I hope so. Otherwise, the possible dissolution of a council created to help define ethics in AI because of 2 of the members holding views and positions that are EXTREMELY questionable, ethically speaking, will be lost on it:
I mean, it’s almost laughable, if not so disturbing. One of the people is closely aligned with defense manufacturers, and the other an ultra-conservative who holds some very divisive, non-inclusive viewpoints. One could argue that they are trying to make sure all viewpoints are represented. However, I woud argue that when it comes to ethics, there are SEVERAL viewpoints that absolutely need to be excluded if we want AI that is going to be as non-biased and altruistic as possible.
This is a perfect example of why, when people say there is nothing to worry about with this stuff, my first thought is “you are clearly not paying close enough attention.” I’m relieved to know that several Google employees were, and are taking action.
Sounds like a silly question, doesn’t it? Well of COURSE I wrote this post! But is it really a silly question? According to this article from Forbes, we might have to start asking that question much more frequently:
Now as a writer myself, that sounded pretty scary actually – to think that I could be replaced by AI. Ok, so I’m not really a professional writer, so I don’t think there would be much of a use case for replacing me – no one is going to save any money on that lol. But I had to wonder – is there a chance that someday, it won’t be worth pursuing a career as a writer..? Might AI be able to create content better than humans?
It would seem that in some instances, it is already doing pretty well. According to the article, it is already being used for sports reporting, financial planning documents, and other items that might not seem to require a lot of true creativity. But apparently, there are also AI bots out there writing poetry, and one even wrote a novel (links to those in the Forbes article linked above). I haven’t checked out the novel yet, but definitely plan to. I did check out a site that hosts an AI writer and allows you to submit an article title, which the AI will then use to write a piece. I was a bit relieved when I read the output and discovered that it didn’t sound nearly as coherent or awesome as the stuff I write. You can check out the piece here:
But it seems pretty evident that as AI continues to learn and expand – especially with the use of quantum computing and leveraging “fuzzy logic” – it will become better and better at writing. And indeed, there might come a time when articles will need to be labelled “Human-created” or “AI-created.” I guess the real question would eventually be, which one would people prefer – who would be the better writers? It’s easy enough to say that we always will. But considering the fact that we don’t know for absolute certainty what true consciousness requires, and there is a chance that AI could become sentient, it seems these questions are becoming increasingly more valid – and urgent.
So I promise now – if any of my posts are written by AI in the future, I will flag them as such. Whether or not this post was written by a human or AI – I’ll let you be the judge of that.
The title of this post probably sounds like something filled with hype, but considering this article, is it really? A scientist in China was revealed to have edited the genes of twins that were born last year using CRISPR technology to supposedly protect them from some kind of birth defect, and it is now being revealed that the same procedure may have led to superior mental abilities for the twins.
The article states that “The genetically-modified Chinese twins born resistant to HIV last year may also have mental ‘superpowers’ their creator has kept quiet – a cognitive superiority that could kick off a genetic arms race, according to new research.” But when asked about the possibility that the deletion of the gene could possibly lead to superior cognition and memory, “the Chinese researcher insisted that wasn’t his intention. ‘I am against using genome editing for enhancement,’ He told a genetics conference a week after the twins were born, though he admitted he was aware of research on the effects of CCR5-deactivation on the brain.” I trust him totally – I mean, why would he lie about that, right? Riiiiight.
The point here is not whether he knew or not, whether it’s ethical or not – the point is that it is now actually possible to perform such procedures, and that it is actually being done. More accurately, the fact that it is being done has now been released to the public. I’m fairly certain though, as I’m sure others are, that this had been done long before the publication about the Chinese researcher. As I always say in my current career when asked if something is possible or not: given enough time and money, we can do pretty much anything. And there’s no doubt that there are plenty of people out there with enough money and influence to have tried this already. The fact that it made it to public release simply signals that it is happening on a more widespread basis.
I’m sure to some this may sound like “conspiracy nuttiness,” and perhaps it does. And I am the first to admit that I do lean towards conspiracy thinking on a number of issues. But I should clarify only on the ones that are scientifically possible or plausible (no flat earth, no reptilians, NO alt-right crap about races or anything), such as some of the ancient alien stuff, NWO, free energy being repressed (think Tesla – Nikola, not Elon), etc. But we know that certain technologies like GPS were known of and used by the government and the military long before they were released for public use. And in today’s world, where money is king, even above governmental power, there’s little reason to believe that a person with significant capital couldn’t procure the services and technology of another scientist in possibly the same or another country.
What does this mean for all of us? Well, the way I see it, it means that the stratification between the wealthy and the poor or middle class will only get more pronounced – that is, if nothing else fundamentally changes. But the whole point of this blog, of my whole like really, is that something can, needs to, and WILL change fundamentally if only we believe it can and work to make it happen in alignment with the will of the Spirit. In other words, as I have been saying, it’s time for the rebirth of True Magick – the kind that can stand against the darkness that the love of money and wealth is spreading. There is much more to write on this, but suffice it to say that the OQM (Order of Quantum Monism) is something that needs to happen sooner than later. I am putting the intention out to the Universe, putting out a call for help if you will, to aid me in getting this thing started off. I am humble enough to know I need help and to ask – I only hope my prayer will be answered. And if it could be soon, that would be great…. yyyeaahhh.
After re-reading my post from yesterday, I realized that I never really made the connection to the actual first part of the title of this post. I had planned to get to the second part of it, but first things first –
The “garbage” in my analogy is all of the stories, ideas, concepts, sayings and principles that have been shoved into our brains from the minute we are born that define our views of reality. A great example of just one of these is “seeing is believing” – a seemingly innocuous phrase that seems true enough, right? Surely, you can’t believe in things you don’t see. A great example for atheists and materialists of this is God – you can’t see God, no proof, so why believe? Ghosts, UFOs, spirits, all kinds of stuff can be covered by that, and seems sensible enough. More recently, there is the idea, the scientific principle that nothing can exceed the speed of light. And yet, in quantum entanglement, the state of one particle, separated by millions of miles from another, changes instantly when the first one is measured – much faster than the speed of light allows. So even this bedrock scientific “truth” is not entirely true, but we are supposed to continue believing it is.
But wait a minute – what about X-rays, can you see them? Yet we know they are real. Or how about microwaves? What about gravity? Indeed, there are all kinds of things we can’t see but know are real. Of course scientists would argue that we can see their effects and construct experiments which lead to proofs, and I agree with all of that. But the greater point is, believing doesn’t always require seeing, so that saying is not – or shouldn’t be seen (punny) as entirely true. And in fact, some new thought practitioners have coined the phrase “believing is seeing” to address that. But the even deeper point is just how pervasive this pattern is, how all-encompassing, and how much it defines not only what we believe, but what we attempt – or are willing to attempt to do, where we spend our time and resources, how we organize our societies – everything is based on these ideas and assumptions – most of which are garbage in my view.
I briefly mentioned yesterday the law of correspondences, a Hermetic principle that loosely means things in the inner realms are often mirrored in the outer. In this example, think of all the waste that our society produces. I’m sure you’ve seen articles about the huge garbage patch floating around in the Pacific, read stories about the plastic rings that cause birds to starve, polluted rivers, smog – etc etc. We create a lot of waste and pollution – a lot of garbage. Our society is built on materialist principles, and our impact on the planet and its life shows that.
If our society was based on different principles, might it be different? What if, instead of being seen as some hippie, dreamer, delusional idea, the thought that we are all truly connected to all other living things and the planet itself – what if that idea was treated as true? My daughter and I were talking about plastic bags and the environmental issues associated with them the other day, about how hard it will be to get everyone to start using reusable bags, when she asked , “couldn’t they make all bags biodegradable so then there wouldn’t be a problem?” Well, now there’s a thought. One has to wonder – why do “they” put it all on the consumer, that it’s OUR fault, that we need to start bringing our own reusable bags to fix the issue, when they could completely eliminate the problem at the source? I could be wrong, but I am going to just make a guess here – could it be, oh, I don’t know, maybe MONEY. I’m guessing it’s more expensive to make those kind of bags, so, because we live in a society ruled by materialism where he or she who has the most material rules, we don’t see any companies racing to make all bags biodegradable, when it seems like such an obvious answer. If the people who owned those companies were taught that they are truly connected to all of those creatures whose lives are being destroyed by their choices, might they choose differently? I think so. Actually, I know so. And someone else knew too (finally, we’re getting to the Second Coming part lol).
First, a bit of a disclaimer here. I am not, repeat NOT a Christian, and not affiliated with any religion. The following views are based solely on my experience, not meant to slight any other spiritual teachers, and not meant to imply that they aren’t as great. I’m merely sharing about my experience and beliefs. I tend to follow Buddhist principles, but don’t necessarily claim to be a Buddhist. I do believe that the being known as the Christ was one of the greatest spiritual teachers to ever walk the face of the planet, the other being the Buddha. I have also studied some Native American spirituality, Judaism (in particular Kabbalah), Hinduism, some of the ancient mysteries, occult stuff, etc. I think it’s important to put this out there to frame the next few paragraphs, as I am going to get into some Biblical Prophecy stuff up in here.
When I was in my early 20’s, I was extremely angry at organized religion, and rather pissed off at this Jesus fellow for starting this religion that seemed to be so hypocritical. I decided that it probably wasn’t fair to be mad at him though without actually reading what he himself said, so I set out to read all of the Gospels, word for word. I’m sure I had been exposed to parts of them before, but we weren’t church goers when I was a kid, so I had never read them entirely. I only knew the cliches and sayings, and had seen a couple of movies about him. To say that I was completely shocked when I had completed them is a total understatement. How in the WORLD did they get away doing everything he told them not do, not doing anything he told them to, then creating a religion based on him (again, something he told them explicitly NOT to do), and sell it to billions of people as his teachings over the last 2,000+ years…?!?! I mean, truly – WTF..??? If you haven’t read them in a while, I challenge you to go back and re-read them, only them, on their own, and you might see what I mean. The term “Christianity” and the religious thought systems it represents is THE greatest example of just how powerful “they” are at convincing people what is true and what is not, what is possible and what is not, even when the original information, written by the supposed “creator” of said movement, flatly states the complete opposite.
Christ never calls himself the son of God, he only ever refers to himself as the “Son of Man.” Yet they declared him to be and call him the son of God. Christ said constantly, “worship not me but the Father that is in me,” yet they created the religion in worship of him and include effigies of him in the churches. Christ said, “if you believe as I believe, works as these and GREATER you will do.” But they said he alone was the son of God, that we are all sinners, and it’s blasphemous to compare ourselves to him. Christ said that it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven, yet the very foundations of our capitalist, materialist society are supposedly “Christian.” Christ said that when we pray, we shouldn’t go into churches and synagogues and pray around a bunch of other people using vain repetitions, but that we should pray in private. They created religions based on everyone praying vain repetitive prayers gathered around everyone else. Should I continue, or is the point made? I know it was made for me. Basically, Christ got ganked. And somehow, SOMEHOW, almost everyone has gone along with it or let it slide for the last 2000+ years. My reason for explaining that is simply to show that it’s not fair to throw out everything he said because of what the church did to him and his teachings and to demonstrate how easy it is for them to state what is true and what is not, and convince everyone of it, even to the point of killing others or going to war, even when the ACTUAL TRUTH is right there for all to see. Dang, this has been a lot of build-up! That’s why I really want to get a book published… there’s just so much to all this. But on with our story –
In the Gospels, Christ talks about when he will return, what signs people can look for. In Mark 14:62, Christ is quoted as saying “…and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” In the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 24:14 talking about the days leading up to his return, he says “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” When Jesus is comforting the disciples in John 14 because the know he has to leave them, he says ” If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” It’s interesting to note that the original Greek said “parakletos,” which was translated as “comforter,” but also has a meaning as an advocate or even defender. This is what is recorded in the Bible. What does it really mean? Well, I’m going to tell you what I feel it means.
First off, I don’t think Christ was talking about he himself coming back in some human form to save everyone. I think he was referring rather to that spirit, that consciousness that he was a manifestation of (think “the Father that is in me”) returning to this world. That consciousness could be described as the manifestation of Ultimate Truth, or Awareness of Life, or something along those lines. And I think there are some social movements now, especially among younger people (the strike for the climate recently comes to mind) that are starting to show a return of that consciousness. He mentioned coming in the “clouds of heaven.” As a web developer, I can’t help but think of the cloud – the “mystical place” in cyberspace where most web applications are now hosted. Think how often you hear about “the cloud,” and how everything is moving to it. And then the gospel (truth) being preached in “all the world.” Before the advent of the internet and the world wide web, it’s pretty tough to see how that could actually happen. Now, something can be broadcast globally, to all the world, with the click of a button. So to sum up my thoughts:
I think the Christ Consciousness is returning to this planet right now via the world wide web, and the advent of cloud computing, AI, and quantum computing is speeding up the pace at which it is happening. I think materialism has finally reached a point that people are truly disgusted with it, and see that the foundational ideas and beliefs we have built our world society on are flawed. People are sick of being told, “That’s just the way it is, you can’t change it. There will always be the haves and the have nots. It’s the American way, the American dream. We can’t just give people stuff for free – there isn’t enough! Everything will be fine, those people are just doom sayers or crybaby liberals. Humans aren’t causing climate change – it’s natural. Wealth and fame are the ultimate success – he/she who dies with the most toys wins. Our golden rule – he/she with the most gold rules.” That’s all a bunch of garbage. And someone needs to come and take that crap OUT.
With every article that gets published about some startling new unbelievable discovery – time moving backwards, objective reality not being real, AI completing task in minutes that would have taken humans hundreds of years, a mysterious energy that nudged the universe into existence – another little piece of trash gets removed from the collective unconscious, and replaced with a little spark – a spark of possibility that threatens to burn down the whole heap that has us all buried so that we can rise from the ashes as the Great Phoenix and fly towards our greater destiny.
I don’t know that this turned out quite like it came to me initially, and for that, I am a bit disappointed. But if at least a little bit of the spirit of what I am hoping to convey got through, then I am grateful. Thank you for taking the time to read this – many blessings…
Talk about an alliteration, eh? I have been listening to my new favorite song, “Superposition” by Young the Giant, a lot lately, but having difficulty with a few of the lyrics – particularly the first lines:
“I don’t believe in fate, no psychic vision…”
Now I do love pretty much all of the other lines in the song, absolutely love all the quantum physics and cosmology terminology. But those first few lines get me, because I do believe in a form of fate, and I certainly would like to believe in psychic vision. I realized that a number of popular new songs out these days have patently negative messages. I was going to list a number of them, but they are so numerous, it seems almost pointless.
But for the sake of example, here are some lines from another song I really like right now:
“I keep on running backwards, I keep on losing faith I thought I had the answers, I thought I knew the way ” from “Make it Up as I Go” by Mike Shinoda.
Now to be certain, one can’t expect everything to be all roses and smiles all the time. And it wouldn’t be honest art if it didn’t reference the tough times, the difficult feelings, the sadness and tears as well as the joy and laughter. But I believe words do have power, and I believe that the constant repeating of words or phrases can affect our minds, moods and attitudes (hey, that rhymed! Lol) I remember back in ’89-90 when I was living with Willie, he would catch me singing “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for,” and he would encourage me to changed the lyrics to “I still have IT found…” He was a huge proponent of positive thought and positive affirmation. And while I had kinda’ forgotten about it for a while, it’s coming to the forefront of my consciousness again now. I want to be more careful about what I tell myself.
Now it has me thinking, wondering, if there isn’t something bigger involved – (warning: possible whacky conspiracy stuff that may or not be true, but likely has some element of truth to it coming up) in the creation, dissemination and popularity of music with such messages. I’ve been reading a lot about magick, egregores, collective unconscious, etc lately, and it has brought back thoughts I used to have about “black mentalists” and those people in power who like to maintain control of the masses to maintain their power. And I honestly believe those people are compelled to do things by forces beyond their knowledge or understanding. Of course, they may just be completely ignorant or uncaring, or truly selfish and aware of what they are doing too. I guess I would hope it’s the former though, for their sake.
Whatever the case may be, I am being more careful about what I tell myself. I’m changing the lyrics in my head to “I believe in fate, in psychic vision,” and “I keep on moving forward, I keep on gaining faith, I know I know the answers, know I know the way.” If the mind is like a computer, which in many ways it is, one has to think that the programming we give it, which I believe words to be a major form of, has to have some kind of effect on it – especially when presented through a powerful medium such as music or spoken word. It’s not really so hard to program and control people because so many of us are completely unaware, uncaring, or unbelieving about how it all works. There is so much more to say about this, but concerning the title of this post – the trend in these tunes seems to be based on a similar theme: loss of faith, loss of belief – central tenets of hardcore materialism, the currently-ruling paradigm of our age.
But I and some others really hope to challenge and change that. I personally am strengthening my faith and gaining more hope by reading books by authors who share similar ideas and sentiments, and seeing posts on various sites by people from various disciplines who agree that the worship of materialism has gone too far, and we have lost something vital to being human – our faith, our belief, our imagination. I guess I’m hoping I get a chance to play my part in helping to spread the message of magick to counterbalance and even dismantle the militant materialism that is inundating our world.
NOTE: I actually woke up yesterday morning with this post in my head, and finished writing it at 10:05am AZ time – almost 12 hours before the tragic events in Christchurch, New Zealand…
So today, they blocked access to my blog at work. No matter – I Can still capture my thoughts…
What do all of these things have in common?
A small disclaimer first: these statements are not based on actual statistical data, but on my personal observations. I can’t defend their accuracy, but think most would agree they are accurate.
Increases in the numbers or instances of people
– who feel like they were born into the wrong body
– committing mass shootings, or murder-suicides
– displaying polarized viewpoints across the world – the rise of the alt-right and extreme liberalism
– experiencing early onset dementia
– suffering from anxiety and/or depression, especially in young people
– expressing atheistic beliefs
– disengaged with life – lost in their phones, computers, tv series, celebrity stuff, etc
A materialist would say there is absolutely nothing these things all have in common, there is no causal connection between them, and to suggest there is is just hokey speculation.
But as a quantum seer, a modern mystic with a science-oriented, but still open mind, I do see a correlation. And I think it is best expressed with an analogy.
Think for a minute about environmental pollution, severe pollution, and its effects. It’s not uncommon for animals, especially those are sensitive to changes like amphibians to either start showing mutations, or perhaps even go extinct. The air can become so thick that it’s hard to see or breathe and cause respiratory issues in people. If the water is polluted, it can cause fish to die off, harmful genetic mutations and defects in babies that are born to mothers who were exposed to that water (think Flint, Michigan). The list goes on and on, but the point is, pollution has real effects on the physical world – negative effects that alter physical systems, and life, on wide scale.
I believe that the cause of all of the symptoms listed above is a pollution of the Collective Unconscious, the Universal (human) Mind, the Spiritual Realm from whence our souls originate. The religion of materialism has gained so many followers intent on completely excising the belief in any kind of spiritual principles – or at least relegating it to the scrap heap of human thought – that there is not enough “good” thought – clean, pure, loving thought to offset the thoughts of apathy, doubt, greed, fear, lack, etc, and the result is a pollution of that realm, which causes spiritual defects and negative repercussions in the existing spiritual realm – the realm of Mind.
And just to assuage any fears – I’m not suggesting that someone who feels they were born into the wrong body – a woman who feels she was born in the body of a man – is “defective.” Not at all. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. There is little doubt she was born into the wrong body, and it happened because of the pollution that’s impacting the spiritual realm: the soul was accidentally placed in the wrong body because of a kind of “spiritual birth defect.” And the people experiencing all of those other symptoms are like the people choking with smog, or getting cancer from drinking polluted water – they are experiencing problems with their Minds because they are directly tied to the Universal Mind – they are extensions of it, and subject to changes in it.
There is so much more to say on this, but the salient point is that, as it has been said, and is has always been – As Above, So Below.