My name is Richard, and I’d like to take some time to address some things here that I feel are currently having a great impact on the world as we know it.
But before I start, I want to make clear just a couple of things. First off, I would like to make clear that I am not trying to say that the Earth is doomed on some mysterious date.
Nor, am I trying to focus on the doomsday scenarios that are speculated to occur in the year 2012.
What I “AM” going to address are some of the theory’s about the technological singularity currently being discussed by many of today’s top theoretical physicists, mathematical engineers, internet and network professionals, heads of states, business professionals around the world, sociologists, medical professionals, and even the casual observer.
This will be my first post on this blog.
I will admit that I’m not the greatest when it comes to submitting any kind of completed material on a specific schedule though. Seems too much like work to me. So, don’t be surprised if you come to find that I’ve just been using this page to work out my notes. Check the pages though because I do find that I prefer to submit finished, or at least more complete writings rather than the little pieces I assume traditionally gets posted on pages like this.
So that said, I guess I’ll go ahead and write a little bit on some of the ideas and thoughts that I’m still working out.
How I am going to adequately describe some of the observations I’ve made that suggest we are a lot further into this model than some are even aware….?
A predicted point in the development of a civilization at which technological progress accelerates beyond the ability of present-day humans to fully comprehend or predict.
“Ray Kurzweil,” is associated with the popular interpretation of the Technological Singularity, often referred to as the accelerating change thesis. In his book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology Kurzweil defined the Technological Singularity as:
“… a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed. Although neither utopian nor dystopian, this epoch will transform the concepts that we rely on to give meaning to our life’s, from our business models to the cycle of human life, including death itself.” Ray Kurzweil
In his essay, The Law of Accelerating Returns, Ray Kurzweil proposes a generalization of Moore’s law that forms the basis of many people’s beliefs regarding the Singularity. Moore’s law describes an exponential growth pattern in the complexity of integrated semiconductor circuits. Kurzweil extends this to include technologies from far before the integrated circuit to future forms of computation. He believes that the exponential growth of Moore’s law will continue beyond the use of integrated circuits into technologies that will lead to the Singularity.
The law described by Ray Kurzweil has in many ways altered the public’s perception of Moore’s law. It is a common (but mistaken) belief that Moore’s law makes predictions regarding all forms of technology, when really it only concerns semiconductor circuits. Many futurologists still use the term “Moore’s law” to describe ideas like those put forth by Kurzweil.
However, the term is commonly misunderstood to mean technological progress will rise to infinity, as happens in a mathematical singularity.
But, this is not wholly accurate. The term was chosen as a metaphor from physics rather than mathematics: as one approaches the Singularity, models of the future become less reliable, just as conventional models of physics break down as one approaches a gravitational singularity.
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- Ray Kurzweil on how entrepreneurs can live forever (video) (venturebeat.com)
- Is The Open Source/Internet Singularity Coming? (hashtagify.me)
- Higgs boson possibly discovered at CERN. (thewesternexperience.com)
- CERN to announce Higgs boson observation at LHC (extremetech.com)
- The search for the Higgs Boson: How does the Large Hadron Collider work? (news.nationalpost.com)