Is Singularity the answer to our problems?
Just a fantasy of a technocratic hit man named Ray Kurzweil
or soon to be reality?
What is Singularity?
The technological singularity (also, simply, the singularity) is the hypothesis that the invention of artificial superintelligence will abruptly trigger runaway technological growth, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization. According to this hypothesis, an upgradable intelligent agent (such as a computer running software-based artificial general intelligence) would enter a “runaway reaction” of self-improvement cycles, with each new and more intelligent generation appearing more and more rapidly, causing an intelligence explosion and resulting in a powerful superintelligence that would, qualitatively, far surpass all human intelligence.
Who is Ray Kurzweil?
In 2012, Ray Kurzweil was appointed a Director of Engineering at Google, heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.
Most people will know of, or at least heard of, Ray Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering, and one of the world’s leading futurists. He’s been surveying and forecasting the technology scene for longer than most of us have been alive – speaking of which he’s currently trying to live forever, and one of his ambitions is to bring his long dead father back to life as an avatar – everyone’s got to have a hobby.
“By 2029, computers will have human level intelligence,” Kurzweil said in an interview.
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What is Transhumanism?
“Transhumanism is the intentional merging of man with machine. It is the movement to augment or enhance humanity by melding synthetic, machine-like parts to the human body. It is driven to make man more precise, logical, analytic and knowledgeable – by making man more robotic.
Transhumanism is a highly dangerous movement that reminds one of a little kid playing with fire. We have no idea where this is going to take us, yet we race blindly on, believing that if we can, we must. That’s the maxim of misguided science: if we can do it, we will do it, no matter what.
Many authors, film directors, artists and visionaries have foreseen and warned about the danger of an AI (Artificial Intelligence) system that becomes self-aware, decides it doesn’t want humans to live and kills them all. So we need to ask ourselves: Will transhumanism be how humanity destroys itself?
Plug Yourself Into a Supercomputer and Become a God
Transhumanism is selling the idea that you can plug yourself into a supercomputer and become all-powerful, all-knowing, immortal – a god. It’s promoting the idea that humanity can have a future without death.”
This is an excerpt from Kurzweil’s book
“The Singularity Is Near”
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“At the onset of the twenty-first century, humanity stands on the verge of the most transforming and thrilling period in its history. It will be an era in which the very nature of what it means to be human will be both enriched and challenged, as our species breaks the shackles of it genetic legacy and achieves inconceivable heights of intelligence, material progress, and longevity.
For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his class “The Age of Spiritual Machine”, he presented the daring argument that with the ever-accelerating rate of technological change, computers would rival the full range of human intelligence at its best.
Now, in “The Singularity Is Near”, he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine, in which the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our own creations.
The merging is the essence of the Singularity, an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly nonbiological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today—the dawning of a new civilization that will enable us to transcend out biological limitations and amplify our creativity.
In this new world, there will be no clear distinction between human and machine, real reality and virtual reality. We will be able to assume different bodies and take on a range of personae at will. In practical terms, human aging and illness will be reversed; pollution will be stopped; world hunger and poverty will be solved.
Nanotechnology will make it possible to create virtually any physical product using inexpensive information processes and will ultimately turn even death into a soluble problem. While the social and philosophical ramifications of these changes will be profound, and the threats they pose considerable, The Singularity Is Near maintains a radically optimistic view of the future course of human development. As such, it offers a view of the coming age that is both a dramatic culmination of the centuries of technological ingenuity and a genuinely inspiring vision of our ultimate destiny.”
Is this really the world we want to live in?