Transhumanist “Tower of Bable” Is A Reality

Getting minds to link and work together are the topics for discussion at a meeting of scientists taking place in the virtual world of Next Life today where they have unveiled details of a complex neural network that has been developed together with some of the world’s biggest corporations and most powerful countries.

Called the “Tower of Babel” after the biblical myth, it is their attempt to build technologically enhanced minds that allows a completely telepathic connection – just by installing some software (called “neuro-software”) in your brain.


Rather than just simply creating a brain to machine interface, which allowed a user to connect to an external machine with a type of physical computer, the team of scientists and transhumanists have developed what’s being dubbed the “iBrain”, the world”s first true “neural net” – an internet of minds. They’re hoping to use neuro-software – software-type applications built from neurons and tiny machines built from atoms and molecules, called nanomachines – to enhance and replace our normal brain functions. Think of it as your brain with an upgrade.

Being funded in conjunction with Dream, the giant trans-national media company, and a joint US-Indian-Chinese partnership between DARPA (the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency), ITRI (the Indian Transhumanist Research Institute), and CADO (Chinese Human Advancement Organisation), they brought together the best and brightest of the worldwide Transhumanist Collective in order to bring this vision about, and today’s conference demonstrates their success: all the scientists, located in different parts of the world, took part using the new technology.

“It’s amazing,” said Dr. Brett Stott, a spokesman for the collective. “Our new individual and collective brain power far exceeds anything nature could have ever dreamed of.”

The Transhumanist Collective was initially just a term given to a loose group of media organizations, non-profit groups and individuals dedicated to transhumanism, that is the use of technology and science to enhance human evolution. Many of them became the founding members of the organization when it was officially formed in 2010. Since then, they became a lot more focused, similar to the computer hobbyists of the 1970’s, working on artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and biotechnology, all of them dedicated to bringing about the so-called “Singularity” where artificial intelligence and technology becomes more powerful than normal human abilities, and allow humans to evolve into what some see as a new life form.

That evolution includes additional features like thought or meme protection and filtering that should help improve people”s lives and protect them from “rotting apples”, as one participant called it. It would work like an anti-virus programme, except for the mind, and it was this that drew the attention of the Chinese, US and other governments.

“Our role is to protect the citizens of the world,” said Charlie Leavenworth, the American ambassador to the United Allied Nations (UAN), at their Beijing headquarters. “This does not just include physical protection, but mental protection, too. An idea today can be just as deadly as a computer virus. As the British have long said, core values need to be protected as much as possible and if this requires building the necessary mental tools to help with that, then we are prepared to do whatever it takes.”

Dr. Lynn Gardner, one of the members from the DARPA team, told the virtual conference: “Traditionally, software was seen as something that you downloaded to a computer, but we have proven that it is possible to add what can be considered software for the mind. One of the biggest problems humans have always faced is being able to filter out the right information from the wrong in order to form better opinions and make better decisions, whether personal or business. With our new meme detection and protection tools, we should be able to filter out any undesirable or harmful thoughts and improve decision making.”

A large number of other corporations are backing the project research, as they see it as an excellent way to help increase market share through advertising and marketing. For example, Micro Minds is hoping their proposed Dream Maker service will permit “in dream” advertising, an area that was not possible with today’s networks since it required the user to be awake.

As a media company, Dream is also extremely interested in being able to broadcast news constantly, as well as the possible advertising revenues. Hu Chen, a company spokesman, said that, “With iBrain, the mind is always on. For a company like us, being able to sell advertising 24/7 is an extremely valuable commodity. For marketers, it”s a dream come true. They have direct insight into customers’ minds, wants and desires, hidden or not, providing unique opportunities for market research. There are, of course benefits for the customer as well, as this will provide much easier and direct communication with our public relations officers. In addition, companies will be able to pinpoint exactly what the customer needs, just by analyzing thought patterns and other data.”

One possibility that has the military and corporations interested is the so-called “hivemind” ability, whereby neuro-software will permit groups of people to be linked together like a bee-hive, working together as a tightly knit unit. The porn industry have long been using a similar tool with earlier brain-machine interfaces allowing viewers to experience the sexual emotions of the actors. Social networking groups have also used a similar idea to create powerful information sharing networks.
These were always seen as being too cumbersome for military operations or business, however. What makes the latest version different is that, besides not needing bulky computers, it doesn’t just simply allow information to be sent and received, but also programmable instructions.

This has long been considered the “holy grail” by military experts in creating efficient and cost-effective armies. Initial tests have been very successful in co-ordinating complex tasks amongst individuals. The military see it as an excellent method to help manage soldiers in very complex operations that could fail due to human error. Several corporations have also begun trials in the supply chain in managing its workers” time more effectively using a similar method.

It is this “always on” and programmable functionality that has some privacy groups concerned. Electronic Freedom Foundation spokesman Gareth Sanjay pointed out that, “We”ve known for some time now that the governments behind this research have made great use of dataveillance before to keep its citizens under constant surveillance. China has arrested and detained individuals before for supposed future thought crimes where citizens have matched certain patterns of behaviour, and they’ve also experimented a lot in manipulating and conditioning groups of people. The US and other members of the UAN have fared little better with arbitrary, secret arrests, removal of civil liberties, and intimidation against those it believes are a threat in its “War on Terror”.”

Amnesty International also expressed their concern, saying that “The notion that certain thoughts and ideas should be “filtered out” and rejected are extremely worrying and Orwellian. And as for corporations essentially directing its employees like robots, it is a step too far towards the total restriction of freedom of thought and action. There’s also the added worry that, as we have seen with RFID, society is going to be further controlled simply by what the technology is, rather than just how it is used.”

Many of the meeting”s participants disregarded such fears saying that the same prophesies of “doom and gloom” were predicted with the usage of RFID, ubiquitous computing and the Internet of Things, and none of those had come to pass. They point out that these technologies have brought massive benefits to mankind, despite criticism that it has only favored the rich and powerful.

“Instead,” said one participant who wished to remain anonymous, “the real risk has come from the neo-Luddites who have often resorted to terrorist acts to try and prevent the advancement of technology and mankind. Ever since the Unabomber spoke about the machines ruling mankind and reducing them to ‘the status of domestic animals‘, people like him have used fear-mongering and terror to prevent what they fear and don’t understand.” As far as he was concerned, the neo-Luddites were like “King Canute trying to command the tide not to come in. This technology will benefit everyone.”

(Unknown author, BBC News, circa. 2026-2032. Links added to references that exist today)

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  3. Comment by walter huffman @ 2:14 pm

    as usual we are learning about their mind control experiments too late they have used them here along with E L F electromagnetic weapons these thing are part of their current (reality) we need to step through the glass and come up with our own (reality) the montauk chair is the start it even scared them.welcome to the matrix?

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