Time Travelling Transhumans (T^3)

Time is always in the present, because the moment in which you read this is in the past and the future is only a figment of your imagination so regard the present with nostalgia knowing that a millisecond away, in the future, exists thoughts to think. Welcome to the mode of neural text, reverse causality, non-locality and quantum entanglement where the traveller is the journey into entropy; a world in transition; after 9/11, after the oil spill, after the economic meltdown, after the tsunami, after Fukushima, after Gaddafi, after 21st Century melancholia upholstered by anti-psychotic drugs help us forget ‘the good old days’ because it’s business as usual for the 1%, so what were you doing on the 29th Oct 2011, when Japanese IT expert, Shigeru Kondo, successfully calculated the ten trillionth digit of Pi?

OK, so we’ve advanced mathematically but would you trust an algorithm to predict the future?

Christopher Ahlberg, CEO Of Recorded Future, states that his mission is to; “Record and analyze all that is known about the future, and make it available for analysis”

He doesn’t see an ‘open source’ version of the program being released anytime soon. They’re funded by the CIA so what do you expect? Can’t wait to see how it all works out, but if you’d told your psychiatrist back in 1900 that this stuff was going to happen he’d have had you committed to an insane asylum.

2012 is in place. Eternity is setting in.

Plato reputedly created the concept of forever, the summation of all our yesterdays, today’s and tomorrow’s. He also surmised that eternity may be the point at which past present and future collide. I wonder how he’d feel about Recorded Futures or the Webbot Project, a rival algorithm to Christopher Ahlberg’s, created by Clif High and associate George Ure, aka ‘The Time Monks’ who claim to have discovered a “data gap” in 2012 running through May 2013. According to the Webbot Project coded by the Time Monks, this (probably) means that a Solarstorm event, equivalent to a global EMP strike, will take place in the near future.

In case you’re wondering what ‘regular’ science has to say about what’s happening, the latest data from The K7RA Solar Update reveals that, in 2011, we only had 2 days with 0 sunspots.

In 2010 we had 51 spotless days.

In 2009 we had 260 spotless days.

Things are heating up.

It’s acknowledged that sunspot activity is on the rise and expected to peak in August to October 2012, so keep a grab bag handy in case you get knocked back to a pre-electronic state but grab bags are a whole subject of their own, so let’s swing with some positive predictions instead. For example, Time Monk technology has also advised that a benign form of capitalism is scheduled to emerge during 2017-2020, if we make it that far.

Disclaimer: Such algorithm technology is secret because their predictions are sold via their website so it’s probably just about money, but keep an eye on it, just in case. I’ve been in touch with Clifford High and maybe there’ll be an interview with him later in 2012, meantime take a deep breath because it’s still about Corporations Vs. The Rest and our interface to the Internet could be defined as a negative or positive attitude to a bundled moment of past present and future.

If that seems a bit complicated don’t worry, philosophers and sages have been arguing over the nature of time since it was first unravelled, way back. Comparatively recently, the German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, b. 1788, d. 1860, taught a pessimistic view of existence which placed emphasis on human will instead of intellect.

He proposed that; “- life is broken up into Day and Night by sleep, for if there was no sleep then living would become unbearable in its simultaneous deployment”.

It’s as well Schopenhauer is not around to see humanity getting closer to a 24 hour existence. The Network allows us to partake of time to the fullest so that, somewhere, somehow, someone will crack the code of our prime paradigm, space-time. X-Post the source-code when you do, bearing in mind that most of our current technology hadn’t been predicted by scientists at the beginning of the last century.

It’s an interesting analogy to view ourselves stepping bravely into the future, knowing that one day others will look back and compare us with themselves, so go ahead, imagine a world where your personal electronic slave is a doorway to enhanced intelligence. Imagine a world where images are transmitted into homes all over the world linked by a network of mechanical drones orbiting the planet. Imagine pills that manipulate reproduction, or genetically altered crops which could either save, or kill us. On the other side of a membrane soon-to-be-pierced by genetic engineering, H+ man will emerge complete with wireless implant and wrist jacks but whatever we’re going to look like we’ll be able to access vast 3d simulacrums of imaginary realities, so imagine cloning yourself, uploading your mind and living forever.

Life on Earth is fast becoming anthropogenic.

Excuse me, my time machine is waiting.

Bio: Twenty years ago, way back in the primordial soup of the early Network in an out of the way electromagnetic watering hole called USENET, this correspondent entered the previous millennium’s virtual nexus of survival-of-the-weirdest via an accelerated learning process calculated to evolve a cybernetic avatar from the Corpus Digitalis. Now, as columnist, sci-fi writer and independent filmmaker, [Cognition Factor – 2009], with Terence Mckenna, Michael (Schwann Cybershaman) Kawitzky has filmed rocket launches and solar eclipses for South African Astronomical Observatories, and produced educational programs for South African Large Telescope (SALT). Latest efforts include videography for the International Astronautical Congress in Cape Town October 2011, and a completed, soon-to-be-released gonzo autobiography.

17 Responses

  1. Schwann says:

    All you optimists come underground/counterculture with 20,000 of us. Then I get to mail you the secret coordinates to TM’s Philosopher stone.


  2. Comment to some comments: The words “optimistic” and “pessimistic” are just indirect ways of saying: “you’re idea of the future is better/worse than mine.” How do you know if a prediction is “optimistic” or “pessimistic” until after the fact? Maybe the future actually will be better than the past.

  3. Archon says:

    I hesitate to take seriously the words of some one with such disdain for information being either fun or accessible. That said, Terrence Mckenna made contributions to progressive/countercultural paradigms far beyond the capacity of some hyper skeptical, pretentious graduate student. I really don’t feel a necessary component of intelligence is the rigid intellectual attitude that bias the attitudes of so many “smart people”. Before you constrain reality to your limited notions of empirical objectivity you might want to remember that all of space is permeated with vacuum field fluctuation and science still cannot identify what mass/energy are actually made of. The universe has apparently unlimited potential, its time for humans to stop enforcing so much artificial and unnecessary constraint so we can transcend, evolve according to our own will

  4. jun says:

    Over the last year, several mergers between exchanges around the world have been rejected by regulators and politicians. They were seen as bringing in a new era of cross-border trading powerhouses but were highly scrutinized in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

  5. Elliot says:

    I think everyone’s getting a little hot under the bonnets here. futurism is speculation, and speculation is driven by imagination. where would we be without Arthur C Clarke? we (possibly) wouldn’t be madly developing nanofibres for space elevators. when you’re talking about nebulous, unresolved future developments, there’s huge scope for artistic license. surely transhumanism is as much about free-form exploration of the possible nature of our future, as it is about extrapolating techno-development algorithms? let’s allow some creativity, it’s important.

  6. Bevan says:

    I have to agree with the comments above.
    I usually find this website’s articles very interesting, although possibly slightly over optimistic at times (not always a bad thing – transhumanists are usually a pretty optimistic bunch!).

    This particular article, however, seems a bit crazy and sensationalist to me, without much info to back-up his tinfoil-hat claims.

  7. Oak says:

    After reading a couple paragraphs, I scrolled down to the bio, saw that he worked with Terence McKenna, and suddenly wondered what has become of H+.

    • Schwann says:

      “I scrolled down to the bio, saw that he worked with Terence McKenna, and suddenly wondered what has become of H+”

      There goes the neighbourhood? Actually, TM was one of the ‘early adopters’ of the transhuman theme. He never claimed to be a mathematician. Suggest you debunk the timewave by living though it, something TM would’ve liked.

      • Jack says:

        There’s a kind of decline with H+ and your writings are somehow a part of that process. Not funny, not inspirational, not very informative. More like showing mainstream people that Transhumanism can be fun and easy (in the same way some people tried to make math or physics more fun and easy). When this is the attempt to make H+ acceptable to the general audience (or the “Transhumanists” on facebook et al. that think it’s just cool being so future-aware and stuff), then please come back to the evil elitist approach with effort, self-discipline and steep learning curves.

        • Jack, perhaps you should submit an article lamenting the decline of transhumanism?

          • Jack says:

            Don’t feel attacked, dear editor. I like most of hplusmag and I don’t expect pure gold all the time.

            W.r.t. H+ decline: Not transhumanism as such is affected but the public image that is formed by small but noisy subsets of the H+ community that populate social networks and VR places where they show a mix of behavior untypical to H+, e.g., stupid pessimism (“the machines will take our jobs away, then they’ll kill us”) or naive optimism (“the paradise is coming and I don’t have to work for it”), misunderstanding of technology diffusion (“only the rich will get all the cool stuff”), etc. They have a consumer mindset and position themselves as (eternal) victims. They hijacked some transhumanist memes, but they didn’t adopt the transhumanist mindset that favors those who overcome themselves and the challenges around them. The world owes them all the good things.

            Well-researched articles or essays with an interesting point look different than Cybershaman’s bags of superficial nonsense that IMO attract those people I described above. (In some comments to other articles you find that they already arrived at this place.)

            It’s okay to have higher standards and be a demanding community.

        • Schwann says:

          But Jack, why shouldn’t Transhumanism be fun?

        • star0 says:

          Actually, I think Cybershaman’s postings are interesting, in an artistic sort of way. They always seem dreamlike and exotic, and for some reason they put me in the mind of Laurie Anderson:





  8. Kevin says:

    I have been following the the Webbot Project for several years, There is no evidence in their past predictions that they are relying on anything but semi-educated guesses.

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