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Old June 29th, 2013, 11:47 AM   #1
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The Singularity

This Is What It Feels Like to Pass Through A Singularity


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So much of what was once deemed private has made its way into the public realm that today's public sphere might be unrecognizable to people who lived twenty years ago. Which brings me back to my earlier observation about the singularity.

Understood broadly, a singularity could refer to any moment in historical time when the events that follow it are almost incomprehensible to the people who lived before. For example, people living in the 1950s would find our relationships with mobile devices today almost incomprehensible. Or, if you wanted to pull out to an even longer timescale, people living in 1213 would probably be unable to comprehend most things about city life in 2013 (though the piles of trash on the street would convey a meaning that transcends time).

Futurists like Ray Kurzweil have suggested that the singularity will happen almost instantaneously, perhaps right after the first artificial intelligences come online. Vernor Vinge, the computer scientist and science fiction author who popularized the idea of a "technological singularity," told me that when it happens it will be obvious because literally the entire landscape will be transformed. Mountains would appear where before there had been ocean. People would be able to do differential equations in their heads. In other words, we would absolutely notice when the singularity arrived.

But there's also the possibility that singularity isn't something you notice except in retrospect.

Read more: http://io9.com/this-is-what-it-feels...arit-581510033


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Interesting article on mind uploading...

http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/messerly20141207


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hwaking n billgate and some famous people worry about artificial intelligence. But i don;t agree with them.

I same stance with Ray Kurzweil about singularity. Always Science have been VICTORY in human history.
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nice video.
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Great thread. It; became really interesting to me after Interstellar movie
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The singularity is now!
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we are heading into... but suddenly the most important aspect to reach this point, is to avert our collapse as civilization...
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Robin Hanson on the future robot society:



The interesting thing is that he divided human history into different phases or levels based on the speed of economic growth that happened in these phases.

Phase 1 was foraging, phase 2 agriculture and phase 3 is industry, while phase 4 in his eyes will be artificial intelligence that will ramp up economic growth to doubling every month or so, akin to the singularity.
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