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Info Mainstream media finally realizing 3D printing could spur global revolutions

As someone who routinely considers the future ramifications of present-day trends, I’m always astonished when people are reluctant to acknowledge obvious trends. As I have begun to share here on Natural News in recent articles, 3D printing is rapidly taking shape as a revolutionary technology for liberty and freedom, but relatively few people are able to see that yet.

I see the implications of 3D printing revolution as clear as day, and over the last several months I’ve taken it upon myself to become extremely well-versed in a 3D design software product called Solidworks from Dassault Systems (www.Solidworks.com). I’ve also purchased four 3D printers (so far), printed hundreds of objects and tested nearly every filament available today.

In just a few short weeks, I’ll be unveiling breakthrough new technology on www.FoodRising.org that will be freely distributed as downloadable files that people can print on their own 3D printers. This effort combines open source grassroots file sharing with revolutionary self-reliance “low tech” technology that will be widely embraced and shared all around the world.

As this is all taking shape, there are still some people who just don’t get it. They think 3D printing is a “gimmick” that can only be used to print holiday decorations and cookie cutters. What they don’t yet realize is that people like Cody Wilson have already successfully designed and shared functional firearms receivers that can fire live ammo (www.DefDist.org). This is not a gimmick. In fact, it was taken so seriously that top federal officials in the U.S. government freaked out and threatened Defense Distributed with criminal prosecutions.

Here’s what else people don’t yet understand: What I’m about to release are functional 3D printable inventions that have never existed before on our planet. These are unique devices based on innovative geometry that can only be printed via an additive manufacturing technology such as 3D printing — a technology that builds layer upon layer in a vertical Z-axis arrangement. The resulting parts that I’m about to release can be assembled and used in non-electric systems that create astonishing abundance without using any motors, gears or electricity. Sign up at www.FoodRising.org to receive the official announcements which will start rolling out mid-February, according to the current schedule.

3D printing to “revolutionize war” says AFP

The reason I mention all this is because the AFP wire service recently put out a fascinating story entitled 3D printing could revolutionise war and foreign policy.

You can read the story at SpaceDaily.com. [1]

The opening paragraph summarizes the stunning realization that’s now starting to sink in across mainstream thinkers:

3D printing will revolutionise war and foreign policy, say experts, not only by making possible incredible new designs but by turning the defence industry — and possibly the entire global economy — on its head.

The story goes on to explain just one “oh wow” realization in all this:

But the real revolution of 3D printing is less about the things you can make and more about where you make them. Being able to take printers to a warzone promises a radical shake-up of combat and the defence industry…

What this is referring to is the ability of soldiers on the battlefield to use frontline additive manufacturing units to churn out the physical objects they need to fight the war. Replace the word “soldiers” with “revolutionaries” and you come to realize just how much 3D printing might also be used everywhere around the world to put practical objects into the hands of people who are tied to a decentralized, distributed network (for good or bad, depending on the group). The implications in medicine, agriculture, security, exports and manufacturing are enormous. This will even heavily impact retail establishments like Wal-Mart.

Making complex, expensive objects obsolete

But let’s step back from war for a minute and think about what else is now possible with 3D printing. In some of my own designs, I have created objects with internal water paths that would be impossible to manufacture using drilling, injection molding or vacuum forming manufacturing techniques.

One of the objects I’ve designed can be printed for less than $1 in filament and yet replaces a far more expensive and complex part that typically requires metal parts and toxic manufacturing chemicals. YOU will be able to download this object file for free and print it yourself in just a few weeks. Consider the ramifications of this…

“[E]conomies that rely on cheap factory labour to make things like clothes and toys may find themselves in deep trouble,” says the AFP article. Indeed, 3D printing will eventually make a very large sector of retail sales utterly obsolete. As a great example of this, when I recently purchased the FlashForge 3D printer, I found that the spool holders on the back of the printer were too large to fit the smaller spool holes in the spools for the t-glase filament that I was using. So what did I do? I quickly designed a replacement spool holder and printer it using Colorfabb XT material, and it’s now holding the t-glase spool. Instead of buying this part, I simply made it myself.

And just to show you I’m not making this up — because there are always naysayers who can’t believe anything they didn’t imagine first — here’s a photo of what I just described, exactly as it is currently installed in my 3D printing lab:

The black object in the photo is the original spool holder that comes with the printer. The white object is the custom spool holder I designed (in about two minutes) and printed (in about an hour). Inside that is a 1/2-inch PEX pipe that I’m using as a spool rod. The t-glase filament spool is in the background.

3D printing allows you to think of an object and then create it, bringing it into the physical world in a matter of minutes or hours. This technology has revolutionized my own thinking about what’s possible. It has given me a new tool to use for mass empowerment of the People in a world where corrupt governments and evil corporations are desperately trying to take away your power.

3D printing changes all the rules

The best way to think about 3D printing is that it changes the rules of the game. 3D printing is a so-called “disruptive technology,” in much the same way that the invention of the musket was a disruptive technology that spurred a whole new age of revolutions and egalitarian systems of common law (i.e. democracy). When power is distributed into the hands of many (instead of concentrated in the hands of the few), freedom naturally follows. That’s why 3D printing is such a freedom-promoting technology… and it’s also why the criminally corrupt governments of the world are so freaked out about 3D printers and are desperately working on ways to try to outlaw the printing of certain objects.

The full picture in all this will all become much clearer after I release my upcoming inventions at www.FoodRising.org

Here’s a picture of one of the actual prints taking place on a FlashForge printer in my lab:

After my Food Rising releases, it will be abundantly obvious to a whole new wave of people that 3D printing is a game changer on a whole new level. The practicality of the items that can be created with this technology is far, FAR beyond what most people are doing with it right now.

This AFP article finally nails it, saying ” The full implications are still hard to imagine.”

“It’s the first time in a very long time that there’s been such a radical shake up in industrial engineering,” says Stevens at BAE. “We’re not just improving things — we’re re-writing the rule book.”

That’s exactly my point. It’s refreshing, in fact, to see a mainstream media article that actually “gets it.”

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Now Biotech CEO says company technology to create unnatural beings will end up killing everyone

The same Duke University graduate who recently told an audience of scientists in Austria that every living thing is intrinsically flawed and in need of genetic modification is back in the news after announcing plans to one day grant ordinary people the opportunity to create their own fake organisms from the comfort of their own homes.

Cambrian Genomics CEO Austen Heinz envisions a future where nothing is natural and everything is created in a laboratory using synthetic DNA strands imprinted on glass slides. This maniacal concept is somehow idyllic to Heinz, who relishes in the idea that one day humanity might be able to do away with, well, humanity, and all other life for that matter.

Heinz openly admits that his harebrained and reckless visions for the future could end up “killing everyone” on the planet, but he doesn’t really seem to care. Democratizing creation, as he likes to put it, is at the forefront of what his company is fomenting throughout the world, and it’s something that Heinz has been working towards for many years.

Heinz wants DNA creation and synthetic life to be completely unregulated

The plan is to make DNA printing, a technology Heinz personally developed while studying electrical engineering and computer science as part of his doctorate program in South Korea, available to everyone. For just a few cents per DNA letter, anyone will be able to manufacture synthetic life as they personally see fit.

Cambrian is already doing this type of work for pharmaceutical giants like Roche and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), but eventually the company hopes to extend this technology to the common man. Parents might eventually have the option to create designer babies in a lab, for instance, or generate pets and houseplants to accommodate their lifestyles.

The only thing standing in the way is all that pesky regulation, which in a perfect world would protect the biosphere against such sadistic meddling. But Heinz hopes to do away with all regulation, which he admits is not in the best interests of what his company is trying to accomplish.

“We wouldn’t want the industry to be regulated,” he openly stated to the SFGate.com. “So, ‘How do we democratize creation without killing everyone?’ is basically the question.”

Creating synthetic life on DNA plates akin to eugenics

All of this might seem like utter lunacy, but there are actually financial backers out there willing to support these and other vain attempts by deranged visionaries to play God. A startup known as “Glowing Plant,” for example, raised more than $480,000 on Kickstarter for a genetically modified (GM), glow-in-the-dark plant concept that it hatched before eventually being kicked off the site.

Cambrian has raised even more money, gaining $10 million from more than 120 private investors, according to SFGate, including Peter Thiel’s venture firm Founders Fund. All of these investors believe in Heinz’s ideas, as vile as they are, and with enough financial backing they could one day become the new norm.

“We have to take seriously people like Austen Heinz who say they want to modify future generations of human beings and upgrade the human species,” said Marcy Darnovsky, executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society, a bioethics watchdog group based out of Berkeley, California. What Heinz is proposing is legitimized eugenics, a term to which he objects but that substantiates every aspect of what he’s trying to do.

“I think that technical project is far more complicated than they acknowledge,” Darnovsky added. “Nonetheless, their story about what we should be striving for as human beings, as a society, I think is very troubling.”

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Now Natural News to unveil revolutionary water filtration and water conservation breakthrough technology in 7 days makes bottled water obsolete

As California suffers under brutal “Third World” drought conditions that are crushing the state’s agricultural economy, Natural News is set to unveil a revolutionary new technology that makes bottled water instantly obsolete.

This technology was not developed here at Natural News; it’s something we are merely helping announce to the world because it’s so desperately needed for our world right now. This breakthrough allows you to eliminate nearly all toxins, heavy metals, fluoride, pesticides, glyphosate and other toxins from your water, right in your own kitchen, for mere pennies a gallon.

Most astonishingly, it accomplishes this without wasting water like reverse osmosis units do. All known RO processes — including those used by Pepsi and Coke to bottle their water products — waste a tremendous amount of water as they produce clean water. Given the extreme droughts now hammering California, North Texas and many areas around the world, humanity no longer has the luxury of wasting fresh water.

If we want to live in a world that has any fresh water left at all, we must find ways to conserve water while we purify it, and that’s exactly what this revolutionary breakthrough accomplishes, as you’ll see below.

I’ve been testing the prototype for six months in my ICP-MS laboratory

Over the last six months, I’ve had my hands on one the very first functioning prototypes of this breakthrough invention. In my heavy metals testing via our Agilent 7700X ICP-MS instrument, I have documented over and over again how this unit removes virtually ALL toxic elements from water, achieving reductions that come very close to 100%. (I actually mixed up a highly toxic brew of calibrated heavy metals contaminants and hexavalent chromium — NASTY stuff. This unit took the levels down from high parts per million to single-digit parts per billion — essentially ZERO.)

As stated above, I am not the inventor of this product, and we aren’t selling it. But as an inventor of other breakthroughs such as Cesium Eliminator and Heavy Metals Defense, I can appreciate the brilliance of this device and the absolute genius of the method it uses to purify water. (Wish I had thought of this myself…)

I can’t yet reveal exactly what this is — that news will come in 7 days — but I can tell you what it isn’t:

• It’s not a gravity water filter. This device uses a small amount of electricity to purify water very quickly: in minutes rather than hours.

• It’s not something you print with a 3D printer. I want to mention this up front because many people know I am on the verge of announcing my 3D-printable arsenic removal device, but that’s a completely separate breakthrough to be announced on another day.

• It doesn’t use colloidal silver, colloidal gold, or any “woo woo” powers. This unit functions based on well-established laws of physics. You don’t have to wave magic wands over it to make it work, in other words… (thank goodness, because my magic wand ran out of magic last week and I don’t know how to recharge my wand… Viagra, perhaps?)

• It’s not something you add to water to purify it. In other words, it’s not iodine drops, or MMS, or anything like that.

• It’s not something you have to build. This will be made available in a ready-to-use format that you can use immediately.

• It purifies water very rapidly. I haven’t measured the actual liters / hour production of it, but it’s very fast: You can actually SEE the water level rising in the reservoir as it functions. It’s also very quiet, almost silent.

• It works on any source of tap water or even rain water. It does not, however, work on murky water, slimy water or swamp water in general. You would need to pre-filter that first.

• It does NOT desalinate water, so you cannot use it to turn ocean water into drinking water, FYI.

• Is NOT available anywhere at retail, not even Amazon.com. Almost no one has even heard of this technology yet. Even Natural News has no plans to sell this device. (We will tell you, instead, where to get it.)

• Yes, the breakthrough technology is patented. Not by me, but by its inventor. I was told this has been years in the making and is expected to take the water filtration market by storm.

Why you still need a Big Berkey

By the way, don’t take this as meaning you don’t also need a Big Berkey. As I documented on www.WaterFilterLabs.com the Big Berkey is the most effective gravity water filter sold today. You still need one of these because you need a backup way to filter water if the power grid fails. (You know, from a storm, an EMP weapon attack, an outbreak of war, or whatever.)

But for day-to-day use, we all know the Big Berkey just happens to be really slow to filter water. That’s by design, actually: if the water moves through it too quickly, then it’s not doing a good job. After all, the Berkey filters water at atmospheric pressure.

This new breakthrough device I’m about to announce has its own small pump which pressurizes the water purification process, speeding it up by a factor of maybe 100X. (I’ll get the spec for you on this…)

Stop drinking wasteful bottled tap water from PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Nestle

If you ask anyone informed about the real world, they’ll tell you that Nestle is arguably the most “evil” corporation when it comes to exploiting and wasting water resources. Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are also wasting untold millions of gallons of water in their water bottling operations (which also create thousands of tons of plastic landfill as a side effect, harming the planet).

If you are drinking bottled water from these corporations, you are contributing to the destruction of the environment and the wasteful exploitation of water resources. It’s time to stop such practices and find a better solution.

This new breakthrough water purification technology allows you to ditch the water bottles and stop wasting water during the purification process. You’ll produce better-than-bottled water at a mere fraction of the price: pennies per gallon instead of dollars per bottle.

Did you know that Nestle, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola just filter tap water and bottle it? (Or, as described in Idiocracy, “Toilet water!”)

They also spike their filtered water with trace minerals to try to remineralize the tap water and make it taste better. With this breakthrough device, you can achieve far better results at home for mere pennies a gallon. In fact, here’s my recipe for remineralizing purified water:

1) First, purify the water.
2) Next, add 2-3 drops of organic white vinegar per 8 oz. of water.
3) Finally, drop in a very small number of Himalayan Salt crystals and stir.

You now have remineralized water for a fraction of a penny! All sea salt, by the way, which includes Himalayan Salt (an ancient sea bed deposit) contains a very high concentration of magnesium. There’s no need to pay some globalist corporation to make this for you when it’s so incredibly easy to do it yourself.

Purchase Himalayan Sea Salt at any local health food store, or find it at the Natural News Store.

Stay tuned to Natural News for full details of this breakthrough announcement in 7 days. This is all part of our commitment to bringing you real, practical solutions all year long. This is the kind of breakthrough that can save you money, help save the planet and save water at the same time. That’s why I’m confident every single person will want one of these.

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Now Tesla CEO Google robots threaten to annihilate human race

He’s a brilliant innovator whose fortunes came about as a result of ahead-of-their-time technological advancements that many said couldn’t be done. But Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk is deeply concerned about some of Google’s latest technological endeavors, which he believes could eventually wipe out humanity.

In the new biography Elon Musk, by Ashlee Vance, Musk warns that artificially intelligent (AI) robots, which Google has been throwing quite a bit of money at in recent days, have a strong propensity to turn evil. And as the technology becomes more refined, the potential for AI robots to outwit humans inches closer towards reality.

“I’m really worried about this,” Musk states in the book. “This,” he explains, referring to Google co-founder Larry Page’s efforts to develop AI robots for some unknown purpose, “could produce something evil by accident.”

According to The New York Times, Google purchased some seven different technology companies in the second half of 2013 that it plans to use in the development of AI robots. The company’s Palo Alto office, in fact, features two life-size humanoid robots hanging suspended from the ceiling, a monument to where the company is headed.

“We do have lots of proof points that one can create intelligent things in the world because– all of us around,” stated Page at a recent KV CEO Summit. “Therefore, you should presume that someday, we will be able to make machines that can reason, think and do things better than we can.”

Logistics giant Amazon has already begun pioneering this concept with its pilotless drone concept, known as Amazon Prime Air, which the company says will eventually have the capacity to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using “small unmanned aerial vehicles.”

US government already promoting Google’s “Atlas” robot as future of AI technology

The Pentagon earlier this year also unveiled a Google humanoid robot known as “Atlas” that’s capable of moving its wrists and opening doors without having to move its entire arms. The machine, which stands tall at six feet, two inches, can operate without power cords and is capable of walking, climbing stairs and using various tools.

You can see the “Atlas” robot in action here:
BBC.com.

It’s the type of doomsday scenario depicted in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous Terminator films, except now such robots are becoming a reality. As you’ll notice, Google’s Atlas robot actually looks eerily similar to the T-800 Terminator robot from the Terminator movies — coincidence?

Mark Dice wrote all about AI robots in his 2005 book The Resistance Manifesto which predicted, among other things, that AI robots would eventually take over the world and destroy humanity. Dice was mocked for writing this 10 years ago, but what he predicted now appears to be coming true.

Our own Mike Adams also warned about the emergence of human-killing AI robots back in 2012. Artificial intelligence, Adams forewarned, threatens the survival of the human race in that it can be coupled with killer drone hardware to target individuals without a human operator. One solution, he says, is to promote a universal ethic that values human life.

“Develop and TEACH a scientific creed of serving humanity, protecting life and operating with ethics,” Adams suggested as a solution for stopping this “dangerous science” before it kills us all. “Require all scientists to sign and swear an allegiance to the creed.”

The Google Android platform, as well as Apple’s Siri functionality, are both AI technology prototypes as well. Apple’s Siri, it turns out, was originally hatched as a “human archetype” for Apple smartphones that’s capable of learning and obeying commands through voice activation.

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Here AI technology to eventually streamline the type of genocide and ethnic cleansing carried out by Planned Parenthood experts warn

A who’s-who grouping of the world’s most prominent minds has signed onto a letter urging robotics researchers to be extremely cautious in developing artificial intelligence (AI) technology, warning that an inevitable military AI arms race could (and likely will) unfold, leading to “a third revolution in warfare.”

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Tesla’s Elon Musk, scientist Stephen Hawking and more than 1,000 others, presenting at the recent International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Argentina, obviously see the writing on the wall: If AI technologies continue to develop unabated, they say, autonomous weapons systems that operate without human input will eventually commit atrocities like mass genocide and ethnic cleansing campaigns.

“Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has reached a point where the deployment of such systems is — practically if not legally — feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms,” their letter reads.

“It will only be a matter of time until they appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists, dictators wishing to better control their populace, warlords wishing to perpetrate ethnic cleansing, etc. Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such as assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group.”

Will AI robots help or hurt humans?

AI robot technology is already being used to perform unskilled labor and other mundane tasks that humans would rather not have to do themselves. Automated pesticide drones have now received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for use in the spraying of genetically-modified (GM) and other chemical-reliant food crops, for instance.

Experiments have also been conducted on AI robots capable of planting, watering, and caring for plants without human intervention. This segment of AI development claims to be working “for” humanity rather than “against” it.

But AI as a whole remains an existential threat to human subsistence, these men and their colleagues warn. The endpoint of where AI technology is headed looks grim, at least on its current trajectory. The unmitigated endeavors of AI programmers and visionaries must be reigned in to prevent the full-scale annihilation of human civilization.

Will AI robots be used to perform ‘less crunchy’ partial-birth abortions for Planned Parenthood?

The first signs of this impending “robot apocalypse” were seen earlier this year at a Volkswagen assembly plant in Germany, where a “smart” robot with AI-like abilities grabbed a factory worker, threw him up against a wall, and inflicted such severe injuries that the man later died at the hospital.

If a process like auto assembly can be successfully performed by advanced AI robots (along with the occasional human killing), there’s no telling what else these machines could be programmed to “learn” how to do. The recent Planned Parenthood scandal is a perfect example of how AI robots might be used in the future to perform “less crunchy” partial-birth abortions in order to maximize the profits made from illegally selling aborted baby body parts and even whole, fully-intact dead babies to biotech companies.

IBM appears to be leading the way in this field with the development of complex AI software that the company says will one day have the capacity to identify diseases like cancer and heart disease without human input. The machinery would be tasked with “studying” hordes of medical data in order to interpret digital medical images and make automated diagnoses of patients.

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Info New GMO gene drive technology could be used to unleash the world most devastating biological weapon

The next generation of genetically engineered life will more than likely possess a novel trait known as “gene drive” that literally spreads gene alterations like a virus within the host population, whether it is a plant or an animal. Many scientists are starting to worry that if it is placed into the wrong hands, the self-replicating technology could eventually turn GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) into covert bio-weapons for destroying food crops, livestock and even humans.

Gene drive is the scientific community’s latest attempt to domesticate Mother Nature and eliminate undesirable issues such as mosquito-borne illnesses — or at least that’s what we’re being told. The Independent (U.K.) says that gene drive technology has the potential to “address global problems in health,” but it also warns that gene drive has the potential to worsen global problems in health, not to mention contaminate the entire food chain with irreversible GM traits.

In a letter in the peer-reviewed journal Science, a cohort of 27 leading geneticists has urged the scientific community to take a step back and consider the ways in which gene drive technology poses serious risks to human health and the environment. In essence, the technology gives genetic butchers the ability to ignite a chain reaction of genetic changes that can’t be stopped, effectively transforming an entire population of life within just a few generations.

“Just as gene drives can make mosquitos unfit for hosting and spreading the malaria parasite, they could conceivably be designed with gene drives carrying cargo for delivering lethal bacterial toxins to humans,” warns David Gurwitz, a geneticist from Tel Aviv University in Israel.

Gene drive technology artificially speeds up the spread rate of GM traits

Under normal circumstances, altered genes only have about a 50 percent chance of being passed on to future generations. A visual diagram published by The Independent illustrates this, showing how even over the course of several generations of exposure, genetically altered mosquitoes only pass their traits on to a small percentage of their offspring, preserving wild-type features within its population to some degree.

Gene-drive inheritance, on the other hand, is an entirely different animal. Gene-drive alterations are artificially sped up to promote more rapid changes within a population, so they infect many more organisms at a much faster rate. Gene-drive inheritance also spreads GM traits much more quickly within a single organism, resulting in a nearly total transformation within just a few subsequent generations, as illustrated in the following diagram from The Independent:

“The additional genetic elements of Crispr (a type of gene drive technology) cause a chain reaction where the mutation is passed between chromosomes in the same organism, causing up to 97 per cent inheritance in resulting offspring-generations,” explains The Independent about gene-drive inheritance.

CRISPR gene-editing technique can be done for just $30, Nature paper admits

CRISPR, as explained in a recent feature article published in Nature, is a “cheap, quick, and easy to use” gene editing method that involves the delivery of an enzyme known as Cas9 into the target DNA of a given organism. Once there, this enzyme proceeds to edit the DNA to either disrupt target genes or insert desired consequences into them, a process that costs as little as $30.

The paper refers to the technology in terms of it being “democratized,” meaning it’s available to nearly everyone who wants it and knows what to do with it. Experts warn that this is one of the primary reasons it is considered immensely dangerous.

“The two applications of CRISPR technology that I’m the most worried about are edits to human reproductive tissue and the generation of and release into the wild of transgenic organisms that are capable of propagating edits,” writes Brian Farley, a molecular biologist from the University of California, Berkeley, in response to a Quora question about the dangers or threats of CRISPR technology.

“If we generate successfully edited sperm or eggs and then use them for in vitro fertilization, we’ll create individuals that carry those edits in every single cell of their bodies.”

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News AI researchers back Elon Musk’s fears of technology causing human extinction

When big time entrepreneur Elon Musk headed to the podium at the MIT symposium at a recent meeting on technology, he turned heads as he spoke openly about the threat of artificial intelligence potentially causing human extinction.

“I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that,” said Elon Musk, CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors. “With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. In all those stories with the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, and he’s sure he can control the demon. It doesn’t work out.”

Elon Musk is known for the Tesla Motor’s dual-motor Model S sedan, which features a revolutionary autopilot feature, allowing the vehicle to steer itself between lanes. He is also the CEO and co-founder of SpaceX , a company that is now striving to build communities on Mars.

Can AI gain consciousness and evil intent?

It turns out that Elon Musk’s doomsday fears are quite plausible and potentially realistic. In fact, prominent AI researchers are coming out, backing Musk’s concerns.

“At first I was surprised and then I thought, ‘this is not completely crazy,'” said Andrew Moore, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University. “I actually do think this is a valid concern and it’s really an interesting one. It’s a remote, far future danger but sometime we’re going to have to think about it. If we’re at all close to building these super-intelligent, powerful machines, we should absolutely stop and figure out what we’re doing.”

Moore and Musk agree — the increasing technology of artificial intelligence should be met with regulatory oversight at both the national and international level. In early August, Musk made his concerns public, saying that AI is “potentially more dangerous than nukes.”

Could AI robots defy humans and ultimately turn on them? Could they adapt to their masters, overcome their instruction, and become hostile? Do the autopilot features founded within his own automobile company pose a future threat to humans?

How long before AI learns to reason on its own?

Sonia Chernova, the director of the Robot Autonomy and Interactive Learning lab in the Robotics Engineering Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, backs Musk’s concerns and says, “It’s important to understand that the average person doesn’t understand how prevalent AI is.” But Chernova highlights the importance of differentiating between the various levels of artificial intelligence. Chernova said that some AI research is harmless, like the artificial intelligence built into email to filter out spam. Phone applications that make recommendations for movie and restaurant preference to users are essentially harmless AI. Google also uses AI for its Maps service.

She said many AI technologies pose no risk: “I think [Musk’s] comments were very broad and I really don’t agree there. His definition of AI is a little more than what we really have working. AI has been around since the 1950s. We’re now getting to the point where we can do image processing pretty well, but we’re so far away from making anything that can reason.”

Scientists agree that artificial intelligence crosses the line when it can reason, but Chernova says it could take 100 years or more for scientists to build an intelligent system like that.

Creating a system that keeps humans in control

Still, Musk said that he wants “to keep an eye” on AI researchers. That’s why he helped invest $40 million in Vicarious FPC, a company working on future AI algorithms.

Yaser Abu-Mostafa , professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the California Institute of Technology, agrees that AI is far from being able to reason intelligently, but it’s only a matter of time. He believes in creating systems that keep humans in control at all costs.

“Having a machine that is evil and takes over… that cannot possibly happen without us allowing it,” said Abu-Mostafa. “There are safeguards… If you go through the scenario of a machine that wants to take over or destroy the world, it’s a nice science-fiction scenario, as long as we don’t allow a system to control itself.”

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Here When technology becomes religion and science becomes God

Are we in love with how smart we are? In America today, there are technology companies that have a much larger “cult following” than any religious organization. And there are millions upon millions of Americans that freely confess that they “believe in science”. So what does this say about us? Does it say that we have discarded ancient “superstitions” and instead have embraced logic and reason?

Sadly, in most cases the truth is that we have simply traded one form of religion for another. Scientists and technology gurus have become our new high priests, and most of us blindly follow whatever they tell us. But in the end, just like with so many religious organizations, it is all about the money. Those with the money determine what the science is going to say, who the high priests are going to be, and what messages are conveyed to the public. For example, once upon a time the big tobacco companies had armies of doctors and scientists that swore up and down that smoking cigarettes was not harmful. In fact, many doctors and dentists in America once personally endorsed specific brands of cigarettes. Of course millions of Americans were getting sick and dying, but this was dismissed as “anecdotal evidence”. And over in Germany, “science” was once used to prove that the Germans were the master race.

We look back in horror now, but at the time the best “science” in the world was used as justification to promote some horrible untruths. And of course the same thing is happening today. We are told over and over that “the science is settled” regarding genetically-modified food, climate change and vaccine safety, and yet those of us that think for ourselves know that isn’t the case at all. But if you do not believe in the “official story”, you don’t get to be part of the “scientific establishment”. By definition, the only people that get to be “scientific experts” are the ones that embrace the “doctrine” of those that control the big corporations, that fund the research studies at the major universities and that own the big media outlets. Everyone else is not permitted to be part of the discussion. (Story by Michael Snyder, republished from EndOftheAmericanDream.com.)

As I have written about previously,[1] I spent eight years studying at public universities in the United States. And over time, I got to see where most “scientific truths” come from these days.

Most of the time, the theories that people believe are so “scientific” were simply pulled out of thin air. In other words, they were just the product of someone’s overactive imagination. In recent decades, there have been countless examples of “existing science” being overturned and rewritten when more information and evidence become available. This is because the “existing science” did not have any foundation to begin with.

And yet we continue to make the same mistake today. Instead of calling them “theories”, which is what they should do, scientists all over the world are so eager to make bold pronouncements about the wonderful new “discoveries” that they have made. These bold pronouncements are then repeated over and over and over again until they become “facts”. But of course they are not facts at all.

For instance, at one time it was a “scientific fact” that it was perfectly safe to smoke cigarettes. The following comes from a recent article by Tony Cartalucci…[2]

It wasn’t long ago when big-tobacco had armies of “scientists” citing the latest “studies” confirming the health benefits and safety of smoking. Of course these were paid liars, not scientists, even if many of them had PhDs. And it was lies they were telling, even if mixed with shades of science.

 

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Now Fukushima clean-up is impossible with current technology decontamination efforts could take 200 years

The head of Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has admitted in an interview with the Times of London that the technology does not yet exist that would allow the decommissioning of the three remaining melted-down reactors. He has no idea when such technology might be available, and he said it could take as long as 200 years.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has set a goal of 40 years (i.e., by 2051) to clean up the plant following the 2011 meltdowns, which were triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami.

“There are so many uncertainties involved,” Fukushima chief Akira Ono said. “We need to develop many, many technologies. For removal of the debris, we don’t have accurate information [about the state of the reactors] or any viable methodology.”

Details of problem still unknown

In February, TEPCO took reporters from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on a tour of the plant, complete with special breathing machinery and vacuum-sealed gear. The company told the reporters that radiation levels at the plant have dropped significantly and that real progress was being made toward decommissioning the plant. They highlighted the successful decommissioning of Reactor 4, which had suffered a hydrogen explosion during the tsunami that left nuclear fuel rods at risk of meltdown. The reactor had been offline at the time of the tsunami.

The reporters were not allowed to visit Reactors 1, 2 or 3, which are still so radioactive that they would instantly kill anyone who entered. The reporters’ guide, Kenichiro Matsui, admitted that TEPCO still has only limited information about the situation inside the three melted-down reactors.

“We do not know [the] exact situation in detail,” Matsui said. “Fuel has been melted down but nobody has seen it… We need to develop robotic technology with help from around the world to know the real situation.”

Although robots have successfully managed to locate some of the fuel rods in the three reactors in recent months, any attempt to remove them would still be so dangerous that TEPCO has postponed such efforts until at least 2025.

TEPCO’s efforts keep failing

Without a constant flood of cooling water, Reactors 1, 2 and 3 would immediately resume meltdown and explode again, spewing more radioactivity into the surrounding countryside. Unfortunately, this means that TEPCO is constantly rendering more and more water radioactive by channeling it past the reactors. On top of this, rainwater and groundwater continue to leak into the reactors, exacerbating the problem. To date, more than 500,000 metric tons of radioactive water are being stored at the plant.

The buildup of radioactive water has made vast sections of the plant – even beyond the deadly reactors – incredibly dangerous to enter. TEPCO has identified this as the highest priority for the Fukushima cleanup. Even four years after the disaster, nearly all of TEPCO’s Fukushima cleanup budget and nearly all of the 6,000 workers allocated to it are working to contain the radioactive water.

“The contaminated water is the most pressing issue – there is no doubt about that,” Ono said. “Our efforts to address the problem are at their peak now. Though I cannot say exactly when, I hope things start getting better when the measures start taking effect.”

TEPCO has promoted two technological fixes for the problem of the water. In an effort to stem the buildup of water, the company planned to build an “ice wall” – a network of subfreezing pipes sunk into the ground that would freeze the soil and cut it off from further groundwater infiltration. Widely criticized by the scientific community as unrealistic and unfeasible, this project has now been postponed.

The company has also tested an advanced system for treating the radioactive water, but technical problems and the enormous scale of the issue have caused this project to keep meeting its deadlines.

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This Sound levitation technology could be used for medicine and surgical manipulation of body tissues

The tractor beam, one of science fiction’s most iconic devices, is one step closer to reality, scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Sussex announced recently in a paper published in the journal Nature Communications.

But while the ability to move entire spaceships without touching them may still be far off, immediate applications of the new technology include the ability to manipulate tiny surgical instruments from outside of a patient’s body.

“What we’ve got is a fully working tractor beam,” said co-lead author Bruce Drinkwater. “We can grab objects, we can twist them, we can rotate them, we can move them. Previously people knew that these forces were present, but it’s another thing to harness them in a stable way.”

Levitating objects is now a reality

Previous research had shown that objects could theoretically be moved using only light or sound waves. In fact, tractor beams have previously been constructed using high-powered lasers, but these devices are only able to move very tiny objects.

Then last year, researchers from the University of Dundee used sound to build a tractor beam capable of moving larger objects — but that device could only function for very short periods of time.

The new study is the first time that researchers have been able to hold up and manipulate objects in mid-air with sound waves alone. They surrounded a 4 mm-wide polystyrene ball with 64 miniature loudspeakers, then used the speakers to create a three-dimensional “acoustic hologram.” The energy from these sound waves was sufficient to levitate the ball.

Notably, the researchers were then able to adjust the frequency of sound from the individual speakers the change the shape of the acoustic “force field” manipulating the ball. They were able to create fields in the shape of a cage enclosing the ball, a swirling vortex rotating it, or a pair of tweezers or fingers moving it around.

“Unprecedented acoustic structures shaped as tweezers, twisters or bottles emerge as the optimum mechanisms for tractor beams or containerless transportation,” the researchers wrote.

There is no theoretical obstacle to using the device to levitate living things.

“It’s hard to get across just how weird it is to see things levitating in space, when you can’t see or hear anything,” Drinkwater said. “One minute it didn’t work, and the experiments were the most disappointing you could ever imagine, with little things firing off in the wrong direction – and then suddenly there they were, levitating before your eyes.”

“It was an incredible experience the first time we saw the object held in place by the tractor beam,” agreed co-lead author Azier Marzo. “Finally, after months of beads being spitted uncontrollably from the tractor beam we had success. All my hard work has paid off, it’s brilliant.”

Soon ready for medical applications?

Currently, the device cannot levitate an object any larger than the ball used in the study. Marzo said that such devices — “more powerful tractor beams capable of levitating bigger objects from farther distances” — could be used, for example, to allow astronauts to manipulate external objects from within the safety of a space capsule.

Although scientists are working to scale up the device’s power, this would probably require using very loud sound waves within the human range of hearing.

Even as-is, however, the device has astonishing potential uses.

“Single-beam levitation could manipulate particles inside our body for applications in targeted drug delivery or acoustically-controlled micro-machines that do not interfere with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI),” the researchers wrote.

Other medical uses could involve the non-surgical removal of obstructions such as kidney stones or blood clots, or the manipulation of tiny surgical instruments.

“Sound waves can travel through water and human tissue – that is how ultrasound imaging works,” Marzo said. “Our objective is neither to destroy nor to image, but to manipulate things inside our body.”