My sons forced us to watch the documentary, "Transcendent Man," [transcendentman.com] about Ray Kurzweil, the inventor and futurist, which made we wonder; How can I get a job as a futurist? Do you have to be any good at it? I mean, just look at all those neon ESP signs in our storefronts. Somehow those "futurists" manage to pay their rent, no?
Okay, what the movie really made me wonder is if Ray Kurzweil is a spiritual man, because his ideas on technology's influence on the future and what it means for mankind, manage to sync-up astonishingly with most New Age thought. And I suppose I'm dating myself here, because apparently we don't call it New Age anymore, we call it Body Mind Spirit. (New Age is old hat!?)
The movie explains Kurzweil's belief that, at the rate technology is advancing in terms of robotics, genetic engineering and nanotechnology, humans will soon merge with machines, (Terminator, anyone?) creating a Utopian (critics say possibly dystopian--don't worry, I had to look it up, too) society in which death could be eliminated. It talks about the concept of Technological Singularity [wikipedia.org/Technological singularity] where humans, through advances in technology, become super-intelligent and will "transcend" biological mortality.
Hmmm. I'm no scientist but I am a New Ag--, uh, Body Mind Spirit kind of gal. All this talk of "super-intelligence," regardless if it involves machines or not, sounds an awful lot like what some would call Enlightenment to me. The fact that with it, we would defeat death--ditto. Isn't that the promise of every religion on the planet?
I'm a big fan of the Akashic Records and have been working with them for the past ten years. I learned about them from my mentor and friend, Linda Howe. To quote from her Center for Akashic Studies website:
The Akashic Records are a universal filing system which record every occurring thought, word, and action: a collection of mystical knowledge stored in the etheric levels. The vibrational records of each individual soul and its journey are contained here, making it a profound spiritual resource for consciousness development and expanded spiritual awareness. The Records have been recognized as a reservoir of useful insight, guidance, wisdom and healing information from the past, present and future.
Say whatever you want about my New Age woo-hoo beliefs, I know from personal experience, the Akashic Records are real. But being in and using the Akashic Records also sounds eerily familiar to Kurzweil's vision for super-human intelligence, because when you're in the Records, you do sort of transcend in a way, and the more you work in the Records, the more knowledge you can get from them.
Stay with me.
Have you ever been thinking about someone you haven't thought of in a while, only to have them call or email you? Of course you have. A hundred and fifty-years ago, no one would have believed we'd be able to pick up a phone and call someone across the country. Now, we do it wirelessly. When I think hard enough, my mother will call and vice versa. I know! Now you're wondering what could be the particular advantage of this? (Only kidding, Mom.) If Kurzweil is correct, in the future, will we even need phones or will we just communicate telepathically?
Here's my point: I think technology is merely catching up to what the human body, mind and spirit is capable of, if only we'd believe it.
And I love that scientists are using the term Technological Singularity. Technological or not, its concept of Oneness is echoed everywhere in the spiritual world. We are all one. But if it's going to take nanotechnology, robotics and genetic engineering to have the scientists believing what all of us Body Mind Spirit folks already know, I suppose that's okay, too.
It's like the story about the blind men with their hands on different parts of the elephant. The movie Transcendent Man is just one more sign that as a species we are edging ever closer to seeing the whole "elephant" or truth.
All right, A City Mom is done waxing philosophical for today. Now, I'm going to go get my Tarot cards, and practice for my new career as a futurist.
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