This article describes how the abundance of personal data generated about individuals through various technologies (internet history, social networks, wearable devices, etc.) that we come across in our day-to-day life can potentially one day be utilized to develop a new system to predict the life of every human being on Earth. This system would be something similar to the ancient Vedic astrology system which is being used, even today, to predict human life events and possibilities.
It also attempts to explain how big data analytics played an important role in the invention of ancient astrology systems even thousands of years ago (through mythological references) and how it is possibly going to play the same role in the creation of a next gen technology-based human prediction system.
About Big Data Analytic
Big data analytics have been in use by most of the big business houses for some time now to uncover such things as business trends, insights, and patterns, and their correlation to the psychology of customers/consumers. Recently, because of its far reaching ability to successfully predict human behavioural patterns, the application of data analytics has been spreading into many fields.
For example, it’s being used by police departments to predict crime occurrences in their area, by employers to forecast employee future actions, behaviours, productivity and psychology, and by retailers to predict customers/ consumers preferences.
Vedic Astrology & The World’s Oldest Big Data Projects
The period of Vedic civilization witnessed the birth of a number of amazing systems and methodologies, such as Yogasutra, Ayurveda, Vedic mathematics and Astrology. As per mythological scriptures, these inventions and discoveries were made possible by the siddhis (metaphysical powers) or yogic power of the great Vedic sages (thinkers). During that period, different versions of astrological systems were developed by different sages based on their research and findings in the field. All of these versions (branches) differ slightly in the way calculations are made or formulas are applied to predict future events, but they all revolve around a common philosophy which forms the very basis of these prediction techniques. That is, planetary alignments and movements influence the human body and mind. Though its validity and accuracy still remain highly debatable, if we go by Indian mythological references, it appears that the lifecycle of many of these astrology projects consisted of three major phases – the same as any of the present day big data analytic projects: 1) Detailed data gathering, 2) Analysis and 3) Devising formulas/rules based on the findings.
One such project was the Bhrigu astrology system, which was created by a great sage of the same name who was believed to have attained great siddhis through deep meditation and penance.
First Phase: Data Collection
In the first phase, Bhrigu focused on collecting data about detailed life events capturing every moment of 500,000 individuals spreading across different geographies/social and economic classes.
Second Phase: Crunching Of Data
As the analysis of these huge and unstructured data sets required a brain matching the combined power of thousands of modern day servers, he approached the best available computing powerhouse available at the time to aid him. That powerhouse was none other than the “mythological god Ganesha,” also known as the god of intellect, mathematics, and algos, and the bestower of problem solving and analytic skills. In Vedic scriptures he is often described as having an intellect or processing power equal to the power of the thousand finest brains put together (like a cluster of a thousand powerful server nodes). In yogic theology, he is the manifestation of intellect in the human brain and, once activated fully through deep meditation techniques, gives unmatched intellect and power. And after invoking the power of Ganesha in his mind, Bhrigu continued with his analysis of all the data he had collected.
Third Phase: Deriving Rules & Formulas
His careful crunching of detailed data helped him to uncover the hidden correlation between human life events and personality traits with planetary alignments, enabling him to formulate rules to predict most human life events. He then shared his findings with his community. Over time, further improvements were made based on various observations and some rules were altered to correspond to social, biological and environmental evolutions.
One question remains unanswered here. How did he manage to collect the vast personal data of so many individuals? This can again be attributed to a yogic power called citta siddhi (mind reading power). It’s a metaphysical power often described in many ancient scriptures, having been used for reading any individual’s memory – even memories to which the native brain has lost access.
Even after a thousand years, astrology is practiced extensively in most parts of India mainly for two reasons 1) to predict personality, future events, and various possibilities about an individual’s life, and 2) to predict successful marital life between prospective marriage partners (matchmaking services).
Nobody knows the truth behind these astrology systems for certain, nor does anyone know if these sages truly had the siddhis to create such amazing projects. But one thing we now know is that we have the technology required to replace those siddhis and invent a similar prediction system.
Designing A New Human Life Prediction System
At first glance, the idea of collecting data about a large number of individuals detailing every moment of their lives and then analyzing the same appears impossible. But in reality we have already made such technological progress that carrying out a big data project to predict human lives doesn’t seem so unrealistic. We have the necessary computing power and sophisticated algos to analyze any type of data of any size and complexity, and our ever growing addictions/dependencies to various technologies ensure that we encapsulate every moment of our lives in digital format. And our digital footprints are potentially the perfect alternatives for the “citta siddhis” (mind reading power of past and present things) of the sages. Let’s see how:
Available Sources For Harvesting Personal Data About A Large Number of Individuals
Through social media: Most of us don’t think twice about sharing on social media. But our actions on these various platforms – past tweets, updates, likes, shares, pictures, and more – can easily be analyzed to construct an accurate representation of who we are as a person. These social media activities paint a clear picture of our thoughts, emotions, interests, moods, and tastes, along with marking our actions and important life events. They reveal our views on religion, politics, and culture, along with our many likes and dislikes. Someone could also learn about our romantic entanglements, our joys and our sorrows, and our relationships with friends and family. Our favourite hangout places and restaurants are there for discovery, along with all of the major life events and achievements we have experienced in recent years.
Similarly, the content of our past personal mail, text, audio, video conversations, and group chats can describe the state of mind or mood of a person for that moment.
By analyzing our search data, online activity log, and mobile app data: Through careful study of our past Google search history, one can make out what thoughts, ideas, questions and cognitive abilities were playing in our mind at a given point of time and how curious/anxious/worried we were to know certain things at certain points of time. It captures almost all psychological aspects of a human brain.
Our online news and book subscriptions and our App data can speak about our reading, listening, and watching habits, along with our preferences on various subjects. Similarly, our online shopping records, digital wallets, and credit/ debit card statements can define whether we are consumerists or essentialists, as well as revealing our preferences for food, drinks, and goods and services.
This data can also divulge the many dark sides of our life and health which we may not be aware of. For example, our sexual health, preferences and fantasies over a period of time can be guessed based on the type and quantity of health care products and accessories we purchase or from the content we read/watch or search online.
Past digital records: A simple study of our e-mail history and employment records can state everything about our professional life like our behaviour, ethics, conduct, accomplishments, skills, career growth and more.
Similarly, our medical reports would show what illnesses we had during that period, what diseases/illness we are most prone to and what treatments we have already received.
Likewise, with a quick run-through of our financial records (bank statements, investment statements, asset/property purchase and sales records) one can easily guess the gains and losses we had with respect to time – how bad/good we are at making decisions, how much debt we have, what possessions we have and what we have lost.
With the arrival of advanced and wearable devices: With the advent of wearable fitness devices, we will be literally storing every movement of our day-to-day life. The patterns of our body movement, breathing, heartbeat, and perhaps even brain activity would all be there for the taking. If analyzed, one could see how much exercise we do, how much sleep we get every day, and how our biological activities change with respect to time and location, and with those changes, what thoughts, actions, and mood changes get invoked in our brain. In other words, an analysis of our brain activity would tell what kind of dream (good/bad) we had on the same night three years ago.
With the internet of things, our interaction with every single household device is set to go digital. And a careful examination of this data would tell a whole lot about our day-to-day life. With new devices like tech glasses on the rise, we will be saving everything that we see and every bit of sound that we hear or speak in the future. Whatever our senses perceive is also perceived by these devices and gets stored somewhere.
Analysis of data to derive prediction rules/formulas: We might be surprised to learn that if all this data pertaining to a person can be retrieved and consolidated in a timeline, a digital form of memory system parallel to that of our own could be developed, and it would be so vastly powerful that the human brain would appear far inferior in comparison.
If the above mentioned digital data about a very large number of people, cutting across various geographies, races, and economic classes, can be collected and analyzed effectively with sophisticated algorithms, then all the personality traits and past life events of individuals can be determined with great accuracy.
With this information in hand anyone can become a matchmaking astrologer. Any individual can predict whether a successful marriage between a couple would be possible or not based on their personality trait compatibility, sexual preferences, commonalities and interests (travel, music, art, shopping).
The analysis of all of this data may also reveal how our behaviour, thoughts, interests, appearance, bodily functions, and certain aspects of our personality go through changes with respect to location and time? Could we then determine if these occurrences and changes show any predictable patterns with respect to location, age, geography, seasonal changes, and planetary alignment at the time of birth? If so, then it would validate the Vedic time astrology systems (formulas). If not, then it might still help us uncover other unknown factors which could be playing a role in defining our personality and our life events, such as biometric data or gene sequencing, thus making a new prediction system possible.
What are your thoughts on the potential of a life prediction system? Let us know via the comment section below!
If You Could Power Your Entire Home With 60 Minutes Of Cycling, Would You Do It?
- The Facts:
Mechanical energy, converted into kinetic energy can provide the energy that we use on a regular basis to power our homes and electronic devices.
- Reflect On:
Rather than focusing on the current problems in our world it is great to change gears and have a look at all of the solutions that are popping up all over the world.
Imagine if your morning workout could power your home for the entire day, all the way until your next morning workout. Well, you may not have to imagine, as this technology exists now. Manoj Bhargava has invented a new exercise bike that can power some homes for 24 hours after use for only sixty minutes per day.
This invention was a part of a new initiative to bring electricity to places that undergo frequent power outages or may only have access to power for a few hours during the day. In our modern age, going without electricity can really separate a person from the rest of the world. Bhargava’s mission is to bridge the gap for those who suffer from poverty and make it easier for them to access the same information as the rest of the world, potentially giving them more opportunities in life.
The Free Electric
The above heading is also the name of this awesome and innovative bike serving as a solution to a pretty significant issue in the underdeveloped nations of the world.
According to Bhargava, the Free Electric is meant to lead to “better health, more leisure time, better access to education and opportunities for entrepreneurship.” He also feels that it could, “literally change the world.”
Power to change the world? Bold statement, but if this is able to be implemented worldwide, I would absolutely have to agree with him. This technology not only has the capacity to assist those in poverty, but can also be used by the rest of the world as well as more and more people around the world who are aiming to reduce their usee of fossil fuels. I have a feeling that Millennials (such as myself) and younger generations would be all over this if its made available! Not only is it a great way to get your cardio in, but it provides FREE electricity that produces no other pollution.
As mentioned in the video, it is also a great solution in the face of natural, or even man made disasters because this type of electricity would not rely on that generated and sold by power companies. Perhaps even one day a way to stock up and store this energy will be possible — then, the opportunities here will be much more plentiful and could be a huge factor in reducing the amount of pollution our current methods of energy production are creating.
The Future Is Friendly
As much as there is sometimes destruction all around us, there is also innovation and ingenuity. Human beings have tremendous potential. Even though there are many problems that we as a society are facing, solutions are popping up and fast, and in most cases they already exist. Finding solutions doesn’t seem to be the problem, so ask yourself, what is? It’s so great to see ideas such as these being conceptualized and then created and put into use so efficiently, it shows how our species is capable of stopping and potentially reversing some of the destruction that we have caused over the years.
This is absolutely a double win! We are constantly bombarded with news stories and articles that are telling us to be more active, stop sitting so much, and now with the Free Electric, we will have to be active before we can relax and enjoy the use of our precious technology.
Physicists ‘Grow’ A Man Made Diamond From Nuclear Waste That’s Able To Generate Electricity
- The Facts:
Scientists have developed a technology that can convert leftover radioactive materials into diamond batteries to power a wide range of electronics.
- Reflect On:
Could this be the solution to use op all the radioactive materials on the planet and shut down nuclear power plants worldwide?
Currently there is more than 2 billion tons of nuclear waste across the globe. This nuclear waste is a hazardous threat to the environment if not disposed of correctly. Scientists have recently begun attempting to transform nuclear waste into batteries that could last for thousands of years. If they are successful with this conversion project it would be a double win, less nuclear waste contaminating our environment, and a way to reuse energy that was generated to give power to whatever requires it.
Diamond batteries that use the energy from leftover radioactive materials have been developed and tested by researchers at the University of Bristol. They are now hoping to be able to recycle the waste leftover from decommissioned nuclear power plants in the UK. According to the University, “New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery….A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current.” (source)
How Does This Work?
According to The Independent,
Carbon-14 isotopes extracted from graphite blocks produced by the plant are infused with wafer-thin diamonds to create the batteries, which researchers say are capable of providing power on a “near-infinite basis”.
Potential applications range from powering hearing aids and pacemakers, to extending the range of spacecraft to distances much further than are currently possible.
“Eventually, a highly powerful version of a diamond battery could power a mobile phone,” James Barker, from the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Engineering, told The Independent.
“Primarily though, they are best for devices requiring long lifetime, low power and where it is difficult to replace energy sources.”
In order to make these diamond batteries safe for medical and consumer use they are encased in a non-radioactive diamond layer, which will absorb any radiation given off by the C14 source.
According to the University,
Unlike the majority of electricity-generation technologies, which use energy to move a magnet through a coil of wire to generate a current, the man-made diamond is able to produce a charge simply by being placed in close proximity to a radioactive source.
Tom Scott, Professor in Materials in the University’s Interface Analysis Centre and a member of the Cabot Institute, said: “There are no moving parts involved, no emissions generated and no maintenance required, just direct electricity generation. By encapsulating radioactive material inside diamonds, we turn a long-term problem of nuclear waste into a nuclear-powered battery and a long-term supply of clean energy.”
Could This Be The Solution We’ve Been Searching For?
“The ultimate aim is to have a factory based at one of the former power stations in the South West that takes Carbon-14 isotopes directly from the graphite blocks for use in diamond batteries. This would significantly reduce the radioactivity of the remaining material, making it easier and safer to manage,” said Professor Tom Scott, director of the South West Nuclear Hub.
“With the majority of the UK’s nuclear power plants set to go offline in the next 10-15 years this presents a huge opportunity to recycle a large amount of material to generate power for so many great uses.”
Time will tell how effective this method that scientists have come up with will be able to be implemented worldwide, but if it is, just imagine the implications of what this technology could represent.
Is It Time To Move Away From Nuclear Energy?
You’d think since the Fukushima disaster there would be a worldwide agreement for countries to stop generating power from nuclear reactors and to safely shut down these plants. Nuclear disasters have devastating effects on our planet and all of it’s inhabitants, recovery from such accidents can take tens of thousands of years to lose their hazardous radioactivity. Take the Chernobyl disaster that occurred in 1986 and is now contained under a metal shell, this site will likely remain radioactive for up to 20,000 years.
Instead of waiting for these disasters to occur, shouldn’t we be safely dismantling these sites before any more devastating disasters occur? Thankfully many countries are vowing to shut down their nuclear power plants and we can only hope that the rest of the world will follow suit.
The Future Is Here
There are so many amazing technologies that have the capacity to revolutionize the way we use energy on this planet. Of course many of those are hidden from us, especially if they cannot be in some way profited from, and unfortunately as it seems, if they don’t exploit the environment and our resources in some way.
As innovative ideas abound and technology continues to rapidly develop, we have to assume that safer and more innovative means of producing electricity will be uncovered. Hopefully these technologies will also have the capacity to undo some of the damage that we have done to our planet.
At the end of the day, using nuclear energy is not needed anymore, and in reality nuclear waste should not even exist at this point in our development as a collective.
Galaxies Millions of Light Years Apart Seem To Be Connected By Invisible “Large Scale Structures”
- The Facts:
A study published in The Astrophysical Journal in October found that hundreds of galaxies were rotating in sync with the motions of galaxies that were tens of millions of light years away. This suggests that an invisible force somehow connects them.
- Reflect On:
How much of what we know, and what we think we know, is false? Are our minds open to accepting new concepts of reality that don't fit within the framework of accepted knowledge?
“We are all connected” — a statement that may evoke an eye-roll from someone you express this to. This is common when it comes to such topics, or any topic that dives into the ‘spooky’ world of quantum physics, which seems to be directly intertwined with philosophy and metaphysics in various ways. These subjects are going to really conflict with the belief systems of many, and that’s ok.
“There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement.” This statement was made by Lord Kelvin — a famous Scottish mathematician and physicist who contributed to many branches of physics — in 1900, and shattered only five years later when Einstein published his paper on special relativity. The new theories proposed by Einstein challenged the current framework of understanding, forcing the scientific community to open up to an alternative view of the true nature of our reality. This serves as a great example of how things that are originally taken as truth can suddenly turn out to be fiction.
This type of thing is happening quite often today, and with most of us trying to put food on the table and pay our bills, we don’t really have time to keep up with all that’s being discovered.
When it comes to the connection between all living systems, there are a number of examples one could use from many different fields of study. We see connection in all different forms, including all the way down to smallest bits of matter, the physical ‘stuff’ that our world is made up of. In quantum entanglement, for example, particles remain connected so that if you separate them, regardless of distance, whatever actions are performed on one of them affect the other. This has been seen with photons, for example.
This strange connection is not only seen at the smallest levels of the physical world, but also in large scale. This has been demonstrated by a new study published in the Astrophysical Journal last October, which found that hundreds of galaxies were rotating in sync with the motions of galaxies that were tens of millions of light years away.
This is a new discovery and a new phenomenon that came from studying 445 galaxies within 400 million light years of our planet. The observed coherence is quite astonishing, and the authors hypothesize that it must have something to do with “large scale structures” that are perhaps connecting them, causing them to move so precisely in sync as they do, especially given the fact that the galaxies observed are separated by approximately 20 million light years. Somehow they “directly interact with each other,” said Joon Hyeop Lee, an astronomer at the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute.
The paper suggests that the synchronized galaxies are somehow embedded along the same ‘large scale structure,’ which is slowly rotating in a counter-clockwise direction and could be an explanation for the coherence seen between the rotation of these galaxies and their neighbours.
Obviously, a lot is still unknown.
“The dynamical coherence even out to millions of light-years was unexpected and surprising to us, because such distances are obviously too far for neighbor galaxies to directly interact with each other” says Joon Hyeop Lee, first author of the study, from KASI at Daejeon, Korea “Nevertheless, since the observational evidence supports the interaction origin of the dynamical coherence, we could not but think of the possibility that it is the vestige of past interactions.” (source)
These large structures are, as of now, invisible. Astronomers can’t identify what they are, but the discovery hints to the idea that the structures are made predominately of dark matter that links these galaxies in some sort of cosmic web, as galaxies and space in general seem to be dominated by dark matter.
This is where the world of non-material science comes in, as we start to bridge the gap that seems to separate science and metaphysics.
More is unknown than is known. We know how much dark energy there is because we know how it affects the universe’s expansion. Other than that, it is a complete mystery. But it is an important mystery. It turns out that roughly 68% of the universe is dark energy. Dark matter makes up about 27%. The rest – everything on Earth, everything ever observed with all of our instruments, all normal matter – adds up to less than 5% of the universe. Come to think of it, maybe it shouldn’t be called “normal” matter at all, since it is such a small fraction of the universe.
Non-material, invisible substances dominate our world — they are not perceivable to the senses, but they can be detected.
If you’ve looked into dark matter, you may also know that what scientists refer to as the quantum vacuum is often mistaken for dark matter or ‘dark energy,’ but we don’t hear about this in mainstream channels.
Space is actually not empty and it’s full of energy… The energy in space is not trivial, there’s a lot of it and we can actually calculate how much energy there is in that space and that reality might actually come out of it. Everything we see is actually emerging from this space. – Nasim Haramein
This idea was illustrated decades ago with the “Casimir Effect,” which demonstrates what’s called zero-point energy. Today, we are beginning to see that these concepts are not just theoretical, but instead are very practical. (source)(source) This is why it’s interesting to point out how multiple scientists, over the past little while, have been expressing the idea that what we call “Dark Matter” might actually be mistaken for this ‘zero-point energy.’
Take, for example, this Defense Intelligence Agency unclassified document entitled “Warp Drive, Dark Energy & The Manipulation of Extra-Dimensions,” written and prepared for the agency by senior research physicist Richard K. Obousky, Ph.D. and Eric W. Davis, Ph.D.
When it comes to dark energy, here’s what the paper states:
This is what now is being accepted as the ‘substance’ of space. Space is not empty–if you look at an atom, it’s mostly made up of ’empty space,’ but the space is not actually empty, it’s full of energy.
Nikola Tesla was well aware of this substance/force at the turn of the 20th Century:
All perceptible matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the akasha, or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life-giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never-ending cycles all things and phenomena.” – Nikola Tesla, Man’s Greatest Achievement, 1907
The late Parahamsa Tewari recently had a paper published in Physics Essays. The paper is titled “Structural Relation Between The Vacuum Space and The Electron.” You can access the full study here. Tewari also points out that dark matter has been mistaken for the ether.
Ether has got to be, once again, established, then there will be the meaningful understanding of physics, meaningful understanding of metaphysics, and meaningful understanding of spiritual processes.” – Tewari (source)
I believe that there is something non-physical connecting these galaxies, connecting space and connecting time in ways that we are just beginning to understand, and I believe that what’s beyond this non-physical ‘substance’ is consciousness.
Science still has a long way to go with regards to making discoveries about our universe, as there are many more questions than answers, but something seems to be a common theme, and that’s the fact that invisible forces like dark matter, dark energy, and the zero-point energy field are key components with regards to the structure and nature of reality.
What’s even more fascinating? The fact that consciousness itself may play an integral role in shaping how our physical world behaves. You cannot go into quantum physics without diving into consciousness. Max Planck, the theoretical physicist credited with originating quantum theory — a feat that won him the Physics Nobel Prize in 1918 — offers perhaps the best explanation for why understanding consciousness is so essential: “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”(source)
Perhaps the universe itself is conscious?
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