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Why you already live in a cyberpunk future

Our perception of a cyberpunk future is shaped by the foresight of luminaries like William Gibson, Neal Stephenson and Bruce Sterling. Their vivid scenarios of ubiquitous computers, high tech weaponry, corporate tyranny and social disintegration have never been closer to reality than in the world of 2011. Here’s a few facts that will make you question the very fabric of our contemporary existence and learn to embrace the promise and perils of an increasingly cyberpunk reality.

A reality filled with high technology run by low life.

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The Men Who Stare in Peace: An Interview with Dr. David Leffler

In the movie The Men Who Stare at Goats, military interest in psychic research is portrayed as an utter failure. The movie is not meant to be science journalism but pure entertainment. However, buried beneath the satirical and banal surface of this movie lie many interesting scientific theories. A proposed theory of a collective consciousness is one of them.

The origins of our understanding of collective consciousness can be traced to the Vedic texts of ancient India. This multidimensional science of the mind had its revival with such luminaries as Gustav Fechner, William James, Emile Durkheim, and C.G. Jung. Recent advances in quantum physics, especially Unified Field Theory, are now providing some fascinating parallels with these schools of thought.

UPDATE: Apparently, at least one military of an unknown Latin-American country is deploying Invincible Defense Technology. I’ve received photos from an anonymous source of their allegedly nearly fully-operational “Military Prevention Wing.” See photos 1 and 2.

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Energy, Entropy and Technology

PFN (2002): Since the dawn of the Industrial Civilization the growth of the economical system has become independent on the access to fossil fuels. From the first water mill to todays nuclear power plants human activity has been irreversible tied to the use of natural resources and fossil fuels. Based on current economical growth the expected growth in energy consumption is between 150-250 % to 2050. What implications will the future global energy situation have on the world system?

«Collapse, if and when it comes again, will this time be global. No longer can any individual nation collapse. World civilization will disintegrate as a whole. Competitors who evolve as peers collapse in like manner.» – Joseph A. Tainter, 1988

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Eric Drexler – an unauthorized biography

PFN (2002): Since the ancient roman philosopher Demokrit introduced the concept of atoms as the fundament of matter, mankind has sought to control and manipulate the environment. The later alchemical ideas of the elements “earth, wind, water and fire” and the transmutation of metal into gold shows early interest in the complexity of nature. The evolution of the sciences cumulated with the academic disciplines of physics, chemistry and biology. Drexler fuses all these disciplines into the multi-disciplinary field of molecular manufacturing and nanotechnology.

“If you want to know
what molecular nanotechnology is,
look yourself in the mirror”
- Eric Drexler

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Undesirable World Futures: Things That Could, But Shouldn’t, Happen

PFN (2002): Armageddon, The Apocalypse, Ragnarok, Doomsday; the end of the world seems to have mesmerized mankind since the dawn of civilization. Eschatology, the branch of theology that is concerned with the end times, has formed the human psyche through its religious influence. To ensure the propagation and betterment of mankind we need less mythomania and zealots and more applied foresight to confront the actual problems that threaten to annihilate humans on a large scale. [Read more...]

Nanowar Scenarios and the Future of Warfare

PFN (2002): The media coverage of the recent opening of the MIT Insitute for Soldier Nanotechnologies was mostly confined to articles with a clear news angle. A deep information-rich analysis of the consequences of military nanotechnology on the stability of the world system is rare in mainstream media. This report will examine some consequences of this disruptive emerging technology on military affairs.

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The Future of Designer Babies

PFN (2002): The idea of the perfect human has been around a long time. From Lao Tze to Nietsche and Galton, many great minds have described certain desirable and non-desirable qualities of man.

Until recently, all human reproduction resulted from sexual intercourse, and couples had to be prepared for the luck of the natural lottery. Now powerful new technologies are changing the reproductive landscape and challenging basic notions about procreation, parenthood, family, and children. Recent scientific discoveries within the field of human genetics and reproductive technologies have revitalized many timeless thoughts about human perfection.

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30 Years Beyond the Limits – an interview with Jørgen Randers

PFN (2002): Jørgen Randers (60) represent the forefront of Norwegian future studies. His work with scenario planning and system dynamics from the early 70′s has given these exotic fields attention from more than military planners and the literati. His articles and books promote views of a truly concerned scientist, many would say radical environmentalist. The controversy surrounding the now legendary book “Limits to Growth” resounds in the current environmental debate. The fact that energy demands are slowly reaching the limits of supply cause concerns even for big business. Randers is currently professor of policy analysis at the Norwegian School of Management (BI) and work with environmental strategy for companies like Tomra, The Dow Chemical Company and British Telecom.

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