Saturday, July 24, 2010

Talking About the Future of Work, God and Children with Mr. Spacely



You may remember this "little man" with big ambitions and an even bigger company called Spacely's Sprockets. Thanks to technology that we don't quite understand and a vivid imagination that we understand even less, we were able to secure an interview with the infamous Mr. Spacely. He talks to us from the year 2062 and the future of religion, work and, well, our jobs.

SniffCode.com: First of all Mr. Spacely, I want to thank you for --

Mr. Spacely: Yes, yes, you're welcome. Lets get on with the interview. Time is money.

SniffCode.com: But you should have plenty of time. From what I remember, you guys have some pretty truncated work schedules. You only work three days out of the week. In fact, in one episode I remember George Jetson complaining about 15 minute workdays.

Mr. Spacely: We changed all that. Studies show that the human body only needs 6 hours of sleep. 8 hours max. The rest can be used for work. Also,we canned the 3 day work week crap. It's now a six day work week.

SniffCode.com: Six days??? Saturday too?

Mr. Spacely: No, not Saturday. Sunday.

SniffCode.com: Don't people go to Church?

Mr. Spacely: No. They go to work.

SniffCode.com: uh, what I mean is --

Mr. Spacely: I'm not stupid. I know what you mean. No, they don't go to Church. Even when they did go to Church they weren't really there. Their minds weren't there. They were just going through the motions, watching the clock to see when they could get the hell out of there.

SniffCode.com: But don't they do that at work too?

Mr. Spacely: If they do, they better not let me catch them or they're fired.

SniffCode.com: So slacking off at Church is punished with fire. Slacking off at work is punished with being fired. Is the connection between those two words a coincidence?

Mr. Spacely: That would depend on your definition of God. What is your definition of God?

SniffCode.com: Can you give me some options?

Mr. Spacely: Sure. Is God a white guy with a beard sitting on a throne? Or is he a white guy with a beard sitting in a $2500 italian leather executive chair?

SniffCode.com: Ah, I get it. So the difference is the chair.

Mr. Spacely: Absolutely. For instance, the chair that you're sitting in -- how much did it cost you?

SniffCode.com: $75 bucks.

Mr. Spacely: Exactly. You're not sitting, you're kneeling. You just don't know it.

SniffCode.com: Okay. I get it now. So is that why in the future human workers are replaced with robots – because robots are more obedient?

Mr. Spacely: Yeah. But the problem with robots are that they are too damned expensive to make and maintain. Humans are cheap to make. I've sired 87 children with 64 different women and it didn't cost me any more than a dinner date and a few drinks to create them.

SniffCode.com: 87 kids! Damn.

Mr. Spacely: Yup. And every one of them works for me now.

SniffCode.com: So you're running a sweatshop with child labor?

Mr. Spacely: Shame on you for underestimating our youth. Children are this planets most valuable resource, which is why we should put them to work as early as possible.

SniffCode.com: So Elroy...

Mr. Spacely: Dropout. He works for me now.

SniffCode.com: And George?

Mr. Spacely: Fired.

SniffCode.com: Damn.

Mr. Spacely: Children are the future. (Laughs devilishly)

SniffCode.com: I have an unrelated question. I noticed that you guys live several thousand feet in the air. Any particular reason for that? Did something happen to the Earth?

Mr. Spaceley: (Laughs devilishly)

SniffCode.com: Uh... is that a good laugh?

Mr. Spaceley: (Laughs devilishly)

SniffCode.com: Okay, I'll rephrase the question. Have you ever seen or heard of a "tree" before?

Mr. Spaceley: Of course, I own quite a few of them myself.

SniffCode.com: "Own?"

Mr. Spaceley: Yes, we've upgraded the planet with trees that are faster growing and capable of absorbing man-made toxins from the soil. I own the patent to several dozens of these new species. You should see the "Spacely Sprocket National Privatized Park". It's beautiful.

SniffCode.com: The animals in this Park?

Mr. Spacely: I own them too. Although "animal" is an antiquated term. We have engineered and patented thousands of new hybrid species. Beautiful. A few of them are my creations.

SniffCode.com: So you dabble in the sciences?

Mr. Spacely: No, but my scientists do. I give them the ideas.

SniffCode.com: Example.

Mr. Spacely: Our animals glow in the dark at night. The tourists love it. Of course, "night-hikes" cost extra.

SniffCode.com: So, is there anything that hasn't been patented or privatized?

Mr. Spaceley: (Laughs devilishly)

SniffCode.com: Oh boy.

Mr. Spacely: Just so you know, I own your website too.

SniffCode.com: What website? Dude, we were hacked. The site is dead.

Mr. Spacely: WHAT?!?!? I TRUSTED YOU TO TAKE CARE OF MY INVESTMENT!!! Who did this, if you don't mind my asking?

SniffCode.com: Terrorists.

Mr. Spacely: I knew it. Did you call Bush?

SniffCode.com: Not the Prez anymore, man.

Mr. Spaceley: Not the President anymore? What year is it over there?

SniffCode.com:2010

Mr. Spacely: Oh crap. I gotta fix my Random Access Time Tracker.

SniffCode.com: You mean your watch?

Mr. Spacely: No I mean my Random Access Time Tracker. Don't forget, I'm talking to you from the future. Anyway... so who is the President now?

SniffCode.com: Barack Hussein Obama.

Mr. Spacely: What?!?!? You let a Terrorist into the White House.

SniffCode.com: Some people seem to think so. He's done all kinds of "radical" shit too. Like expanding health insurance to cover the uninsured and keep their coverage... even after being fired.

Mr. Spacely: Sounds like terrorism alright. Glad I'm not there. Well, I'm in the future right now and I can tell you that we'll be much better off when everything is privatized.

SniffCode.com: Everything?

Mr. Spacely: Everything.

SniffCode.com: What about Basic Rights?

Mr. Spacely: There are no hand-outs in life. Didn't your momma teach you that?

SniffCode.com: My Basic Rights are not a hand-out, they are... are... are...

Mr. Spacely: ...Natural? Yeah, that's what the trees said. Let me tell you something, you pinhead. Do you think the Cobra-Monkey whines about its "Basic Rights" when it is attacked by a Turtle-Lion??? Do you think the Turtle-Lion would even give two-shits if the Cobra-Monkey could even get a word out before its neck was crushed in the jaws of a predator? There are no "God-Given" rights, you idiot. But there are some Darwin-Given Rights: you have the right to fight and you have the right to run like hell. Anything else you have to pay for.

SniffCode.com: You wouldn't happen to know of a man named Montgomery Burns, would you?

Mr. Spacely: There isn't a capitalist alive who doesn't know that name. A great man. Just talked with him the other day?

SniffCode.com: "Talked with him..." He's not dead???

Mr. Spacely: Life Extension Technology! And guess what, he didn't cry and whine about his "Basic Rights to Life". He paid for this miracle technology. Just like everybody else should.

SniffCode.com: How much is this technology?

Mr. Spacely: More than you'll ever be able to afford. (Laughs devilishly).

SniffCode.com: Good thing I have health insurance, should keep me alive a tad longer.

Mr. Spacely: Think again punk. Yoooou're Fiiiiiiired!

Talking About the Future of Work, God and Children with Mr. Spacely



You may remember this "little man" with big ambitions and an even bigger company called Spacely's Sprockets. Thanks to technology that we don't quite understand and a vivid imagination that we understand even less, we were able to secure an interview with the infamous Mr. Spacely. He talks to us from the year 2062 and the future of religion, work and, well, our jobs.

SniffCode.com: First of all Mr. Spacely, I want to thank you for --

Mr. Spacely: Yes, yes, you're welcome. Lets get on with the interview. Time is money.

SniffCode.com: But you should have plenty of time. From what I remember, you guys have some pretty truncated work schedules. You only work three days out of the week. In fact, in one episode I remember George Jetson complaining about 15 minute workdays.

Mr. Spacely: We changed all that. Studies show that the human body only needs 6 hours of sleep. 8 hours max. The rest can be used for work. Also,we canned the 3 day work week crap. It's now a six day work week.

SniffCode.com: Six days??? Saturday too?

Mr. Spacely: No, not Saturday. Sunday.

SniffCode.com: Don't people go to Church?

Mr. Spacely: No. They go to work.

SniffCode.com: uh, what I mean is --

Mr. Spacely: I'm not stupid. I know what you mean. No, they don't go to Church. Even when they did go to Church they weren't really there. Their minds weren't there. They were just going through the motions, watching the clock to see when they could get the hell out of there.

SniffCode.com: But don't they do that at work too?

Mr. Spacely: If they do, they better not let me catch them or they're fired.

SniffCode.com: So slacking off at Church is punished with fire. Slacking off at work is punished with being fired. Is the connection between those two words a coincidence?

Mr. Spacely: That would depend on your definition of God. What is your definition of God?

SniffCode.com: Can you give me some options?

Mr. Spacely: Sure. Is God a white guy with a beard sitting on a throne? Or is he a white guy with a beard sitting in a $2500 italian leather executive chair?

SniffCode.com: Ah, I get it. So the difference is the chair.

Mr. Spacely: Absolutely. For instance, the chair that you're sitting in -- how much did it cost you?

SniffCode.com: $75 bucks.

Mr. Spacely: Exactly. You're not sitting, you're kneeling. You just don't know it.

SniffCode.com: Okay. I get it now. So is that why in the future human workers are replaced with robots – because robots are more obedient?

Mr. Spacely: Yeah. But the problem with robots are that they are too damned expensive to make and maintain. Humans are cheap to make. I've sired 87 children with 64 different women and it didn't cost me any more than a dinner date and a few drinks to create them.

SniffCode.com: 87 kids! Damn.

Mr. Spacely: Yup. And every one of them works for me now.

SniffCode.com: So you're running a sweatshop with child labor?

Mr. Spacely: Shame on you for underestimating our youth. Children are this planets most valuable resource, which is why we should put them to work as early as possible.

SniffCode.com: So Elroy...

Mr. Spacely: Dropout. He works for me now.

SniffCode.com: And George?

Mr. Spacely: Fired.

SniffCode.com: Damn.

Mr. Spacely: Children are the future. (Laughs devilishly)

SniffCode.com: I have an unrelated question. I noticed that you guys live several thousand feet in the air. Any particular reason for that? Did something happen to the Earth?

Mr. Spaceley: (Laughs devilishly)

SniffCode.com: Uh... is that a good laugh?

Mr. Spaceley: (Laughs devilishly)

SniffCode.com: Okay, I'll rephrase the question. Have you ever seen or heard of a "tree" before?

Mr. Spaceley: Of course, I own quite a few of them myself.

SniffCode.com: "Own?"

Mr. Spaceley: Yes, we've upgraded the planet with trees that are faster growing and capable of absorbing man-made toxins from the soil. I own the patent to several dozens of these new species. You should see the "Spacely Sprocket National Privatized Park". It's beautiful.

SniffCode.com: The animals in this Park?

Mr. Spacely: I own them too. Although "animal" is an antiquated term. We have engineered and patented thousands of new hybrid species. Beautiful. A few of them are my creations.

SniffCode.com: So you dabble in the sciences?

Mr. Spacely: No, but my scientists do. I give them the ideas.

SniffCode.com: Example.

Mr. Spacely: Our animals glow in the dark at night. The tourists love it. Of course, "night-hikes" cost extra.

SniffCode.com: So, is there anything that hasn't been patented or privatized?

Mr. Spaceley: (Laughs devilishly)

SniffCode.com: Oh boy.

Mr. Spacely: Just so you know, I own your website too.

SniffCode.com: What website? Dude, we were hacked. The site is dead.

Mr. Spacely: WHAT?!?!? I TRUSTED YOU TO TAKE CARE OF MY INVESTMENT!!! Who did this, if you don't mind my asking?

SniffCode.com: Terrorists.

Mr. Spacely: I knew it. Did you call Bush?

SniffCode.com: Not the Prez anymore, man.

Mr. Spaceley: Not the President anymore? What year is it over there?

SniffCode.com:2010

Mr. Spacely: Oh crap. I gotta fix my Random Access Time Tracker.

SniffCode.com: You mean your watch?

Mr. Spacely: No I mean my Random Access Time Tracker. Don't forget, I'm talking to you from the future. Anyway... so who is the President now?

SniffCode.com: Barack Hussein Obama.

Mr. Spacely: What?!?!? You let a Terrorist into the White House.

SniffCode.com: Some people seem to think so. He's done all kinds of "radical" shit too. Like expanding health insurance to cover the uninsured and keep their coverage... even after being fired.

Mr. Spacely: Sounds like terrorism alright. Glad I'm not there. Well, I'm in the future right now and I can tell you that we'll be much better off when everything is privatized.

SniffCode.com: Everything?

Mr. Spacely: Everything.

SniffCode.com: What about Basic Rights?

Mr. Spacely: There are no hand-outs in life. Didn't your momma teach you that?

SniffCode.com: My Basic Rights are not a hand-out, they are... are... are...

Mr. Spacely: ...Natural? Yeah, that's what the trees said. Let me tell you something, you pinhead. Do you think the Cobra-Monkey whines about its "Basic Rights" when it is attacked by a Turtle-Lion??? Do you think the Turtle-Lion would even give two-shits if the Cobra-Monkey could even get a word out before its neck was crushed in the jaws of a predator? There are no "God-Given" rights, you idiot. But there are some Darwin-Given Rights: you have the right to fight and you have the right to run like hell. Anything else you have to pay for.

SniffCode.com: You wouldn't happen to know of a man named Montgomery Burns, would you?

Mr. Spacely: There isn't a capitalist alive who doesn't know that name. A great man. Just talked with him the other day?

SniffCode.com: "Talked with him..." He's not dead???

Mr. Spacely: Life Extension Technology! And guess what, he didn't cry and whine about his "Basic Rights to Life". He paid for this miracle technology. Just like everybody else should.

SniffCode.com: How much is this technology?

Mr. Spacely: More than you'll ever be able to afford. (Laughs devilishly).

SniffCode.com: Good thing I have health insurance, should keep me alive a tad longer.

Mr. Spacely: Think again punk. Yoooou're Fiiiiiiired!

Talking About the Future of Work, God and Children with Mr. Spacely



You may remember this "little man" with big ambitions and an even bigger company called Spacely's Sprockets. Thanks to technology that we don't quite understand and a vivid imagination that we understand even less, we were able to secure an interview with the infamous Mr. Spacely. He talks to us from the year 2062 and the future of religion, work and, well, our jobs.

SniffCode.com: First of all Mr. Spacely, I want to thank you for --

Mr. Spacely: Yes, yes, you're welcome. Lets get on with the interview. Time is money.

SniffCode.com: But you should have plenty of time. From what I remember, you guys have some pretty truncated work schedules. You only work three days out of the week. In fact, in one episode I remember George Jetson complaining about 15 minute workdays.

Mr. Spacely: We changed all that. Studies show that the human body only needs 6 hours of sleep. 8 hours max. The rest can be used for work. Also,we canned the 3 day work week crap. It's now a six day work week.

SniffCode.com: Six days??? Saturday too?

Mr. Spacely: No, not Saturday. Sunday.

SniffCode.com: Don't people go to Church?

Mr. Spacely: No. They go to work.

SniffCode.com: uh, what I mean is --

Mr. Spacely: I'm not stupid. I know what you mean. No, they don't go to Church. Even when they did go to Church they weren't really there. Their minds weren't there. They were just going through the motions, watching the clock to see when they could get the hell out of there.

SniffCode.com: But don't they do that at work too?

Mr. Spacely: If they do, they better not let me catch them or they're fired.

SniffCode.com: So slacking off at Church is punished with fire. Slacking off at work is punished with being fired. Is the connection between those two words a coincidence?

Mr. Spacely: That would depend on your definition of God. What is your definition of God?

SniffCode.com: Can you give me some options?

Mr. Spacely: Sure. Is God a white guy with a beard sitting on a throne? Or is he a white guy with a beard sitting in a $2500 italian leather executive chair?

SniffCode.com: Ah, I get it. So the difference is the chair.

Mr. Spacely: Absolutely. For instance, the chair that you're sitting in -- how much did it cost you?

SniffCode.com: $75 bucks.

Mr. Spacely: Exactly. You're not sitting, you're kneeling. You just don't know it.

SniffCode.com: Okay. I get it now. So is that why in the future human workers are replaced with robots – because robots are more obedient?

Mr. Spacely: Yeah. But the problem with robots are that they are too damned expensive to make and maintain. Humans are cheap to make. I've sired 87 children with 64 different women and it didn't cost me any more than a dinner date and a few drinks to create them.

SniffCode.com: 87 kids! Damn.

Mr. Spacely: Yup. And every one of them works for me now.

SniffCode.com: So you're running a sweatshop with child labor?

Mr. Spacely: Shame on you for underestimating our youth. Children are this planets most valuable resource, which is why we should put them to work as early as possible.

SniffCode.com: So Elroy...

Mr. Spacely: Dropout. He works for me now.

SniffCode.com: And George?

Mr. Spacely: Fired.

SniffCode.com: Damn.

Mr. Spacely: Children are the future. (Laughs devilishly)

SniffCode.com: I have an unrelated question. I noticed that you guys live several thousand feet in the air. Any particular reason for that? Did something happen to the Earth?

Mr. Spaceley: (Laughs devilishly)

SniffCode.com: Uh... is that a good laugh?

Mr. Spaceley: (Laughs devilishly)

SniffCode.com: Okay, I'll rephrase the question. Have you ever seen or heard of a "tree" before?

Mr. Spaceley: Of course, I own quite a few of them myself.

SniffCode.com: "Own?"

Mr. Spaceley: Yes, we've upgraded the planet with trees that are faster growing and capable of absorbing man-made toxins from the soil. I own the patent to several dozens of these new species. You should see the "Spacely Sprocket National Privatized Park". It's beautiful.

SniffCode.com: The animals in this Park?

Mr. Spacely: I own them too. Although "animal" is an antiquated term. We have engineered and patented thousands of new hybrid species. Beautiful. A few of them are my creations.

SniffCode.com: So you dabble in the sciences?

Mr. Spacely: No, but my scientists do. I give them the ideas.

SniffCode.com: Example.

Mr. Spacely: Our animals glow in the dark at night. The tourists love it. Of course, "night-hikes" cost extra.

SniffCode.com: So, is there anything that hasn't been patented or privatized?

Mr. Spaceley: (Laughs devilishly)

SniffCode.com: Oh boy.

Mr. Spacely: Just so you know, I own your website too.

SniffCode.com: What website? Dude, we were hacked. The site is dead.

Mr. Spacely: WHAT?!?!? I TRUSTED YOU TO TAKE CARE OF MY INVESTMENT!!! Who did this, if you don't mind my asking?

SniffCode.com: Terrorists.

Mr. Spacely: I knew it. Did you call Bush?

SniffCode.com: Not the Prez anymore, man.

Mr. Spaceley: Not the President anymore? What year is it over there?

SniffCode.com:2010

Mr. Spacely: Oh crap. I gotta fix my Random Access Time Tracker.

SniffCode.com: You mean your watch?

Mr. Spacely: No I mean my Random Access Time Tracker. Don't forget, I'm talking to you from the future. Anyway... so who is the President now?

SniffCode.com: Barack Hussein Obama.

Mr. Spacely: What?!?!? You let a Terrorist into the White House.

SniffCode.com: Some people seem to think so. He's done all kinds of "radical" shit too. Like expanding health insurance to cover the uninsured and keep their coverage... even after being fired.

Mr. Spacely: Sounds like terrorism alright. Glad I'm not there. Well, I'm in the future right now and I can tell you that we'll be much better off when everything is privatized.

SniffCode.com: Everything?

Mr. Spacely: Everything.

SniffCode.com: What about Basic Rights?

Mr. Spacely: There are no hand-outs in life. Didn't your momma teach you that?

SniffCode.com: My Basic Rights are not a hand-out, they are... are... are...

Mr. Spacely: ...Natural? Yeah, that's what the trees said. Let me tell you something, you pinhead. Do you think the Cobra-Monkey whines about its "Basic Rights" when it is attacked by a Turtle-Lion??? Do you think the Turtle-Lion would even give two-shits if the Cobra-Monkey could even get a word out before its neck was crushed in the jaws of a predator? There are no "God-Given" rights, you idiot. But there are some Darwin-Given Rights: you have the right to fight and you have the right to run like hell. Anything else you have to pay for.

SniffCode.com: You wouldn't happen to know of a man named Montgomery Burns, would you?

Mr. Spacely: There isn't a capitalist alive who doesn't know that name. A great man. Just talked with him the other day?

SniffCode.com: "Talked with him..." He's not dead???

Mr. Spacely: Life Extension Technology! And guess what, he didn't cry and whine about his "Basic Rights to Life". He paid for this miracle technology. Just like everybody else should.

SniffCode.com: How much is this technology?

Mr. Spacely: More than you'll ever be able to afford. (Laughs devilishly).

SniffCode.com: Good thing I have health insurance, should keep me alive a tad longer.

Mr. Spacely: Think again punk. Yoooou're Fiiiiiiired!

Neuro-Invasive Nanobot Invasion

Ignorance Isn't Bliss:

Nanotechnology poses inherent threats greater than anything we’ve ever faced. This heavily modified Hollywood film shows what such a takeover by tyrants via nanobots could look like.

Currently billions of dollars per year are dumped into nano research by governments and corporations worldwide.

Nanobots that can penetrate past the blood-brain barrier to attach to neurons for mind control are like nothing we’ve ever faced. These could be released into the drinking water supply or administered via vaccine shots.

Even Ray Kurzweil realizes this threat. From a repost from his site:

Another class of terrorist-selective defenses could be keyed to the intentions, rather than to the actions, of potential actors. Future medical nanotechnology should enable intrusive involuntary brain scans of sufficient fidelity to accurately measure and report internal psychological states and motives. But here too there are several difficulties. First, all human beings on Earth would have to be continuously monitored for “terrorist” intentions. This monitoring duty would probably fall to some government (or related institutional) entity, and a corrupt government entity could not be prevented from scanning for “freedom fighter” intentions as well. Such scanning would elevate Brin’s “transparent society” to a new level to intrusiveness—we might call it the “transparent mind”—which would be even more anathematic to civil libertarians and would offer even greater potential for abuse. Second, the amount of data to be processed might be so enormous as to require the intervention of an AI (as in the previous example) to sort it all out, whether the AI was a stand-alone system or embedded in a human/machine hybrid system. Third, it is but a small step from passively monitoring brain states to actively controlling those brain states using nanotechnology-based neural nanorobotics, which would enable the push-button disposal of critics by tyrants. Thus, the freedom fighters would again be disabled along with the terrorists.

It appears quite likely, though perhaps not inevitable, that eventually, somewhere in the world, a tyrant will emerge who is equipped with some of the most sophisticated nanotechnological instrumentalities available. This tyrant would likely employ these advanced technical means to eliminate within his own borders any possibility of freedom fighting or terrorism, both of which he might rationally presume could be directed at him or his vassals. Other technically sophisticated societies might or might not have the will or the means to oppose this tyrant, and still other societies might decide to emulate or join him; therefore, his emergence and ascendancy cannot be ruled out.

Recognizing that global tyranny is a logical end-state of the unchecked spread of nanotechnology-enabled dictatorships that are capable of employing perfect mind control, those who subscribe to the policy doctrine of preemption might rationally conclude that it is necessary to actively liberate other societies that have already decided to capitulate (“entrust their future”?) to a nanotechnology-enabled autocrat. But might not budding tyrants rationally conclude that any developed nation population that treasures individual freedom above most other moral values should be exterminated preemptively in order to eliminate the most obvious threat to their global ambitions? Consider that humanity may have survived the Cold War because at key moments of crisis, both sides opted for survival over domination. In future conflicts, if either side is significantly less dedicated to survival than to domination, then, like a terrorist, that side will not be deterred from seeking domination at all costs.

Could mere discussion of these issues create a self-fulfilling prophecy? It is true that if potential future tyrants come to believe that people in general are unlikely to have the desire or will to resist them, or that people will be so effectively disarmed of personal weaponry by their well-meaning but overprotective governments that individual armed resistance would become futile, then deterrence of nanotechnology-enabled tyrannies is minimized and the emergence of those regimes may be accelerated. But this should affect only the timing, and not the ultimate fact, of such emergence. If the technology allows it—and it does—then eventually some tyrant will seek to close his iron fist around the throat of humankind. We need to decide what, if anything, we ought to do about this.

His “solution” is for us to deliberately inject ourselves with “defensive” nanobots, which only creates entire new sets of problems.

Of course, there will be great concern regarding who’s controlling the nanobots, and over who the nanobots may be talking to. Organizations such as governments or extremist groups or just clever individuals could put trillions of undetectable nanobots in the water or food supply. These “spy” nanobots could then monitor, influence, and even control our thoughts and actions. We won’t be defenseless, however. Just as we have virus scanning software today, we will make use of patrol nanobots that search for (and destroy) unauthorized nanobots in our brains and bodies.

Congress has acknowledged this issue:

Every exponential curve eventually reaches a point where the growth rate becomes almost infinite. This point is often called the Singularity. If technology continues to advance at exponential rates, what happens after 2020? Technology is likely to continue, but at this stage some observers forecast a period at which scientific advances aggressively assume their own momentum and accelerate at unprecedented levels, enabling products that today seem like science fiction. Beyond the Singularity, human society is incomparably different from what it is today. Several assumptions seem to drive predictions of a Singularity. The first is that continued material demands and competitive pressures will continue to drive technology forward. Second, at some point artificial intelligence advances to a point where computers enhance and accelerate scientific discovery and technological change. In other words, intelligent machines start to produce discoveries that are too complex for humans. Finally, there is an assumption that solutions to most of today’s problems including material scarcity, human health, and environmental degradation can be solved by technology, if not by us, then by the computers we eventually develop.

And:

The NNI is clearly geared toward developing the technology on a broad front, correctly seeing it as the source of tremendous benefits to society. Its mission is not to see whether we should go forward with research and development. It is to go forth boldly, while trying to discover and deal with possible risks.

Another governmental document, “Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance” sheds more light on this:

But it is important to note that there is a melding of human and S&E development here: human development, from individual medical and intellectual development to collective cultures and globalization, is a key goal.
…Four transforming tools have emerged: nanotechnology for hardware, biotechnology for dealing with living systems, information technology for communication and control, and cognition-based technologies to enhance human abilities and collective behavior.
…Far from unnatural, such a collective social system may be compared to a larger form of a biological organism. Biological organisms themselves make use of many structures such as bones and circulatory system. The networked society enabled through NBIC convergence could explore new pathways in societal structures, in an increasingly complex system (Bar-Yam 1997).”

Here’s the real wowzer:

Hive Mind
If we can easily exchange large chunks of knowledge and are connected by high-bandwidth communication paths, the function an d purpose served by individuals becomes unclear. Individuals have served to keep the gene pool stirred up and healthy via s exual reproduction, but this data-handling process would no longer necessarily be linked to individuals. With knowledge no longer encapsulated in individuals, the distinction between individuals and the entirety of humanity would blur. Think Vulcan mind-meld. We would perhaps become more of a hive mind —an enormous, single, intelligent entity.

Yes, that’s from an actual government document.

This is also interesting:

Doug Dorst, a microbiologist and vaccine critic in South Wales, says these advances have an immense appeal to vaccine makers. “Biotech companies and their researchers have quickly moved most funding initiatives towards nanotechnology to increase the potency of their vaccines,” he said. If microorganisms inside of vaccines can be coaxed into targeting or invading specific cells, they could achieve their goal at an accelerated rate over conventional vaccines. “Depending on which side of the vaccine debate you’re on, whether pro or con, nanobots inside vaccine preparations could advance their effectiveness exponentially by either dramatically improving or destroying immunity depending on their design,” he added.Dorst claims that present day nanobot technology could just as easily be used to advance biological weapons as they can to advance human health. “For every fear that biotech propaganda proliferates about deadly diseases and how vaccines prevent them, it is one more lie to incrementally convince the masses that vaccines are effective.”

The worry for Dorst is that one day vaccines “will do what they’ve always been intended for…control of the global populace.”

Here goes some various nanotech advances:

New sensors built using nanotechnology could read and write information directly into the brain.

A Battery-Free Implantable Neural Sensor
A tiny radio chip implanted in a moth harvests power and senses neural activity.If the promise of nanotechnology is to be fulfilled, nanoparticles will have to be able to make something of themselves. An important advance towards this goal has been achieved by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) who have found a simple and yet powerfully robust way to induce nanoparticles to assemble themselves into complex arrays.

Brain implants that can more clearly record signals from surrounding neurons in rats have been created at the University of Michigan.

Team develops DNA switch to interface living organisms with computers.

Enzyme computer could live inside you.

DNA-wrapped carbon nanotubes serve as sensors in living cells.

There’s also the health threats of nanoparticles themselves:

In the vision of people like Ray Kurzweil effectively the entire planet will be coated with nanobots and nanoparticles, and on that note here goes Transalchemy's ELE:

Neuro-Invasive Nanobot Invasion

Ignorance Isn't Bliss:

Nanotechnology poses inherent threats greater than anything we’ve ever faced. This heavily modified Hollywood film shows what such a takeover by tyrants via nanobots could look like.

Currently billions of dollars per year are dumped into nano research by governments and corporations worldwide.

Nanobots that can penetrate past the blood-brain barrier to attach to neurons for mind control are like nothing we’ve ever faced. These could be released into the drinking water supply or administered via vaccine shots.

Even Ray Kurzweil realizes this threat. From a repost from his site:

Another class of terrorist-selective defenses could be keyed to the intentions, rather than to the actions, of potential actors. Future medical nanotechnology should enable intrusive involuntary brain scans of sufficient fidelity to accurately measure and report internal psychological states and motives. But here too there are several difficulties. First, all human beings on Earth would have to be continuously monitored for “terrorist” intentions. This monitoring duty would probably fall to some government (or related institutional) entity, and a corrupt government entity could not be prevented from scanning for “freedom fighter” intentions as well. Such scanning would elevate Brin’s “transparent society” to a new level to intrusiveness—we might call it the “transparent mind”—which would be even more anathematic to civil libertarians and would offer even greater potential for abuse. Second, the amount of data to be processed might be so enormous as to require the intervention of an AI (as in the previous example) to sort it all out, whether the AI was a stand-alone system or embedded in a human/machine hybrid system. Third, it is but a small step from passively monitoring brain states to actively controlling those brain states using nanotechnology-based neural nanorobotics, which would enable the push-button disposal of critics by tyrants. Thus, the freedom fighters would again be disabled along with the terrorists.

It appears quite likely, though perhaps not inevitable, that eventually, somewhere in the world, a tyrant will emerge who is equipped with some of the most sophisticated nanotechnological instrumentalities available. This tyrant would likely employ these advanced technical means to eliminate within his own borders any possibility of freedom fighting or terrorism, both of which he might rationally presume could be directed at him or his vassals. Other technically sophisticated societies might or might not have the will or the means to oppose this tyrant, and still other societies might decide to emulate or join him; therefore, his emergence and ascendancy cannot be ruled out.

Recognizing that global tyranny is a logical end-state of the unchecked spread of nanotechnology-enabled dictatorships that are capable of employing perfect mind control, those who subscribe to the policy doctrine of preemption might rationally conclude that it is necessary to actively liberate other societies that have already decided to capitulate (“entrust their future”?) to a nanotechnology-enabled autocrat. But might not budding tyrants rationally conclude that any developed nation population that treasures individual freedom above most other moral values should be exterminated preemptively in order to eliminate the most obvious threat to their global ambitions? Consider that humanity may have survived the Cold War because at key moments of crisis, both sides opted for survival over domination. In future conflicts, if either side is significantly less dedicated to survival than to domination, then, like a terrorist, that side will not be deterred from seeking domination at all costs.

Could mere discussion of these issues create a self-fulfilling prophecy? It is true that if potential future tyrants come to believe that people in general are unlikely to have the desire or will to resist them, or that people will be so effectively disarmed of personal weaponry by their well-meaning but overprotective governments that individual armed resistance would become futile, then deterrence of nanotechnology-enabled tyrannies is minimized and the emergence of those regimes may be accelerated. But this should affect only the timing, and not the ultimate fact, of such emergence. If the technology allows it—and it does—then eventually some tyrant will seek to close his iron fist around the throat of humankind. We need to decide what, if anything, we ought to do about this.

His “solution” is for us to deliberately inject ourselves with “defensive” nanobots, which only creates entire new sets of problems.

Of course, there will be great concern regarding who’s controlling the nanobots, and over who the nanobots may be talking to. Organizations such as governments or extremist groups or just clever individuals could put trillions of undetectable nanobots in the water or food supply. These “spy” nanobots could then monitor, influence, and even control our thoughts and actions. We won’t be defenseless, however. Just as we have virus scanning software today, we will make use of patrol nanobots that search for (and destroy) unauthorized nanobots in our brains and bodies.

Congress has acknowledged this issue:

Every exponential curve eventually reaches a point where the growth rate becomes almost infinite. This point is often called the Singularity. If technology continues to advance at exponential rates, what happens after 2020? Technology is likely to continue, but at this stage some observers forecast a period at which scientific advances aggressively assume their own momentum and accelerate at unprecedented levels, enabling products that today seem like science fiction. Beyond the Singularity, human society is incomparably different from what it is today. Several assumptions seem to drive predictions of a Singularity. The first is that continued material demands and competitive pressures will continue to drive technology forward. Second, at some point artificial intelligence advances to a point where computers enhance and accelerate scientific discovery and technological change. In other words, intelligent machines start to produce discoveries that are too complex for humans. Finally, there is an assumption that solutions to most of today’s problems including material scarcity, human health, and environmental degradation can be solved by technology, if not by us, then by the computers we eventually develop.

And:

The NNI is clearly geared toward developing the technology on a broad front, correctly seeing it as the source of tremendous benefits to society. Its mission is not to see whether we should go forward with research and development. It is to go forth boldly, while trying to discover and deal with possible risks.

Another governmental document, “Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance” sheds more light on this:

But it is important to note that there is a melding of human and S&E development here: human development, from individual medical and intellectual development to collective cultures and globalization, is a key goal.
…Four transforming tools have emerged: nanotechnology for hardware, biotechnology for dealing with living systems, information technology for communication and control, and cognition-based technologies to enhance human abilities and collective behavior.
…Far from unnatural, such a collective social system may be compared to a larger form of a biological organism. Biological organisms themselves make use of many structures such as bones and circulatory system. The networked society enabled through NBIC convergence could explore new pathways in societal structures, in an increasingly complex system (Bar-Yam 1997).”

Here’s the real wowzer:

Hive Mind
If we can easily exchange large chunks of knowledge and are connected by high-bandwidth communication paths, the function an d purpose served by individuals becomes unclear. Individuals have served to keep the gene pool stirred up and healthy via s exual reproduction, but this data-handling process would no longer necessarily be linked to individuals. With knowledge no longer encapsulated in individuals, the distinction between individuals and the entirety of humanity would blur. Think Vulcan mind-meld. We would perhaps become more of a hive mind —an enormous, single, intelligent entity.

Yes, that’s from an actual government document.

This is also interesting:

Doug Dorst, a microbiologist and vaccine critic in South Wales, says these advances have an immense appeal to vaccine makers. “Biotech companies and their researchers have quickly moved most funding initiatives towards nanotechnology to increase the potency of their vaccines,” he said. If microorganisms inside of vaccines can be coaxed into targeting or invading specific cells, they could achieve their goal at an accelerated rate over conventional vaccines. “Depending on which side of the vaccine debate you’re on, whether pro or con, nanobots inside vaccine preparations could advance their effectiveness exponentially by either dramatically improving or destroying immunity depending on their design,” he added.Dorst claims that present day nanobot technology could just as easily be used to advance biological weapons as they can to advance human health. “For every fear that biotech propaganda proliferates about deadly diseases and how vaccines prevent them, it is one more lie to incrementally convince the masses that vaccines are effective.”

The worry for Dorst is that one day vaccines “will do what they’ve always been intended for…control of the global populace.”

Here goes some various nanotech advances:

New sensors built using nanotechnology could read and write information directly into the brain.

A Battery-Free Implantable Neural Sensor
A tiny radio chip implanted in a moth harvests power and senses neural activity.If the promise of nanotechnology is to be fulfilled, nanoparticles will have to be able to make something of themselves. An important advance towards this goal has been achieved by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) who have found a simple and yet powerfully robust way to induce nanoparticles to assemble themselves into complex arrays.

Brain implants that can more clearly record signals from surrounding neurons in rats have been created at the University of Michigan.

Team develops DNA switch to interface living organisms with computers.

Enzyme computer could live inside you.

DNA-wrapped carbon nanotubes serve as sensors in living cells.

There’s also the health threats of nanoparticles themselves:

In the vision of people like Ray Kurzweil effectively the entire planet will be coated with nanobots and nanoparticles, and on that note here goes Transalchemy's ELE:

Neuro-Invasive Nanobot Invasion

Ignorance Isn't Bliss:

Nanotechnology poses inherent threats greater than anything we’ve ever faced. This heavily modified Hollywood film shows what such a takeover by tyrants via nanobots could look like.

Currently billions of dollars per year are dumped into nano research by governments and corporations worldwide.

Nanobots that can penetrate past the blood-brain barrier to attach to neurons for mind control are like nothing we’ve ever faced. These could be released into the drinking water supply or administered via vaccine shots.

Even Ray Kurzweil realizes this threat. From a repost from his site:

Another class of terrorist-selective defenses could be keyed to the intentions, rather than to the actions, of potential actors. Future medical nanotechnology should enable intrusive involuntary brain scans of sufficient fidelity to accurately measure and report internal psychological states and motives. But here too there are several difficulties. First, all human beings on Earth would have to be continuously monitored for “terrorist” intentions. This monitoring duty would probably fall to some government (or related institutional) entity, and a corrupt government entity could not be prevented from scanning for “freedom fighter” intentions as well. Such scanning would elevate Brin’s “transparent society” to a new level to intrusiveness—we might call it the “transparent mind”—which would be even more anathematic to civil libertarians and would offer even greater potential for abuse. Second, the amount of data to be processed might be so enormous as to require the intervention of an AI (as in the previous example) to sort it all out, whether the AI was a stand-alone system or embedded in a human/machine hybrid system. Third, it is but a small step from passively monitoring brain states to actively controlling those brain states using nanotechnology-based neural nanorobotics, which would enable the push-button disposal of critics by tyrants. Thus, the freedom fighters would again be disabled along with the terrorists.

It appears quite likely, though perhaps not inevitable, that eventually, somewhere in the world, a tyrant will emerge who is equipped with some of the most sophisticated nanotechnological instrumentalities available. This tyrant would likely employ these advanced technical means to eliminate within his own borders any possibility of freedom fighting or terrorism, both of which he might rationally presume could be directed at him or his vassals. Other technically sophisticated societies might or might not have the will or the means to oppose this tyrant, and still other societies might decide to emulate or join him; therefore, his emergence and ascendancy cannot be ruled out.

Recognizing that global tyranny is a logical end-state of the unchecked spread of nanotechnology-enabled dictatorships that are capable of employing perfect mind control, those who subscribe to the policy doctrine of preemption might rationally conclude that it is necessary to actively liberate other societies that have already decided to capitulate (“entrust their future”?) to a nanotechnology-enabled autocrat. But might not budding tyrants rationally conclude that any developed nation population that treasures individual freedom above most other moral values should be exterminated preemptively in order to eliminate the most obvious threat to their global ambitions? Consider that humanity may have survived the Cold War because at key moments of crisis, both sides opted for survival over domination. In future conflicts, if either side is significantly less dedicated to survival than to domination, then, like a terrorist, that side will not be deterred from seeking domination at all costs.

Could mere discussion of these issues create a self-fulfilling prophecy? It is true that if potential future tyrants come to believe that people in general are unlikely to have the desire or will to resist them, or that people will be so effectively disarmed of personal weaponry by their well-meaning but overprotective governments that individual armed resistance would become futile, then deterrence of nanotechnology-enabled tyrannies is minimized and the emergence of those regimes may be accelerated. But this should affect only the timing, and not the ultimate fact, of such emergence. If the technology allows it—and it does—then eventually some tyrant will seek to close his iron fist around the throat of humankind. We need to decide what, if anything, we ought to do about this.

His “solution” is for us to deliberately inject ourselves with “defensive” nanobots, which only creates entire new sets of problems.

Of course, there will be great concern regarding who’s controlling the nanobots, and over who the nanobots may be talking to. Organizations such as governments or extremist groups or just clever individuals could put trillions of undetectable nanobots in the water or food supply. These “spy” nanobots could then monitor, influence, and even control our thoughts and actions. We won’t be defenseless, however. Just as we have virus scanning software today, we will make use of patrol nanobots that search for (and destroy) unauthorized nanobots in our brains and bodies.

Congress has acknowledged this issue:

Every exponential curve eventually reaches a point where the growth rate becomes almost infinite. This point is often called the Singularity. If technology continues to advance at exponential rates, what happens after 2020? Technology is likely to continue, but at this stage some observers forecast a period at which scientific advances aggressively assume their own momentum and accelerate at unprecedented levels, enabling products that today seem like science fiction. Beyond the Singularity, human society is incomparably different from what it is today. Several assumptions seem to drive predictions of a Singularity. The first is that continued material demands and competitive pressures will continue to drive technology forward. Second, at some point artificial intelligence advances to a point where computers enhance and accelerate scientific discovery and technological change. In other words, intelligent machines start to produce discoveries that are too complex for humans. Finally, there is an assumption that solutions to most of today’s problems including material scarcity, human health, and environmental degradation can be solved by technology, if not by us, then by the computers we eventually develop.

And:

The NNI is clearly geared toward developing the technology on a broad front, correctly seeing it as the source of tremendous benefits to society. Its mission is not to see whether we should go forward with research and development. It is to go forth boldly, while trying to discover and deal with possible risks.

Another governmental document, “Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance” sheds more light on this:

But it is important to note that there is a melding of human and S&E development here: human development, from individual medical and intellectual development to collective cultures and globalization, is a key goal.
…Four transforming tools have emerged: nanotechnology for hardware, biotechnology for dealing with living systems, information technology for communication and control, and cognition-based technologies to enhance human abilities and collective behavior.
…Far from unnatural, such a collective social system may be compared to a larger form of a biological organism. Biological organisms themselves make use of many structures such as bones and circulatory system. The networked society enabled through NBIC convergence could explore new pathways in societal structures, in an increasingly complex system (Bar-Yam 1997).”

Here’s the real wowzer:

Hive Mind
If we can easily exchange large chunks of knowledge and are connected by high-bandwidth communication paths, the function an d purpose served by individuals becomes unclear. Individuals have served to keep the gene pool stirred up and healthy via s exual reproduction, but this data-handling process would no longer necessarily be linked to individuals. With knowledge no longer encapsulated in individuals, the distinction between individuals and the entirety of humanity would blur. Think Vulcan mind-meld. We would perhaps become more of a hive mind —an enormous, single, intelligent entity.

Yes, that’s from an actual government document.

This is also interesting:

Doug Dorst, a microbiologist and vaccine critic in South Wales, says these advances have an immense appeal to vaccine makers. “Biotech companies and their researchers have quickly moved most funding initiatives towards nanotechnology to increase the potency of their vaccines,” he said. If microorganisms inside of vaccines can be coaxed into targeting or invading specific cells, they could achieve their goal at an accelerated rate over conventional vaccines. “Depending on which side of the vaccine debate you’re on, whether pro or con, nanobots inside vaccine preparations could advance their effectiveness exponentially by either dramatically improving or destroying immunity depending on their design,” he added.Dorst claims that present day nanobot technology could just as easily be used to advance biological weapons as they can to advance human health. “For every fear that biotech propaganda proliferates about deadly diseases and how vaccines prevent them, it is one more lie to incrementally convince the masses that vaccines are effective.”

The worry for Dorst is that one day vaccines “will do what they’ve always been intended for…control of the global populace.”

Here goes some various nanotech advances:

New sensors built using nanotechnology could read and write information directly into the brain.

A Battery-Free Implantable Neural Sensor
A tiny radio chip implanted in a moth harvests power and senses neural activity.If the promise of nanotechnology is to be fulfilled, nanoparticles will have to be able to make something of themselves. An important advance towards this goal has been achieved by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) who have found a simple and yet powerfully robust way to induce nanoparticles to assemble themselves into complex arrays.

Brain implants that can more clearly record signals from surrounding neurons in rats have been created at the University of Michigan.

Team develops DNA switch to interface living organisms with computers.

Enzyme computer could live inside you.

DNA-wrapped carbon nanotubes serve as sensors in living cells.

There’s also the health threats of nanoparticles themselves:

In the vision of people like Ray Kurzweil effectively the entire planet will be coated with nanobots and nanoparticles, and on that note here goes Transalchemy's ELE:

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.