Nightmares of the Future: The Marsification of Earth

SPOILER WARNING: This post completely spoils the plot of the movie ALLEGIANT, the latest installment in The Divergent Series.

Much like the first post that initiated this “Nightmares of the Future” series, Deconstructing TRANSCENDENCE, this third movie in the Divergent series isn't a great film – which is disappointing, because I actually quite enjoyed the first two much more than other instances of the now well-established post-apocalyptic young adult film genre. We're talking about The Hunger Games of course, and stuff like The 5th Wave and Maze Runner too. The key point the film really serves to make is how played out that genre actually is now, at least its current form. Anyone looking to quickly cash in on it has probably missed the boat by now.

Yet what Allegiant is absolutely perfect for is to serve as an elaboration of the concepts core to the idea of the Plutocratic Exit Strategy that I've been developing - that the Elite are in the process of leaving behind a ruined planet and building their long dreamed of technocratic paradise on the Red Planet (or elsewhere). The film brings that all home; to Earth. It's a rather banal realisation of what actually lies ahead for this planet and its denizens in a century or two, if nothing changes course. For that reason, I have zero hesitation in spoilering the absolute shit out of this film to demonstrate just how this is the case.

Just watch the trailer: it's Fury Road meets Tomorrowland.

Perhaps you remember when I wrote about Fury Road's trailer here, asking of its world:

Is there another instance of humanity across the ocean, that has kept the high tech life of those that came before intact, but are dealing with their own set of uniquely horrifying problems? What is the geography of the end of the world?”

Mad Max : Fury Road slots disturbingly well into this filmic universe.

Immortan Joe could easily be made to work as a cult leader field-testing mind control techniques for the secret technocratic rulers of Earth, hidden away in their shielded, camouflaged cities, invisible tentacles of control reaching into every crevasse.

In the Plutocratic Exit Strategy series I have been sketching the idea a Technocratic Elite in the process of fleeing to Mars from an Earth whose ruined they've benefited from, establishing utopic technocratic colonies there. In the film Tomorrowland they've long been retreating to a parallel dimension to build their perfect world [Spoiler: it didn't go too well]. In Allegiant, it's shown they never left. They just holed up, and let the world burn. That's vastly simplifying it, so allow me to unpack it all now, point by point.

It's New Atlantis at the end of the World

In the 17th Century, Francis Bacon wrote a novel called New Atlantis that depicted his ideal vision of a technocratic community, hidden away on a remote island. He didn't actually finish writing it before he died; it was published posthumously in its incomplete form and has arguably served as inspiration for much of the Technocratic Elite since. The community of New Atlantis were free to pursue their scientific pursuits absent from interference from the masses, and its members would periodically walk amongst the Earth in disguise, gathering new knowledge to bring back. It's literally the prototype for a Breakaway Civilisation, as others have noted recently, and Allegiant might be its most perfect realisation yet.

As the above trailer shows, what the Divergent series' heroine, Beatrice 'Tris' Prior and her companions, discover upon escaping from the post-apocalyptic nightmare of a ruined Chicago is a shielded, highly technology advanced outpost for a technocratic civilisation. The brutal world she's known has just been an experiment overseen from without by these New Atlanteans. Worse, her nightmarish reality has been serving as an entertainment program for its citizens, who've been able to watch the entire drama of her life unfold like they're all ants in some glass colony. The post-apocalyptic Chicagoans are greeted as reality TV show stars by its inhabitants. That perspective on the life and death struggles of the bulk of humanity is a perfect rendering of how the Elite views the rest of the world. Like ants.

Or cattle. And as Tris quickly learns, she's been exactly that: the product of a breeding program.

The Technocrats are Eugenicists

On arrival at the technocratic output established in the old O'Hare Airport, Pris is informed she is the first 'Pure' to be back-bred from the 'Damaged' that are the bulk of humanity now.

For undivulged reasons in the film – maybe they're elaborated on in the books? - the blame for the breaking of the world is put on a period of time where the emergence of a genetically-engineered humanity went disastrously wrong. Some kind of transhuman civil war took place as people started modifying their children, resulting in not just the world being broken, but the bulk of humanity too. They're all termed 'Damaged', and are treated as sub-human; fit only to be experimented on; or, as we'll see later, otherwise interfered with.

The technocratic solution is to back-breed humanity to its original state, using experimental setups like the walled city of Chicago.

Now, anyone paying attention to the current science on the subject knows is total rubbish. Humanity has been in a constant state of evolution, and if anything is a mutant species; the result of cross breading between multiple hominid lineages. We're finding traces of ... Read More »

News Briefs 03-05-2016

TFW when you start the week with good momentum, and all of a sudden...

Quote of the Day:

The Earth is mostly just a boneyard. But pretty in the sunlight.

Larry McMurtry

Drones Over Fuji

If you're a Close Encounters of the Third Kind fan pining for a bit of 'UFOs playing music on top of a mountain' action, then this drone 'ballet' in front of Mount Fuji in Japan is definitely what you're looking for:

Beautiful backdrop of the world heritage site Mt. Fuji was used to stage the first Live performance using MIDI controlled LED flying machines, accompanied by Shamisens, the Japanese traditional guitars.
This was done so by utilising more than 20 units of these flying machines, flight swarming formations, music, and 16,500 LED lights to combine into a single audio visual extravaganza. Furthermore, we are able to control the flying machines, visual and audio aspects concurrently, using the DMX512.

News Briefs 02-05-2016

After almost 18 years of posting news briefs, I'm all about the joy in repetition...

Quote of the Day:

Make sure that your religion is a matter between you and God only.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Trippy Kung Fu Visualization Video

As three dimensional creatures, we don't naturally visualize our movement through space as continuous. With the help of computers, and Tobias Gremmler's imagination, a new video on Vimeo visualizes four variations on the theme of an object moving through space and time.

Words don't do this video justice.

Just watch.

News Briefs 29-04-2016

“It is by logic that we prove, but by intuition that we discover.”

Quote of the Day:

“To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.” Henri Poincaré

Magic Leap Mystery: Why Did The Tech Company's Founder Give A Surreal TED Talk Filled with Skunk Apes, 2001 Allusions and a Hardcore Band?

Magic Leap

For those with (virtual) eyes to see?

In December 2012 (12/12/12, no less), Rony Abovitz - co-founder of the pioneering robotics company, MAKO Surgical Corp, and a fledgling augmented technology company named Magic Leap - gave a TEDx Talk with a difference. After 2 minutes of introductory, atmospheric music, and another 2 minutes of two people dressed in monster suits jumping around a 'Space Fudge' monolith to the soundtrack of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Abovitz - dressed in a spacesuit - spoke just three sentences:

Greetings. A few awkward steps for me, a magic leap for mankind. Before I begin my talk today, I would like to present today’s ancient and magical keyword: phydre.

As soon as this 'magical keyword' had been uttered, a hardcore band in the background fired up, the monsters revealed multiple placards (a la Bob Dylan, 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' video) with 'fudge' written on them. Song finishes, lights out.

Here it is, in all it's WTF finery:

Fast forward a few years, and Rony Abovitz and his company Magic Leap are now the big story in technology, making the cover of the latest issue of Wired. Funders including Google, Warner Brothers, J.P. Morgan and Qualcomm have coughed up billions of dollars to become involved in Magic Leap, which is producing a 'Mixed Reality' device (or, as the Wikipedia article describes it, "a head-mounted virtual retinal display which superimposes 3D computer-generated imagery over real world objects, by projecting a digital light field into the user's eye").

The big mystery with Magic Leap has been the amount of venture capital it has raised, without ever showing off the device publicly - leading many to suggest that perhaps they might be pulling off one of the great cons in history. However, Kevin Kelly, in writing the recent cover story in Wired, was given access to the device and was left impressed - so it seems the technology is very real.

Here's a promo video recently released by the company purportedly showing off the functionality:

Now that Abovitz is centre stage in the technology world, perhaps it's worth revisiting that odd TEDx talk, presented just a couple of years after he formed Magic Leap. While most people have simply written it off as an eccentricity, or perhaps a piss-take on TED talks in general, Abovitz himself "swears there is a coherent message embedded in it; figure it out, he says, and he’ll give you a yo-yo." And a commenter on the TEDx page for the talk says "I have signed a F.U.D.G.E. agreement with Magic Leap which forbids me from divulging too much, but I can assure you, pay close attention to this talk."

And at least one person does seem to have set out to figure things out. In a post on Medium, computer scientist Devon Strawn has broken down the TED talk to try and eke out some meaning:

The TEDx “un-talk” was just one part of the imaginary world that Magic Leap built over the past few years. Magic Leap’s founders and early employees are all creatives whose need to share is a fundamental part of their DNA. But they’re also a tech company in stealth, so they must keep their work secret, lest the tech titans catch sight of their taillights.

The compromise seems to have been an artistic form of cryptography — encoding and obfuscating their vision in such a way that in hindsight it’s obvious what they were hinting at — given the right “key” to decode the message.

For instance, Strawn points out that as Abovitz takes to the stage in his astronaut outfit, in the background a screen shows a parade of 0s and 1s. Is this a message hidden in binary?

Binary Code in Magic Leap TEDx Talk?

(I do wonder if Strawn is just an interested bystander, or if he knows Abovitz or is even writing on his behalf. His article seems to have deeper insights than you'd expect from someone just watching the TEDx talk - and it's perhaps worth noting that Strawn's LinkedIn page lists him as "Chief Rabble-Rouser" at Secret Robot, "Experimenting with cutting-edge VR, AR, and Mixed Reality technologies.")

Check out the original TEDx talk, and Strawn's essay about it, and see if you can make any sense of it all. I'm sure some of the code-cracking minds out there would enjoy the challenge. You might win yourself a yo-yo after all...

News Briefs 28-04-2016

Where the hell is Doc Brown when we need him??

Quote of the Day:

"And God said unto Noah, 'Go forth and procureth a scissor lift, a pneumatic impact wrench and a shit-ton of polyurethane. Oh, and worry not about the specifics of hull displacement for the arbitrary load you'll be carrying."

˜Rantings of a Ranga's response to Creationist Ken Ham.

The Heretic Volume 9

The Heretic 9

Our good friends at The Heretic magazine have released Volume 9 of their fantastic electronic publication, and the new issue is chock-full of fascinating content ranging through the fields of alternative history, lost civilisations and technologies, the occult and more.

Here's a summary of the articles in the new issue:

In Two Blind Beggars, the Biblical Scholar Peter Cresswell discusses the peculiar tale of Jesus, as described in the Book of Mark, when he heals one blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, on the way out of Jericho. What Peter discovers about the conventional tale is the sort of thing that only a true heretic could uncover.

The Carolina Bays and the Destruction of North America is a perfect example of just how versatile Heretic regular, Ralph Ellis, truly is. Ralph’s research on this controversial topic has received the attention of academia, as it should yours. Is there no topic that he cannot master?

The best selling author Adrian Gilbert needs no introduction. His books have sold millions across the globe and now, making his Heretic debut, we could not think of anyone more qualified to discuss The Need for Modern-Day Heretics than he.

In The Pollen Gods, Heretic Editor Andrew Gough delves into the mystery of the curious stone bags that are portrayed on Assyrian reliefs and in the art work of many other ancient cultures. What Andrew has discovered will surprise you. Has he solved the mystery of ‘what’s in the bag’ once and for all?

In Stellar Gnosis – Liber Astrum,Payam Nabarz tells us: ‘The aims of following stellar workings are to increase the knowledge of the constellations and the ‘heavens’.’ But that is just the start of Payam’s fascinating examination of the ancient mysteries.

The intrepid explorer Francis O’Donnell, recounts his trip to the then tumultuous Peru, over twenty-five years ago. Frances augments his remarkable journey with spectacular photographs and asks, To Whom Does Art Belong? Anyone who has watched in horror as antiquities in Syria and Iraq are destroyed by military extremists will appreciate the importance of this question.

Both Heather and Gary had contributed to The Heretic prior to tying the proverbial knot and now we are proud to feature their truly remarkable joint work as Mrs and Mr Osborn. In Hy-Brasil and the Fire Eye of the Goddess, Heather Elizabeth Osborn and Gary Osborn present a fascinating thesis about how a lost island, the mystery of Rendlesham, the Tuatha dé Danaan and the Irish settlement at Tara are all related. Essential reading for all questers of the truth.

David Alan Ritchie has never shied away from controversy and his latest article for The Heretic, an extract entitled The Old King from his sensational new book, is bound to be the most heretical thing you have read in decades, if not ever. What if history did not unfold as we have been told? What if Scotland was the real and original Holy Land?

Nallein Satana Al-Jilwah Sowilo is an amazing woman. Not only is the subject matter of her articles unique, fascinating and bold, but she has written them (this is her second article for The Heretic Magazine) with no internet and no PC, while assisting Yezidis in Iraq. Necromancy of the Sadhus, however, is a fabulous article by any standard and what Nallein shares will enthral you.

Stewart Swerdlow is a legend for those in the know. He was an early mentor of David Icke and remains a brilliant and multi-dimensional subject-area expert on all things Illuminati and alien-race related. In False Flags, Fake History, Bogus Governments Stewart draws from a yet unreleased book of his to shed light in the murky reaches of our shadowy government elite.

Here's the Editor's introduction, from Andrew Gough:

Link: The Heretic magazine