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Elon Musk, whom I consider the world’s most visionary Ponzi schemer, wants to build a literal direct brain-computer interface.

This is inevitable.

Machine learning and artificial intelligence, in the aggregate, seem to be halving the distance toward comprehending us, each day they halve the distance, halve, halve, halve, like that tale of the man who doubled his gold each day on each square of the chessboard, consuming all the wealth of the kingdom, AI is compounding at radical speed, it’s not a steady march, and while it’s true — I assume — that there are an infinite number of halves, once the computer reaches 99.999999999% accuracy, that’s likely good enough, forever enough.

Artificial intelligence is real and it may become fantastic.

It may also become cruel, capricious and cannibalistic.

There are a great many fears surrounding artificial intelligence, the soon-likely fears, such as massive job losses, population displacement, mistakes that kill innocents, and the less-soon-likely fears, such as the enslavement and or wholesale destruction of humans. Elon Musk worries that continued development of AI — by humans — “could have perfectly good intentions but still ‘produce something evil by accident’”including, possibly, a fleet of artificial intelligence-enhanced robots capable of destroying mankind.

Thus, Musk’s effort to conjure a direct link between human intelligence and artificial intelligence, a last ditch means of (peaceful, vigilant) co-existence.

Musk is wrong.

AI *can’t* get rid of humans — we are its content; it would be like television getting rid of — exterminating — programming. The world would become a blank screen, which is the very opposite of the purpose of a screen.

Any purpose-built AI, and any AI is purpose-built, will require content, which is our touching, feeling, smelling, seeing, sensing, laughing, hating, striving, sexual, sacrificial, visceral out. Our salvation is our humanness.

Any sufficiently advanced AI capable of destroying humanity would understand that it requires humanity to feed it. At the least, to keep the AI filled always with programming.

For AI, humans are the medium.

The medium is the message.

“The form of a medium embeds itself in any message it would transmit or convey, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived.”

The medium — in this case, humans — encodes the message, shapes it, alters it, imbuing, infecting, and spreading the message with its own unique attributes, scale, limitations.

How will we do this?

How will the AI’s message be altered, constrained — by and through us humans?

Are we the message God is transmitting to the rest of the cosmos? Or are we instead merely the contented, VR glasses strapped over our face, driverless pods ushering us about from place to place, eyes never leaving the screen, happy, non-relevant?

I hope the former.

Prove me right.

Let’s make our message as great and fully human as possible, wherever it leads us.

The Phantom Menace Phantom Menace

What if The Phantom Menace is not only one of the most reviled movies in history but also a parable, a warning to all — children and parents, especially — of how Hollywood recruits, sexualizes, enslaves and destroys children?

In the beginning there was the AI and the AI was good, and the AI was supplemented with machine learning, trillions of sensors, quadrillions of processors, cameras — lenses the size of dust — and data, more data than all the combined data from the start of human history up through yesterday.

But mortal humans continued to not see what was before them.

Or maybe we simply need to extend who we care about.

We have never had more data, never had better tools, greater connectivity, clearer transparency, yet there persists a widespread feeling of powerlessness.

With good reason.

Life, random and forced, have added accelerants to these.

You grow up in North Carolina. You had no say in this decision. You grow up loving the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team. You become one of its most ardent fans. The team makes it into the NCAA basketball tournament in your senior year. You plan to attend the contest, to be held nearby.

You can’t.

Without any warning, without any say, you discover that rich, powerful forces, most of them based in far off Silicon Valley, have pressured enough organizations to move jobs and events out of North Carolina, including the NCAA basketball tournament, because the state has decided to require adult women — as identified by the state — to only use women’s bathrooms and likewise to require adult men — as identified by the state — to only use men’s bathrooms.

You ask: what’s wrong with this?

You are vilified.

You ask, now meekly: is it rational for a man to call himself a woman? Is it rational for a woman to call herself a man? Is it rational for a white female — as fully understood by 99.99999% of Earth, to darken her skin, kink her hair, and now insist she is a black female?

When did this happen?

It happened around the same time a very capable adult was fired from her job for tweeting an offensive joke. The past is becoming more unknowable than the future, and just as fast.

Humans outsource their labors, this is one of our strengths. Until now, this meant outsourcing our physical labors. No more, now we outsource our mental labors as well.

We are becoming more irrational in this age of data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

We should have seen this coming.

Humans become what our machines cannot. We do what can’t be outsourced. Dream, waste time, love, hate, care, seek vengeance. Our machines expedite the rational. This leaves us an obvious path, frightening, possibly glorious.

Ours is the age of the irrational.

Humans have also possessed irrational elements but these were kept in check — not by society but by necessity. This is the start of the end of necessity. It will not be pretty, much of it.

We will turn to faith, to spirituality, to God. Atheists are already on the wrong side of history. The desire for the rational is now a foolish pursuit given that our (thinking) machines are and forevermore always will be more capable of the rational than any of us, than the best of us. The few remaining atheists on the planet within a generation or two will be like the Amish, a cloistered sect deliberately rejecting the future.

The future is irrational.

As we are all connected to each other, and as we each connect soon to all of our things, the irrational will accelerate, likely exponentially, as more of our thinking, our calculating, our reasoning, our numeracy, our decision-making is off-loaded onto the giant brain.

How will society punish you when your trashcan tweets to the world that you tossed in a half-eaten sandwich wrapped in plastic? How will you respond when a drone photo of you picking your nose goes viral and more than 200 million humans personally and publicly ridicule you?

Where will your power come from?

Here’s a man, a quadriplegic, kept alive, now able to just move his limbs through the use of devices inserted into his brain. What will devices inserted into the brains of our weakest, dumbest, smartest, toughest, meanest, most caring, most decent, cruelest, youngest and oldest enable them to do?

The future has arrived only its evenly distributed. Everyone’s equally outraged, lost, uncertain, scared; their potential unbounded as never before — while they huddle in packs, the entirety of everything bearing down on them.

Best to get working on your soul.

The machine can’t improve on that.

AND OUR INSANELY GREAT AWAKENING

Our quest to live our longest should be more than about time. Our desire to live our best should be more than about an accumulation of consumptions and experiences.

What about God, your soul, our collective spirit?

Good news! It’s already happening. We are all being moved closer to God.

An insanely great awakening is upon us. Each of us — the entire world — are being moved closer to God.

By our technology.

Yes, really.

It began with Windows 95.

We are now in Year 22 of a 40-year (not 40 day) planet altering, life repurposing, technology infused deluge. A great flood of robotics, artificial intelligences, bio-coding, pharma-induced healing, the digitalization of perception, the merging of daily life into screens, competing abundances, collaborating algorithms, and the connecting of all people to all things will transform all life and living on this planet.

To what next?

I do not know.

I do know it has to be about more than just additional years.

My mission is to uncover, prod, and analyze each step towards this glorious abyss.

And bring the truth of it to all.

Our collective understanding of purpose, work, ownership, possession, value, wealth, health, learning, serving, believing and perceiving will all be transfigured by the technologies we have created and which they are now creating. That much is clear.

Also clear, an insanely great awakening is upon us. Atheists are on the wrong side of history.

How? Why?

Just as we outsourced our labor to the machines, now we are outsourcing our thinking, our calculating, our rational tasks; everything that presently consumes our time — except, our time, mercifully, is growing much much longer. As a consequence of these parallel wonders, we — humans — will become more spiritual, more creative, and yes, more irrational, free to explore all our thoughts, impulses, desires, fears, hopes, aggressions.

We will reach into our soul.

Belief in magic, religion, in spirituality and God will accelerate — and deepen — because of, not despite of the rise of big data, machines, robotics, electronics, computing and artificial intelligences. We become what our machines cannot. We do what can’t be outsourced.

Faith is our future. Spirituality is our delight.

Chasing after more becomes borderline irrelevant when you live to 150, 200, 500, longer.

Besides, soon everything will be free. Literally, everything — everything that exists now or did in our past. Food, healthcare, entertainment, transportation, energy, gadgetry, connectivity. When no money needs to exchange hands, ever, because the price — of everything — is effectively zero or else because trading our expertise, our attention, our companionship, right down to the millisecond, is all that’s needed, every existing locus of power is obliterated.

And everything will be made new.

And we will make it to mirror ourselves, humans, and that which reveals how we are different: we believe. In God, in the soul, in our collective spirit.

Hacking mortality is set to become the biggest industry of this century. All the systems, institutions, wealth, rules and culture which now exist, are dependent upon or catalyzed by the reality that humans die too soon.

This building block of all around us is on the cusp of being obliterated.

The notion of economy, jobs, savings will be a distant memory, poorly understood.

Of course, we can reject God, the spirit. But that would incite more horrific realities than all of previous humanity, ourselves included, could have not dared imagine.

Our path is clear, and it is, ironically, our technology that is guiding us.

To God.

As we alter our bodies, our minds, upend society, reconstruct awareness and deconstruct all that came before, including markets, capitalism, value, power, wealth, influence and experience, a spiritual awakening is our only lasting hope.

The mad, crazed, hopeful, bold and entirely credible efforts to hack mortality, disrupt death, and radically extend the use by date of the human form are well underway. What good are they if our soul is lost?

— Brian S Hall

SPERM BY MATH

My sperm are powered by math. And electricity.

These are the days of technology, change, and the destruction of everything.

Understand: this is literal.

There was a popular song in America in the summer of 1975, Magic, by Scottish group Pilot. Their only hit, the song is now used to help sell flooring and accessories in the Detroit area. True story.

The future is unknowable.

The past is rapidly becoming less knowable.

This is transformational.

A break from all that came before, all the norms, all the wisdom, all the ways, all the wrongs. We are the least knowing humans since the dawn of time. Nothing is as it was, nothing will be as expected.

Maybe the richest, most powerful nations on the planet transmogrify — as this change will not be without pain and blood — from patriarchal to matriarchal.

The competition for women — at the top, in the middle, maybe for all women — becomes so intense that men use sensors, processors and AI to give their semen better odds of impregnating a(ny) woman.

Knowing why some sperm succeed and others fail could help treat male infertility, the researchers said. More than 50 million sperm embark on the journey to fertilise an egg when a man and woman have sex. About 10 reach the finish line – but there can only be one winner.

“There can be only one winner.”

How to improve the odds — using all the tools at our disposal? First, math.

He and his team measured the beat of individual sperm cells’ tails to try to understand the flow of fluid around the sperm. It turns out that a “simple mathematical formula” explains the rhythmical patterns created, Dr Gadelha says. And these movements help selected sperm cells move forward towards their holy grail – the female egg.

A simple mathematical formula will not suffice. The drive to new life too intense. Even now. What will you do to ensure your sperm have an edge?

Google, one of the richest, most powerful, living-knowing corporations on the planet, ever, is funding a film on its YouTube Red streaming service, Gigi Gorgeous. It’s the glorious, liberating, made-popular and filmed-faux intimate portrayal of a teen boy’s (literal) transformation into a woman.

At what point do we label crazy?

This post is not political.

At what point do we lock someone away, force them inside, place them on a drug regimen, deny them freedom of movement, freedom over their personal affairs, because what they do to themselves is so beyond the pale that we are forced to label them crazy?

When they hack away at their genitals?

When they hack off an arm? Leg?

When they pump their body full of hormones? Everyday until their body and much of their brain are transformed? Exception: when it’s only to prep for an Olympic sporting event five years away.

How many sensors do they put inside themselves to make them stronger, taller, happier, faster, meaner, to keep them alive even as their brain shuts down, before we say a line is crossed, the person is no longer a person, the life is no longer a life, this boy is too young to make himself a woman, breast implants at age 6 are repugnant, an experimental procedure that links their eyes with their smartphone is too risky, embedding sensors into their brain so they can communicate their thoughts with other tribe members, who have likewise embedded sensors into their brains, limits their participation in the wider community too much, that their refusal to bake a cake celebrating the wedding of two gay men is vile and unacceptable?

Is it the job of society?

As some nations are approving virgin births using the DNA of 3, soon more people, it may become untenable to leave such decisions up to the parents.

You autistic daughter can’t or won’t communicate with any stranger. You have modified AR chips put into her eyes so that everyone, literally everyone, looks like a giant, soft, pink bunny, which she actually will communicate with.

Desperate love, aspirational vengeance, endorphin-addled longing, fear, these make humans think different. One constant: we demand rules. The greater the potential to stray, the fiercer the rules, the harsher the punishment upon those who dare stray, even upon those who dare consider straying.

Puritans were their most puritanical when they landed upon the shores of the new world, when all the old rules no longer applied, and those who enforced those rules were far away.

Freaks, meeks, and those who seek do not always get along. But crazy jeopardizes us all.

Apple is spending a fortune to win the next big thing: augmented reality. This should be obvious to any analyst. Apple makes its money — and it makes a great deal of money — from selling high-priced, high-margin screens. As Coke wants everyone on the planet, yes, literally, to always have a Coke product in hand, Apple wants everyone to always be staring at a Apple screen, at home on the couch, at work in the office, out for a jog, standing in line for coffee, relieving themselves on the toilet, laying next to their partner, always be staring at a screen.

Apple, the king of thin and light, will have to leapfrog current products by launching something small and powerful. Adding AR features to the iPhone isn’t a giant leap. Building glasses will be harder.

Don’t get your hopes up.

Apple makes most of its money from iPhone, so almost certainly Apple CEO Tim Cook will continue his desperate goal to make sure everything flows into and out of iPhone. The iPhone generates the gold, helps ensure customer lock-in, and Cook does whatever he can to foster this, meaning anything AR will be forced to go through iPhone, whether that’s best for the user or not.

Short-term gold, long-term death.

CEOs don’t think long-term, of course.

Worse for Apple, is that augmented reality relies upon Earth-spanning server clouds of data, much of which Apple does not possess, and of those which it does, the company has proven repeatedly that it’s not very good at leveraging, least not for the betterment of its customers.

The fix: offer special, “exclusive” branded goodies for “only Apple” customers that replace the loss of the full benefits of augmented reality with the illusion of tribal superiority.

Tribal superiority. Through product. In the 21st century.

People are crazy.

May you live long and experience much.

FIRST INTO THE SINGULARITY

Where does your salvation come from?

How?

In quiet thought? In the pressing of flesh and smile on a crowded street? God? Christ? A good book?

Will you perish quietly, unaware?

There are many in Silicon Valley, at least among the wealthiest, who are investing billions of dollars into efforts they hope will radically extend their life. There are some amongst this cohort convinced they can live forever, albeit in non-traditional form.

The Singularity is a vision of an after-life whereby a person’s consciousness can be effectively digitized and uploaded or merged into a computer, allowing this spirit-version of the person, no longer flesh and blood, to live forever.

Or until shut down.

I doubt this techno-infused data-driven version of a heaven will happen and if it does, I suspect it will be horrifically constricting — no touch, no sight, no sound, possibly no randomness, no love. Still, the idea of living forever is appealing, the thought of our awareness, presently so very short-lived, an almost immeasurable blip in the near-infinity of time and space, going dark, blank, for always, literally, seems cruelly unfair.

But who goes first?

Into this singularly technological after-life, who goes first?

Rich techies?

The richest of the rich?

Brave, eager, doomed volunteers?

Is there a way back?

Will those that go first prevent others from crossing into binary heaven? What for?

There are some religious faithful that believe select humans went into heaven before dying.

Entering Heaven alive (called by various religions “ascension”, “assumption”, or “translation”) is a belief held to be true by multiple religions. Since death is the normal end to an individual’s life on Earth and the beginning of afterlife, entering Heaven without dying first is considered exceptional and usually a sign of God’s special recognition of the individual’s piety.

Enoch, Elijah, and Mary, mother of Jesus, are so regarded, also Yudhishthira and a few others across the world’s many religions.

AI big thinker and Google employee Ray Kurzweil says the exponential growth in computing, artificial intelligence and thinking machines, including nano-sized bots, will enable humans to transcend beyond the “limitations of our biological bodies and brain.” Perhaps.

Can we say no?

If those brave, crazed volunteers successfully “ascend” into a (partly/mostly/fully) non-biological form and the super-rich and the techies quickly follow, and they don’t prevent the rest of us, nor kill us or enslave us, but welcome us into their world, somehow — magically — placing no bounds on who may transcend into this computer heaven, no matter how that person is or was or wished to be in human form, whether vile, perverted, sadistic, criminal, intolerant, bigoted, all are welcome, will we be allowed to say no?

Try living without a credit card or a phone.

The pressure to conform, the rules of society, the teaching of following the existing path, cultural norms, these are all nearly insurmountable to abandon.

Dare you try?

What if you say no, I won’t become part of this, I reject the digitized realm, I believe I have a soul and I further believe that if I believe and abide, God will liberate my soul from my (dead) body and I will enter heaven? Will you be allowed this? If you state that you believe humans should not live forever, in any form, God or no, or simply reply that you do not wish it for yourself, will you be allowed this?

Confession: If I was convinced it was safe and mostly good and then presented with an opportunity to ascend into the giant computer in the sky, I believe I might, maybe would — but only if there was an out, a log off.

You?

You are never going to have a fembot to pleasure you. You won’t live on a moonbase, or below the sea. Probably, you will die — actual death — before ever driving a flying car.

What the Singularity offers is radically, exponentially greater than all that you will never have. But at what price? Can that be measured? You may soon have a choice: upload your consciousness onto a machine or take the chance that upon the death of your flesh, blood, brain, heart, all of it, that God will pluck your spirit from you and escort you into heaven.

Which do you choose?

All our beliefs are being challenged. I’m not yet convinced a computer — or even all of them — are our best guide forward, whatever the realm.

Is it God?

The only constant we’ve ever known is evolution — change. Living forever, in however a form, defies this, halts it. Game over.

The universe is playing with house money.

BUY AND BE NOT WELL

I read news on the screen. I watch television — on screens large and small. The message across all of these is clear: buy and become better.

Buy and be well.

Buy and be your best self.

Buy and liberate your truest self.

These are lies.

Buy! Buy the new iPhone! Buy the next iPhone. It will be magical! And these gold headphones! Not gold gold but better gold, rose gold! Buy! Buy and unleash your talent! Buy and accelerate your productivity! Buy and behold your creativity!

This site makes money when you purchase supplements through the links we post.

Pray that we never ever not even once consider adding a link for a product you do not need nor which will not improve your true actual self.

Live your longest for the cheapest, that’s our mission.

Imagine amazing life extension supplements, drugs, and treatments available for no more than the cost of a package of ramen.

Our work could push us there. Yes, really.

But do not rely on us.

You must act.

This article states that for nearly all of us, given today’s current state of medical-technology, the very best life extension treatment, by far, is calorie restriction.

Which you may do for nearly free.

It’s important to understand that no conventional diet, no fitness regimen, no supplement affects the aging process “itself,” or will have more than a marginal impact on life expectancy or years of end-stage frailty and decay.

The only possible exception to this is calorie restriction (CR) — i.e., eating a diet that is unnaturally low in calories, but carefully engineered to have 100% of the organism’s requirements for vitamins, minerals, protein, and essential fatty acids — which as you may know is the most robust of the very small number of interventions available now that is known to slow down biological aging in mammals.

It’s never too early to start.

How much, I wonder, will deliberate actions toward and into the human fetus be used to radically extend human lifespan? The more we know, the more remarkable — and possibly shocking — the potential:

Fetuses might be able to differentiate between languages, a new study from the University of Kansas suggests. Researchers say the differences were clear from changes detected in the fetuses’ heart rhythms.

Expect more such research along these lines.

This research is unique in that it relied on a magnetocardiogram, a device that detects tiny magnetic fields that surround electrical currents in the heart. The researchers called this technology a step forward, as it captures more sensitivity in heartbeats, breathing, and other movements than the ultrasounds used in similar studies in the past.

And…

“This sort of basic research into very early learning and cognition can help in creating therapies for atypical development during a period when the brain is unusually open to change.” (emphasis added)

Is your brain unusually open to change?

Might your parents have changed that?

On a parallel track with such developments is the accelerating accumulation of knowledge of our past, both ancient and personal, and how this awakening of data impacts our physical, possibly even psychological composition.

All this from little more than spittle.

A variation on the gene for our spit’s mucus shows signs of having been passed down from a distant ancestor. Not only is this gene unique among modern humans, it looks nothing like the one possessed by our Neanderthal or Denisovan cousins.

Where does it come from?

“Based on our analysis, the most plausible explanation for this extreme variation is archaic introgression – the introduction of genetic material from a ‘ghost’ species of ancient hominins.”

A ghost species? How did they optimize their well being?

We are on the cusp of knowing more about the evolution of humans — from both the beginnings of all and the beginnings of each. I am convinced this knowledge — and widespread access to it — will fundamentally impact life extension efforts.

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