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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, December 14, 2017, (originally published Nov. 18, 2017: this one’s important, folks), 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 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), and along with these writings provide my commentary on the Singularity for your attention. I will then advance one possible “conspiracy theory” about what is going on. 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) PLEASE SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH FRIENDS!!
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?
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.
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.” Musk’s views are considered among the most alarmist of those who study and comment on artificial intelligence. Many feel that AI is opening up hopeful pathways for mankind. 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 use 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. Of course it lacks the AI built into Microsoft and Apple systems, but that’s your choice. 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.
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? 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.
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