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originally posted by: BrianFlanders
Who needs technology to control people? They've been doing fine with controlling the majority of people for centuries.
The U.S. Army is trying to forecast what biomedically enhanced technologies could be available by 2050.
The tech includes electronically super hearing, muscular control, and telepathic transfer of data.
The Army fully expects to equip soldiers with such technologies, but what about the society that invents them?
The U.S. Army believes that a range of technologies could be available by 2050 that would effectively turn the average soldier into a cybernetically enhanced super soldier. A recent Department of Defense study predicted that enhanced vision, enhanced hearing, musculature control, and what amounts to telepathy would all become possible within 30 years, given the current pace of technological development.
The report, Cyborg Soldier 2050: Human/Machine Fusion and the Implications for the Future of the DOD, gives a hint of what the Department of Defense forecasts for soldiers in the next 30 years. The U.S. Army’s Mad Scientist Blog highlights the executive summary. The report highlighted four specific technologies:
“Ocular enhancements, to imaging, sight, and situational awareness.”
“Restoration and programmed muscular control through an optogenetic bodysuit.”
“Auditory enhancement for communication and protection.”
“Direct neural enhancement of the human brain for two-way data transfer.”
This is the big one. Telepathy between human soldiers would be revolutionary, as the paper writes, allowing soldiers to instantly share information across the battlefield without the use of communications devices.
Technological feasibility may not be the only issue that determines when and how soldiers receive such gear. Super sight, super muscles, super hearing, and telepathy could have profound implications on the broader society, implications that could slow down or speed up the military’s adoption. Telepathy, the holy grail of interpersonal communications for centuries, also will probably not come cheap, initially restricting its use to special operations forces.
Aye but filling the churches and chapels can be somewhat of a tall order in the information age in which we live. Hence the change of tact control-wise. Freedom is illusory at best, nothing is free there is always a price to pay, one way or the other.
This past weekend, Lakewood Church and Joel Osteen Ministries reached “close to” 4.63 million people online, according to the group’s in-house digital manager. That tally, which is not a final number, marks a new record across social channels for Joel’s giant congregation.
Joel Osteen’s Online-Only Service Breaks Viewership Record Amid Pandemic
The report found that around 9.8 million people visited cathedrals in 2018, with about a third of them either paying to visit or giving a donation. Westminster Abbey alone received more than 1 million visitors.
Church of England cathedrals saw rise in visitors, Easter attendance in 2018: report
Brierley Consultancy have also published statistics for church attendance (as opposed to membership) for the period 1980-2015. Key findings are:
1. Church attendance has declined from 6,484,300 to 3,081,500 (equivalent to a decline from 11.8% to 5.0% of the population).
2. England has the lowest percentage of the population attending church in 2015 (4.7%), just below Wales at 4.8%. In Scotland, the equivalent figure is 8.9%
Christianity in the UK
Are We Living in a Computer Simulation?
And there are other reasons to think we might be virtual. For instance, the more we learn about the universe, the more it appears to be based on mathematical laws. Perhaps that is not a given, but a function of the nature of the universe we are living in. “If I were a character in a computer game, I would also discover eventually that the rules seemed completely rigid and mathematical,” said Max Tegmark, a cosmologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “That just reflects the computer code in which it was written.”
Furthermore, ideas from information theory keep showing up in physics. This brought “In my research I found this very strange thing,” said James Gates, a theoretical physicist at the University of Maryland. “I was driven to error-correcting codes—they’re what make browsers work. So why were they in the equations I was studying about quarks and electrons and supersymmetry?me to the stark realization that I could no longer say people like Max are crazy.”
originally posted by: FormOfTheLord
Just like we download and manipulate our supercomputer/quantum computer technology its pretty fast. Say you wanted to continually encode and mutate synthetic DNA over a long period of time like a computer storing vast amounts of data. This might enable a modified posthuman to survive harsh environments or overcome various unforeseen obstacles. I dont know its just a guess.