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Amid significant pressure from tens of thousands of internet users and major web behemoths like Google, Facebook, and Reddit, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is, in its current form, Dead on Arrival:
Misguided efforts to combat online privacy have been threatening to stifle innovation, suppress free speech, and even, in some cases, undermine national security. As of yesterday, though, there’s a lot less to worry about.
The first sign that the bills’ prospects were dwindling came Friday, when SOPA sponsors agreed to drop a key provision that would have required service providers to block access to international sites accused of piracy.
The legislation ran into an even more significant problem yesterday when the White House announced its opposition to the bills. Though the administration’s chief technology officials officials acknowledged the problem of online privacy, the White House statement presented a fairly detailed critique of the measures and concluded, “We will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.” It added that any proposed legislation “must not tamper with the technical architecture of the Internet.”
Though the administration did issue a formal veto threat, the White House’s opposition signaled the end of these bills, at least in their current form.
A few hours later, Congress shelved SOPA, putting off action on the bill indefinitely.
In my previous posting The Coming Fascist Internet, I explained how government moves to control and censor the Internet, including hypocritically by the U.S. — are pointing to an Internet future that can quite reasonably be equated with fascism. Strong words I know, but unfortunately true ones.
If you needed more proof, you only needed to observe today’s Congressional hearing on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), which was much more akin to a lynch mob, or a scene from dictator’s kangaroo court, than a honest attempt to explore the issues.
The hearing was stacked with SOPA proponents whose goal is simple — get the entire Internet around the world under the boot of U.S.-ordered censorship and total control.
The only real anti-SOPA witness the House Judiciary Committee permitted was Katherine Oyama of Google, and the Committee overall treated her with the kind of unfairness and contempt that make everyday bullies and criminals look like rank amateurs.
It was a disgusting display by Congress, and a clear signal of how our leaders (from both parties) are hellbent on destroying Internet freedoms as we know them today.
If this all weren’t so deadly serious, there would almost be comical aspects. The MPAA, faced with complaints that SOPA (and the similar legislation on the Senate side — PIPA [PROTECT IP]) would break DNSSEC, merrily suggested that it simply should be rewritten so that government censorship orders could be easily implemented.
That the MPAA would make asinine comments like that is actually easy to understand. After all, they view the entire world as simply a film script to be sent out for rewrites on demand. And since their real goal (along with various of their brethren) is to rewrite technology to protect their traditional profit centers — civil rights be damned — we should not be surprised when they treat the entire planet like extras to be ordered around like slaves.
So Congress wants to declare War. Judging from my email, the Internet is champing at the bit for battle.
I have never before seen such a flood of messages ranging from “I’m terrified for our future” to “What can we do?” to “Here are my ideas for fighting back.”
It’s certain that this war could bring with it many causalities. Network fragmentation in various forms is an obvious example, since the rest of the world seems unwilling (surprise!) to allow the U.S. to keep dictating Internet policy forever, especially when the U.S. want to use its skewed control over the DNS (Domain Name System) as a judge, jury, and executioner baton to beat other countries’ sensibilities to a pulp.
All manner of “workarounds” to such censorship are being proposed, many extremely intriguing, most of which would actually be illicit under the anti-circumvention provisions of SOPA. There’s been a massive increase in queries regarding my proposed distributed Internet naming system (IDONS), but this is a long-term proposal, not a weapon for the immediate battles at hand.
Still, it is apparent that if Congress proceeds along their current path of trying to dictatorially censor sites, search engines, and other aspects of Internet operations, they will be setting loose the technological dogs of war in ways that are beyond the scope of their darkest nightmares, and that make “Anonymous” and the “Occupy” movement look like fleas on an elephant by comparison.
That isn’t a threat. It’s a prediction. It’s a prediction made with the hope (though admittedly not the expectation) that Congress will step back from the precipice that leads to the destruction of the Internet in the form that has brought freedom of communication to the world, to a degree and in manners never before imagined.
Congress’ approach to dealing with the issues of piracy is to figuratively use hydrogen bombs as a palliative measure — cities reduced to rubble won’t have much of a piracy problem.
But in the real world of the Net, the technological means to fight such a war are remarkably well distributed among Internet users at large. It seems as if the Congressional push for SOPA/PIPA reveals an utter cluelessness by Congress regarding what is actually about to be unleashed.
If Congress really wants to go to war against the Internet, they’ll have their war. But it will be like nothing the world has ever seen before. You can count on it.
Audio from my two hours back on Coast to Coast AM radio last night is now available.
Host George Noory and I covered an array of Internet and related topics, including Internet Freedom issues around the world (Congress vs. the Internet [E-PARASITE, PROTECT IP], privacy, government mandated site and search engine censorship, the “right to be forgotten” in Europe, iPhone vs. Android, rooting/jailbreaking phones, CyanogenMod, .xxx and other new Top Level Domains, Google, search results rankings, recent deaths in the technical community, and much more.
George is a real pro, and as always it was great having the opportunity to chat in depth with him and callers about these important issues.
Your thoughts on these topics are appreciated, of course.
Take care, all.
Internet Issues on Coast to Coast AM – 10/27/2011
Apple’s announcements yesterday about OS X 10.7 pricing (cheap), upgrading (easy), iOS 5, and iCloud storage, syncing, and media service can all be viewed as increasing ease of use, but from the perspective of Apple CEO Steve Jobs they perform an even more vital function — killing Microsoft.
Here is the money line from Jobs yesterday: “We’re going to demote the PC and the Mac to just be a device – just like an iPad, an iPhone or an iPod Touch. We’re going to move the hub of your digital life to the cloud.”
Just like they used to say at Sun Microsystems, the network is the computer. Or we could go even further and say our data is the computer.
This redefines digital incumbency. The incumbent platform today is Windows because it is in Windows machines that nearly all of our data and our ability to use that data have been trapped. But the Apple announcement changes all that. Suddenly the competition isn’t about platforms at all, but about data, with that data being crunched on a variety of platforms through the use of cheap downloaded apps.
What this requires from Apple is a bold move that Microsoft would never make: Jobs is going to sacrifice the Macintosh in order to kill Windows. He isn’t beating Windows, he’s making Windows inconsequential.
Having been shown the way by Apple, I expect Google to shortly do the same thing, adding automated backup, synchronization and migration to Android and Chrome.
Both companies will be grabbing for data, claiming territory, and leaving Microsoft alone to defend a desktop that will soon cease to exist.
And what happens once all our data is in that iCloud, is there any easy way to get it back out? Nope. It’s in there forever and we are captive customers — trapped more completely than Microsoft ever imagined.
Apple and Google will compete like crazy for our data because once they have it we’ll be their customers forever.
This transition will take at most two hardware generations and we’re talking mobile generations, which means three years, total.
With no mobile market share to speak of and Windows 8 not due until 2013, Microsoft is likely to be too late to the party, with much of Redmond’s market cap transplanted eventually to Apple and Google.
Some will say this is unlikely because of Microsoft’s grip on enterprise sales, but consumers have been leading the IT market for the last decade and the mobile transition will only accelerate this trend.
The quicker Microsoft can turn itself into IBM the better for Redmond, because that appears to be their only chance.
Those looking for guidance on the medium term trend in the market better take a look at the best of breed, benchmark stocks for the leading sectors; the companies traders call “the generals”. I am talking about Goldman Sacks (GS), Apple (AAPL), Freeport McMoRan (FCX), and Google (GOOG). They are all telling us that the market peaked last February, not on April 29, as the indexes are suggesting.
When the charts for the stock prices of the best run companies in the most profitable industries are rolling over like the Bismarck, you know that it is time to bail out. That is why I have been a seller of rallies, not a buyer of dips for the past three months.
If you are one of those cynical, glass is half full, tough to convince investors, then take a look at the chart of the financials ETF (XLF). It also peaked in February and has been in a clear downtrend since. There is no way the S&P 500 can make progress when one of its heaviest sectors is suffering from Montezuma’s revenge.
Still unconvinced? Check out the bottom chart of trend lines for the S&P 500, when I lifted from my friend, Dennis Gartman of The Gartman Letter. It indicates that we broke a steep trend line in February and are imminently about to break a much more shallow trend line this week.
The bottom line? The best case is that we are nearly three weeks into a 10% correction that will take us to the 200 day moving average for the (SPX) at 1,234; the worst case is that a new bear market has started. Look out below!
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May 11, 2011
In my Censorship, Governments, and Flagellating Google white paper that I released a week ago, I based part of my analysis on statements by U.S. politicians, last year’s attempt at horrible COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act) legislation, and various events occurring in other countries around the world.
I had hoped we would have some time to discuss and prepare for major new censorship threats before any related U.S. legislation had crystallized.
Unfortunately, it appears that Congress’ “hell bent to censor” effort is already in high gear, as word (and now complete text) of a proposed PROTECT IP Act have leaked out.
While it could be argued that PROTECT IP (another one of those warped acronyms that I won’t even bother to expand here) seems on its face to improve on certain aspects of COICA, most of those changes appear to be illusionary when viewing PROTECT IP as a whole.
And in a concept taken straight from the Orwellian playbooks of dictatorships throughout history, PROTECT IP contemplates the direct censorship of Google and other search engines, to excise search result entries that the government prefers that you not see. Terrible on its face, and obviously the proverbial slippery slope right down the side of Mt. Everest.
An alternative DNS – Domain Name System (more properly, an alternative naming/identifier system for Internet sites not subject to centralized control), whether IDONS or something else entirely, would certainly be a major step in the right direction toward helping to limit censorship via domain name control.
However, it’s important to note that PROTECT IP appears to propose outright and direct censorship of Google (and other search engine) results, that could be implemented via a wide range of criteria not necessarily tightly bound to IP addresses or even specific common names or identifiers.
The sorts of search engine results censorship that PROTECT IP advocates would be a direct attack on freedom of speech and the First Amendment — direct government interference. And in the vast majority of related cases, there wouldn’t even be any “public safety” aspects that could be invoked … unless illicit downloads of Nude Nuns with Big Guns have somehow become a major national security concern.
One might hope that U.S. courts — at least — would block egregious efforts to flog and censor search engines, and other Internet services, via such outrageous government decimation of basic civil and free speech rights.
But in today’s exceedingly toxic political environment, making any such assumptions might be very risky — particularly given the big money intellectual property interests who seemingly believe that their music and film properties are worth turning the Internet into a virtual police state. Funny how that works, huh?
Search engines are the key gateways to information and knowledge discovery on the Internet, and so for the entire planet and its vast population. The ability of Google and other search engines to display search results free from government interference is absolutely crucial.
That Congress is even contemplating such legislation that would censor search engine results is an utter disgrace to them and to basic American values.
This must not be tolerated. The battle for freedom of knowledge is now truly and most righteously joined.
Executive Summary: Governments around the world have become frustrated by their inabilities to control their populations’ access to information on the Internet as easily as was traditionally possible in the pre-Internet era. Their new hopes for regaining control are the micromanagement and censorship of search engines such as Google, through the criminalization of Web page linking, laws limiting the ability of Internet users to upload content, and related attacks on free speech and the open dissemination of knowledge.
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The Elite Final Plan: The AGI Manhattan Project
The world keeps getting crazier and crazier, at an accelerating rate, and we haven’t seen anything yet. At a glance it all appears to be impossible. Impossible to happen, yet even more impossible to stop. Unpossible because it promises to undo every notion that we know about this world and the future of the human species. Here you will find answers and truths that explain it, and cannot be found anywhere else. Here you will find the why of it all, and even the solutions to undo this dystopian technological agenda.
The push for trillion dollar military budgets to fight “terrorists”, as if they’re the Soviet Union, doesn’t make much sense. Neither does the extreme global warming related proposals, such as a global government and a global carbon tax which will bankrupt what’s left of the worlds economy on its own. All this push, while the premises of these issues are highly debatable. That’s the truth that the advocates pushing for either issue doesn’t want to admit. Ask yourself when haven’t you seen 2 people dramatize an event between them, and didn’t each have different stories to what actually happened?
Meanwhile, not only has the global economy imploded rather dramatically, all the hard numbers point to a total collapse, especially in the USA. The Federal Reserve and Eurobank are both privately owned institutions, and there’s no debating this fact. The Federal Reserve in particular was at the heart of the US economic meltdown, which brought the rest of the world with it. These institutions are literally at the helm of each federal economy, and aren’t subject to being audited. They’re above each government, just the same as your local city government is subject to the state government, and the state to the federal government.
So we’re in the middle of a collapse that by all measures looks deliberate, that was caused by private stock holders, who made unfathomable amounts of cash on the ways up and down, and were handed trillions of unaccountable dollars in “bailout” money. Despite all of this, there’s still this push for a near-trillion dollar military budget (in the US alone), along with a global government based on a global carbon tax. Meanwhile the new administration is spending at all time record levels on all other fronts. We’re already on the brink here, how can they push harder, and tax us in all new ways? How can this looming total collapse not be deliberate? Why won’t they stop spending, and is there something this a lot of this money is going to that answers this question? The answer is yes.
We’re in a new world that changes everyday. Technology keeps expanding in its abilities, and our own. This is all happening at en exponentially increasing rate. This refers to its “doubling rate”, and in general the power of computational technology doubles roughly every 18 months, while it’s cost drops by half. This is most well known with computer CPU’s, but this rule applies with a similar rate to virtually every facet of technology, including revolutionary new technologies. There are 4 main areas of technology I’m referring to: nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive sciences. They’re all beginning to merge in different ways in each area of technology and innovation.
This is very important. This answers the questions being posed above. These new thrusts in science are giving rise to new technologies that are game changers in human society. Mankind is on the verge of radical life extension, brain implants, nanobots, and a wide range of related technologies with artificial intelligence in the middle of it all. Technological progress increases with it’s own doubling rate. Meanwhile there’s an ever increasing push for more and more powerful artificial intelligence, so powerful in fact it’s like what you see in the sci-fi horror movies. Who hasn’t heard of Skynet? What they’re trying to build is already poised to be vastly more powerful than how it was depicted in the Terminator films.
This sounds insane, but it’s absolutely true and there is no debating this fact whatsoever, as we’ll see. At this point, even a conspiracy theorist might say that if there are powerful elites in control of everything, why would they risk losing that control in the face of a global artificial general intelligence (AGI) network? The answer is simple: they firmly believe that they’ll be able to live virtually indefinite life-spans, literally hundreds upon hundreds of years. They believe they’ll be able to stop and then even reverse aging. They believe they’ll be able have enhanced physical and cognitive abilities, as well as being able to connect to a new type of global consciousness based Internet, in a hive mind.
They literally believe they’ll become gods, and there have been many scientific break-thru’s that suggest they might be right on everything just listed. It all answers why we’re being bled and bankrupted at an increasing pace. They literally say we’ll face war if we try to stop them from becoming gods. I argue that this war has already begun, and the original questions answer the how and the why.
If you listen closely to Global Warming rhetoric in particular, or most environmentalist rhetoric in general, there’s a total disdain for humans and our populations. Note that multinational energy companies such as Enron and BP helped design the carbon trading scheme, even though supposedly the energy companies are to be the ones to lose out. But it’s what global climate change efforts have in common with the global War on Terror that this is all about.
Efforts from both the global War on Terror and global climate change are fueling funding in artificial intelligence, while helping keep everyone divided and distracted from debating the implications of the four aforementioned revolutionary sciences. Recall that AI, and especially AGI, inherently increases the rate at which the elites might get their hands on their god technologies. This common thread between these issues you will not see anywhere else.
Whatever is actually possible, it’s all coming sooner than the masses would think. Even majority of the front-men of this movement speak loudly about their dream wherever they can be heard, but they seem to project it as if it’s only something for the next-generation to be concerned. They carefully leave out the true scope of the current military science R&D. One thing is for sure, which is that they don’t care about you and me. Their job is to condition the masses so when this comes we’re not taken by total shock & awe, but not tell us enough so that today we might stand up appalled.
There’s a Manhattan Project type initiative to perhaps leave us with less than 5 years time till the beginning of the end. The players are the United States government & military with key corporations like Google and IBM. They’re doing much of it without explicitly telling you, and much of it is being done on your dime. The facts can be found in their own words, documents and websites. It’s not even a secret except that few would ever suspect the initiative or possibility, while the controlled Big 5 Media machine fails to make much mention let alone deliver actual context.
We exist under a so-called 2 party system. These 2 parties work in concert together to ensure that no “3rd parties” have any chance of succeeding, despite giving us a facade of being mortal enemies. They’re almost perfectly totally against what the other is doing, but each side is still inherently supporting the same Technocracy agenda in what they do push for, while most of the time the career politicians are generally just paying lip service to the ideals that are expected of them.
“Democrats” fling all sorts of anti-war talk, but still vote to fund the wars, and American Imperialism in general. The US has over 760 military bases in foreign nations, which the rest of the world knows to be a classical empire, and the Democrats are just as responsible for it. Meanwhile the “Republicans” talk all sorts of small government rhetoric, while helping expand government and spending over the past 10 years. Democrats and Republicans are both just as responsible to the shipping of our jobs overseas so that we can only afford Chinese garbage products that aren’t even worth fixing when they break. We don’t only use crude oil for fuel, we literally need it to be able to make virtually everything we enjoy in our daily modern lives.
The other related issue that we can all thank both Democrat and Republican career politicians for is the rapidly growing trend towards a Big Brother Police State. We’re on the verge of collapse, by their doings, yet they have more and more billions of dollars per year to spend on new ways to completely violate the Bill of Rights and spy on us in real time with virtually every device in our existence, while building a militarized police apparatus ready to crush any peaceful protest movement with state of the art technologies. Majority of the “western world” is already under a pervasive real time dragnet that makes the spying of the Soviet Union look like 1980′s 8-bit video games compared to XBox 360.
This is supposed to be a free nation, yet we’re not even free to move to the other side of the world and not pay taxes. We face prison time and the confiscation of our homes for possession of certain natural drugs that are less toxic than most of the drugs cooked up in big pharmaceutical labs that we’re overcharged for. We’re free to talk, but we’re completely marginalized, and talking about the government these days gets you put on terrorist no fly lists. We’re not even free to travel without being groped and naked body scanned, for a threat that didn’t even kill as many people in the year 2001 as did everyday aspirin.
The reality is, by all definitions, here in the US we’ve been enveloped by corporate fascism, while holding the world hostage as the only remaining “superpower” aka global empire. We have both the Democrats and Republicans to thank for this, including Obama, and Bush. Except the Democrats try and act different, by offering us global communism. The problem is that total communism and total fascism are technically indistinguishable, both being centralized government totalitarianism.
To assume there isn’t a group of like-minded people, large or small, that have the same elitist agenda, and power, especially considering all of the undeniable realities we face, is insanity. It’s not like there’s some watchdog organization that makes sure we’re not being undermined by some sort of oligarchy ‘click’. It could be said that there are, but they’re usually labeled kooky conspiracy theorists. Meanwhile technology marches on, and the elites of the world get closer and closer to becoming gods, and cutting us out.
It all starts with the technology side, the AGI Manhattan Project. Next comes the system behind it, and the war against the masses which has already begun. It ends with the psychology and philosophy of the people working for it, and those behind it.
The AGI Manhattan Project:
Radical life extension, along with body & brain augmentation, each aspects of the growing movement known as “Transhumanism”, are the overarching goals of the establishment. The first and foremost “holy grail” goal is Strong AI, aka Artificial General Intelligence. The world is full of AI; from video games to the stock market. But these AI’s are “narrow” in ability. AGI refers to a “general” intelligence. Generally intelligent, not narrowly. Human level and beyond intelligence would greatly accelerate their other technological goals kicking off what they call the “Technological Singularity”.
Regardless of whether or not you believe this to be possible, they’re actively doing it, and they’re taxing you for it. There is absolutely no debate or refutation to this fact whatsoever. This isn’t even to say it’s possible, but they’re trying with all of their might (and your money)to do it. It’s right on public military websites, and in video statements by the higher ups and even heads of top tech corporations.
Perhaps most importantly, especially considering how if they succeed it would be arguably the biggest event in human history, and most potentially devastating, with almost no chance of turning back, it’s all happening without an ounce of public discourse or debate.
This overall effort openly involves virtually every government agency and department, every branch of military, which are all funded by Congress, and led by the administrations of both George Walker Bush and Barack Hussein Obama. It also involves the projects and super computers at literally all major all national laboratories, along with virtually all national universities, and all of the above tied in with the majority of the crony heads of the top technology corporations.
The Pentagons Mad Science coordination division, aka Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), sits at the top of this dragnet of science research & development (R&D) gathering. Enter the Science pyramid… the AGI Manhattan Project.
DARPA is the lead agency. They are both the capstone, and the foundation. They coordinate national labs & universities, companies and corporations, and agencies with all branches of military. Their scientific “thrusts” run the entire gauntlet of transhumanist related efforts, from cybernetics to life extension to Skynet level artificially intelligent cognitive computers. They direct the R&D to the most appropriate groups and institutions, and then help orchestrate systems wide integration upon completion.
To cite all relevant quotes from their various programs could take half a book. At this juncture there’s only space to list and link the programs:
Architectures for Cognitive Information Processing (ACIP), Biologically-Inspired Cognitive Architectures, Omnipresent High Performance Computing (OHPC), Real-World Reasoning (REAL), Cognitive Assistant that Learns (CALO), Deep Green (DG), Cognitive Information Processing Technology, Physical intelligence (PI), NetTrack (NT), Bootstrapped Learning (BL), Deep Learning, Integrated Learning (IL), Transfer Learning (TL), Accelerated Learning, Machine Reading (MR), Robustness of Biologically-Inspired Networks (RoBIN), Ubiquitous High Performance Computing (UHPC), Neurotechnology for Intelligence Analysts, Bio-Molecular Nano-Devices/Systems (MOLDICE), Biomimetic Computing, RealNose, SN-10-51, Global Autonomous Language Exploitation (GALE), Self-Regenerative Systems (SRS), and Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE).
It’s very difficult to even attempt to place budget figures on DARPA. They have their budget, as well as their cousins IARPA & HSARPA, while a lot of work by NASA, the NSF is in lockstep, not to mention military black budgets and secretive CIA & DIA budgets.
Funding for virtually every aspect of government agendas has hardly even decreased, while many areas have seen increases. The unique thing about DARPA is they aren’t limited by their budget alone.
Singularity University, Intelligent Archives (IA), Intelligent Systems, High-End Computing Capability (HECC), Integrated Systems Research, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Cognitive Sciences, and a dizzying array of other complex projects in those research areas.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Programs:
Adaptive Systems Technology (AST), Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI), Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Emerging Frontiers (EF), Core BIO Investments, Adaptive Systems Technology (AST), Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS), Science and Engineering Beyond Moore’s Law, Cyber-physical Systems, Cognitive Engineering, Mapping the Brain in Time and Space, Cognitive Engineering,
One good example of virtually every government agency working in lockstep towards the Technological Singularity is the National Nanotechnology Initiative. The following institutions are all coordinated under the NNI, by the cabinet level National Science and Technology Council (NSTC):
Bureau of Industry and Security, Consumer Product Safety Commission, USDA, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Army Engineering R&D Center, Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Army Research Office (ARO), DARPA, Defense Research & Engineering (DDR&E), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of Transportation, Department of Treasury, EPA, FDA, Forest Service, US Intelligence Community, U.S. International Trade Commission, NIH, NIST, NASA, NSF, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Patent and Trademark Office and the US Geological Survey.
That about leaves out only the ATF and the DEA, and of course the CIA & NSA, but why would they be listed?
Another prime example of the system wide drive for the Singularity is a 2001 conference organized by the Dept. of Commerce and the NSF, which produced a 482 page document titled “Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance”. It had representatives and speakers from the following institutions:
The White House, National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Commerce, Newt Gingrich, NASA, National Institutes of Health, Hewlet Packard, Institute for Global Futures, National Science and Technology Councils Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science Engineering and Technology (NSET), IBM, Raytheon, Lucent, University of California, Stanford University, Sandia National Labs, Brandeis University, MIT, University of Washington, University of Strathclyde, Tissue Informatics, University of Pennsylvania, University of Louisville, NYU Medical School, University of Calgary, Duke University, University of Texas, UCSB, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Carnegie Melon University, Department of Defense, DARPA, Naval Research Laboratory, Defense For Research, New England Complex Systems Institute, University of Virginia, University of Maryland, Institute of Nanotechnology, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Commission on the Future of Aerospace, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, The EPA, Department of Chemistry, Princeton Materials Institute …
The goal of the meeting wasn’t merely to promote the 4 “NBIC” technologies:
“Four transforming tools have emerged: nanotechnology for hardware, biotechnology for dealing with living systems, information technology for communication and control, and cognition-based technologies to enhance human abilities and collective behavior.”
Instead it was about structuring collaborative research to promote the converging of the 4 revolutionary science paradigms into an all new form of substrate. The goal being eventually to create and merge humans with new forms of synthetic “life”, to become “Post Humans”, and to merge humans into a brain implant enabled “hive mind” (that’s a quote).
Another choice example of cross-sector collaboration to construct the Singularity is the Singularity University, which is housed at none other than the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), in Silicon Valley. It’s partners include Google, ePlanet, Autodesk, Motorola, FIAP, Steelcase, 23andMe, Canon, LinkedIn, WordPress, KurzweilAI, University of California, Stanford and others.
Universities are the next realm of the AGI Manhattan Project. It would be absurdly counterproductive to even list only the universities which are directly awarded project solicitations from DARPA. But the universities of most relevance here are Stanford, Carnegie, Duke, Vanderbilt, Caltech, the University of Chicago and University of California. These universities are amongst the forefront of transhumanist related research, and happen to be founded robber baron era industrial tycoons. These tycoons were heavy advocates for Eugenics, and their pet project schools listed above were amongst the leading fountain heads for eugenics theory. If you’re not aware of the history of eugenics this is required research material. By all measures, transhumanism is just the modern version of eugenics. A full history of eugenics and listing of their theories is beyond the scope here, but in short it was the race science and methods of ‘solution’ that influenced Hilter’s concentration camps.
National laboratories are the final realm. Literally all of them, and their supercomputers are fully integrated into the aforementioned apparatus. One example of choice would be Los Alamos, which was the home of the original Manhattan Project. They’re hooked up, along with many leading universities, into the NSF’s TeraGrid network, which is a super high speed advanced version of the Internet, designed specifically for large scale science collaboration across institutions, enabling access to the various different top-in-class supercomputers. What puts DARPA at the top of the scientific pyramid is that they have access to mining literally every resource, meaning even indirectly supportive work doe at different levels are still at their disposal for concept and results mining.
There’s no debating the existence of the AGI Manhattan Project. It can be ascertained that the countless thousands of people indirectly involved in it don’t even realize what they’re a part of. With global telecommunications now being radically different than 60 years ago, private intranets can connect up any remote office or personal computer as a collective. This means that a modern day Manhattan Project could be operated across the planet in secret with great ease. This would especially be the case if you had literally a million or more parallel platformed CPU’s at your disposal (like Google does). Consider that computing power per $1000 is literally less than millionth what was during the Manhattan Project, and that project only cost about US$24 billion. Anything even resembling a modern semiconductor computer hadn’t even been invented yet. Meanwhile, every year their capabilities expand as CPU prices drop and work gets easier, exponentially, thanks to Moore’s Law and the Law of Accelerating Returns.
The issue is what the intentions of the true elites that shape U.S. policy have in mind for all of this. Listening to the PR people of transhumanism should offer a safe insight: becoming “gods”.
There’s a war being waged against us. A great many of the people on the planet are feeling the effects from this already, via the economic meltdown. While the economic war didn’t against us started generations ago, the modern technological war came before the economic assault, so we’ll explore that first.
We’re being targeted as children with social engineering indoctrination, to be desensitized to perpetual surveillance, while being systematically dumbed down. Every year school children’s productivity scores twirl around the downward spiral, despite increases in Dept. of Education spending annually. You get what you pay for. Today when we’re born our DNA goes into a federal DNA Databank. Next the children are targeted by manipulative marketers openly bent on turning them into mindless brand loyalist consumers via TV and other forms of media. Finally they make it into school where they face being monitored via microphones while riding the bus, and then they’re under the watchful eye of cameras and on duty police, including cameras in the restrooms and in some cases inside the actual toilets, and at lunch they pay using their thumbprint. Finally, when they go home they have to worry about being recorded by camera on school issued laptops and tracked with GPS trackers.
Perhaps in a few years the system will start installing full naked body scanners into schools like are going into all of the airports. As adults we’re being trained to be subjected to being frisked or filed into a naked body scanner, which are meant to become mandatory. You would never see a government official go through one of these and then post the images online, yet in the UK even children are supposed to go through them even though it violates child pornography laws. All of this over a ‘panty bomber’ plot that didn’t succeed, where reports suggest that the scanners wouldn’t have caught him, while the real problem was that he got on the plane without a passport. All of this being conducted by the TSA, while Obama has appointed a controversial spy figure to head the agency. It’s no surprise when we hear reports of maniac TSA employees power tripping over citizens and literally declaring themselves to be god.
We’re not even allowed to have privacy in our homes. It used to be illegal for any level of government to tap our phones without a warrant. Now the NSA, FBI and others do it anyways with an ongoing record of ‘abuse’. They decided that unilaterally, even though not even the Patriot Act set the precedent. But under the “Patriot Act” they can literally break into your home without anyone’s knowledge and go through your things and plant bugs, which opens the door to the planting of false evidence. They peek into our mail. Popping up in cities are police cameras with high-res night vision lenses than can zoom into peoples windows. Every census has them asking ever more personal questions, this time asking virtually everything, while having the census takers use a GPS transponder to mark your front door into their system. This is precisely what they used to do in the Soviet Union. Today it appears on virtually all fronts that despite out living the Soviets, the US federal government has become the enemy and makes those who criticize it enemies of the state.
When we’re being targeted, it can be assumed that we’re the enemy. We’re especially targeted on the Internet. Not only do many of the relevant Internet companies store our personal emails and surfing habits, they’re pushed by various levels of government to do so for at least 5 years. Between the military, CIA, FBI, NSA and local police we’re monitored browsing the web, using all of the major social networks and in video games. In case you assume they don’t have enough people to do all of this, they’re using AI in countless forms to catalog and chronicle all of the data they can. They even use AI to assess bloggers “moods”, for “hate speech” and other “subversive” behavior. All of this for domestic citizens, as now the “terrorist threats” are citizens from “supporters of the Constitution”, to “Luddites” and “conspiracy theorists” who complain about all of this Big Brother technology invading their rights to privacy. Next Obama is moving to create an ID token “Identity Ecosystem” designed to remove passwords from everything we do, where instead our personal names are tied to every single electronic device and component therein, right down to the flash memory chip you plug into your digital camera.
Then when we try to leave our homes it’s the same story. You walk out your door and a military satellite might spot you. Then you get into your car, that has an increasing chance of being equipped with trackable GPS. Your drive down the road to have your face and license plate scanned by cameras that mail you your traffic ticket via robotic automation. Mandatory black boxes are being proposed for all new vehicles that record even more data. Our airfare travel and border crossings being recorded, yet illegal immigrants are allowed to run rampant in border regions causing escalating drug cartel murders and beheadings. This crisis is caused by us not being free to do what we want with our bodies, according to the federal government, even when states decide for themselves that it is, but this is beside the point. Biometric ID cards were first proposed to domesticate the illegals, and now they’re about to be forced upon us all as an unconstitutional National ID, not to mention vice president Joe Biden once promised Supreme Court justice Roberts that one day he’d have to rule on whether or not everyone would be forced to take an implantable microchip to track their whereabouts via satellite.
Even if you try to walk, your cell phone has tabs on you. Under Bush the precedent was set for us to be physically tracked via both triangulation and GPS and to be monitorable in real time via the microphone or camera. Obama’s Justice Dept. fought in court in 2010 to keep it active. Even if the phone is turned off, the feds and police can still activate the microphone. You literally have to remove the battery to stop it, while the more sophisticated phones like those made by Apple and Google have increasing methods to be able to study our behavior, and to condition us to actually enjoy being tracked 24/7. The Google Android phone even has a free app that ‘lets’ you take a snapshot of your eye’s iris so they can store it in their NSA databanks, while the army is developing high speed iris scanners that scan rapidly scan entire crowds of people.
Next we have DARPA’s Total Information Awareness program. TIA was to be about gathering and linking every scrap of data possible on people through massive artificially intelligent data mining supercomputers, and then to create complex maps of every possible connection people have to one another. Initially Congress ruled to shut it down as being unconstitutional, but it didn’t take long before it was parted out amongst the various agencies of interest, all connected under Homeland Security. After a few years mainstream media reports of it still being alive began to surface, and the new Democrat congress did nothing to stop it. Today Fusion Centers are being set up in every state using the TIA framework, manned by military, federal and state police officials, all under Homeland Security and endorsed by Obama.
All of these tracking systems are being integrated into a pervasive and ubiquitous 3 dimensional real time global surveillance system. Stopping global warming is stated in the first paragraph of the official description of NASA’s “Planetary Skin” global nervous system. As Hewlett Packard prepares the nerves for it via technologies such as “smart dust”, IBM is working with DARPA to build the “global brain’ AGI system to hook it into. The EU has the same idea as they’re building a global monitoring system being designed to also predict into the future. It’s no wonder there’s all this talk about a global government starting with deep USA & EU integration.
DARPA programs that are part of the AGI Panopticon include:
Mind’s Eye, Fine Detail Optical Surveillance (FDOS), Flow-based Information Theory Tracking (FITT), Persistent Stare Exploitation and Analysis System (PerSEAS), Exploitation of 3-D Data (E3D), Urban Reasoning and Geospatial Exploitation Technology (URGEnT), Standoff Precision ID in 3-D (SPI-3D), Persistent Operational Surface Surveillance and Engagement (POSSE), Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance – Infrared (ARGUS-IR), Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System (CT2WS), Fopen Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Tracking and Engagement Radar (FORESTER), NEOVISION2, NetTrack (NT), Harnessing Infrastructure for Building Reconnaissance (HIBR) and Urban Reasoning and Geospatial Exploitation Technology (URGENT).
The combination of all of these aspects would have this system able to see through trees, walls and deep into the ground; while having billions of sensors of all types and sizes spread out across the earth; in and on everything. And guess who gets to pay for it.
It’s worth noting that in 2003 9,000 people died in automotive accidents, three times how many died on 9/11, a single disaster which could have been prevented without any of these new Orwellian technologies, or a Police State.
The thing about 9/11 was that same day Bush said the terrorists attacked our freedoms, which was then parroted by media pundits and politicians for years. Yet the federal government has been the one attacking our freedoms increasingly and persistently, doing things to us that won’t stop Islamic terrorism, while doing things that is creating more terrorists globally, while not even doing things like securing our borders where terrorists could infiltrate our nation with supposed suitcase nukes. The “American” people are the ones being targeted across the board as terrorists, as enemies of the state. Guilty until proven innocent, and then still suspect needing to be monitored and tracked.
Protesting virtually any issue out there gets you added to terrorist watch lists. The Obama administration wants it so that if you’re put on a terrorist no fly list you can’t buy a firearm, without any conviction, while 6 years old kids have been rejected at airports for being on the list. So if you protest any issue you might not be able to travel or buy a gun. And if you do protest you may face brutal consequences. Police riot squads already have or are developing a daunting array of sophisticated “non-lethal” weapons including sonic cannons, microwave pain beams, optical ‘vomit beam’ guns, shotgun and grenade launcher fired tasers, “Shockwave” swarm fired taser batteries, crowd blaster tear gas launchers and discuss other sickening things like chemical neurowarfare for use against demonstrators. Odds of facing these weapons are higher than you’d think, as at protest after protest police agent provocateurs are busted vandalizing businesses and burning cop cars to justify beating and arresting crowds of protesters.
The growing trend for the past several decades has been the militarization of the police, turning them into a standing army. There is now even a NORTHCOM marine brigade has been tasked with Homeland Security objectives, including the stomping of protesters. All of this is a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, passed in 1878 to prevent the federal government from using the military for law enforcement. Every year whichever president is in office signs new executive orders further consolidating the military takeover of the US, and Obama is no exception to this rule. We’re already under a state of de facto martial law, as we’ve been under a state of national emergency since before 1976, and these executive orders are always written under the context of a national emergency.
Laws are constantly introduced and even passed giving the military and federal government the ‘legal right’ to detain us in secret, against the foundational concept of Habeas Corpus, with no legal representation, indefinitely, where we can be brutally tortured and even ‘disappeared’ for ever. Whether or not you think that would ever happen is irrelevant, as this is already the case. Ask yourself why they’d install such measures, and ask yourself why they’d have hundreds of designated civilian internment FEMA / Halliburtan / military camps (with barbwire pointing inwards) for detainment and civilian labor.
With all of the police and the half a trillion dollar plus budget military, ask yourself why Obama has said repeatedly that he intends to set up a civilian national security “just as large, just as well funded as the military”, that includes a mandatory draft and youth snitch brigades. Ask yourself why Homeland Security is training the Boy Scouts in SWAT team gear and tactics, on mock missions to subdue an Iraq War veterans. Ask yourself why the military is constantly setting up checkpoints and patrol streets in cities across the US. Ask yourself why the military runs drills in US cities, that include foreign troops, doing mock roundups of groups of US citizens. Ask yourself why FEMA has a system of over 50,000 religious clergy ready to help round up guns, and to snitch on potential freedom fighters that might go to their local religious leaders for rest.
Ask yourself what these things have to do with terrorism, when the policies and actions of the federal government are what is pissing everyone off domestically and around the world. Ask yourself why each new administration is more secretive than their predecessors, with Obama’s being worse than Bush’s even after all the “change” he campaigned on. Ask yourself why the military is openly and deliberately training kids to be killers via video games, and why they’re making the interfaces of military equipment based on games, and why they’re calling for an all drone army. Ask yourself why the privately owned Federal Reserve bank has been handed more power over the US government and economy, with even less congressional oversight, in response to being responsible for setting the stage for the economic meltdown. Considering that the Internet is our last bastion of freedom, ask yourself why Obama has been given the power to shut it down during an emergency, while we’re under a constant state of emergency. Ask yourself why we’re being sickened by countless softkill weapons, and denied recent safe cancer cures.
There is still hope, but time is short. We have a way to slow down the growing AGI, using simple Automated Untelligence software tools that can be fun to use. For the political system, we have a unifying concept to pull the funding out from underneath the criminally corrupt Congress, via Consensual Taxation only, marginalizing their powers over us and to do these things that are bent on power instead of the human betterment their claimed to be. The future is now. Fight for what you want it to become, because the dystopian system being set up is already fighting you.