by Brandon Turbeville
February 9, 2012
is an author out of Mullins, South Carolina.
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In a testament to just how fast the coming cyberization of mankind
has progressed, a new report published by the Daily Mail entitled, “Hitler
would have loved The Singularity - Mind-blowing benefits of merging
human brains and computers,” reaffirms most of what I
have been writing about for the better part of a year. Namely, that
the merging of man and machine is much closer than the average
person is willing to believe.
In the news report, Ian Morris, Professor of Classics and
History at Stanford University and author of Why The West Rules -
For Now, briefly overviews years of mainstream history involving
the development and implementation of Singularity-related
Before going much further, however, it is important for the reader
to understand just what is meant when the term “Singularity” is
writing in Time magazine (21 Feb 2011), “Singularity” is,
“The moment when technological
change becomes so rapid and profound, it represents a rupture in
the fabric of human history.”
Grossman also provides a
brief history of the word’s usage
The singularity isn’t a wholly new
idea, just newish. In 1965 the British mathematician I.J. Good
described something he called an 'intelligence explosion':
“Let an ultraintelligent machine
be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the
intellectual activities of any man however clever.
design of machines is one of these intelligent activities,
an ultraintelligent machine could design even better
machines; there would then unquestionably be an
'intelligence explosion,' and the intelligence of man would
be left far behind. Thus the first ultraintelligent machine
is the last invention that man need ever make.”
The word 'singularity' is borrowed
from astrophysics: it refers to a point in space-time - for
example, inside a black hole - at which the rules of ordinary
physics do not apply.
In the 1980s the science-fiction
novelist Vernor Vinge attached it to Good’s
intelligence-explosion scenario. At a NASA symposium in 1993,
Vinge announced that,
"within 30 years, we will have
the technological means to create superhuman intelligence.
Shortly after, the human era will be ended."
Simply put, Singularity is the moment
when man and machine merge to create a new type of human - a
singular entity that contains property of both machines and humans.
If the concept of Singularity is new to you, I suggest reading my
article “The Singularity Movement, Immortality, and Removing the
Ghost in the Machine.” In this article, I discuss the premise behind
the movement, and some of the implications it holds for basic human
freedom, dignity, and even our own existence.
Unfortunately, Singularity is not a fringe movement as some might at
first believe; it has a great number of followers, many of whom are
in powerful positions. For instance, the
Singularity University is a
three-year-old institution that offers inter-disciplinary courses
for both executives and graduate students.
It is hosted by NASA, a notorious front
secretive projects conducted by the government and the
military-industrial complex. Not only that, but
Google, which is yet
another corporate front for intelligence agencies, was a founding
sponsor of the University as well.
It is this context in which Ian Morris writes his own article about
the coming merger of human brains and computers.
Morris prefaces his commentary on Singularity by pointing out some
mainstream (even if not well-known) facts regarding the development
of technology that he, and many others who are informed on the
subject, believes will allow for actually sending human thoughts
over the Internet. All of this, of course, will take place after
human brains are chipped, or otherwise linked to computers.
Ten years ago, the US National
Science Foundation predicted ‘network-enhanced telepathy’ -
sending thoughts over the internet - would be practical by the
And thanks to neuroscientists at the University of California,
we seem to be on schedule.
Last September, they asked volunteers to watch Hollywood film
trailers and then reconstructed the clips by scanning their
subjects’ brain activity.
He continues by saying:
Last week, the scientists boldly
went further still. They charted the electrical activity in the
brains of volunteers who were listening to human speech and then
they fed the results into computers which translated the signals
back into language.
The technique remains crude, and has so far made out only five
distinct words, but humanity has crossed a threshold.
The threshold that Morris refers to is
the moment where the merging of man and machine are announced to the
general public, not necessarily the moment when it becomes possible.
Indeed, we know that any research or
development announced to the general public is, in reality, much
further behind the true capabilities of the technology. For
instance, the ability to
control brain function via computers or for
brains to control computers by thought has been
available for many
years. Only the crude forms of this technology have been introduced
for mass consumption.
Even so, the introduction came a great
many years after the actual development.
Yet, after pointing out some of the positive aspects that this
technology might present to humanity, such as providing speech to
those impaired by neurodegenerative diseases, or movement to those
suffering from paralysis, Morris points out some other rather
disturbing directions this rapidly developing technology might take.
Disturbing, that is, if one is not part of
the Singularity cult.
Nevertheless, Morris moves through some innocuous and unquestionably
beneficial developments such as eyeglasses and ear trumpets, which
show the lengths to which technology has progressed and the
relatively short time scale it has taken to do so.
These devices have either become a
normal part of life, or have given way to other more advanced
technologies. These more advanced devices such as hearing aids,
dialysis machines, and pacemakers have all become normal and
accepted machine additions as well.
However, as Morris writes:
By the second decade of the 21st
Century, we have become used to organs grown in laboratories,
genetic surgery and designer babies.
In 2002, medical researchers used enzymes and DNA to build the
first molecular computers, and in 2004 improved versions were
being injected into people’s veins to fight cancer
By 2020 we may be able to put even cleverer nano-computers into
our brains to speed up synaptic links, give ourselves perfect
memory and perhaps cure dementia.
If nano-computers implanted in our
brains would indeed increase these functions of the human brain,
making then possible the furthering of other related technological
and other biotechnological advancements, then it is realistic to
believe (as many in the Singularity movement do) that the human
being as we know it will cease to exist.
The old man will be replaced by the new.
was made imperfect would be made perfect. This is exactly
the future which Singularity promoters like Juan Enriquez
Enriquez’s long resume affirms the fact
that those in prominent positions hold fast to what is essentially a
modern version of eugenics based on more than just mere ethnicity.
Enriquez himself states that humanity, by virtue of Singularity,
will develop into an entirely different species.
The new human species is one that
begins to engineer the evolution of viruses, plants, animals,
As we do that, Darwin’s rules get
bent, and sometimes even broken. By taking direct and deliberate
control over our evolution, we are living in a world where we
are modifying stuff according to our desires...
Eventually, we get to the point
where evolution is guided by what we’re engineering. That’s a
big deal. Today’s plastic surgery is going to seem tame compared
to what’s coming.
Enriquez also admits that, as a result
of this emerging technology, a “new ethics” must be developed to go
along with the opportunities for eugenics that now present
The issue of [genetic variation] is
a really uncomfortable question, one that for good reason, we
have been avoiding since the 1930s and '40s. A lot of the
research behind the eugenics movement came out of elite
universities in the U.S. It was disastrously misapplied.
But you do have to ask, if there are
fundamental differences in species like dogs and horses and
birds, is it true that there are no significant differences in
humans? We are going to have an answer to that question very
If we do, we need to think through
an ethical, moral framework to think about questions that go way
Of course, the open promoters of
Singularity such as Juan Enriquez and Ray Kurzweil are
not the root of the movement.
As Morris points out, the funding of
projects related to the merging of the human brain with that of the
computer has been funded mostly by
DARPA (Defense Advanced Research
After all, as Morris points out, it was DARPA that produced the
ARPANET in the 1970s) and it was DARPA’s
Interface Project that was the first voyage in molecular computing.
As I mentioned earlier, however, one
should be aware that even these projects that been announced and
revealed to the general public are actually far behind in the true
time scale of development. DARPA’s research and discoveries are
years or decades ahead of anything they introduce, even
retroactively, to the scientific community at large, much less the
This is why programs such as,
Talk, are exploring mind reading technology by virtue of reading the
electrical signals inside the brains of soldiers, then broadcasting
them for two-way communication with soldiers over the Internet.
As Morris writes:
With these implants, entire armies
will be able to talk without radios. Orders will leap instantly
into soldiers’ heads and commanders’ wishes will become the
wishes of their men.
Add this to the fact that “mind reading”
technology is already being rolled out in Western airports, and one
can easily see an agenda at work.
A very crude version of the
neuron-scanning technology discussed by Morris, these “Emotion
Detectors” use video cameras and facial cues, as well as thermal
imaging technology, to detect emotions that are unacceptable to
However, the technology Morris writes
about is much more advanced than emotion scanners. Even the
definition of “mind reading” in terms of the new interface programs
tends to be more dynamic.
Consider how Morris describes Ray Kurzweil’s prediction of where
mind reading programs will go in the future.
Since the Sixties, computer chips
have been doubling their speed and halving their cost every 18
months or so.
If the trend continues, the inventor and predictor Ray Kurzweil
has pointed out that by 2029 we will have computers powerful
enough to run programs reproducing the 10,000 trillion
electrical signals that flash around your skull every second.
They will also have enough memory to store the ten trillion
recollections that make you who you are.
And they will also be powerful enough to scan, neuron by neuron,
every contour and wrinkle of your brain.
What this means is that if the trends of the past 50 years
continue, in 17 years’ time we will be able to upload an
electronic replica of your mind on to a machine.
There will be two of you - one a flesh-and-blood animal, the
other inside a computer’s circuits.
And if the trends hold fast beyond that, Kurzweil adds, by 2045
we will have a computer that is powerful enough to host every
one of the eight billion minds on earth.
Carbon and silicon-based intelligence will merge to form a
single global consciousness.
The world being described here is not
much different than the one presented in movies like The Matrix or
Ghost in the Shell ; a world where humans have been physically
altered in order to be linked with the Internet.
In both movies, there is a version of
the “single global consciousness” where cyberized humans are fully
merged into the virtual world. Yet, although such technology has
been portrayed as science fiction for years, the fact is that the
Singularity is now a very real possibility.
As US Col. Thomas Adams stated,
“is rapidly taking us to a place
where we may not want to go, but probably are unable to avoid.”
He should know.
Western militaries have
preparing for the Singularity for some time. In this context,
where war becomes literally ingrained, the dystopic vision of dark
science fiction becomes promoted as a real-world solution.
Although Col. Adams is right to suggest that we are heading in a
direction that we do not wish to go, he is wrong to suggest that we
are unable to avoid it. As we stand currently, the ability to avoid
losing our own humanity in a fog of computer circuits and
switchboards is still well within our grasp.
Admittedly, because of the incremental approach taken by movements
such as Singularity, there is added difficulty in resistance.
However, it is time the people of the world decide exactly what
their line in the sand will be, and it is time for them to draw that
While our own humanity may be at stake,
we can save it by uttering one solitary word: