ROLLING BACK THE DOMAIN OF THE GODS
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
Planet Earth is home to some spectacular relics from bygone eras, constructions that seem to defy the technological capabilities of their time either because they’re too big, too heavy, or too complex.
As such, some suggest the ancient builders of the Egyptian pyramids, the Nazca Lines, and others were following an extraterrestrial instruction manual. Perhaps the hands that crafted these sites weren’t really of this world.
It’s a compelling proposal that aliens have visited Earth. It is even fun to speculate abut alien technology capable of constructing some of the many mysterious wonders found on Easter Island or Egypt.
After all, humans are on the threshold of expanding our reach in space, and the science of exobiology, studying the multiverse and panpsychism are now the new topics of discussion as the technocracy pushes us into the new paradigm.
The so-called technocracy within the global power elite is one of the most studied human subcultures ever. However, the studies are the most nebulous, because these power brokers of high technology have plans for you and me and future manipulations of the world are being delegated.
It is important to point out that the technocrats are patient and are continually working to bring forward a remarkable machine capable of solving problems that man can’t do now.
Sometime in the next 20 to 30 years, computer hardware and software will create an artificial general intelligence which will exceed humans in its capabilities in general ways.
Many people can’t comprehend beyond a computer that does small tasks like calculating numbers for book keeping or arranging and organizing schedules.
Our technology today has become part of our social strata; we are using it for communication and research. It has been a tool that has assisted us in raising our awareness.
The new AI that is being proposed will be for science and business to share an open playing field away from the common user and will be used to enhance creativity and finding solutions to problems which humans have been unable to do, such as human cancer, biological aging, space-time travel, and just about anything else you can imagine.
The technology is moving so quickly that there are some people who are beginning to question the origins of such advanced technology.
In 1920 a film was released in Germany called ALGOL: Tragedy of Power. The plot dealt with an evil alien creature named ALGOL. ALGOL was a visitor from the demonstar of the same name. He appears to a poor miner and gives him superior technology.
It is a free energy device that has indescribable power. ALGOL told the man thatanyone who possessed it could become master of the world.
The film was released two years after World War I. The story was the first of its kind anywhere. It was probably the first time a story about alien intervention and secret technologies had ever graced the screen. It was considered at the time to be a remarkable film dealing with the occult. The very idea of an industrialist with a secret technology used to enslave a people was an ominous foreshadowing of things to come.
As knowledge and understanding have grown about our place in the universe and the multiverse, notions of other intelligent life in space have emerged. We are also aware of the concept of alien intelligence and life well rooted here on planet Earth. The thought of alien life and even investigations in Antarctica have given scientists the inspiration to seek out new life on icy moons like Enceladus and Europa.
Humans have taken a long time to begin to understand sentience and self-awareness in other species here on Earth, and to begin to appreciate non-human intelligence from insect colonies, to crows, elephants, dolphins, and many more Earth-based lifeforms.
Science is now breaking with tradition and are now leaping into philosophical questions about consciousness and whether the universe and all that it has produced has some form of consciousness. With this emergence of the new paradigm and the more open scientific method, humanity seems to be rolling back the domain of the gods.
What I mean is that in the past, gods answered our unknowns. Now with new scientific discoveries, there are fewer unknowns.
With these discoveries science is whittling away the need for godly intercessors and external saviors. While many worry about aliens being the new demons, perhaps there should be a light shown on the technocracy that is taking away the need for God.
While many scientists are having the final word on multiverses that prove the existence of God—technology is busily trying to find its singularity.
Transhumanists believe the singularity will be jump-started by extremely rapid technological and scientific changes. These changes will be so fast, and so profound, that every aspect of our society will be transformed, from our bodies and families to our governments and economies.
Talking about the singularity is a paradox, because it is an attempt to imagine something that is, unimaginable to people living today. But that hasn’t stopped hundreds of science fiction writers and futurists from opening our minds to it.
We need to keep in mind that the new technology is no longer new – it is reaching its suicidal adolescence and soon it will mature and, in its growth, slowly replace the need for mankind to think for itself.
Lately, it now seems that humans have neglected studying native intelligence here on Earth, we are now catching up while at the same time peering out in the surrounding Universe searching for evidence of intelligence elsewhere.
In the latest news, the U.S. Congress has authorized NASA to spend $10 million on the search for alien intelligence among the stars. This is money welcomed by those who have been doing this type of work for decades.
Timing is everything when seeking alien intelligence. Human civilization is only recently technically savvy. It is only a century since we began making the Universe beyond Earth aware of our technological existence. We started with radio, then television, and now rockets, satellites, and humans in near-Earth orbit.
If there are aliens out there observing us, then they most certainly are aware of our technology, and we can only imagine what kind of technology they have.
In H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, his Martians evolved in a nearby world producing biology based on a trinary model. Martian symmetry came in threes. Martians were three-legged and three-eyed.
They had war machines called Tripods, which appeared to have a symbiotic relationship with the Martians. It was almost like the pilots of these Tripods transferred their consciousness into their machines.
Now consider alien species that develop advanced technology that becomes sentient. We are talking about artificial intelligence capable of exceeding the mental capacity of its creators. This is the concern expressed by many humans here on Earth who in watching the advancement of AI, fear the technology will exceed human intelligence in the very near future.
People like Elon Musk warn us that AI will outlast its creators if we don’t manage its development properly.
An alien AI may already have achieved immortality elsewhere in the Universe. That AI may have started off as an assistant to its creators, developed to be a symbiont, and then ultimately have gone on to become capable of harvesting the energy of the Universe to sustain itself. Such an AI would be wholly unrecognizable to us with the advantage of a billion-year head start in its evolution.
Some speculate that such an alien AI would be like a god. AI gods would be omnipresent and invisible. They would be immortal.
One of my favorite stories by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov is “The Last Question.”
The story overlaps science fiction, theology, and philosophy. In the story, something like the internet called Multivacs grow and accumulate universal knowledge. It is something similar to what we now call artificial intelligence.
Humans are to the point where they can ask the Artificial Intelligence anything and the Multivacs give them immediate answers.
There is one question that the Artificial Intelligence won’t answer.
The question is about entropy an it is apparent that humans are beginning to wonder when the world will end, and the universe fades away.
The answer is always the same: “INSUFFICIENT DATA FOR MEANINGFUL ANSWER.”
Many years go by and someone else decides to ask the ultimate last question. By this point, Multivac’s descendants have all failed to answer.
Finally, a god-like descendant of humanity watches as the stars fade out in space. Matter is ending, and with it, time and space as it’s been known all along.
A representative of the dying humanity asks Multivac’s descendant, the same question before it merges with the eternal AI and disappears. The advanced AI still doesn’t know the answer, but this time, it ponders it even after everything ends.
It reaches a conclusion, finds an answer, but everything is dead.
Finally, this highly advanced Artificial Intelligence in a last gasp gives an answer:
LET THERE BE LIGHT.
It explodes in a blinding light and the cycle happens all over again.