Human suffering, global inequities and injustices,
wars, violence, slavery (sex and otherwise),
child abuse etc. have been plaguing
humanity since we first evolved from our
earlier hominid ancestors.
Over 10,000 years (and likely far longer) we have
tried all sorts of religions & political systems and
forms of government. We have tried numerous
educational and cultural means of reform.
All of them have failed us. Without exception.
Religion in particular has been the most
spectacular fraud and failure of them all.
It has been the cause of human suffering
more than any other human created
“systems” of control.
The reason they have all failed us is because the foundational
building block of all such systems is the unitary human
being. It is us. Humans.
We ARE the problem.
Till we accept that we are the problem and work
to change us at our core – including genetic &
psychological makeup and temperaments
– we will continue to FAIL regardless of
what grandiose ideas we come up with.
Humanity is a product of millions of years of evolution.
Humanity is still quite obviously (just look at
our flaws) a work-in-progress
Question is – what comes after us ?
Do we want to leave this to natural selection and chance
or do we want to actively and deliberately use
our knowledge of Radical Science to
evolve ourselves ?
Modern humans arose 150,000 – 200,000 years ago.
Our genes have not changed in 50,000 years.
The world of 50,000 years ago is vastly different from the
Negative character traits like greed, selfishness, aggressiveness,
violence, narcissism, sociapathy etc.
were selected for by natural selection because it
helped us to survive in a world of constant crisis
and danger – daily – to our lives.
These traits are also – in the modern world –
precisely the foundational causes of
human suffering, injustice and the
inability of humanity to come together to solve
our common problems like global warming,
wars, extremes in wealth inequality etc.
Technological Innovation has been growing
at an exponential rate since the dawn of
civilization. More progress is happening in 5 years
than happened in over 100 years and
this pace will continue to pick up.
At current rates of progress it is expected
that within 20-30 years machine
Artificial General Intelligence (AI) will surpass
collective human intelligence. This is called the
A true AI will be able to recursively improve
itself rapidly and exponentially and despite all the safeguards
we put in place – it will quickly be in a position
to dispense with humanity.
By 2045 (when such an AI could reach the point of
the “Singularity” mentioned earlier) we could become
extinct unless something
is done NOW.
Humanity does not yet have the right level
of collective intelligence and wisdom to be able
to coordinate our efforts and place appropriate safeguards
in place against a rogue Singularity.
We are in no position to be able to
even comprehend what such an Intelligence would
be capable of or think like.
It is like saying an ant can understand or control
a human being.
Without human unity and proper safeguards in place
rogue human hackers, terrorists and scientists will be able
to unleash mass extinction on all of humanity.
A human being – with our propensity for violence,
our propensity for self-delusion, selfishness & hubris
will by definition create an AI not too far removed
from us in traits – despite our best of intentions.
Transhumanists are pushing for radical life-extension,
Mars colonization and the creation of AI.
There are a lot of powerful technological advances
happening that like AI – in the wrong hands – in
human hands – will be certain to be misused and altered
for malicious purposes by criminal groups
and terrorist organizations.
Transhumanist groups are underestimating these
These threats are REAL. This is NOT Science Fiction.
We are racing against the clock. We have 10-30 years to
surmount these challenges. If we don’t do something – humanity
could very well become extinct in a few decades
and it will be completely a self-inflicted
What we need is a new world order. A world order –
a planetary unitary civilization – based on justice,
equity, scientific rationality and
infused with spiritual and ethical
values appropriate for our age.
We need this to be able to coordinate efforts
on the development of such technology
and ensure we have the appropriate safeguards.
We also need humans who are
far more intelligent and wise. We need humans that
don’t have most of our negative character traits including
hubris / selfishness / aggressiveness / violence etc.
But how do we get to such a world ?
Have we not been trying for 10,000 years or more ?
It is obvious motivation is not the problem.
Most of us can be educated to understand the dangers.
Most of humanity does indeed yearn for unity,
peace, equity and justice and wants a
world free of human suffering.
The problem is not our desires but our
genes. Our genetic makeup is not
suited for such a world. It arose via
natural selection to help us survive in a world
of saber-toothed tigers.
Unless we face this fact we will
get nowhere but in circles – back to square one.
Everything we do has been tried before except for…
We have never seriously accepted the need to
change our genetic makeup…our bodies …our
character traits at their genetic roots.
More accurately we have not seriously
pursued this path with a passionate and determined
Project Prometheus proposes that we
launch a Manhattan-like project to
create – via deliberate genetic engineering –
the next evolutionary leap in humanity…the first
in 150,000- 200,000 years.
Once we have created the first upgrade each
generation will continue to recursively
and exponentially improve upon itself.
Once an adequate level of advancement is reached
and a planetary unified civilization comes into
being – and only then – should we toy with creating
an AI and bringing about the Singularity.
At that level of advancement – the newly evolved and enhanced
humanity can then merge with the AI and create
As Trans (from transitional) or Post- Humans we will be
in a position to pursue intrasolar, then intragalactic space
travel and colonization and spread our wings
throughout the Galaxy and in time
throughout the rest of the Cosmos.
More importantly we will be
deserving and fit for such
It is our MANIFEST DESTINY !