by James Corbett, The International Forecaster:
Well, that didn’t take long. You’ll recall that it was mere weeks ago that I predicted that the trend of 2020 would be “The End of the Internet (as we’ve known it),” and, sadly, before 2019 was even finished a steady stream of stories flooded the newswires to prove me correct.
Morocco has sentenced a YouTuber to four years in prison for daring to insult the king.
The Singaporean government has forced Facebook to publish a “correction” on a post that they deemed to contain “fake news.”
Four townships in northern Myanmar remain under one of the longest internet blackouts in the world for daring to assert a desire for ethnic self-determination.
And Russia and China have teamed up on a new convention that will empower the UN to convene a panel of “international experts” to determine how best to combat online thought crime.
And all of that was just in the past week. Imagine what we have to look forward to throughout the rest of 2020. Not pleasant, is it?
Now imagine what we’ll have to look forward to through the 2020s. Even worse, huh?
Yes, as bleak as things seem at the moment, there are any number of reasons to believe that things are going to be that much worse a decade from now. And I’m not just talking about internet censorship here, either. After all, as dedicated Corbett Reporteers will already know, the technocrats are all on board for Agenda 2030.
So buckle in, folks. Let’s take a ride through the next ten years of technocratic tyranny . . . and see if there’s a way we can derail this agenda before we arrive at its final destination.
A pair of stories book-ending the 2010s give us an insight into the breathtaking changes we’re likely to live through in the 2020s.
The first story started in 2011, when 18-year-old hacker Palmer Lucky, working in the garage of his parents’ house in Long Beach, California, put together a prototype for a virtual reality headset called Oculus. In 2012, the prototype started making buzz at trade shows, and by 2014 it had enough sizzle to catch the eye of the billionaire charlatan Mark Zuckerberg, who ended up buying the company for a cool $2 billion. That, of course, led to that creepy, iconic photo of ZuckerBorg himself—sporting the only genuine grin he’s ever cracked in his life—striding through a crowd of Oculus Rift-wearing Matrix-dwellers.
The other story brings us to July 2019, when billionaire charlatan Elon Musk presented the fruits of his “Neuralink” venture, first launched in 2017 with the promise to bring “a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence.” At his presentation, Musk expanded on that vision, detailing how his company is working on brain-computer interface technologies and is looking to begin its first FDA-approved human tests in 2020.
These stories highlight the incredible strides the technocrats have taken in the last decade toward realizing their long-held transhumanist dream of merging man with machine.
ubmersed in digital worlds, with brain chips allowing people to jack themselves directly into the matrix (“have the option of merging with AI” in Musk’s formulation), it’s safe to say that if these trends continue the very question of what it means to be human is going to have a very different answer in 2029 then it does today.
And, wouldn’t you know it, 2029 just happens to be a very important year for the technocrats. As dedicated Corbett Reporteers will have known for at least the last nine years, 2029 is the year that famed “futurist,” singularity promoter, and Google stooge, Ray Kurzweil, predicted will see the first machine passing the Turing Test. And for those who aren’t up on their very old Corbett Report podcasts (tsk tsk), the “singularity” is the name given to the predicted point at which “the pace of change will be so astonishingly quick that we won’t be able to keep up, unless we enhance our own intelligence by merging with the intelligent machines we are creating.” (Don’t worry, though; Kurzweil doesn’t predict that happening until 2045.)
But note the way this conversation is being introduced to the public: Artificial Intelligence is almost here. When it comes to such technologies as autonomous weapons, this AI threatens the future of humanity itself. But don’t worry, the Silicon Valley billionaire types have signed open letters warning governments about the threat and now they’re going to deliver us from this scourge . . .
. . . by telling us to merge with AI.
Excuse me? What? In order to combat AI we have to . . . merge with AI? In other words: “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!”
This is on its face a ludicrous proposal for the very real problems that the developments of these technologies are going to raise in the next decade, but it is being propounded by all of the transhumanists, from Kurzweil and Musk to Sam Harris and many others.
Hmmm. Let’s think. All these terribly bright, rich, well-respected thinkers coming to the same conclusion about this existential threat at the same time from seemingly different angles. It’s almost like they’re approaching this challenge from the perspective of a shared agenda. Whatever could that be?
While we contemplate that, let’s look at:
THE WEAPONIZATION OF SPACE
Speaking of billionaire charlatans, have you heard that the era of space tourism is nearly upon us? That’s right, billionaire internet mogul (and cartoon villain impersonator) Jeff Bezos is promising to send the first space tourists up in Blue Origin’s suborbital vehicle, New Shepherd, sometime in 2020.