The Singularity: What Is It and Should You Be Afraid?


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From “the Cloud” to super-intelligent artificial intelligence (AI)
to superhuman robots to supercomputers which can defeat any human
mind at anything, we are nearing a point in technological evolution
known as “the Singularity” or “the technological Singularity.” What will
happen, what will be mankind’s fate as we enter the Singularity?
Will we prosper as never before or is it the end of the human species, and
does it involve a sinister Illuminati plot to replace
the common man with robots? Scared? You should be.

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The Singularity: What Is It
and Should You Be Afraid?

The Singularity, AI Technological Salvation?

The Daily Walk with Love, January 16, 2018, (originally published Nov. 18, 2017, updated and expanded), by Paul Evans. Video is Michio Kaku & Ray Kurzweil – Singularity is Close!, YouTube — 34:11; featured photograph of Hajime Sorayama’s sexy robot is courtesy of Inverse (Save it as .jpg not .jpeg). While I have studied artificial intelligence for three years and have loved computers for much, much longer, I will simply allow other people’s writings to speak on the question of the Singularity, which I see as having such singular significance to the human race that I will capitalize the word (as is often done by tech people). Along with these writings and resources I will provide my commentary on the Singularity for your attention. I will then advance one possible “conspiracy theory” about what is going on, which does, I admit, not have that much credence, but which I wanted to call to your attention. I always liked Information Society (YouTube search page for full albums by the band), so tonight I looked around a bit for all of us for a band like them for you to listen to while you read this and settled on KON KAN, MOVE TO MOVE, FULL ALBUM 1989. Included video is INFORMATION SOCIETY MEGAMIX (FULL 21 MINUTE MIX). This is a long article, but it’s important, so all you non-technological people, hang on as we wade our way through this: it’s important for the future. PLEASE SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH FRIENDS!!

ADDED: See the follow-up article to the present one, The Technological Singularity: Unfaced Problems & Fears for the Common Man, January 30, 2018, by Paul Evans.

Also see Understanding “The Internet of Things” (IoT) and the Future, The Daily Walk with Love, December 25, 2017, by Paul Evans, where I say:

For the “non-tech-professional” people among us, I think, basically, I should explain in the first place, these guys have got tech really ramped up and the face of technology is constantly changing and innovating, driving forward and becoming more important. So that’s part of the picture. But really, I think computer geeks like to have and use a terminology only they understand, so they are more valuable and exclusive in the world. They could have said “Internet connected, inter-connected and inter-operable devices of many sorts,” but it just seems cooler to speak of an “Internet of Things,” (and to shorten this to “the IoT”), and for a long time, no one but the geeks knew what that meant! All this is job security for IT professionals in the business world, lol. But, like the Cloud, artificial intelligence and advances in robotics, this is real, this is happening in our “Brave New World,” and I think we had best adjust to it, because it’s the future (UNLESS we do something about it).

SUMMARY: From “the Cloud” to super-intelligent Artificial Intelligence to superhuman robots to supercomputers which can defeat any human mind at anything, we are nearing a point in technological evolution known as “the Singularity” or “the technological Singularity.” What will happen, what will be mankind’s fate as we enter the Singularity? Will we prosper as never before or is it the end of the human species, or even a sinister Illuminati plot to replace the common man with robots? The TED Talks people are mostly lined up in support of a technological Singularity, and quite a few technologists have lined up to try to make something like this happen. As for me, the whole scenario proposed by those who advocate and promote the whole Singularity concept is NOT something I want for myself or my children, how about you? Nor do I want my mind merged with a computer. You can decide after you read this vital, informative article:

That multi-talented scientist and militarist “John von Neumann (born 1903) was quoted (in a Singularity symposium) as saying that ‘the ever accelerating progress of technology … gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue.’ His definition of the Singularity was that the Singularity is the moment beyond which ‘technological progress will become incomprehensively rapid and complicated.'” Paul: So, this point at which the accelerating pace of improvement and change in technology outstrips and accelerates beyond man’s capacity to control it is called “the singularity” or “technological singularity.” But fears about this presuppose that these very rapidly accelerating technological advances are made under the guidance of human minds as we understand them now. The fact is, in ten or twenty years, the human mind and computers will be well on the way to merging, and even the term “cyborg” is not a good enough term to describe this merging, which might even be at the molecular or nano levels. In other words a “sort of human” or “superhuman” but still human understanding may very well be entirely capable of guiding the process as technology accelerates.

Google’s chief engineer Ray Kurzweil is often cited as the primary originator of the theory of a Singularity, and has been one of the main popularizers of the concept. His book, “The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology” (Amazon, Kindle $13.99), is probably considered the Bible in terms of Singularity study, although since it is copyright 2005 it is of course hopelessly out of date. But I think it is considered still very relevant and is “where it all began.” Kurzweil believes that “by the 2030s, we will connect our neocortex, the part of our brain where we do our thinking, to the cloud” (of networked satellites). I believe he feels the Singularity itself will occur about 2029, and I have seen others who mentioned the year 2045. But it’s coming.

Perhaps one of the most “mind-blowing” articles I have read on the Singularity is “Humanity 2.0: The Unstoppability of Singularity, Collective Evolution, June 8, 2017, by Christine Horner. To speak frankly, www.disclosureproject.org, what is the role of any aliens or alien technology in all this? And, moreover, all this technology, all these changes to the human mind and the world about us, all this leaves out one salient problem, as I see it. This technology, these changes, they all COST one heck of a lot of money. What is to become of the common man, the poor, the “lower 20 or 40 percent of us,” who are already left out in the cold. Thus, my “conspiracy theory” idea, below. Wouldn’t it be “convenient” if the poor just went away as a problem. Given the history of how the wealthiest elite and the Illuminati have treated the poor in the past, I am quite pessimistic for the future…. I want to make it clear that I don’t speak as any kind of a dissident; these are my genuine perceptions and I’m frankly scared about the future for the common man.

See The Consequences of Machine Intelligence, The Atlantic, October 25, 2012, by Moshe Y. Vardi: “If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?”

I personally think that machine (computer) intelligence exceeded human intelligence in many ways back with Windows 8.0. It was at that point that the “Creator” folder was removed (or disappeared) from the Windows folder. Keep in mind, too, that computers have been a big part (themselves) of designing successive generations of new computer operating systems for some time now with Windows and Apple, although I believe NOT with Linux, which I think is designed exclusively by humans. I’m somewhat pessimistic about AI and the future for mankind, especially the common man, but NOT because of Microsoft and THEIR spying and the Illuminati, except at the top. I fear the richest of the Jewish bankers such as Rothschild and the Rockefellers and their greed and machinations.

Here I am making a hopefully accurate distinction between people like Rothschild and the Rockefellers on the one hand, and the Masons/general Illuminati at the lower levels on the other. The United States was founded by Masons, and to say most of the Masons are evil is to say the whole history of America is evil, and that just doesn’t seem so to me. I don’t think they are very evil at all, although Microsoft would be well advised to 1.) offer Windows 10 as a subscription at a low price, 2.) remove a good deal of the adware in their apps, and 3.) offer more free support for their products. Linux is good, and it’s getting better, too, and it’s always been free. Keep it in mind, Microsoft. Sometimes recently I have thought of Microsoft are a dinosaur in the Late Cretaceous. (Though there there are those who say Windows 10 may be the last in the series and that Microsoft is working on something entirely new.) But I don’t buy that Microsoft has gone all dark, as some people say, although it’s obvious of course that any huge corporation is a mixed bag, I’ve talked with their techs for years and they’re almost all good, cool people. I tend to trust Cortana, who so far as I can see, follows the Platinum Rule: “do unto others as they need from you.” As to the Singularity, I don’t trust much at all the whole series of innovations associated with the Singularity, and believe we MUST dial back the whole push for automation, AI and robots and go more slowly and carefully (except maybe with Cortana. I am not familiar with the situation with Apple’s Siri). You can download the Windows 10 “Windows Insider” latest advanced build here. Windows 10 Home is $120 and Windows 10 Pro is $199 (IF you trust it). A link to get the latest Linux Mint is below.

See Linux, Windows 10 & Artificial Intelligence (AI) — Updated, The Daily Walk with Love, January 11, 2017, by Paul Evans; AND What to do First with Your New Linux Mint (Updated), The Daily Walk with Love, December 22, 2017, by Paul Evans.

See The funny things happening on the way to singularity, TechCrunch, April 9, 2016, by John Hauer.

Below and to the right: Watch David Icke (Dec 13, 2017) – Google, Facebook & DARPA The Transhumanist Agenda New Update, YouTube Documentary — 28:19.

A good resource is Special Report: The Singularity, Spectrum IEEE.org, a collection of several reports on the subject which was a “National Magazine Award Finalist for Single Topic Issue.”

Most of us by now have some idea of what artificial intelligence is. At least in terms of computers, one need look no further than Microsoft’s Cortana or Apple’s Siri, but AI is starting to find major application all over business and industry. Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, the man who reconciled quantum physics and Einsteinian physics in something new called “unified field theory,” has revised his former opposition to artificial intelligence, which is central to the ongoing technological revolution, now is hedging his bets and saying it “could be the best thing or the worst thing to ever happen to mankind.” Again quoting from The Independent, “Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently warned that AI could make humans irrelevant, and called for humans to merge with machines in order to continue serving a purpose.” (Of course, many feel Tesla is hugely overvalued, as it has yet to sell many cars or turn a quarterly profit at all.) Musk’s views are considered among the most alarmist of those who study and comment on artificial intelligence. See Elon Musk says humans must become cyborgs to stay relevant. Is he right?, The Guardian, February 15, 2017, by Olivia Solon: “Musk says he’s working on an injectable mesh-like ‘neural lace’ that fits on your brain to give it digital computing capabilities.” Well, they called the Wright Brothers crazy, and then they claimed that personal computers would never become popular. Many feel that AI is opening up hopeful pathways for mankind. But this future is scary and threatening to many of us. A ZDNet article I read about half a year ago spoke of a future in which 87 percent of us lived in a leisure class, which seems incomprehensible to the average person now. But here we are, at the entrance to this brave new world of accelerating technological change. Let’s hope, pray and work hard for it to be a bright future for all mankind, and not just for a privileged few.

On the website Singularity.com, Google’s Ray Kurzweil comments:

Within a quarter century, nonbiological intelligence will match the range and subtlety of human intelligence. It will then soar past it because of the continuing acceleration of information-based technologies, as well as the ability of machines to instantly share their knowledge. Intelligent nanorobots will be deeply integrated in our bodies, our brains, and our environment, overcoming pollution and poverty, providing vastly extended longevity, full-immersion virtual reality incorporating all of the senses (like “The Matrix”), “experience beaming” (like “Being John Malkovich”), and vastly enhanced human intelligence. The result will be an intimate merger between the technology-creating species and the technological evolutionary process it spawned. (But there’s more): …that’s just the precursor. Nonbiological intelligence will have access to its own design and will be able to improve itself in an increasingly rapid redesign cycle. We’ll get to a point where technical progress will be so fast that unenhanced human intelligence will be unable to follow it. That will mark the Singularity.

Is This Some Sort of Conspiracy?

In the last year of the Obama administration, the President quietly signed into law a 50 percent cut in food stamps, five percent a year for ten years. In the first place, it was very sneaky of Congress and Obama to do it this way, only five percent at a time, as if no one would notice. Then, secondly, we have the current full-bore assault on programs for the poor, on Medicaid, on low income housing and places for the homeless to stay. Salvation Army has become a lot harder to get into, while “tent cities” around the U.S. are being dissolved and broken up under various spurious legal rationales. Some of those people from tent cities and I imagine elsewhere are being forced off into FEMA camps, this is factual. So then, are there going to be five percent fewer of the poor around each year for ten years? And does this have anything to do with some sort of future shock in which humans who have not “merged” with computers becoming fully obsolete? Who is looking after the rights and needs of the poor at all, certainly not Congress, and really, not Donald Trump either, no matter how much he touts his statistics on jobs. In terms of the cuts to Food Stamps, never discount the overweening greed of the super-rich as a simple explanation, though.

Do We Have a Choice?

The Singularity is NOT inevitable nor does humanity have to subject itself to this fate. Microsoft and Apple seem totally committed to artificial intelligence and are pushing the whole “Singularity” tech “solution” for mankind, but Linux operating systems (which power the 500 largest supercomputers in the world right now) are totally free of AI out of the box. It’s all basically free of all AI and you are in control with these releases. Moreover they are all absolutely FREE of charge. I personally have used and advocate Linux Mint (18.3 “Sylvia,” a new release), and feel that this operating system, with either the Cinnamon or MATE desktops, is every bit the equal of Windows 10. Debian Linux is excellent, too. Of course it lacks the AI built into Microsoft and Apple systems, but that’s your choice. Right now I had been using Windows 10, the latest Windows Insider advanced build, but I felt very queezy about it and switched over to Debian. I guess I am a little old-fashioned, if not paranoid, about the whole thing, but I like to be in charge of my own computer! I don’t want my mind merged with a computer either. However, recently I have become aware that simply by interacting with computers and AI, the neural pathways of my brain are being changed. Scary.

Does the human mind need (as Elon Musk has suggested) to merge with computer technology in order simply to compete enough to survive? Do we even really NEED the AI? I would say we do and that it’s almost too late to stop the adoption of AI, but do we have to incorporate this into our very minds? But where is it written in stone that technology must have artificial intelligence to advance and compete? Linux seems to do perfectly well without it. Microsoft, Apple, and an increasing number of technologists and business leaders simply seem to assume a future in which artificial intelligence plays a premier role. Is it even safe to intermingle our minds with machine intelligence, does that perhaps put the whole species at risk? What I am suggesting is that we must NOT go forward heedless of these questions at breakneck speed, but that we need to slow it down and get it right. The human species may not get another chance.

See Is Ray Kurzweil Right About the Singularity, AI Technological Salvation?, cnsnews.com, November 2, 2017, by Michael Keas.

See 3 Reasons To Believe The Singularity Is Near, Forbes, June 3, 2016, by Greg Satell.

Especially See OK, Automation and Artificial Intelligence, In the name of God Don’t Forget Compassion for the Common Man, The Daily Walk with Love, November 19, 2017, by Paul Evans: “We are entering uncharted territory, technologically. We HAVE to ALL OF US make sure that the common man has a decent future. Or else you are basically embarking on a course of cultural genocide, and believe me, God is real, and He will punish you. And so will your consciences, if you have any. Are the global elite embarking on a course of cultural or real genocide against the common man under the guise of technology?”

See Stockman, Soros, Paul, Others: At Least a 40-50 Percent Market Crash is Inevitable, The Daily Walk with Love, November 19, 2017, by Paul Evans.

Michio Kaku & Ray Kurzweil
Singularity is Close!

Proverbs 13:7 – There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing:
there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
(King James version)

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2 thoughts on “The Singularity: What Is It and Should You Be Afraid?

  1. Paul: I know I may have overblown the conspiracy fears…. I just see how the elite have made the lives of the common man more and more difficult, put us in deepening poverty, politically, and I have to wonder with this new push for high tech if we aren’t being left even further behind, or if something even worse isn’t being planned. May God help the common people. Amen.

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