By Tony Cartalucci
January 23, 2012
"And our small planet, at this moment, here we face a critical branch-point in the history. What we do with our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect the destiny of our descendants.“It is well within our power to destroy our civilization, and perhaps our species as well.“If we capitulate to superstition, or greed, or stupidity we can plunge our world into a darkness deeper than time between the collapse of classical civilization and the Italian Renaissance.
“But, we are also capable of using our compassion and our intelligence, our technology and our wealth, to make an abundant and meaningful life for every inhabitant of this planet. To enhance enormously our understanding of the Universe and to carry us to the stars." ~ Carl Sagan, astronomer
Indeed, we teeter on a precipice upon which technology and human innovation will either free us from chains that have collectively bound us since the beginning of civilization, or enslave us within a global scientific dictatorship that will crush us so completely we will cease to even be human.
A fear stalks the global elite however ~ the fear of inevitable technological breakthroughs slipping from their monopolistic grip and into the hands of the people. Technology like file sharing, blogging, open source software, and cheaper hardware have allowed the masses to challenge and in some ways dismantle the structure of domination the global elite are attempting to build over free humanity. Rules and regulations, bills like SOPA and PIPA, and other legal tactics attempt to stem the tide or indeed reverse it.
One example, and perhaps the most profound, is that of advanced computer controlled manufacturing that is starting to appear on desktops around the world. An article on the globalist Lowy Institute's "Interpreter" notes the emergence of this technology in an article titled, "The replicator: Life imitates Star Trek," which concludes,
"I don't think we yet have any idea of the disruptive capacity of such technology, for good and ill."
Instead of having the TV tell people what they want, people could decide for themselves. And while we could collaborate globally, we would be able to decide locally how best to employ our time, energy, and resources to solve local problems.
And while computer-controlled manufacturing entering into the hands of the masses would bring a quantum leap to human progress, reducing material scarcity as the technology improved, none of this is being talked about in political or public circles beyond a handful of universities and enthusiasts who genuinely want what's best for humanity. In attempts to garner government support, many organizations are told specific rules exist that prevent governments or corporations from assisting projects that turn consumers into producers and thus opening the door to the personal manufacturing revolution.
It is a good bet that the upper echelons of the global elite are well aware of the impending personal manufacturing revolution ~ and would rather keep it silent. Concepts and predictions of "universal constructors" have been around since the 1940's.
Keeping this quiet buys the elite time to put their global system in place, increase interdependency between people and nations as well as increasing dependency on their contrived international institutions ~ when technology already exists that make such global empires both unnecessary and entirely unpalatable.
The wisdom of Carl Sagan yielded the observation that we live in a society constructed on science and technology, but where the public has little or no knowledge at all regarding either. So then who, Sagan asked, is determining the fate of humanity?
We are faced with a series of decisions.
Personal manufacturing is here, a paradigm shift of immense proportions stands before us. People around the world are already utilizing it to solve real world problems, as demonstrated by MIT's FabLab ~ and improves lives where politics have categorically failed.
Society will continue to march forward with an expanding scientific and technological infrastructure.It is up to us and our will to get involved that will determine whether that infrastructure serves the elite or the people.
Above all others, Americans should be scientifically and technologically literate. The "bread and circus" of corporate-funded spectacles like the NFL, American Idol, and all the other pointless diversions that have absorbed our time and energy and even our own will to determine our destiny are like the ancient Sirens of Greek mythology guiding us into the rocks of our own destruction.
For those interested in personal manufacturing, the above Interpreter article features the "Makerbot" designed and constructed by a collaborative workspace in New York City called "Resistor." America used to have a thriving DIY industry, with an abundance of clubs, organizations, contests, and publications. Today there is a resurgence ~ only this time augmented with technology like personal manufacturing that has immense implications that go beyond a constructive pastime.
It would be a good idea to connect with these people and add our talent, energy, and free time to something more constructive than vegetating on the couch behind the glow of the Fortune 500 TV programming that has lulled a great nation to sleep.