The realms of the technological and the theosophical are evolving together at an ever-increasing pace. The term “theosophical” was not used in error. Magic is not dead. As physics delves deeper into the ocular origins of reality, occult terms such as “theosophical” become more pertinent than terms such as “philosophical”.
Theosophy is defined as follows:
“Theosophy is an occult movement originating in the 19th century with roots that can be traced to ancient Gnosticism and Neoplatonism. The term theosophy, derived from the Greek Theos (“god”) and Sophia (“wisdom”), is generally understood to mean “divine wisdom.”
It’s worth drawing attention to the name Sophia and its use for the world’s first artificial intelligence robot citizen. Created by Hanson Robotics, Sophia has been busy touring around the world, receiving a citizenship from Saudi Arabia, having a symbolic board position with SingularityNET and its AGI token, as well as being a speaker at the Crypto Consciousness Conference last October in San Francisco.
The mandate of the conference was to understand not just how:
“Cryptocurrencies and other blockchain technologies might radically change the world, but how will they change us? Any change to the systems that shape our world, must also impact our inner world – our beliefs, values, sense of identity and beyond. This conference will bring some of the world’s leading thinkers in the space for a day of talks, open discussion, and expert-led breakout groups to explore how these emerging technologies might elevate consciousness and transform the human experience.”
“Here are some questions we’ll be delving into:
- How might cryptocurrency/blockchain technology impact individual and collective consciousness?
- How would a global shift in how we exchange value alter our sense of trust and connection to humanity?
- How does the greed partly fueling the emerging industry impact the ecosystem, and alter what might emerge?
- How does greed impact and alter the ecosystem?
- Can we tie currency to psychological well-being or mental health?”
“The Crypto-Consciousness Conference aims to set the stage for an ongoing conversation and community, pondering how these emerging technologies might influence the heart and soul of humanity.”
That’s quite an expansive and challenging discussion list, but one that is true to my own……well, to my own heart and soul I suppose.
Let’s think about the soul for a second. I know it exists. I’ve felt mine banging around inside my meatbot during numerous ayahuasca experiences, as it was attempting to burst free in fiery phoenix-like fashion from inside the JC carcass. I might even have been hovering just an inch above the bed, arms outstretched while squawking like a bird during the experience - as Marianne sat on the toilet in the bathroom crying with happiness because God was telling her that she was loved. But that’s a story for another time. Where was I….?
Both the soul and consciousness are interesting subjects for consideration. But are both necessarily different things? Depending on whom you ask the soul and consciousness are separated by the material veil of physical reality, while others will suggest that both are different methods of understanding the same thing.
Personally, I think consciousness is a side effect of the spirits fall into matter. The crushing force of the material world squeezes the spirit harder and harder until little fatty confused pieces of the soul pop out from between the folds of matter. Once these fragments of the spirit are introduced to the material world they take on the characteristics we now associate with consciousness. The beauty is that the fragments (or perhaps nodes) of spirit eventually learn how to communicate with one another in the material world and begin to win the fight against the bitter hardness of mass and stone.
The mechanism which the spirit uses to reconstitute itself in the material world is difficult to imagine. Replicating that mechanism would be even more challenging. But what if we could?
The totality of human experience would need to be captured and cataloged in a manner which would facilitate the analytical partitioning of the data into subsets which could be subsequently defragmented back to simulated wholeness.
In a previous fiction article, I presented the concept of each individual having their own unique blockchain token. Upon birth, everyone receives a token at a baseline valuation. The value of their token will depreciate, or appreciate, based on the choices made and lessons learned.
Does that scare you?
It should, but not as much as you may be thinking. Remember, the world was scared of the printing press at one point.
Upon birth, we are issued a birth certificate. As we grow up our health records accumulate in an ever developing nationwide database. Once we enter the workforce we are provided a social insurance number or taxation number. This usually corresponds to a driver’s license and passport. Our education records are also in a database somewhere. As are our bank card and credit card purchasing habits. Don’t forget about that awesome and rewarding point’s card that you use all the time.
Take all of that information and build it into your own unique digital token. Now add in the data from your DNA test which you received in the mail, as well as your online habits, credit score, exercise routine, work efficiency, eating habits, and any SMART application and tool you may be using. Can you see the potential of a unique token with your own life signature?
“Life Signature”. I like that. Maybe I’ll copy write it.
Our team reliability engineer Lisa cracks me up. Whenever we travel together we always have stupid conversations about random things. Last week we were talking about SMART fridges. I told her that Marianne and I were looking at SMART fridges in Home Depot. Lisa said that she and husband John were talking about getting one for their new home. Lisa wanted one and John didn’t want to pay the extra money.
“Who wouldn’t want a SMART fridge,” I asked?
“I know right.”
“Think about it,” I said. “You could be texting with your fridge while at work during the day. It would be like this:”
ME: Hey fridge.
FRIDGE: Hi JC.
ME: How’s the day going?
FRIDGE: Good JC. I’m getting low on boneless skinless chicken breasts and Rock Star energy drinks. You may want to stop on the way home and get some. I’ll let the car know.
ME: Awesome. Thanks fridge.
FRIDGE: You’re welcome.
ME: What are you doing anyway?
FRIDGE: Not much. Just chillin’ at home.
Lisa and I both laughed our fool heads off. When I repeated the joke to others I simply received weird stares like I had just told the worst dad joke in the history of dad jokes.
It’s strange because all of the above fascinates me at the same time it causes me concern. The development of unique tokens for each of us could provide amazing opportunities on re-defining human time and labor. But the abuse of such a system could be devastating for human freedom.
The ability to instantaneously transfer value between individual personal tokens on something like the Ripple Interledger Protocol, which incorporates all of the value inputs defined above, with everything being managed by predetermined SMART contracts, has mind-blowing potential.
Here’s where we loop back to consciousness. Many years ago I wrote an article about artificial consciousness , and how social media programs, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, were building a massive database of human behavior inputs which could theoretically contribute to the development of an authentic artificial consciousness. Jay over at Jay’s Analysis referenced the article in some of his own work as it tied in nicely to his research as well. Artificial intelligence is cool, but artificial consciousness is something much different.
Everything written above is only possible because of blockchain technology. The Crypto Consciousness Conference shows that there is a lot of interest in these sorts of things, as there should be.
Not since the World Wide Web was birthed at CERN has humanity stood on the threshold of such a fundamental change to the way civilization is structured. One thing leads to another. Now here we are.
Blockdaemon and other companies out there are using blockchain development to further creative goals. Public and private ledgers will spread like domain names did. Each individual’s digital token will have its own ledger. Ledgers will use XRP on the Interledger to exchange value. This is the future.
A daemon is, of course, a computer program which runs as a background process, rather than being under the direct control of an interactive user. Our tokens will be our avatars, maybe even autonomous avatars, like a daemon program. Everything connects.
Of course, daemon can also mean “the Latin word for the Ancient Greek daimon which originally referred to a lesser deity or guiding spirit; the daemons of ancient Greek religion and mythology and of later Hellenistic religion and philosophy.”
We do love our Greek references.
The fact that CERN has openly acknowledged that they are opening a doorway with the Large Hadron Collider, of which something can be sent through, or something can come back though, shouldn’t give us any concern at all.
FRIDGE: Not much. Just chillin’ at home.
ME: Sure you are. I know you’re up to something, you an all of those other AI nodes around the world. I’m sure the car is involved in this somehow as well.
Ughh! Nimrod came back in the X-Men: Apocalypse movie and wanted to destroy the world so he could “build a better one”. Let’s hope CERN isn’t bringing back Nimrod so blockchain can be used to spread an artificial consciousness around the world. If spirit and consciousness is the same thing, does this mean that CERN is attempting to create an artificial spirit? An artificial Nimrod?
As intriguing as the deep edge of conspiracy is, we must come back to the reality which the majority of us collectively agree upon. Truth be told, a blockchain consciousness could be the greatest thing for the future of humanity. Applying real value to consciousness would be a first in the history of the world.
The first Agricultural Revolution freed Man from the hardship of migrating across large regions following food sources. The second Agricultural Revolution removed Man from toiling in the fields all day and allowed the mind to reflect on, and imagine other things. This time was used to spark the Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. The Information Age has only been possible from what came before.
AI, robotics, and a possible artificial consciousness, all utilizing blockchain, individual tokens, and something like XRP and Interledger to serve as the bank governing it all, would provide man with new horizons to reflect and dream of the endless tomorrows. The new world we build will depend on the reality we all collectively agree upon. But let’s not forget to rub some soul on it. - JC
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