All Interconnected

AI: All Interconnected

Is has come to my attention that the talk about Artificial Intelligence is now becoming more of a philosophical discussion than a practical one, as though everyone was craving for such mind challenge. It is non-dismissable the fact that technology improves our lives. From the discovery of fire and the invention of the wheel to the petabytes uploaded everyday to our global network of ideas and innovation, by using our tools to create better environments and system we become technology. We don’t build technology, technology builds us, we are technology.

Technology: from greek tekhne + logia
Tekne: art / craft
Logia plural of logion or logos, the divine word, the mind.

A word that is used variously in ancient writings and modern scholarship in reference to communications of divine origin.

We humans have always attempted to understand our universe and ourselves. From myths such the as the forbidden fruit to ancient philosophies our goal as species has always been to thrive, learning as we go, improving our skills and better collaborate.

Perhaps all this time we have been too busy surviving the environment (and each other) as a way to understand collectively. Our minds have been designed to protect the host and ensure that the opportunity of learning continues as the genes are passed on. Today we have enough tools to fully comprehend the realm we live in. All information we collect from industries, people and science are acquired by billions of sensors we have spread out around the world plus people inputting information sharing stories and experiences on the web quickly digitising ourselves into data; 1s and 0s. Data that can now be analysed coherently and shared globally instantly, an incredible opportunity for us to build the best version of ourselves.

If we have this opportunity right here right now why aren’t we building the best version of ourselves? Simple. Because we don’t know who we are.

Designing Artificial Intelligence gives us a chance to understand intelligence, question its foundations and analyse ourselves. I believe this unique chance will come from both individual desire as a benevolent acknowledgement of our own existence as human species and/or as sociological peer pressure and pure deception on a race for acceptance, survival, desire and control.

The Matrix (Warner Bros) — Neo waking up.

Lets break that down starting from option 2:

Apple now has just launched the iPhone X. It’s not 10, it is X, with the superpower of infrared 3D biometric using face recognition. You can animate avatars and emojis with your facial expression, a very fun feature that can push creativity to amazing levels. Great so what’s the problem? It’s not a problem, it’s a fact. The fact that every bit of information about yourself is tracked traced and archived and ultimately used by algorithms that design your profile. Imagine photorealistic Virtual Realities where everything looks familiar and all your friends are there, all your life is there and everything feels like Instagram where everyone is their alter egos or the image they would like to be… but they’re not. We’ve been doing a great data entry job in the past few decades but now algorithms are designing and shaping our online behaviour suggesting who to follow what to read and what to think, pushing a bubble of popularity further, modifying our behaviour and designing our habits. This is not new, it’s the traditional goal of the global mass media establishment securing their business models and political agendas, perpetuating control of the powerful institutions we have on Earth as per Chomsky’s 5 filters of the media establishment suggests.

Today 75% of the budget being invested in AI comes from the US military budget. That being said simply imagine why the military is investing in the digital realm, the goal? Total control of human perception. Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder has enough information to believe that this threat is much more dangerous than nuclear war as he believes that AI can manufacture our perception of reality to a level where it can be indistinguishable from the “real” world. What I mean by perception is losing the ability to think for ourselves, we may lose the cognitive skill to analyse information and make rational decisions, cognitive skills may slowly dissolve as our biological body recognises energy waste as we reduce the necessity to solve problems, increasing inefficiency in our mental capacity. We may still think to an extend but there is a chance that AI will predict our decisions because it knows us better than anyone else and it can manufacture the information we are given so whatever we decide is within the accepted or predefined benchmark. Sparkles of that can be seen in the past recent social movements in countries where democracies were put down and coups took over entire nations thanks to the public consent manufactured by social media algorithms, mostly privately funded. We are already spending hours and hours on our phones and on the web connecting with content we like and people we get along with which is great but remember that the more information we give the more precise algorithms are, the more effective the ad will be, the more real the social media bubble will look, the more vulnerable your perception is.

If we can’t see the problem with that it might mean that it is already working and our thoughts have already been shaped by some sort of agenda we are not aware of… sounds like The Matrix when Neo realises the mental prison he has lived his entire life, a design of perception manufactured by machines for a main goal; to perpetuate itself. This horrible scenario may be the worst possible result for us mere human beings when comparing our brains to the immesurable computational power of machines but it can also be viewed as paradise for many, those who already live in deceptions and prefer deceit to truth. A new religion: Dataism. In times of likes, shares and followers in a frenzy of popularity and worship of alter egos this may be the dream scenario simply because we never thought about and we don’t know who or what we are.

Tomorrorwland (Disney) — Prosperous technological city.

Alternatively, we can remain grounded and apply billions of years of biological evolution towards the future. Evolution itself; improvement. The more humanitarian scenario many dream about also gives total power to AI. The same sensors that capture information and the same data we input everyday can be used to teach us about our true nature.

See a new born baby for instance, he or she knows nothing, completely empty. The very first lesson every human being learns is if there is someone out there for them – There is someone who feeds me when I cry, someone who holds me when I feel pain. The baby then realises that there is a figure that cares about him/her and this being is a person. We start trusting the information this person gives us, whether its words, sounds or gestures we slowly learn what is laughter, what is sadness, what is food, how to name food, how to call their names. We grow and we acquire knowledge, information that we can’t unlearn. We use this information and we build our reality in our minds, creating culture habits, learning languages, tasting all sorts of flavours until we start deciding what we keep and what we discard. These choices are what we believe to be ourselves but they are nothing but the result of our experiences and choices since we were born, a result of the information we were given. Realistically, we are not the information we learnt as we can change once we gather new information just like our bodies change and mutate to completely new bodies as we grow old. Essentially, we ARE that emptiness, that first observer whose very first lesson was affection and second lesson was to trust one another in order to survive.

The main difference of human beings and other animals, as far as we know, is that we have cognitive skills that allow us to question, investigate, learn, acquire knowledge and to pass this knowledge on. We do that using synaptic connections in our brains which gives us the capacity to produce coherent thoughts and ideas. These connections expand as we learn more creating a term called neuroplasticity; the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Childhood is the most important moment of any human being’s life, it is when the brain is on fire, learning, creating, questioning and acquiring heavy loads of new information everyday, a beautiful dance with awe, building the foundation of a heathy human brain. Unfortunately, we slow the process of expanding our cerebral capacity as we grow old, but not because it’s a natural law but because we have too many answers as adults or too many mental habits. Answers are what we call education and they build our perception of reality. Thanks to science, general education demystifies myths and irrational beliefs providing us with great understanding of our environment but it also gives us too many answers which slows our inherent curiosity about life itself. Psychedelics can be seen as either a horrifying or a magical experience. Luckily now with more research funding we are starting to have better understanding of the brain behaviour under the influence of etheogens, the brain creates connections never done before giving us an entire new view of reality sometimes connecting us to inspiring insights or to unknown depths of our subconscious minds.

That’s how AI can help us. Providing the infrastructure through technology and science to fulfil our global needs, bringing our curious minds back to adulthood encoraging critical thinking and helping us with the very first two things we learn in life; Affection and mutual trust. We are social animals that need each other. This idea has been kept under indigenous and ancient traditions for thousands of years highlighting the importance of the community and respect to each other.

Beyond that AI can help us understanding things we simply believe, like religion for example. It is imature to dismiss the importance of the fact that 95% of humans belive in some sort of non physical existence, avoiding this topic is self-deception. Religion so far has been one’s understanding (or a group) of topics we can’t yet comprehend, therefore we believe in people and their “religious” experiences, we hold on onto it through faith and obey structural norms most of the times due to fear or hope. AI can allow every single human being to experience it for themselves and reach deeper undertanding of spirituality and other realms of existence expanding our cerebral capacity to unimaginable levels. Levels in which Tibetan Buddhism and many other traditions believe to be that very first emptinessexperienced by all of us when we were born.

Perhaps the mind challenge which AI promotes is nothing but those fundamental questions of philosophy. Perhaps only creativity and imagination can provide us with answers we will give ourselves. Perhaps it is easier to imagine the ugly scenario of ultimate oblivion and deception once sometime we withdraw from the responsibility to solve problems or to question our own choices. Maybe this has already happened… and we are indeed stuck in a simulated universe immersed by our digital ego entertained by our personal desires and pleasures. However there is a chance that technology IS biology and reality is simulated as a reflection of our immature minds. On top of that every parent knows and understands why they were there for their babies, love and compassion, a feeling of being the other, literally looking after yourself as we pass our genes on as well as the information we’ve gathered.

AI is just inevitable as suffering, it is now unstoppable. The amount of data we gather grows exponentially. Singularity has already happened as computational power also grows exponentially. What an amazing time to be alive! I have to admit that I try to avoid black and white thinking but for the sake of the argument we are now running out of time and it’s all about choices, what’s yours; to love or to love not? To wake up or to remain asleep?

Listen to Sam Harris podcast Waking up. Great source of inspiration!

A short story of everyday

A short story of everyday

The main problem in democracy is that there are 2 layers; The visible and the invisible one:

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Visible society: Democracy.

That’s what we know or what the average citizen can acknowledge. That includes the democratic system and the institutions we believe represent us and it also includes the visible side of the economy and markets; trade of goods and services, income and expenditure.

Invisible society: Financial system.

Beneath the visible section of society as we know it there is the strong funding mechanism operating the upper layer. How money is created and how growth is manufactured through debt.

In the beginning there was trade. People would trade their goods and services with each other, they would swap animals for tools, etc. Eventually there was the need of a currency to represent purchasing power; first it was salt due to the scarcity and the lack of food preservation, salt would maintain food (that’s why it’s called a salary) then coins. Coins made of silver or gold lasted for a long time and it mainly had the face of the emperor or the rulers of that particular place/region who had the military power to conquer other cities always in the chase for growth… People loved gold coins but eventually crime became an issue as for some it was much easier to steal gold coins than to work hard to get them. That was when the first banks in modern civilisation were created, providing a vault (safe) to keep your gold coins safely, a simple storage service with security facilities. You would pay for the service just like hiring any other professional and just like any other business they would provide you with a receipt for the amount of your gold they kept there. A piece of paper telling you how much of your gold is there, casually called an IOU (I Owe You) in Europe and America (1).

Time passed and soon there were a lot of people with a lot of receipts and they started trading with those. Banks were bigger and the demand for those receipts was rapidly growing. Banks had the amazing idea to loan those receipts in exchange of a fee (1), interest fees, something that was called USURY by the Catholic church or immoral monetary gain as they believed that no one could sell time as time belonged to God. However thanks to the protestant reformation mainly protected by British King Edward VI, charging interest fees and providing loans with financial papers became the norm.

The gold race created wealthy investors and a rush for growth, power and control. Eventually the amount of receipts from different banks became a problem in the economy, we needed the same type of receipt for everyone which lead to the creation of a national currency regulated by a national central bank or a reserve bank. This national currency is what we call money today.

England at that time was the Great Britain Empire, The Bank of England, the world’s 8th oldest bank was one of the first to develop the ideas of a centralized national bank to hold and secure the nation’s wealth. They colonised countries all over the world taking down democracies, kings and leaders, sometimes decimating indigenous and local tribes, a sad story that deserves a page on its own. Along with all of that the industrial revolution was starting to boom. England funded wars that would slow other emerging industrialised economies like the Paraguayan war for example that killed 90% of the men leaving the country with only children and women.

Behind The Empire of the 18th century there was a family of 5 brothers, bankers who invested in Gold fixing and government bonds in different countries in Europe; Germany, Austria, England, Italy and France, developing a network of agents, shippers and couriers to transport gold across war-torn Europe. Their fortune was used to fund many wars including the Napoleonic and British wars. The family network was also to provide them with time, political and financial information ahead of their peers, giving them an advantage in the markets and rendering the house of Rothschild still more invaluable to the British government (1). Some call this multinational network the beginning of the secret services and secret agencies. Meanwhile in the US a central bank was created on 1913’s Christmas eve, The FED allowing 13 private banks including JPMorgan Chase to control the nation’s finances which played an important role during the American War efforts (2) preparing for World War One.

During WWI from 1914 until 1918 there was no economic flow therefore countries needed to fund war with what was left from tax or by using their gold reserves to back their war debt, the Allies spent U$147 billion and the Central Powers $61 billion (2). For example, 30% of Australia’s WWI budget was funded by TAX the rest was borrowed or raised by selling war bonds with low returns for the purchasers. Australia’s GDP declined by nearly 10% during the war period. WWI was one of the biggest gold transfers in history (1). After the war ended on September 12, 1919, the Bank of England tried to re-establish London as the centre of the market in a meeting at the Rothschild’s wooden office (3), the benchmark set in that meeting is still being used today.

The aftermath of WWI saw severe economical issues in all countries involved, people were divided into clans seeking political beliefs. England (Great Britain) saw inflation rise more than double and the economy lost 60% of consumers (1), desperation rose German nationalism and America saw the beginning of the great depression due to the FED tightening monetary policies (2) in early 1930’s.

FDR’s “New Deal” changed the Gold standard (3) and introduced a series policies that reduced corporate profits, bringing prices down, introducing social welfare and boosting economic growth. Franklin D. Roosevelt (President of US from 1933 until 1945) believed in direct democracy where people could vote for each issue through public opinion on a polling system (surveys). Once he said in a speech: “I believe in the initiative and the referendum, which should be used not to destroy representative government, but to correct it whenever it becomes misrepresentative”. (4) — He knew the strong hidden forces behind democracy but he believed in the rationality of public opinion.

FDR’s “New Deal” had a strong government with social focus, limiting financial institutions and businesses. This was a dream for the average citizen, it ensured jobs, low prices, stability and social justice, in fact unemployment plunged from 14 to 4%(1) but it horrified big businesses who wanted more power and control. CEO’s in America founded the National Association of Manufactures and started ideological warfare with the “New Deal”. They hired Sigmund Freud’s nephew Edward Bernays to come up with propaganda campaigns using his uncle’s theories of psycho analysis to manipulate the general public creating what we call today public relations or marketing. These campaigns worked against Roosevelt’s idea of democracy in an attempt of control for the Status Quo or the very few rather than by public opinion.

The 4th Estate, mass media, gained significant power then. In 1939 in New York, hired by General Motors, Bernays created a big fair called “Futurama” (1) where people could see the potential of the free market and how corporations could design a beautiful and technological future if companies were connected to government, capitalism with democracy, in other words capitalism IS democracy. Companies would respond to people’s desire for consumption in a way the governments never do. The idea was to switch the role of people from active citizens to passive consumers because this according to Bernay’s was the key to controlling a nation. People aren’t in charge but people’s desires are in charge. Human subconscious mind would play an important role in the exchange of power within democratic systems by pushing ego-based thought and lack of media literacy and educational background, turning democracy into a simple theater.

FDR’s “New Deal” inspired the German National Party though, a super powerful government that new how to use propaganda the same way as Bernay did to get the utmost feeling of post-war dissatisfaction which lead the German people to irrationally support political fascism through the belief of hatred and a mixture between hope and despair. The horrible evidence found in the death camps showed the power of human irrationality which fed World War II and strengthened the hidden forces behind democracy (BBC Century of the Self — Adam Curtis — 42’).

After WWI, the Bank of England and the FRS (Federal Reserve System) along with other financial institutions including JPMorgan Chase established absolute control over the financial system of a defeated Germany (1), giving loans to countries so they could rebuild the damages of war. The total amount of foreign investments in German industry during late 1920’s amounted to almost 63 billion gold Mark as a result of war German industry was in second place in the world attracting investors from all over the world who would buy government bonds and shares from companies like The Rockefeller “Standard Oil”, Morgan’s, through “General Electric” who also controlled the German radio and electrical industry via AEG and Siemens. Corporations bought by financial conglomerates growing significantly. Growth was so rapid that the Rockefellers created a Bank in Germany called Dillon, Read & Co recently bought by Swiss UBS simply to manage growth.

World War II ended up being funded by financial conglomerates and big investors from both Europe and North America. A highly profitable business plan, a money machine. Pearl Harbor attack in 1941 happened after the US cut the Japanese oil supply (978–0307739742.) during the war between Japan and China over Taiwan. WWII killed nearly 55 million people, resulted in 2 atomic bombs in 1945. After reoccupation of Japan, the Bank of Japan suspended all activities, and temporary military currency was issued, the bank was again restructured and the country signed the Treaty of San Francisco (2) in 1951 promising to pay for war reparations. Today Japan’s national debt is at 221% of the GDP, impossible to pay back (3). Japan is one example of the result of war, winner and losers had a big bill to pay in the aftermath.

75 years after the second World War planet Earth owes more than $200 trillion (1) to financial conglomerates; a system that is controlled by the few people and it is perpetuated by public desire. A system that does not stand for people or nations, does not stand for our fauna or the environment. Personal debt is just as high as national debt, propaganda is the heart of economic growth as it transfers the responsibility to people when they choose to fulfill their desires therefore falling into the debt trap either from banks or credit cards, a mechanism that relies in the ability of private banks to give loans, banks that are owned by financial conglomerates and holdings simply because at some stage they had the power to control the economic flow through stock markets or gold fixing.

The last wars in the past 20 years publicly had one main goal; to spread “democracy” across the globe, through either military wars across the middle east or economical wars in Australiasia and European markets. Coups over Central and South American countries, such as Brazil’s military dictatorship in late 60’s, Honduras just recently, Venezuela, Bolivia, Chile back in the 70’s and recently Brazil again with the impeachment of elected president. Today the system sits in the marble walls of Wall Street aiming new markets and creating bubbles like the global crisis in 2008 sustained by a propaganda machine that perpetuates people’s desires for consumables and Oil.

A representative system where people are mere consumers and politicians straw man, realistically leaving big decisions to big businesses and financial conglomerates, boosting consumption of natural resources thus recklessly polluting the environment and the objective reality, our habitat. A democratic system that hides a global establishment of powerful entities real life kings and queens. The global struggle we see today in many nations is the result of a Machiavellian business plan that has worked, using wars and coups all over the world, a fear-mongering media pushing the agenda of separation and division, citizens incapable of formulating their own ideas due to inconsistency in education and the distractions from the entertainment machine, manufacturing public consent to push the agenda even further.

Debt can be beneficial and growth is necessary as it can help quality of life, however, humans are slowly losing the plot and falling inside of a big growth trap simply because this story has never been told, the story of the mechanisms that control the invisible chains that imprison our fellow human beings; DEBT. George Orwell suggested in his book 1984, a machine disguised by democracy that preaches WAR is PEACE, FREEDOM is SLAVERY and IGNORANCE is STRENGTH in a world where everyone believes in the same religion; MONEY.

All hope is not lost though. Debt-growth created a prodigy; technology. Today we have the tools to connect the whole world share ideas and solutions like never before. We can manage global resources and get scientific analysis of the planet we live in, deepening our understanding of the universe and of ourselves avoiding self-extinction by capitalist consumerism. Breaking through the plots of big industry and enlightening the masses to use technology to return to true democracy by informing and surveying the masses through social media for example. The next step in human history will be to go through the 4th industrial revolution which has already started digitizing human knowledge and culture. A new system now operates in data centers as the core of human collaboration, collecting information from the masses soon generating complete automation of our global society under a self-managed Artificial Intelligence which will slightly change the purpose of human civilization. The question then will be; Who will be in charge?

Home. Whose home?