Saturday, August 13, 2011

Self assembling robots, electronic skin computers, and the mark of the beast

What does it mean to be human? The lines between human-ness and a mixture of biology plus 'something else' are getting closer together, almost ready to cross. We wonder what humans will look like in 20 years, 50 years, or even tomorrow. This discussion is called "Transhumanism" and it is represented by H+. The symbolism is obvious: human plus...but to Christians, adding anything to being human is a violation of God's creation of us as creatures in His likeness. Therefore, satan is behind any movement, principle, or thought that seeks to fundamentally change or add to our humanness.

Transhumanism is described by Wikipedia thus: "Transhumanism, often abbreviated as H+ or h+, is an international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations..."

Transhumanism is is actually a man-made philosophy because if anyone comes to repent and believe on Jesus name, they will be transformed, regenerated, their abilities greatly enhanced and at the last day, will overcome human limitations. (including gravity!)

Accompanying the Transhumanist movement is another movement called the Singularity, or the techno-rapture. It is the moment when the exponential growth of technology intersects and surpasses the processing of the human brain. In other words, a fusion of humanity and technology that creates a new race, cyborgs if you will.

Notice the parallels between the techno-rapture and the real rapture. At the rapture for believers, Jesus will call us up to Him and "in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, we shall be changed, For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality." (1 Corinthians 15:52-53). Our bodies are changed into something else, made impervious to earthly concerns and in fact since we are glorified, we become something more than human, or as transhumanists say, H+. Jesus completes his work with us and in us.

In the secular philosophy of trans-humanism and the techno-rapture, our evolution toward ever higher states of being are self-guided. It is man's efforts that bring change about, and that change seeks to drive humanity toward ever higher states of being, made impervious to earthly concerns and in fact since we would be glorified in the eyes of fleshly man, we become something more than human, H+.

I wrote about the Singularity in 2010, here. I wrote about nanotechnology last year, too. That essay is here.

These next four article excerpts show that the moment when human biology and technology are closer together than ever, when our very likeness made in his image could soon be corrupted into a satanic version of a cyborg. Please note that in this first article from Extreme Tech, it is the original headline. They actually used 'judgment day' to describe the article. And in the first sentence, they actually referred to cyborgs.

Self-assembling micro-robots created, Judgment Day looms
"In news that makes you wonder if anyone from the US Department of Energy has watched the Terminator films, physicists at the Argonne National Laboratory have successfully created self-assembling micro-robots that are just 0.5mm (500 micron) in diameter. ... The main significance of this discovery is the remarkable accuracy and delicacy that these magnetic controls can provide. ... In the short term, these micro-robots could be used to deliver cancer drugs (or any kind of medication) in a highly-targeted fashion, rather than the carpet bombing approach that is currently used — but in the long term, they could be used to make things. That is the ultimate goal of nano- and micro-robotics, after all: self-assembling robots that can assume the perfect form for a task, and then dissolve into nothingness or take on another form. Even with these nascent, crude asters, you could still create a computer program that repeatedly walked a bunch of micro-robots through the same actions."

Do you really want self-assembling robots crawling around inside your body, making things? I don't.

How computers will soon get under our skin
A stick-on circuit can monitor heart rate as well as conventional devices, but is weightless, wireless and inconspicuous
"It may soon be possible to wear your computer or mobile phone under your sleeve, with the invention of an ultra-thin and flexible electronic circuit that can be stuck to the skin like a temporary tattoo. The devices, which are almost invisible, can perform just as well as more conventional electronic machines but without the need for wires or bulky power supplies, scientists said."


All I can say is "ewwww." How do you control them? What if it runs amok?

Nanofiber Regenerates Blood Vessels
"A synthetic material may help to repair tissue after a heart attack, and aid transplants. Regenerating blood vessels is important for combating the aftereffects of a heart attack or peripheral arterial disease, and for ensuring that transplanted organs receive a sufficient supply of blood. Now researchers at Northwestern University have created a nanomaterial that could help the body to grow new blood vessels. ... The "epidermal electronic system" relies on a highly flexible electrical circuit composed of snake-like conducting channels that can bend and stretch without affecting performance. The circuit is about the size of a postage stamp, is thinner than a human hair and sticks to the skin by natural electrostatic forces rather than glue."

This next article specifically claims to blur the lines between human biology and technology.

Electronic skin tattoo has medical, gaming, spy uses
"A hair-thin electronic patch that adheres to the skin like a temporary tattoo could transform medical sensing, computer gaming and even spy operations, according to a US study published Thursday. The micro-electronics technology, called an epidermal electronic system (EES), was developed by an international team of researchers from the United States, China and Singapore, and is described in the journal Science. "It's a technology that blurs the distinction between electronics and biology," said co-author John Rogers, a professor in materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Our goal was to develop an electronic technology that could integrate with the skin in a way that is mechanically and physiologically invisible to the user."


How long will the LORD wait until He claims His creation? How long will He watch us tinker with our bodies as we seek to fundamentally change who we are away from His likeness? How long will He watch us alter our biology as we mix man-made technology with our humanity and drift ever further away from His creation? He waited until there were only 8 righteous people left in the world before He sent the flood.

I am not saying that technology is bad. I am not saying that biological technology is bad. It has enhanced millions of lives. It has lengthened millions of lives. It has made more comfortable millions of lives. When pacemakers were introduced it seemed that the frontiers of biology and technology were pushed to the limits, but now a pacemaker insertion is almost as routine as popping an aspirin. We have come a long way since the Civil War when doctors amputated using a saw and no anesthetic and gave the person a wooden stump to walk around on.

But the technological advances always come with a price. We don't know how such advances will morph into something that could be harmful to us, our psyche, or our basic human-ness. Further, since satan is god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4) we know he continually seeks to corrupt us by every means at his disposal, including technology. Last, we know that at the end of days the anthichrist will cause a mark to be placed on the forehead or the hands of all who wish to participate in the economy. That is some technological advancement! Not only does the antichrist need to have gained control of the entire global economic system, but he needs to be able to rely on a tracking system to count each person. This is because all who refuse the mark (which is a mark of worship of him- Rev 13) will be hunted and killed. (Rev 20:4).

I look to the bible as all truth. It is my complete guide to life on earth and life eternal. It shows us what has happened, what is happening, and what will happen. I like to look to the end and then back up to see where we are on the timeframe. We see technologies being created and coming into common use that support the technological statements in the bible, such as like the mark of the beast (Rev 13:16-17), or the ability for the entire globe to watch the resurrection of the Two Witnesses (Rev 11:11-13). As those technologies are created, I believe that the real rapture is closer than ever.

72-year-old John Hagee is a pastor from a long line of pastors. He related in an interview once that he remembers sitting around the kitchen table as a child, listening to his father and his grandfather discuss the Two Witnesses' resurrection which the whole world saw. Television had been invented but was just coming into common use. Hagee's father and grandfather believed the event would happen as described because they believed in the truth of the word as delivered by the Holy Spirit. But they could not envision it. The technology had not been invented yet. However within the same generation, Hagee and all men and women of that age have seen men walk on the moon, satellite communications, the internet, and now nanotechnology and robotics that combined, not only enhance our lives, but also actually threatens our humanity.

Can the rapture be far behind? I don't believe it is going to be long in coming.

6 comments:

  1. WOW. W-O-W. I remember that article from a few months ago about the Singularity and some robotics (do you remember, I sent it to you?), and that gave me chills. THIS gave me chills.

    You're right-- in and of itself, technology isn't bad. But this world-- and the ruler of this world-- loves to corrupt. We have a tendency towards destruction and sin. Oh, I am groaning for the Lord to set it all right again! But I know, even after He comes to claim us, there will be much that goes "wrong" before it is set right again. "Wrong" is too soft a word.

    I pray for the lost, that they will hear the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and accept it, and turn from their sin towards eternal life!

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  2. Hi Emily,

    I do remember you sent me information on the singularity! It stayed in my mind until the thought was completed and then this essay came about :)

    I did a paper in Grad school about the effects of a new technology on a culture or society and its unintended consequences. There have ALWAYS been unintended consequences, but at the same time every time a technology was introduced it was ALWAYS introduced without mentioning possible unintended consequences. I can't locate that paper now nor find exactly what I need to online...but eventually it will pop up. I think the whole subject of technology and humanity and society is fascinating.

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  3. The technology is right there, and I was just recently studying how the media is desensitizing the culture to this technology. The same musical artists who identify with the NWO (mainstream musicians) and who use symbols in their videos to identify with the coming "Age of Horus" or "Age of the Anti-Christ" are also using a lot of Transhumanism in their videos. Beyonce dresses up like a robot in more than one of her videos, the Black Eyed Peas' video "Imma Be" is all about transhumanism--the evolution from broken and outdated creatures into half human/half robot mechanical super creatures.

    There is so much more, and yes I believe the root of it is satanic. I like how you said it is rejecting the fact that we are created in His image and also embracing the lie that we can evolve.

    The old black and white movie "Metropolis" is all about all this, and it features a robot coming to life. But it also shows that it is satanic, it isn't just technology, but tech combined with the occult. You can see the wall of the room she was created in, covered in a huge satanic pentagram.

    Anyways, the Lord told me to stop doing research on the media bringing a satanic anti-Christ agenda to the world. I need to be set apart and I was being polluted just through my research. So I have been keeping away from it all and focusing on the Lord. It is so much better in the light! <3

    But yes, this is all going on. And they people who want to bring the reign of anti-Christ know full well what they are doing, and they are trying to prepare the world for that transition.

    Another theme you see in mainstream videos is the "police state"-- are they preparing us for that too??? It seems like it. When Rihanna and Beyonce and others use creepy soldiers and social uprising to make their videos more "sexy" it is just very strange.

    But again. I guess it makes me just believe that we are even closer to the glorious rapture. When the media is getting us ready for the anti-Christ, he can't be far behind!!!

    It is so fun, when as a homeschool mom, I look at my lesson plans for the year and doubt we will get through all of them!!! I was actually thinking of reading all the missionary stories first, so my daughter will get to read them, before we get to meet those missionaries!!!

    I love your blogs Elizabeth, you are bold enough to go where most people don't. You are a great watchman.

    --B

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  4. Hello B,

    Metropolis was a great movie. I saw it before I was saved and even then it gave me goosebumps at how marvelously the director captured how easily the human spirit of love and compassion can be made cold by the intrusion of machinery. What is so sad is that in the Tribulation, all unsaved people will be only cogs in a wheel...and they won't even know how dispensable they have become.

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  5. I know this is in another vein but have you seen this?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14492948
    "Animal's genetic code redesigned"
    "Researchers say they have created the first ever animal with artificial information in its genetic code."

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  6. Debbie, that is interesting! I'll read it tomorrow. Thank you!

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