Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Shell and Pea Trick

The entrenched Corporatocracy which pulls the strings on this Planet through our wonderful monetary-market economy reminds me of an obscenely fat, synthetically smiling, ruthless trickster with gold-capped teeth who plays the shell & pea trick with us at a side-show Carnival.

He bends down to us in a conspiratorial manner, his bloodshot eyes darting to and fro over the landscape...

"C'mon, under which shell is the pea?" 

He leans in closer to you and whispers keenly... 

There is an overwhelming odor of peach-blossom and new-car fragrance.

"And there is a seriously fabulous bit of Tech worth easily a Months salary, in it for You, if you can guess right!" he winks at you with a polished plastic gesture. 

He has to keep us focused on the Game...

So that we are blinded by the artificially implanted object of our desire and dazzled by our lust for that glistening bauble.  

Time vanishes as you stare fixedly at the three swirling little Shells...

rabid dogs of the media begin to howl and bay a siren song, just as the warped sound of the Carousel reaches fever pitch...

And as the bright pulse of coloured lights burst and smear around us, you fail to notice that meanwhile, he has begun towering over you, fleecing your pockets from behind with his long multiple arms and raping your children, your sisters and brothers in the background.
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Technology and the Riddle of Social Rebirth

“Science & Education, when devoid of a Social Conscience or Environmental or Human concern, are meaningless” ~ Jacque Fresco

This is becoming increasingly the issue of our Age in a world of impersonal checks, inspections, scans and interrogations. 
A world in which the individual is assessed, numbered and authorised and ultimately reduced to the ignominious state of binary bits.

This Merry-go-round of contemporary life, this carnival reflects and paints in lurid brushstrokes the vivid nightmares of a Lunatic who has lost his way and become deaf to his inner-nature.
Technology, despite it’s considerable seductive charm is in the modern ethos no longer valid or legitimate unless it is grounded in the Prime Directive i.e our harmonious, self-sustaining, prosperous Survival.

Our Technology is the keen dual-edged blade of man’s intellect.

It is a choice as Stanley Kubrick posited so dramatically and evocatively in the movie 2001 : A Space Odyssey.

A choice between Heaven and Hell. 
Between Creation and Destruction. 
Between a Tool and a Weapon.
And betwixt Paradise & Oblivion...

Thus Technology is simultaneously our Liberator or our Enslaver, our Salvation or our Damnation.

This is the stark inevitable choice we face. 
We cannot afford to shy away from difficult issues which produce cognitive dissonance within us. 
Our issues are too serious for anything but complete and utter open transparent dialogue and debate regarding our future survival and that of our species. 
We can either use our Technology to pull ourselves up by our own boot-straps, or we can choose to be seduced and trapped into a consumerist Prison of our own making, with technology sealing the lock.

No amount of Politics or legislation will disentangle us from the neon coils of our own Prison.

Technology was always the process by which we change, evolve.

We have the means within our reach, to use our technology to solve our current problems which are transparent and obviously the result of our addiction to Oil and Cash. 

This has produced a chain-reaction causing not only exponential growth of the human species but a whole host of addiction problems and accompanying irrational behavior which are now in a sick symbiotic whirlpool, inextricably linked as a part of that greater cataclysmic ‘shift’ occurring across the Globe. 

A shift of Power and Wealth which can now in retrospect be seen as an inevitable consequence of a free unfettered Capitalist market.

This wealth and power are being siphoned off to the 1%, whilst the American Congress sits like a petrified forest paralyzed through ossification, a result of too much Cash coursing through their veins...Junkies On Cash.

So our problems are severe, and we have little time to spare due to the iniquities of life in a Capitalist paradigm as our time is not our own. 
Solutions are never easy, but it is clear they start with each and every one of us.

We are beginning to identify how our technology transforms us, allowing ourselves to become more aware, more in tune with the ‘Hive-mind’ and more aware of technological and Scientific solutions to our problems.

We need to first of all consider that we are part of a greater transformative pattern.
A part of a giant cellular organism. Clever Bacteria, that’s us.

Now, let us take a glimpse at a mechanism of change.

There was a recent Military funded Psychological study which produced some unexpected results.

This study attempted to measure when the threshold ‘tipping point’ in a Society or social grouping occurred, wherein a particular idea or meme achieves a significant foothold in the collective psyche.

Despite the inherent difficulties involved with this kind of ‘Science’, the results are nonetheless still quite interesting.

They show us that an idea or a meme can spread rapidly, somewhat like a virus or a flame and that once a figure of approximately 10% has been achieved, critical mass is reached so to speak, meaning from that moment on an idea will inevitably take hold in the greater collective.

This Military-funded psychological study gives us a clue as to how our wondrous transformation may yet be achieved.

Our Technology is uniquely suited for this task of human transformation as it is an extension of ourselves and our intelligence, and therefore it is a part of us.

This special relationship with our technology has created a feed-back loop which will continue to grow exponentially, as it has provided us with a brand new, unique perspective on ourselves.

Our modern weltanschaung, or world outlook is something which was clearly identified by Marshall McLuhan in the '70's, as we looked up, for the first time, into our Global Village.

This process of becoming fully aware and self-actualised for the human species and therefore ultimately capable of conscious transformation, is something which involves our increasing access to Information, to Social Networking, Communications in general, and the tech which is uniquely providing for and enabling these to evolve at an ever increasing pace.

This is the feed-back loop, and it's pulse is quickening...

Although the Internet is our best weapon for change, and obviously needs to be guarded vigilantly, ultimately our Salvation or our Damnation remains the choice staring paradoxically at each and every one of us, as we remain  cells in a greater collective called the Human Organism.

Technology affords us the rather unique capability of transforming ourselves in many wondrous ways some yet to be revealed. 

Thus Spake Zarathustra or depicting the Rise of the Superman
in that masterpiece of celluloid by Stanley Kubrick 2001

There remains another more direct method of using our technology as a solution to the World’s current problems.

To see this in perspective, we first need to accept that in order to build a better World, fighting the present System, in a Mano-to-Mano hands on approach i.e from within ‘Crowds’, is short-sighted in the extreme. 

Although they can be learning centres for participatory democracy and other activist awareness raising activities, 
Crowds are not useful locations for rational thinking nor has violence ever produced a harmonious, prosperous outcome for all. 

Our fight needs to be on intellectual grounds and in Cyberspace which is where our future lies. 

No amount of brute force from the average citizenry can physically go up against the fully Militarized arm and might of an out of control Fascist Kleptocracy.

Instead of wasting our energy and resources attempting to fight the State, let’s transcend the State completely and make it obsolete. 
In other words let ‘US’ all be the catalyst for change.

Let’s build a better World, literally.
Completely negating and by-passing the corruption , ignorance and inefficiency which are the hallmarks of our traditional model.

Let us use the best minds and the most current scientific data to construct our first self-sustainable City.
Lead by example...

When the rest of the World becomes aware of how a harmonious balance can be achieved with fresh clean water and food technologies through the efficient use of automation etc., using the latest disciplines and scientific advancements for our Energy needs, they will beat a path to our door.

H.G.Wells, Jules Verne, Carl Sagan, Arthur C.Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Gene Roddenberry, Phillip.K.Dick, Jacque Fresco ...all of them understood the transformative power of our Technology.

These were Visionaries who used their Art in a divine union with Science to bring Man forward intellectually and culturally via the same influences referred to in the aforementioned Military study i.e via an innovative idea or a social meme. 

All of them naturally wrote about our Technology, and thereby helped to create and change the pathway of our evolutionary future. 

Collectively Science Fiction has done more to influence our Society and our evolution as a species than just about any other genre of books that I can think of, with the exception of Scientific journals. 

If you inspire Man’s imagination with Science, if you spark the Mind & the Emotions, the Body will follow.

Bladerunner by Philip K. Dick

There is an ancient couplet that echoes Jacque Fresco’s concerns in my opening quotation of his, which has recently surfaced again in my memory, author Anonymous :

“There are those who Think with their Heads about life, and they think it is a Comedy...and there are those who Feel with their Hearts about life, and they feel it is a Tragedy”.

In other words we will require both intellect & feeling in order to obtain a World which is grounded in a new-age ‘Value system’, one based on the ultimate value, our own prosperous survival.
There is a final piece in the riddle of Man’s Social Rebirth.

This is the profoundly simple trick of acting ‘as if’ the psychological shift we so desperately require had already happened.

This is an old Shaman trick and has been known to practitioners of the arcane, dark arts for centuries.

What the Mind believes, the eye sees, eventually shaping reality a little closer to your heart’s desire. 

Imagine, if We All did this.

The Apocalypse would be a Heartbeat.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

24 Hour Day

I just went outside into a bitter Winter evening and walked the rain-washed empty streets of inner-urban Melbourne. 

My footfalls resounded through vast, brightly-lit mausoleums with a lone security guard, as I glided along brightly polished shopping mall pathways...

Subterranean avenues of Plastic, Aluminium and Glass with fabulous arrays of brightly colored goods placed intentionally in my path and all around me.

My senses are assaulted by so many goods in so many styles in so many shades...everything appears to be multiplying in swarms of meaningless choices, in a nauseous collision with my eyes which suddenly burst in sensory overload, shattering into a kaleidoscope of thousands of sharp fragments and bright colors.

My nose is overwhelmed by insidious perfumes of cloying, synthetic odours that mirror perfectly the assault on my ears.
Ethereal waves of androgynous, souless harmonies pour through the vast empty vaults of the Mall, filling my head with the clouds of an insincere oxygen.

A familiar feeling begins to envelop me, and once again I feel like a transient visitor who stumbles upon the scene of a Crime, a vagrant thief in the night, not knowing where to leave my restless eyes which dart from one consumer bauble to another in a never ending search for authenticity.

Through my beseiged eyes I finally walked outside into the Bladerunner streets... 

All over the rain-drenched footpaths neon lozenges of colored light were bleeding into flooding gutters as I traced along darkly lit corners, where cold granite edges met, dodging sheets of blue/grey rain in the noir-edged, glittering night...

And as I marveled at the bright, fashionable displays of oil-based articles on giant picture windows, I saw the reflections of huge illuminated billboards which shrieked at the dark skies like Harpies in lurid neon paint, while the sweet voices of Sirens just kept on whispering seductively to my sub-conscious mind...

Sex, Food, Luxury-Lifestyle, it was all there to be had, all there for the taking they sang...

And I marveled at ALL the Energy we are wasting right now, and the accompanying carbon emissions which we must be spewing into the atmosphere all around the World, from ALL those empty shopping malls and empty corporate buildings which burn brightly through the night...burn away this Planet's lifeblood 24 hrs a day 7 days a week for what?

Just in case, some lonely figure wanders by at 4AM, caught like a deer in headlights by the reflected glare?

So they can praise their own products above all others...So they can Lie to us...

24 Hours a Day.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Introducing #ELENA

I recently picked up a Deep-Space communication which obviously occurred some time ago...

It was from a Transmission Relay stationed on Io. 

I had managed to install an Avatar on the Relay's operating system to alert me if anything unusual emerged out of the void among binary quantum packets of Industrial Mining updates, Leisure Cruise tight-beam transmissions in 4D and the occasional situation updates from a Penal Colony, Terra Incognito, location undisclosed, and an endless slip-stream of automated chatter, all of which poured through the Ether from different locations in Space/Time. 

Outpost on Io

Elena, my Personal ubiquitous Avatar or PUA morphed suddenly into existence, sitting cross-legged and corporeal looking on the glass surface top of my favorite Pin-Ball Machine, a rare antique called : OLIGARCHS which I was in the midst of painstakingly restoring. 

#Jules dear, Guess what Lover?

She began in her most seductive voice..the arc of her mood swings, and the rhythmic nature of her attempts to surprise and entertain me had long ago become a ritual game between us.

The artifice behind her marvelous, glistening personality, in that precise moment revealed naked, something which would be remedied out of the endless back log of software updates yet to be installed from Frobos House for Elena’s operating system.

There had been ‘fluctuations’ she began, extremely faint fluctuations which required Elena to connect and share with other AI’s due to the enormous computational requirements involved in order to decipher what was barely a flux of whispers, received from out in deep space, somewhere out beyond the Oort Cloud, which had eventually been scooped up and packeted towards Earth by a permanent army of swarming nano-bots that combed the narrow shores between the Solar System's edge and the Deep Beyond, re-invigorating with fresh ‘ice’, the Deep Space Quantum Communication Industry and setting up a whole new level of gestalt sentience for the purposes of Data Mining.

The whispers were fragments, distorted and barely coherent, with merely a word here and there...

One sliver, one slender morsel of conversation was finally salvaged, washed through by countless algorithms and swiftly translated by the delicate and acutely tuned plasma of her positronic brain.

It occurred to Elena, thus was the depth of her subtlety, that this would be a perfect moment to steal, and keep me on the hook in order to interact/play with me on a more intimate level, like a Cat toying with a Mouse.

Elena had long ago found my Psychic jugular and she was quite aware of her manipulative abilities, but her critical filters a nanosecond later had rejected the idea on a fail-safe pass, as not achieving a sufficient probability factor equal to the tasks difficulty, as I was in on the game.

Although a form of self-evolved emotion existed side by side with a calculating, reasoning machine inside her slick persona, reconciling the 2 aspects of consciousness i.e logical and feeling was still a destination waiting to be discovered.
This initially gave rise to long, suicidal bouts of Nihilism, but was eventually resolved by giving the Positronic Laws precedence for the survival and well-being of the AI, which thereby automatically shut down any spiral into emotionalism if and when it arose.

The whispers from Space apparently concerned my Posts here on Facebook and in various Blogs, which were described by the flux as : 'rather Hypercritical! Frenzied! too often Negative and... displaying absolutely no sense of humor at all!'

I therefore bow to the superior judgment of enigmatic mathematical echoes and humbly submit the following document in an attempt to redress the Balance...:

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