The merger of Humans and Machines has Already Begun

The oldest surviving great work of literature tells the story of a Sumerian king, Gilgamesh, whose historical equivalent may have ruled the city of Uruk some time between 2800 and 2500 BC.

A hero of superhuman strength, Gilgamesh becomes instilled with existential dread after witnessing the death of his friend, and travels the Earth in search of a cure for mortality.

Twice the cure slips through his fingers and he learns the futility of fighting the common fate of man.

Merging With Machines

Transhumanism is the idea that we can transcend our biological limits, by merging with machines. The idea was popularised by the renowned technoprophet Ray Kurzweil (now a director of engineering at Google), who came to public attention in the 1990s with a string of astute predictions about technology. Continue reading

Iran Now Controls Four Middle Eastern Capitals

Some of the world’s most famous cities have become property of Iran. Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut—the list is growing.

Iran now controls the capital cities in four Middle Eastern nations. The Jerusalem Post reported February 8 that “Yemen falls to Iran in regional proxy war.” You will never guess who helped Iran take over this United States ally. From the Post (emphasis added throughout):

The toppling of the Yemeni government by Iranian backed Shiite Houthis has upped the ante in the regional sectarian Sunni-Shiite struggle.

Yemen is perfectly set to become a sectarian war that will see millions more in foreign funds transferred to various proxy forces in the country .… Continue reading

Regardless Who Wins

WASHINGTON/BERLIN (Own report) – Regardless of who will win the presidential elections in the United States, German political observers are not anticipating a change of course in U.S. foreign policy. “It is essentially immaterial who wins,” predicts an expert at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). That country’s “enormous economic problems” leave the next US president with “hardly any margin of maneuver.” And according to the CDU’s Konrad Adenauer Foundation, one can “more than likely expect a continuity, rather than a change” in the coming U.S. foreign and military policy. The Republican candidate, Mitt Romney’s aggressive rhetoric can “be considered, with good conscience, to be the baying of an electoral campaign.” Observers agree that Romney – like Obama – will reinforce US presence on China’s East and Southeast Asian periphery. It can also be assumed that he will continue the Democrat president’s drone wars, should he win the elections. Both will order military attacks on Iran, if Iran should equip itself with nuclear arms, the Adenauer Foundation predicts. Berlin must adapt itself to this situation. Continue reading