“We believe that two-way immortality, where one’s experiences are digitally preserved and which then take on a life of their own, will be possible within this century.” –Gordon Bell and James N. Gray, senior researchers at Microsoft and
co-authors of “The Revolution Yet To Happen,” a chapter in the book, “Beyond Calculation: The Next Fifty Years Of Computing”
“A few years ago there may have been resistance, but not anymore. People are getting used to having implants. New century, new trend. … Fifty years from now this will be very, very popular. … [Digital Angel] will be a connection from yourself to the electronic world. … It will be your guardian, protector. It will bring good things to you. … We will be a hybrid of electronic intelligence and our own soul.” –Dr. Peter Zhou, chief scientist for development of the Digital Angel and president of DigitalAngel.net, Inc, a subsidiary of Applied Digital Solutions, in an interview with WorldNetDaily
“At the same time, by performing better than humanly possible, the robots will displace humans from essential roles. Rather quickly, they could displace us from existence. I’m not as alarmed as many by the latter possibility, since I consider these future machines our progeny, ‘mind children’ built in our image and likeness, ourselves in more potent form. Like biological children of previous generations, they will embody humanity’s best hope for a long-term future. It behooves us to give them every advantage, and to bow out when we can no longer contribute.” –Hans Moravec, professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University and author of “Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind”
Whether you consider the preceding statements the revelations of visionaries or the rantings of mad scientists depends on your worldview.
The April edition of our magazine, Whistleblower, is scary – really scary. It starts off examining the post-Sept. 11 enthusiasm for implantable biochips in humans, particularly the VeriChip, manufactured by Applied Digital Solutions. It then goes on to uncover the proliferation of sophisticated surveillance technologies cropping up, literally on every street corner – with traffic-cams, high-tech supermarket surveillance, Carnivore, Echelon – all part of an ever-more-pervasive web of intrusion into the private lives of Americans.
Next, this spine-straightening issue of Whistleblower focuses on the exponential growth in robotics, including phantasmagoric prototypes of real-life shape-changing “Terminators,” microscopic wonders of nanotechnology and futuristic military applications that boggle the mind.
However, the really chilling part comes later, in our exploration of where this is all leading. But, allow me to back up a few paces before taking you there.
The Western World – including the USA – was based, at its core, on the conviction that life on earth is impregnated with meaning, morality and purpose by a Supreme Being – the Creator. These life-giving qualities resonate in the interior of every human being, who has free reign to live in harmony with Divine principle or to rebel against it and play god himself.
Therefore, when we humans are freed from the moorings of conscience and duty to our Creator, another worldview springs full-blown into existence. And within that atheistic, evolutionary paradigm, enhancing our bodies and minds with technology, and even re-creating ourselves by blending man and machine, not only makes perfect sense – it is also our one and only path to immortality.
After all, we’re all imbued with a desire for immortality. Or at least, we all suffer with uneasiness over death. Religion offers a hope of living forever. But for those who forfeit their birthright – a true bond with the Creator and sustainer of life – in favor of playing god, immortality is still the ultimate prize they seek. And technology now promises to enable them to take hold of evolution and point it in an optimum direction. That is, rather than leave the course of their destiny up to blind natural forces, they labor to direct the future of their own evolution – and to speed it up dramatically.
Intoxicated and motivated by the not-too-distant aroma of immortality, they seek to create a neural interface between man’s brain and all the knowledge of the world, via the Internet. That, coupled with the ability to replace worn-out body parts with longer-lasting technological counterparts, is just about the ultimate conception of man-as-god – in their minds.
Of course, for the spiritually minded person, this is a dangerous and grotesque insanity, reminiscent of all the classic horror and science fiction stories of the past. How many such tales ended, after great evil was manifested due to the mad scientist’s meddling, with the narrator commenting plaintively: “There are some things man was not meant to know.” How many brilliant but disturbed scientists, like Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Frankenstein, labored feverishly to “enhance” their limited lives, to attain immortality?
As those stories showed – and as real life has proven, from Nero to Hirohito – we humans don’t make very good gods.
Some Christians are disturbed by the seeming widespread interest in implanting electronic tracking devices in humans, citing Revelation 13:16-18:
- And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six.
You know what? It bothers me too. In fact, the current fascination and excitement over implanted biochips is only the “chip” of the iceberg. The inexorable trends – accelerated mightily by post-9-11 fears – toward biometric universal IDs, toward wall-to-wall surveillance and tracking, toward human chip implantation, toward a cashless society, toward world government, toward digital immortality, all have one thing in common:
They sound an awful lot like what I read in Revelation. What do you think?
By the way, if you care about your privacy, your security and would like a serious peek into the future, I urge you to sign up for Whistleblower.