What is the singularity?
When man uses technology to become God himself. A day where man breaks free from his biological shackle and becomes trans-human. Imagine living forever because you uploaded your mind on the Internet or living in a cyborg body.
Sounds like science fiction? Perhaps. Read more – because the singularity rabbit hole goes deep.
Who popularized the “singularity” meme?
Ray Kurzweil, an inventor and futurist. He wrote “The Singularity is Near” (highly recommended) where he talks how, in 2045, humanity will reach the singularity. Apparently, humanity reaches the singularity by developing strong artificial intelligence.
Imagine having a computer that is 10 times smarter than Albert Einstein. How about 1000x smarter than Albert Einstein? More on this later.
But first …
Near future technology:
01. Driverless cars
Using cameras and artifical intelligence, Google is able to create a driverless car. See for yourself:
Uber – a cheap alternative to state sanctioned taxi – is planning to buy 500,000+ driverless cars. This means that it’s cheaper for you to use Uber than to own a car. Experts predict that in the near future, people may completely ditch cars and just use Uber.
The taxi drivers are already mad that Uber is kicking their asses out of business.
02. Virtual reality head gear
People will no longer consume media by sitting in front of a TV, instead they will put on a headset and immerse themselves in virtual reality.
In 2025, video game graphic will become photo-realistic. When this happens, people will ignore the boring reality and live inside a virtual reality world most of the time.
03. Artificial intelligence
Driverless car and virtual reality are cool. What will blow your mind is strong artificial intelligence – a computer that thinks like a human. What about a computer that is 1000x smarter than the average human? This is when humanity reaches the singularity.
By the way, artificial intelligence and robots will replace your job. Experts predict that 50 percent of the population will be out of jobs in the near future. See video below:
Imagine living for 200 years because you’re able to 3D print a new heart or kidney. Advancement in technology will eventually allow you to upload your mind on to the Internet (or have a cyborg body)
Imagine leaving this crowded planet and exploring neighboring galaxies. Imagine living for thousands or millions of years, until you say “fuck it, I’m done living, just kill me.”
In conclusion …
The future is a bumpy road – what if artificial intelligence turns out to be evil and wipes out mankind? What if terrorists use nano-technology to kill more people? What happens when robots take all our jobs? But there is no denying that the singularity is coming.
The popular meme right now – popularized by Ray Kurzweil – the singularity is coming at 2045 when artificial intelligence becomes smarter than human intelligence. People like to debate if the timeline is correct – it doesn’t matter because strong AI is coming, sooner or later.
If the singularity really is happening at 2045, your best bet is to stay healthy for another 29 years – it’s your chance to experience immortality …
Next week blog post will be “An introduction to the singularity, Part 2”.
Until then, stay healthy, comrade.
– Max Uber