Alchemy and Artificial Intelligence

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By JC Collins

Last night Marianne and I sat down and watched the 2001 movie A.I. – Artificial Intelligence.  The movie was once a production project of Stanley Kubrick, but after the great directors death Steven Spielberg took control and completed the movie.   From the first viewing years ago the movie has always had a surreal and predictive quality for me.  Watching it now with new eyes A.I. still has that unique quality but with the added understanding of something larger taking place.

The alchemical process of transmutation is on clear display in the movie.  Some obvious giveaways that alchemy is playing an important part in the story is nowhere more obvious than in the fact that David, the robot boy, is on a quest to become a real boy.

As David takes his quest of transmutation we are introduced to the terms “Meca” and “Orga”, which are short for “mechanical” and “organic”.  Like the 47th proposition of Euclid suggests, both opposites merge through union to produce a third.  This relationship between mother, father and child are on full display in the movie as David’s desire to become a real boy is born from his need to be loved by his organic mother Monica.

David’s quest (for the Holy Grail) takes him through the maze of life’s pitfalls and dangers.  At the end he discovers his maker and the purpose of his creation.  There he views the statue which he remembered from his birth and which was described earlier in the movie as a peacock bird.  The peacock is symbolic of the alchemical process of transmutation and is the dead giveaway that David’s journey is an allegory.

After being frozen in ice for 2000 years David is rescued by the end product of the evolution of robots and humans.  These future “beings” are the product of a union between “Meca” and “Orga” and represent the objectives of the transhumanist agenda.  This agenda is attempting to replicate the real alchemical transmutation which humans are meant to complete, which entails the evolution of spirit and matter together within the human form.

As a corruption of the process, transhumanism aligns itself with other material objectives of the fallen man.  The vision which is being followed has been around for decades, if not longer.

In December 1965 American philosopher Hubert L. Dreyfus published a paper titled Alchemy and Artificial Intelligence.  The paper is focused on the challenges surrounding the simulation of cognitive processes.  Dreyfus reviews three fundamental forms of human information processing.  These forms are:

  1. Fringe Consciousness
  2. Essence/Accident Discrimination
  3. Ambiguity Tolerance

The above link leads to the website of the Rand Corporation.  A quick review of the topics under the Research tab on the site will provide readers with an understanding of the intricacy which weaves through industry regarding artificial intelligence.

The Dreyfus paper would suggest that such research and technology were years ahead of what the average person would have realized back in the early years of the 1960’s.  It can also be expected that this technology is more advanced today that we ourselves are able to consider.

In November of 2014 I published a post titled Synthetic Consciousness and Mass Communication.  There we discussed the purpose of social media such as Facebook and Twitter as methods of building up a synthetic form of human consciousness for the purpose of A.I. development.

While reading the Dreyfus paper from 1965 it began to dawn on me that the three challenges defined regarding the forms of human processing could very well be the focus of social media and other cultural injection points which we interact through.

It is even probable that social media, along with other symbolism in culture and media are attempting to establish a simulated alchemical process within the human race – a process which can then be merged with the objectives of the transhumanism agenda in order to produce a union between both at some future time period.  – JC