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Transhumanism

Then Satan whispered to them that he might manifest unto them that which was hidden from them of their shame, and he said: Your Lord forbade you from this tree only lest ye should become angels or become of the immortals. [al-Araf 20]

Satan promised Adam and Eve: Eat from the tree of knowledge and you will be like God (or immortal and like angels). Although God reveals to man that this promise is a deception of Satan, the vast majority of people see it quite differently. Technological progress promises to lead people out of the darkness into the light.

And really, as Satan had promised, man becomes more and more like God, the more "fruits of knowledge" he eats and the more knowledge he attains. He can already fly at the multiple speed of sound, can change the weather, eradicate millions of people in seconds, and modify the genes. In Cyberspace, he can even create his own worlds. Man becomes more and more the shaper of his own fate.

Of course, the normal person does not think of Satan in connection with technical progress. He was made believe that life ‘develops’ from primitive structures to ever ‘higher’ ones, such as man from the clumsy primitive cave dweller who swung the bat, to today's more highly developed man, who instead of a bat uses now laser and thermo-nuclear weapons. And that's what he believes. Where the ‘journey of progress’ is supposed to take us, normal people do not think much about. Some kind of science fiction world they guess.

But certain people remember very well the promise of Satan, and are sure to achieve this promise with his help: Apotheosis – becoming God. This is the goal! And the technical implementation of this noble goal is now called ‘singularity’ or ‘transhumanism’.

"We stand on the threshold of the most profound and transformative event in the history of humanity, the “Singularity.” What is the Singularity? From my perspective, the Singularity is a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so fast and far-reaching that human existence on this planet will be irreversibly altered. We will combine our brain power—the knowledge, skills, and personality quirks that make us human—with our computer power in order to think, reason, communicate, and create in ways we can scarcely even contemplate today.

This merger of man and machine, coupled with the sudden explosion in machine intelligence and rapid innovation in gene research and nanotechnology, will result in a world where there is no distinction between the biological and the mechanical, or between physical and virtual reality. These technological revolutions will allow us to transcend our frail bodies with all their limitations. Illness, as we know it, will be eradicated. Through the use of nanotechnology, we will be able to manufacture almost any physical product upon demand, world hunger and poverty will be solved, and pollution will vanish. Human existence will undergo a quantum leap in evolution. We will be able to live as long as we choose. The coming into being of such a world is, in essence, the Singularity," explains Ray Kurzweil, one of the transhumanists. Ray Kurzweil is not some ordinary lunatic or utopian, he is Director of Engineering at Google and is awarded with 19 honorary doctorates alongside many other awards.

After matter has become intelligible in the form of man, a new form of intelligence and consciousness is to be created, the artificial intelligence produced by man, which will merge with this new form into a new being. Technology will learn to use the mechanisms of nature, but infinitely more efficiently, faster, and without the weak fragility of organic creatures. Man, as transhumanism believes, is the first species that will be able to control evolution of its own species - and thus accelerates its speed millions of times.


The six epochs of evolution
according to Ray Kurzweil

Cybernetics, neurology, robotics, nanotechnology, genetic engineering - it is the fusion of all these currents into a superordinate goal, which is supposed to realize the plan of the transhumanists. From the point of view of transhumanism, development is roughly to be thought of in four steps:

  1. Technology becomes the everyday human companion. After computers and smartphones, house robots become normalcy. Technology is getting ever closer to people, intelligent machines and communication with robots and artificial intelligence (e.g., customer advisory) are becoming routine.
  2. Then man will begin to integrate technology directly into his body and create interfaces between the brain and computers. This will dramatically expand its capabilities. Two races will start to exist on Earth: such people who have access to the new technology and thus update themselves to the human 2.0, and Homo sapiens, which will be hopelessly inferior to the new race. Cyberspace and reality blur as the computer brain interface simulates stimuli as if they were actually experienced.
  3. The new man 2.0 consists partly of organic and technical elements. Human life will be extended drastically. Man’s abilities become inestimable. Lastly, it will be possible to transplant an organic brain into a cyborg, whereby the human being can change the body and thus becomes immortal.
  4. Then it will be possible to produce an artificial 1:1 copy of a human brain. It will be possible to download the entire content of the brain and its structure into a computer. People live as intelligent software in cyberspace or a cyborg-avatar of their choice. 'Man' can change bodies as desired. There will be no more difference between reality and cyberspace. The ‘human being’ can travel with its consciousness in Cyberspace and create and govern worlds.

Everyone will then be able to afford living in a palace and fantastic gardens. Everyone can fly and surf on ten meter waves: Think, and the Mind Machine Interface will tell the Supercomputer to create it for you: “Be, and it is.” Is this not like God?

When He decreeth a matter, He saith to it: "Be," and it is. [Al-Baqarah 117]

The fulfillment of Satan's promise is imminent. This fantastic new world is just like the description of paradise in Islam, where you also get everything you wish instantaneously.

How comes that hardly anyone takes this plan seriously, while maybe only 20 to 30 years are separating us from its implementation?

Ray Kurzweil explains it: It is because hardly anyone understands what exponential growth means.

"How is it possible that we could be so close to this enormous change and not see it? The answer is the quickening nature of technological innovation. In thinking about the future, few people take into consideration the fact that human scientific progress is exponential: It expands by repeatedly multiplying by a constant (10 times 10 times 10, and so on) rather than linear (10 plus 10 plus 10, and so on). Exponential growth starts out slowly and virtually unnoticeably, but beyond the knee of the curve it turns explosive and profoundly transformative. My models show that we are doubling the paradigm shift rate for technology innovation every decade. In other words, the twentieth century was gradually speeding up to today’s rate of progress; its achievements, therefore, were equivalent to about 20 years of progress at the rate of 2000. We’ll make another “20 years” of progress in just 14 years (by 2014), and then do the same again in only seven years.

To express this another way, we won’t experience 100 years of technological advance in the twenty-first century; we will witness on the order of 20,000 years of progress (again, when measured by today’s progress rate), or progress on a level of about 1,000 times greater than what was achieved in the twentieth century."

It should be noted that the 20th century has brought us from horse carts to magnetic levitation trains and from steam engines to smartphones - an unimaginable development. What now comes will be 1000 times faster. Or to put in other words: if we make 30 linear steps, we make about 30 meters progress. If we make 30 exponential steps, we make about a billion meters progress. From a certain point on, progress will be so fast and complex that the human brain can no longer understand it. Only the optimized people will still be able to keep up with this pace.

Funds for this grotesque plan are easy to obtain. The EU has now agreed to the largest ever EU budget for a research project, the transhumanist "Human Brain Project" - one of the most important building blocks: the simulation of a complete human brain as a computer circuit by simulating the neural structure of the human brain. In about 10 to 20 years the human brain is supposed to be ready. Until then, the computing power of computers may already surpassed that of the brain by millions of times.

Robotics, in particular prosthetics, are to find out how to connect machines directly to human nerves in order to expand the human body with artificial limbs and sense organs. Research grants in the billions are provided by medical and military institutions. The technology is already as good as mature.

And surely I will lead them astray, and surely I will arouse desires in them, and surely I will command them and they will cut the cattle' ears, and surely I will command them and they will change Allah's creation.

[an-Nisa 119]

The nanotechnology revolution will enable us to redesign and rebuild—molecule by molecule—our bodies and brains and the world with which we interact, going far beyond the limitations of biology. The implementation of artificial intelligence in our biological systems will mark an evolutionary leap forward for humanity, but it also implies we will indeed become more “machine” than “human.” Billions of nanobots will travel through the bloodstream in our bodies and brains. In our bodies, they will destroy pathogens, correct DNA errors, eliminate toxins, and perform many other tasks to enhance our physical well-being. As a result, we will be able to live indefinitely without aging. In our brains, nanobots will interact with our biological neurons. This will provide full-immersion virtual reality incorporating all of the senses, as well as neurological correlates of our emotions, from within the nervous system. More importantly, this intimate connection between our biological thinking and the machine intelligence we are creating will profoundly expand human intelligence.

Despite the wonderful future potential of medicine, real human longevity will only be attained when we move away from our biological bodies entirely. As we move toward a software-based existence, we will gain the means of “backing ourselves up” (storing the key patterns underlying our knowledge, skills, and personality in a digital setting) thereby enabling a virtual immortality. Thanks to nanotechnology, we will have bodies that we can not only modify, but also change into new forms at will. We will be able to quickly change our bodies in full-immersion virtual-reality environments incorporating all of the senses during the 2020s and in real reality in the 2040s."

The unavoidable consequence of such a development is that humanity will soon be divided into two or more species: outdated humans and humans 2.0. It will be above all the elite, who have access to the new technologies, who will supersede ordinary man many times in intelligence, sense organs, physical strength, life expectancy and power.

That transhumanism is not purely science, but a fanatical "religion" is hardly to be overlooked. It is about the emergence of God-like people who rise into cyber-heaven, where they live as omnipotent and immortal gods, create universes, move effortlessly through space and time, and are not subjected to natural or eternal laws. Satan's promise, given at the beginning of time, is about to be fulfilled.

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Lucifer
Luciferianism is about the idea that humanity can reach divinity through human means. This philosophy is represented symbolically by two mythical figures, which have the same characteristics: Prometheus and Lucifer. Both are regarded by certain groups as benefactors of humanity, since they brought fire and light to the aspiring people, representing divine knowledge...