First of all, key terms.

Singularity: an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly non-biological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today.

Simulation: imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time.

Networks: a network is a group of two or more computer systems linked together.

AI: (Artificial Intelligence) the intelligence exhibited by machines or software. It is an academic field of study, which studies the goal of creating intelligence.

Neurotransmitters: endogenous chemicals that transmit signals across a synapse from one neuron to another target neuron.

Trans-human: an international cultural and intellectual movement with an eventual goal of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.

The Coming Technological Singularity

Within 30 years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended.

Key points involved with Singularity:

Development of ‘awake’ computers.

Large networks may become intelligent.

Humans becoming super-intelligent.

Biological sciences may improve upon natural sciences.

Consequences:

We can produce machines much quicker than the natural order can adapt.

Can it be avoided?

Yes, technology may never reach that stage.

We may never be able to create a computer equal to the brain.

Summary:

With the great increase in technology that follows Moore’s Law (the idea that technological processing power doubles ever 18-24 months), we are now seeing the possibility of advancements of technology in the next century we never thought of happening in a million years. However, with the possibility of a singularity event happening, there are positive and negative possibilities. Although the chances of a Terminator-like event are slim; there is the possibility of networks or even single computers becoming super-intelligent. This could spell the end of the human era. However, there are some positive outcomes to this. For instance, biological sciences could cause adaptations in just a few years that would take nature several millennia to create. Also, with the support of super-intelligent systems, we ourselves may become super-intelligent.

Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?

One of 3 possibilities:

  • The human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “post human” stage.

 

(2) Any post human civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof).

 

  • We are almost certainly living in a computer simulation.

 

We, as of now, do not have the technology to create super-intelligence… yet…

Some people believe we will in just a few decades.

A lot of the time of nervous transmissions is mentioned, including 1014, the time it takes a nervous signal to travel from the brain.

Quantum or nuclear computers could theoretically reach this speed.

 

Summary:

 

This article focuses around 3 main points;

  • The human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “post human” stage.

 

(2) Any post human civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof).

 

(3) We are almost certainly living in a computer simulation.

If the first one is true, then we will go extinct, either from some outside catastrophic event, like a massive asteroid, or we will bring about our end ourselves, either from global warming, or war, or something similar. If so, then we will never worry about any singularity event, nor 2 or 3. Also, this doesn’t mean we will all die out; however, it suggests the end of technology.

If the second one is true, then we create some sort of post human scenario. However, it would seem that the article states that the advanced race created (either robotic, bionic, or super-human) would run its own simulations of past life.

If number 3 is true, then we are not real. We are a simulation run by an advanced society, and possibly becoming self-aware… This would explain why we have never had any outside contact, as there is nothing out there, because out there isn’t real.

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