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[L]ast night, I finished reading Colin Barnes’ very interesting book, “Artificial Evil”, Book 1 of The Techxorcist. Techxorcism is a word I wish I’d coined, for it evokes images of the world that looms in our very near future, when–if I’m right–spiritual entities may well inhabit code, therefore becoming and ‘artificial evil’ of sorts. Barnes’ novel doesn’t quite take this route, but it’s food for thought as we approach what Ray Kurzweil and many other fellow scientists call The Singularity. Kurzweil views this as a moment in time, but others see the ‘singularity’ as a transition period. Some believe this transition of ‘shift’ has already begun.
The book is a ‘fish out of water’ story revolving around a man who is different. The blurb at Amazon reads like this:
In a post-apocalyptic future, humanity survives within a single domed city ruled by a shadowy organisation known as The Family. Gerry Cardle reluctantly runs the Death Lottery. It’s a job he despises, yet one which keeps his name off the list. Until one day, despite his agreement with The Family, his name is inexplicably drawn next.
As Cardle is drawn into a post-apocalyptic world outside the Dome, his abilities rise to the surface: he is something new. It’s hard to tell just what Barnes’ worldview is, but transhumanism is listed as one of the reasons for the ‘Cataclysm’.
The best way I can describe the book is Blade Runner meets The Artilect War (Hugo deGaris) meets Mad Max. It’s a quick read, and the writing is excellent. Best of all, it’s ‘free’ in Kindle format, so you can’t lose anything more than a good night’s sleep because it is a page turner.
[I]f you’ve spent any time on this site or listening to our netcasts at PIDRadio.com, then the concept of ‘the singularity’ is not new. Transhumanist proponent Ray Kurzweil has been predicting a coming singularity moment, when the ‘law of accelerating returns’ brings us to a technological/biological merging of man and machine–yielding an artificial intelligence that can fine-tune its own programming. This biomachine would then expand to the cosmos, consuming and transforming the universe into mere components of itself. Finally this new construct would BECOME the universe, though in a new, godlike way. The universe would become sentient. Continue reading “Suggested Reading – Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears”
By Sharon K. Gilbert
What’s in a name? According to the Bible, names matter. They reflect who we are, what we are destined to become, and even how well we serve God. This is true of the Old Testament patriarchs, but it’s particularly true of those beings created before Adam first woke in Eden. We’ve all heard of Michael, Gabriel, and even Uriel, and Raphael. You’ve heard of Abaddon, the hideous leader of the ‘Bottomless Pit’. Perhaps even Azazel. But we all know Lucifer—right? Oh, he’s the Devil, you might say, but—is he? David W. Lowe asks that very question in his newest book, Deconstructing Lucifer. Lowe’s concise but entertaining writing style—combined with his usual, feverish drive for digging—provides the lucky reader with a series of intriguing clues and questions regarding our preconceived notions about Eden’s sinister snake. Using Isaiah 14 in particular, Lowe—our very own hermeneutical ‘Indiana Jones’—walks us through a labyrinth of linguistics and comparative translations, so be sure to have your Bible by your side while taking this journey. Though the path winds a bit, and there’s an occasional steep climb, you’ll find it’s a journey well worth the effort. Once you arrive at the end, you may or may not agree with all Lowe’s conclusions, but you will certainly agree that he asks us all to put aside childish things and learn to search the scriptures. And you’ll have a new understanding of the infamous name, Lucifer.
For more information see David’s new website, DeconstructingLucifer.com.