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DARK ÆON — Preface (and Table of Contents)

DARK ÆON — Preface (and Table of Contents)

Transhumanism is the concept of merging humans with machines. Currently, this is seen in the widespread use of smartphones, but in the future, it will involve connecting our brains to artificial intelligence systems. While transhumanists focus on the progression from smartphones to brain implants, I have a different perspective on the matter. There is also a parallel movement in genetic engineering where custom shots can be used to upgrade our DNA, essentially giving our cellular nuclei a “face lift”. This is another progression that both transhumanists and I find intriguing.

In the posthuman versions of transhumanism, the ultimate goal is to digitize the bits and bytes of our personality and transfer it to an e-ghost that continues to evolve in virtual space even after our physical bodies die. Along this path, transhumanists foresee the creation of a “godlike” artificial intelligence that takes on the role of a God, which they believe never existed. Ultimately, transhumanism is a spiritual orientation, not towards a transcendent Creator, but towards the created Machine. It’s like being on a Disneyland ride where instead of praying for it to end, you pray to the animatronic muppets surrounding you in hopes of becoming one of them.

I have spent my professional life touring with the music industry, often referred to as the Machine. As a rigger, I am responsible for hanging the suspension system’s motors, climbing high steel structures, and ensuring the safety of the equipment. Through this work, I have learned about engineering safety and social psychology, as well as social engineering.

In the entertainment industry, lights, sound, and video technology have a profound impact on both the performers and the audience. These technologies have embedded values and tendencies, leading to a deep transformation of both the stars themselves and the crowds. Mass entertainment is a form of social engineering that takes place in the arena, which can be seen as a temple of the future.

Aside from my professional life, my academic background focused on the study of religion and science. I have had experiences that influenced my perspective on transhumanism, such as visiting a medical facility where I saw a man who had been a pioneer in cyborg technology, and conducting research at a center dedicated to the scientific study of religion. This center used AI to simulate religious social systems, raising questions about the intersection of technology and spirituality.

During my time in academia, I also had the opportunity to study different religious and cultural institutions, such as cathedrals, gurdwaras, and museums. The paradox of good people working on projects that I found troubling, such as modeling religion using AI, continued to haunt me even as I toured arenas around the world. It made me question the ethics of capturing the essence of religion in the digital realm.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the concert industry came to a halt, leaving me without work. I observed the narrative shift in response to the pandemic, with houses of worship closing, surveillance measures being implemented, and influential figures like Bill Gates giving directives. It felt like a dystopian reality had taken hold.

During this time, I watched an interview with Steve Bannon, who explained the crisis of the West. It was a thought-provoking experience that made me realize the need to connect with him for further insights. The world had seemingly lost its mind due to a severe flu-like virus, and I wanted to understand the bigger picture.

Overall, my personal experiences and observations have shaped my perspective on transhumanism, technology, and societal shifts. There is a constant tension between the possibilities presented by advancements in science and the ethical implications of pushing the boundaries of humanity.

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