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This article, part of the Year 2044 series, was composed by: Benjamin Nehemiah, author of Quantum PropheciesBabylon Resurrected 

Through war and peace, the growth of science and technology has never ceased. The (r)evolution of the lesiure and tourism industry in the 2040’s was caused by the accelerating growth of information technology (specifically, the development of three-dimensional silicon chips came before we transitioned to super-fast, non-silicon-based computing. We harnessed the power of optical computing and also quantum computing, after we overcame the challenges surrounding superposition & quantum parallelism. The digital age saw an explosion in data growth & it proved quite challenging to manage…storage devices such as magnetic tape deteriorate quickly and hard disks platters are expensive to run and are prone to failures thus, neither device was viable in the long run – it was realised that the stability, durability and density of DNA makes it a perfectly viable alternative to magnetic tape and hard disk platters thus, synthesizing DNA resolved our data storage issues). Ray Kurzweil recognised this trend of accelerating growth over 40 years ago, as he pointed out before the turn of the millennium: “Technological change is exponential… we won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century — it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today’s rate).” Kurzweil recognised the exponential growth of IT and also understood that: “…the progress will ultimately become so fast that it will rupture our ability to follow it. It will literally get out of our control.” Thus, we are not without challenges today – as we approach the technological singularity, eventually the universe will be saturated with human-machine intelligence & unable to sustain our rate of growth (click here for a Vision of the Future).

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Full Immersion Virtual Reality (FIVR)

Advances in nanotechnology and full immersion virtual reality (FIVR) hasn’t just altered the gaming industry but also education, business and entertainment. For the first time, people can now visit a number of destinations throughout the globe, without travelling and spending lots of money. Although full immersion virtual reality (FIVR) is still young and not without its problems, many travel firms who failed to alter their business model (and adapt to the opportunities which followed the rapid advances in FIVR technology) lost revenue and faced going bust. Additionally, many travel firms took advantage of the reduction in the cost of space travel, such as excursions to the moon – even the middle-class can now enjoy vacations to lunar bases on the moon.

There are still problems with FIVR technology: it lacks intimate details and characteristics of environments, it can be hard to get a “true taste” for the local culture and the AI (artificial intelligence) is too insufficient to give a fully enriching experience. However, the graphics of FIVR has matured and the industry has overcome many of the limitations it once faced. With regards to FIVR environments, users can chose from a number of destinations all over the world, such as the Great Pyramids of Egypt or the Efiel Tower in Paris. Once the user has immerged, they can explore the environment. These highly scalable 4-dimensional interactive environments are under constant refinement to improve the user experience. The success of augmented reality in the consumer market just over 20 years ago encouraged the development of full immersion virtual reality technologies. Augmented reality devices, such as Google glasses, allow the user to interact with virtual contents in the real world but allow the user to distinguish between the “virtual” and the real world. Virtual reality technologies are different, the user “fully immerges” and cannot distinguish between the real world and the virtual reality.

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How it Works

Nanobots (blood cell sized devices) are placed in the human body and merged with the brain. The procedure is noninvasive and allows the user to ingest “self guided” devices – they travel through the body, locate the brain and attach to the visual and auditory neurons (the area of the brain responsible for auditory and visual processing). When the user wishes to submerge into a virtual reality, the nanobots suppress real world input signals and replaces them with the required virtual reality signals to simulate the virtual environment. The user is fully mobile and in control of their regular body functions – if the user wishes to move an arm brain2or leg, the nanobots suppress the neurochemical signals to prevent real movement and simulates the movement of the “virtual arm” or “virtual leg” within the simulated environment. Users can remain in a stationary position whilst engaging in physical activities. Nanobots are extremely safe and have been exposed to great volumes of testing. These highly secure devices conform to industry  standards and strict regulations. The limited capabilities of these devices means that they cause little/no harm (if user guidelines are followed) and can be removed at any time. FIVR became possible after mapping the human brain – biological brains have approximately one hundred trillion inter-neuronal connections and understanding how the brain works was fundamental to the advances in FIVR.

 

Surrounding Challenges

The failure of the leisure and tourism industry in the 2040’s is reminiscent of the failures of local retailers and high street shops during the turn of the century, when the internet and e-commerce revolutionised shopping. The success of e-commerce proved catastrophic for many local retailers and high street shops who failed to harness the power of the internet. Consider Blockbuster, the American-based home movie and video game rental service which was founded in the 1980’s. At its peak, in 2004, it had up to 60,000 employees. The peak of Blockbuster’s success coincided with the introduction of broadband to home & business throughout the Western world – by 2007, over half of UK homes had broadband installed, replacing narrowband services. With the introduction of broadband came the ability to share movies and music like never before. Both illegal pirating and legitimate on-demand internet streaming media companies, such as Netflix, led to Blockbuster going bust.

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Similar to the damage online pirating caused to Hollywood and the music industry, thieves and hackers have pirated FIVR technologies and distributed them online. Many online communities have been established to develop open source (free) FIVR technologies. There are also “underground” hybridisation projects which are developing environments to combine the landmarks of multiple locations (such as joining a tropical coastline with the highlands of Scotland and the skyline of New York) and even fantasy environments which allow for users to experience intergalactic travel and interact with characters from Star Wars before participating in space battles. And this is exactly what makes the future of FIVR so promising – the democratizing power of the internet, combined with the distribution of smart devices and PCs, means that even a 12 year old boy in the mountains of Nepal can contribute to the development of FIVR.

 

This article, part of the Year 2044 series, was composed by: Benjamin Nehemiah, author of Quantum PropheciesBabylon Resurrected 

Let’s get one thing straight: this isn’t just another apocalyptic tale (ok, it kind of is). Human civilization is just a few thousand years in age. The past few centuries have been a transitory period – from the renaissance to the scientific revolution and the enlightenment, mankind witnessed a sprawling intellectual, philosophical and cultural growth throughout Europe. Then came the industrial revolution, the technological revolution, the Atomic age, the space age and the information age.

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The past few decades have seen rapid advances – human endeavour has exploded. The ‘cloud’ (internet) is the creation of a global network – this archive of human knowledge can be accessed by various devices (PC, phone, laptop, cars and TVs) all over the planet. According to Moore’s law, computing hardware (the number of transistors on integrated circuits) doubles every two years. As a whole, Information Technology grows exponentially – this means that the growth of IT is actually accelerating [emphasis needed]. Consequently, on the near horizon is a technological singularity: “A hypothetical moment in time when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence, radically changing civilization, and perhaps human nature.”[i]

The growth of Information Technology is accelerating – the automatic consequence of this must be: the knowledge possessed by mankind will increase to infinity.[ii] We also now understand that the cybernetic complexity of living systems are irreducibly complex and that inanimate nature does not produce prescriptive algorithmic information – it doesn’t even come close…living systems are the product of a Designer. For those who accept the reality of God, omniscience is defined as: “… the capacity to know everything that there is to know”[iii] and is an attribute of the transcendent Creator. So when we consider that the growth of Information Technology is accelerating & mankind is drawing nearer to ‘infinite’ knowledge, we must realise that we are naturally drawing nearer to omniscience or ‘godhood’. The consequence of this: the human race will destroy itself and the universe – or God will intervene and destroy it for us (and create a “… new heaven and a new earth” – Revelation 21:1).

Information is Fundamental

Information (an encoded, symbolically represented message conveying expected action and intended purpose[iv]) is fundamental – not just in terms of ingenuity, technology and communication but for life. Bioinformatics is the formal study of the information of life (DNA is an information molecule). Human beings are highly complex information systems and this is why the fields of nanotechnology (technology on an atomic or molecular scale, usually less than 100 nanometres in size) and transhumanism (it’s the ambition to redesign humans and enhance intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities in order to assist the transition to becoming a ‘superhuman’… and eventually achieve immortality) are so profound. Merging human beings with artificially intelligent machines is well underway. Scientists have been blurring the distinction between humans and animals for quite some time (genetic engineers have been creating hybrid life forms, such as the spider-goat or glow in the dark cats) – we are living in the hybrid age and fast approaching the ‘post-human era‘.

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Currently, the human brain is being reversed engineered. It is being modelled and simulated – according to Ray Kurzweil (director of Engineering at Google), the expected completion of this project is 2029. Along with the computer hardware for modelling the human brain, the software must also be designed (to design the software, we must have a complete understanding of how the brain actually works). One particular challenge is map every single neuron in the brain – the term ‘connectome’ is the totality of how we are wired, it is a comprehensive structural description of the brain. Ray Kurzweil (director of Engineering at Google), like many others, is a transhumanist. When talking on the subject, Kurzweil stated: “When you talk to a human in 2035, you’ll be talking to someone that’s a combination of biological and non-biological intelligence”. Juan Enriquez, Chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy claims that we are: “… on the verge of becoming a new unique species, Homo Evolutis…there are opportunities to go beyond basic fixes and perform more elaborate enhancements”. Essentially, from the evolutionary worldview, the next phase in development is to redesign the biological operating system (but the source code is copyrighted by God). And of course, with the advances in RFID technology and medical implant chips, many people now recognise the technology that will used for the ‘mark of the beast’ as mentioned in Revelation 13:16-17 (a bar code will be imprinted, or a device implanted, on the forehead or hand of all those who will be permitted to buy or sell in the New World).

Death is a Mere Illusion

As stated on kabbalah.com: “… [Kabbalah is] an ancient wisdom that reveals how the universe and life work… Kabbalah is an ancient yet entirely new paradigm for living”. 1,000 years ago Kabbalah was regarded as mysticism due to the advanced concepts contained within the ancient teaching. Today, it is still regarded as mysticism as it is claimed to conceal advanced information that will continue to be unlocked until the 25th century. A very intriguing philosophy of Kabbalah teaches: death is a mere illusion and immortality is the only true reality – through a continued in-depth study of this mystical teaching, it is claimed mankind will eventually find the key to unlock immortality. Of course, this ancient search for immorality is all the more profound when we consider the ambitions of the modern-day transhumanist movement. And remember in the Garden of Eden, those three promises made by Satan?

“Ye shall not surely die… for God knows… Your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4-5)

To sumarise, Satan promoted a humanist philosophy (by claiming that man can define good and evil) and makes three promises to Eve, which in turn, are integral to every secret society and New Age spiritual movement:

  1. Ye shall not surely die: The Kabbalistic concept of immortality – man can overcome death.
  2. Your eyes shall be opened: The concept of an enlightenment which leads to salvation or a spiritual evolution (Gnosticism, New Ageism and Freemasonry).
  3. Ye shall be as gods: Man can reach the status of a god (Transhumanism, Freemasonry and a kind of polytheism).

…I further explore this in Quantum PropheciesBabylon Resurrected 

A Technocratic Socialist Utopia?

Facebook has just announced its latest plan: to utilize drone, satellite and laser technology to connect everybody on planet Earth. Amazon also has plans for a global network of drones and as for Google – it has recently been purchasing robotics and AI (artificial intelligence) firms. Several news websites have asked if it was planning to construct ‘Skynet’ – the fictional artificial intelligence system from the Terminator films. A global spy network is being deployed by Facebook and Google, both of which are under the thumb (or tentacles) of the NSA – Google’s Euro HQ is in Buckingham Palace Road.

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NSA Logo: Nothing is Beyond Our Reach

This spy satellite logo of the invasive National Security Agency is far from subtle – it’s an octopus, with tentacles reaching all over the globe and the tagline is: “Nothing is Beyond Our Reach”. Sure, we know they are spies, but must they spit in our faces and mock our concerns? Every digital footprint you leave can be, and probably is, tracked by the NSA. And if you have nothing to hide, why should you care? Your personal digital profile (holding details about your phone calls, your online movements & transactions) held by an organisation such as the NSA is of no benefit to you but is of great importance to a totalitarian government making the transition into a technocratic socialist ‘utopia’. With regards to the internet, the International Telecommunication Union (a UN agency) has been seeking to implement standards and regulations for the internet, it’s one last power grab for control of the global platform that was responsible for accelerating the information age. Although most individuals are oblivious to the gradual reconstitution of society (the New World Order), a world central authority will enforce policies for all local communities around the world, as is evident with Agenda 21.

Meet the Google guard bots (built by a company owned by Google) – they don’t eat and they don’t sleep but they can sniff you out and hunt you down using Google-Maps technology…they will find you where ever you are:

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The End is nigh

For centuries, believers have pushing their vision of Apocalypse but for the first time in history, the Apocalypse is on the horizon. In the Old Testament, the prophet Daniel stated that the end times will be marked by an increase in knowledge (Daniel 12:4) – a prophecy which makes much sense when we consider the exponential growth in information technology…we are accelerating towards the technological singularity. The Bible maps out many of the major events leading to the implementation of a final empire, including a cataclysmic war, the building of the Jewish Third Temple (likely to occur after World War 3 in which political Zionism and Islam are set to ‘mutually destroy’ one another) before the stage is set for a global peacemaker who: “… was given authority to rule over every tribe and people and language and nation” (Revelation 13:7).

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The last century was the bloodiest century in human history and the 21st century shows no signs of being any better. We are seeing wars, deaths, famines and natural disasters on a scale like never before, for which we are told: “When you see all these things, you can know his return is very near” (Matthew 24:33). We are living in the most challenging of times but it shall also be the most rewarding – as we see God’s words come to life and witness life-changing tribulations.

I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore…’  (Revelation 21:1-27)

 

[i] Eden, Amnon; Moor, James; Søraker, Johnny; Steinhart, Eric, eds. (2013). Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment. Springer. p. 1.

[ii] Tipler, Frank. The Physics of Christianity

[iii] Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omniscience

[iv] The agreed upon Universal Definition of Information