Singularity 11:32 on Monday
From the list of “things that keep popping up and I have no clue why”, here’s singularity.
According to the rather dubious looking website with a very spot on domain, singularity.org defines singularity as
the rise of super intelligent life, created through the improvement of human tools by the acceleration of technological progress reaching the point of infinity.
In my (admittedly limited) understanding of the subject, this vision has been invented by futurists who comprise of science fiction writers and people who like to call themselves researchers but don’t really operate within the “accepted science community”, so to say. According to Wikipedia, these people talk about technological singularity. Ray Kurzweil is obviously a power figure in the singularity scene, and I salute him for that, as much as for creating some of the more interesting music synthesizers of the 90s.
While singularity makes for great science fiction, for me it’s just that — fiction. I don’t buy into that idea. I believe we may eventually reach something that is “near singularity” and then singularity enthusiast who are bored of waiting will start calling that singularity.
The problem with “near singularity” is that it only makes sense if you actually believe something as paradoxical as “nearly infinite” can come true. So how far technological progress must accelerate before singularity geeks feel we’re there, depends entirely on how quickly they get bored.
I will return to regular programming in the next post. ;)