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“DO WHAT YOU CANNOT DO.
SEE WHAT YOU CANNOT SEE.
EXPLAIN WHAT YOU CANNOT EXPLAIN.”

I remember watching the movie series – The Matrix Trilogy – almost two decades ago. If you watched similarly-themed futuristic motion flicks, you might have marveled at the scope and reach of man’s mind. But the amazing thing is that these technologies have refused to simply remain within the confines of science fiction novels and movies. They’ve proven to be prophetic. Do you recall a time when creating a music device with no moving parts seemed like a far-fetched idea?  Or when 3D printing would have sounded like an absurd, impossible prospect? Look where we are now… Indeed, mankind has proven the efficacy in the statement “whatever a man’s mind can conceive, it can achieve”.

So what is singularity?

The concept is one that was borrowed from pure mathematics. And it describes the specific point where things go haywire and all control is lost. Much like the final piece of crack that tips a junkie irreversibly over the edge. Or the specific discovery that radically changes how we interact with others and the world around us.

Are we at the edge of some profound technological breakthrough?
The kind that could leave the world spiralling away from our grasp?
Many observers certainly think so.

With bated breath, we’ve watched the unravelling of Artificial Intelligence, AI, anxious to know – HOW it could evolve. We’re not sure HOW, but it could open up a whole new vista of life that humanity may not be prepared for. The discovery of electricity opened up far reaching possibilities, such that it’s hard for the average millenial to imagine a world without it.

Would the next generation be wondering how we survived as well?

If the idea of singularity gives you a bit of anxiety, relax, you aren’t alone. It’s a well documented phenomenon that man fears what he cannot control. And we very well could have artificial intelligence ascending to uncontrollable dimensions. Within the core of AI is the capacity for self-learning and adaptation, but:

  • what’s the guarantee that these machines would work for us as we plan?
  • could they self-learn and adapt negatively?
  • could they lock us out or start, or even wage war against humanity?

One of the most vocal observers on singularity, Vernor Vinge, has predicted the world to end within 30-35 years, based on the presumed growth of artificial intelligence.

Is this true or just ‘extreme’?
We never can be sure.

Mankind has achieved unprecedented success technologically, riding on the back of amazing innovations over the centuries. Technology has been a patient and loyal servant so far, helping to cure diseases, transport and house us, entertain us, and so on. A new swing of singularity could push mankind thousands of years forward technologically, and potentially solve all modern problems. But also it could be our downfall…

I choose to take an optimistic position though.
Let’s meet 30 years from now!

HERE you can find a very cool article about ‘black holes’ – Stephen Hawking explains how you could escape a black hole

#guestpost – TW


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  1. Rainyshadows says:

    I just got cured of my existential crisis on seeing too many Kurzgesaght videos .. lol
    anyway yup it sure is an interesting concept AI and the sheer amount of research papers being published these days on AI , I am positive we might be hurtling to the next age of AI revolution. What scares me though is the people who always look at the bad side of technology and employ it. As much as we are scared about the two legged ATLAS in Boston dynamics lab we should be cautious of who might make the bad of it

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      agreed with you & yes, the human is behind of any invention but we are looking further tho – when invention can’t be controlled (as example) & how it will affect the world. Anyway, the fault is ours & ours only

      • Rainyshadows says:

        totally! about a century ago when we figured out how to split an atom we had a choice. look where it went. The future is not even an iota predictable when it comes to human behaviour.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Well said, and so true!! 👏👏

      • Rainyshadows says:

        Your post also made me wonder how fast we are in certain things, like the music technology, its totally mind boggling.. Today we might think theres definitely not going to be a space hotel in 200 years but who knows some billionaire might do it in the next decade.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        True…medicine and genetics r going crazy too… I expect space hotel at least during 35-40 years.

      • Rainyshadows says:

        omg did you hear about the CRISPR babies?

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Yes… a bit more and maybe we don’t need to make babies at all. We r kinda moving that way 🤪😱🧐

      • Rainyshadows says:

        oh dear no hope thats not the dystopia we are heading to..

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        We r moving to self-destruction…it’s for sure

      • Rainyshadows says:

        we have come so far in 4.5 billion years from lifeless amino acids to full grown organisms capable of interstellar travel, if we hold onto our rational minds. These years are truly the deciding years for our fate because everything from technology to population has grown exponentially in the last few hundred years..

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Agreed 🙂 we see how it goes tho. We can survive 4,5 if we’ll make smart moves & choices

      • Rainyshadows says:

        Do you watch black mirror?

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Nope. Is it the tv-show, series? I think I’ve seen the title somewhere

      • Rainyshadows says:

        Yes. some of the episodes are good. Theres one episode in which the concept of buying a blank robot and filling it with digital and social media data of a deceased loved one is analyzed..and theres this another one that gives a scary depiction of the like crazed society we live in..its called nosedive

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Yes I actually checked it 🙂 it looks cool, remind me my odd sci fi stories some way. Im going to check …but I’m scared I can be easily addicted if it’s good ones

      • Rainyshadows says:

        hey there! yup its good but dont worry its actually an anthology series so you wont get the desire to bingewatch it.. each one is a separate series itself

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Oki, I’ll see if it’s something for me 🙂

  2. This is really fascinating. Many years ago I worked a bit in AI research. It has come on so much. Those years ago I remember watching the films like Terminator and smiling. Our research was just trying to get a robot pic hand to consistently unscrew a bottle top. We failed….

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Interesting experience 🙂 very cool 😎 thx for sharing, but u know… one time failed – next time succeed..the point is – what is the goal we (humans) want to achieve.

  3. Baffledmum says:

    It’s amazing how quickly technology has evolved! My kids are shocked to learn we didn’t have mobiles or iPads growing up! They can’t understand how we spent out days! Lol! … let’s see what the future holds… 🤔

  4. masercot says:

    If you want to see evidence that reality is all in your head, talk to someone in the middle stages of dementia. Their brains, which they’ve relied on all their lives, provide experiences that the rest of us don’t see and won’t acknowledge. Hence, the anger associated with it…

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Hahaha …I’m living in the right place I have to say. Right near (across the road) from support house for older (80+). Not sure about dementia. I meet them quite often and they remember more than I do 🙂

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Got ur point tho 🙂 was funny

  5. Sorryless says:

    RNB,

    I’m currently reading “The Second Machine Age” by Erik Brynjolfsson. It’s an interesting (and sometimes sobering) look into the hyper speed quality of our technological age.

    You bring up some fascinating topics here, but my personal favorite is black holes.

    Great stuff chica!

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Black holes are fascinating 😮🤯😄 what if on the other side there’s also…some kind of universe 🙂
      Never heard about the book, I’ll check

      • Sorryless says:

        They ARE fascinating.

        I hate the scientific posit that nothing survives the crush on the other side, because I fantasize about a cosmic trap door.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Mmm, but they already changed their minds 🙂 some scientists think that there’s some kind of universe on the other side of black hole…just ONE WAY ROAD 😂😉

      • Sorryless says:

        They best keep it there! And the dimensions, as far as I’m concerned, are as limitless as the universe itself. I used to believe there was a planet for every single day of our lives. I’m sticking to it.

  6. George F. says:

    Great post. Physicists are today theorizing that we are actually living in a “matrix” constructed by an Alien Civilization. I’m not making this up. See Neil DeGrasse Tyson!

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      I don’t know about matrix but we are definitely “wired”…I believe in it. Im always hearing the same kind of sound, and think: here it is, a new information:)

      Lol

  7. Wow great post….

  8. l always enjoy the edge of darkness discussions. Folks in the 1800’s thought the world was over when electricity was discovered. In the 1900’s it was the computer. Now it is AI. We can fear it but we will need to use it. Super post Victoria Ray.

  9. Fiery says:

    When I watched the matrix I was about 19. It BLEW MY MIND.
    Actually I think it was a pretty paradigm shifting moment for me.
    Loved this whole post. I am immediately drawn to ideas and people who make me think so much my brain hurts and loves it lol.
    The idea of a singularity always makes me wonder if Divinity got bored one day all alone in Nirvana and decided to create the little playground we call the World.

    I like you MORE each time I read you!
    X

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      I love matrix too. I still think it’s one of the greatest sci-fi movies 🙂
      And thank you, glad u enjoyed the post…

  10. Jerry Laiche says:

    Now you know why I like history. I can control (er, interpret) it. BTW, just as an FYI, along with teaching and now writing hisory, I was also the school Technology Coordinator. Used to scare the kids with all the AI stories like above.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      I loved history in school, college (I had A in my diploma), but i don’t know my interests kinda shifted 😮😂

  11. My Google Home still can’t tell me Christopher Nolan’s next movie.

    I like your use of the politically incorrect “mankind.” It literally means the human race, not just men.

    Our Prime Minister was widely ridiculed for saying this:

    “We like to say ‘peoplekind’, not necessarily ‘mankind’, because it’s more inclusive.” Justin Trudeau

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      interesting note 🙂 never thought about “mankind” like you described…
      mmm, about AÍ – I have NOTHING in my house 🙂 only Apple TV. Im not sure I can handle someone who’ll control or remind me what to do…im too relaxed for that & I stress easily haha

  12. kinkyacres says:

    Beware……….Alexa and Siri are listening!!

  13. iScriblr says:

    Like you, I choose to take an optimistic outlook to this.. Let’s see what the future holds!🤔

    (Hopefully we’ll live to tell the tale! LOL)

  14. Do what you cannot do and explain the inexplicable. Seems like love to me.

  15. (Nicole begins adding other layer to her already 2 yards thick tinfoil hat… And then begins wrapping it around the rest of her body for good measure…)
    A lot of people out there know my thoughts and feelings on technology…. It scares the crap out of my. It already tracks where we are, what we watch, what we eat, who we’re with, what we buy…. My phone, every morning, asks me “were you asleep between x and y times??” WHY DO YOU WANT TO KNOW, PHONE?? SO YOU CAN RISE UP AND KILL ME IN MY SLEEP?!
    It needs to stop somewhere….

  16. When the original Star Trek series came out in the 60s; people laughed about sciene fiction. Science fiction was that embarrassing secret you kept to yourself. After all, grown ups communicating over these little flip phones… absurd. Impossible. That could never happen.

    Good post Ray. See you in 30 years.

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