Daniel Reda, co-Chair of the Biotechnology and Bioinformatics track at Singularity University, introduces the key concepts and breakthroughs in biotechnology and bioinformatics. Filmed during the November 2009 Executive Program at Singularity University.
[Ron: The misdirected thinking behind the establishment of this university is encapsulated in Daniel Reda's statement that: 'There's really no other institution that studies the exponential growth of information technology and how it can solve the major problems of the world.'
I beg to differ. information technology is a TOOL for human use, nothing more. It is NOT the solution to the major problems of the world. Indeed, to date it's use by governments, corporations and the military has exacerbated humanity's problems.]
The battle that will play out depends entirely on the general public becoming informed and active in the coming paradigm shift, guiding it toward a society of solidarity and progress rather than one of disparity between enslavement and superiority. Analyzing Singularity University's website and video productions, the impression is one of a multitude of ideas and directions - not a predetermined agenda, so far. [Ron: There may be no specified agenda BUT the whole tenor of this initiative seems to have a 3d scientific bent rather than a spiritual orientation. In my view that constitutes a subtly misleading agenda since mainstream science today has a non-spiritual orientation which misdirects much human effort.].
One concept that is omnipresent throughout Singularity University's activities is cutting edge technology and the possible implications it will have on society. This includes everything from 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence, and radical advances in genetics and biotechnology. The implications range from the ability for every individual on Earth to "print" at will any conceivable object they are able to obtain the blueprints for or design, to gene therapies capable of extending human life to centuries. [Ron: These technological manifestations need to be allowed to actually occur and to be actively shared by ALL humanity. That will require a very substantial growth in collective consciousness so that the necessary spiritual adjustments to humanity's political, societal, economic and cultural paradigms can occur. It is not enough that lots of people become knowledgable in relation to nformation and other technology - to some extent that has occurred already without noticeable spiritual changes resulting in global political, economic and societal improvements. Just ask the peoples of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Bahrain and Pakistan et al; or even the populations of the US, UK, EU et al. Humanity's problems are essentially spiritual and they require increases in consciousness about ALL aspects of life not just technology. After all, Nikola Tesla gifted numerous hugely beneficial technological patents to humanity a century ago yet most of them have not been used to improve human welfare.].
While the public is distracted with gritty political ploys, wars, and engineered destabilization, it is hoped that these emerging technologies can be meshed into the existing power structures and preserve the power of elites who have reigned over humanity for generations. Sabotaging education, ruining family and culture, and perpetuating the futile "rat race" also plays a role in keeping the vast majority of humanity out of the debate, and thus at a clear disadvantage. [Ron: Exactly so.].
Video: An amazing presentation given by Singularity University's Daniel Reda discusses the latest breakthroughs in biotechnology and bioinformatics. While some of these breakthroughs carry with them horrifying implications, they are only horrifying if the knowledge and techniques surrounding them remain monopolized in the hands of a select few. Just as many would argue against gun control and the dangers of an unarmed society subjected to the whims of a brutal dictatorship, the same could be said of a technologically and intellectually disarmed population as well.
[Ron: Although there was much interesting Gee Whiz info about genes etc in this talk I got the impression that this speaker thinks that matter is real, that we don't live in an energetic, holographic universe and that random biological events explain life the universe and everything. the mind bggles, especially if this is the future that the Singularity University is gonna propound.].
Just like Europeans arriving on the shores of the New World - with vastly superior weapons and institutions to perform a campaign of full spectrum domination over natives that has endured ever since, the global elite of today hope to assume a position of vast superiority enabled by quantum leaps in technology while the rest of us, through ploys such as "environmentalism" and "sustainable living" increasingly disarm ourselves industrially and technologically. Polluting our priorities with political issues instead of pragmatism also widens the rift of disparity between the people and the ruling elite.
What many may find as a surprise however, is that not only are there members and guests of Singularity University that are aware of this, but many are very outspoken about this issue and insistent on the masses becoming engaged and participating in the coming paradigm shift. [Ron: This aspect HAS to become dominant and MUST succeed or the exercise will be counter productiveas is the case with the current global higher education system. That change will not happen unless the existing global monetary, banking, political, education and science systems are radically reformed and that will only happen if enough people (a critical mass) begin to understand the negative aspects of those systems and actively seek to change them.].
One comment by entertainer William James (Will I Am), speaking as a guest at a Singularity University event, made the point that progress is moving at such a pace that those not involved in science and technology stand a very real danger of being left behind. James made the point that his reason for coming to Singularity University was to raise awareness of technological advances amongst people from the inner cities and inspire them to become engaged and involved directly. He also made the point that technology stands at a crossroads where it could either doom humanity or produce unthinkable benefits and pressed for caution as humanity moved forward.
Video: A panel featured at a Singularity University event featuring a wide range of views from a Hollywood monopolist, to entertainer William James, to techno-entrepreneur Elon Musk of SpaceX.
[Ron: I agree with William James' assessment. He is a very thoughtful human and I recommend that everyone listen to what he says on this video. IMHO the first and third speakers and the presenter are typical of the current system, ie they are part of the problem, not the solution. The third speaker in particular advocates that everyone should "be positive" and ACCEPT that life is great yabba, yabba, yabba.].
The points James brings up are indeed valid and in fact, the very root of the problem we now face - an ignorant population facing a profound paradigm shift that will leave them vulnerable to great exploitation should they fail to "catch up." This was a point famous astronomer Carl Sagan made during one of his last interviews where he too pointed out that civilization was increasingly built upon science and technology the vast majority of the population did not understand, and warned of the dangers that might result.
Video: One of the last interviews Carl Sagan gave, warning of the consequences of a technologically advanced civilization where the population is vastly ignorant of both science and technology.
[Ron: Carl Sagan evinced the typical arrogant ignorance of establishment science experts and commentators. He gives the impression that science is god and that anything that science hasn't been able to see and feel doesn't exist. The technological advancements that Carl Sagan trumpets, are based on false gods yet he scorns any idea that there could be any reality beyong his myopic scientific vision. In my view his ideas are part of the problem and represent the reason most of the population know little about science and technology. For me, along with Albert Einstein and julius Robert Oppenheimer et al, he epitomises the individuals that have been humanity's scientific dictators until recently.].
Those dangers include the vast majority of decisions being monopolized by very few individuals, a scientific-dictatorship of sorts, that can manipulate, abuse, and exploit the ignorance of the population with devastating results. The future we live in, Sagan explained, will be determined by those who understand the principles our modern, scientific and technological society is built on. In essence, all of the "democratic" trappings any given society may have, or may pose to fight for, are irrelevant where proper education and understanding regarding pragmatism and technical subjects is lacking, sub-par, or worse yet, non-existent.[Ron: Sagan's suggestion that 'proper education and understanding regarding pragmatism and technical subjects' are what's important typifies the global banksters' dumbing down of human consciousness and spirit. Before worrying about understanding technology, humanity MUST understand and cast out the false memes and mind control mechanisms that banksters and their minions and enablers have foisted upon mankind for aeons. Understanding communications and manufacturing technology etc is counter productive if people in society do not first reject false and enslaving mechanisms such as fiat money created out of thin air upon which interest (usury) is charged; fractional reserve banking; and domination and control of so-called democratic societies by fictional legal entities called corporations which not only function as our governments and judiciaries, but also they arrogate to their fictive personhood, rights and privileges that their secret human owners use and benefit from but which the real flesh and blood men and women that constitute society, are denied!].
For a ruling elite who presumes dominion over mankind, providing such education is almost unthinkable. [Ron: Of course, but in any event humanity must first demand its birthright which is autonomy in ALL things including the educational process.]. It is not something we will be able to ask our representatives to do for us, but something we must do for ourselves.[Ron: Actually we must change our governance systems so that those chosen to RE-PRESENT our views DO THAT! Sovereign humans must get up off their knees and organise new forms of governance if they wish to be free and secure.],No amount of "freedom" or "security" can be achieved unless we are fully informed, not simply in terms of history and the functioning of our chosen form of governance, [Ron: It isn't enough to be "fully informed" about our systems of governance,WE MUST CREATE AND CONTROL THOSE SYSTEMS!] but also in the essential subjects of science and technology that have inevitably achieved supremacy in the administration of human society.[Ron: Once we create appropriate and proper forms of governance we will automatically seek to educate ourselves and our children in essential science and technological subjects.].
For the population to become informed - it would be best to follow those converging at Singularity University, and by following William James' advice, being cautious about the progress and achievements showcased there instead of blindly being caught up in the enthusiasm. The Internet is a vast resource available for anyone willing to take on the responsibility of becoming informed regarding these essential topics. Any word or concept mentioned during any of the talks featured on Singularity University's YouTube channel can easily be looked up and researched. TED Talks are another great resource for finding the very latest topics in science and technology to begin researching and understanding. TED represents another forum where both "good" and "bad" interests converge and compete in the court of opinion.
For those seeking more academic presentations, universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) or Berkley University provide "open course ware," or in other words, an entire series of lectures for free on both their own websites and on YouTube.
If one has the money or opportunity to take courses in a technical trade - this too would be highly recommended. The "service economy" and much of the current economic paradigm will be swept away as emerging technologies like 3D printing, personal manufacturing, and biotechnology comes of age. Entire supply chains and even the concept of "logistics" may be radically changed or even effectively ended when all someone has to do is hit a "print" button and an object is produced before their very eyes. Biotechnology has made it possible to create artificial genetic sequences capable of producing raw materials for anything from fuel to construction materials to spare body parts. The speed at which these technologies are being developed and implemented is increasing exponentially.
[Ron: Yes Pilgrims. It's all happening! What we need to do is change our forms of governance so that we can take full advantage of the technological changes that are already with us. For instance, instead of going cap in hand to some government bureaucrat to seek a "licence" to use a biological or other 3d printer, we need to be able to do what any sovereign individual should be able to do - JUST DO IT! Abundance can be ours provided that we really want it. Do we?].
Video: Carl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk, discusses the paradigm shift 3D printing is going to have as well as the convergence of disciplines and the need to vastly overhaul the way we approach education.
[Ron: the true meaning and implications of the rapid uptake of mechanisation, electronics, automation,computerisation, robotics and 3D printing technology for human society and human workplaces is that the steady decline in available paid employment for people heralds the end of the monetary system that has held humanity in thrall and enslavement to the banksters for centuries. That would end the wealth, power and influence of the banksters.
This 58' 25" video is fascinating in that the experts on the panel tell us in the first 20 minutes that technological developments have made our existing manufacturing and general economic system (and its associated education, and employment arrangements) obsolete. They then spend 40 minutes pfaffing about, talking about innovation and how the US can/should maintain employment and workers' quality of life by changing educational and corporate attitudes and being more innovation.
They refuse to notice let alone acknowledge the obvious conclusion to be drawn, which is that humanity needs to completely change how it thinks about living, working and producing the goods and services needed to ensure a positive human life for everyone. Yet this is a forum put on by the Singularity University and it purports to be forward looking ...
Nobody on the panel or the audience gives a thought to the possibility that technological developments in computing, electronics, robotics, 3D printing and so on, have completely undermined the old Capitalist paradigm based on scarcity and the paid employment work ethic. YET the panel's opening remarks makes clear that the need for most of humanity to work all day 5 or 6 days a week for a living are gone because computerisation, mechanisation, robots etc are making physical human labour economically uncompetitive and hence unnecessary.
The moment you acknowledge that there is no need to keep the Capitalist system the problem disappears.
The Capitalist global economic system is founded on two mechanisms. First, the monetary (and its associated fractional reserve banking) mechanism. Second, and symbiotically co-dependent with that money mechanism, is the labour for income mechanism. In effect the system is based on human beings selling their labour as a commodity in the open market so that they can then buy and consume the production of that market.
However now that machines can do most of the work previously done with human labour a new paradigm is obviously needed because the greatly reduced need for paid employees means that unemployment will soar and the unemployed will have no wages and salaries with which to buy goods and services. This unemployment problem has been a growing albatross around the neck of governments in Capitalist systems at least since Einstein noted, during the Great Depression in the 1930s, that humanity had solved the problems associated with adequately producing goods and services sufficient for humanity's needs.
Sooo, if today many people do not have the option of working for a living and that number of unemployed people is set to grow hugely because paid employment is unavailable, then the monetary system, as we know it, is finished; and the capitalist economic system based on it must implode also. No one can buy goods if they don’t earn money. Similarly, companies and businesses cannot afford to produce goods and services if consumers have no purchasing power to buy them. Lastly, governments that have previously paid welfare benefits to unemployed people will cease to be able to collect sufficient income, sales and other taxes and charges to pay such unemployment benefits if only a minority of people are working, earning money, paying taxes and consuming.
This is the stark reality that the global bankster controllers have been concealing since the Great Depression by, on the one hand, fostering wars; and on the other, creating the "Welfare state" that provides social security and other benefits and payments. But as the need for workers declines below the “tipping point” at which the state ceases to be able to take enough money from those in paid employment to provide adequate “welfare” payments to the unemployed and their dependants, this jerrybuilt system must break down.
As that happens, if the current Capitalist system persists, those who control the corporations that own the machines will decide who lives and who dies and whether the process will be quick or not: unless of course the global population “wakes up” to the truth of its situation and does something about it. That is why the banksters have had a long held policy that many billions of people must die.
Of course the new economic reality in which machines do more and more work should be a boon to humanity provided that societies organise themselves in such a way as to enable the benefits of machine production to be shared equitably. If humanity eliminates the old Capitalist meme with its associated mind controlled memes about the need for people to use fiat usury money that requires that they sell their labour as a commodity, a new system designed to equitably distribute the abundance of goods and services generated by machines could begin to free up much of mankind's time and energy previously tied down by employment drudgery.
While the banksters understand the situation, most of their corporate, political, academic and commentator henchmen, may not. Clearly this Singularity University innovation forum did not understand the situation even though they told us about it. But whether people understand what’s happening or not, these changes are now upon us. Abundant Hope seeks to raise consciousness about this matter so that a critical mass of humans will help humanity to change its collective mind about it ].
Becoming aware is the first step of getting involved. Even as just a part-time hobby it would be immensely beneficial to pursue something constructive, either machining, wood working, or studying in an amateur capacity any number of scientific fields. Another topic at Singularity University that is brought up time and time again is the fact that fields of research as well as occupations are beginning to converge. Just as our forefathers were jacks of many trades, technology is once again making it possible, even necessary to have a multitude of talents and pursuits as well as a wider range of knowledge to be productive and successful in society.
As mentioned before, it is essential that people understand the world around them, understand the role large multinational corporations play in maintaining the crippling disparity between themselves and an infinitely ignorant population, and the necessity to reverse this disparity before the paradigm shift unfolds.
We must boycott those corporations, institutions, and individuals that seek to dominate humanity, and support those that believe in a future we all will benefit from. We must be ever vigilant as technology emerges that we both understand it, its benefits and dangers, and examine with due diligence the best way to implement it within our changing society. We must examine, then reexamine the leaders in industry, their motivations and agenda, and help encourage them to do what is right, while penalizing them with boycotts and alternatives when they are demonstratively harming society.
The future is in the hands of whoever reaches out and grabs it. Right now, we as a population are distracted, our heads are down, our eyes fixed to only what is directly before us. The future, no matter how many times we "vote" and no matter how vigorously we "protest," is demonstratively not in our own hands. We must get informed, we must get pragmatically involved. We must look at what the top minds across industry and innovation are doing at Singularity University, who are preparing themselves for this convergence and acceleration, and likewise prepare ourselves, lest we find ourselves on the wrong divide of an infinitely vast disparity.
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