Transhuman Convention In Spain Lays Out Global Transformation Of Human Life

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This high-level summit of Transhumans includes top leaders like Ray Kurzweil (Google), Max More (Alcor Life Extension), Natasha Vita-More (Humanity Plus), Ben Goertzel (SingularityNET) and many others.

To suggest that these are just speculations of marginalized wingnuts is ludicrous. They are front-and-center thought leaders in major industries. Ray Kurzweil, for instance, is Director of Engineering at Google and co-founder of Singularity University. Kurzweil does not “need” a job, but took the position at Google – to further his Transhuman dreams. John Mather is Senior Astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, funded by taxpayer money. Nell Watson is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, which has always been closely associated with the Trilateral Commission. ⁃ TN Editor

Transhumanism is a futuristic religion that exalts technology as the highest power. Transhumanists’ goal is to merge man with machine. Their wildest prophecies seem ridiculous at first, until you consider the dizzying advances in bionics, robotics, neuroprosthetics, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and genetic engineering.

Prominent figures gathered at the TransVision 2021 conference in Madrid over the weekend. Listening to the proceedings online, I heard a broad range of totalizing schemes. There were no Luddites or Amish onstage, but of course, Spain is a long haul for a horse-and-buggy. Besides, no unvaccinated person can legally cross the Spanish border.

Transhumanists hold that the human condition of ignorance, loneliness, sadness, disease, old age, and death can be transcended through improved gadgetry. Many believe tribalism will also be eliminated — perhaps through brain implants — but this elite clique tends to be so convicted, legacy humans will have no say in the matter.

Their radical ideas are hardly marginal. Transhuman values have been implicitly embraced by the world’s wealthiest technologists. Consider Bill Gates pushing universal jabs, Jeff Bezos’s quest for “life extension,” Elon Musk’s proposed brain implants, Mark Zuckerberg’s forays into the Metaverse, and Eric Schmidt’s plans for an American technocracy racing against China.

If Big Tech is the established church, transhumanists are Desert Fathers in the wilderness.

The Cult of the Singularity

Naturally, the dominant tone at TransVision was set by hardcore transhumanists: Max and Natasha MoreJosé CordeiroDavid WoodJerome GlennPhillipe van NederveldeBen GoertzelAubrey de GreyBill Faloon, and even in his absence, Ray Kurzweil, a top R&D director at Google and founder of Singularity University. Each proponent has a unique angle, but they converge on a shared mythos.

Allowing for variation, transhumanists confess there is no God but the future Computer God. They believe neuroprosthetics will allow communion with this artificial deity. They believe robot companions should be normalized. They believe longevity tech will confer approximate immortality. They believe virtual reality provides a life worth living. Above all, they believe the Singularity is near.

According to the Cult of the Singularity and its prophet, Ray Kurzweil, we’ll see artificial general intelligence by 2029. Unlike narrow algorithms performing specific tasks, AGI will be robust cognition enacted by neural networks, far faster than any human brain.

By 2045 (or 2049), we will hit the Singularity — when artificial superintelligence surpasses human intellect to the point we cannot comprehend its output. Purely organic humans will be left in the smart dust. Our only chance for long-term survival is to fuse our minds and bodies with the All-Powerful Machine — to become a new posthuman species.

Therefore, our meaning in life is to make sure the future Computer God is benevolent, while we still have time. (In most cases, “benevolent” is synonymous with “lefty globalist.”) Today’s machine learning systems are prompted by programmers, then trained with our language and behavior via mass data extraction.

As computers advance to superintelligence, the story goes, their output will tilt toward humanity’s moral compass. Eventually, this digital deity may colonize distant galaxies — turning all usable matter into computerized mind — so our actions today might determine the fate of the entire universe.

I’m reminded of the subterranean mutants who worshiped the atom bomb in “Beneath the Planet of the Apes.” Many mammals use tools to survive, but even a chimp knows better than to raise up a stick and call it “God.”

Technocracy and Its Discontents

Back on Earth, the early phase of this scheme is far from heaven. Just as the TV kept Americans pacified and glued to their couches, the digital revolution has profound demoralizing and dehumanizing effects.

To their credit, TransVision invited a handful of critics to ring alarm bells. The ethicist Sara Lumbreras discussed the devastating impact of smartphones and social media on attention spanmemory, and self-control. “If you can just Google the information, why does it matter?” she asked. “Because remembering things is the only way that we can use that information for critical thinking and for creative thinking.”

Both transhumanists and Luddites see 24/7 reliance on smartphones as an early phase of our symbiosis with machines. For all the convenience gained, many schoolteachers worry that the shift to digital platforms is making kids antisocial and functionally illiterate. An entire generation is being lost to self-pleasure.

The Wireheading Myth

Oxford philosopher Anders Sandberg discussed a 1954 experiment in neuroprosthetics. Using electro-stimulation, the scientist James Olds discovered the pleasure center in a rat’s brain. He wired up numerous rats, enabling them to stimulate themselves by pressing a lever. These rodent “wireheads” ceased to do anything besides push the lever. One by one, they died with smiles on their faces.

Video games and corporate opioids find us in a similar predicament. Even in the Victorian era, Sandberg explained, intellectuals wondered if humans were already becoming parasites on machines. “They connected that to discoveries in biology that parasites quite often seem to be simplified forms of older species [and they thought] we might become some kind of barnacle sitting on the technological infrastructure, slowly losing our brains.”

Hence, the “Wireheading Myth” — the narrative that civilization could collapse due to techno-hedonism. Sandberg insisted that while this story isn’t completely untrue, it isn’t inevitable either. “Building real happiness is a really complex thing, but we know we can make it increase.”

In conclusion, he wondered, “Can we use the transhuman ambition to say … ‘I want to be way happier, I want entire societies to be happier.  … I want my artificial intelligences to go for the true and daimonic good?’”

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Patrick Wood
Patrick Wood is a leading and critical expert on Sustainable Development, Green Economy, Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and historic Technocracy. He is the author of Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation (2015) and co-author of Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II (1978-1980) with the late Antony C. Sutton.
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Erik Nielsen

The devils dream. How poor, how boring, how soulless compared to the beauty of the real stuff.

Prometheus Unbound

What’s “the real stuff?” Cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, clinical depression, dementia, sleeping through a third of our lives, and dying after less than a century? Promethean man can do better.

Eliminating disease, disability, and death is enrichment—not impoverishment.

Expanding our minds, enhancing our bodies, and perfecting our environments is exciting—not boring.

Spreading to the stars and infusing the universe with consciousness is soulful—not soulless.

The meek shall inherit the earth and the bold shall ascend to the stars. Hail Prometheus!

Susannah

Please seek help.

Harry

haha Prometheus you are mentally insane

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Victor

It literally says, ‘demonic happiness.’ How dense can one be? Or you worship such demons?

Prometheus means light bearer, a.k.a. Lucifer, the bringer of knowledge of good and evil, whom the woman CRUSHED BENEATH her feet! God himself, alone, brings joy to the children of Abraham and the priests in the line of Melchizedek. The devil wants to allure you with worldly things: power, wealth, knowledge, health. Fear not the one who can destroy the body, but the one who can destroy BOTH body AND SOUL in the lake of fire forever.

Blaise Vanne

CS Lewis wrote all about this in the 1940s after WWII in his woefully under-read book, That Hideous Strength

justsayin

I don’t know why non Christians read CS Lewis, though as a Christian after researching CS Lewis he was an occultist. Just sayin~

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Anne

Transhumanists should be happy planning for their own futures. I didn’t ask them to plan mine. Nothing these vessels of corruption plan will come close to measuring up to the plans God has for His people mentioned in the Book Of Revelation or elsewhere in the bible. Transhumanists plans for humanity are even incomparable to the blessings of the law mentioned in Deuteronomy chapter 28. Regardless of the trials, persecutions or troubles. I’m more than willing to wait on the salvation of the Lord as Job did.

Luís Rodrigues Coelho

This digital deity might colonize distant galaxies?
Wow, this phrase alone spilt the entire article for me.
Yes the transhumanist agenda seeks to obliterate humans made at God’s image; this agenda isn’t neutral, it’s totally anti-christian… there is one universe!!!

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