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Transhumanism Two

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by Nicholas Jones

July 12, 2002

from EducateYourSelf Website

 

Editor’s Note: This is a highly revealing and insightful overview of the ELF, GWEN towers, and HAARP inter-connection. It was posted some time ago on Al Bielek’s web site before Al went off the air, but its content is as timely today as when it first came out. The same author, Nicholas Jones, posted an excellent article about Chemtrails, Peanut Buter and Barium Sandwichs on Jeff Rense’s web site a few months ago. This might be the same Nicholas Jones who is a BBC journalist and author of two books on Spin Control…Ken Adachi

 


Earth is wrapped in a donut shaped magnetic field. Circular lines of magnetic flux continuously descend into the North Pole and emerge from the South Pole. The Ionosphere, an electromagnetic-wave conductor, 100 kilometers [62 miles] above the earth, consists of a layer of electrically charged particles acting as a shield from solar winds.


Earth Resonant Frequency


Natural waves are created which result from electrical activity in the atmosphere. They are thought to be caused by multiple lightning storms. Collectively, these waves are called ‘
The Schumann Resonance‘, with the strongest current registering at 7.8 Hz. These are quasi-standing [scalar], extremely low frequency (ELF) waves that naturally exist in the earth’s electromagnetic cavity which is the space between ground and the Ionosphere. These ‘earth brainwaves’ are identical to the frequency spectrum of our human brainwaves.



Frequency nomenclature:

  • 1 hertz = 1 cycle per second, 1 Khz = 1000cps, 1 Mhz =1 million cps.

  • Wavelength: a 1 Hertz wave has a wavelength that is 186,000 miles long, a 10 Hz wave is 18,600 miles long, etc.

  • Radio-waves move at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second)


HAARP


The
Creator designed living beings to resonate to the natural Schumann Resonance frequency pulsation in order to evolve harmoniously. The Ionosphere is being manipulated by US government scientists using the Alaskan transmitter called HAARP, (High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) which sends focused radiated power to heat up sections of the Ionosphere, which bounces power down again.

ELF waves produced from HAARP, when targeted on selected areas, can weather-engineer and create mood changes affecting millions of people. The intended wattage is 1,700 billion watts of power.


Geomagnetic Waves & GWEN


Sixty four elements in the ground modulate, with variation, the geomagnetic waves naturally coming from the ground. The earth’s natural ‘brain rhythm’ above is balanced with these. These are the same minerals found in red blood corpuscles. There is a relation between the blood and geomagnetic waves. An imbalance between Schumann and geomagnetic waves disrupts these biorhythms. These natural geomagnetic waves are being replaced by artificially created
low frequency (LF) ground waves coming from GWEN Towers.

GWEN (Ground Wave Emergency Network) transmitters placed 200 miles apart across the USA allow specific frequencies to be tailored to the geomagnetic-field strength in each area, allowing the magnetic field to be altered. They operate in the LF range, with transmissions between LF 150 and 175 KHz. They also emit waves from the upper VHF to the lower UHF range of 225 – 400 MHz.

The LF signals travel by waves that hug the ground rather than radiating into the atmosphere. A GWEN station transmits in a 360 degree circle up to 300 miles, the signal dropping off sharply with distance. The entire GWEN system consists of, (depending on source of data), from 58 to an intended 300 transmitters spread across the USA, each with a tower 299-500 ft high. 300 ft copper wires in spoke-like fashion fan out from the base of the system underground, interacting with the earth, like a thin shelled conductor, radiating radio wave energy for very long distances through the ground.

The United States is bathed in this magnetic field which can rise from ground up to 500 ft, but goes down into basements, so everyone can be affected and mind-controlled. The entire artificial ground-wave spreads out over the whole of the USA like a web. It is easier to mind-control and hypnotize people who are bathed in an artificial electromagnetic-wave.

GWEN transmitters have many different functions including:

1. controlling the weather
2. mind control
3. behavior and mood control
4. sending synthetic-telepathy as infrasound to victims with US government mind-control implants

GWEN works in conjunction with HAARP and the Russian Woodpecker transmitter, which is similar to HAARP. The Russians openly market a small version of their weather-engineering system called Elate, which can fine-tune weather patterns over a 200 mile area and have the same range as the GWEN unit. An Elate system operates at Moscow airport.

The GWEN towers shoot enormous bursts of energy into the atmosphere in conjunction with HAARP. The website www.cuttingedge.org wrote an expose of how the major floods of the Mid-West USA occurred in 1993.


Atmospheric Vapor Rivers


Enormous, invisible rivers of water, consisting of vapors that flow, move towards the poles in the lower atmosphere. They rival the flow of the Amazon River and are 420 to 480 miles wide and up to 4,800 miles long. They are 1.9 miles above the earth and contain a volume of water equivalent to 340 lbs of water per second.

There are 5 atmospheric rivers in each Hemisphere. A massive flood can be created by damming up one of these massive vapor rivers, causing huge amounts of rainfall to be dumped. The GWEN Towers positioned along the areas north of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers were turned on for 40 days and 40 nights, probably mocking the Flood of Genesis.

(This was in conjunction with HAARP, that creates a river of electricity flowing thousands of miles through the sky and down to the polar ice-cap, manipulating the jet-stream, like the Russian Woodpecker.)

These rivers flooded, causing agricultural losses of $12-15 billion. HAARP produces earthquakes by focusing energy along fault lines. GWEN Towers are located on the fault lines and volcanic areas of the Pacific Northeast.

In 1963, Dr Robert Beck explored effects of external magnetic-fields on brainwaves showing a relationship between psychiatric admissions and solar magnetic storms.

  • He exposed volunteers to pulsed magnetic-fields similar to magnetic-storms, and found a similar response.

  • US 60 Hz electric power ELF waves vibrate at the same frequency as the human brain.

  • UK 50 Hz electricity emissions depress the thyroid gland.


Human Vulnerability


Dr
Andrija Puharich in the 50’s/60’s, found that clairvoyant’s brainwaves became 8 Hz when their psychic powers were operative. He saw an Indian Yogi in 1956 controlling his brainwaves, deliberately shifting his consciousness from one level to another. Puharich trained people with bio-feedback to do this consciously, making 8 Hz waves.

A healer made 8 Hz waves pass into a patient, healing their heart trouble, her brain emitting 8 Hz. One person emitting a certain frequency can make another also resonate to the same frequency. Our brains are extremely vulnerable to any technology which sends out ELF waves, because they immediately start resonating to the outside signal by a kind of tuning-fork effect.

Puharich experimented discovering that,

A) 7.83 Hz (earth’s pulse rate) made a person feel good, producing an altered-state
B) 10.80 Hz causes riotous behavior
C) 6.6 Hz causes depression

Puharich made ELF waves change RNA and DNA, breaking hydrogen bonds to make a person have a higher vibratory rate. He wanted to go beyond the psychic 8 Hz brainwave and attract psi phenomena. James Hurtak, who once worked for Puharich, also wrote in his book The Keys of Enoch that ultra-violet caused hydrogen bonds to break and this raised the vibratory rate.

Puharich presented the mental effects of ELF waves to military leaders, but they would not believe him. He gave this information to certain dignitaries of other Western nations. The US government burned down his home in New York to shut him up and he fled to Mexico.

However, the Russians discovered which ELF frequencies did what to the human brain and began zapping the US Embassy in Moscow on 4 July 1976 with electromagnetic-waves, varying the signal, including focusing on 10 Hz. (10 Hz puts people into a hypnotic state. Russians and North Koreans use this in portable mind-control machines to extract confessions. A machine was even found in an American church to help the congregation believe!)

The Russian “Woodpecker” signal was traveling across the world from a transmitter near Kiev. The US Air Force identified 5 different frequencies in this compound harmonic Woodpecker signal that was sending signals through the earth and the atmosphere.

Nikola Tesla revealed in 1901 power could be transmitted through the ground using ELF waves. Nothing stops or weakens these signals. The Russians retrieved Tesla’s papers when they were finally returned to Yugoslavia after his death.

Puharich continued to monitor the Russian ELF wave signal while in Mexico and the higher harmonics produced in the MHz range (5.340 MHz). He met the CIA and started working for them. He and Dr. Robert Beck designed equipment to measure these waves and their effect on the human brain. Puharich started his work by putting dogs to sleep. By 1948/49 he graduated to monkeys, deliberately destroying their eardrums to enable them to pick up sounds without the eardrum intact. He discovered a nerve in the tongue could be used to facilitate hearing.

He created the dental tooth implant which mind-control victims are now claiming was surreptitiously placed in their mouth by controlled dentists causing them to hear ‘voices in their head.’ The implant was placed under dental caps or lodged in the jaw.

 


Vaccine Implants

 

THE MICRO, MICRO, MICRO, CHIP
HOW SMALL THEY REALLY ARE

from DavidIcke Website


I was told two years ago by a
CIA scientist working against his will that in truth microchips were so small they were being inserted by injection during “vaccination.” This is yet another crucial reason not to have our children vaccinated.

Here is the picture proof of just how small they are. It was taken at a university in England which is developing the chip technology. Please feel free, as with everything on this site, to download it and pass it around.

David Icke

Caption reads:

Photo Antics – An ant carries a 1-mm microchip in its mandibles

in a promotional photograph released by the Huddersfield University precision technology centre. The centre says it’s the first in Britain to calibrate measurements and instruments to 1/10,000th of a millimeter.

 


Implants are now smaller than a hair’s width and are injected with vaccine and flu shots. Millions have had this done unknowingly. These ‘biochips’ circulate in the bloodstream and lodge in the brain, enabling the victims to hear ‘voices’ via the implant. There are many kinds of implants now and 1 in 40 are victims from ‘alien abduction’ statistics, though 1 in 20 has also been gauged.

The fake alien abduction event, revealed to be actually the work of US military personnel using technology to make hologram spaceships outside, virtual reality scenarios of going onto a spaceship with humans in costumes, has been astutely perceived. Though real alien abductions do occur, the ‘alien abduction’ scenario has been useful to stop any further investigation or accountability of government authorities by poor victims who would face mockery and appear silly.

Are we being forced to respond to an artificially induced vibratory rate by global masters who want this planet to have a sudden leap in evolution, populated by the psychically aware and therefore a superior class of humans or is the agenda designed to eliminate billions of people who are ‘useless eaters’, deceptively being disposed by electro magnetically-induced cancers and diseases?


Electromagnetic Disease Transmission, ELF, & Chemtrails


The physics and engineering behind electromagnetic disease transmission are frightening. Diseases can be reproduced as ‘disease signatures’ in that the vibration of a disease can be manufactured and sent on to be induced. (The brainwave pattern of hallucinogenic drugs can also be copied and sent by ELF waves to induce ‘visions’.) Once diseases are sprayed in the air, electromagnetic-waves attuned to the disease, using harmonics and subharmonics, will make them more lethal and infectious by sending particular disease frequency death-patterns.

Chemtrails are being sprayed daily all over USA (and other countries too) in a white crisscross pattern. They contain diseases and chemicals which affect our state of consciousness. They can produce apathy which works in conjunction with fluoridation of the water, as well as aspartame and drugs. Fluoride disables the willpower section of the brain, impairing the left occipital lobe.

Fluoride and selenium enable people to ‘hear voices’. ELF waves create disturbances in the biological processes of the body and these can be activated in the population once the diseases are introduced into the body from the chemtrails.

Some chemtrails have been analyzed and shown to be creating cleavages in spacial perceptions, blocking the interaction of various amino-acids that relate to higher-consciousness and to increase dopamine in the brain producing a listless, spaced-out state of lower reactive mind.

Basically, the goal is to fog the difference between the real and unreal and some of this could be connected with the many UFO abductions occurring en-mass. Hundreds have been witnessed laid out on tables and implanted. Intelligence agencies are in league with each other behind this disablement of the masses to such a point that they can’t even fight back. In order for the perpetrators to do what they want, they need the overall ‘frequency’ of each victim to function at a specific rate below the threshold of awareness.

Could this be part of a greater plan with mind-control transmitters covering the whole of USA and England, cleverly disguised as cell phone towers and trees? The power from microwave towers may be turned up to such a level that people can die.

A brain functioning at beta-level (above 13 Hz) is agitated and can’t change its perceptions, if it is artificially maintained by technology to that frequency. This may increase body electricity in others, giving them psychic powers. Is this linked to the New-Agers claim of a rising 12-14 Hz Schumann Resonance, inching us towards the 4th dimension?

Stimulants ingested globally from caffeine genetically-modified plants, may also produce an impact on the ‘global-brain’ in the ionosphere collecting our brainwaves. New-age channellers say we are going into 4th dimensional frequency. They ‘heard’ the voice of some ‘ET’ who told them.

However, some ‘ETs’ may be local boys. Voices in the head were produced in prisoners in Utah prisons using Tesla technology. Each of the prisoners received the same message from an ‘ET’. Today, it seems, it’s easy to produce ‘voices in the head’ without implants.

A prisoner called David Fratus in Draper Prison, Utah in 1988 wrote:

“I began to receive, or hear, high-frequency tones in my ears. When I plug my ears… the tones are still inside and become amplified. It’s as if they had become electrified echo chambers with the sounds coming from the inside out… I began to hear voices… into my inner ears as vivid as though I were listening to a set of stereo headphones… with the end result being that I am now having my brain monitored by an omnipotent computerized mind reading or scanning machine of some sort “

Hundreds of inmates at the Gunnison Facility of the Utah State Prison, and the State Hospital were subject to this brand of mind-control in order to test it. In the early 1970s, this was brought out in the Utah U.S. District Court, because inmates who had been subjected to this Tesla-wave mind-control in prison had tried unsuccessfully to fight back in court.

The University of Utah researched how Tesla-waves could be used to manipulate the mind into hearing voices, overriding and implanting thoughts into the mind, and reading the thoughts, as well as developing eye-implants.


Tracking


Cray computers, using artificial-intelligence, monitor the victims of government implants sending pre-recorded sound-bytes or occasional live messages. They are picked up by satellite and relayed to whatever large TV broadcasting antenna, GWEN tower or other microwave antenna is near the victim. It’s believed that some type of body implants pick up the signal and broadcast the correct Tesla-wave pattern to create voices within the victim.

The tracking implant keeps the staff and the satellite system informed every few minutes as to exactly where to send the voice signals. The master computer and central HQ for this is reported to be in Boulder, CO. It is thought that transponders are being made there as well. The central cellular computer is in the Boulder, CO National Bureau of Standards building. AT&T is also cooperating in this project. Several government agencies work together on this.

Tim Rifat of UK wrote that,

“this inter-cerebral hearing is used to drive the victim mad, as no one else can hear the voices transmitted into the brain of the target. Transmission of auditory data directly into the target’s brains using microwave carrier beams is now common practice. Instead of using excitation potentials, one uses a transducer to modify the spoken word into ELF audiograms, that are then superimposed on a pulse modulated microwave beam.”

The Sydney Morning Herald on 21 March 1983 published an article by Dr Nassim Abd El-Aziz Neweigy, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Agriculture, Moshtohor Tukh-Kalubia, Egypt.

It stated:

“Russian satellites, controlled by advanced computers, can send voices in one’s own language interweaving into natural thoughts to the population of choice to form diffused artificial thought. The chemistry and electricity of the human brain can be manipulated by satellite and even suicide can be induced.

Through ferocious anti-humanitarian means, the extremist groups are fabricated, the troubles and bloody disturbances are instigated by advanced tele-means via Russian satellites, in many countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.”

Another source says that these have been fed with the world’s languages and synthetic telepathy will reach into people’s heads making people believe God is speaking to them personally to enact the Second Coming, complete with holograms! The Russians broke the genetic code of the human brain. They worked out 23 EEG band-wave lengths, 11 of which were totally independent. So if you can manipulate those 11, you can do anything.


NSA Cray computers can remotely track people just knowing the specific EMF waves (evoked potentials from EEGs in the 30-50 Hz, 5 milliwatt range) of a person’s bioelectric-field. Each person’s emissions are unique and they can remotely track someone in public.


Maxwell’s ‘Hidden’ Etheric Component


Evoked-potentials officially don’t exist in physics, but in 1873 a Scotsman, James Clerk Maxwell, discovered electromagnetic waves have 3 components:

He discovered waveforms which exist at a certain number of right-angled rotations away from the electromagnetic-field. These are hyperspacial components, not subject to constraints of time and space. He claimed that electromagnetic-radiation waves were carried by the ether and the ether was disturbed by magnetic lines of force. The hidden component is called only ‘potential’ now and not normally used except for covert hyperdimensional physics and to manipulate consciousness itself via electromagnetic-waves covering vast areas of the planet.

Approx. one person in 3000 is naturally sensitive to this magnetic-waveform component, the telepathic types (according to a writer called “Majix”), but we are all capable of tuning into this magnetic component by tuning our subconscious to it.

Maxwell’s successors thought potentials were akin to mysticism, because they believed fields contain mass which cannot be created from apparently nothing, which is what potentials are, both literally and mathematically – they are an accumulation or reservoir of energy; but this hasn’t been taught in mainstream physics.

Thought Control


Subliminal words in the correct electromagnetic-field that expresses human consciousness, attuned to the human brain, can enter our minds at a subconscious level. Our brain activity patterns can apparently be measured and stored on computer by super-computers.

If a victim needs subliminal-thoughts implanted, all that is necessary is to capture, save on computer, and target the person’s brainwave pattern to send them such low frequency subliminal-messages that they actually think it is their own thoughts [confirmed by Al Bielek and Preston Nichols with the Montauk Project in Long Island].

The researcher Majix says our brains are so sensitive that they are like liquid-crystal in response to the magnetic component of the earth.

We are sensitive to earth’s magnetic changes, changes in the ionospheric cavity and re-resonate those frequencies ourselves. We are incredibly complex, beyond comprehension and a type of biocosmic transducer.

He adds:

“Physicists in Russia correlate the mean annual magnetic-activity, electro-magnetic and electro-static fields on human behavior and medical indications. They are similar to biorhythms. These magnetic frequencies can be manipulated. Our brain waves can mimic magnetic frequencies from very simple equipment at extremely low power levels.

From half a second to 4 seconds later, the neurons and brainwaves are driven exclusively by the device, with power levels almost nonexistent. All one needs is a circularly polarized antenna aimed up at the ionospheric cavity and they can manipulate the moods of everyone within a 75 sq. mile area. The body picks up these “new” manipulated waves and begins to correspond immediately. “Sleep” frequency will make everyone become tired and sleep.”

In 1967, an “internationally renowned scientist” and Christopher Hills, a pendulum expert, communicated with some ETs. (It is not known who the scientist was, but at one time both Hills and Puharich were with the medium Eileen Garrett at a time when Puharich was communicating with ETs.)


In short, ETs communicated with us via modulated radio-waves, between 10,000 and 20,000 cycles below the known electromagnetic-spectrum. In the carrier-wave by amplitude modulation, mixed with frequency modulation. Single band energy, transmission power less than 25 watts.

A naturally present wave on earth, the brain modulated – a wave that resonates between the earth and the ionosphere. All humans influence the ionosphere in this manner. A reflecting technique is involved. The brain modulation consisted of pulses, akin to those known from neuro pulses. Two humans can use this. It’s related to something akin to low frequency radar and to ultrasonic techniques, but qualified. A mixed electro-acoustic wave function.

The electromagnetic-wave induced an ultrasonic transduction in human tissue. The brain radiation has a sonic component to it as well as an electromagnetic component. Electromagnetic-radiation has a sonic component and it’s dependent on the medium through which it travels.

The scientist cut through months of work. Now HAARP is slicing up the ionosphere, the world-brain, like a microwave knife, producing long tear incisions destroying the membrane which holds the reservoir of data accumulated by all earth’s history. A healer called Mr. “A” claimed to receive “Ancient Wisdom” from this protective Magnetic-Ring of energy which stores within it all knowledge since time began. Ruth Mongomery wrote about him in Born To Heal.

He claimed that if our energy flow is cut off from this magnetic-field, the Universal-Supply is obstructed and we are no longer in tune and start to get sick. The Power from this travels in split-seconds around the world and is available to anyone who is capable of receiving it and handling it.

The waves from The Ring automatically translated into words in his mind, as wisdom to diagnose and heal others, coming from the storehouse of knowledge here since the beginning of time. He produced instant miracles, knitting broken bones and removing arthritis. A photo caught forked lightning coming from his fingers.

In Let’s Talk MONTAUK, Joyce Murphy shows that experiments on the 410-420 MHz cycle have been done which could affect the “window frequency to the human consciousness” as a whole:

“He (Preston Nichols) used his… radio equipment to learn that whenever a 410-420 MHz signal appeared on the air, the psychic’s minds would be “jammed.” Tracing the signal to Montauk Point and the red and white radar antenna on the Air Force Base..”

In Encounter in the Pleiades by Peter Moon and Preston Nichols, Preston wrote that:

“Dr. Nicholas Begich has picked up 435 MHz signals connected to HAARP and that a mind control function is being employed. He says that 400-450 MHz is the window to human consciousness because it is our reality’s background frequency.”

Tim Rifat wrote in his Microwave Mind Control that cellular phones use 435 MHz. UK police use 450 MHz exclusively. Dr. Ross Adey used this for CIA behavioral modification experiments. Police have a vast array of antennae to broadcast this frequency all over the UK.

Adey used 0.75mW/cm2 intensity of pulse modulate microwave at a frequency of 450 MHz, with an ELF modulation to control all aspects of human behavior. 450 MHZ radar modulated at 60 Hz greatly reduced T-lymphocyte activity to kill cultured cancer cells. A study of USA 60 Hz power-lines repeated this finding.


by
David Livingstone
05 May 2014

from Terrorism-Illuminati Website

Spanish version


Despite
Google’s dictum of “Don’t Be Evil,” the company has suspiciously aligned itself with the grand ambitions of American imperialism, with its executive chairman Eric Schmidt attending the infamous Bilderberg conference in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Schmidt also has a listed membership with the Trilateral Commission.

Far more disturbing, however, is Google participation in what appears to be a totalitarian ambition to create a New World Order under a superconscious computer likened to God. While it may sound like science fiction, Google execs have been advancing the cause of “technological singularity,” and the advent of superhuman intelligence, known as “transhumanism.”

These delusional ambitions have their origin in the CIA-sponsored Cybernetics Group, formed about the Macy Conferences of the 40s and 50s.

They were inheritors of the mad scientists of the Frankfurt School, a group of neo-Freudians who manufactured the foundations of American popular culture. Beginning with the 60s counterculture, it fostered the rise of the “personal computer,” which grew out of the CIA’s MK-Ultra program for the proliferation of LSD.

It would be through the aid of powerful psychedelics that the transhumanists would be aided in developing a delusional wonderment with this completely implausible scenario of a conscious computer.

Henry Makow provides a revealing account from his meeting with the aging MK-Ultra evangelist, Timothy Leary, in 1990.

As Makow reports:

Unfortunately, Leary was fixated on the benefits of what was then called the ‘information superhighway.’ Pioneer of LSD, his pantry table was crammed with bottles of alcohol.

He told me his “vision of God” was depicted in the last scene in William Gibson’s book “Neuromancer.”

At the end of the world, all the information stored in all the computers will rise up into Cyberspace and mingle together.” he said. “That’s God.”

These aspirations are outgrowths of the Kabbalah, according to which human intellectual history is that of man evolving to become God.

From its origins with Isaac Luria in the sixteenth century, the idea has now evolved so that it is proposed that humans will become gods, by achieving the ultimate divine feat, creating intelligent life, in the form of a supercomputer.

The technological singularity, or simply the singularity, is a hypothetical moment in time when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence, radically changing civilization, and perhaps human nature.

Because the capabilities of such an intelligence may be difficult for a human to comprehend, the technological singularity is often seen as an occurrence beyond which the future course of human history is unpredictable or even unfathomable.

The use of the term “transhuman” goes back to Jesuit priest, philosopher and paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the “Catholic Darwin,” who through his postulation that man would create the Noosphere, a supreme consciousness, is often regarded as the patron saint of the internet.

Teilhard applied the scientific concept of evolution to the christian notion of spiritual rapture, believing that technology would bring about the ultimate spiritual evolution of mankind.

According to him, this is the work of christ.

Teilhard’s beliefs also reconciled panpsychism, the idea that all matter is intelligent. He developed the Omega Point Theory, which posits that all the organisms on Earth will reach a higher evolutionary point by merging into one “planetized spirit.”

However, humans would have to merge their collective intelligence into one super-mind through computer technology, as a necessary first step in the collective evolution of the universe.

Teilhard was unapologetic about the eugenic basis of his theory:

So far we have certainly allowed our race to develop at random, and we have given too little thought to the question of what medical and moral factors must replace the crude forces of natural selection should we suppress them.

In the course of the coming centuries it is indispensable that a nobly human form of eugenics, on a standard worthy of our personalities, should be discovered and developed.

Eugenics applied to individuals leads to eugenics applied to society. [1]

The first use of the term “singularity” in this context was by mathematician John von Neumann, one of the leaders of the Cybernetics Group.

According to Jeffrey Steinberg, in From Cybernetics to Littleton,

For John von Neumann and Norbert Wiener, the core of the Cybernetics Group project was the development of computers, and the prospect of combining high-speed computers with so-called Artificial Intelligence, to literally “program” the human race.

Underlying all of these efforts was the unshakable, albeit preposterous conviction, most avidly presented by von Neumann, that there was nothing sacred about the human mind, and that the human brain was a machine, whose functioning could be replicated, and eventually surpassed, by computers.

The biologist and eugenicist Julian Huxley, who was once head of UNESCO and whose brother Aldous was one of the leading architects of MK-Ultra, popularizing the use of psychedelics, is generally regarded as the founder of “transhumanism.”

Julian also wrote the introduction to Teilhard de Chardin’s The Phenomenon of Man.

In 1957 he wrote:

Up till now human life has generally been, as Hobbes described it, ‘nasty, brutish and short’; the great majority of human beings (if they have not already died young) have been afflicted with misery… we can justifiably hold the belief that these lands of possibility exist, and that the present limitations and miserable frustrations of our existence could be in large measure surmounted…

The human species can, if it wishes, transcend itself – not just sporadically, an individual here in one way, an individual there in another way, but in its entirety, as humanity.[2]

Computer scientist Marvin Minsky wrote on relationships between human and artificial intelligence beginning in the 1960s.

Over the succeeding decades, this field continued to generate influential thinkers, such as Hans Moravec and Raymond Kurzweil. The coalescence of an identifiable transhumanist movement began in the last decades of the 20th century.

In 1966, FM-2030 (formerly F.M. Esfandiary), a futurist who taught “new concepts of the Human” at The New School in New York, began to identify people who adopt technologies, lifestyles and world views transitional to “posthumanity” as “transhuman.”

The New School had become affiliated with the Frankfurt School when, following Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, its members left Germany for Geneva before moving to New York in 1935.

There, they became affiliated with the University in Exile, which the New School had founded in 1933, with financial contributions from the Rockefeller Foundation, to be a haven for scholars dismissed from teaching positions by the Italian fascists or Nazi Germany.

These ideas were glamorized in Hollywood, such as Kubrik’s version of 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke, the Terminator series, Blade Runner based on LSD-influenced author Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Dick was also inspired by Teilhard de Chardin.

Philip K Dick was also associated with Ira Einhorn, known as “The Unicorn,” a prominent figure in the New Age counterculture of the late sixties and seventies, through The Whole Earth Review, a by-product of Stewart Brand’s Catalogue, where they initiated discussion of Soviet psychotronics and mind control.

Shortly afterwards, Einhorn’s girlfriend’s body parts were discovered in a trunk in his Philadelphia apartment, and Einhorn charged with her murder.

Other movies following the transhumanist trends have been the anime classic The Ghost in the Shell, The Matrix, the remake of Robocop, and more recently Her with Joachin Phoenix, and Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp.

Ray Kurzweil, now a director of engineering at Google, cited von Neumann’s use of the term “singularity” in a foreword to von Neumann’s classic The Computer and the Brain.

Kurzweil received the 1999 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, America’s highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. And in 2002 he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, established by the U.S. Patent Office.

He has received nineteen honorary doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents. Kurzweil has been described as a “restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes.

PBS included Kurzweil as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America” along with other inventors of the past two centuries. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among the “most fascinating” entrepreneurs in the United States and called him “Edison’s rightful heir.”

Kurzweil has authored seven books, five of which have been national bestsellers.

The Age of Spiritual Machines, about artificial intelligence and the future course of humanity, has been translated into 9 languages and was the #1 best-selling book on Amazon in science. Kurzweil believes evolution provides evidence that humans will one day create machines more intelligent than they are.

Kurzweil predicts the machines,

“will appear to have their own free will” and even “spiritual experiences”.

Kurzweil’s book The Singularity Is Near was a New York Times bestseller, says this will lead to a technological singularity in the year 2045, a point where progress is so rapid it outstrips humans’ ability to comprehend it.

Once the Singularity has been reached, Kurzweil predicts machine intelligence will be infinitely more powerful than all human intelligence combined. Afterwards, Kurzweil says, intelligence will radiate outward from the planet until it saturates the universe.

Kurzweil’s standing as a futurist and transhumanist has led to his involvement in several singularity-themed organizations.

Kurzweil is also among the founders of the Singularity Summit, the annual conference of the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, in 2006 at Stanford University.

SIAI was founded to,

“help humanity prepare for the moment when machine intelligence exceeded human intelligence.”

A leading evangelist for Kurweil’s ideas is Jason Silva, is a television personality and “performance philosopher,” who quotes Teilhard de Chardin to substantiate his pronostications. Silva started out as a presenter on Al Gore‘s cable channel, Current TV.

In September 2012, he appeared at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, where he presented a speech entitled “We Are The Gods Now.”

Silva also promotes the ideas of David Pearce, a leading figure in the Transhumanism movement.

Pearce owns a series of websites that feature biographies and information about MK-Ultra personalities like Chilean psychiatrist Claudio Naranjo and Aldous Huxley.

In The Hedonistic Imperative, Pearce calls for liberation from our natural biochemistry, what he refers to as the,

“sick psycho-chemical ghetto bequeathed by our genetic past” and the beginning of an era of “paradise engineering.”

With the help of psychedelics, he writes,

we’ll be able to chemically enhance our dopaminergic systems so that “undiluted existential happiness will infuse every second of waking and dreaming existence.” [3]

The Atlantic describes Silva as “A Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age.” [4]

Silva, who is also described as,

“a part-time filmmaker and full-time walking, talking TEDTalk,”

…is completely giddy with wild possibilities about transcendence.

Continuing the MK-Ultra tradition of drugs and computers, Silva says of himself that he is,

“fascinated by the relationship between psychedelics and technology…” [5]

Notes

  1. Aaron Franz, “The Jesuit Priest who influenced Transhumanism,” The Age of Transitions, Friday May 1, 2009

  1. Huxley, Julian (1957) – Transhumanism – Retrieved 2006-02-24

  1. James Vlahos, “Will Drugs Make Us Smarter and Happier?Popular Science, July 31, 2005.

  1. A Timothy Leary for the Viral Video Age“. The Atlantic. Retrieved 17 August 2012.

  1. Futurology forum, Reddit.com.


by
Ben Popper
August 8, 2012

from TheVerge Website

Shawn Sarver took a deep breath and stared at the bottle of Listerine on the counter.

“A minty fresh feeling for your mouth… cures bad breath,” he repeated to himself, as the scalpel sliced open his ring finger.

His left arm was stretched out on the operating table, his sleeve rolled up past the elbow, revealing his first tattoo, the Air Force insignia he got at age 18, a few weeks after graduating from high school.

Sarver was trying a technique he learned in the military to block out the pain, since it was illegal to administer anesthetic for his procedure.

“A minty fresh feeling… cures bad breath,” Sarver muttered through gritted teeth, his eyes staring off into a void.

Tim, the proprietor of Hot Rod Piercing in downtown Pittsburgh, put down the scalpel and picked up an instrument called an elevator, which he used to separate the flesh inside in Sarver’s finger, creating a small empty pocket of space.

Then, with practiced hands, he slid a tiny rare earth metal inside the open wound, the width of a pencil eraser and thinner than a dime.

When he tried to remove his tool, however, the metal disc stuck to the tweezers.

“Let’s try this again,” Tim said. “Almost done.”

The implant stayed put the second time.

Tim quickly stitched the cut shut, and cleaned off the blood.

“Want to try it out?” he asked Sarver, who nodded with excitement.

Tim dangled the needle from a string of suture next to Sarver’s finger, closer and closer, until suddenly, it jumped through the air and stuck to his flesh, attracted by the magnetic pull of the mineral implant.

“I’m a cyborg!” Sarver cried, getting up to join his friends in the waiting room outside.

Tim started prepping a new tray of clean surgical tools. Now it was my turn.

 

 

 

 


Part.01


With the advent of the smartphone, many Americans have grown used to the idea of having a computer on their person at all times.

Wearable technologies like Google’s Project Glass are narrowing the boundary between us and our devices even further by attaching a computer to a person’s face and integrating the software directly into a user’s field of vision.

The paradigm shift is reflected in the names of our dominant operating systems. Gone are Microsoft’s Windows into the digital world, replaced by a union of man and machine: the iPhone or Android.

For a small, growing community of technologists, none of this goes far enough.

I first met Sarver at the home of his best friend, Tim Cannon, in Oakdale, a Pennsylvania suburb about 30 minutes from Pittsburgh where Cannon, a software developer, lives with his longtime girlfriend and their three dogs.

The two-story house sits next to a beer dispensary and an abandoned motel, a reminder the city’s best days are far behind it. In the last two decades, Pittsburgh has been gutted of its population, which plummeted from a high of more than 700,000 in the 1980s to less than 350,000 today.

For its future, the city has pinned much of its hopes on the biomedical and robotics research being done at local universities like Carnegie Mellon.

“The city was dying and so you have this element of anti-authority freaks are welcome,” said Cannon.

“When you have technology and biomedical research and a pissed-off angry population that loves tattoos, this is bound to happen. Why Pittsburgh? It’s got the right amount of fuck you.”

Cannon led me down into the basement, which he and Sarver have converted into a laboratory. A long work space was covered with Arduino motherboards, soldering irons, and electrodes.

Cannon had recently captured a garter snake, which eyed us from inside a plastic jar.

“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been telling people that I want to be a robot,” said Cannon. “These days, that doesn’t seem so impossible anymore.”

The pair call themselves grinders – homebrew biohackers obsessed with the idea of human enhancement – who are looking for new ways to put machines into their bodies.

They are joined by hundreds of aspiring biohackers who populate the movement’s online forums and a growing number, now several dozen, who have gotten the magnetic implants in real life.

“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been telling people that I want to be a robot.”

Cannon looks and moves a bit like Shaggy from Scooby Doo, a languid rubberband of a man in baggy clothes and a newsboy cap. Sarver, by contrast, stands ramrod-straight, wearing a dapper three-piece suit and waxed mustache, a dandy steampunk with a high-pitched laugh.

There is a distinct division of labor between the two:

Cannon is the software developer and Sarver, who learned electrical engineering as a mechanic in the Air Force, does the hardware.

The moniker for their working unit is Grindhouse Wetwares. Computers are hardware. Apps are software. Humans are wetware.

Cannon, like Sarver, served in the military, but the two didn’t meet until they had both left the service, introduced by a mutual friend in the Pittsburgh area. Politics brought them together.

“We were both kind of libertarians, really strong anti-authority people, but we didn’t fit into the two common strains here: idiot anarchist who’s unrealistic or right-wing crazy Christian.

Nobody was incorporating technology into it. So there was no political party but just a couple like-minded individuals, who were like… techno-libertarians!”

Cannon got his own neodymium magnetic implant a year before Sarver.

Putting these rare earth metals into the body was pioneered by artists on the bleeding edge of piercing culture and transhumanists interested in experimenting with a sixth sense.

Steve Haworth, who specializes in the bleeding edge of body modification and considers himself a “human evolution artist,” is considered one of the originators, and helped to inspire a generation of practitioners to perform magnetic implants, including the owner of Hot Rod Piercing in Pittsburgh.

(Using surgical tools like a scalpel is a grey area for piercers. Operating with these instruments, or any kind of anesthesia, could be classified as practicing medicine. Without a medical license, a piercer who does this is technically committing assault on the person getting the implant.)

On its own, the implant allows a person to feel electromagnetic fields:

a microwave oven in their kitchen, a subway passing beneath the ground, or high-tension power lines overhead.

While this added perception is interesting, it has little utility.

But the magnet, explains Cannon, is more of a stepping stone toward bigger things.

“It can be done cheaply, with minimally invasive surgery. You get used to the idea of having something alien in your body, and kind of begin to see how much more the human body could do with a little help.

Sure, feeling other magnets around you is fucking cool, but the real key is, you’re giving the human body a simple, digital input.”

As an example of how that might work, Cannon showed me a small device he and Sarver created called the Bottlenose.

It’s a rectangle of black metal about half the size of a pack of cigarettes that slips over your finger. Named after the echolocation used by dolphins, it sends out an electromagnetic pulse and measures the time it takes to bounce back.

Cannon slips it over his finger and closes his eyes.

“I can kind of sweep the room and get this picture of where things are.”

He twirls around the half-empty basement, eyes closed, then stops, pointing directly at my chest.

“The magnet in my finger is extremely sensitive to these waves. So the Bottlenose can tell me the shape of things around me and how far away they are.”

The way Cannon sees it, biohacking is all around us.

“In a way, eyeglasses are a body hack, a piece of equipment that enhances your sense, and pretty quickly becomes like a part of your body,” says Cannon.

He took a pair of electrodes off the workbench and attached them to my temples.

“Your brain works through electricity, so why not help to boost that?”

A sharp pinch ran across my forehead as the first volts flowed into my skull.

He and Sarver laughed as my face involuntarily twitched.

“You’re one of us now,” Cannon says with a laugh.

History.01

In one sense, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, part man, part machine, animated by electricity and with superhuman abilities, might be the first dark, early vision of what humans’ bodies would become when modern science was brought to bear.

A more utopian version was put forward in 1960, a year before man first travelled into space, by the scientist and inventor Manfred Clynes.

Clynes was considering the problem of how mankind would survive in our new lives as outer space dwellers, and concluded that only by augmenting our physiology with drugs and machines could we thrive in extraterrestrial environs.

It was Clynes and his co-author Nathan Kline, writing on this subject, who coined the term cyborg.

At its simplest, a cyborg is a being with both biological and artificial parts: metal, electrical, mechanical, or robotic. The construct is familiar to almost everyone through popular culture, perhaps most spectacularly in the recent Iron Man films.

Tony Stark is surely our greatest contemporary cyborg:

a billionaire businessman who designed his own mechanical heart, a dapper bachelor who can transform into a one-man fighter jet, then shed his armor as easily as a suit of clothes.

Britain is the birthplace of 21st-century biohacking, and the movement’s two foundational figures present a similar Jekyll and Hyde duality.

One is Lepht Anonym, a DIY punk who was one of the earliest, and certainly the most dramatic, to throw caution to the wind and implant metal and machines into her flesh.

 

 

The other is Kevin Warwick, an academic at the University of Reading’s department of cybernetics. Warwick relies on a trained staff of medical technicians when doing his implants.

Lepht has been known to say that all she requires is a potato peeler and a bottle of vodka.

In an article on h+, Anonym wrote:

I’m sort of inured to pain by this point.

Anesthetic is illegal for people like me, so we learn to live without it; I’ve made scalpel incisions in my hands, pushed five-millimeter diameter needles through my skin, and once used a vegetable knife to carve a cavity into the tip of my index finger.

I’m an idiot, but I’m an idiot working in the name of progress: I’m Lepht Anonym, scrapheap transhumanist. I work with what I can get.

Anonym’s essay, a series of YouTube videos, and a short profile in Wired established her as the face of the budding biohacking movement.

It was Anonym who proved, with herself as the guinea pig, that it was possible to implant RFID chips and powerful magnets into one’s body, without the backing of an academic institution or help from a team of doctors.

“She is an inspiration to all of us,” said a biohacker who goes by the name of Sovereign Bleak.

“To anyone who was frustrated with the human condition, who felt we had been promised more from the future, she said that it was within our grasp, and our rights, to evolve our bodies however we saw fit.”

Over the last decade grinders have begun to form a loose culture, connected mostly by online forums like biohack.me, where hundreds of aspiring cyborgs congregate to swap tips about the best bio-resistant coatings to prevent the body from rejecting magnetic implants and how to get illegal anesthetics shipped from Canada to the United States.

There is another strain of biohacking which focuses on the possibilities for DIY genetics, but their work is far more theoretical than the hands-on experiments performed by grinders.

But while Anonym’s renegade approach to bettering her own flesh birthed a new generation of grinders, it seems to have had some serious long-term consequences for her own health.

“I’m a wee bit frightened right now,” Anonym wrote on her blog early this year.

“I’m hearing things that aren’t there. Sure I see things that aren’t real from time to time because of the stupid habits I had when I was a teenager and the permanent, very mild damage I did to myself experimenting like that, but I don’t usually hear anything and this is not a flashback.”

***

Medical need versus human enhancement

Neil Harbisson was born with a condition that allows him to see only in black and white.

He became interested in cybernetics, and eventually began wearing the Eyeborg, a head-mounted camera which translated colors into vibrations that Harbisson could hear.

The addition of the Eyeborg to his passport has led some to dub him the first cyborg officially recognized by the federal government.

He now plans to extend and improve this cybernetic synesthesia by having the Eyeborg permanently surgically attached to his skull.

Getting a medical team to help him was no easy task.

“Their position was that ‘doctors usually repair or fix humans’ and that my operation was not about fixing nor repairing myself but about creating a new sense: the perception of visual elements via bone-conducted sounds,” Harbisson told me by email.

“The other main issue was that the operation would allow me to perceive outside the ability of human vision and human hearing (hearing via the bone allows you to hear a wider range of sounds, from infrasounds to ultrasounds, and some lenses can detect ultraviolets and infrareds).

It took me over a year to convince them.”

In the end, the bio-ethical community still relies on promises of medical need to justify cybernetic enhancement.

“I think I convinced them when I told them that this kind of operation could help ‘fix and repair’ blind people.

If you use a different type of chip, a chip that translates words into sound, or distances into sound, for instance, the same electronic eye implant could be used to read or to detect obstacles which could mean the end of Braille and sticks.

I guess hospitals and governments will soon start publishing their own laws about which kind of cybernetic implants they find are ethical/legal and which ones they find are not.”

Part.02

I had Lepht Anonym in the back of my mind as I stretched my arm out on the operating table at Hot Rod Piercing.

The fingertip is an excellent place for a magnet because it is full of sensitive nerve tissue, fertile ground for your nascent sixth sense to pick up on the electro-magnetic fields all around us. It is also an exceptionally painful spot to have sliced open with a scalpel, especially when no painkillers are available.

The experience ranked alongside breaking my arm and having my appendix removed, a level of pain that opens your mind to parts of your body which before you were not conscious of.

For the first few days after the surgery, it was difficult to separate out my newly implanted sense from the bits of pain and sensation created by the trauma of having the magnet jammed in my finger.

Certain things were clear:

microwave ovens gave off a steady field that was easy to perceive, like a pulsating wave of invisible water, or air heavy from heat coming off a fan. And other magnets, of course, were easy to identify.

They lurked like landmines in everyday objects – my earbuds, my messenger bag – sending my finger ringing with a deep, sort of probing force field that shifted around in my flesh.

High-tension wires seemed to give off a sort of pulsating current, but it was often hard to tell, since my finger often began throbbing for no reason, as it healed from the trauma of surgery.

Playing with strong, stand-alone magnets was a game of chicken.

The party trick of making one leap across a table towards my finger was thrilling, but the awful squirming it caused inside my flesh made me regret it hours later. Grasping a colleague’s stylus too near the magnetic tip put a sort of freezing probe into my finger that I thought about for days afterwards.

Within a few weeks, the sensation began to fade. I noticed fewer and fewer instances of a sixth sense, beyond other magnets, which were quite obvious.

I was glad that the implant didn’t interfere with my life, or prevent me from exercising, but I also grew a bit disenchanted, after all the hype and excitement the grinders I interviewed had shared about their newfound way of interacting with the world.


History.02

If Lepht Anonym is the cautionary tale, Prof.
Kevin Warwick is the one bringing academic respectability to cybernetics.

He was one of the first to experiment with implants, putting an RFID chip into his body back in 1998, and has also taken the techniques the farthest. In 2002, Prof. Warwick had cybernetic sensors implanted into the nerves of his arm.

Unlike the grinders in Pittsburgh, he had the benefits of anesthesia and a full medical team, but he was still putting himself at great risk, as there was no research on the long-term effects of having these devices grafted onto his nervous system.

“In a way that is what I like most about this,” he told me. “From an academic standpoint, it’s wide-open territory.”

I chatted with Warwick from his office at The University of Reading, stacked floor to ceiling with books and papers.

He has light brown hair that falls over his forehead and an easy laugh. With his long sleeve shirt on, you would never know that his arm is full of complex machinery. The unit allows Warwick to manipulate a robot hand, a mirror of his own fingers and flesh. What’s more, the impulse could flow both ways.

Warwick’s wife, Irena, had a simpler cybernetic implant done on herself.

When someone grasped her hand, Prof. Warwick was able to experience the same sensation in his hand, from across the Atlantic. It was, Warwick writes, a sort of cybernetic telepathy, or empathy, in which his nerves were made to feel what she felt, via bits of data travelling over the internet.

The work was hailed by the mainstream media as a major step forward in helping amputees and victims of paralysis to regain a full range of abilities.

But Prof. Warwick says that misses the point.

“I quite like the fact that new medical therapies could potentially come out of this work, but what I am really interested in is not getting people back to normal; it’s enhancement of fully functioning humans to a higher level.”

It’s a sentiment that can take some getting used to.

“A decade ago, if you talked about human enhancement, you upset quite a lot of people. Unless the end goal was helping the disabled, people really were not open to it.”

With the advent of smartphones, says Prof. Warwick, all that has changed.

“Normal folks really see the value of ubiquitous technology. In fact the social element has almost created the reverse. Now, you must be connected all the time.”

While he is an accomplished academic, Prof. Warwick has embraced biohackers and grinders as fellow travelers on the road to exploring our cybernetic future.

“A lot of the time, when it comes to putting magnets into your body or RFID chips, there is more information on YouTube than in the peer-reviewed journals.

There are artists and geeks pushing the boundaries, sharing information, a very renegade thing. My job is to take that, and apply some more rigorous scientific analysis.”

To that end, Prof. Warwick and one of his PhD students, Ian Harrison, are beginning a series of studies on biohackers with magnetic implants.

“When it comes to sticking sensors into your nerve endings, so much is subjective,” says Harrison. “What one person feels, another may not. So we are trying to establish some baselines for future research.”


“It’s like this last, unexplored continent staring us in the face.”

The end goal for Prof. Warwick, as it was for the team at Grindhouse Wetwares in Pittsburgh, is still the stuff of science fiction.

“When it comes to communication, humans are still so far behind what computers are capable of,” Prof. Warwick explained. “Bringing about brain to brain communication is something I hope to achieve in my lifetime.”

For Warwick, this will advance not just the human body and the field of cybernetics, but allow for a more practical evaluation the entire canon of Western thought.

“I would like to ask the questions that the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein asked, but in practice, not in theory.”

It would be another attempt to study the mind, from inside and out, as Wittgenstein proposed.

Cyborgs in Society

Last month, a Canadian professor named Steve Mann was eating at a McDonald’s with his family. Mann wears a pair of computerized glasses at all times, similar to Google’s Project Glass.

 

One of the employees asked him to take them off. When he refused, Mann says, an employee tried to rip the glasses off, an alleged attack made more brutal because the device is permanently attached and does not come off his skull without special tools.

 

On biohacking websites and transhumanist forums, the event was a warning sign of the battle to come. Some dubbed it the first hate crime against cyborgs.

 

That would imply the employees knew Mann’s device was part of him, which is still largely unclear.

 

But it was certainly a harbinger of the friction that will emerge between people whose bodies contain powerful machines and society at large.

But with access to objective data.

“Perhaps he was bang on, or maybe we will rubbish his whole career, but either way, it’s something we should figure out.”

As the limits of space exploration become increasingly clear, a generation of scientists who might once have turned to the stars are seeking to expand humanity’s horizons much closer to home.

“Jamming stuff into your body, merging machines with your nerves and brain, it’s brand new,” said Warwick. “It’s like this last, unexplored continent staring us in the face.”

On a hot day in mid-July, I went for a walk around Manhattan with Dann Berg, who had a magnet implanted in his pinky three years earlier.

I told him I was a little disappointed how rarely I noticed anything with my implant.

“Actually, your experience is pretty common,” he told me. “I didn’t feel much for the first 6 months, as the nerves were healing from surgery. It took a long time for me to gain this kind of ambient awareness.”

Berg worked for a while in the piercing and tattoo studio, which brought him into contact with the body modification community who were experimenting with implants.

At the same time, he was teaching himself to code and finding work as a front-end developer building web sites.

“To me, these two things, the implant and the programming, they are both about finding new ways to see and experience the world.”


“We’re touching something other people can’t see; they don’t know it exists.”

Berg took me to an intersection at Broadway and Bleecker. In the middle of the crosswalk, he stopped, and began moving his hand over a metal grate.

“You feel that?” he asked.

“It’s a dome, right here, about a foot off the ground, that just sets my finger off. Somewhere down there, part of the subway system or the power grid is working. We’re touching something other people can’t see; they don’t know it exists. That’s amazing to me.”

People passing by gave us odd stares as Berg and I stood next to each other in the street, waving our hands around inside an invisible field, like mystics groping blindly for a ghost.

Part.03


After zapping my brain with a few dozen volts, the boys from Grindhouse Wetwares offered to cook me dinner.

Cannon popped a tray of mashed potatoes in the microwave and showed me where he put his finger to feel the electromagnetic waves streaming off. We stepped out onto the back porch and let his three little puggles run wild.

The sound of cars passing on the nearby highway and the crickets warming up for sunset relaxed everyone.

I asked what they thought the potential was for biohacking to become part of the mainstream.

“That’s the thing, it’s not that much of a leap,” said Cannon. “We’ve had pacemakers since the ’70s.”

Brain implants are now being used to treat Parkinson’s disease and depression. Scientists hope that brain implants might soon restore mobility to paralyzed limbs.

The crucial difference is that grinders are pursuing this technology for human enhancement, without any medical need.

“How is this any different than plastic surgery, which like half the fucking country gets?” asked Cannon.

“Look, you know the military is already working on stuff like this, right? And it won’t be too long before the corporations start following suit.”

Sarver joined the Air Force just weeks after 9/11.

“I was a dyed-in-the-wool Roman Catholic Republican. I wasn’t thinking about the military, but after 9/11, I just believed the dogma.”

In place of college, he got an education in electronics repairing fighter jets and attack helicopters.

He left the war a very different man.

“There were no terrorists in Iraq. We were the terrorists. These were scared people, already scared of their own government.”

Yet, while he rejected the conflict in the Middle East, Sarver’s time in the military gave him a new perspective on the human body.

“I’ve been in the special forces,” said Sarver. “I know what the limits of the human body are like. Once you’ve seen the capabilities of a 5000psi hydraulic system, it’s no comparison.”


“It’s going to be weird and uncomfortable and scary. But you can do that, or you can become obsolete.”

The boys from Grindhouse Wetwares both sucked down Parliament menthols the whole time we talked.

There was no irony for them in dreaming of the possibilities for one’s body and willfully destroying it.

“For me, the end game is my brain and spinal column in a jar, and a robot body out in the world doing my bidding,” said Sarver.

“I would really prefer not to have to rely on an inefficient four-valve pump that sends liquid through these fragile hoses. Fuck cheetahs. I want to punch through walls.”

Flesh and blood are easily shed in grinder circles, at least theoretically speaking.

“People recoil from the idea of tampering inside the body,” said Tim.

“I am lost when it comes to people’s unhealthy connections to your body. This is just a decaying lump of flesh that gets old, it’s leaking fluid all the time, it’s obscene to think this is me. I am my ideas and the sum of my experiences.”

As far as the biohackers are concerned, we are the best argument against intelligent design.

Neither man has any illusions about how fringe biohacking is now.

But technology marches on.

“People say nobody is going to want to get surgery for this stuff,” admits Cannon. But he believes that will change.

“They will or they will be left behind. They have no choice. It’s going to be weird and uncomfortable and scary. But you can do that, or you can become obsolete.”

We came back into the kitchen for dinner.

As I wolfed down steak and potatoes, Cannon broke into a nervous grin.

“I want to show you something. It’s not quite ready, but this is what we’re working on.”

He disappeared down into the basement lab and returned with a small device the size of a cigarette lighter, a simple circuit board with a display attached.

This was the HELEDD, the next step in the Grindhouse Wetwares plan to unite man and machine.

“This is just a prototype, but when we get it small enough, the idea is to have this beneath my skin,” he said, holding it up against his inner forearm.

The smartphone in your pocket would act as the brain for this implant, communicating via bluetooth with the HELEDD, which would use a series of LED lights to display the time, a text message, or the user’s heart rate.

“We’re looking to get sensors in there for the big three,” said Tim.

“Heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure. Because then you are looking at this incredible data. Most people don’t know the effect on a man’s heart when he finds out his wife is cheating on him.”

Cannon hopes to have the operation in the next few months.

A big part of what drives the duo to move so fast is the idea that there is no hierarchy established in this space.

“We want to be doing this before the FDA gets involved and starts telling us what we can and cannot do.

Someday this will be commercially feasible and Apple will design an implant which will sync with your phone, but that is not going to be for us. We like to open things up and break them.”

I point out that Steve Jobs may have died in large part because he was reluctant to get surgery, afraid that if doctors opened him up, they might not be able to put him back together good as new.

“We’re grinders,” said Cannon. “I view it as kind of taking the pain for the people who are going to come after me. We’re paying now so that it will become socially acceptable later.”


by Jesse Smith
November 22, 2020
from
TruthUnmuted Website

 

The conclusion to this detailed explanation of the Internet of Bodies (IoB) correctly states,

“Be warned that this technology may make your life easier in the short term, but its long-term purpose is to make you a dehumanized slave.”

Source

The Internet of Bodies (IoB) and Hacking Your DNA

The age of the
Internet of Things (IoT), and soon to follow the Internet of Bodies (IoB), is now upon us.

The RAND Corporation, the think tank behind some of the world’s most influential and frightening ideas and technologies, has released a report titled The Internet of Bodies – Opportunities, Risks, and Governance.’

You should be wary of any reports issued by the RAND Corporation.

Alex Abella, author of Soldiers of Reason – The RAND Corporation and the Rise of American Empire, explains why:

RAND was, and is, the essential establishment organization.

Throughout its history, RAND has been at the heart of that interweaving of Pentagon concupiscence and financial rapacity that President Eisenhower aimed to call the military-industrial-legislative complex.

RAND has literally reshaped the modern world – and very few know it.

With this understanding, there is much cause for alarm with the issuance of this new report.

What is the Internet of Bodies (IoB)?

RAND defines the IoB as,

“a growing industry of devices that monitor the human body, collect health and other personal information, and transmit that data over the Internet.”

In order to qualify as an IoB device, the technology must:

  • contain software or computing capabilities

  • be able to communicate with an Internet-connected device or network

An IoB device must also satisfy one or both of the following:

  • collect person-generated health or biometric data

  • be able to alter the human body’s function

The technology that Hollywood has presented over the years in dystopian sci-fi fantasies is now a reality.

In the very near future, the technocratic overlords of science, health, finance, and Big Tech, desire humanity to go from wearable devices to devices embedded within our bodies.

How IoB intersects with IoT 

IoT devices such as,

  • smart meters

  • smart watches

  • virtual assistants

  • self-driving cars,

…connect directly to the Internet or through a local network.

As IoT devices become more commonplace, experts predict that acceptance of and desire for IoB devices will also increase.

The RAND report predicts:

By 2025, there will be more than 41 billion active IoT devices, generating 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily on,

  • environment

  • transportation

  • geolocation

  • diet

  • exercise

  • biometrics

  • social interactions,

…and everyday human lives.

This explosion in IoT devices will result in further popularity of IoB devices.

IoB Products in Use or Being Developed

Figure 1 from the RAND report shows just how invasive and pervasive IoB technology can become.

By the time it is fully unleashed, no part of the human body will escape its interference.

They even plan to have our toilets connected to the Internet where they will monitor our waste using BioBot technology to determine what we eat, what drugs we may take, and analyze our genetic material!

Here are just a few examples of the technology currently being developed:

  • Augmented reality contact lenses

  • Brain reading and writing devices

  • Body-implanted sensors

  • Clothing with sensors

  • Implantable microchips (RFID and NFC)

  • Mental and emotional sensors

  • Artificial pancreas

  • Bluetooth connected diaper

Not even babies will be able to escape this nightmare where every bodily function is constantly tracked and monitored.

The sad part is that,

many people will welcome these intrusive technologies because they’re convenient and timesaving.

However, exchanging bodily sovereignty for convenience is never a fair transaction.

It almost always serves to benefit those who desire more control over our lives.

Through adoption of technological advancement, humans are consenting to allow technocrats to dictate every facet of life. Soon doctors will be able to know if you are taking prescribed medication appropriately, and will have tools to report you if you aren’t.

Digital pills will be used to record your medical compliance as the RAND report signals: 

In 2017, the FDA approved the first digital pill:

an aripiprazole tablet with an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill that records that the medication was taken.

The product is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder, and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults…

The system works by sending a message from the pill’s sensor to a wearable patch.

The patch transmits the information to a mobile application so that patients can track the ingestion of the medication on their smartphone.

Patients can also permit their caregivers and physician to access the information through a web-based portal. 

IoB Needs Advanced Technologies for Peak Usefulness

If you’re wondering what will power all of this forthcoming technology, the answer lies in a combination of,

These advanced systems will increase data transfer speeds and offer extra-low latency so that those audio and visual dropouts on Zoom calls will be relegated to the dust bin of history.

Combined, these systems will provide the power and resources necessary to create a control and surveillance grid that can be monitored in real time.

RAND confirms this purpose, illustrating that:

These advancements will enable consumer IoT technologies, such as smart home systems, to connect to IoB devices so that, for example, one’s smart thermostat will be linked to her smart clothing and automatically can regulate the temperature in her home.

Greater connectivity and the widespread packaging of IoB in smartphones and appliances – some of which might collect data unbeknownst to the user – will increase digital tracking of users across a range of behaviors.

As 5G is widely being rolled out in the U.S. and other parts of the globe, plans are already being made to perfect and implement 6G.

According to author Thomas S. Rappaport, 6G technology,

“will usher in the ability to send wireless signals at the rate of human computation”… and “could mean that human intelligence could eventually be sent over the air instantaneously.” 

Experts predict 6G will be widely available by 2030…

To top it off,

nanobiotechnology is being used to manipulate cells and interconnect human bodies to the Internet.

Scientists, researchers, and tech geniuses are attempting to play God by reengineering our cell structures, causing them to communicate with IoB devices.

According to an article in News Medical, nanotechnology has “enabled several types of next-generation vaccines” such as the mRNA coronavirus vaccine being developed by Moderna.

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Potential Benefits 

The potential downside of IoB technology has been clearly established, but,

can anything good come out of this…?

There is no way IoB could be sold to the masses if it didn’t promise to improve quality of life.

As RAND indicates:

IoB might enable wider access to health care by enabling inexpensive “distributed” or “democratized” health care or by decreasing the need for risky or costly medical intervention.

Through greater health awareness, improved prevention, and more-effective intervention, IoB even has the potential to drive down health-care costs.

It was hypothesized that early detection and intervention through remote monitoring were the primary drivers of the reduction.

IoB devices can gather vital data to provide medical alerts to doctors, patients, and caregivers.

IoB devices might also prove useful in guiding treatment for those who cannot speak or articulate their symptoms or thoughts, such as infants, stroke victims, or dementia patients, by alerting caregivers to significant changes in vital signs, for instance.

IoB is a promising approach for developing real-time remote health monitoring systems for non-communicable disease patients, most immediately diabetics and heart patients.

If any of these scenarios helps save and improve lives, then maybe IoB is a worthy endeavor.

However, a careful reading of this quote reveals that IoB benefits are described with phrases such as,

“might enable,” “has the potential,” “might also prove useful,” and “is a promising approach”…

In other words,

IoB technology is still experimental and many things can go wrong if implemented on a wide scale.

We already know that radiation from mobile phones causes cancer.

What happens when IoB devices powered by tech with even greater levels of radiation are implanted in the human body?

Where are the long-term safety studies?

If they already exist or are currently being conducted, who is sponsoring them?

If the studies originate from the same industries poised to profit from their use, then malfeasance is all but guaranteed.

Potential for Misuse 

Unfortunately, it seems as though the negative consequences of IoB devices will far outweigh their advances.

There are just way too many things that can go wrong as indicated in Table 4 below:

From death, to national security challenges, to infringement on body autonomy, the negative outcomes of IoB technology are devastating.

RAND confirms even more concerns, highlighting that:

Access to huge torrents of live-streaming biometric data might… enable a surveillance state of unprecedented intrusion and consequence.

It might increase health outcome disparities, where only people with financial means have access to any of these benefits.

The increased connectivity in IoT and IoB devices may provide an increased attack surface that introduces more vulnerabilities through these networks.

Just as foreign possession of data on Americans’ dating habits or HIV status could be used for nefarious purposes, U.S. consumers’ biometric and health data might be exploited by adversaries who could compile data from numerous sources to build detailed profiles of their American targets. 

Of course, many people already have implanted medical devices to simply keep them alive.

Yet, even these types of frequently used implants are largely untested.

A Consumer Reports article underscored this issue, asserting:

Tens of millions of Americans live with medical devices implanted in their bodies – artificial joints, heart defibrillators, surgical mesh.

And it’s a safe bet that most of them assume that someone, somewhere, tested the devices for safety and effectiveness. 

But that is rarely the case.

For most implants and other high-risk devices brought to market, manufacturers do nothing more than file some paperwork and pay the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a user fee of roughly $4,000 to start selling a product that can rack up many millions of dollars in revenue. 

IoB is Currently Unregulated

While acknowledging the extreme danger this technology introduces, companies are continually creating new products and collecting data without much oversight or regulation.

This poses two critical questions:

  1. who owns the data collected through IoB devices and technology

  2. how will tech developers and data collectors be regulated?

RAND acknowledges the lack of answers regarding these issues, explaining:

As with IoB devices, there is no single entity that provides oversight to IoB data… Data brokers are largely unregulated, and the United States has no federal data privacy law but relies on state laws which differ greatly.

The lack of consistency in IoB laws among states and between the state and federal level potentially enables regulatory gaps and enforcement challenges.

As in many areas, rapid advancements in IoB technologies have outpaced the development of policy to address their risks. 

…There are as yet no legal norms about who owns the data generated by any given IoB device – the user, the manufacturer, the health-care provider?

Policies that regulate the sale of user information to third-party data brokers, or that regulate how data brokers function, are nascent if they exist at all.

IoB is Directly Connected to Transhumanism, Biohacking, and Cyborgs

We are constantly being conditioned to readily accept invasive technology as demonstrated in this Apple Watch ad:

 

 

Many people are already used to data-tracking devices, but,

are they prepared to endure even more invasive technology as proposed by transhumanists, bio/body hackers, and cyborgs?

RAND describes each of these movements as follows:

Transhumanism is a worldview and political movement advocating for the transcendence of humanity beyond current human capabilities.

Transhumanists want to use technology, such as artificial organs and other techniques, to halt aging and achieve “radical life extension”.

Bodyhacking generally refers to,

modifying the body to enhance one’s physical or cognitive abilities…

Cyborgs, or cybernetic organisms, are people who have used machines to enhance intelligence or the senses.

Here are just a few examples of the bizarre things people ascribing to one or more of these movements have done to their bodies:

With people already willingly transforming themselves into cyborgs, it makes humanity ripe for,

  • mass bodily intrusion

  • genetic modification

  • DNA tampering,

…and merging with machines as envisioned by individuals such as,

IoB Paves the Way for the Great Reset and 4th Industrial Revolution

In his 2016 book The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Klaus Schwab, CEO of the World Economic Forum, wrote:

Of the many diverse and fascinating challenges we face today, the most intense and important is how to understand and shape the new technology revolution, which entails nothing less than a transformation of humankind.

We are at the beginning of a revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work, and relate to one another.

In its scale, scope and complexity, what I consider to be the fourth industrial revolution is unlike anything humankind has experienced before

… The changes are so profound that, from the perspective of human history, there has never been a time of greater promise or potential peril.

To achieve this new technological revolution, Schwab advocates for the increase in IoB tech citing that 82% of executives surveyed believe a tipping point will occur by 2025 where people will readily accept implantable devices.

People are becoming more and more connected to devices, and those devices are increasingly becoming connected to their bodies.

Devices are not just being worn, but also being implanted into bodies, serving communications, location and behavior monitoring, and health functions…

Smart tattoos and other unique chips could help with identification and location.

Implanted devices will likely also help to communicate thoughts normally expressed verbally through a “built-in” smartphone, and potentially unexpressed thoughts or moods by reading brainwaves and other signals.

Schwab is looking forward to the day when bio implants can read our minds!

Are you starting to get the full picture of where all of this is leading…?

The question to ask as more technology is developed and put to use is who benefits?

Are these initiatives really for the good of humankind, or just a few at the top of the spectrum who desire more control over the masses?

I think a further sampling of Schwab’s thoughts will help provide definitive answers to these questions…

In his 2018 follow-up book, Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Schwab explains:

The world is at a crossroads.

The social and political systems that have lifted millions out of poverty and shaped our national and global policies for half a century are failing us.

The economic benefits of human ingenuity and effort are becoming more concentrated, inequality is rising, and the negative externalities of our integrated global economy are harming the natural environment and vulnerable populations:

the stakeholders least able to absorb the cost of progress. 

Public trust in business, government, the media and even civil society has fallen to the point where more than half of the world feels the current system is failing them.

The widening gap in trust between those in their country’s top income quartile and the rest of the population indicates that social cohesion is fragile at best, and very close to breaking down at worst. 

It is in this precarious political and social context that we face both the opportunities and the challenges of a range of powerful, emerging technologies – from artificial intelligence, to biotechnologies, advanced materials to quantum computing – that will drive radical shifts in the way we live, and which I have described as comprising the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

To put all of this in plain terms, Schwab and his ilk are exacerbating problems like poverty, inequality, civil unrest, mistrust in government, and environmental degradation to cause humanity to desire a better way.

That way is what he terms the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Combined with plans for The Great Reset, the cabal comprising the World Economic Forum and many other global entities plan to offer a solution that will solve all of humanity’s ills, but in reality will serve to further enslave us...

You will be controlled by the technology they are creating at breakneck speed, and subjugated to a lesser form of humanity by disguising it as advancement and enlightenment.

Regarding his vision to remake humanity in his image, Schwab goes on to say:

The future will challenge our understanding of what it means to be human, from both a biological and a social standpoint.

Emerging biotechnology agendas promise to improve and augment human lifespans and to enhance physical and mental health.

The opportunity for the integration of digital technologies with biological tissues is also growing, and what that portends for the next decades is inspiring a range of emotions, from hope to wonder to fear.

Optimists depict a more sustainable world, free from the diseases that we battle today.

Pessimists warn of a dystopian future of designer babies and unequal access to the fruits of biotechnology.

I guess Schwab has never read cautionary tales of men attempting to play God like Frankenstein and The Island of Dr. Moreau?

Call me a pessimist, but I don’t believe in the nightmarish future that Schwab, the RAND Corporation, and all their conspirators desire to create.

In an interview with RAND whistleblower Alex Abella, Paul Joseph Watson revealed what really fueled the organization’s efforts:

RAND’s ultimate goal was to have technocrats running every aspect of society in pursuit of a one world government that would be administered under “the rule of reason,” a ruthless world where efficiency was king and men were little more than machines, which is why RAND studied the social sciences because they were at a loss to work out how to deal with people and how human beings did not always act in their own predictable self-interests.

There is no place for love, empathy or selflessness in the new world order that RAND and the Ford Foundation are working to create, and patriotism and altruism are adversarial to their aims.

The real purposes behind the Internet of Bodies and other schemes like,

…are not altruistic, but diabolical.

Be warned that this technology may make your life easier in the short term, but its long-term purpose is to make you a dehumanized slave

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