There’s a scene in the first instalment of The Matrix in which Morpheus takes Neo to see the Oracle database. They’re ushered into the Oracle’s modest apartment, and once inside we learn that Neo is just one of many ‘potentials’ vying for the coveted ‘Number One’ spot. One of these ‘potentials’ is a young monk-like boy performing his own version of the Uri Geller spoon bending trick. He tells a fascinated Neo the truth about the spoon – it does not exist – and invites Neo to try for himself. Neo successfully ‘glitches’ the spoon and is then called into the digital glitchin to meet the Oracle. She immediately bakes his Noodle intranet by ‘programming’ him to break a vase. Specifically, she uses a mixture of body language and verbal language – programming constructs – to position Neo and set in motion the desired sequence of events. Having hoodwinked him into believing that she is prescient, the Oracle then dupes him into eating a tracking cookie, a culinary equivalent of the device that was implanted by Agent Smith earlier in the film.
The spoon scene is one of many ‘mirror scenes’, and especially interesting when we consider the shape of a spoon. It is shaped much like a lens, and (depending on one’s position is relation to it) can be either convex or concave. Note that the image of the boy is the right way up…
…whereas the image of Neo is inverted.
The inverted image of Neo is much like the raw data captured by the human eye. Light falls on millions of light-sensitive rods and cones (like the millions of light-sensitive photosites on a camera’s image sensor), but in order to reach those rods and cones it first has to pass through the eye’s convex lens, which inverts the ‘data set’. This upside down picture of ‘reality’ is passed to the brain’s visual cortex, where the image is processed and the inversion corrected. In short, sight is not like an old film projector throwing light into a movie theatre called ‘the eye’. What we see is a construct created by a chemical-electrical computer called ‘the brain’, in much the same way that a digital camera ‘sees’ by processing a data set with its on-board image processing chip.
The Umbrella Corporation: its business is life itself.
The modern driver, a.k.a. the walkie-talkie mobile phoney, seems to require a helluva lot of assistance in navigating his or her ka along the Information Superhighway. So many chips, so many cameras, so many connected devices, so many lines of code. There is an astonishing amount of information zipping through the air, yet we only ever see the end product: an image on a screen, a text message, a phone call. It is ‘logic’, yet appears as if by magic. The modern digital fish inhabits a tempestuous ocean of information. Can you imagine what it might be like to actually see this environment? To actually see all these ‘currents’ of information flying about in the air? Would it be magical? Beautiful? Frightening?
Talking of digital fishes, if everything is information and ‘data’ is ‘food’…
…then what exactly does the ‘phishing industry’ represent within the Primate Change Simulation?
Have you ever been ‘phished’?
Walkie-talkie mobile phonies are interesting. They come with built-in eyes, ears, mouths, and a tactile touch-sensitive skin called a ‘screen’. McLuhan said that all technologies are extensions of the human senses. If that’s true then what human sense is ‘extended’ by the invisible currents of microwave radiation that connect mobile phones (cell phones) to one another? You may not be able to see these connections, but does your inability to see them mean that they don’t exist? Do they tell us that Truman Beings are interconnected in the same way that a network is connected? Or are they something more than that? Like an interface into this invisible data stream, one that provides a way to access it, tinker with it, perhaps even manipulate it?
Are you sure you’ve never been phished? Are you certain you’re not being phished right now?
Sending ‘anderoids’ to the asteroids to take pictures. In the Information Age everything is a record transmitted through the void from one walkie-talkie mobile phoney to another.
Ultimate Thule has been dubbed the ‘most primitive object’ visited by Truman Beings.
“We think what we’re looking at is perhaps the most primitive object that has yet been seen by any spacecraft,” said Jeff Moore, New Horizons’ geology lead scientist based at NASA’s Ames Research Center. “These are the only remaining basic building blocks in the backyard of the solar system that we can see.”
The ‘most primitive object’ is a ‘basic building block’? What could that mean?
In computer science, a primitive data type is either of the following:
1. A basic type is a data type provided by a programming language as a basic building block. Most languages allow more complicated composite types to be recursively constructed starting from basic types.
2. A built-in type is a data type for which the programming language provides built-in support.
Depending on the language and its implementation, primitive data types may or may not have a one-to-one correspondence with objects in the computer’s memory.
At more-or-less exactly the same time, another asteroid-visiting ‘anderoid’ (with the unlikely name of Osiris-Rex) managed to create two new records as it snapped those all-important pictures.
Here’s an image of the asteroid captured by the ‘anderoid’ Osiris-Rex. What exactly are we looking at here? A ball of rock floating in space?
Or an Ancient Encryption?
The Bennu is an ancient Egyptian deity linked with the sun, creation, and rebirth. It may have been the inspiration for the phoenix in Greek mythology.
According to Egyptian mythology, the Bennu was a self-created being said to have played a role in the creation of the world. It was said to be the ba of Ra and enabled the creative actions of Atum. It was said to have flown over the waters of Nun that existed before creation, landing on a rock and issuing a call that determined the nature of creation. It was also a symbol of rebirth and was therefore associated with Osiris.
Some of the titles of the Bennu bird were “He Who Came Into Being by Himself”, and “Lord of Jubilees”; the latter epithet referred to the belief that the Bennu periodically renewed itself like the sun. Its name is related to the Egyptian verb wbn, meaning “to rise in brilliance” or “to shine”.
The Lord of Jubilees and the never-ending movie of the Great System Analyst in the Sky.
Wow, that YouTube was uploaded by a channel named…
Closer to home (assuming you believe any of this time-space nonsense), China has landed an ‘anderoid’ right on the behind of a much larger asteroid called ‘The Spoon’. It, too, is sending back lots of records, lots of luvverly pictures…
…from the Dark Side of the Source Code.
The moon’s far side is sometimes known as the dark side, although it is not darker than the near side in any literal sense. It undergoes the same phases of illumination by the Sun as the side facing Earth. But because the moon spins on its axis at exactly the same rate as it orbits Earth, one side remains permanently out of view.
One side remains permanently out of view. A bit like that bloody spoon, don’t you think? It’s not merely a question of what we’re seeing, but who is doing the seeing. Are the ‘anderoids’ – the ‘probes’ – those who are prepared to travel further and look deeper into the nature of our ‘reality’? Those willing to approach the veil, to peek behind it, and discover that the Wizard of Oz-iris is merely a clever supercomputer equipped with a billion-megapixel All-Seeing Eye?
Oz – the death of a giant.
Prometheus: the giant, the vases, genetic engineering and the Ancient Encryptions.
The android David: breaking the vase.
Writing the script: genetically engineering the alphabet soup of DNA to bring the ‘biofilm’ to life.
There is no spoon.