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[Singularity] A future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will irreversibly transformed

[Singularity] A future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will irreversibly transformed [Singularity] A future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will irreversibly transformed
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The Singularity Is Near
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The Singularity Is Near
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What, then, is the Singularity?

It's a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will irreversibly transformed.

Although neither utopian nor dystopian, this epoch will transform the concepts that we rely on to give meaning to our lives, from our business models to the cycle of human life, including death itself. Understanding the Singularity will alter our perspective on the significance of our past and the ramifications for our future. To truly understand it inherently changes one's view of life in general and one's own particular life. I regard someone who understands the Singularity and who has reflected on its implications for his or her own life as a "singularitarian."

This book will argue, [...] that within several decades informatics based technologies will encompass all human knowledge and proficiency, uhimately including the pattern-recognition powers, probem-solving skills, and emotional and moral intelligence of the human brain itself. Although impressive in many respects, the brain suffers from severe limitztions. We use its massive parallelism (one hundred trillion interneuronal connections operating simultaneously) to quickly recognize subtle patterns. But our thinking is extremely slow: the basic neural transactions are several million times slower than contemporary electronic circuits. That makes our physiological bandwidth for processing new information extremely limited compared to the exponential growth of the overall human knowledge base. Our version 1.0 biological bodies are likewise frail and subject to a myriad of failure modes, not to mention the cumbersome maintenance rituals they require. While human intelligence is sometimes capable of soaring in its Creativity and expressiveness, much human thought is derivative, petty, and circumscribed.

The Singularity will allow us to transcend these limitations of our biological bodies and brains. We will gain power over our fates. Our mortality will be in our own hands. We will be able to live as long as we want (a subtly different statement from saying we will live forever). We will fully understand human thinking and will vastly extend and expand its reach. By the end of this century, the nonbiological portion of our intelligence will be trillions of trillions of times more powerful than unaided human intelligence. We are now in the early stages of this transition. The acceleration of paradigm shift (the rate at which we change fundamental technical approaches) as well as the exponential growth of the capacity of information technology are both beginning to reach the "knee of the curve," which is the stage at which an exponential trend becomes noticeable. Shorty after this stage, the trend quickly becomes explosive. Before the middle of this century, the growth rates of our technology-which will be indistinguishable from ourselves-will be so stcep as to appear essentially vertical. From a strictly mathematical perspective, the growth rates will still be finite but so extreme that the changes they bring about will appear to rupture the fabric of human history. That, at least, will be the perspective of unenhanced biological humanity. The Singularity will represent the culmination of the merger of our biologcal thinking and existence with our technology, resulting in a world that is still human but that transcends our biological roots. There will be no distinction, Post-Singularity, between human and machine or between physical and virtualy. If you wonder what will remain unequivocally human in such a world, mply this quality: ours is the species that inherently seeks to extend its physical and mental reach beyond current limitations.

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