Giant scorpion robots and uploading consciousness: welcome to a strange new world
The Image of the Beast
Revelation 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. (15) And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
If you are a first time reader, I suggest that you read Singularity and The Image of the Beast about man merging with machines and Genetic Armageddon about man’s DNA being altered. Together they show scientists are on the verge of creating a transhuman: a beast that is part human and part something else. Creating a transhuman is right on top of us!
I believe that tampering with the integrity of man is a KEY sign of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. God will put a stop to this at His return. It appears from Revelation 13:15 that man will succeed in creating a transhuman, which the Bible calls “The Image of the Beast.” What I am posting is NOT science fiction.
From charting the advancement toward a transhuman being, it is possible to get an idea how close man is to God’s judgment. God must stop the creation of transhumans because these creatures are not created in His image and likeness; therefore, they cannot be redeemed through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What I do in this blog is keep the reader on the cutting edge of technology advancements that are directly leading to the Image of the Beast. Though we don’t yet know what form that ultimately will take, technology is certainly involved and we’ll revise the analysis as new developments appear. These advancements are reported under headings that include: Computer Brain, Digitized Mind,
Artificial Mind, Robotic Body, Cyborg, Genetic Armageddon, Chimera, and Advanced Technology.
This blog is the complement to the “666 Surveillance System” which focuses on technological innovations leading to the rise of a government so repressive and controlling that it’s called a “Beast” state.
Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
We’re moving into a strange world. Students busy themselves making giant, robotic scorpions, transgender partners seek to keep their loved ones alive after death through cyborg or android bodies with uploaded consciousness, and billionaires plan for implanting their human essence into holograms or other forms in order to gain immortality.
Will any of these “innovations” lead to or become the Image of the Beast? Possibly, though it’s still a bit early to tell exactly what form that will take. Technology is changing so rapidly that we can barely keep up. One thing is certain though; it won’t be human in any way that we’ve understood in the past.
Yet while mainstream science still is pushing evolution as the only valid explanation for the origins of life, many have begun to realize that with all of the discoveries being made about the human body and its complexity, evolution doesn’t make practical sense. Yet instead of looking to God and to His Word as the best source of information, we’re hearing theories like “panspermia” – how mankind was seeded on Earth by aliens, and how through technology they’ll guide us to the next step of our evolution. But that isn’t the case; what we’re being guided toward is the technological singularity and the image of the beast.
That’s because in the end, the agenda isn’t about what’s true, it’s about how to undermine any sense of God and His original creation. They’re making rapid progress at that on a number of fronts. But the biggest prize seems to be immortality on human terms. We feature a number of articles about how mankind is seeking to redesign creation through technology, and how they believe the goal of living forever is almost attainable.
Rushing toward singularity, mankind seems desperate to avoid God at all costs, and to redesign life on his own terms. But that hasn’t worked in the past, and it will miscarry in the future because the root problem is spiritual, not technical. Given the chaos and disaster that men continue to create, why would unending life in this world even be appealing? Yet the focus on self continues, as the pursuit of physical immortality makes everything else irrelevant to some.
They’re doomed to failure because the one true God has given us the only path to everlasting life, and that’s through acceptance of his Son, Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. But to them, any means, no matter how unlikely, seems better than submitting their will humbly to Him and turning from sin. Given all of the benefits Christian faith has conferred, not just on individuals but on entire societies, it’s hard to understand such willful rejection of the truth and the race to eventual destruction through the embrace of deception. Personally, I’ll wait for the new body the God has promised to provide, and leave these hopeless technologies to the spiritually blind.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Digitized Mind/ Robotic Body/ Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Media mogul Dmitry Itskov plans to live forever by uploading his personality to a robot Could this possibly be the prototype for the Image of the Beast? Maybe, but it may involve more, like 3rd strand DNA or other innovations which create a being that’s something other than human.
“Money can buy you immortality, according to the Russian internet multi-millionaire who is ploughing a fortune into a project to create a human that never dies.
Web entrepreneur Dmitry Itskov is behind the “2045 Initiative”, an ambitious experiment to bring about immortality within the next 30 years by creating a robot capable of storing human personalities.
The group of neuroscientists, robot builders and consciousness researchers say they can create an android that is capable of uploading someone’s personality.
Mr Itskov, who has made a reported £1bn from his Moscow-based news publishing company, is the project’s financial backer.
“Different scientists call it uploading or they call it mind transfer. I prefer to call it personality transfer” – Dmitry Itskov They believe that robots can store a person’s thoughts and feelings because brains function in the same way as a computer.
It would work by uploading a digital version of a human brain to an android – effectively rebooting a person’s mind – which would take the form of a robotic copy of a human body or, once technology has developed, a hologram with a full human personality.”
Companies Want to Replicate Your Dead Loved Ones With Robot Clones This story is interesting, to say the least. The video at the end is “a real trip” as we used to say. It discusses the plans for the Cybernetic Beingness Revival, and gives you a good idea of what people without God put their hope into, and where they believe life is heading.
“In 2003, the wife of a 55-year-old Vietnamese carpenter named Le Van died. Heartbroken, he dug up her grave, cast her body in clay and slept next to “her” for five years.
The story is unsettling, but there’s also something universal about his struggle to let go. Many grieving people feel an emotional connection to things that represent dead loved ones, such as headstones, urns and shrines, according to grief counselors.
In the future, people may take that phenomenon to stunning new heights: Artificial intelligence experts predict that humans will replace dead relatives with synthetic robot clones, complete with a digital copy of that person’s brain.
“It’s like when people stuff a pet cat or dog. We don’t stuff humans but this is a way of ‘stuffing’ their information, their personality and mannerisms,” said Bruce Duncan, managing director of Terasem Movement, a research foundation that aims to “transfer human consciousness to computers and robots.”
The firm has already created thousands of highly detailed “mind clones” to log the memories, values and attitudes of specific people. Using the data, scientists created one of the world’s most socially advanced robots, a replica of Terasem Movement founder Martine Rothblatt’s wife, called Bina48, which sells for roughly $150,000.
Rothblatt, who is also transgender and the highest paid female CEO in America, spearheaded the project to create a digital replica [of] the human brain. She used her wife, Bina Aspen, as an early prototype, installing the real Bina’s “mind file” into a physical robot designed to look like her.”
“‘Cyborg’ is a loaded and attention-grabbing term, bearing associations from sci-fi novels and Hollywood, and whether it’s an entirely accurate label for these activities is up for debate. Some commentators broaden the definition to include anyone who uses artificial devices, such as computer screens or iPhones. Others prefer to narrow it. As early as 2003, in an article entitled ‘Cyborg morals, cyborg values, cyborg ethics’, Kevin Warwick, the professor who pioneered the cyborg movement in the academic sphere, described ‘cyborgs’ as being only those entities formed by a “human, machine brain/nervous system coupling” — essentially “a human whose nervous system is linked to a computer”.
Warwick himself created such a coupling with medical assistance in 2002, embedding a device in his arm, connected with a part of his nervous system so that it could send signals bidirectionally, communicating with his brain and also with the Internet. In a series of experiments, Warwick was able to successfully control an electric wheelchair and an artificial hand. In a later experiment, his wife, who was also hooked up with electrodes embedded in the nerves of her arm, was able to communicate with Warwick: when she closed her hand, his brain received a pulse of current, in what he describes as “a very basic telegraphic form of communication between our nervous systems”. Right now most implants do not communicate with the human body, but sit under the skin and interact with external technologies like phones and computers. That, though, may change.”
Prophecy/ Robotic Body
Terrifying giant scorpion robot can STAB victims with its tail: Six legged machine can move and attack like an insect While this scorpion robot built by students in Ghent, Belgium may not be the one spoken of in Revelation, given the speed with which technology is progressing, it may be a precursor to the one in this apocalyptic passage, especially if the military develops it further.
Revelation 9:2-5 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
“The students from Ghent University in Belgium created the robotic scorpion as part of the ‘Mechatronics Design and Embedded Prototyping’ course, with the goal of re-designing the Stigmergic Ant Hexapod Robot – a previous student’s creation, reports 3ders.
‘Our goal was to design an impressive, digitally designed robot with lots of possibilities towards interaction and functionality,’ said Robbe Terryn, one of the three creators of the Scorpion Hexapod.
‘The scorpion seemed the appropriate animal as an inspiration for this robot, because the tail and claws could be given all kinds of functions.’
‘Another goal was to improve its design using multiple digital production techniques.’ ‘Unlike the original ant, which used only laser cutting, the scorpion robot consists of a body, six legs, two claws and a tail, all of which were produced suing 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling.’
A majority of the electronic parts from the ant-bot were re-used for the scorpion, except an Arduino Nano replaced the Mega board and a more power battery pack was implemented.”
Building living, breathing supercomputers Could this be a step toward the Image of the Beast? Possibly. It’s chilling to consider, regardless, because of the ramifications.
“The substance that provides energy to all the cells in our bodies, Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), may also be able to power the next generation of supercomputers. The discovery opens doors to the creation of biological supercomputers that are about the size of a book.”
“Frozen to Life is the true account of the author’s extraordinary answer to this question: If he cannot escape the constraints of a “natural” lifespan, he will, upon his death, have his severed head preserved in a vat of liquid nitrogen in the Arizona desert.
This book illuminates the astonishing science behind his decision, and the transformative power of the patternist thinking that carried him to it. From the initial confusion and isolation of his upbringing on the Scottish islands of Benbecula and Skye comes a curious inkling that collides with dominant religious dogmas and alters relationships: What am I? What is a ‘self’? Must selves die?
Neuroscience – including the latest theories about the way mind emerges from the architecture of the brain – interweaves with philosophy, Buddhism, and personal testimony to create a fascinating and emotionally-charged insight into the psyche of a ‘cryonaut’ in waiting.”
Revelation 14:9-11 … If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.