Thinking of Singularity

I think singularity is a great metaphor, it is an event horizon, just beyond our vision. It's a metaphor borrowed from a physics term, singularity is when you go through a black hole, all the laws of physics no longer apply. And I think that when you see the exponential growth curves of technology go like this and all of a sudden the leaps are going to be so fast that unless we literally augment our own capacities with our technology, we won't be able to keep up with these changes. And there are these overlapping revolutions because information technology is now absorbing biology and gene sequencing is going three times faster than Moore's law. And information technology is absorbing material science with nanotechnology, so now we can be able to run a programme that turns this table into like a house. I mean it's like, it's crazy stuff and so I think that singularity is saying: Look, we can't even imagine what's on the other side of this line that is approaching very fast. Just like we couldn't imagine the world post language when we're on the other side of that. The first singularity we had was the emergence of language. It changed, it reconfigured the brain, it allowed us to dream and to think with purpose and deliberation. And those early homonids, pre-language, could not imagine the world post-language. Those early homonids who were still throwing faeces at each other could not imagine a world where we build rockets and go to the moon. So too the world we currently live in. We cannot imagine what is coming next. We can make extrapolations, we can let the artists and the poets paint for us what might come. But we really can't know for sure, and that's why it's kind of exciting.

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