This is the second in a series examining the California’s proposed Trust Framework within the context of synthetic biology, eugenics, and the Spanish Mission System.
Part One: Scientific Management, Robo-Bees, and Synthetic Pretenders
The feature photo for this post is of Jason, Lynn and me outside the Provo Library, originally Brigham Academy. We were there to attend the 2022 Mormon Transhumanist Association Conference (MTA) and find out what was being said about decentralization and blockchain. Outside the building was an elaborate fountain with a beehive in the center. Inside a banner asked, “What will you create?”
Source: Oliver Reiser, The World Sensorium: The Social Embryology of World Federation 1946, page 19
Source: Decentralized Society: Finding Web3’s Soul
Source: Tokens and the Latter Day Saints Endowment
As I understood it, and I could be wrong about this, members of the MTA felt God had given them this technology and is waiting for people to step-up as co-creators. Engineering new forms of life (with economic value) is practically an obligation. Perhaps they imagine their task is to manifest a new form of existence, a hive mind “World Brain,” from piles of Soulbound Tokens.
I’ll admit having a hard time wrapping my mind around the logic of those who assert climate change end times and global scarcity on the one hand while embracing the creation of new forms of synthetic life on the other. People know what happens when new species are introduced into ecosystems with established webs of relationship – system collapse. Is that the legacy we choose to leave to future generations, all because some of us wanted to imagine ourselves molecular “creators?”
Source: BCI Quantum Computing IPLD for the Brain
The Malthusian, apocalyptic outlook cultivated by Greta Inc. broke the ground needed to push us towards cybernetic enclosures and holographic life. Two years of lockdowns with “pandemic” segueing to “decarbonization” continued to move the ball forward. Their sales pitch is that by ceding our agency to technical experts (aka artificial intelligence), the system can be calibrated to pull us back from the brink. All we must do is agree to live virtually, disconnected from the Earth. Mark Andreessen, whose wife Laura Arrillaga established the impact investing field at Stanford, labels those who want to hold on to the natural, selfish and “reality privileged.” it appears they want real baby cuddles to be a luxury.
Source: Mark Andresseen and Reid Hoffman at Recode 2017
Campbell’s piece in the Guardian makes it clear to me that management of reproduction is central to their forced evolution project. That’s why children are being put on blockchain in utero as assets to be graded and traded based on maternal pre-natal compliance. See this piece I wrote about social impact finance and the first blockchain baby, born in Tanzania in 2018 and a more recent inquiry into IVF, crypto-egg management, and water by my friend Stephers at “A Piece of Mindful” here.
Just as important is controlling the minds of real children through trauma and gas-lit campaigns uplifting youth voice and youth empowerment. Future generations are supposed to feel both responsible and hopeless as Solutions Journalism’s torchbearers for impact media (another vertical for profit-taking) bang out a drumbeat of perpetual crisis, and wearable tech monitors their stress, resilience, mindfulness, and grit levels.
Fifty years ago, during the energy crisis, influencers like Barbara Marx Hubbard and Buckminster Fuller offered conscious evolution and L5 inter-planetary space colonization as antidotes to cultural toxicity, a Star Trek model of intergalactic diversity that I only recently realized was actually Fabian Socialism with holodecks. The idea of abandoning the earth hasn’t completely died out. Social engineers need the dynamic of end of the world / promise of off-planet escape to make their pathetic digital enclosures even somewhat palatable. Trent McConaghy of Ocean Protocol, the organization working to create economies of impact data for machine learning, was making the rounds peddling synthetic minds in 2017 as a means to expand our terrible habits of extraction to asteroids and “bend the cosmos to our will.”
Source: Trent McConaghy of Ocean Protocol 2017 Talk “Starships and Tokens: A Path to Human Self-Actualization”
The idea of SIMs (substrate independent minds) echoes a 2016 “leaked” video from Google, The Selfish Ledger, where humans become transient custodians of data stored on ledgers for use by future generations. Lives are managed on leaderboards with encoded nudges from sensor networks to put us through our paces with gamified behavioral economic incentives. If AI wants data it has not yet acquired, it will use 3-D printing to create a “bespoke” surveillance device and price it at a point where we feel compelled to purchase it to fill in that “gap.”
Source – Wayback Machine of LittleSis Map (Now Deleted – LittleSis Removed 300+ Maps I Made)
In 2016, the year of that video, Eric Schmidt was executive chair of Alphabet. Schmidt has been a major funder of New America, a centrist think tank. Through the efforts of MTA Decentralization of Power Conference keynote Tomicah Tillemann, New America made significant advances in the development of social impact investing (Bretton Woods II) and blockchain identity. In 2017, Barry Lynn, of New America’s Open Markets program, was fired after publicly criticizing Google, triggering significant support from other staff who were concerned about Google’s overreach, too.
Schmidt was one of fourteen people, including Robert Hertzberg, who devised Berggruen’s Blueprint for California in 2011 and currently serves on the advisory board for the “Transformations of the Human” project. During a Long Island press conference May 6, 2020, seven weeks into the “pandemic,” Governor Cuomo laid out plans to “reimagine” New York state with the assistance of Michael Bloomberg (track and trace), Gates Foundation (educational technology), and Eric Schmidt (education, tele-health, and broadband). Cuomo and Schmidt bonded over the possibilities Covid offered to incorporate new technologies into our lives and bring people together through public-private partnerships. Regarding track and trace, which is the underpinning of Web 3.0 augmented reality, Cuomo said: “Yes we have to do this for Covid, but we’re not going to go through all this trouble and then just forget it.”
This two-minute clip lays out a biosurveillance future where tokenized lifelong learning pathways and health data are used to: 1) program us 2) train AI and 3) enrich social impact investors and technology, telecom, and defense interests. It’s clear as day once you have the playbook. Track and trace IS the infrastructure needed for digital twinning, simulations, reputation scoring, and predictive profiling.
Sadly, there seems to be more financial value to be extracted continuing to engineer life towards some imagined Kardashev Plus future of “off-planet” holographic “life,” than to pull back from extractivism, mass consumption, and global supply chains and find ways to work with nature to heal itself. Choosing the former over the latter will erode our soul connection to the Earth and could seriously disrupt the flow of natural energy through the universe. Global ESG impact portfolios and AI demand the real time accounting enabled by nano-bio sensors. Few people in the world even know such things exist or and those who do seem unprepared to speak out about their potential. Such is our present conundrum. Who knows how much of the blockchain mind file story is a fairytale and how much is reality? In any event, it’s important to educate ourselves, acknowledge such plans are afoot, and publicly refuse them.
Part 3: The “Magic” of Radio-Eugenics and Holographic Twins
Part 4: Ritual Gaming and Berggruen’s Transformation of the Human
Part Four-B Interspecies Game Interview
Part Five: Elite Views on Automated Law and Vending Machine Democracy
Part Six: Reject Scientific Management, Celebrate Weeds
Part Seven: Computational Life and Industrial Design Erode the Boundaries of Our Being