Saturday, 10 February 2018

Book Review: The Forgotten Exodus; The Into Africa Theory Of Evolution By Bruce R Fenton



This book review first appeared in New Dawn Magazine issue 164, September - October 2017.
© Brett Lothian

 Book Review: The Forgotten Exodus; The Into Africa Theory Of Evolution
By Bruce R Fenton

Following on from the revolutionary work of Steven and Evan Strong and their Out of Australia theory of human evolution (featured in New Dawn Issue 160, January-February 2017) Bruce Fenton delves into the dark prehistory of mankind in his outstanding and well researched book, Forgotten Exodus; The Into Africa Theory of Human Evolution. Bringing together vast areas of research and the latest discoveries, the author brings into question everything we have been taught about human evolution and the subsequent populating of the world by modern humans. Turning the accepted paradigm on its head, Bruce Fenton provides us with a new model of human evolution and migration that demands attention.

The authors writing style is thankfully easy to follow in what is quite a complex subject matter, covering numerous areas of expertise and scientific disciplines. Drawing upon a wealth of research and information from various fields, including the latest archaeological discoveries and the recent amazing breakthroughs in DNA research, Bruce Fenton unravels the mysteries of our prehistory in this exciting new book. With a foreword by respected researcher and writer Graham Hancock, this book is a must have for those interested in alternative history, human evolution and migration.



Taking us right back to the dawn of the Homo genus, right through to modern man, Homo sapien sapien, the author highlights the problems and unanswered questions left by the currently accepted theory, and its main competitor, namely the Out of Africa theory of human evolution and the Multiregional hypothesis respectively. The new theory put forward by the author, the Into Africa theory (or Out of Australia theory as named by Steven and Evan Strong), aims to answer those unanswered questions and solve the obvious problems of the accepted theory and its main competitor. Which it does in convincing fashion.

Instead of disregarding anything that does not fit into the accepted theory, or attempting to fit a square peg in a round hole so to speak, the author manages to weave a whole new way of looking at our prehistory and subsequent migrations, to eventually conquer the globe as the dominant species, that is evidentiary based and exciting, that will no doubt create quite a bit of controversy in mainstream circles. If nothing else, I hope that this theory and book spark a new wave of investigation and study into what is a vastly underfunded area of research, particularly in Australia, which may just be the real cradle of modern humanity.

I particularly enjoyed this book as it highlights Australian discoveries that have been largely ignored in the main stream, because they do not fit into the accepted paradigm, such as the Kow Swamp finds near Gunbower in Northern Victoria, an area I personally love to camp and fish at, wondering what life was like way back in our prehistory. If you enjoyed my article in New Dawn Special Issue Volume 10 number 6, A Twist in the Tale of Human Evolution and Steven and Evan Strong’s article in New Dawn Issue 160, Out of Australia: Aborigines & the Dawn of Humanity, then you will absolutely love the truly fascinating, Forgotten History; The Into Africa Theory of Human Evolution by Bruce Fenton.

By Brett Lothian

Monday, 5 February 2018

Will Humanity Be Obsolete in Elite's Future World of Cyborgs and A.I.?



This article was first published in New Dawn Magazine issue 163, July - August 2017. © Brett Lothian. All pictures used are free use.



Will Humanity Be Obsolete in Elite's Future World of Cyborgs and A.I.?

With the advent of artificial intelligence, cybernetics and the ever growing problem of humans being replaced by machines, we must ask the question, are the lower ranks of the human caste system being made obsolete? Are we creating a world where the average Joe is no longer needed? I think the answer is a resounding yes. The fact is that machines are constantly being created to take over the work of the working class, from factories to the local supermarket checkout, we are slowly but surely being replaced by machines, so the super-rich elite can make even more money. Unfortunately we are even taking an active role in this, by using technology for the sake of ease and convenience. Worse still, is the advancement of cybernetics or transhumanism, for the elite. Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla fame has been working on a Neuralink, a human-computer brain interface company. Neuralink’s ultimate aim may actually be the most ambitious of all three of his companies, surprisingly, the foundational ideas behind Neuralink goes deep within what Musk hopes to achieve by creating better, higher-bandwidth connections between our brains and computers.

Basically, Musk’s vision would enable direct “uncompressed” communication of concepts between people and machines, Neuralink’s tech aims will also be able to help humans keep pace with the rapid advances in A.I., and would achieve this by basically integrating A.I. with human consciousness. Neuralink’s tech would enable human use of A.I. as just an additional faculty, like our sense of selves or other higher in-brain thought faculties or perhaps vice versa. Making it possible to connect with such a high bandwidth directly into the brain would allow us to integrate cloud-based A.I. computing within ourselves in a way that’s indistinguishable from our core selves. Getting worried yet? Musk says that it’s probably going to be at least “eight to 10 years” before technology the company produces can be used by someone without a disability. Neuralink is aiming to create therapeutic applications of its tech first, which will likely help as it seeks the necessary regulatory approvals for human trials. In other words, the disabled will be the altruistic guise and Guinea pigs for the inception of these technologies, which later on only the elite will be able to afford.


Musk has previously criticized humans at a conference in Dubai. He expressed that artificial intelligence would surpass human beings and that we would be irrelevant if we didn’t merge with machines. “Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,” Musk said. “Your output level is so low, particularly on a phone, your two thumbs just tapping away,” he added. “This is ridiculously slow. Our input is much better because we have a high bandwidth visual interface into the brain. Our eyes take in a lot of data. It’s not the first time that Musk warned about the dangers of A.I., previously describing it as potentially the greatest threat to the existence of human life and comparing intelligent machines to summoning a demon. “You know those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram, and the holy water, and he’s like Yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon? Doesn’t work out,” Musk said at a symposium in October 2014. But us merging with this “demon” as he calls it is somehow the answer? Strange logic indeed. But he is not alone.

The science may seem a bit science-fiction, but Stanford University has already successfully created a brain-computer interface (BCI), BrainGate, and early BCI tech allows people with paralysis to type messages on a computer by picking out letters on a screen. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is investing $60 million over four years to develop implantable neural interface technology. “The program, Neural Engineering System Design (NESD), stands to dramatically enhance research capabilities in neurotechnology,” DARPA’s website reads. “Today’s best brain-computer interface systems are like two supercomputers trying to talk to each other using an old 300-baud modem,” said Phillip Alvelda, the NESD program manager. “Imagine what will become possible when we upgrade our tools to really open the channel between the human brain and modern electronics.” To me, the Borg from Star Trek comes to mind. To the great detriment of the majority of us, who actually like being human, the technology isn’t that far away from becoming a reality, in comments published by Vanity Fair, Musk said “for a meaningful partial-brain interface, I think we’re roughly four or five years away.” When the assimilation starts thereafter is anyone’s guess.

As reported in New Dawn Issue 151, within the next 200 years, humans will become so merged with technology that we would evolve into “God-like cyborgs”, says Yuval Noah Harari, a historian and author from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Harari researches the history of the human species, and after writing a new book on our past, he now believes that we’re just a few centuries away from being able to use technology to avoid death altogether – if we can afford it, that is. “I think it is likely in the next 200 years or so Homo sapiens will upgrade themselves into some idea of a divine being, either through biological manipulation or genetic engineering by the creation of cyborgs: part organic, part non-organic,” however, as Harari said only the wealthiest would benefit from ‘cyborg’ technology, making the gap between rich and poor in society even wider, perhaps to the point of becoming entirely different species. He said that in the future the super-rich elite may be immortal while the poor would die out. In regards to the poor, perhaps he should more correctly say, killed off for being “useless eaters” as Prince Phillip likes to call us who are not in the elite.


The scary truth seems to be that the dystopian future (for the majority) that Harari envisions may come about far quicker than he imagined. Technology is racing ahead at such a breakneck pace that society is struggling to come to terms with it. Already we utilize far too much technology than we really need. We are outsourcing our abilities to technology and it is only getting worse as time goes on. Today, young people are struggling more than ever with simple tasks like spelling and arithmetic, because we now have machines that do it all for us. As a species we are devolving at an alarming rate, losing our intellectual and physical abilities, our muscle mass, brain size and bone density are on the rampant downslide. Whilst some may see technology and interfacing with it as the answer, literally becoming immortal Gods over the less fortunate mere mortals, but in reality all we are doing is rushing headlong into our own doom, for all of us. Once we have merged with a superior artificial intelligence, what is to stop the A.I. from taking control of us? How will we even be able to distinguish the A.I. programming, from our own thoughts? Will it be us (well, the elite anyway) running the technology, or the technology running us? Scary thoughts indeed.

If we continue on this path that has been set out for us by the elite, we will all too soon end up with a world where the super-rich elite get to live in their transhumanist utopia mega-cities, striving for immortality and Godhood, run by machines, with the rest of us being surplus to requirements. According to the super-rich elite there is already a vast surplus of human resources (otherwise known as people) and that will only continue to grow with the ever increasing use of machines and A.I., even as the population shrinks due to the elite depopulation agenda. Perhaps some indigenous tribes will be kept as a curiosity, considered mere fauna in parks to be either gawked at or hunted for sport, perhaps not. Perhaps some of us will be kept around in a dumbed down state or completely over ridden by A.I., to press the buttons of the machines or more likely to be used as organ farms and subjects for experimentation. Whatever the future holds, if we continue down the path we are currently on, life will not be worth living for the vast majority of us. If we are even still cognizant of being alive or worse yet, even allowed to live at all.



References:

Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to turn cloud-based AI into an extension of our brains. By Darrell Etherington
https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/20/elon-musks-neuralink-wants-to-turn-cloud-based-ai-into-an-extension-of-our-brains/

Elon Musk’s Transhumanist Agenda With Neuralink To Create Cyborgs. By Aaron Kesel
https://wearechange.org/elon-musks-transhumanist-agenda-neuralink-create-cyborgs/

Friday, 19 January 2018

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