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Posted: Apr 8 2007, 04:20 PM
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Singularity not for everyone
Some may reject our “magical future”, but that’s OK.
The Singularity, experts say, is a time when technological progress becomes so rapid that it radically transforms humankind at a faster rate than anyone alive today will be able to comprehend. Who can predict a future arising from technologies progressing and interplaying with such speed? Nobody can.
However, it is possible to observe today’s science and technology efforts and configure probable or hopeful outcomes as we multi-track into this wild futuristic time.
This writer believes that if humanity doesn’t get zapped by WMDs brought on by hostile religious and ethnic differences, and if biotech, nanotech or infotech disasters can be held in check, and if our planet is not destroyed by some chance asteroid collision before we develop protection technologies, then an incredible positive future will become reality.
But even if this positive future is realized, not everyone may choose to become involved. Some might fear nanobots that whiz through our bodies destroying pathogens before they strike, and non-invasive interface technologies that will enable us to connect with our machines and access huge blocks of new intelligence.
It’s OK that some people might not want to experience these forward technologies, because the choice to accept or reject this “magical future”, should it arrive, will always be up to each individual.
Personally, this writer believes in an optimistic future unfolding, possibly by mid-2030s or before, and hopes to become part of it. However, everyone is entitled to their own dreams.