13 June 2010

Singularity Ahead ~ Mind + Tech = Human 2.0

Ashlee Vance in a NYTimes piece opines Merely Human? That’s So Yesterday about the Singularity Movement and aspirations for merging technology and the mind, what some think of as...
"...techno-utopian bravado: the arrival of the Singularity -- a time, possibly just a couple decades from now, when a superior intelligence will dominate and life will take on an altered form that we can’t predict or comprehend in our current, limited state. At that point, the Singularity holds, human beings and machines will so effortlessly and elegantly merge that poor health, the ravages of old age and even death itself will all be things of the past. Some of Silicon Valley’s smartest and wealthiest people have embraced the Singularity. They believe that technology may be the only way to solve the world’s ills, while also allowing people to seize control of the evolutionary process. [...] "We will transcend all of the limitations of our biology,” says Raymond Kurzweil, the inventor and businessman who is the Singularity’s most ubiquitous spokesman and boasts that he intends to live for hundreds of years and resurrect the dead, including his own father. “That is what it means to be human -- to extend who we are."
Yes, that would indeed be Maximizing Progress!

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