Venus Project must claim Living Earth Simulation for quantum democracy…

19 Sep

Venus Project wants to transform our world. They say our technology is enough to satisfy everybody with free products and services and we should eliminate money in our lives. I totally agree that once we eliminate money and profit ther will not be any reason for all evils like hunger, war, crime and terrorism etc.

I put pieces here. European Community is building the most ambitious computer project ever in the world just to control the world and increase the profits. This project Living Earth Simulation, LES, will make a negative effect on world peace as it will increase differences in the world due to money and profit. I agree with Aaron Franz of Age of Transitions that this will create a one man dictatorship of our world controlling everything if we do not innovate our political and cultural life. He points out that Aldous Huxley shows in his book Brave New World that this kind of dictatorship will come with this kind of ultimate technologic revolution. The New Brave World is all about drugging and brainwashing people to use them as human workforce. In that world, there is no technology to free people from slavery of money and work.

But today as shown by the Venus Project, our technology is enough to cover all the humanity around the world beyond our imagination of wealth. I suggest that the Venus Project should claim this most ambitious computer project LES for internet users, and oppose it being exploited by the greedy money and profit hungry dictators in Europe and around the world. We must avoid another atom bomb scale technology used in war against humans and use it for peace and prosperity of humanity to stop all evils.

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Living Earth Simulator aims to predict everything that’s happening on our planet

The Living Earth Simulator is quite possibly the most ambitious computer project ever undertaken. This all-encompassing simulation will collect all the data in the entire world, to predict everything from the next major disease outbreak to the next financial crisis.

The Living Earth Simulator could do for our modern world what the Large Hadron Collider has done for the early universe, says project chair Dr. Dirk Helbing. He calls the LES a “knowledge accelerator” that can collide different fields of knowledge to produce a far greater understanding of what’s going on in the world around us.

Such a program, he says, could help show us the next epidemic before it starts, illuminate better ways to deal with climate change, and predict when the next recession will hit. According to Dr. Helbing, the answers to all these mysteries can be found by examining the sum total of human activity:

“Many problems we have today – including social and economic instabilities, wars, disease spreading – are related to human behaviour, but there is apparently a serious lack of understanding regarding how society and the economy work. Revealing the hidden laws and processes underlying societies constitutes the most pressing scientific grand challenge of our century.”

So where would they get all the data from? Lots of different organizations are already compiling massive amounts of data, and these would help feed into the Living Earth Simulator. Possible sources would include NASA’s Planetary Skin project, which tracks climate data on every corner of the globe, as well as more everyday sites like Google Maps and, yes, Wikipedia. Helbing and his team also plan to incorporate medical records, the latest financial information, and, most frighteningly of all, everything that’s going on in the world of social media.

Of course, once all that data is together, there’s still the question of what to do with any of it. Helbing says this will require cooperation between social scientists and computer scientists to create the rules and programming that the LES needs to interpret the data and create an accurate model of the Earth as it is today. We’ve only now got the technology advanced enough to pull off such an endeavor, and it will still be very tricky.

Part of the solution, Dr. Helbing explains, is the rise of semantic web technology. This simple but powerful concept makes a computer see information not just as a set of numbers but as specific data in a specific context, meaning computers will be able to tell the difference between the seemingly random numbers making up, say, financial markets and weather reports in much the same way humans can.

An obvious question to ask is just how much the LES will be able to learn about particular people. On this point, Helbing argues that the vastness of the project should protect everyone’s privacy, as the LES’s aggregative strips out all individual data in an effort to create an overall picture.

Once you collect all the data and program the simulator, actually running the LES is relatively simple. Yes, the project will need huge banks of supercomputers to run the entire program, but the processing power required isn’t beyond what we’re currently capable of. Computer expert Pete Warden says that, in all probability, we do have the processing power to handle what the LES requires. That said, he’s skeptical about whether the LES could actually produce useful results:

“Economics and sociology have consistently failed to produce theories with strong predictive powers over the last century, despite lots of data gathering. I’m sceptical that larger data sets will mark a big change. It’s not that we don’t know enough about a lot of the problems the world faces, from climate change to extreme poverty, it’s that we don’t take any action on the information we do have.”

To this point, Dr. Helbing argues that the LES will offer predictive far in advance of our previous models, as it would be able to see global recessions and disease outbreaks coming before they really get started. It’s a bold claim, and we won’t know for sure what the real capabilities of the LES are until the day that it’s up and running.

Overview

<:article role=article typeof=”foaf:Document” about=”/the-project/overview” -27=””>Today, we know more about the universe than about our society. It’s time to use the power of information to explore social and economic life on Earth and discover options for a sustainable future.

Together, we can manage the challenges of the 21st century, combining the best of all knowledge.

The FuturICT Knowledge Accelerator is a previously unseen multidisciplinary international scientific endeavour with focus on techno-socio-economic-environmental systems.

The ultimate goal of the FuturICT flagship project is to understand and manage complex, global, socially interactive systems, with a focus on sustainability and resilience. Revealing the hidden laws and processes underlying societies probably constitutes the most pressing scientific grand challenge of our century and is equally important for the development of novel robust, trustworthy and adaptive information and communication technologies (ICT), based on socially inspired paradigms.


We think that integrating ICT, Complexity Science and the Social Sciences will create a paradigm shift, facilitating a symbiotic co-evolution of ICT and society.

Data from our complex globe-spanning ICT system will be leveraged to develop models of techno-socio-economic systems. In turn, insights from these models will inform the development of a new generation of socially adaptive, self-organized ICT systems.

FuturICT as a whole will act as a Knowledge Accelerator, turning massive data into knowledge and technological progress. In this way, FuturICT will create the scientific methods and ICT platforms needed to address planetary-scale challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. Specifically, FuturICT will build a sophisticated simulation, visualization and participation platform, called the Living Earth Platform.

This platform will power Exploratories, to detect and mitigate crises, and Participatory Platforms, to support the decision-making of policy-makers, business people and citizens, and to facilitate a better social, economic and political participation.

<:nav role=navigation>Brave New World, template for a real world scientific dictatorship (book review)      
News and Original Articles
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 16:50
by Aaron Franztheageoftransitions.com
I read a copy of Brave New World with a foreword describing Aldous Huxley’s idea of the Ultimate Revolution. This is something that he made a point to talk about on many separate occasions, because it is the Ultimate Revolution which is the true life version of Brave New World. What is the Ultimate Revolution? In short, it is mass mind control. It is “the final revolution” ever needed to alter human society, and it is brought about by applied science. 

As with all good fiction, Brave New World is a penetrating exploration of very real social issues, world events, and the complexities of the human psyche itself. This book depicts the possible consequences of the Ultimate Revolution, an event that Huxley believed was being played out during his own lifetime. The themes found in Brave New World were of profound significance to Huxley himself, who seems to have been a man well aware of his own strange place in the world. He bore witness to the fact that a global scientific experiment was underway. Yes, Huxley was a man in the know, and because of this he was able to speak with the utmost confidence that there really is a “controlling oligarchy that has always existed, and presumably always will exist.” Whereas most folks would see this comment as a starting point for debate, Huxley understood it as a simple reality. A more interesting debate for him would have been about what holds controlling power over the scientific dictators themselves.
Social order is always achieved at a cost. In Brave New World, London is populated by the biological products of mechanical reproduction. A well tuned eugenic process of cloning breeds human beings without mothers. In fact, the very idea of a mother is considered revolting to the “Bokanovskyfied” inhabitants of Brave New World. Great care is taken to insure that there is a very specific social order. A rigid caste system is produced by actually poisoning the lower classes during their embryonic development. This is a very important point, because to most people it would seem counter-intuitive to actually damage children that you are designing to be ideal. Of course the point here is that within a perfected eugenic system a strict hierarchy is actually maintained in this way. By dumbing down a portion of the population, you create an easily managed workforce.

Chemical lobotomies are not the only means employed by this scientific dictatorship. A highly regimented system of indoctrination begins from birth. While children sleep they are bombarded with slogans repeated hundreds of thousands of times over. Different catch phrases are designed for different castes, and throughout their lives every Alpha, Beta, or Epsilon automatically repeats the appropriate programmed response corresponding to their specific role in society. This keeps their minds from wandering (wondering).

Utter depravity is the norm, with sexual education and promiscuity forced upon children at a very young age. Hallucinogenic drugs are also doled out to the population according to a schedule. A liberal combination of sex and drugs completely anesthetizes everyone into a state of “contented servitude.” No one is able to even comprehend the idea of a lasting relationship, or of a family, or of changing the world. “Everyone belongs to everyone else” is the slogan they parrot while endlessly indulging in vacuous pleasures. There is no real meaning in anything, and no one cares to find any. Instant gratification and extreme self indulgence leads them all to unconscious self destruction.

One chapter depicts a solidarity ritual practiced by a group of twelve members of the Alpha class (the highest class below the actual World Controllers themselves). There is very real occult significance in this scene with 12 characters assembled at a round table. There are 6 men and 6 women. The drug Soma is given out, repetitive music is played to induce a group trance, phrases are chanted, and the ritual is actually consummated with a sexual orgy. Part of the meaning of this ritual is release. Release from actual self awareness is its effect. Each member of this group sacrifices their individual consciousness to celebrate the coming of what they call the “Greater Being.” I found this chapter to be incredibly insightful, disturbing, and realistic. It draws upon some very real phenomena involving the trance state of consciousness, and shows that in ritual fashion this altered state can be used to obtain very real objectives. Altered states = altered states.

I appreciate the fact that the protagonist in this book isn’t particularly likable. Bernard is in fact a very weak person, but it is in this weakness that he differs from the many clones and drones surrounding him. It is through self awareness and examination of the prevailing social order that he happens upon something extraordinary; He actually questions things. This leads him to pursue an actual relationship with a woman, seek like-minded friends, and eventually gets him into trouble. The ability to think critically is actually the mark of a deviant within this system. But as it is with our own true life system, the controllers themselves happen to be deviants.

Mustapha Mond is a high ranking World Controller. It is before him that Bernard, his friend Helmholtz, and the “Savage” are eventually taken because of their inability to conform. In this brilliant scene the World Controller actually pays his respects to this group of misfits, and divulges the fact that he too was once a trouble maker. He was a precocious youth that worked hard in his pursuit of real science. Real science, and truth are actually opposed to technocratic social order, and Mond describes the accepted forms of science as nothing more than an orthodox set of instructions akin to a cook book. This is the kind of science that a scientific dictatorship uses to establish its social order. It is through yet another bizarre self sacrifice that Mond actually gains his position of power. He gives up his pursuit of knowledge to become a World Controller. Someone whose job it is to stall real progress, and insure that that everyone remains contented to slave away. The ruler himself actually becomes a willing slave to the system he administers. On this point, Aldous Huxley shows us the depth to which power takes control in and of itself. It is a force beyond the scope of any one human being. There is very real and profound truth in this.

Religion, literature, and hardship are completely crushed by the prevailing scientific dictatorship in Brave New World. The Christian ideal of material suffering  and corresponding spiritual gain is completely incongruent with the manmade self-indulgent utopia that keeps everyone in a stupor. With the gift of constant comfort the state effectively destroys the very idea of a higher God. The thought never even occurs to anyone.

The exploitation of the fragile human psyche is nothing new. Brave New World is unique in that it shows how both technological and primitive societies twist the individual into fitting within socially convenient models of behavior. The major difference being that the technological society is far more advanced in its methods of control, and as a result works on a larger scale. The Savage character is a man caught in between these two worlds. He never quite belongs to either, and as a result is always struggling to do what he believes is the right thing. His idea of what is right is in part due to the social conditioning that he received from his tribal youth. He is a man confused and in search of the meaning of his very manhood.

This work of fiction represents a very real model. One which real life scientific dictators are actually using to build a New World. We could go on and on listing the ways in which this is true, but it is hardly necessary. It is best to simply hear Huxley himself speak to this point.
Brave New World is an undisputed classic, but what does that even mean? What is classic literature? Who are the great writers? This is something to really think about. When we explore classic works of fiction we are going beyond the confines of mere fantasy. Such books are highly symbolic, containing many of the brutal philosophies that govern our world. The philosophical ideals of the dominant few are found in classic literature. Brave New World is an obvious example of this as it presents a possible dystopian future brought upon by eugenic means, but there are many other subtle examples of dark philosophy in other books. There are many great insights to be found by reading these pieces, but it is important to realize what they truly are. Read between the lines. Dig deep to uncover buried intellectual treasures. Remember that fiction is actually a tool. Something with the power to effect the human mind in dramatic ways. This has always been the case, and it always will be. Your task is to remember this fact. In doing so you will know what is placed before your eyes.

A real life scientific dictatorship is not a forgone conclusion. We don’t have to go down that road. However, we really should take time to question ourselves, and do so often. To what extent are we creating or facilitating the Ultimate Revolution? Where are our minds? Are we really in control of our own destiny? If not, then why not? The question of Free Will is not about its existence, but rather what we choose to do with it. Do we choose to forfeit or defend this great gift?

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News and Original Articles
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 00:07
by Aaron Franztheageoftransitions.com

Predicting the Future

A European based project, FuturICT, seeks to create a computer simulation of the entire Earth. This project is know as the Living Earth Simulator, and will involve scientists from over 25 countries.

“FururICT seeks to revolutionise support for advanced decision making… to enable planetary scale simulations of our social system powered by real time data… enhancing prospects for international cooperation and a sustainable future.”

-FuturICT five page summary

Like so many other projects such as the EU’s INDECT, and the Pentagon’s infamous 2002 Total Information Awareness, FuturICT’s Living Earth Simulator seeks to collect and make sense of as much data as is humanly intelligently possible. The project summary describes “past work” in this way,

“[it] has brought advances in data aquisition both from the Internet (texts, search queries, and social networks) and sensor data (data from infrastructures such as traffic sensors and CCTV cameras, or data from mobile devices).”

To put it simply: FuturICT is yet another project aimed at building a totally surveilled and efficient global society. Such a transparent society is not only being advocated by top AI developers, but it is indeed being built up little by little as we enter into a world where all human interaction is catalogued, and saved into massive data bases. Eventually,  huge AI networks will effectively monitor, catalogue, and administrate human society. The AI aspect of this story is not mentioned specifically by FuturICT, but it is very important.

Playing to popular memes and propaganda

This FuturICT summary speaks to many of the talking points and memes that we regularly hear coming from the media. Such points and buzz terms found in this summary report include:

  • global challenges
  • international cooperation
  • sustainability
  • economic instability
  • shortages of natural resources

The project actually seeks to build a system so powerful that it can simulate the future. A major goal is “to detect early warnings of impending crisis events,” so that political policies and actions may be taken to actually prevent disaster. As with all other emerging technologies, this massive simulation is being billed as a way to keep us safe.

The need to develop technologies “to protect privacy and confidentiality in data mining, storage, and processing” is mentioned in the summary as well. It is strange that a project aimed at understanding society, and individual activity to the utmost degree is also interested in insuring privacy. The reality of this situation is that individual privacy is fading away.

Market research is advancing quickly due to the tremendous amount of consumer information that is now available. The ability to use this consumer data effectively is sold as a way to improve the economy,

“the recent surge in data available on consumer behaviour and preferences offers desperately needed opportunities to boost profits and fight against the current economic downturn.”
Again, it deserves to be mentioned that this project is being offered as a solution to global problems. A more advanced technological society is being billed as the solution to every problem known to man (including man himself). The “sustainability” meme actually plays to the idea that the major problems in our world are all man-made, and that humans should therefore be controlled/ curtailed to greater and greater extents. In the name of “sustainability” human behavior is to be monitored, predicted, restricted, and controlled by an all-seeing and benevolent mainframe intelligence.

There is much more to this story. Please be sure to check back with theageoftransitions.com for updates and more news.

Comments  

+1 #3 Aaron Franz 2011-01-25 21:16

Scott,

“I wonder how long it will be before the remote and wild countryside areas have ‘data aquisition’ devices uploading to a system like this.”

There are huge projects in the works to do just this! Look into Hewlett Packard’s CeNSE (Central Nervous System for the Earth) and also NASA’s “Planetary Skin.” I know that Planetary Skin ties in with the Living Earth Simulator directly, because I have seen articles on it.

This is a worldwide project to create a new world system. A system to be administrated for the most part by AI machines.

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+2 #2 Scott McKenzie 2011-01-25 19:58

Clearly, the internet was designed for a world without privacy. A technological pied piper, it has lured us away from our ability to think for ourselves into a scenario where our minds are already fused into a form of mass mind. The hard work has been done, the blending of the mind and body with machine will simply be the last step in this phase, and a good many people will take the bait.
I love how the term surveillance is re-named ‘data aquisition’. I wonder how long it will be before the remote and wild countryside areas have ‘data aquisition’ devices uploading to a system like this. I presume the system will recommend total control and de-population, rather than warn them against it!

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 0 #1 Melissa Karnaze 2011-01-18 02:45

“…we enter into a world where all human interaction is catalogued, and saved into massive data bases.”

We have less privacy as we become more connected, but so many people blurt out unnecessary details on their personal lives on Facebook or their exact whereabouts on Twitter etc. They willingly give up their privacy, for fun, for therapy, and many other reasons. I wonder what it will take for people to revalue their privacy?

A Review of Zeitgeist 3, and the Zeitgeist Movement in general      
Friday, 28 January 2011 00:46
by Aaron Franz
theageoftransitions.comThe Zeitgeist: Moving Forward Premiere Event

The third installment of the Zeitgeist series has arrived, and you can watch it for free online. Zeitgeist III, Moving Forward premiered January 19th, 2011 in theaters worldwide. My local chapter of the Zeitgeist Movement hosted a premiere event at the lovely Art Theatre of Long Beach. There is no doubt about it, this was an historic event, and I am proud to say that I was there.

 

 

Moving Forward is not a single film, but rather one part in the Zeitgeist series. In 2007, the first Zeitgeist film was released for free online. I liked this film so much that I bought a copy of the DVD. Not only this, but I made many more copies of the DVD and passed them out to anyone who would take them. I was, for lack of a better term, a fan of Zeitgeist, and of independent “truth” media in general. The release of these documentaries for free online inspired me to make my own film, The Age of Transitions, and put it up for free so that everyone could watch it. The boost that Zeitgeist gave to independent media, and independent thought is a wonderful thing. I still appreciate the first Zeitgeist as a standalone piece however, I am extremely skeptical of the Zeitgeist Movement that has emerged from the subsequent films.

The movement was spurred on by part II of the Zeitgeist series: Addendum. The very first time I watched Addendum was straight from DVD. This was a bewildering experience to say the least. Where part I identified the collective problems of our society, part II offered many intricate solutions. An organization called the Venus Project was introduced. The overarching goals of the Venus Project were to move away from the current corrupt money-based/ financial system in favor of a wise technocracy. Their claim was that automation could easily take over many of the jobs that humans do today, and that real wealth and abundance could be shared by everyone in a new and better system. So why exactly was I worried by all of this? The many answers to this question will be found in this article so please read on, but first I want to review Zeitgeist III: Moving Forward.

 

In Review

In my opinion, Moving Forward was an improvement over Addendum. Here is what I liked about Moving Forward:

  1. It criticizes the Federal Reserve, and the fractional reserve debt-based financial system. By its very design this system is “unsustainable,” because it keeps creating more and more debt with no possible way of paying it off.
  2. It points out the danger of blaming human problems on genetics. This ignores all of the broader social issues that could and should be addressed in order to create a healthier environment for us all to live in.
  3. It shows that humans are extremely adaptable. They can grow accustomed to any environment, even an unhealthy one.
  4. It explains the concept of “planned obsolescence,” the idea that many mass-produced products are actually designed to break down and/or be used for a limited amount of time. This is a deliberate exploitation of the current monetary system.
  5. It shows that our health care system measures success according to the amount of money spent. This means that the more drugs/treatments sold, the bigger perceived success. Clearly when there are more and more people who require medical treatment, then there must be more and more disease.
  6. It shocks people into realizing that things are not right, and motivates them to take some sort of action.

If there is one thing that the Zeitgeist series does well, it is smashing many of the skewed paradigms of our day. At the same time however, it does tend to take some of its own perspectives to an opposite extreme. For instance, point 1 from the above list (criticism of our money system), tends to get oversimplified and muddied. A typical viewer of Zeitgeist could come away from the film thinking something like this,
“Man, money is BS. We need to get rid of it, and all of those evil banks and corporations. That would solve our problems”
This attitude is healthy to an extent, but it is also dangerous. The problem here is in thinking that money itself is the end all-be all evil, and not simply a tool of control. The truth is that money is nothing more than a means to animate our current social/political system. Money could (and likely will) be replaced by another instigator of social obedience. The real issue here is: who gets to design a new system in the first place? If the Zeitgeist Movement wants to talk about a “sustainable” future society then they certainly are not alone. Actually, they are behind the curve and have some serious catching up to do if they want to overcome the owners of our current system. The very same evil banks, governments, and corporations that Zeitgeist attacks are the same entities most involved in pushing the “sustainability” meme. A new form of Pavlovian reward and punishment could be introduced to reduce citizens’ “carbon footprints,” by regulating every facet of human life. An honest look at emerging propaganda leads one to the conclusion that just such a system is in its embryonic stage, and is being set up by the same socio-economic elite that is in power now.

 

To expand on point 1, Zeitgeist leaves out a very important detail. It does not explicitly mention that our current economic system was designed to break down from its very inception. To simplify, it revolves around the creation of debt. It keeps producing debt that is impossible to pay off. To say that the initiators of this debt-based system did not understand this, that they knew not what they were building in the first place, is ridiculous. The craftsmen of the Federal Reserve set up their scheme as a means to create a dependent population of debtors. This allows them to acquire the real resources before fully engaging the economic self-destruct button. Even though this system is a fiscal disaster at its core, it still produces serious resources. Deficit spending fuels technological progress. The wonderful automated systems that the Venus Project envisions are actually being produced right now with the financial support of huge government grants. These grants are made from the magical fiat dollars that are given to our government by the Federal Reserve. This method produces more and more debt with each new technological resource built. So we can see that both technological resources and debt are accumulating. What will become of these two things? Who will end up owning the resources? Who will be forced to pay off all of that debt, and if it can’t be paid off with money, than how will it be paid? What forms of social control will be instituted in order that the citizenry may obtain everything for “free?”

Moving Forward starts out strong on point 2: that you cannot simply blame human problems on genetics. Unfortunately they end up taking this argument to the opposite extreme. Our social mileau ends up being the sole problem, and genetics are basically thrown out of the equation completely. In this way the nature vs nurture argument is merely tipped to the opposite side of the scale, not balanced.

Zeitgeist is very good at being confrontational, and demanding change, but what sort of change does it advocate? This is a valuable question, that needs to be analyzed carefully.

A Zeitgeist Agenda 21?

Let me say again, that when Zeitgeist was a single film I loved it. There were many folks within the alternative media who criticized it strongly. I thought that their claims were for the most part unjustified, and I was legitimately upset with the way in which many people went out of their way to attack Zeitgeist. They claimed that the film had an anti-Christian agenda, and much more. Part of this attack seemed to stem out of jealousy, and it appeared as though an alternative media turf war had been waged. This did not interest me in the slightest, and it hurt me to see such things happen on the apparent road to finding truth. I did not think that Zeitgeist had an agenda to sell. Boy, did my mind change after I saw Addendum. Zeitgeist was no longer an internet film made by one guy, it was now an all out political platform. It was advocating an extremely detailed plan for a new scientific technocracy.

“Moving Forward” from a single online truth film all the way to an international movement, Zeitgeist has become a powerful force. The original film is no longer a standalone piece. It is not merely a thought provoking film meant to inspire individual self-reflection. It now stands as the initiator of the entire Zeitgeist Movement. The movement itself has extremely ambitious goals, and troubling rhetoric that sounds very familiar. The similarities between the Zeitgeist Movement, Communism, the United Nations Agenda 21, and all things “green” are too quickly brushed off by members of the movement. Moving Forward deliberately makes a point of dismissing the many valid questions of Zeitgeist’s critics by portraying them as the paranoid delusions of conservative yokels and idiotic conspiracy theorists. This disturbing tactic will clearly fuel the fire of the Movement’s true believers and make them more antagonistic toward any dissenting views from outside.


youtube user BrutusCass presents some problems with the Venus Project


The United Nations Agenda 21 document
outlines many of the same concepts of the Venus Project. Here are some comparisons

  • the term sustainable development was coined by the U.N. and used extensively in their Agenda 21. The document focuses heavily on creating local initiatives to further the U.N. sustainability project. This project has already progressed under many different banners that are not overtly U.N. related.
  • Agenda 21 talks about moving rural populations into cities. The Venus Project calls for the same thing.
  • the Venus Project states that what is needed is a centralized global system. The U.N. is the true life international body that is facilitating this.

The subject of overpopulation ties in here too. The U.N. has mentioned the issue quite overtly (in addition to Agenda 21, go back in time and read UNESCO’s introductory document penned by Julian Huxley), but the Zeitgeist Movement seems to be tiptoeing around it, at least for now. It is still taboo to talk about a political plan aimed at curtailing population numbers. Little by little we are hearing about how overpopulation is a problem, and that we need to create a more sustainable system. I have no doubt that most voices talking about sustainability are building up to the introduction of some form of political proposal that would limit population. The Zeitgeist Movement may speak to this point more overtly in the near future.

The Zeitgeist Movement is beginning to form some very real political goals. To say that Zeitgeist has no agenda now would be ridiculous. The question is not whether there is or is not an agenda but rather: what exactly is the Zeitgeist agenda? Are those old criticisms of the original film now justified?

The Transition

The Zeitgeist Movement is advocating the creation of a scientific technocracy. Their idea is to set up a system that scientifically measures resources and allocates them accordingly. This would supposedly create abundance through efficiency. Automating labor with machines would also help increase efficiency, and relieve much of the burden of human labor.

Zeitgeist calls for a “centrally controlled” automated world. I am assuming that this vision includes extensive use of AI machines. I know that Moving Forward talks about building an automated highway system. Again, I must mention that the Zeitgeist Movement is not unique in calling for such technological advances. A great deal of government reports get into the construction of automated systems, and new sustainable economies. The Zeitgeist Movement itself is merely echoing what is said by a great deal of official sources: governments, NGOs, think tanks, and the like.

The Zeitgeist Movement started upon an anti-establishment platform. Members of the movement would do well to realize that they are now working right alongside the establishment. I don’t think that this point has sunken in just yet, and this is troublesome to say the least. It seems as though the Zeitgeist Movement is following along the same lines of previous revolutionary movements.

Human stupidity is a frequent object of ridicule within the Zeitgeist series. In this way Zeitgeist makes a joke of our shortcomings while simultaneously saying that science and technology can fix them. What aren’t mentioned are the issues of cybernetics, transhumanism, and current AI systems. Zeitgeist calls for automating everything with machines, but it doesn’t mention that human beings themselves are eventually to be merged with these machines. This concept still seems ridiculous to some people, but not governments. Policy papers have been written on this subject since the turn of the millennium, and they continue to be written as scientific progress speeds forward.

In terms of “transitions” and the subject of “human enhancement,” I came across a very interesting promotional video for Zeitgeist III. The editor chose to use a clip of Michio Kaku, a major spokesman for the cybernetic merge of man and machine. In this clip Kaku talks about the type of global civilization that we may be headed toward.

It is clear that Kaku is advocating wonderful possibilities for the future, and his sales pitch fits right in with the Zeitgeist Movement. It is appropriate that the video’s editor chose to use this clip. What was unfortunately edited out was Kaku’s mention of the “terrists” who would fear such a “planetary civilization.” I assume that the terrists Kaku mentions are akin to all of those kooky people who criticize Zeitgeist. I actually used this same clip of Kaku in my own film, The Age of Transitions, and highlighted his mention of the terrists.

Dealing with words, the actual term transition is incredibly important. The reason that this website is titled theageoftransitions.com is to call attention to this highly charged and loaded word that is now used everywhere. You will notice in the above clip of Kaku, that he says transition over and over again. The reason for this is because his job is to sell you the idea of change/ progress/ transition. He is talking about the creation of a “planetary civilization.” A world of scientific marvels, in which humans actually merge with machinery. This world is far removed from our current system, and thus the inherent need for a transition. Kaku is talking about the very same transition that the Zeitgeist Movement now advocates. The transition to a centralized global technocracy.

I have noticed that posters, fliers and trailers for Zeitgeist: Moving Forward have been labeled with a subtitle The Transition. This is extremely telling, and far more important than most people realize. The very word transition tells you what Zeitgeist is all about. The entire point of the series is to break down old socio-political systems, long held traditions, and paradigms to help facilitate mass acceptance of new ones. The Zeitgeist Movement is but one of many groups calling for a new world social system based on sustainability, which operates through the wisdom of science.

 

Looking back, I now view the original Zeitgeist in a new light. It seems as though its purpose was to deliberately destroy old modes of thinking, to dissolve the social constructs that used to provide meaning to the inhabitants of this age. Not only Zeitgeist, but it seems that much “conspiracy” material has been used in this way; To cut down old lines of thought and leave the masses searching for something new and better. An environment in which faith in the government, religion, and money is eroded becomes fertile ground to grow something new. I believe that a new faith for a new age is now being promoted. It is to be a faith based on the logic of science, and it will be used to ensure that we all live “sustainably.” This faith is being produced and advocated by the very same creators of our current socio/economic system.
So What’s the Problem?

I really did love Zeitgeist, until it turned into a revolutionary political movement. The profound nature of revolution is ironically not something that is well understood by most revolutionaries. It seems as though this has always been the case, and in this realization the true seeker can find greater truth. There really is nothing new under the sun.

Looking deeper into some of the subjects that the original Zeitgeist briefly touched upon, one can find the secrets of the ages brought out into plain view. This provides a profound sense of understanding that empowers the individual, and spurs them to continue seeking. It is this road less travelled that vanishes into the distance when one chooses to join a movement intent on racing toward an overly ambitious goal. Followers of movements believe that their particular goals are unique, and will lead to real change. In reality revolutions just keep the wheel spinning round and round. Most people who watched Zeitgeist can remember that Jesus Christ represents the sun, but what does that truly mean? I don’t think that the members of any given mass movement have ever really cared to find an answer to that question.

I have no animosity toward the Zeitgeist Movement, or any of its members. i simply want to present information that I feel is relevant, and is all too often being overlooked. Just like anybody else, I want to be a better person capable of making a better world.

Seeker, seek on…

Some Serious Reading Material

2001 NSF/DOC report on “human enhancement”

Royal Academy of Engineering, auotonomous systems report

U.N. Agenda 21

U.N.E.S.C.O. It’s Purpose, and Its Philosophy

 

 

Comments  

0 #7 Dan 2011-06-14 06:11

Quoting Cory:

Hey Vanessa,

Not “hating” on the Zeitgeist movies. But please consider this simple deconstruction:

Suppose I made a film targeted at 8 year-old children.

Part 1: Santa is Fake

Part 2: Your Parents Frequently Engage in Sexual Intercourse

Part 3: 4 Million Children Under the Age of 5 Die of Starvation Each Year

Safe to say that the kid would be extremely upset by these revelations? But it doesn’t mean that one subject has anything to do with the other.

I believe the Zeitgeist movies are cashing in on popular conspiracy theories, not really trying to create change.
Cashing in how?

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+1 #6 Jerry 2011-03-30 23:30

All the Zeitgeist Movement is doing is rehashing old ideas and is also following the mood of the times. Ordinary people are turning away from organised religion and are also disillusioned with the banking system so most would see the Zeitgeist films and not be too shocked. However the solutions that TZM has come up with are the ones I object to very strongly. I do not want to see these futuristic cities and I don’t believe they are eco buildings as TZM followers claim them to be. I also think it’s a waste of energy and resources to knock existing buildings down to build these cities. TZM and TVP claims to be both green and ethical. It is not.

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+1 #5 Mike 2011-03-01 02:28

I think Zeitgiest is bang-on naming the problems. Regrettably, I believe people desperatly need to connect with nature, and that the millions of people lost in the cities is actually what has to go. More urbanization is not the answer. I would absolutely hate to live in one of these cities, no matter how much my needs were provided for. I’ll take a log shanty in the woods any day over living in all of that technology. I actually enjoy doing physical labor; cutting my firewood, harvesting my vegetables and breaking a damn good sweat in the process.

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0 #4 Cory 2011-02-15 21:31

Hey Vanessa,

Not “hating” on the Zeitgeist movies. But please consider this simple deconstruction:

Suppose I made a film targeted at 8 year-old children.

Part 1: Santa is Fake

Part 2: Your Parents Frequently Engage in Sexual Intercourse

Part 3: 4 Million Children Under the Age of 5 Die of Starvation Each Year

Safe to say that the kid would be extremely upset by these revelations? But it doesn’t mean that one subject has anything to do with the other.

I believe the Zeitgeist movies are cashing in on popular conspiracy theories, not really trying to create change.

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+2 #3 Vanessa Valdez 2011-02-08 19:35

the aforementioned person states not thinking it necessary to watch the 3rd sequence after this reading. I can understand how some would feel this way. However, I highly encourage you to watch it and get your own views. While much of what has been said here may sound truthful, it is always best to get your own personal perspective on things. I’m basically highlighting not to believe everything you read. Especially when it is something so wide-ranged as Zeitgeist has come to be. I personally have enjoyed all sequences of Zeitgeist and learned a great deal. Above all, I appreciate and support people like Peter Joseph; people who do our homework (we should all be researching!) by researching and later gathering information to create documentaries—-all for the passion of conveying truth despite means. Despite how accurate or not he is, I salute him. Don’t be haters just because he created an idea before you did. Regard!

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+2 #2 Melissa Karnaze 2011-02-05 18:25

Thanks for putting this all together Aaron.

I didn’t watch Zeitgeist because at the time it seemed to rehash what had been said before. I’ll check it out now since it inspired you to make Age of Transitions.🙂

I watched a documentary on Jacque Fresco years ago. There were some great ideas, yet seeing the engineered neighborhoods gave me an uneasy feeling. While it was supposed to mimic “organic” and nature, it looked too rigid, artificial, and too easily surveilled.

The thing about “taking down the system” is that someone has to build a new one. That person gets a lot of power. The same problems are there from the beginning. It’s easier for people to project a need for (bloody) “revolution” instead of accepting that they are the system, and they can change it from within.

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+1 #1 Cory 2011-02-01 04:15

Dude, you are spot on with this analysis. I haven’t watched Z3 yet. Now I don’t know if I have to, but I remember watching the original, and I remember thinking this was the only youtube film I had ever seen that was 2 hours long! Weird. I remember thinking: okay, this is like the da vinci code, mixed with 9/11 truth, and a good ol banking conspiracy icing on top. Are these subjects truly related? Not necessarily. The only thing that connects them is that they are all shocking, paradigm-shifting, emotionally upsetting, and make you feel overwhelmed.

Now maybe, as you point out, the original movie may have been bait to lure in a certain type of thinker to start this revolution/political party.

Good thing you didn’t get sucked in.

I didn’t know about the UN agenda 21 stuff. That’s crazy. The only reason they want us all to reside in cities is because it’s much easier to control crowds, or maybe even a revolt, or simply a demonstration there.

The Venus Project

We proposes a fresh, hollistic approach – one that is dedicated to human and environmental concerns. It is an attainable vision of a bright and better future, one that is appropriate to the times in which we live, and both practical and feasible for a positive future for all the world’s people.

The Venus Project calls for a straightforward approach to the redesign of a culture, in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt, environmental degradation and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but totally unacceptable.

One of the basic premises of The Venus Project is that we work towards having all of the Earth’s resources as the common heritage of all the world’s people. Anything less will simply result in a continuation of the same catalog of problems inherent in the present system.

Throughout history, change has been slow. Successive groups of incompetent leaders have replaced those that preceded them, but the underlying social and economic problems remain because the basic value systems have gone unaltered. The problems we are faced with today cannot be solved politically or financially because they are highly technical in nature. There may not even be enough money available to pay for the required changes, but there are more than enough resources. This is why The Venus Project advocates the transition from a monetary-based society to the eventual realization of a resource-based global economy.

We realize to make the transition from our present culture, which is politically incompetent, scarcity-oriented and obsolete, to this new, more humane society will require a quantum leap in both thought and action.

An Obsolete Monetary System

The money-based system evolved centuries ago. All of the world’s economic systems – socialism, communism, fascism, and even the vaunted free enterprise system – perpetuate social stratification, elitism, nationalism, and racism, primarily based on economic disparity. As long as a social system uses money or barter, people and nations will seek to maintain the economic competitive edge or, if they cannot do so by means of commerce they will by military intervention. We still utilize these same outmoded methods.

Our current monetary system is not capable of providing a high standard of living for everyone, nor can it ensure the protection of the environment because the major motive is profit. Strategies such as downsizing and toxic dumping increase the profit margin. With the advent of automation, cybernation, artificial intelligence and out sourcing, there will be an ever-increasing replacement of people by machines. As a result, fewer people will be able to purchase goods and services even though our capability to produce an abundance will continue to exist.

Our present, outmoded political and economic systems are unable to apply the real benefits of today’s innovative technology to achieve the greatest good for all people, and to overcome the inequities imposed upon so many. Our technology is racing forward yet our social designs have remained relatively static. In other words cultural change has not kept pace with technological change. We now have the means to produce goods and services in abundance for everyone.

Unfortunately, today science and technology have been diverted from achieving the greatest good for reasons of self-interest and monetary gain through planned obsolescence sometimes referred to as the conscious withdrawal of efficiency. For example, the U. S. Department of Agriculture, whose function is presumed to be conducting research into ways of achieving higher crop yields per acre, actually pays farmers not to produce at full-capacity. The monetary system tends to hold back the application of these methods that we know would best serve the interests of people and the environment.

In a monetary system purchasing power is not related to our capacity to produce goods and services. For example, during a depression, there are computers and DVD’s on store shelves and automobiles in car lots, but most people do not have the purchasing power to buy them. The earth is still the same place; it is just the rules of the game that are obsolete and create strife, deprivation and unnecessary human suffering.

A monetary system developed years ago as a device to control human behavior in an environment with limited resources. Today money is used to regulate the economy not for the benefit of the general populace, but for those who control the financial wealth of nations.

Resource Based Economy

All socio-economic systems, regardless of political philosophy, religious beliefs, or social customs, ultimately depend upon natural resources, i.e. clean air and water, arable land and the necessary technology and personnel to maintain a high standard of living.

Simply stated, a resource-based economy utilizes existing resources rather than money and provides an equitable method of distributing these resources in the most efficient manner for the entire population. It is a system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter, or any other form of debt or servitude.

Earth is abundant with plentiful resources; today our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival. Modern society has access to highly advanced technologies and can make available food, clothing, housing, medical care, a relevant educational system, and develop a limitless supply of renewable, non-contaminating energy such as geothermal, solar, wind, tidal, etc. It is now possible to have everyone enjoy a very high standard of living with all of the amenities that a prosperous civilization can provide. This can be accomplished through the intelligent and humane application of science and technology.

To better understand the meaning of a resource-based economy consider this: if all the money in the world were destroyed, as long as topsoil, factories, and other resources were left intact, we could build anything we choose to build and fulfill any human need. It is not money that people need; rather, it is free access to the necessities of life. In a resource-based economy , money would be irrelevant. All that would be required are the resources and the manufacturing and distribution of the products.

When education and resources are made available to all people without a price tag, there would be no limit to the human potential. Although this is difficult to imagine, even the wealthiest person today would be far better off in a resource based society as proposed by The Venus Project. Today the middle classes live better than kings of times past. In a resource based economy everyone would live better than the wealthiest of today.

In a resource based society, the measure of success would be based on the fulfillment of one’s individual pursuits rather than the acquisition of wealth, property and power.

The Choice Is Ours To Make

Human behavior is subject to the same laws as any other natural phenomenon. Our customs, behaviors, and values are byproducts of our culture. No one is born with greed, prejudice, bigotry, patriotism and hatred; these are all learned behavior patterns. If the environment is unaltered, similar behavior will reoccur.

Today, much of the technology needed to bring about a global Resource Based Economy exists. If we choose to conform to the limitations of our present monetary-based economy, then it is likely that we will continue to live with its inevitable results: war, poverty, hunger, deprivation, crime, ignorance, stress, fear, and inequity. On the other hand, if we embrace the concept of a global resource-based economy , learn more about it, and share our understanding with our friends, this will help humanity evolve out of its present state.

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