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The Gods of Technology
« on: March 01, 2011, 03:38:53 AM »

Welcome my son, welcome to the machine.

The Gods of Technology

There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part, you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies on the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all! – Mario Savio

A History of Tools

Many animals use tools in order to make life easier. Primates, birds, and dolphins are all known to use simple implements outside of their bodies in order to achieve objectives like nest building and the acquisition of food.

2001: a Space Odyssey

The human being took this idea and ran with it. He developed tools for harvesting, tools for killing, tools for transportation, tools for art and entertainment, tools for construction, tools for medicine, and tools for just about everything else. In time these tools became ever more efficient at doing their job. In general, the less human involvement that is required, the better.

Tools did not only allow for humans to exert control over the natural world, they also allowed humans to exert control over each other. If a small group of people held the knowledge for how to create fire, weaponry, farms, sturdy buildings, etc. then everyone else would be dependent upon them for warmth and protection. These small groups would be able to go out into the world and kill, conquer, plunder, and eventually assimilate the surrounding peoples.

As time progressed, their tools became more complex and could better be defined as machines.

Transformers aka shape-shifters)

The ancient Egyptians were able to achieve incredible feats of engineering. If any of the governments of today were to try to replicate the Great Pyramid, it would cost an obscene amount of money, be plagued by accidents and delays, and end up well over budget. We are still unsure as to what kind of technology allowed our ancestors to achieve the wonders of the ancient world, but their own accounts indicate that alien intervention of some kind was involved. And there is a compelling case to be made there were technologically advanced civilizations, like Atlantis, on this planet in our past.

Nevertheless, there were some amazing inventions that came from the human genius..

(elegantly simple)

Heron of Alexandria was a Greek mathematician and engineer whose work was strongly influenced by the Babylonians. He lived around the time of Christ. He invented the steam engine, the wind wheel, the syringe, and so much more. But many of his inventions were put to use conning people out of their money by convincing them that the gods were actually present at temples. His steam engine was discarded and lost for almost two thousand years as there was a readily available supply of slave labor that could do any job needed. One of my favorite inventions of Heron’s was a fully automated miniature theater that would run for about 20 minutes and tell the story of Jason and the Argonauts, complete with sound effects and scene changes. This made Heron the first person in modern history to invent what we know of today as programming.

The Basics of Programming

Programming is a plan or schedule of activities and procedures to be followed, usually to accomplish a specified end.

Jumping forward a couple thousands years to my childhood, we find computer programming really starting to blossom. I remember all of the cheap electronic toys and the advent of the household computer with its MS-DOS interface.

Even back in my youth, machines were teaching children how to speak and spell. But now children are interacting with sophisticated electronics from a very early age and accustomed to their presence in their every day lives.

And today we are finally starting to see the realization of a society in which we have intelligent robots working for us..

We have been conditioned from an early age to accept robot helpers as a natural progression for man. With robots taking over the majority of our work, we could have plenty of time to pursue our other pleasures and lead a full, contented life free from care and worry..

(Turning robots into humans and humans into robots)

The first image is from Fritz Lang’s fantastic movie Metropolis. In this silent German film the workers live and work underground, servicing the machines of the city while a few ruling elite play around in their Eternal Garden above ground. The second images shows a singer pop star whore who is helping to create this dystopian nightmare as she informs single ladies to put a (diamond) ring on it, worship a big ego, get addicted to the light of someone’s halo, and need a soldier.

The sky’s alive with turned on television sets
I walk the streets and seek another vision yet
The echo makes me turn to see that last frontier
The edge of time closes down as I disappear

The Police – Omegaman (from Ghost in the Machine)

Television, films, newspapers and magazines have been programming humans for a long time. The media tells us the “facts” and then draws conclusions for us so that we don’t have to go through the trouble of critical thinking. At the same time, our children are being educated (produced) in schools (factories) that teach them how to regurgitate useless information like good little slaves. Their sole purpose is to service the state and become part of the machine.

Popular culture is one of the main vehicles for this agenda. Every hip hop song produced these days seems to have what is known as “auto-tuning” wherein otherwise human voices are altered to make them sound more robotic. Robots been made to seem cool and sexy for a long time now. Remember that dance move.. what was it called? Oh yeah, the robot!

Eventually the robot slaves will become more useful than human slaves. The fleshy slaves will become obsolete and outdated as their metallic counterpart become more advanced. They can work long hours, won’t talk back, and will never require a salary. Soon we might not even be able to tell the difference between human and machine..

Science fiction becomes science future. Remember Knight Rider? Well, we already have talking cars. Programs like Little Wonder, Lost in Space, and Dr. Who and movies like Iron Giant, Wall-E, and Astroboy (just to name a few) are serving an agenda. We are supposed to accept robots as helpful, trustworthy, friendly, and saviors of humanity. Oh yeah, we’re also going to be encouraged to have sex with robots.. but let’s not get into that.

Who is doing this and why?

This image from Astroboy (trailer) could give us a clue..

Most people wouldn’t know this, but ZOG stands for Zionist Occupation Government, a term used amongst many “antisemitic” groups in reference to the bank-run governments of the world. I don’t know why this robot would be labeled ZOG, but you should look at the large-scale image to zoom in and see all of the symbolism in the picture.

Not all Jews are Zionists and not all Zionists are Jews. Zionists are the ruling elite who think they are God’s chosen people and they intend to create their own little heaven on earth. They are small percentage of the world’s population, but control a large amount of its wealth and resources. Maybe these machines are the way that they plan to conquer the planet. They will rule with an iron fist, eliminating all of the unnecessary and undesirable humans.

The Military Machine

The robot was not created to help mankind reach its full potential. Its main purpose is to aid in the destruction of life.

The military is now sending robots into situations that could be dangerous for humans, such as reconnaissance and rescue missions. Sometimes there is a human at the controls and sometimes the robot is acting on its own. A robot needs some amount of autonomy to be able to respond to the battle field conditions. Oh yeah, and it also needs to be heavily armed..

This robot is certainly not as cute or friendly as Johnny 5, who I assure you, is still alive. Short Circuit trailer. And did you know that there is now a robot that can fuel itself off of plant and animal tissue? Yep, it could eat humans to survive. (Military Robot Could Eat Dead Bodies)

This past September I came across this headline: Runaway drone shot out of sky. According to the report, the US pilots on the ground lost control of the unmanned aircraft that is usually used for hunter-killer missions, resulting in the plane being shot down before it could go rogue. Uh oh, the robots are starting to disobey their masters. Sounds a bit like Stealth (trailer).

And this is only the beginning. What kind of monstrosities are we going to see produced next?

Star Theory

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Re: The Gods of Technology
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2011, 15:52:48 PM »
Your suppositions are based on where mankind is at this point in time.

We continue to evolve, now at a  much quicker pace  due to increased populations. Do you really believe that the habits and behaviors we exhibit today will carry on into the far future? The dynamics of this future world are unknown to us, but our adaptation to them could result in a very different society.

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Re: The Gods of Technology
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2011, 23:10:59 PM »
I agree that if the current powers that be remain in the world, who you call zionists but I would call extremely selfish people who only work together if they have to, then robots replacing human workers would lead to a devaluation of human life on "developed" countries (its already seen as less valuable in developing countries). This however isn't the only possible outcome of robots replacing human workers. If you watch Zeitgeist Moving Forward ZEITGEIST: MOVING FORWARD | OFFICIAL RELEASE | 2011 you'll see that robots replacing human workers can create a utopia. It all comes down to who's in power, so I'll end with one of my favourite quotes: power is not taken, it's given.
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Re: The Gods of Technology
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2011, 01:11:12 AM »
Wait a minute!

Programs like Little Wonder, Lost in Space, and Dr. Who and movies like Iron Giant, Wall-E, and Astroboy (just to name a few) are serving an agenda. We are supposed to accept robots as helpful, trustworthy, friendly, and saviors of humanity. Oh yeah, we’re also going to be encouraged to have sex with robots.. but let’s not get into that.

What about the cybermen? They're a perfect charicature of evil robots. Has this writer ever even seen Dr Who? Scifi has been hosting a cultural conversation about robots and AI, mainly for entertainment (rather than deep and philosophical) reasons for a long time. It's one of scifi's greatest themes, and it's been covered from all angles.

Why not get into sex-with-robots? Here's an example of sex-with-evil-robots. It makes for satisfyingly cheezy, weird drama. (2:25)

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Re: The Gods of Technology
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2011, 10:57:09 AM »
Aww, I wanna see the robot sex. That's so friggen hot.  ;)


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Re: The Gods of Technology
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2011, 18:31:38 PM »
Artificial intelligence has come a very long way. Take for example Watson on jeopardy. This computer was not only able to sort through an extremely large data bank of information .... The marvel is that it was able to discern exactly what the question was asking and give the specific answer that was wanted. Artificial intelligence is on the verge of "reasoning".

My belief is that as machines advance, humans are losing abilities as they become less required due to technical advances. Education standards are going down. Attention spans are decreasing. Patience is much shorter on average. I think there bigger fear is, how much do we let ourselves become dependent upon them.

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Re: The Gods of Technology
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011, 13:19:14 PM »
Hej, hej, calm down... :)
There is a lot of place on earth where people do not use computers and do not depend of modern tehnology. They live normal life. Human race is fantastic, we will survive, do not wory.
Artificial intelligence also has weak points, like everybody and everything. So, one day when you see on your computer screen „You will be assimilated“ just turn it off and escape to Africa or Nepal.

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Re: The Gods of Technology
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2011, 12:43:26 PM »

couldn't agree more.
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