"And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth....
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A.I./TRANSHUMANISM: New AI technology maybe able to read your inner feelings

A.I./TRANSHUMANISM: New AI technology maybe able to read your inner feelings

If you thought Facebook and Cambridge Analytica were on the cutting edge when it comes to violating privacy, you haven't seen anything yet: new tech from Dolby Labs may be able to read your inner feelings based on subtle tells like eye dilation, skin heat, brainwaves, speech patterns, and carbon dioxide on your breath.

If perfected, it won't matter how composed you seem to the naked eye-a complex AI program will be able to add up all these factors and use them to create a picture of your psychology.

This isn't the first technology to start peering into people's headspace. Earlier this month, we reported on a new device created by the University of California that can translate brain waves directly into words in real time.

It's an amazing breakthrough for neuroscience, but it's also the first, troubling step toward real-life mind-reading, which may expose our private thoughts to the world.

The one thing to take solace in is that the UC device requires electrodes and a lot of hardware connected to your skull to operate-it's not like a radio scanner that can peer into your mind without your consent.

The same may not hold true for the new tech developed by Dolby Labs, which apparently uses a combination of different sensors to monitor what's happening on the inside and outside of your body, meaning that "smart rooms" and high-tech accessories may be able to glean data from you without access to your skull.

"It is something people need to realize is here and is going to happen; so let's make it happen in a way we have control over," says Poppy Crum, the chief scientist attached to the project. "We will be able to know more about each other than we ever have. Let's use that for the right reasons rather than the wrong ones."

Some of the potential uses include creating dating apps that scan potential mates' faces to gauge genuine interest and equipping police with devices that can pick up on the cues of mental illness.

Gene therapy and the trans-human agenda

by Jon Rappoport

“Researchers say they’re well on the way to curing thousands of diseases by tinkering with human genes. But is that true? Or is their effort really part of a long-range agenda to keep experimenting in the dark, through grotesque trial and error, to alter humans and make them into a new species?” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
With the onrush of new gene-editing techniques, the medical research establishment is beating an old drum: they will cure many human diseases by making genetic changes.
First of all, the new editing techniques have unknown consequences. A simple snip of a gene can bring on ripples in the patient’s overall genetic structure. This fact spells danger.
Second, and here is the old drum: there are a number of diseases caused by a problem with a single gene—one gene, one disease. Therefore, a precise edit of the offending gene will cure the disease.
But is this one-gene one-disease hypothesis actually true?
If so, we should already have seen these cures. But we haven’t.
I’m not talking about the occasional claim of a single cure in a single patient. I’m talking about curing a specific disease across the board in many, many patients.
It hasn’t happened.
Here is a very interesting quote from the book, “Understanding Genetics: A District of Columbia Guide for Patients and Health Professionals,” published by the District of Columbia Department of Health:
“Some of the more common single-gene disorders include cystic fibrosis, hemochromatosis, Tay-Sachs, and sickle cell anemia…However, despite advancements in the understanding of genetic etiology and improved diagnostic capabilities, no treatments are available to prevent disease onset or slow disease progression for a number of these disorders.”
Is it “a number of these disorders,” or “all these disorders?”
Let’s see the evidence that single-gene therapy has cured ANY disease across the board.
It isn’t forthcoming.
And since it isn’t, the hypothesis that there are single-gene disorders is at best unproven. Speculative.
Let’s say that for Disease X, researchers have found that, in every case, there is a particular gene that is malfunctioning. The researchers claim, “Well, that’s it, we’ve found the cause of X.” But have they? HOW DO THEY KNOW THERE AREN’T OTHER ESSENTIAL CAUSATIVE FACTORS INVOLVED?
There is a simple test. Correct the malfunctioning gene and watch thousands of cures for X.
Until that occurs, the hypothesis is up in the air. It’s interesting, it’s suggestive, but it isn’t verified. Not by a long shot.
Consider this typically absurd claim from medicine.net: “There are more than 6,000 known single-gene disorders, which occur in about 1 out of every 200 births. These disorders are known as monogenetic disorders (disorders of a single gene).”
Again, how would the authors show that even one of these supposedly 6000 disorders is caused by the malfunctioning of a single gene?
Cure the disease by correcting the gene.
“Well, ahem, we don’t have the technology to do that yet, because we aren’t sure our therapy would be entirely safe. We might bring about dangerous unintended consequences in the patient…”
Fine. Then don’t make the claim that you know a single gene is the cause.
Ah, but you see, the medical research establishment wants to jump the gun. Making bold claims makes them look good. It brings them a great deal of funding.
And it also deflects and stops research that would discover other causes of disease—for example, environmental causes connected to gross corporate pollution. Chemical pollution. The harmful effects of pesticides. And the harmful effects of toxic medical drugs. And vaccines.
“No, no, no. Let’s just say disease is, at bottom, genetic. It doesn’t matter what else is happening.”
The Holy Grail for genetic research would be: “We can cure any harmful impact brought on by environmental toxicity. It’s all in the genes. Major corporations can do whatever they want to, and there will be no danger. There never was any danger. We just needed to advance to the stage where we could correct damage to the genes. And now we’re there.”
They’re not there. They’re not even close. Whether they will ever get close is a matter of sheer speculation.
Here is an extreme but instructive analogy: Imagine that when it rains, an acutely toxic compound falls to Earth. A man stands out in the rain as the poison descends. Researchers assert that the rain isn’t the problem. It’s the man’s body. His body is built to “react negatively” to the poison. Rebuilding his body will make him immune to the poison. Who knows how much sheer trial-and-error rebuilding is necessary? Perhaps he will need to become non-human to survive. So be it.
This approach is part and parcel of the trans-human agenda. Don’t stop the poison. Make the human impervious.
If, in the process, he loses everything that makes him unique and free, that is just collateral damage.
But no matter how many changes are wrought in the human, the poison is still poison. Until, finally, the human is a machine—and then the poison has no effect.
Neither does life. Life has no effect. The machine is adjusted. It survives. It is no longer alive, and that is called victory.
If you think I’m exaggerating transhumanism beyond all possibility, contemplate this statement made by Gregory Stock, former director of the prestigious program in Medicine, Technology, and Society at the UCLA School of Medicine:
“Even if half the world’s species were lost [during genetic experiments], enormous diversity would still remain. When those in the distant future look back on this period of history, they will likely see it not as the era when the natural environment was impoverished, but as the age when a plethora of new forms—some biological, some technological, some a combination of the two—burst onto the scene. We best serve ourselves, as well as future generations, by focusing on the short-term consequences of our actions rather than our vague notions about the needs of the distant future.”
The basis for such lunacy is the presumption that The Individual isn’t important, and never was.
Whereas, The Individual is all-important.
A sane society would exist and operate on behalf of The Individual.
It isn’t the other way around.