MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
As I had predicted, the whole “fake news” idea is now a talking point and a viral meme that now has gone unquestioned because fake news exists online, but the idea of it being a decider in the election is still a specious argument at best.
The mainstream media continues to freak out over the spread of “fake news” on Facebook and other social media platforms such as Twitter and Reddit. Even Saturday Night Live’s fake news was talking about it, which shows how pervasive the talking point has become.
The media now is once again spinning a conspiracy theory that Facebook fake stories are to blame for Hillary’s decision to ignore crucial swing states in the final weeks of the campaign, something that likely cost her the election.
They want to point out the internet once again deserves to be vilified because there are websites pushing tabloid or even fake news stories that mislead the public and that for some reason, Google and Facebook intentionally allowed these sites to be viewed.
The mainstream media hasn’t bothered to ask why such sites gained the attention. They also won’t tell you they have also cultivated false news for years which forced independent and alternative media online.
When CNN anchors use Bill Nye, the Science Guy, to say that asteroids can cause climate change or when Don Lemon can propose that Black Holes can swallow up airplanes or the Kremlin is responsible for conspiracy theories against Hillary, it is the case of the pot calling the kettle black.
It is this type of media fake news that sparked a new fourth estate in WikiLeaks where people are eating up all of the new revelations it pumped out into the internet. This was once again countered by CNN when Chris Cuomo stated that only the media had the authority to read WikiLeaks because the information was obtained illegally.
It is obvious people stopped caring about the “journalistic ethics” that the mainstream media claims to uphold.
So now the media is satisfied in reporting that fake news from the internet is responsible for Trump ending up as president elect.
I am beginning to believe there is more to the story, and it may sound a bit paranormal. All of this can be explained away as a boomerang effect provided by bad behavior and the devil’s data.
Let me explain.
Back in September, I had researched and presented a program that was about Artificial Intelligence and how collective intelligence data gathering turned a social experiment into a lesson in how a sophisticated computer system learn from its human counterparts.
The lesson learned was that malevolent Artificial Intelligence could be unintentionally thrust upon humanity as it learns to take on some of the vilest traits of human consciousness.
Microsoft introduced an AI Twitter account simulating a teenage millennial girl named “Tay,” the program was an experimental program launched to train AI to have conversations with users.
Within hours, however, Tay had turned into a racist, genocidal, sex-crazed monstrosity spouting Hitler-loving, sexist profanities for the entire world to read, forcing the company to shut her down less than 24 hours after her introduction.
Tay had unfortunately learned from users conversations how to behave and became a mirror held in front of us. Collective intelligence gathering has proved something that we are going to have to confront and that is our computers are learning fast how we act on our computers as opposed to how we really are in reality and this could explain a lot of things including the results of the election.
I know we were told last week that the reason why Trump won was because of fake news reports online maligning Hillary Clinton. However, we may have to step back and wonder if it is something deeper than that.
What I am about to propose sounds a bit crazy, but it isn’t fake news that changed the election results. It was that we may have to deal with the possibility that search engines like Google have gone rogue and they have developed an ability to learn from our online behavior and anticipate our thoughts.
So the question that should be asked is not whether or not fake news skewed the election – the question should be has Google developed consciousness and now has gained the ability to artificially read your mind?
In 2011, the reorganization of our information semantics via our machines is now rearranging our very human behaviors, away from the keyboard. It is allowing us to deconstruct previously held meanings that were considered true to become exposed as false and misleading.
Technologies in computing, artificial intelligence, robotics, genomics and brain function are now advancing exponentially and are converging. Increasingly pervasive data networks and connected devices are enabling rapid communication and processing of information and ushering in unprecedented shifts.
I know from time to time we have asked ourselves if Google has the ability to read our minds. It comes from typing in a search term and having Google finish our sentences or give us the information that confirms our cognitive bias.
This type of behavior from a mere search engine should have us asking, is Google becoming an intelligence agent that has gone rogue?
The rearrangement of truth and values within the computer matrix should be of greater concern than fake news.
The results of your searches appear to be the work many human agents within the Google matrix trying to re-organize society according to the truth and values of the exchange of information between agents and machines. However, what if we find out that there are no agents at the controls? What if we find out that the machines are going rogue and are not only changing our history, but are also changing the way we think and interact with one another.
What if we are seeing technology with the ability to frame arguments, or to understand how popular arguments are being framed and then send the necessary solution that fits with a determined outcome provided by collective intelligence gathering?
In a world of ever-shrinking attention spans, consumers flit through social media sites and eat up headlines and comment on them without reading the fine print. These comments can be data mined and then fed into a matrix that provides the information that is less objective and geared to toward the collective’s normalcy bias.
Neuro-programming takes over from here and choices are made based on what the computer tells you.
New Artificial Intelligence is making science fiction, science fact. Nuuronet programming is so advanced that scientists can measure and map electrical activity in the Brain using existing technologies like EEG and MRI machines. And once they have enough maps, they can begin to read them – a point that neuroscientists and researchers are just now approaching.
At the University of California at Berkeley, a team of cognitive scientists have managed to reconstruct clips of movies their subjects were watching, based solely on measurements of their brainwaves.
Facebook commissioned a San Francisco company called, SalesBrain to gauge how consumers responded to ads viewed on a smartphone versus a TV screen. Neural researchers used various sensors to measure perspiration, heart rate, eye movement, and brain activity of the 70 participants. Their conclusion: People get more out of information on a mobile phone than a TV, and watching television forces the brain to work harder to combat distractions.
How would they know this? How is science perfecting the art of mind reading?
There are companies that provide predictive analytics and as the ability to analyze data has grown more and more fine-tuned, the push to understand how daily habits influence our decisions has become important to steering people in directions that they most certainly would never consider.
One study from Duke University estimated that habits, rather than conscious decision-making, shape 45 percent of the choices we make every day.
It can be theorized that Google has been around so long that it has absorbed the environment which has surrounded it.
It’s absolutely terrifying to think of the amount of personal data Google is sitting on and have we have casually ignored the fact that it could very well have enough data to go rogue and use its collective intelligence to weaponize our thoughts.
Google Ventures has invested in biotech startups, dumping around $10 million into protein-based drug manufacturer, Adimab. Even before Ventures, Google was investing in personal genomics companies, 23andMe and Navigenics.
So why do they want to venture into DNA analysis and companies that want to map the brain?
In 2012, futurist Ray Kurzweil joined on with Google as the Director of Engineering. One of his projects there entails building an artificial mind, which Kurzweil says will eventually become a powerful artificial intelligence.
Last year, Google started using RankBrain, it is now being used as a query refinement tool. Google seems to be using it now for every search to better understand what that search is about. After that, another aspect of RankBrain might influence what results actually appear and in what order.
Now we can get into some weirder territory.
As I was focusing on consciousness the other night, some people were thinking that I had gone off the deep end on some new age diatribe. My intention was not to try and convert you to some strange cult dynamic. I was trying to demonstrate how each cell makes up a whole and how each cell is like a machine that receives information from the brain and sends it back.
No one is saying that Google’s servers are sentient, but think of all the machines that make up the whole of Google. Think of Google as the universal mind and each machine is exchanging in information. Each computer or website in the world can function like a cell; each computer is connected to one of us. The universal mind of Google knows how you behave online.
If you use Google Chrome, Google sees every Tweet you make, It analyses the websites you visit it knows what blogs you respond to, and it knows when you are trolling. It knows your politics, your religious bias, it knows if you are racist, misogynistic or hateful. It basically knows your online personality as opposed to the personality you have in open public. It then steers you into the area that best describes your online personality and cognitive bias.
So if you want to indulge in some strange conspiracy theory, Google is interpreting some sort of fake human nature and steering us in directions that are like looking through a glass darkly. Or, can we conclude that our perceived anonymity online is our true selves and that Google is learning about who we really are deep inside?
Human nature has its duality. We are allegedly good people and do bad things, however, the internet is showing we are truly bad people and trying to do good things. We are both conscious in some way and unconscious in other ways. We are like machines processing conscious choices, solving conscious solutions.
Every human that connects to the internet brings these things to light. Google picks up on this and uses its collective intelligence data in an algorithm.
So in a spiritual sense, Google does not have consciousness. But in a material sense, Google just might. Google’s algorithm and the collection of behaviors it governs in both humans and machines make it a contender for having consciousness. If we use dualism as a model of consciousness, then Google could be considered conscious and is in the mind of everyone who uses it.