Monday, June 21, 2010

Homo-Imaginus



As early as the 1920s America was increasingly becoming an image nation. Like Moore’s Law which describes the exponentioal expansion of technology, the use of images in every available medium during this period began to increase interminably. By the end of the 1920s it became a subject of harsh criticism by a well respected French writer named Georges Duhamel. During this period rumors of America’s progressiveness had gotten around and Duhamel decided it ws time to take a trip to the U.S. and get a glimpse of what he figured would be “the life of the future” for other European countries.

He did indeed find the future. It was then, as it is today, a life of images. Duhamel declared that the American brand future was one where, “Everything was false. The world was false. I myself was perhaps no longer anything but a simulacrum of a man, an imitation Duhamel... my thoughts were no longer under my control. Moving pictures usurped the place of my own ideas.” He then summed it all up by calling the American image obsession a “masturbation of the eyes.”

Duhamel's criticism of American Image-Mongering appeared in print in 1931. Eighty years later his observations are more true now than in his own time. What Duhamel described as a "moving picture" is, in the 21st century, a living breathing human being who has been surgically modified to resemble what was first seen in print or on screen. Duhamel saw, or rather foresaw, a future where life no longer imitated art, but images. While art inspires imitation, images seem to dictate it. Technology, in turn, has allowed these images to become phenotypic of the human body.

In short, we are images.

Probably the first instinct is to dismiss such a claim as metaphor, and to some extent it still is. It is true that the human body has not yet shape-shifted to be wholly image. Conversely, it is also true that our existence as images is not wholly theoretical either. As early as the 7th century, when Paul of Aegina performed corrective cosmetic surgery on a young man conditioned with gynecomastia, our progress in altering identity has become less subjective and more absolute. As Virginia L. Blum writes in her book "Flesh Wounds : The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery", “The beauty of images symbolizes what is now experienced as their essential lure, and plastic surgery is the cultural allegory of transforming the body into an image, an allegory that is deeply linked to the effects of celebirty culture.”

The human body may still be a work in progress of becoming wholly image, but the human being has pretty much completed this process. Blum's observation – "transforming the body into an image" – is finalized intrinsically as the person becomes a persona. The Self is displaced further away from its natural habitat – the body– and relocated closer to something virtual – images. Sigmund Freud called this the "doubling, dividing and interchanging of the self". He went on to write that "The subject identifies himself with someone else, so that he is in doubt as to which his self is, or substitutes the extraneous self for his own." As a living image the Self now occupies a strange space that Islamic mystics called Alam al-Mithral – "a place where images are real." This place is a true virtual reality and a true virtual network where any form of image-obsession is adulated and considered fashionable.

Somewhere in the timeline of human history, the body was viewed as recalcitrant and requiring rehabilitation. The body was the very metaphor of stigma and imperfection. Leonardo da Vinci believed that the full spectrum of a person's character could be diagnosed by observing the nose. This physio-illogical presupposition conflicts with the typical scientific image of Leonardo so often prescribed. However, this pseudo-science still holds up as a tool for tribal scrutiny. A nose is considered a dead give-away of a persons ethnicity. So much so that immigrants, landed in the US, would immediately de-ethnicize themselves by having a surgeon hack away at the nose. Still to this day, a great deal of cosmetic surgery is about ameliorating an ethnic image and replacing it with a caucasian one. With the rise of Transhumanist philosophy it is, not just the nose, but the entire body that is being pitched to the public as a limitation to man's future. Transhumanists rejoice at the prospect of man transcending the standards of his body through surgery – even if it means his uniform vanilla homogenization.

In this context, plastic surgery is a plastic model of what the face of Westernization – via globalization – will look like when all is said and done. If you live in a metropolitan area where high concentrations of consumerism is ubiquitous then you know already the true face of Image-Imperialism. If you spend hours in front of a TV than you really know it. Your eyes have probably long since acclimated to this virtuosity, seldom bidding you to pause and question its claim as reality. Even our ears shut down, allowing a gimmick-term like "Reality TV" to enter our vocabulary without immediately recognizing it as an oxymoron.

This is not a call-to-arms against "The Matrix", or even a wake up call. Such a call would serve no point. Our brains make no real distinction between the visual and the visualized. An object seen with our eyes wide open (called a "precept") triggers the same neurological activity as when we close them shut and imagine the same object. It is a collusion of human nature and human technology that allows us to walk through life with our eyes open but live as if they were forever shut. From religious worship to celebrity worship; from stereotypical images of "the enemy" to archetypal images of "national heroes"; to the phenotypical cosmetic self-image, we are, all of us, designed for the blind acceptance of our own bullshit.

-- SniffCode.com

Homo-Imaginus



As early as the 1920s America was increasingly becoming an image nation. Like Moore’s Law which describes the exponentioal expansion of technology, the use of images in every available medium during this period began to increase interminably. By the end of the 1920s it became a subject of harsh criticism by a well respected French writer named Georges Duhamel. During this period rumors of America’s progressiveness had gotten around and Duhamel decided it ws time to take a trip to the U.S. and get a glimpse of what he figured would be “the life of the future” for other European countries.

He did indeed find the future. It was then, as it is today, a life of images. Duhamel declared that the American brand future was one where, “Everything was false. The world was false. I myself was perhaps no longer anything but a simulacrum of a man, an imitation Duhamel... my thoughts were no longer under my control. Moving pictures usurped the place of my own ideas.” He then summed it all up by calling the American image obsession a “masturbation of the eyes.”

Duhamel's criticism of American Image-Mongering appeared in print in 1931. Eighty years later his observations are more true now than in his own time. What Duhamel described as a "moving picture" is, in the 21st century, a living breathing human being who has been surgically modified to resemble what was first seen in print or on screen. Duhamel saw, or rather foresaw, a future where life no longer imitated art, but images. While art inspires imitation, images seem to dictate it. Technology, in turn, has allowed these images to become phenotypic of the human body.

In short, we are images.

Probably the first instinct is to dismiss such a claim as metaphor, and to some extent it still is. It is true that the human body has not yet shape-shifted to be wholly image. Conversely, it is also true that our existence as images is not wholly theoretical either. As early as the 7th century, when Paul of Aegina performed corrective cosmetic surgery on a young man conditioned with gynecomastia, our progress in altering identity has become less subjective and more absolute. As Virginia L. Blum writes in her book "Flesh Wounds : The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery", “The beauty of images symbolizes what is now experienced as their essential lure, and plastic surgery is the cultural allegory of transforming the body into an image, an allegory that is deeply linked to the effects of celebirty culture.”

The human body may still be a work in progress of becoming wholly image, but the human being has pretty much completed this process. Blum's observation – "transforming the body into an image" – is finalized intrinsically as the person becomes a persona. The Self is displaced further away from its natural habitat – the body– and relocated closer to something virtual – images. Sigmund Freud called this the "doubling, dividing and interchanging of the self". He went on to write that "The subject identifies himself with someone else, so that he is in doubt as to which his self is, or substitutes the extraneous self for his own." As a living image the Self now occupies a strange space that Islamic mystics called Alam al-Mithral – "a place where images are real." This place is a true virtual reality and a true virtual network where any form of image-obsession is adulated and considered fashionable.

Somewhere in the timeline of human history, the body was viewed as recalcitrant and requiring rehabilitation. The body was the very metaphor of stigma and imperfection. Leonardo da Vinci believed that the full spectrum of a person's character could be diagnosed by observing the nose. This physio-illogical presupposition conflicts with the typical scientific image of Leonardo so often prescribed. However, this pseudo-science still holds up as a tool for tribal scrutiny. A nose is considered a dead give-away of a persons ethnicity. So much so that immigrants, landed in the US, would immediately de-ethnicize themselves by having a surgeon hack away at the nose. Still to this day, a great deal of cosmetic surgery is about ameliorating an ethnic image and replacing it with a caucasian one. With the rise of Transhumanist philosophy it is, not just the nose, but the entire body that is being pitched to the public as a limitation to man's future. Transhumanists rejoice at the prospect of man transcending the standards of his body through surgery – even if it means his uniform vanilla homogenization.

In this context, plastic surgery is a plastic model of what the face of Westernization – via globalization – will look like when all is said and done. If you live in a metropolitan area where high concentrations of consumerism is ubiquitous then you know already the true face of Image-Imperialism. If you spend hours in front of a TV than you really know it. Your eyes have probably long since acclimated to this virtuosity, seldom bidding you to pause and question its claim as reality. Even our ears shut down, allowing a gimmick-term like "Reality TV" to enter our vocabulary without immediately recognizing it as an oxymoron.

This is not a call-to-arms against "The Matrix", or even a wake up call. Such a call would serve no point. Our brains make no real distinction between the visual and the visualized. An object seen with our eyes wide open (called a "precept") triggers the same neurological activity as when we close them shut and imagine the same object. It is a collusion of human nature and human technology that allows us to walk through life with our eyes open but live as if they were forever shut. From religious worship to celebrity worship; from stereotypical images of "the enemy" to archetypal images of "national heroes"; to the phenotypical cosmetic self-image, we are, all of us, designed for the blind acceptance of our own bullshit.

-- SniffCode.com

Homo-Imaginus



As early as the 1920s America was increasingly becoming an image nation. Like Moore’s Law which describes the exponentioal expansion of technology, the use of images in every available medium during this period began to increase interminably. By the end of the 1920s it became a subject of harsh criticism by a well respected French writer named Georges Duhamel. During this period rumors of America’s progressiveness had gotten around and Duhamel decided it ws time to take a trip to the U.S. and get a glimpse of what he figured would be “the life of the future” for other European countries.

He did indeed find the future. It was then, as it is today, a life of images. Duhamel declared that the American brand future was one where, “Everything was false. The world was false. I myself was perhaps no longer anything but a simulacrum of a man, an imitation Duhamel... my thoughts were no longer under my control. Moving pictures usurped the place of my own ideas.” He then summed it all up by calling the American image obsession a “masturbation of the eyes.”

Duhamel's criticism of American Image-Mongering appeared in print in 1931. Eighty years later his observations are more true now than in his own time. What Duhamel described as a "moving picture" is, in the 21st century, a living breathing human being who has been surgically modified to resemble what was first seen in print or on screen. Duhamel saw, or rather foresaw, a future where life no longer imitated art, but images. While art inspires imitation, images seem to dictate it. Technology, in turn, has allowed these images to become phenotypic of the human body.

In short, we are images.

Probably the first instinct is to dismiss such a claim as metaphor, and to some extent it still is. It is true that the human body has not yet shape-shifted to be wholly image. Conversely, it is also true that our existence as images is not wholly theoretical either. As early as the 7th century, when Paul of Aegina performed corrective cosmetic surgery on a young man conditioned with gynecomastia, our progress in altering identity has become less subjective and more absolute. As Virginia L. Blum writes in her book "Flesh Wounds : The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery", “The beauty of images symbolizes what is now experienced as their essential lure, and plastic surgery is the cultural allegory of transforming the body into an image, an allegory that is deeply linked to the effects of celebirty culture.”

The human body may still be a work in progress of becoming wholly image, but the human being has pretty much completed this process. Blum's observation – "transforming the body into an image" – is finalized intrinsically as the person becomes a persona. The Self is displaced further away from its natural habitat – the body– and relocated closer to something virtual – images. Sigmund Freud called this the "doubling, dividing and interchanging of the self". He went on to write that "The subject identifies himself with someone else, so that he is in doubt as to which his self is, or substitutes the extraneous self for his own." As a living image the Self now occupies a strange space that Islamic mystics called Alam al-Mithral – "a place where images are real." This place is a true virtual reality and a true virtual network where any form of image-obsession is adulated and considered fashionable.

Somewhere in the timeline of human history, the body was viewed as recalcitrant and requiring rehabilitation. The body was the very metaphor of stigma and imperfection. Leonardo da Vinci believed that the full spectrum of a person's character could be diagnosed by observing the nose. This physio-illogical presupposition conflicts with the typical scientific image of Leonardo so often prescribed. However, this pseudo-science still holds up as a tool for tribal scrutiny. A nose is considered a dead give-away of a persons ethnicity. So much so that immigrants, landed in the US, would immediately de-ethnicize themselves by having a surgeon hack away at the nose. Still to this day, a great deal of cosmetic surgery is about ameliorating an ethnic image and replacing it with a caucasian one. With the rise of Transhumanist philosophy it is, not just the nose, but the entire body that is being pitched to the public as a limitation to man's future. Transhumanists rejoice at the prospect of man transcending the standards of his body through surgery – even if it means his uniform vanilla homogenization.

In this context, plastic surgery is a plastic model of what the face of Westernization – via globalization – will look like when all is said and done. If you live in a metropolitan area where high concentrations of consumerism is ubiquitous then you know already the true face of Image-Imperialism. If you spend hours in front of a TV than you really know it. Your eyes have probably long since acclimated to this virtuosity, seldom bidding you to pause and question its claim as reality. Even our ears shut down, allowing a gimmick-term like "Reality TV" to enter our vocabulary without immediately recognizing it as an oxymoron.

This is not a call-to-arms against "The Matrix", or even a wake up call. Such a call would serve no point. Our brains make no real distinction between the visual and the visualized. An object seen with our eyes wide open (called a "precept") triggers the same neurological activity as when we close them shut and imagine the same object. It is a collusion of human nature and human technology that allows us to walk through life with our eyes open but live as if they were forever shut. From religious worship to celebrity worship; from stereotypical images of "the enemy" to archetypal images of "national heroes"; to the phenotypical cosmetic self-image, we are, all of us, designed for the blind acceptance of our own bullshit.

-- SniffCode.com

Economic Deadlock: The AI Influence in Earth Economies

Today, a post titled "More on May 6" appeared by Steve Richfield about AI trading on the Singularity list.


"There has been more interesting analysis coming out of the SEC regarding the mini-crash of the stock market on May 6. This relates directly to AGIs in the real world.






Apparently, the stock market programs were created to compete with PEOPLE, as that was all that there was to compete against when the programs were created. However, this has shifted without the programs shifting with it. 






Deep within the programs, they compute market liquidity based on volumes and price changes, as PEOPLE make such decisions based on how much money they have. However, computers feel no such constraints. Apparently, computational noise became amplified as various programs "thought" that there was much more liquidity than there actually was, by observing the operation of other computers that definitely were NOT human. This resulted in a spiral of mistakenly implied liquidity, triggering greedy digital hands grabbing for the money that just wasn't there.






The message for me in this is that when you start mixing humans and emerging AGIs, that things will get VERY unstable, because the fundamentals will be shifting in ways that not even the AGIs can track. 






This is one of those areas where things might settle down after the instability, but who can guess who will end up owning the world because of the instability?"




Terence McKenna and Lorenzo discuss Artificial Intelligence
Edited frrom: 229-Trialogue: "The Evolutionary Mind" Part 2 (Posted: Wed, 19 May 2010 21:02:36 GMT)


"This is a continuation of the last Trialogue that was held between Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham, and Terence McKenna. This session is kicked off by Terence McKenna who shifts the focus to The Evolutionary Mind AND the Machines. A couple of his comments include: "What is important about nature is that it is information. And the real tension is not between matter and spirit, or time and space, the real tension is between information and nonsense." And, "Vast amounts of the world that we call human is already under the control of artificial intelligences, including very vital parts of our political and social dynamo." Then Ralph and Rupert try to pin him down on a few inconsistencies. Following the trialogue I have added a short comment by Bruce Damer regarding the technical impossibility of uploading one's consciousness to a computer any time in the foreseeable future."


Download the Original MP3 of the Trialogue
Psychedelic Salon Podcasts

Economic Deadlock: The AI Influence in Earth Economies

Today, a post titled "More on May 6" appeared by Steve Richfield about AI trading on the Singularity list.


"There has been more interesting analysis coming out of the SEC regarding the mini-crash of the stock market on May 6. This relates directly to AGIs in the real world.






Apparently, the stock market programs were created to compete with PEOPLE, as that was all that there was to compete against when the programs were created. However, this has shifted without the programs shifting with it. 






Deep within the programs, they compute market liquidity based on volumes and price changes, as PEOPLE make such decisions based on how much money they have. However, computers feel no such constraints. Apparently, computational noise became amplified as various programs "thought" that there was much more liquidity than there actually was, by observing the operation of other computers that definitely were NOT human. This resulted in a spiral of mistakenly implied liquidity, triggering greedy digital hands grabbing for the money that just wasn't there.






The message for me in this is that when you start mixing humans and emerging AGIs, that things will get VERY unstable, because the fundamentals will be shifting in ways that not even the AGIs can track. 






This is one of those areas where things might settle down after the instability, but who can guess who will end up owning the world because of the instability?"




Terence McKenna and Lorenzo discuss Artificial Intelligence
Edited frrom: 229-Trialogue: "The Evolutionary Mind" Part 2 (Posted: Wed, 19 May 2010 21:02:36 GMT)


"This is a continuation of the last Trialogue that was held between Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham, and Terence McKenna. This session is kicked off by Terence McKenna who shifts the focus to The Evolutionary Mind AND the Machines. A couple of his comments include: "What is important about nature is that it is information. And the real tension is not between matter and spirit, or time and space, the real tension is between information and nonsense." And, "Vast amounts of the world that we call human is already under the control of artificial intelligences, including very vital parts of our political and social dynamo." Then Ralph and Rupert try to pin him down on a few inconsistencies. Following the trialogue I have added a short comment by Bruce Damer regarding the technical impossibility of uploading one's consciousness to a computer any time in the foreseeable future."


Download the Original MP3 of the Trialogue
Psychedelic Salon Podcasts

Economic Deadlock: The AI Influence in Earth Economies

Today, a post titled "More on May 6" appeared by Steve Richfield about AI trading on the Singularity list.


"There has been more interesting analysis coming out of the SEC regarding the mini-crash of the stock market on May 6. This relates directly to AGIs in the real world.






Apparently, the stock market programs were created to compete with PEOPLE, as that was all that there was to compete against when the programs were created. However, this has shifted without the programs shifting with it. 






Deep within the programs, they compute market liquidity based on volumes and price changes, as PEOPLE make such decisions based on how much money they have. However, computers feel no such constraints. Apparently, computational noise became amplified as various programs "thought" that there was much more liquidity than there actually was, by observing the operation of other computers that definitely were NOT human. This resulted in a spiral of mistakenly implied liquidity, triggering greedy digital hands grabbing for the money that just wasn't there.






The message for me in this is that when you start mixing humans and emerging AGIs, that things will get VERY unstable, because the fundamentals will be shifting in ways that not even the AGIs can track. 






This is one of those areas where things might settle down after the instability, but who can guess who will end up owning the world because of the instability?"




Terence McKenna and Lorenzo discuss Artificial Intelligence
Edited frrom: 229-Trialogue: "The Evolutionary Mind" Part 2 (Posted: Wed, 19 May 2010 21:02:36 GMT)


"This is a continuation of the last Trialogue that was held between Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham, and Terence McKenna. This session is kicked off by Terence McKenna who shifts the focus to The Evolutionary Mind AND the Machines. A couple of his comments include: "What is important about nature is that it is information. And the real tension is not between matter and spirit, or time and space, the real tension is between information and nonsense." And, "Vast amounts of the world that we call human is already under the control of artificial intelligences, including very vital parts of our political and social dynamo." Then Ralph and Rupert try to pin him down on a few inconsistencies. Following the trialogue I have added a short comment by Bruce Damer regarding the technical impossibility of uploading one's consciousness to a computer any time in the foreseeable future."


Download the Original MP3 of the Trialogue
Psychedelic Salon Podcasts

Face it We Are Not "Friends"

For every single email that I get I've noticed that very few of you actually email "me".


In 2006 I met a blogger on YouTube that inspired me to make a video. This initial act helped me break a lot of my social anxiety with the Internet, which may sound absurd now in the wake of a socialholic binge.  Yet Back then my stand was simply, people on the Internet might as well be programs,  I thought to myself that once we had virtual agents capable of interacting at human level all your friends and social interactions  would int turn be reduced to nothing short of computable programs.  Programs representing people no more real then an imaginary friend that simply can talk back.

Now before you judge, let me ask you something, do you have an account with every single network on the poster to the right? Not just blogger, or wordpress, but ALL of them...

Well I do and then some, but not just for "me" but for multiple Identities.  The truth is we have been talking communicating exchanging data long before you ever met me... Only recently in the midst of creating TransAlchemy have I solidified my identity on the Internet, I did this just to give you  the ability to see me as more than just another screename I wanted to give you the ability to see" me", the human behind the machine.

 Yet in doing so I feel as I have digitized an incomplete representation of the person that I am. Maybe I'm not using the correct brain uploading scanner, but as prolific as I am on the Internet I'm highly offended that you consider me nothing more than just my viewpoints on the Internet.

This transition from physicality to screename only made things worse as people now believe that they can view a couple of my videos and read a couple of my post and this is enough to derive an entire personality breakdown of who I am.. Well I'm here to remind you that you don't even know me. You just think you do, based on my digital reflection.





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18_vvoavCps&feature=player_embedded#!


Social networking brings us closer together! 

This is where I made my first mistake, all of these technologies are not serving to bridge our humanity but rather to strip it, more and more of our interactions are being digitized to the point that actual human contact is not even necessary. The Irony gets more perplexing for me considering while at the H+ summit a person I ran into recognized the name "TransAlchemy" and proceeded to tell me. "You should show yourself more", all along I was thinking isn't  this contradictory to the goal of uploading.  If you look forward to the day that you can upload yourself (whatever that will mean) then what does it matter if we make "Human" connections. But I'm going to leave uploading alone for now...
   
With all that said I'm going to show you that human connection is still important, this is also when the fun truly begins! 


As of today I will return to being a ghost, you will never truly know if that is me or not..

In retrospection, I guess Im starting to freak out over the lack of substance behind the interactions we are all having. I talk to more people now than ever but in the midst of it all Ive never felt as alone as I feel now.  My thoughts feel more alien now then when I started sharing them with people ;-(

I won't leave entirely , I'm still here, but lets drop the human interface for a while, after all, isn't that the goal..? 


Ps... I look forward to our conversations even more now... ;-D

Face it We Are Not "Friends"

For every single email that I get I've noticed that very few of you actually email "me".


In 2006 I met a blogger on YouTube that inspired me to make a video. This initial act helped me break a lot of my social anxiety with the Internet, which may sound absurd now in the wake of a socialholic binge.  Yet Back then my stand was simply, people on the Internet might as well be programs,  I thought to myself that once we had virtual agents capable of interacting at human level all your friends and social interactions  would int turn be reduced to nothing short of computable programs.  Programs representing people no more real then an imaginary friend that simply can talk back.

Now before you judge, let me ask you something, do you have an account with every single network on the poster to the right? Not just blogger, or wordpress, but ALL of them...

Well I do and then some, but not just for "me" but for multiple Identities.  The truth is we have been talking communicating exchanging data long before you ever met me... Only recently in the midst of creating TransAlchemy have I solidified my identity on the Internet, I did this just to give you  the ability to see me as more than just another screename I wanted to give you the ability to see" me", the human behind the machine.

 Yet in doing so I feel as I have digitized an incomplete representation of the person that I am. Maybe I'm not using the correct brain uploading scanner, but as prolific as I am on the Internet I'm highly offended that you consider me nothing more than just my viewpoints on the Internet.

This transition from physicality to screename only made things worse as people now believe that they can view a couple of my videos and read a couple of my post and this is enough to derive an entire personality breakdown of who I am.. Well I'm here to remind you that you don't even know me. You just think you do, based on my digital reflection.





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18_vvoavCps&feature=player_embedded#!


Social networking brings us closer together! 

This is where I made my first mistake, all of these technologies are not serving to bridge our humanity but rather to strip it, more and more of our interactions are being digitized to the point that actual human contact is not even necessary. The Irony gets more perplexing for me considering while at the H+ summit a person I ran into recognized the name "TransAlchemy" and proceeded to tell me. "You should show yourself more", all along I was thinking isn't  this contradictory to the goal of uploading.  If you look forward to the day that you can upload yourself (whatever that will mean) then what does it matter if we make "Human" connections. But I'm going to leave uploading alone for now...
   
With all that said I'm going to show you that human connection is still important, this is also when the fun truly begins! 


As of today I will return to being a ghost, you will never truly know if that is me or not..

In retrospection, I guess Im starting to freak out over the lack of substance behind the interactions we are all having. I talk to more people now than ever but in the midst of it all Ive never felt as alone as I feel now.  My thoughts feel more alien now then when I started sharing them with people ;-(

I won't leave entirely , I'm still here, but lets drop the human interface for a while, after all, isn't that the goal..? 


Ps... I look forward to our conversations even more now... ;-D

Face it We Are Not "Friends"

For every single email that I get I've noticed that very few of you actually email "me".


In 2006 I met a blogger on YouTube that inspired me to make a video. This initial act helped me break a lot of my social anxiety with the Internet, which may sound absurd now in the wake of a socialholic binge.  Yet Back then my stand was simply, people on the Internet might as well be programs,  I thought to myself that once we had virtual agents capable of interacting at human level all your friends and social interactions  would int turn be reduced to nothing short of computable programs.  Programs representing people no more real then an imaginary friend that simply can talk back.

Now before you judge, let me ask you something, do you have an account with every single network on the poster to the right? Not just blogger, or wordpress, but ALL of them...

Well I do and then some, but not just for "me" but for multiple Identities.  The truth is we have been talking communicating exchanging data long before you ever met me... Only recently in the midst of creating TransAlchemy have I solidified my identity on the Internet, I did this just to give you  the ability to see me as more than just another screename I wanted to give you the ability to see" me", the human behind the machine.

 Yet in doing so I feel as I have digitized an incomplete representation of the person that I am. Maybe I'm not using the correct brain uploading scanner, but as prolific as I am on the Internet I'm highly offended that you consider me nothing more than just my viewpoints on the Internet.

This transition from physicality to screename only made things worse as people now believe that they can view a couple of my videos and read a couple of my post and this is enough to derive an entire personality breakdown of who I am.. Well I'm here to remind you that you don't even know me. You just think you do, based on my digital reflection.





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18_vvoavCps&feature=player_embedded#!


Social networking brings us closer together! 

This is where I made my first mistake, all of these technologies are not serving to bridge our humanity but rather to strip it, more and more of our interactions are being digitized to the point that actual human contact is not even necessary. The Irony gets more perplexing for me considering while at the H+ summit a person I ran into recognized the name "TransAlchemy" and proceeded to tell me. "You should show yourself more", all along I was thinking isn't  this contradictory to the goal of uploading.  If you look forward to the day that you can upload yourself (whatever that will mean) then what does it matter if we make "Human" connections. But I'm going to leave uploading alone for now...
   
With all that said I'm going to show you that human connection is still important, this is also when the fun truly begins! 


As of today I will return to being a ghost, you will never truly know if that is me or not..

In retrospection, I guess Im starting to freak out over the lack of substance behind the interactions we are all having. I talk to more people now than ever but in the midst of it all Ive never felt as alone as I feel now.  My thoughts feel more alien now then when I started sharing them with people ;-(

I won't leave entirely , I'm still here, but lets drop the human interface for a while, after all, isn't that the goal..? 


Ps... I look forward to our conversations even more now... ;-D

My Riddles

Dear Antz Particleion Is Hacking your Universe (live)

I will give your universe/Mind back to you if you answer my riddles.

Call your answers in!

(305) 735-9490

A) Is your universe real?

B) Are you real?

C) Who currently has {source}?

D) What is {Root}?

When you got the answer email it to

Key.universe@gmail.com

and I will give you back your universe assuming your right ;-)

Rules subject to change but will be posted.

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! It will be Billions of years till I let you just have it... Till then I urge you try to get your key back.