain function are limited. Research involving live embryonic subjects is constrained by ethical concerns and the fragile nature of the brain itself. Animal models only partially mimic or recapitulate human biology and cognitive function. Single cell studies do not capture the complexity of neural networks.

In recent years, the development of in vitro human organoids — three-dimensional, miniaturized, simplified versions of an organ produced from reprogrammed stem cells — have allowed scientists to study biological functions, diseases and treatments more realistically and in greater detail.

 

“And that includes the brain,” said Alysson R. Muotri, PhD, professor in the UC San Diego School of Medicine departments of Pediatrics and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, director of the UC San Diego Stem Cell Program and a member of the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. “Cerebral organoids can form a variety of brain regions. They exhibit neurons that are functional and capable of electrical excitation. They resemble human cortical development at the gene expression levels.”

Muotri is among the leaders in the field, having used the “brain-in-a-dish” approach to provide the first direct experimental proof that the Zika virus can cause severe birth defects, to repurpose existing HIV drugs on a rare, inherited neurological disorder and to create Neanderthalized “mini-brains.”

But human brain organoids are difficult, time-consuming and expensive to produce, requiring sophisticated tools and know-how to first generate human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) capable of becoming almost any kind of cell from skin cells, called fibroblasts, then directing those iPSCs to differentiate into the variety of interconnected cell types that comprise an organ like the brain.

In the new paper, senior author Muotri and colleagues describe a new, rapid and cost-effective method to reprogram individual somatic cells directly into cortical organoids from hundreds of individuals simultaneously. To do so, they compressed and optimized several steps of the process so that somatic cells are reprogrammed, expanded and stimulated to form cortical cells almost simultaneously. The result is a cortical organoid that fully develops from somatic cells with only minor manipulation, Muotri said.

“What we’ve done is establish a proof-of-principle protocol for a systematic, automated process to generate large numbers of brain organoids,” said Muotri. “The potential uses are vast, including creating large brain organoid repositories and the discovery of causal genetic variants to human neurological conditions associated with several mutations of unknown significance, such as autism spectrum disorder. If we want to understand the variability in human cognition, this is the first step.”

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